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Written by BarbaraB
(4/15/2008 1:01 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mr Knightley finds Emma pardonable, penned by Tracy W
...the part about Mr. Knightley pardoning Emma, not that I said anything about Mr. Knightley in regards to pardoning. I'm not sure I know what that has to do with it. The unpardonable behavior I mentioned was Emma's behavior toward the Bateses. I only mentioned Mr. K. in reference to reminding Emma of her duty. I don't get the impression he was angry about it, only that he was giving hints that she was neglecting someone she should have compassion for. The fact that the Bateses were wonderful enough not to hold it against Emma does not excuse Emma. I don't really think she excuses herself---she just chooses not to do anything about it as she 'does as she likes' and she doesn't like the Bateses. I didn't say anything about anybody being friends or not being friends as a result of it. If everyone dropped someone as a friend because of faults, we would none of us have a single friend. :)
As to the 'rude thoughts' comment, I specifcally added 'so to speak' to show that it was a figurative expression. I apologize if that wasn't clear.
]In consequence, I do not think that JA intended her readers to regard Emma's failure to visit the Bateses as unpardonable.
Miss Bates is so gracious, always coming over at Emma's request to keep company with her father. Why can Emma not, at least, repay her kindness? That alone deserves return visits, in my opinion. And saying someone has done something unpardonable does not mean I feel that someone is commiting a crime or anything of the sort. It merely means (barring acts of nature, etc.) that any excuses put forth just do not work for whoever thinks it's unpardonable. I can see no reason that Emma doesn't pay these visits except that she doesn't want to.
stock---any reading in general where 'scanty and stock' are said in the same breath, 'stock' usually means supplies and as the the Bates are poor and depend on the gifts from others to add to their stocks, it seems reasonable to me. I don't have to be right, though. I'd be willing to consider any other definitions that could work for the word 'stock' in this context.
Even when I disagree with points of view, I learn a great deal from others' opposing views and am even sometimes persuaded to see something in a different light. While I must beg to differ on JA's meaning for us on 'visits', thanks for your input, Tracy. (I am fasting for a procedure tomorrow and am rather light-headed at the moment so I will respond to your reply to my Frank posting tomorrow if I am up to it.) Unable to do much editing so please overlook any wild grammar, misspellings, or the like!
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