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Written by Elbč
(4/13/2008 3:09 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Delicacy towards the feelings of others…, penned by Robbin
amiable: Mr Knightley is drawing a distinction between the French 'amiable' - which construes as mere politeness - and its English cognate, 'amiable', which in Austen's era belonged in 'a much more serious register': an innate, fundamental warmth of temper or disposition
I guess the difference there is politeness being a pretence for civility sake compared to politeness coming naturaly due to the warmth nature of the person. i.e. a polite, generous personality?
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