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Written by Stephanie
(10/23/2013 11:10 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Brother and sister, penned by Sarah Yorkshire
I see what you mean, I suppose, although I have not seen the Jeremy / Gwyneth adaptation. I have heard it used to good effect in a BBC-radio dramatization, which does not negate your point, and I was not annoyed by the line in the E3.
The way I think of it while reading has never been done on-screen, as far as I know. I think of Emma, fresh from the happiness of vicariously triumphing over the Elton's attack on Miss Smith, delivering the line in the same teasing manner she would have used when telling Mr. Knightley that men delight in ignorant wives. Only this time, Mr. Knightley, already clued into his feelings for Emma, is in agreement with what she says, and can't help supporting Emma in seeing him farther from being family, and closer to being a romantic interest.
So, he smiles, more broadly than usual, and answers her quietly, with feeling, not quite succeeding in keeping his answer light. He knows it, and says no more, hoping he has not implied more than will make her comfortable, and immediately slips into a more paternalistic stance to lead her to the dance floor. Emma, missing some nuances, is still happy that she and Mr. Knightley are in sync, and glows; but now the glow is not triumph, it is being happy in the good opinion of the person who one most wishes to impress.
Oh. Maybe that would be a little hard to SEE portrayed. I may be asking too much!
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