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|Perhaps even "aimable" instead of "amiable"
Written by Tom P2
(4/14/2008 12:13 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Book Explanitory Notes says..., penned by Elbč
In the Prunella Scales audiobook, she pronounces it "aimable" instead of "amiable". Even though that's not an authoritative source in itself, here are a couple of other little considerations to support the idea that JA may have intended "aimable".
First, according to a modern French-to-English dictionary, "amiable" (amicably) is an adverb, and "aimable" (kind, nice) is an adjective. Mr Knightley used it as an adjective.
Second, "aimable" sounds almost like "Emma-able", which opens up the slight possibility that Mr Knightley is punning on Emma's predisposition to like Frank.
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