Re: Uncommon Concept
Posted by Kathy F. on September 15, 1997 at 21:20:23:
In response to Such an Uncommon Concept, written by Tom on September 15, 1997 at 21:08:23
] ] Not at all. It was a sacrifice that Mr. Knightley makes for Emma (and, of course, for himself too).
] Why do you suppose Jane Austen used such an uncommon concept in her story?
Because that's the only way Mr. Knightley could marry Emma. She was too useful to her father (in both his and her opinions) for her to leave him. Mr. Knightley knew this, and so did JA. (I hold to the belief that JA couldn't control her characters--that by the time they were so well thought out in her mind, their actions were as unchangeable in her mind, as if they were real people whom she couldn't change just by wishing.)
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