Posted by Cassandra on June 14, 1997 at 13:59:18:
In reply to Re: What does Mr. Knightley say?-"Objective" view for jj & sarah2 posted by Kathy F. on June 13, 1997 at 21:42:28
I saw him in "The 'Net" with Sandra Bullock, and although I didn't recognize him as Mr. Knightley, on looking back, I think that might have been why I don't like him as well as MS (ignoring the fact that he had, imho, a weak script--compared to the novel). He seemed to be too charming, for lack of a better word. If he were so charming, why did he stay unmarried for so long? I know that in the end he decides he has loved Emma since she was 13, but he didn't consciously know that. I think JA wrote him with a few "rough edges," as greg said.
As Kali would say alternative realities. Mr. Knightley is supposed to have a cheerful manner which always did him good. He is kindness personified(as Miss Bates would say, upon my honour) and great natural grace. There are not "one and a hundred with gentleman so plainly written."
And as for JN being too charming to be Mr. Knightley.."Being charming is not quite enough to induce (a person) to marry. One "must find other people charming-one other person at least."