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January 16, 2015
Welcome to the Wednesday Read Along!
So, exciting happenings in Highbury indeed. Miss Fairfax has arrived, to make Emma jealous with her true accomplishments and annoy her with her reserve. We get to hear a lot about Miss Fairfax in this chapter, and what’s not to like? She had a rough start in life, and it was only thanks to Colonel and Mrs Campbell that she received a gentlewoman’s education.
But can Emma see her merit? Or is she behaving like a spoilt child?
Speaking of which, Mrs Elton is about to arrive in Highbury too. What a treat for the inhabitants of this lucky little village 😉
Would love to hear your thoughts, please share them!
I’m going to have to disagree about Jane Fairfax. Emma has tried to be her friend, and Jane has always been too reserved. Part of being a friend is building up trust and sharing confidences. People are always saying that Jane is shy. That may be true, but she could have made a bigger effort to be a friend to Emma. It seems to me that Emma can be a good friend, even to people who are below her station like Harriet and Mrs. Weston. She may be a bit snobby about her relationship with Mr. Elton, but she isn’t snobby with female friendships. Jane obviously has a great friendship with Miss Campbell, so she’s capable of being a true friend to someone her age. I think she dislikes Emma, and it seems quite unjust to me. I could also argue that Jane’s given Frank the idea that Emma is cold and heartless, the type of woman who wouldn’t feel a thing when Frank uses her. I’m not saying Emma is all that better. I just think it goes both ways.
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