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|Not a circular argument
Written by Tracy W
(4/7/2008 8:25 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, You gotta admire the ingenuity, penned by Joan Ellen
Emma is saying that Emma is confident that Harriet is a gentleman's daughter. Emma also is saying that Harriet is associating with gentleman's daughters because Emma associates with Harriet. This is only circular if Emma thought that the reason Harriet must be a gentleman's daughter was because Emma associated with her. A circular argument assumes the conclusion:
Emma's stated reasons for thinking Harriet is a gentleman's daughter is Her allowance is very liberal; nothing has ever been grudged for her improvement or comfort. (chpt 8)
I do agree with you and others that Emma is so convinced that Harriet is a gentleman's daughter because Emma wants Harriet to be, to justify Emma seperating Harriet and Robert Martin.
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