Posted by Kathy F. on July 22, 1997 at 20:28:18:
In reply to Re: Why so long? posted by Kali on July 22, 1997 at 19:02:29
] I have always wondered why it took Mr. Knightley so long to realize he loved Emma? Any thoughts?
] He'd been aware of his feelings for a very long time. It took Frank to goad him into a passion. Just after the proposal:
] "He had been in love with Emma, and jealous of Frank Churchill, from about the same period, one sentiment having probably enlightened him as to the other."
] And he jests later, "I have been in love with you since you were thirteen at least."
Also, he has been a father/uncle/brother figure (any or all--take your pick), so it's probably difficult to go from that to lover. "God knows I've been an indifferent lover...."