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|Chapter 29: ' That young man is not quite the thing.'
Written by Joan Ellen
(4/20/2008 3:45 p.m.)
Frank, like Emma, appears to have learned how to manage his difficult elderly invalid relative pretty effectively [Chapter 26: He did not boast, but it naturally betrayed itself, that he had persuaded his aunt where his uncle could do nothing, and... he believed (excepting one or two points) he could with time persuade her to any thing....] -- but it is interesting to see that he has a great deal of trouble figuring out how to manage Emma's difficult elderly invalid relative.
Frank blunders repeatedly in his attempts to appease Mr. Woodhouse, until he puts forth the happy idea that "...it will be under Mrs. Weston's care. Mrs. Weston undertakes to direct the whole." I wonder if he has hit upon this by trial & error, or whether at this point he has begun to figure out what will work best with Mr. Woodhouse? (And I wonder how well Emma's techniques with her father would succeed if she employed them with Mrs. Churchill...?)
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