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|I could imagine
Written by MarianneR
(5/2/2008 3:45 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Caricature, Conscience & Social Status., penned by Rachel G
that Emma´s snobbery developed over the years because she was constantly reminded of her social rank through the behaviour of the Highbury society. Due to her gentility Miss Bates and probably others as well considered it with gratitude when Emma visited them and would have told her so again and again. To a young teenage girl this must have had some effect IMO. And besides she didn´t have a mother who would reprimand her (I guess her sister might have had the opportunity...) but a proud father who coddled her and never criticized her at all.
The different attitudes of father and daughter towards the Bates deprive of the fact IMO that Mr. Woodhouse was aquainted with the familiy when Mr. Bates was still alive and the family dwelt in gentility. So he respected them due to their former rank and was eager to enhance their present situation. Emma might have been a very young girl when Mr. Bates was still alive so that she couldn´t remember. So to her the Bates always had the touch of impoverished women. What do you think?
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