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|Emma's prediction about Mrs. Robert Martin
Written by Graciela
(4/22/2008 3:10 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The persistence of bad taste, penned by Robbin
The previous day (to the passage you quote), Emma and Harriet have been discussing the Martins, and Emma expressed her opinion that Mr. Martin will probably (Emma's meaning: surely) marry an uneducated farmer's daughter, and that Harriet should not be acquainted with her. Harriet responds:
"To be sure. Yes. Not that I think Mr. Martin would ever marry any body but what had had some education -- and been very well brought up. However, I do not mean to set up my opinion against your's -- and I am sure I shall not wish for the acquaintance of his wife. I shall always have a great regard for the Miss Martins, especially Elizabeth, and should be very sorry to give them up, for they are quite as well educated as me. But if he marries a very ignorant, vulgar woman, certainly I had better not visit her, if I can help it.". (Ch. 4)
In chapter 7, Emma also tells Harriet that if she had accepted Mr. Martin's proposal she would be confined to a vulgar and illiteral society all her life.
Emma seems to be saying now: "See? what I have said? Mr. Martin will marry a vulgar woman! I hope that you remember your promise and cut all acquaintance with them."
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