My thoughts exactly...
Posted by Robyn on September 26, 1997 at 19:43:27:
In response to The setting..., written by Kali on September 26, 1997 at 17:25:53
Wow, Kali! That is great! I was always in two minds about whether or not the settings are important. I thought that the overall setting of Highbury itself was important, because of the confinement of it and such, and how this limits Emma as to what she does with her life. I also think that Box Hill is very important, because of what happens there - Emma is not in control of anything - even herself, really (from her reactions to Miss Bates etc) and it is only when Mr Knightley reprimands her for it that she fully realises the harm she has inflicted - on Miss Bates, AND herself (in other people's eyes).
I didn't even THINK about the Donwell Strawberry Picking thing - thanks for picking that up, Kali! Most appreciated! And I think what you say about it is very true - Emma is right in her element, if you like, because she feels totally comfortable where she is, is good-humoured enough to be kind to Jane Fairfax, and is fully aware of her own declining interest in Frank Churchill. The description 'she' gives of Donwell Abbey, about how she feels increasing regard for it (ah ha! Foreshadowing!!!) also is important to the story.
So, basically, I've just said, in a more round-a-bout way, what you have said, Kali! (Except for your wisdom with regards to the strawberries!)
Thanks very much for your input! And you can be sure I'll have more questions as time goes on! At present, I'm only doing chapter notes, but I may have questions about that later!
Thanks Kali! Most appreciated!
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