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Written by Robbin
(4/18/2008 10:59 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Some Truths Not Told, penned by Antoinette
You make a good point. I don’t think JA is random in her writing and the truths not told to me indicates Jane Fairfax is keeping something secret. However, I need real evidence to believe there is truth in Emma’s suspicions because Emma places Jane in a dishonorable position and although Jane is reserved she has done nothing so far to indicate she is so dishonorable a person she would try to steal the affections of her friend’s husband. Emma suspects Mr. Dixon of being a fortune hunter and she has never even met him—he has never had the opportunity to personally disgust Emma but he shares Jane's disgrace regardless.
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)
Ramya pointed out the above from an exchange between Jane and Miss Bates in Chapter 21 as support for Emma’s suspicions about Jane and Mr. Dixon. IMO the phenomenon of thinking a plain person is well-looking because you have regard for them is a fairly common experience and can be but does not have to be the result of love. For me the question is can Jane think he is well looking and have regard for Mr. Dixon and it not be of the kind where she is attempting to steal his affection from his wife who is also Jane’s friend. I think the answer is yes she can. (;D)
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