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|Mr Woodhouse -- I would run screaming from the room!
Written by AnnetteJ
(1/30/2011 12:45 p.m.)
Oh, Emma's father! I think that being forced to sit down with fussy, old-womanish Mr Woodhouse would be punishment indeed for my sins. The fact that Emma obviously loves him and goes to great lengths to cater to him does speak to her character. However, she apparently expects others to feel the same way about him, particularly her brother-in-law, John Knightly. His biggest fault in her eyes is that he had a "want of respectful forbearance towards her father. There was not...always the patience that could have been wished. Mr Woodhouse's peculiarities and fidgetness were sometimes provoking him to a rational remonstrance or sharp retort equally ill-bestowed." She does admit that John Knightly does usually show a strong regard for his father-in-law and the negative reactions usually don't come until later in the visit.
Personally, John Knightly is a candidate for sainthood in my eyes! His wife is a young and female version of her father and can only be expected to get worse as she ages. The constant pre-occupation with health and food and the ocean and gruel..ahhhhh!! But I was LOL in the section when Emma and Mr Knightly kept trying to change the subject and Mr Woodhouse would not let them. Even the absent and disliked Jane Fairfax was trotted out as a distraction. Too funny!
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