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Written by Robbin
(5/9/2008 8:32 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Countenance, demeanour and LOLs., penned by Rachel G
"Yes I should, I am sure I should. There is always a look of consciousness or bustle when people come in a way which they know to be beneath them. You think you carry it off very well, I dare say, but with you it is a sort of bravado, an air of affected unconcern; I always observe it whenever I meet you under those circumstances. Now you have nothing to try for. You are not afraid of being supposed ashamed. You are not striving to look taller than any body else. Now I shall really be very happy to walk into the same room with you." (Chapter 26)
I am not sure if I understand what you mean about Emma’s comments on Mr. Knightley’s arrival to the Cole’s party. I don’t think she is seeing anything particular about his behavior. I read it as a reflection of Emma’s reaction to Mr. Knightley walking himself here and there rather than his ever have tried to look taller because he usually arrives on foot rather than in his carriage. I think it is Emma who is conscious of his mode of transportation and how beneath him on-foot is in her opinion. I do not see Mr. Knightley being ashamed or conscious of any degradation to his status in his walking from place to place—it is why he calls Emma “Nonsensical girl! (;D)
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