“Even though I was never an advocate to the “Gigi-is-Emma” theory - much on the contrary, I always thought it ludicrous to expect that characters with such different pasts could be one and the same - I think that a “Harriet Smith is Anne Elliot” switcheroo could in fact work. Well, excepting the fact that Robert Martin is by no means Captain Wentworth material. But, if they changed Harriet’s story
quite a bit, I think we could have “Persuasion” following “Emma Approved”….
It won’t happen though.”