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|The Poor & Mr. Elton
Written by Robbin
(4/13/2008 5:39 a.m.)
Emma and Harriet had been walking together one morning, and, in Emma's opinion, been talking enough of Mr. Elton for that day. She could not think that Harriet's solace or her own sins required more; and she was therefore industriously getting rid of the subject as they returned; -- but it burst out again when she thought she had succeeded, and after speaking some time of what the poor must suffer in winter, and receiving no other answer than a very plaintive -- "Mr. Elton is so good to the poor!" she found something else must be done. (Chapter 19)
In Chapter 10 meeting Mr. Elton on Vicarage-lane drove all thoughts of the poor cottagers out of Emma’s mind and into making the most of an opportunity to nurture the blossoming love between Harriet and Mr. Elton. In Chapter 19 Emma unsuccessfully speaks of what the poor must suffer in winter to distract Harriet from moping over Mr. Elton. I thought this was very funny. (;D) Not so funny, poor Harriet still cares for Mr. Elton and does not seem to have gained any insight about his character from his admission he had been following them (herself and Emma) rather than going to visit the poor cottagers even though that was his claim. If she had she might not think him “so good” to the poor. I am also not convinced he ever went to check on Harriet’s status before the Weston’s party as he told Emma he would and claimed he did in Chapter 13. I think this because he seems unable to answer Emma’s question on whether Mr. Perry has been to see Harriet and he says Harriet was “rather worse” while Emma’s report had been she was “not better.” IMO Mr. Elton is a habitual fibber. (;D)
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