Posted by kathleen (elder) on July 01, 1997 at 21:24:50:
In reply to Re: Emma as an old maid! I DON'T THINK SO. posted by greg on July 01, 1997 at 18:06:27
] 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.
If we are talking alternative endings for fictional characters, I suppose your suggestion has some merit. ;-) But, I don't imagine an unmarried Emma becoming a Miss Bates -- more a kinder, gentler Mrs Elton, I think, trying to run peoples' lives!
] as for my courtship of kb, i'm still playing with my riddles ;-)