Harriet Smith

Harriet Smith is not quite an orphan, but apparently an illegitimate child who was dropped off for schooling at a local school. Emma takes Harriet under her wing and decides that the girl is nice enough, pretty enough, and that she deserves a wonderful husband. Harriet is already in love with Mr. Robert Martin, but Emma decides a simple farmer is far too low a match for Harriet and pushes her to set her sights higher. Much of the book is taken up with Emma trying and failing to get Harriet married off to men of the area.

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Harriet is shown to be VERY much a fall-in-love-deeply-and-quickly type of girl, which takes some of the burden off of Emma in terms of what is going on. Where other versions show Emma pushing Harriet into the various relationships, here it's more that Emma happens to be around when Harriet falls head over heels with the next man she sees. Yes, Emma gives her subtle (or not-so-subtle) nudges, but Harriet tumbles head long in on her own. In this version she carries around keepsakes of Elton's long after he's gone off with someone else. She falls deeply in love with Knightley. Then a short while later she's back to Martin again. So it makes Emma much more sympathetic, that Harriet is doing that connection primarily on her own.

In this image Emma is on the left, Harriet on the right.

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