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|The Farmer & the Vicar
Written by Robbin
(4/7/2008 3:57 a.m.)
Mr. Martin and Mr. Elton both seem to have sisters and a mother to help them along the marital trail but no father. In Chapter 4 Harriet told Emma of Mr. Martin, "He had gone three miles round one day, in order to bring her some walnuts, because she had said how fond she was of them” and in Chapter 6 Mr. Elton volunteers to take Harriet’s portrait to town to be framed, “he could ride to London at any time…” (;D) Are there any other similarities between Mr. Martin and Mr. Elton? See below:
For some time she was amused, without thinking beyond the immediate cause; but as she came to understand the family better, other feelings arose. She had taken up a wrong idea, fancying it was a mother and daughter, a son and son's wife, who all lived together; but when it appeared that the Mr. Martin, who bore a part in the narrative, and was always mentioned with approbation for his great good-nature in doing something or other, was a single man; that there was no young Mrs. Martin, no wife in the case; she did suspect danger to her poor little friend from all this hospitality and kindness -- and that if she were not taken care of, she might be required to sink herself for ever. (Chapter 4)
"Let us think of those among our absent friends who are more cheerfully employed," cried Emma. "At this moment, perhaps, Mr. Elton is shewing your picture to his mother and sisters, telling how much more beautiful is the original, and after being asked for it five or six times, allowing them to hear your name, your own dear name." (Chapter 7)
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