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Emma

Emma

by Jane Austen

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"[…] if any difficulties should arise, my housekeeper is extremely clever."
"I will answer for it, that mine thinks herself full as clever, and would spurn any body's assistance." (42. 25-6)

Discussing servants’ feelings (or senses of worth) is a rare occurrence in a novel based on gentry (or upper-class people). In this passage, the two speakers use servants as ways to reiterate their own positions.

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