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|Interesting thread; brings up issue of Emma's reliability...
Written by Delories
(4/6/2008 2:37 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Is Emma a liar too?, penned by Lila
...as a narrator, which imo is very important in this novel. Important to note here is that Emma-as-narrator occurs in two ways: direct reported speech, as in the example cited by Lila, and when we get it indirecty, as in Chapt. 9: "[Mr Elton addressed his words] more to Emma than to Harriet, which Emma could understand. There was deep consciousness about him, and he found it easier to meet her eye than her friend's."
The latter can be mistaken as the ON's voice (being cast in the third person), but it's not: it is Emma's inner thoughts. Even though I think it's safe to say that the ON is a reliable narrator, I don't think that Emma always is: we've already noted her tendency to see what she wants to see.
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