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I think it’s odd, after the awkwardness of the scene with Mr. Elton, that Emma would actually desire something like that to happen again. She is an odd one. I like your scene, Leenie. I couldn’t help wanting to add Mr. Knightley to it. I think it might be amusing if he broke into the parlor while Frank is proposing to Emma. Something like this:
Before she could respond to Frank’s tender words, the door flew open and in walked Mr. Knightley, newspaper in hand. He greeted Frank with a polite if unenthusiastic nod. “I see you’ve returned, Frank. I hope Mrs. Churchill is enjoying better health.”
Frank turned away from Emma’s dumbfounded expression. “She is indeed. Thank you, sir. As I was telling Emma, I’m happy to be back to Hartfield, my favorite place on earth.”
Mr. Knightley took his place in his favorite chair while Emma returned to her sewing, her mind in a tumult as to how to answer Frank in Mr. Knightley’s company. “I certainly return your sentiments in that regard,” she said, “if not in other matters. I could never leave Hartfield. My father depends on me so.”
Mr. Knightley glanced at her over his newspaper. “We wouldn’t hear of you leaving, Emma. What put that ridiculous thought into your head? Hartfield without Emma. Perish the thought.”
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