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|The apparent absence of Mr. Knigthley in ch.15...
Written by MarianneR
(4/8/2008 3:32 a.m.)
Reading chapters 14 and 15 it struck me that at first we don´t hear anything of Mr.Knightley. (Emma doesn´t seem to notice him.) But when he finally "steps on to the stage" it´s interesting to see that it takes only a few sentences to give us a deep insight into his character. After Mr.John Knightley´s report on the snow we read:
...and they were still discussing the point, when Mr. Knightley, who had left the room immediately after his brother's first report of the snow, came back again, and told them that he had been out of doors to examine...He had gone beyond the sweep -- some way along the Highbury road...He had seen the coachmen, and they both agreed with him in there being nothing to apprehend.
...and while the others were variously arguing and recommending, Mr. Knightley and Emma settled it in a few brief sentences:
"Your father will not be easy; why do not you go?"
Knightley knows his brother well - he doesn´t trust his assessment. And because he - in contrast to his brother - is rather concerned about the well-being of others than of his own, he puts on his coat and steps out into the snow. He not only takes a few steps out of the door, he even goes some way along the Highbury road.
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