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Written by Rachel G
(5/10/2008 10:03 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, That's how I had been thinking, ..., penned by Dorothy A
It seems to me as if Mr Knightley is giving Frank the benefit of the doubt here, in so far as he allows that Frank genuinely believed that Emma was 'in the know', although that belief was mistaken and based of Frank's own selfish wishes.
Can we trust Mr Knightley's judgment here I wonder? He is less given than Emma (or Frank) to interpreting events to suit his own imaginings or preference. However, even Mr Knightley is not infallible, as we know from his negative judgments of Frank before he had even met him, from his negative jugments of Harriet before he had got to know her, and his failure to realise that Emma was in no real danger of being hurt by Frank's duplicity.
If I ever get this figured out more coherently I will post at the Emma board - perhaps you will do the same?
What a very apt way this is to end the Emma GR, with a puzzle to keep me thinking and cause me to re-read! ;-)
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