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|Is avoidance really heroic?
Written by Robbin
(4/17/2008 2:07 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Perfectly understandable!, penned by Nicki
Yes, I agree Emma is the cause of Harrietís unhappiness. Emma had no scruples against persuading Harriet she was very much in love with Mr. Elton so why does Emma not invest equal time in persuading Harriet Mr. Elton is not worthy of her continued regard? Emma had no scruples against abusing Miss Bates to Harriet or denigrating Mr. Martin to her although she knew very well Harriet had regard for him. IMO Harriet is not savvy enough to discover Mr. Eltonís true nature as things stand now and she is not privy to all Emma knows about him. Do you not think Harriet might get over him sooner if Emma would enlighten heróEmma does not have to lie or use arts but merely tell the truth? Perhaps Emma does not do it because speaking of Mr. Elton is a reminder of her misjudgment of him and that the torch Harriet is carrying for him is the direct result of her misguided meddling.
I agree the Coleís party is not the place to bring all this up to Harriet so I think it was appropriate for Emma to say nothing there but I donít see Emma doing it elsewhere. When Harriet talks about him Emma just changes the subject or tries to distract her like when they called on the Bates in Chapter 19. Emma is avoiding what is unpleasant and I donít think it is heroic at all since Harriet only loves Mr. Elton because Emma persuaded her into it. I also donít know that annoyance with Harriet is perfectly understandable because I think it shows a lack of feeling for a person her efforts made unhappy. It seems to me Emma would like to wash her hands of her mistakes and Harriet is not cooperating. It seems to me Emma is hoping rather childishly that it will all just go away and has not really tried to help Harriet in the best way she can which IMO is removing her delusions about Mr. Eltonódelusions Emma is responsible for putting in Harrietís noggin in the first place. (;p)
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