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|Ch.5 Material matrimonial point...
Written by Rachel G
(4/4/2008 8:32 a.m.)
"...you were receiving a very good education from [Emma}, on the very material matrimonial point of submitting your own will, and doing as you were bid;"
Indignation doesn't even begin to describe my reaction to this statement! Yes, I know things were different then, and ideas about gender relations have changed massively in the last half century or so. But is Mr Knightley really serious about this, underneath his gentle teasing of Mrs Weston? Does he genuinely think this is a 'material matrimonial point', or is he speaking tongue-in-cheek?
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