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|Emma chooses Harriet because she is bored.
Written by Lila
(4/3/2008 10:36 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Medium sized fish; rather small pond. (a little long), penned by nan duval
Harriet is a weakminded but pleasant girl with no past. Emma fancies herself a matchmaker and an excellent judge of character. And she is powerful in her society. A dangerous combination. At first I thought she was Darcyish pre-proposal, but now I think she is far far worse and perhaps even dangerous. She is almost playing god isn't she? She [i]picks[/i] Harriet and then she sets about making a life for her, starting from creating a past to picking her husband. In the process she hurts Robert Martin, a poor unassuming soul. (Smacks of Darcy, but I think the intent is very different).
I think Mr. Knightly half nails it...
[i]"I have not half done about Harriet Smith. I think her the very worst sort of companion that Emma could possibly have. She knows nothing herself, and looks upon Emma as knowing every thing. She is a flatterer in all her ways; and so much the worse, because undesigned. Her ignorance is hourly flattery. How can Emma imagine she has any thing to learn herself, while Harriet is presenting such a delightful inferiority?"(Chapter 4)[/i]
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