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|Exactly my point......
Written by JulieW
(4/22/2008 4:20 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Woman's sphere, penned by nan duval
But as to the Coxes et al.........Emma can't simply invite just anyone to Hartfield. Her social circle is made up of her father connectons, and he is quite choosy :
Mr. Woodhouse was fond of society in his own way. He liked very much to have his friends come and see him; and from various united causes, from his long residence at Hartfield, and his good nature, from his fortune, his house, and his daughter, he could command the visits of his own little circle, in a great measure as he liked. He had not much intercourse with any families beyond that circle; his horror of late hours and large dinner-parties made him unfit for any acquaintance, but such as would visit him on his own terms. Fortunately for him, Highbury, including Randalls in the same parish, and Donwell Abbey in the parish adjoining, the seat of Mr. Knightley, comprehended many such. Not unfrequently, through Emma's persuasion, he had some of the chosen and the best to dine with him, but evening-parties were what he preferred, and, unless he fancied himself at any time unequal to company, there was scarcely an evening in the week in which Emma could not make up a card-table for him.
Harriet gets an "in" with the Woodhouses( and I do include both!) through the kindness of Mrs Goddard, whom I think may have thought she was doing Emma a kindness as well as increasing Harriet's social circle by her request for an introduction. The Coxes had no hope of being admitted to the intimacies of Hatfield,IMHO, due to the attitude of Mr Woodhouse, and not entirely through the failings of his daughter. Im not sure we can lay the blame for Emma's solitary existence wholly at her door.
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