Social ties of Mr Wodhouse/Mr Knightley.
Written by Mandy N
(3/31/2008 10:11 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Well..., penned by Robbin
I agree the Woodhouses and Knightleys were probably thrown together socially over suppers and visits.
Mr Woodhouse as one of the wealthiest residents of Highbury and Mr Knightley the main landowner; occasionally they may've conferred on business matters regarding Highbury.
Both men appear to have some concern for Highbury residents; the Bates ladies, Mrs Goddard, poor Miss Taylor, Mr Weston.
In ch. 3 the narrator comments on Mr Woodhouse as 'fond of society in his own way'.
Regardless of family ties, if Mr Knightley regarded Mr Woodhouse as an unpleasant man, I doubt he'd frequently visit at Hartfield. ;)