Posted by Kathy F. on August 28, 1997 at 20:44:08:
In reply to Re: John Knightley:would you actually MARRY this guy? posted by greg on August 24, 1997 at 22:26:03
] 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!
Poor Isabella indeed! But he won't turn into a Mr. Woodhouse, I assure you. Most of Mr. W's faults is that he is a valetudinarian, which Mr. J. Knightley is not.
] 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.
After all that Isabella said, is there any reason for him to add much of anything? Besides, he was a Regency man, who may or may not have had a lot to do with his kids, as far as making sure they were healthy, etc.
] 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 ;-)
Maybe I'm reading more into the character than you are, or else I'm just more forgiving of JK; but, yes, I like him--marry him? Dunno--I barely know him.
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