the friendship is based on what
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The Emma-Harriet relationship is the epitome of the unhealthy relationship in which the "teacher" (Emma) abuses and manipulates and exploits the "student." The power is all in the hands of Emma, who has not what's best for Harriet in mind, but instead what is most desirable for herself. Ironically, Emma is completely unaware that her relationship with Harriet is self-serving.