Thinking of the importance of social conduct in the book, what is significant about Jane refusing Emma’s visit, especially given that Miss Bates is the one to send Emma away?
Jane and Miss Bates are far below Emma in social class. They cannot invite her over, they cannot visit without being summoned, and they are both very poor. Their power, therefore, lies in their right to refuse Emma. Miss Bates gives Emma no room to apologize, and does not act with feigned deference. Jane works with Miss Bates to resist Emma's caprice, refusing to make herself an object of Emma's pity.
How is Emma’s self-identity inextricable from her relationship with Mr. Knightley?
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