Posted by greg on July 01, 1997 at 18:06:27:
In reply to Re: Emma as an old maid! I DON'T THINK SO. posted by kathleen (elder) on July 01, 1997 at 10:29:11
COME NOW, MISS ELDER.
] Ms Elder, if you please! ;-) (Actually, you may call me kathleen.)
] No, no -- without Mr Knightley, I believe it highly likely that Emma would end up staying single. And, if so, her future could be bleak. That's part of why the ending is so satisfying for me -- it is not only the best solution, it is the only one with good prospects for Emma.
] If you wish to court Emma (or Kate, for that matter), I wish you well! And, please let us know the outcome. ;-)
i wasn't really calling you miss any more than i would really call you "nonsensical girl" :-) it's hard working ja quotes into everyday conversation so i try to use them as much as possible here ;-)
seriously, i find it hard to believe that emma would stay single - even considering the good reasons you give for that possibility - if for no other reason than "emma woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and a happy disposition...". and i definitely don't see her "happy disposition" becoming like miss bates in 20 years time, though, as we've said, she got a terrifying premonition of the POSSIBILITIES at box hill(open mouth, insert foot). what do you say to a mr. martin prototype, except a little higher up the social scale, as a last resort for her? and yes, she'd convince herself that she was in love. surely some man would materialize to prevent her from being "born to blush unseen ...and waste her fragrance in the desert air".
as for my courtship of kb, i'm still playing with my riddles ;-)