Posted by Kathy F. on July 06, 1997 at 23:08:25:
In reply to Re: Emma-Has this been discussed before? posted by Lesley on July 06, 1997 at 19:54:03
] ] where Emma errs once, she is in the right a hundred times..."
I don't necessarily agree with this assessment. But then, we are told more of her faults than of her good deeds; and her faults are of much more weight than her goodness--at least at first. Is not messing up Harriet's "best chance of happiness" a weightier matter than giving alms to the poor?
] ] Sure, she has her moments, but she's no cockey, haughty witch. In fact, very few people - notably Mr. K and John - understand the potential evil in what others see as charming and harmless.
I don't think that John saw anything in Emma-for one thing, he was too far away most of the time.
] I have been wanting to talk about this but I was unsure if this point had already been discussed ad nauseum . Emma's meddling with Harriet was seen as charming and harmless by most people but Mr. Knightley is really alarmed about it. I don't think Emma realizes how badly she could mess up Harriet's life. What would have happened to H. if Robert Martine hadn't proposed agian, etc.
I haven't discussed this point before, I believe, so I will gladly talk your ear off. ;-)