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|Emma did just as she liked…
Written by Robbin
(4/6/2008 12:42 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Vanity and prejudice..., penned by Martine
Sixteen years had Miss Taylor been in Mr. Woodhouse's family, less as a governess than a friend, very fond of both daughters, but particularly of Emma. Between them it was more the intimacy of sisters. Even before Miss Taylor had ceased to hold the nominal office of governess, the mildness of her temper had hardly allowed her to impose any restraint; and the shadow of authority being now long passed away, they had been living together as friend and friend very mutually attached, and Emma doing just what she liked; highly esteeming Miss Taylor's judgment, but directed chiefly by her own. (Chapter 1)
I think Miss Taylor’s departure from Hartfield is the impetus for Emma’s cutting Harriet out of the Highbury herd for attention but I think she has felt grown-up and in charge for a long time and that contributes to her feelings of being in the know and right. I agree Emma lacks experience and is somewhat naive about relationships. You are right. She is presented with evidence over and over again that Mr. Martin is not the illiterate clown she labeled him but she is incredibly stubborn. (;D)
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