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Written by gianni
(2/21/2011 11:41 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, But she gets stonewalled when she does ;-), penned by Reeba
She had not been prepared to have Jane Fairfax succeed Mr. Elton; [She had been expecting a merely tedious dissertation on all the residents of Highbury]
She regained the street -- happy in this, that though much had been forced on her against her will, though she had in fact heard the whole substance of Jane Fairfax's letter, she had been able to escape the letter itself.
It was a dislike so little just -- every imputed fault was so magnified by fancy, that she never saw Jane Fairfax the first time after any considerable absence, without feeling that she had injured her; ... These were charming feelings, but not lasting. Before she had committed herself by any public profession ... every thing was relapsing much into its usual state.... She [Jane] was disgustingly, was suspiciously reserved.
Do you really believe a young woman of "good understanding" (beginning of ch. 20) who has been treated this way her whole life has no reason -- indeed, has no obligation -- to be reserved, even suspicious?
Ch. 21, when they discuss the meeting the evening before, is one of the very rare instances when I could agree that George Knightley truly got it wrong. I can well understand his bitter disappointment at seeing his wishful thinking on Emma's good will quashed by Emma herself.
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