Posted by Susan on August 03, 1997 at 01:22:27:
In reply to Re: Emma's perceptions posted by Kathy F. on August 02, 1997 at 10:19:01
] ] 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! :-)
Ditto, Kathy -- you are spot on!