Posted by Julia on July 08, 1997 at 20:27:00:
When Mrs. Westin is trying to reconsile Emma to the Frank/Jane secret, she says, "It is not a connection to gratify, but if the Churchills do not feel it, why should we?" I am confused about this.
First of all, that remark seems extremely ill-placed, because the connection that does not gratify is Jane, who is in the same exact situation Mrs. Westin was in when she was 21! In fact, Jane is better connected than Mrs. Westin ever was! And the Westins are much lower in society than the Churchills, so why would she compare the two families?