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Written by Rachel G
(4/30/2008 1:05 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Extremes, penned by Antoinette
That's true. The insult to Harriet is very public and horribly spiteful. I don't think Emma is really spiteful in that way, though her fantasy about Jane and Mr Dixon is pretty horrible IMO. It isn't as public as the snub to Harriet, but it is shared with Frank, and has no other cause than that Emma dislikes Jane because Jane's accomplishments make Emma uncomfortable about her own. True, Emma does experience qualms of conscience about the Jane/ Mr Dixon fantasy, but the nasty impulse is there in Emma.
Perhaps you are right, and Mrs Elton is intended as a warning of what Emma could become. I do think though, that there could be quite a few people in Highbury who find the superior Miss Woodhouse just as offensive as we find Augusta.
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