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|a multiplicity of "hooks"--here's mine...
Written by Donald
(2/2/2011 6:42 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The "hook" in Emma that kept me reading on..., penned by jeffrey
I need to get this off my chest, because recently I suffered a mild form of "Emma" meltdown--I found myself saying things like "what do her loved ones see in her anyway?!?", and "Reading 'Emma' is like driving SPIKES through my head!"
In a calmer mood, I noted this--Emma has a number of bad (or at least non-productive) qualities, but she does have one very practical virtue--her care for the poor in her community, as well as for her irritating father.
The "hook" for me is wondering which side will prevail--the side containing her erroneous belief in her prowess as a matchmaker, her frankly nauseating treatment of people for whom she doesn't care, her inability to see Harriet as she truly is--or the side that prompts her to take really responsible care of the people around her? Sorry to make this sound like a moral treatise, but it does seem to me a battle; and one side will likely destroy the other!
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