You can put those Bovary dreams away, dere readers, right now. But what was it that prompted Emma to say that Brian obviously did it (ie dumped poison on purpose on his land)? Ed mentioned some tension at Home Farm, but there would be that anyway, being as they are in the middle of the biggest chemical clean-up evah(!). So presumably it was just her own delightful combination of envy and spite shining through. But I have this horrible feeling in my water (I know; cranberry juice…) that we are going to be treated to Emmur being righteous among the parishes in her roles as Parish Councillor, or somesuch emetic garbage.
She has no evidence whatever on which to base her assertion that Brian poisoned his land, has she?
It’s going to be one of those things that a character magically gets to know like Elizabeth realising David taunted Nigel whereas David’s confession to Elizabeth said nothing of the sort.
He was rude to her when she was rude to him, therefore he must be guilty of anything she chooses to accuse him of, I suppose. That is the way that Emma’s mind works.
And anyway he’s a Toff (= has more money than her).
covered above under ‘envy’, dahlink. I’ve always been broadly against grinding the faces of the poor, but in Emmur’s case I will happily make an exception. Suggestions of unusually abrasive grindy things welcome.
I’m not even sure it’s envy as such. It’s not that she wants to be where he is; it’s that she’s offended by the existence of anyone who is in any way better, or better off, than her.
Isn’t it covered under “covet”? She wants to own what he has got, not to be what he is.
She’d be just as happy if he didn’t have it, though.
Ah, yes, cares not to come up any higher but rather get you down in the hole that she’s in. True.