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|Love at first sight or something else?
Written by Robbin
(4/17/2008 3:56 a.m.)
The charming Augusta Hawkins, in addition to all the usual advantages of perfect beauty and merit, was in possession of an independent fortune, of so many thousands as would always be called ten; a point of some dignity, as well as some convenience: the story told well; he had not thrown himself away -- he had gained a woman of ten thousand pounds, or thereabouts; and he had gained her with such delightful rapidity -- the first hour of introduction had been so very soon followed by distinguishing notice; the history which he had to give Mrs. Cole of the rise and progress of the affair was so glorious -- the steps so quick, from the accidental rencontre, to the dinner at Mr. Green's, and the party at Mrs. Brown's -- smiles and blushes rising in importance -- with consciousness and agitation richly scattered -- the lady had been so easily impressed -- so sweetly disposed -- had in short, to use a most intelligible phrase, been so very ready to have him, that vanity and prudence were equally contented. (Chapter 22)
Mr. Elton’s lovemaking to Emma in the carriage seemed both insincere and rather amusing. I have to agree with Emma that he was not in love with her. To me he did seem to be social climbing although I do think he believed Emma encouraged him. He was wrong of course. The history of his courtship with Miss Hawkins seems to be rather rote, too quick and too easy to be the affects of love. It seems to me Mr. Elton had his pride to massage and Miss Hawkins had a husband to catch. (;D)
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