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Written by Frances G
(3/8/2011 11:52 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Unguarded, penned by Robbin
I agree that Mr. Knightley is speaking to Harriet in an effort to encourage her to re-think her response to Robert Martin. It appears that they are talking while they take in the beautiful view of Abbey-Mill Farm.
"at the bottom of this bank, favourably placed and sheltered, rose the Abbey-Mill Farm, with meadows in front, and the river making a close and handsome curve around it. It was a sweet view -- sweet to the eye and the mind. English verdure, English culture, English comfort, seen under a sun bright, without being oppressive. In this walk Emma and Mr. Weston found all the others assembled; and towards this view she immediately perceived Mr. Knightley and Harriet distinct from the rest, quietly leading the way."
After his reaction to Emma's meddling, it's pretty ironic that he thinks he can get away with it!
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