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|Beg to differ.
Written by Rachel G
(5/2/2008 7:47 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Why Not Mr. Knightley?, penned by Antoinette
I would not call Mr Knightley a snob. As the owner of Donwell Abbey he is at the top of the Highbury social heap, yet he has great respect and friendship for Robert Martin, who as a working farmer is not his equal in terms of social rank. If he were a snob he would not want to associate with such a person.
When he refers to Harriet's illegitimacy and ignorance I don't see him as sneering. I think he is stating facts. He thinks his friend would benefit by marrying a woman who has had more useful education and is better informed than Harriet.
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