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|Over the hump; chickens come home to roost, but not for too long
Written by Tom P2
(3/6/2011 8:49 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, My favorite part of the novel, penned by Glenn
Emma's showing some good signs of improvement in the way she deals with the revelations and realisations, but her ability to guess the future is as bad as ever! She takes it as certain that Mr Knightley and Harriet will marry, and of course has to manage without E2 Mrs Weston's voice of reason: "Miss Smith's feelings are proof of her feelings only" -- or words to that effect.
Kudos to Jane Fairfax and her scruples for the line "Pain is no expiation" (ch48), which is very pithy, and happens to clarify the difference between 'sadder' and 'wiser' in Emma's 'sadder but wiser' state.
I find it difficult to picture how the arms are arranged in chapter 49, when Emma found her arm drawn within his, and pressed against his heart. Are they still walking, with her arm clamped against his ribs on the side? Or did he stop and dramatically swing her around to face him? Or what? (Whichever way, it's far better than the creepy St John Rivers hand-to-head move in Jane Eyre.)
Still in chapter 49, a tone of such sincere, decided, intelligible tenderness as was tolerably convincing is an amusing turn of phrase! It's definitely not a time to go being intolerably unconvincing.
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