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Written by Joan Ellen
(4/14/2008 8:41 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Different views, penned by Tracy W
"Oh! the difference of situation and habit! I wish you would try to understand what an amiable young man may be likely to feel in directly opposing those, whom as child and boy he has been looking up to all his life."
I find Emma's arguments in this chapter entirely persuasive, and I think Mr. Knightley is being unfair in judging a young man whom he has never met but knows only by report, and whose situation is and always has been so utterly different from his own. Yes, it would have been good if he had paid the visit, but I can't blame him for not doing so as Mr. Knightley does.
To take a dislike to a young man, only because he appeared to be of a different disposition from himself, was unworthy the real liberality of mind which she was always used to acknowledge in him...
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