Is Emma’s attitude toward Jane justified? What do you think is at the root of her dislike?
Mr. Knightley believes that Emma is so annoyed by Jane because she is jealous. Emma is given every possible comfort in the entire world, and has a horde of doting followers. Jane is an orphan, self-taught in everything. Emma had a governess, while Jane might become a governess. Despite these disadvantages, Jane is a much more accomplished person, and more humble. She would be an easy target for Emma’s envy, though this is unwarranted, as Emma, with a little discipline, could have potentially been just as accomplished. We also know, given Emma’s feelings about Mr. Martin, that...
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