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|Emma's gracious behaviour.
Written by Reeba
(3/2/2011 6:01 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Snub & Acquaintance, penned by Robbin
Coleses would compare Mr Knightley’s and Mr Weston’s behavior with Mr Woodhouse.
>IMO Emma is acquainted and has exchanged civilities with them when it could not be escaped—perhaps after church, just in town or at the Bates apartment:
Dinner parties were out but visiting may not be. We see him visiting Randalls. He has been down vicarage lane
Emma has shown herself to be polite when thrown together with people she doesn’t like. Mrs Elton’s company is also irksome, and Emma finds her vulgar and illbred.
Highburians don’t need to know people much in order to form opinion. We see Mr Knightley doing that with Frank Churchill and Harriet. Emma with Robert Martin (though she has a strong motivation there), so forming opinion about the Coxes isn’t any different.
>“it would be much better if they would come in one afternoon next summer, and take their tea with us” (25) which I cannot imagine he would suggest if they were strangers.
I think the idea of inviting them to tea has come from having to refuse their invitation. Both the invitations, one real (from the Coles’) and the other proposed (by Mr Woodhouse) are a ‘first’.
>Emma’s reflections on her performance at the Cole’s party are hilarious and I think do her no credit.
No they don’t, but the hilarity of it is worth it ;-)
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