Posted by Laraine on June 27, 1997 at 14:17:06:
In reply to Re: Dancing at the Westons' Ball - Saving Harriet.... posted by Kali on June 27, 1997 at 13:27:26
] This isn't the only instance in which the music matches the action...note how the piece played while Harriet is slighted by Mr. Elton bursts from the small strains of a dance orchestra into a full-blown symphonic triumph as Mr. Knightley rescues her...
Whataguy! When he'd said he'd rather fetch sticks than dance, he still rescues damsels in distress, and that is truly joyful music--it may be the most purely joyful moment in the movie.
Notice than Emma touches Harriet in happiness in this scene, which sets up the touching that Emma and Knightley do in the next dance.
Have you ever wondered why we don't see Jane Fairfax dancing at the ball?