Posted by Kathy F. on July 27, 1997 at 15:04:42:
In reply to Re: Mrs. Johnson... posted by Claire on July 25, 1997 at 13:07:50
] ] ]... Mrs. Johnson is merely following instructions. I get the feeling that she is as much under Lady Susan's spell as everyone else.
] ] ________
] ] I agree, Cheryl.
] ] She may be a more willing dupe, looking for a good time and expecting Lady Susan to provide it, but I don't think she's LS's equal except maybe in the fallen state of her morals.
] ] Mrs. Johnson is an example of another way (for Lady Susan) to use people.
] ] Laraine
] My take on Mrs.Johnson is that of a follower, not a leader. I think she admires Lady Susan and thrives on the LS's unrestrained and selfish ambitions. She wouldn't have the nerve, nor the ability to dupe others.
This discussion brings to mind Emma's Harriet Smith. If Emma were truly evil, as opposed to being merely selfish, spoiled, and childish, it's possible that Harriet, under Emma's influence, would become a Mrs. Johnson.
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