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|The practised politician
Written by Ramya
(10/26/2011 3:28 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mr Elliot's character, penned by Cheryl
I am reminded of Mr. Knightley's criticism of Frank Churchill when he and Emma are anticipating what his personality would be like.
"My idea of him is, that he can adapt his conversation to the taste of every body, and has the power as well as the wish of being universally agreeable. To you, he will talk of farming; to me, of drawing or music; and so on to every body, having that general information on all subjects which will enable him to follow the lead, or take the lead, just as propriety may require, and to speak extremely well on each; that is my idea of him."
"And mine," said Mr. Knightley warmly, "is, that if he turn out any thing like it, he will be the most insufferable fellow breathing! What! at three-and-twenty to be the king of his company -- the great man -- the practised politician, who is to read every body's character, and make every body's talents conduce to the display of his own superiority; to be dispensing his flatteries around, that he may make all appear like fools compared with himself! My dear Emma, your own good sense could not endure such a puppy when it came to the point." Emma, Ch. 17
Frank does turn out a little like that- able to charm and deceive most people around him. Anne is more on the side of Mr. Knightley in the argument here. A person who can be universally agreeable must necessarily be hiding part of his true self at all times.
In fact, just as Frank praises Mrs.Weston and Emma to each other, Mr. Elliot knows to sing the praise of Lady Russel to Anne and vice versa. Besides, both Frank and Mr. Elliot, while being critical of one woman to the heroine, are in fact, indulging in a romantic tryst with said woman. However, Frank turns out just to have been an immature young idiot, while Mr. Elliot is more of a selfish, deceptive and scheming man.
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