Posted by Haley on June 29, 1997 at 19:56:38:
In reply to Re: Strong vs. Northam posted by Kathy F. on June 29, 1997 at 11:11:16
] In defense of MS (and to the detriment of Emma2), Mr. Knightley did not know he was in love with Emma until Box Hill, and then he went to London the next day. (read the book.) So if you get the feeling that it was almost impossible to see that he loved her until the end--you're right!!! In the book, thinking back, he realizes that he has loved her since she was 13, but that didn't really influence his actions towards her except as a brother/father/uncle figure. Looking back, he understands why he has been so over-reacting (?) over her social missteps--because he loved her as a lover, not just a friend. I think that Emma2 made a big mistake in showing Mr. Knightley's love for Emma too early.
] Also, in the book, after Emma realizes that she loves Mr. Knightley, she ponders over his behavior to her, especially on Box Hill, and she believes that he couldn't possibly love her, otherwise he wouldn't have acted that way. Later (post-engagement) she realizes he was just upset at her behavior to Frank (and vice versa) and her behavior to Miss Bates. He was in the grip of a very powerful emotion, having just realized that he was in love with her, and yet she could still act that way. Terrible, just terrible.
You have touched on the one point that most aggravates me in Emma2 (my favorite)... I wish they had made it just a little less obvious, because you certainly didn't see it coming at first in the book, becuase I remember that while reading the book I had no idea who she would end up with (if any at all)and when I learned of their mutual affection I thought of course why didn't I think of it before? And on the whole I enjoy movies/books a lot more when I can't predict what's going to happen.
This also annoyed me about P&P2... while watching it off of t.v. because before and after commercial breaks they would show you Darcy's and Lizzy's face and say "Pride & Prejudice" and although I knew what was going to happen (having read the book) it kind of spoiled the movie when watching it with friends who didn't know the story... glad I have the video set now!
At least with Persuation they got it right! finally a little suspence!!! (not that the others were all that bad *grin*)