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Written by Ramya
(2/28/2011 11:54 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, At the Ball: Still just friendship or something more?, penned by jeffrey
However, I don't deny that Emma may be feeling some attraction towards Mr. Knightley at thsi point- after all, she spends quite some time at the ball ogling him. She thinks that Mr. Knightley is as good looking as Frank Churchill, at least... ;-)
She was more disturbed by Mr. Knightley's not dancing, than by any thing else. There he was, among the standers-by, where he ought not to be; he ought to be dancing, -- not classing himself with the husbands, and fathers, and whist-players, who were pretending to feel an interest in the dance till their rubbers were made up, -- so young as he looked! He could not have appeared to greater advantage perhaps any where, than where he had placed himself. His tall, firm, upright figure, among the bulky forms and stooping shoulders of the elderly men, was such as Emma felt must draw every body's eyes; and, excepting her own partner, there was not one among the whole row of young men who could be compared with him. He moved a few steps nearer, and those few steps were enough to prove in how gentlemanlike a manner, with what natural grace, he must have danced, would he but take the trouble. Ch. 38
The brother and sister exchange means that she does not think they have a sibling relationship just because her sister and his brother married each other. It was not considered proper for brother and sister to dance (Fanny's brother makes a similar remark in Mansfield Park).
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