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Written by Stephanie
(2/17/2011 10:23 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mr Knightley's wishes, penned by Nikki N
I do agree with most of your points. But I cannot see Mr. Knightley scowling and disappointed because Emma ONLY acted the hostess, without any friendly feelings involved, and imagine that he is not placing a high importance on Emma becoming intimate with Miss Fairfax. He probably has good goals in mind while doing this: I imagine he thinks Emma will benefit from the interaction as much as Jane Fairfax, and it will distance Emma from the friendship with Harriet, which he deems unfortunate for both.
However, I see Emma's good intentions for Harriet through the twinned lens of self-conceit and probable ill results, and, using THOSE criteria, Mr. Knightley's intent to use his influence with Emma to force a friendship (which seems obvious to me), is impudent and short-sighted.
This willingness to play with the lives of others, and trust their own judgments over that of the principle players certainly shows Emma and Mr. Knightly have much personality in common. I wonder if this is imagined to be a trait of the landed class? Mr. Woodhouse has it, in his habits of selfish generosity, seeing to the health of all around him. Does Mr. Weston have it? Does he count as landed, since he now owns Randalls?
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