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|Ch 37. Fifteen minutes.
Written by Rachel G
(4/27/2008 2:43 p.m.)
There is an example of what I mean in Ch. 37, when Frank comes to Highbury for a couple of hours and can only call at Hartfield for fifteen minutes before dashing off to see some 'old acquaintances'. This is exactly the time Emma allowed Harriet for her call on the Martins. The discussion here about that call highlighted that fifteen minutes is the bare minimum for a 'courtesy' call, and would not be the norm for visits among old friends and acquaintances at Highbury - the Miss Martins had good reason to be offended by it.
Interestingly, Emma is not offended by the brevity of Frank's visit. Although she is clear that she is not in love with him and that he is less attached to her than before, her vanity causes her to interpret Frank's hurrying away as evidence that he wants to avoid being attracted to her again ("dread of her returning power").
Is Emma right here?
Does the fact that Frank must dance to Mrs Churchill's tune and cannot call his time his own excuse the potentially insulting brevity of his call at Hartfield?
Would Emma have good cause to feel offended if she chose to interpret things in such a way?
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