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Written by BarbaraB
(3/9/2011 12:38 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Your Censure may be Praise, penned by Robbin
Yes, I too had planned, towards the end of the reading, on pointing out my disappointment in Mr. Woodhouse and Miss Taylor/Weston in allowing Emma to think herself without fault. Most of her problems stemmed from having no direction, guidance or censure from either of them, who were in the best position to give it to her. It was a real disservice on their part in my opinion. If a contrary word was ever spoken around Mr. Woodhouse, he would be immediately take to denying any fault in Emma and we are told:
"They (Emma and Mrs. Weston) combated the point some time longer in the same way; Emma rather gaining ground over the mind of her friend; for Mrs. Weston was the most used of the two to yield;..." so Emma's governess and friend (whom I do like) wasn't much help either.
Throughout the novel, I was thinking, at least someone (Mr. Knightley) is trying to give her some guidance and in the end Emma is grateful for his efforts; I believe all the advice he gave, what we heard and probably many more things we didn't, gave her a good foundation when she began her journey of self-discovery through reflections and meditations.
Not only the things he said about Harriet were true but also, even though jealous of Frank, the things Mr. Knightley said about him were quite true as well.
Nice Post :)
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