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|He could actually have said two more things
Written by Kathleen Glancy
(3/1/2011 1:26 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, He is a great guy, penned by Lisa Dalrymple
which would be true, and which Emma deserves. He could have pointed out that her father, if he found out what she had said to Miss Bates (though as this would require someone not just telling him but probably having to repeat it several times until it sank in, I doubt it is going to happen) would be both deeply distressed and ashamed of her. He could also have said that her behaviour might be held by some people present to reflect badly upon Mrs Weston, who as her former governess, they might say, should have taught her better manners.
Indeed, I am surprised that Mrs Weston herself did not seek to reprove Emma - possibly however she noticed Mr Knightley heading for Emma with a grim expression on his face and realised that the task was going to be done for her.
Emma has been sorry before for things she has done, but never completely or lastingly. This time, however, may be different. That she wanted so much to show Mr Knightley she was sorry and that she was so upset about not being able to do it are hopeful signs
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