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|Not in any reliable way, when Emma's so fanciful
Written by Tom P2
(2/8/2011 3:58 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Is Emma Fair to Jane Fairfax?, penned by Jane Marie
I do smile when Emma waxes lyrical with expressions like 'sucking in the sad poison' (ch20), but she proceeds on little or no evidence, so if she comes across as fair, she's benefiting from a very lucky coincidence.
Mr Knightley puts his finger on it, by calling her fanciful:
"... She will never submit to any thing requiring industry and patience, and a subjection of the fancy to the understanding. ..." (ch5)
"If you were as much guided by nature in your estimate of men and women, and as little under the power of fancy and whim in your dealings with them, as you are where these children are concerned, we might always think alike." (ch12)
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