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Written by Ramya
(2/12/2011 2:29 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Lies, Lies, Lies Week 3 (Long), penned by Tarn
Mr. Weston does come across as very ungracious in the way he speaks of his son's benefactors. Why give up a son to the care of people he thought so ill of? Did he not think his son would turn into another Churchill in character? I agree with Mr. Knightley's assesment: It is a great deal more natural than one could wish, that a young man, brought up by those who are proud, luxurious, and selfish, should be proud, luxurious, and selfish too. Ch. 18. And if he did give him up, why be so bitter when they behave exactly as one may expect them to?
When narrating Mr. Weston's marriage to Miss Taylor (Ch. 2), the narrator makes it quite clear that Emma had no role in "making their match": it was a delusion in Emma's head and the Westons were too indulgent to contradict it. It was now some time since Miss Taylor had begun to influence his schemes; but as it was not the tyrannic influence of youth on youth, it had not shaken his determination of never settling till he could purchase Randalls, and the sale of Randalls was long looked forward to: but he had gone steadily on, with these objects in view, till they were accomplished. He had made his fortune, bought his house, and obtained his wife
However, in explaining Jane Fairfax's motives in coming to Highbury, the narrator seems to be suggesting some hidden motives. With regard to her not accompanying them to Ireland, her account to her aunt contained nothing but truth, though there might be some truths not told.... and the Campbells, whatever might be their motive or motives, whether single, or double, or treble, gave the arrangement their ready sanction. Ch. 20 Might Emma be right in this instance? Does Jane or do the Campbells have a hidden agenda in sending her to Highbury? We'll see...
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