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Emma resists the idea that Henry’s book and her part in it is true, but it’s getting harder for her to do so due to her encounters and experiences in Storybrooke. An encounter with the Mad Hatter in “Hat Trick” gets at this:
Emma: You’re insane.
Jefferson: Because I speak the truth?
Emma: Because you’re talking about magic.
Jefferson: I’m talking about what I’ve seen. Maybe you’re the one who’s mad.
Jefferson: What’s crazier than seeing and not believing? Because that’s exactly what you’ve been doing since you got to our little hamlet. Open your eyes. Look around. Wake up.Emma is gradually beginning to consider there might be something to Henry’s storybook. We know that if she decided to step out and trust that it is true, she would not only be better able to understand herself and purpose but also help the townspeople remember who they are and restore their purposes and relationships—and have much greater power in confronting the injustice and oppression of the Queen.