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Written by nan duval
(4/16/2008 10:20 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Imprudent?, penned by Antoinette
"If any thing could be more, where all was most, she was more reserved on the subject of Weymouth and the Dixons than any thing. She seemed bent on giving no real insight into Mr. Dixon's character, or her own value for his company, or opinion of the suitableness of the match. It was all general approbation and smoothness; nothing delineated or distinguished." (Chapter 20)
"The like reserve prevailed on other topics. She and Mr. Frank Churchill had been at Weymouth at the same time. It was known that they were a little acquainted; but not a syllable of real information could Emma procure as to what he truly was."(Chapter 20)
I interpreted these two passages as the narrator describing Emma pumping Jane for information & Jane giving as little as she could. I felt reinforced in this opinion by Emma's description of the interaction the next day to Mr. Knightley:
""Oh! no; I was pleased with my own perseverance in asking questions; and amused to think how little information I obtained."(Chapter 21)
In my previous post I described Emma's questions as impudent, which may be imprudent but is not synonymous.
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