Posted by Kali on September 03, 1997 at 16:56:42:
In response to Re: help! thanks kali! ...more help, anyone?, written by greg on September 02, 1997 at 21:54:05
sorry, i apparently wasn't clear: i'm saying discretion is the subject, but the combination of words was so unfamiliar that i was confused.
Oh...I get it. Sorry! ;-}
i, too like laraine's explanation, and it's close to what i was saying, but her twist, of course, is that mr. k was referring to jf. do you still think he could be referring to emma, or that perhaps ja was leavi ng it open to question?
I think you have something there with the "open to question" part. Back to the clue stage again...perhaps Austen wanted us to think, in using the term "favorite," that Mr. Knightley was INDEED in love with Jane at that point, and that he was disappointed in her apparent indiscretion. But, she might have REALLY meant that Mr. Knightley was upset that Emma could be so blind about both Frank's sincerity and the true meaning of Jane's reserve.
Or, option c, Austen may have wanted us to read it Laraine's way, which is very plausible.
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