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|I can see where he's coming from
Written by Nicki
(4/5/2008 12:18 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Speaking of hackles rising in Chapter 5 . . ., penned by Mary Anne
What Mr Knightley sees is that sometimes a bit of suffering can make us a better person, and this is a very gentle sort of pain. He wants her to be humbler, but without injuring her in any material way - and as you say, it's not quite as harsh as unrequited love. Yes, being in love with doubt of a return hurts. But once she has learnt to overcome that, she might know how to not value herself so highly. In theory, anyway.
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