Posted by Kathy F. on June 03, 1997 at 01:26:35:
The harvest supper ending of Emma3 has been called, among other things, too rushed, and too cut-and-dried. Both are statements which I will allow, but will plead time restraints in Andrew Davies' defense, because he had to show JA's "happily ever after" summation.
As to the chicken thieves, some people have wondered at it as an ending. My take on it is that he was trying to show that Emma and Mr. Knightley were not lying about the chicken thieves merely to get Mr. Woodhouse's approval to their marriage. When I first watched Emma3, I was thinking that Emma might have been stooping to lying to her father, and was a little worried. But the fact that there were thieves at the end showed that she was truly honest.
Also, how else could he have ended it, given the harvest supper scenario (which I like, even though it was not in the book)? Would he have written "The End" in the middle of the dance, or shown them dancing for several minutes and closed with their bowing to each other at the close of the dance? The first would be a little abrupt, and the latter too time-consuming. Do any of you have any alternatives?