Posted by Kali on October 16, 1997 at 19:02:38:
In response to re: reticent?, written by Sherry on October 16, 1997 at 18:15:38
...it would have made it all the more believable if Knightly had shown her in subtle but very clear ways that he cared. ALA Darcy in P&P. Managing to bump into Lizzie on her walks, staring at her,overlistening her conversations ect. There is too little of this on Knightly's part in Emma and that is what bugs me.
Hey, in P&P, it wasn't clear to Lizzy until the proposal scene - halfway through the book! - that the man loved rather than loathed her (and even then, some doubt remained)! Just as Emma glossed over Mr. Knightley's overinterest as merely more of the same fatherly kind of stuff to which she was used, Lizzy attributed Darcy's to an intense dislike of herself and a disdain of all she represented. And even after the ill-fated first proposal, it took a letter and a meeting on the man's own turf for her to realize that she was beginning to love him, too. As I said before, it's all in how you - as the reader or as the heroine - analyze and distinguish the facts. In the case of P&P, we were lucky enough to get a clear enough paring from the beginning, not to mention Mr. Darcy's straight out admission in the "fine eyes" statement. :-)
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