Posted by Beth on July 08, 1997 at 01:37:58:
In reply to Re: MS/JN and brothers and sisters and other stuff posted by Susan on July 05, 1997 at 21:27:38
Two points for discussion:
] Please expand on your "tough shell" statement. This is a new one for me.
I see the problem in communication. I suppose you don't see a "tough shell" in that he is concerned about all of Highbury (the kindness to the Bates' in giving them apples, eggs, whatever). And as far as his emotions are concerned, Austen refers to him as a "sensible man of seven or eight and thirty"(any misquotes mine). The tough shell I see is the one that allows himself only to APPEAR ruffled when HE decides it. He definitely has control of his feelings. Only Emma2 allows him to give any hint of his feelings for Emma before the proposal scene. But then there's the fun stuff again. He really can't help himself suddenly. He can't hide it. He's not in control then, Emma is; and lucky thing, she doesn't even know it yet. Maybe I have some sick, power-hungry view of it all, but to know that you can take control of a man so in control of himself...