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Written by Tracy W
(4/15/2008 8:31 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I may have missed..., penned by BarbaraB
The definition of pardon I am used to is To release (a person) from punishment; exempt from penalty. It is akin to "forgiveness". To say that something is unpardonable therefore to me reads as saying something like that there is no way that you can forgive Emma for failing to visit the Bateses as often as she should. If a fault is so bad that it is unpardonable, then by my definition of pardonable it excludes friendship. That was why I mentioned Mr Knightley as an example of a person who did manage to be friends with Emma while disapproving of her.
You appear to have meant by the word "unpardonable" something like "inexcusable". If I am right in my understanding of your meaning here, I can agree with you. I stated in my earlier post that Emma was wrong for not calling on her neighbours the Bateses more often.
I agree that "stocks" refers to supplies. I read this as referring to emotional stocks in this context as JA only talks about Emma's dislike of visiting the Bateses, not any dislike of giving them material gifts.
I am hardly in a position to criticise other people for misspellings, wild grammar, etc - and I seldom have your excuse :). Good luck with your fast - if that is the appropriate thing to wish to someone who is fasting.
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