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|All those little moments
Written by Laraine
(5/6/2008 5:47 p.m.)
Since Emma has several "big revelations" in its last chapters, where did you notice little blunders or nuances that you couldn't talk about until the end?
One of my favorites is regarding Mr. Perry's carriage.
I think it's very interesting in that sequence that Emma goes on ahead and doesn't hear anything about the carriage that afternoon.
I can't help but wonder if JA, by removing Emma and then having Frank misstep, isn't putting a lot of weight on this little conversation--but it's wieght that we can only appreciate if we know the eventual outcome.
First of all, Frank's "blunder" allows Mr. Knightley to put several things together. Frank isn't exactly a genius at being discreet, and it seems to me that someone as perceptive as Mr. Knightley has to figure out something earlier than many others who are simply charmed by Frank and never think to ask any questions.
Secondly, Emma not being there means that she doesn't have to be blind to this particularly big blunder. At this point, Emma, if she had both heard about the carriage and seen the word "blunder" in the alphabets, might have been able to see something amiss herself--even if she didn't put it all together, she might have seen it as rather odd. But because she missed the entire conversation about the carriage, she completely dismisses Mr. Knightley's thinking there is something strange.
On a similar note, someone once said to me that a good title for Emma might have been "Blindness and Blunders" :)
At any rate, it think this is a really masterful little moment.
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