Posted by Kathy F. on August 02, 1997 at 10:19:01:
In reply to Mr Knightley doth protest too much! posted by Sylvia on August 01, 1997 at 10:39:54
] But we can never accuse Emma of perception!
There is a delicious paragraph in Emma that sums this up perfectly. It is when Mr. J. Knightley has just warned Emma about Mr. E's intentions:
I thank you; but I assure you, you are quite mistaken. Mr. Elton and I are very good friends, and nothing more;" and she walked on, amusing herself in the consideration of blunders which often arise from a partial knowledge of the circumstnaces, of the mistakes which people of high pretensions to judgment are for ever falling into; and not very well pleased with her brother for imagining her blind and ignorant, and in want of cousel.
Does this not just describe Emma perfectly? If it had occurred later in the book, and somewhere other than from Emma's point of view, I would almost swear that this was written about her. Well done, Aunt Jane, very well done indeed! :-)