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|Contrast the two brothers
Written by Rae
(4/8/2008 12:44 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The apparent absence of Mr. Knigthley in ch.15..., penned by MarianneR
This scene made me think again about Mr John Knightley. Primed by his many admirers here, I was liking him very much until this. But the contrast with his brother's actions pulled me up short. Why does Mr John Knightley take such pleasure in winding up his father in law like this? It seems quite cruel really. I may be a bit touchy as I have a brother who I could imagine acting like this, and it annoys me intensely.
On the other hand, my feelings towards Emma were improved by her sensible response and the skill with which she manages her father and sister. And yes, the rapport between Emma and Mr Knightley is very real in this exchange.
BTW I am listening to the book on my way to/from work, rather than reading it, and that exchange was really well read.
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