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|Harriet – Tough nut to crack
Written by Robbin
(4/21/2008 12:48 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Advice for the lovelorn, penned by Shirley Rae
Harriet was further unfortunate in the tone of her companions at Mrs. Goddard's; Mr. Elton being the adoration of all the teachers and great girls in the school; and it must be at Hartfield only that she could have any chance of hearing him spoken of with cooling moderation or repellant truth. (Chapter 17)
Although Emma has told Harriet some repellant truth is has not worked. Has Emma tried enough, I don’t think so. Harriet listens to Emma and does everything she says. Harriet refused a man she obviously admired and likes, his family obviously likes her and she loved the six weeks she spent with them at their home—yet she went against her own heart to do what Emma told her to. In Chapter 23 Harriet slights the Martin women although she likes them very much because it was what Emma thought was the right thing to do—Harriet does this although it was not what her common sense told her to do, it is not what her heart told her to do. Maybe you are right but it is difficult for me to believe that Harriet is such a tough nut to crack. (;D)
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