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|And now in chapter 30
Written by Joan Ellen
(4/20/2008 12:24 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Oh definitely, it was quite out of proportion., penned by Rae
we have "Mr. Knightley's provoking indifference" about the ball. We are told he doesn't dance, which could certainly explain his indifference to a ball, but again his reaction seems not just indifferent but almost angry:
"Very well. If the Westons think it worth while to be at all this trouble for a few hours of noisy entertainment, I have nothing to say against it, but that they shall not choose pleasures for me. Oh! yes, I must be there; I could not refuse; and I will keep as much awake as I can; but I would rather be at home, looking over William Larkins's week's account; much rather, I confess. Pleasure in seeing dancing! not I, indeed -- I never look at it -- I do not know who does..."
When I first read Emma in my 20s, this was one of the passages that made me think Mr. Knightley was something of a stodgy fuddy-duddy. NOW, of course, I fully appreciate him, and I can quite sympathize with him about not liking noisy entertainments!
But his enthusiasm for looking over William Larkins's accounts I cannot share. ;-)
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