Posted by greg on August 24, 1997 at 22:26:03:
In reply to John Knightley posted by Kathy F. on August 24, 1997 at 21:20:45
] ] Mr John Knightley on the other hand is great fun. As long as you weren't the butt of his bad humor, I think his nasty but humorous comments would be very entertaining.
] We must remember that, the first time we are really introduced to Mr. J. Knightley is at the Christmas party where JA tells us that he is not in a good mood--and for fairly good reasons. Yes, he can be sarcastic and biting at times, but we mustn't rely to much on first impressions! One of the main reasons that he isn't in a good mood at that scene is that he wants to be home with his children. Is that wrong??
i'm intrigued by the relatively favorable impression jk seems to have made on you, kathleen and kathy. while he's certainly no wickham, he does seem(i repeat) to be pretty stiff and grumpy, perhaps to mellow into a mr. woodhouse with age. poor isabella! i don't see a very demonstrable love for his children in the book, but i allow the possibility of being mistaken there, if for no other reason than i think you women readers might be more attuned to that than my(old bachelor) self. how do you read the end of ch. 36(which is so cool, btw, esp. emma's little monologue at the end)? jk says simply of his kids, "...do not spoil them, and do not physic them", in contrast to a long list of careful instructions from his wife.
the more i review the emma characters, the more i think (if i'm honest) that i'm most like jk. his description of the x-mas eve trip is priceless! but here are at least two women that actually like him. that can't be right ;-)
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