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Written by Robbin
(5/9/2008 8:09 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The Cow again, penned by Elbč
Emma could not help laughing as she answered, "Upon my word, I believe you know her quite as well as I do. But, Mr. Knightley, are you perfectly sure that she has absolutely and downright accepted him. I could suppose she might in time, but can she already? Did not you misunderstand him? You were both talking of other things; of business, shows of cattle, or new drills; and might not you, in the confusion of so many subjects, mistake him? It was not Harriet's hand that he was certain of -- it was the dimensions of some famous ox." (Chapter 54)
It was me—I have linked my other post. It is funny to me. I think it means Harriet is not Emma's cow anymore but instead Mr. Martin’s:
Ox: The general name for black cattle; a castrated bull.
Ref: A Dictionary of the English Language by Samuel Johnson, John Walker, Robert S. Jameson, 1828, page 516.
|Harriet the Cow|
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