Posted by Laraine on June 30, 1997 at 11:43:35:
In reply to Emma as an old maid! posted by kathleen (elder) on June 30, 1997 at 02:34:09
] Suppose that Mr Knightley doesn't propose and Emma accept (I know, I know, then there would be no novel, but humor me!). ...where would Emma meet any other man?
] So, suppose Emma does end up an old maid?
I think Emma's prospects for happiness without Mr. K. are very bleak indeed, as she begins to realize when she thinks it's possible he could marry Harriet. Check out Chapter 47 (V3,c12), especially the last four paragraphs or so.
This is a BIG contrast to her discussion with Harriet about how she would never marry.