The Harness Conspiracy


Things are not always as they seem. This theme holds true in literature from many different times and many different authors. This theme is definitely a part of "The Harness," for within the story lies a conspiracy. Emma, in cooperation with Peter, staged her own death for the purpose of making money.
Emma wanted Peter to plant sweet peas on all their land and get rich. She knew that if Peter decided he was going to plant sweet peas, everyone else in the town would plant them as well. Even with a very limited knowledge of supply-in-demand one can easily see that if everyone planted sweet peas, the prices would plummet, and leave Emma and Peter with less money than they started with. ...

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closer observation, one can see all the inconsistencies and clues that lead to this conclusion.
First, there are many inconsistencies concerning Emma's incessant illness. When we first see Emma described, we are told that her eyes were "feverish with a determination to live" (39). This image does not suggest that she would give up life as easily as she supposedly does. Her illnesses were either planned or were hugely coincidental, because "Each time Peter returned from a business trip, Emma was ailing for a month or two . . . " (40). She never got sick when Peter was away on "business." They kept this charade of her "illness" to give the impression that her death was imminent. It is also peculiar that Emma always did her own work and refused to hire a girl, but the house was described as the epitome of cleanliness. If she was so weak and sickly, how did she manage to keep such a clean house? It is also peculiar that she refused to hire a nurse when she fell ill and did not ...

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