Yeah, I dig that...
Posted by Kali on October 02, 1997 at 14:09:33:
In response to Otay..., written by Laraine on October 02, 1997 at 10:15:35
If we can agree that Mr. Weston doesn't say something rude on purpose, then we can agree that the other meaning of conundrum could be there. My point was that it isn't in character for Mr. Weston to be chiding Emma that way.
Yeah, I think Mr. Weston wasn't thinkin' - especially not of insulting anyone. But Mr. Knightley, if I understand his meaning, gleans the irony from the statement which no one else does:
"This explains the sort of clever thing that is wanted, and Mr. Weston has done very well for himself..."
Have you checked the OED for usage dates on both meanings, Traci?
[In her best March Hare voice:] "Now THAT would be an excellent idea."
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