Written by Tzivia
(11/6/2003 7:39 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I could accept your, penned by JulieW
] interpretation if it were not for Jane Fairfax's confession to Emma in Chapter 52.She knows that her resever and coldness were a breach of the code of civility. She knew she had acted without regard to the small courtesies that civility required.And she was aware that Emma knew she had been deficient.
I agree with you as far as Jane goes. She may (or may not) have been more civil on a neutral topic. I still maintain, however, that Emma was not making an attempt to be civil but to pump Jane for information on the specific subject (FC) she herself was interested in and getting her to gossip about Frank. As the social superior she could have tried to put Jane at ease by talking about something else but she was not interested in discussing anything else.
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