How does Dorothea justify wearing the emeralds?

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Dorothea's religious persuasion makes her generally feel that the wearing of jewelry reflects a sinful nature and that jewels should not be worn in company. When she opens the box and finds the emeralds, however, she becomes suffused with a "new current of feeling." In order to justify to herself her pleasure at seeing the emeralds, she alludes to the...

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