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Chapter 7 Emma is annoying, but I believe she really is trying to do what’s right for Harriet. I think you’re right that she sort of mixes up Harriet’s situation with her own. I believe at this point, she mistakenly believes that Harriet is some sort of long lost heiress. Perhaps that point is lost a bit in the modern videos (although they are mostly spot-on.)
I love Mr. Knightley in this chapter because I think he wants to help Harriet, Mr. Martin, and Emma. I would be frustrated too if I were in his position. I think he’s right that Harriet’s response to Mr. Martin could ruin her. She lives in a small town and doesn’t have many opportunities to advance herself. Mr. Martin is already above her station, and her response to him is unexpected and ungrateful. That’s the sort of thing that could ruin her reputation forever, especially since Mr. Martin has a mother and sisters who could spread gossip about her. (It’s to their credit that they don’t.)
Perhaps that point is lost a bit in the modern videos (although they are mostly spot-on.)
I was impressed that they showed so much in such a short time and in a modern way.
I really liked the way they modernized this part of the story in Emma Approved. I feel like they did a good job of showing Emma’s meddling, Harriet’s indecision, and Knightley’s wisdom. They also did a good job of making one feel bad for Martin, as they show how sweet and thoughtful he is. Thanks for including the video clips. Though I have watched the whole series, it’s nice to watch the videos right after reading the actual passage.
Emma is vexed when Knightley leaves because though those two like to banter and tease, she respects him, and values his good opinion. Although she claims that she is right and he is wrong, I think deep down she may realize that what Knightley says is true…even if she is in denial of it at this point.
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