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|neither provocation nor resentment were discerned by Mr. Knightle
Written by Stephanie
(2/17/2011 1:14 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mr. Knightley and Emma, penned by BarbaraB
If Mr. Knightley wants Emma to be more charitable (both in behavior and attitude) to Miss Fairfax, et al, I agree with him. I can not help reading his words as more than that, however. He is not satisfied that she invited Miss Fairfax, asked her to play, and chatted with her. She must also LIKE Miss Fairfax, and he is disappointed that she will not, and lays none of the blame on Miss Fairfax's wishes at all.
I do not see that Emma has any problem making any friends she wants to, nor do I see her as ungracious or unfeeling towards her guests. She is so perfect a hostess, even when disappointed and beginning to dislike Miss Fairfax for her reserve again, that Mr. Knightley (who had watched them both all evening), did not notice her dismay.
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