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|Further to that very point
Written by Laraine
(3/30/2008 11:23 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Chapter 1 -- Emma's situation, penned by Joan Ellen
Sorrow, sorrow, loss, grief, mournful, no prospect of...cheer, she had lost
All of these in six sentences.
And then, in the next paragraph: promise; happiness; easy fortune; pleasant manners; satisfaction; self-denying, generous friendship; always wished and promoted; kindness; kindness; affection; devoted; attach; amuse; nursed; gratitude; perfect unreserve; dearer; tenderer recollection; friend and companion; intelligent, well-informed, useful, gentle, knowing; interested; peculiarly interested; every pleasure; affection
That's a very long list of positives--but they are all positives about was was, not what is.
It seems to me to show how conflicted Emma is about what's just happened, but that she is more sad than satisified.
And then Mr. Knightley walks in, and things become much more cheerful and playful.
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