Posted by Cassia on July 05, 1997 at 16:00:55:
In reply to Emma as an old maid! posted by kathleen (elder) on June 30, 1997 at 02:34:09
] Suppose that Mr Knightley doesn't propose and Emma accept (I know, I know, then there would be no novel, but humor me!). I cannot imagine any other man being willing to move into to Hartfield w/ Mr Woodhouse. And, where would Emma meet any other man?
] So, suppose Emma does end up an old maid? How would she turn out? She wouldn't be poor, but would she be bored out of her mind? As for having a niece with her, well Isabella might have other thoughts on that.
] Speculations, anyone?
I think that in the moment that Emma tells Harriet that she could live very well as an old maid she is actually being truthful. I don't think that Emma and Mr. Knightley have a searing kind of love; if Frank Churchill didn't show up to put a burr under their collective saddle I think they would have gone on being neighbors, being fond of one another. They only take the steps necessary to move from loving to being in love when they are threatened. Emma is happy as she is and unless she is shown a way to be even happier, there's no reason for her to change.