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|"Insufferable woman!" Emma's inner rant in chapt. 32
Written by Delories
(2/21/2011 8:47 a.m.)
Emma's "inner rant" in chapt. 32, where she vents her feelings about Mrs. Elton to herself in order to get "tolerably capable" of speaking calmly to her father, is such fun! (And note, Stephanie, that here is the passage I alluded to by accident last week.)
Also, to Emma's credit, she gets most upset at what she perceives as slights to those dear to her, as noted in square brackets:
"'Insufferable woman!' was her immediate exclamation. 'Worse than I had supposed ... Knightley! I could not have believed it. Knightley! never seen him in her life before, and call him Knightley! and discover that he is a gentleman! [Angry that Mr. Knightley isn't being treated with due deference] ... And Mrs. Weston! Astonished that the person who had brought me up should be a gentlewoman! Worse and worse. [Again, the idea that anyone could "look down" on Mrs. Weston] I never met with her equal. Much beyond my hopes. Harriet is disgraced by any comparison' [Here there's a bit of sour grapes for Mr. E, as well]."
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