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Written by Tracy W
(4/14/2008 3:48 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Why is Emma so protective of her father..., penned by Ramya
So Isabella is willing to put her father's peace above even indulging her children.
I think the reason that Isabella does not try to keep the conversation with her father on an even knell is that she's not as smart as her younger sister. Mr Knightley said in chapter 5 Emma is spoiled by being the cleverest of her family. At ten years old, she had the misfortune of being able to answer questions which puzzled her sister at seventeen.
Miss Taylor/Mrs Weston comes across to me as a tender-hearted woman who cares that others are happy. I could see her stepping in to alleviate Mr Weston's fears whenever Isabella or Emma had some mild childhood illness, or fell over and bumped a knee or other such minor ailments, rather than being concerned to get under from his gentle selfishness. And Emma would pick it up from there.
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