Posted by Kathy F. on October 12, 1997 at 13:40:17:
In response to Now Dad..., written by Kali on October 10, 1997 at 16:12:42
How would Emma have turned out if Mr. Woodhouse had been more like Mr. Bennet? (and Mr. B been more like Mr. W?)
To start with, she might not have befriended Harriet, because the reason she decides that she needs someone around (after Miss Taylor marries) is that her father cannot "meet her in conversation, rational or playful." But Mr. B could have.
And with a dead wife, rather than a silly one, Mr. B might not have spent so much time in the library, and would have become involved in his daughters' lives.
Just think--Mr. Knightley might not have needed to interfere, his attentions would not have been fixed on Emma, and he might never have fallen in love with her!
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