Posted by greg on September 01, 1997 at 14:12:33:
at the risk of showing my ignorance, there's a sentence in the novel that COMPLETELY BAFFLES ME: book 3, ch.5(=ch. 41), about half-way thru, where mr. k is observing the word puzzles. "blunder" was just discovered and jane f blushed. "mr. knightley connected it with the dream; but how it could all be, was beyond his comprehension. how the delicacy, the discretion of his favourite could have been so lain asleep. he feared there must be some decided involvement." what the italicised sentence means is a true mystery to me, like it came from outer space!
he suspects some involvement - "intelligence" - between jf and fc. but whom is he referring to in "his favourite..."? mr. k's favourite: emma? fc's favourite: emma? or is it even mr. k's favourite: jf??? surely there's some irony afoot: e.g., that fc's favourite is ACTUALLY JF. but it's "beyond MY comprehension" too. any takers?
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