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|This particular quote has always intrigued me also.
Written by Patricia AA
(3/14/2011 11:02 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Ch 53: The lovers and their delightful conversation..., penned by jeffrey
".....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....."
If Mr. Knightly were knowingly in love with Emma since the age of thirteen, why did he wait so long to propose? Lol, I'm sure that he would not have proposed to a very young Emma...but, why wait until she was twenty-one? Surely, once she achieved the age of adulthood (i.e. 17 or 18) it would have been acceptable. He must have felt that Emma was not emotionally mature, or that she didn't view him in the light of a "lover".
I've wondered if this were just playful banter on his part, or if he seriously had been in love with Emma for the past eight years.
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