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|But a bit harsh...
Written by Tarn
(5/10/2008 9:31 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I think Mr. Knightley is right, penned by Laraine
Emma might wonder that her own heart had escaped the deceptive courtship of Frank Churchill, but her behavior towards him, from the very start, had been very level headed, and somewhat skeptical. She was wanting to see him again, and especially to see him in company with Mrs. Weston, upon his behaviour to whom her opinion of him was to depend.
Emma also shared her shrewd perception that Jane Fairfax's reserve was likely to give "suspicions of there being something to conceal.", and consistently failed to return his gallant flattery with anything but playful friendliness, very pointedly nothing but playful friendliness, by the end of Frank's first fortnight in Highbury.
His delight in all things Highbury, took her by surprise, and while we know she was fooled by him, he did not - just before he left, she expressed her skeptical thoughts to him -" You would not have been so long in coming, if you had had a pleasant idea of Highbury."
I suspect that Mr Churchill might have made a more clear sighted assessment of the state of Emma's affections, than Mr Knightley had, or Emma herself.
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