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|Mr. Knightley, a sensible man
Written by Stephanie
(1/31/2011 9:07 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The Unfortunate 'but...', penned by BarbaraB
"I wonder that when she realized that the Martins were a family associated with Mr. [Knightley] and that he thought well of them that out of respect for a long family friend she didn't refrain from criticism of them in any way but... ,"
it seems Emma respects him but tends to verbally spar with him when face-to-face with Mr. Knightley. She is expecting him to accuse her of being 'a fanciful, troublesome creature' in ch. 1, and only lets his denial pass because she feels she must tend to her father's depression more urgently.
So, while she speaks of his 'downright, decided, commanding sort of manner' approvingly to Harriet in ch. 4, in his presence, she is more disrespectful than that would indicate.
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