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|John Knightley and Mr Elton
Written by Nikki N
(2/7/2011 12:00 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Failed to Connect the Dots, penned by Robbin
John Knightley said in chap 13 --
"Mr. Elton's manners are not perfect," replied Emma; "but where there is a wish to please, one ought to overlook, and one does overlook a great deal. Where a man does his best with only moderate powers, he will have the advantage over negligent superiority. There is such perfect good temper and good will in Mr. Elton as one cannot but value."
"Yes," said Mr. John Knightley presently, with some slyness, "he seems to have a great deal of good-will towards you."
"Me!" she replied with a smile of astonishment, "are you imagining me to be Mr. Elton's object?"
"Such an imagination has crossed me, I own, Emma; and if it never occurred to you before, you may as well take it into consideration now."
John had civilly offered a seat in his carriage to Elton, and spoke "with some slyness" about Elton's "good-will" towards Emma -- he seemed to be gently teasing her, not expressing any disapproval. Could it be that John would not have disapproved of Elton as a match for Emma if Emma had really liked him and was interested in him? John thought her manners "encouraging", and when he did caution her "to regulate your behaviour accordingly", that was only after Emma clearly showed that she had no idea of Elton's interest in her.
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