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Written by Nikki N
(3/15/2011 12:41 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, From Ch. 49:, penned by Nina RG
I agree that the lovers were having a bit of light-hearted fun and he certainly didn't realize that he was in love with Emma until Frank Churchill was regraded as a possible match for her. In chap 5, Mr Knigtley also said --
It would have been impossible for him to have said these words e.g. "nobody hereabouts to attach her" if he had realized that he himself was in love with her. He knew her declaration of never marrying "means just nothing", so it was not because he took it seriously that prevented him from asking her, or acting more like a lover and courting her, if he had felt himself to be in love with her.
I think he mentioned 13 because that was about the time that his brother married her sister, and they became closer. He probably did "love" her then, but it was more as a friend and almost family, he was not actually "in love" with her when she was 13.
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