Posted by Margie on June 23, 1998 at 01:43:20:
In response to "The Watsons" discussion -- anyone?, written by LeslieS on June 22, 1998 at 17:41:18
] I'll start the discussion off on a light note... Emma Watson won me over when she asked young Charles to dance. What proof of kindness and confidence!
I think that is a charming scene. I love the description of little Charles. He is so miserable and bravely trying to hide it, and the Emma's kindness restores him "to all his first delight." It reminds me of Harriet Smith being rescued at a ball by Mr. Knightley..."In one moment such a change! From perfect misery to perfect happiness." Mrs. Blake's warm acknowledgement of Emma Watson's kindness reminds me of Emma Woodhouse's warm reaction to Mr. Knightley's kindness.
I also saw a similarity to P&P in the conversation between Emma and Elizabeth Watson on the ride to town. They almost could have been Elizabeth Bennet and Charlotte Lucas talking about love and marriage. I thought very sad Elizabeth Watson's remark "...but you know we must marry.-I could do very well single for my own part -- A little Company, & a pleasant Ball now & then, would be enough for me, if one could be young for ever". (That does not sound like Charlotte Lucas, I admit!) And then she goes on to say "...but my Father cannot provide for us, & it is very bad to grow old & be poor & laughed at." It's very like Emma Woodhouse saying that "it is poverty only which makes celibacy contemptible to a generous public!"
Does anyone besides me think that Elizabeth Watson is protesting too much about her lack of interest in Tom Musgrave?
- Methinks TOO the lady prote.... oh darn! I cannot quote Him Constanza 08:56:48 6/23/98 (1)
- That sums him up, alright! (nfm) Margie 20:41:11 6/23/98 (0)
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