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Written by Stephanie
(2/9/2013 12:19 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I think this helps to explain..., penned by keith Logan
I often wonder if Author Austen MEANT Emma to know what she was doing in that scene. It is almost as if she does it automatically; Mr. Knightley's judgement was right -- acknowledge it aloud (yours being similarly correct is not worth mentioning). She seems to slip into that mode so smoothly (not like her machinations when match-making Harriet, or her needing to call her politeness to the fore when Miss Bates produces an unexpected letter from Jane Fairfax), that I do not think she DECIDES to puff up Mr. Knightley. It is an instinctive habit of thought, now put into words and actions in their new situation.
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