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Written by Bridget T
(2/9/2011 9:00 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Also a joke on Emma, penned by Louise H
Mr. Woodhouse has always been a doddering old man. The bawdy references went over his head. I can almost picture him sitting around with a few men who were reading it; them laughing at Woodhouse's oblivious delight. That he thinks of his DAUGHTER Isabella when he thinks of it is so disturbingly funny. And more evidence that he had no idea what it meant.
The real joke, however, is that Emma did not get it. And how would she? Emma, has never been off to school and had no intimate companionship other than her father, Isabella, Miss Taylor, Mr. Knightly, and Harriet. Would any of them have whispered to her about the dirty innuendo in chimney sweeping or Kitty or Fanny.
Emma has no clue about the ways of men. The fact that this riddle comes as she is completely misinterpreting Mr. Elton's advances is double proof of her naivete.
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