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Written by Ramya
(10/16/2013 9:18 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Thank you. It's interesting..., penned by Reeba
I agree that Emma always preferred to be a big fish in a small pond, but a large part of her immobility comes from what she believes she owes her father. This is the girl who is almost ready to not get married to Mr. Knightley and only stay engaged as long as her father is alive!
The determination of the sea-side as their honeymoon destination is part what makes the end of Emma so perfect for me. I too think it was a Mr. Knightley idea--all arising from Emma's once-mentioned regret (genuine, IMO) that she alone of all the company had never been to the sea. On that occasion, as at many other, Emma and Mr. Knightley were in sync with each other and acting in concert to smooth things over. "Come, come," cried Emma, feeling this to be an unsafe subject, "I must beg you not to talk of the sea. It makes me envious and miserable; I who have never seen it! South End is prohibited, if you please. My dear Isabella, I have not heard you make one inquiry after Mr. Perry yet; and he never forgets you." Ch. 12
Call me a hopeless romantic, if you will, but the fact that, as I think, Mr. Knightley remembered Emma's desire to visit the seaside, and planned to take her there on their honeymoon shows how peculiarly attentive he has always been to her, and how attentive to her needs he will be as a husband. Besides, both Emma and Mr. Knightley would get some much-needed privacy to get adjusted to life as a married couple before coming back to Hartfield.
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