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Written by Ramya
(3/14/2013 11:59 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mr Knightley, penned by bridget D
While Emma's faults are put on display for us to see--Mr. Knightley has his own share of them. There was a time when Mr. Knightley "would have scorned [Harriet] as a companion, and turned from her with little ceremony," but he comes to appreciate Harriet for her good qualities.
Mr. Knightley's constant nitpicking of Emma's faults wasn't exactly a kind thing either. It's satisfying that Austen shows us Emma and Mr. Knightley reevaluating themselves and their relationship in the light of self-realization in the post-proposal chapters. Mr. Knightley steps down from his role as Emma's mentor and Emma steps up into becoming "the chosen, the first, the dearest, the friend, the wife to whom he looked for all the best blessings of existence".
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