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|Ch 53: The lovers and their delightful conversation...
Written by jeffrey
(3/14/2011 9:56 a.m.)
Such is the pleasure of Ch 53! I have often read through the beginning and middle of Ch 53 because I love the reminiscing shared by Emma and Mr. Knightley that extends back to her youth.
This particular quote often intrigues me:
".....The good was all to myself, by making you an object of the tenderest affection to me. I could not think about you so much without doating on you, faults and all; and by dint of fancying so many errors, have been in love with you ever since you were thirteen at least....."
Are the two lovers just having some light-hearted fun with each other or was Mr. Knightley actually daydreaming about a future match with Emma beginning clear back at the age of thirteen until her present maturity? Would he not have been about 27 or 28 at this time? I'm having a hard time posing this question so as not to be misunderstood.
Much of the conversation revolves around Mr. Knightley and his almost life-long affection for Emma, stretching well back into her teen years. His infatuation with Emma is fairly obvious and he has declared more than once to her that he loved her, in spite of her faults. (Indeed he seems to almost be love with her faults)
The give and take of these two is just so charming and is an indication of how they will compliment and improve each other as marriage partners. (Methinks much like Elizabeth and Darcy)
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