Harriet’s Box of Treasures

Title

Harriet’s Box of Treasures

Subject

Personal Memorabilia

Description

Harriet keeps a special wooden box with mementos from her days with Mr. Elton. She has a small piece of cloth that he discarded and the stump of a used pencil. The insignificance of the objects demonstrates the lack of real evidence of Mr. Elton’s attraction and Harriet’s own naiveté. Harriet’s choice to keep the box after she realizes Mr. Elton is not interested in her shows her continued hope, and her choice to destroy the objects signifies that she is no longer secretly longing for Mr. Elton.

Creator

Tunbridge-ware

Source

Emma, Jane Austen

Contributor

Brianna Sumption

Type

Novel

Files

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Citation

Tunbridge-ware, “Harriet’s Box of Treasures,” The Museum of Fictional Literary Artifacts, accessed October 1, 2022, https://mfla.omeka.net/items/show/288.