There are ways, are there not...?
Posted by Robyn on October 17, 1997 at 04:45:10:
In response to Obvious, schmobvious..., written by Kali on October 16, 1997 at 19:02:38
] ...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.
But there are many little, very subtle cases on Mr Knightley's behalf that show a great deal of affection for Emma. Probably the most obvious example is that of Box Hill. He could've just given Emma a little lecture/telling-off, but, because he believed that Frank Churchill was involved, in that he thought it was Frank's influence on Emma that induced her to be so rude to Miss Bates, that he told her off very severely - enough so to make the usually headstrong, steady Emma to completely breakdown and cry! Even Austen wrote at that time that tears were rare for Emma. So, Knightley's interest in Emma is, quite obviously, more than the 'big brother' figure that we have believed him to be, through Emma's point-of-view.
And I agree with Kali about P&P - it was even LESS obvious to Lizzy that Darcy was in love with her!!! :)
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