Posted by Jen K on August 29, 1997 at 00:35:40:
In reply to Emma1 musings posted by Susan on August 28, 1997 at 19:44:40
] I just watched Emma1 again today, and was struck by something. In this version, Emma (and others) talk about Jane Fairfax being reserved before she ever makes it to Highbury. I thought her reserve was supposed to be present because she didn't want to give away the secret of the engagement, but here they make you think she is just a naturally reserved person.
Well, perhaps I should see Emma1 after all. As regards Ms. F as well as Mr. K (oh, how vulgar I am!) I quote directly:
"She is reserved, more reserved, I think, than she used to be - And I love an open temper." Ch. 33.
Mr. Knightley, sensitive creature that he is, has noticed a difference (due to the engagement, as you say) but knew all along that she was reserved. Considering her circumstances, I would say that this speaks very well of her. In the Campbell's family she was obviously the prettier and more accomplished than the daughter and yet she maintained her modesty. Of course, whether this stems from her natural tendencies or from constant reminders ('a la Fanny Price) we do not know.
Also, considering how OPEN everyone is in Highbury, I can see how Emma would not be able to warm up to Jane. Reserve would certainly not be a virtue to her.
Tell me more about Emma 1?
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