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Written by Ramya
(4/18/2008 3:24 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Emma & Jane - Unknown truths, penned by Robbin
In my original post, I said I don't fully fault Emma, meaning, just to be really clear, I do fault her in some things. I do think that Emma's dislike of JF is ungenerous. However, Jane doesn't give any incentive for Emma to like her. And why should she, one might ask. She needn't, and by the same logic, Emma needn't like JF either.
There are people whom one can never like, and some who will never like us, however unjust the reason may be. So, while Emma is being unjust to Jane in some respects, I do think Emma's dislike is completely understandable. I am not blind to her faults, but I do tend to take a more lenient view of her than you.
There are some passages in the novel that tend to support Emma's suspicions- after they were made, I agree, but interesting nonetheless.
"Very odd! but one never does form a just idea of any body beforehand. One takes up a notion, and runs away with it. Mr. Dixon, you say, is not, strictly speaking, handsome."
"Handsome! Oh! no -- far from it -- certainly plain. I told you he was plain."
"My dear, you said that Miss Campbell would not allow him to be plain, and that you yourself -- "
"Oh! as for me, my judgment is worth nothing. Where I have a regard, I always think a person well-looking. But I gave what I believed the general opinion, when I called him plain." Chapter 21.
Mrs. Cole was telling that she had been calling on Miss Bates, and as soon as she entered the room had been struck by the sight of a pianoforté -- a very elegant looking instrument -- not a grand, but a large-sized square pianoforté; and the substance of the story, the end of all the dialogue which ensued of surprize, and inquiry, and congratulations on her side, and explanations on Miss Bates's, was, that this pianoforté had arrived from Broadwood's the day before, to the great astonishment of both aunt and niece -- entirely unexpected; that at first, by Miss Bates's account, Jane herself was quite at a loss, quite bewildered to think who could possibly have ordered it -- but now, they were both perfectly satisfied that it could be from only one quarter; -- of course it must be from Col. Campbell. Chap 26
I must say that your post comes across very much like an attack on my writing and my opinions. Emma can be quite infuriating, but I like her in spite of her faults and shortcomings, and there are people in and around Highbury who do too. In the words of (poor) Mrs.Weston, With all dear Emma's little faults, she is an excellent creature. Where shall we see a better daughter, or a kinder sister, or a truer friend? No, no; she has qualities which may be trusted; she will never lead any one really wrong; she will make no lasting blunder; where Emma errs once, she is in the right a hundred times.
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