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I love the theme of advice that’s begun to appear–Emma advising Harriet, Mrs. Weston advising Mr. Knightley, and Mr. Knightley advising Mrs. Weston and Emma. It’s fun to see what works and what ends in disaster.
January 16, 2015
I really love the conversation between Mr Knightley and Mrs Weston about Emma, Harriet’s influence etc. IMO we do get to have our opinion of Emma softened a little, through the eyes of those two characters who claim to be objective. She still comes across as spoilt, but we get to see that she really can’t help it, and that she’s not Miss Bingley-spoilt, but rather nice about it. She does care for her father and puts up with much that others might not, she is fond of her sister and devoted to her former companion. And if she is full of class prejudice, how can she help it? She is after all the best that the area has to offer. I find Mr Knightley’s view of her particularly touching and also a bit funny (but I read Emma before and I know the outcome). Mrs Weston is partial, but after several years of close companionship that is far above the relationship teacher-pupil / employee-employers’s daughter, who wouldn’t be?
The scene where Harriet has her likeness taken is deeply touching in a different way. Poor dear Harriet, so easily guided, so guileless and easy to please! As for Emma, OMG she’s really laying it thick in this one 🙂
A great story beautifully told, and I hope you’re enjoying it!
Well, I am sorry to say, Alexa, that none opinions of any of the characters has softened at this point. In fact, it might have grown worse. As I was listening to these chapters, Rose Fairbanks got to have a good chuckle at the comments I messaged her. They shall not, however, be repeated here in polite society. LOL Seriously, by the end of these chapters, Mr. Knightley had me wishing to cuss….and I do not cuss! I believe he is the first of Austen’s heroes to cause such a response. (Lucky him) 🙂 He is right in what he says, but he is such a know-it-all bossy pants! I was wishing him a Hunsford moment just to let some air out of his sails. And Miss Woodhouse…well, I do think it would be best if someone would send her to her room to read one of those books she lists but never opens. She really needs to think about something other than herself for a while.
I will say that chapter 8 has made me like Knightley a little. So perhaps there is hope for me yet. 🙂
Oh, and Mr. Elton…..ew….ew….ew.
Mr. Woodhouse does make me chuckle however…I quite like his ridiculousness.
I have read Emma a couple times in the past, and am listening to the audio version narrated by Elizabeth Klett on Librivox for this read-through. In spite of the fact that Emma is spoiled and snobby, I can’t dislike her character. I think much of the time she means well and really does have a caring heart towards others.
Mr. Knightley is the voice of reason in this story and I too enjoy what he says in his discussion about Emma with Mrs. Weston. J.A. did a good job of opening up Emma’s character to the readers through this conversation between two of the people who know Emma best.
I am enjoying reading everyone’s comments on the passages.
Alexa, I have always reacted rather strongly to this story. Although, I admit that this time through, I am paying closer attention to many things — something that often happens on a further reading of any work. I know that by the end I will be quite happy. 🙂 And I also know that as this is not a first reading I will find new connections and be able to think about things more because I know what is coming. I guess maybe that also allows me to isolate and react more to the present circumstances in the book. And I am trying to share my reactions as I go without thinking too far ahead at this point. I did begin with a feeling of pity for Miss Woodhouse having been so isolated. I am sure that has played a large role in the development of who she is. And just to make sure we all know I do not hate any character (at the moment)…I am just now quoting Mr. Knightley in another conversation (infuriating man is so often right!). 🙂
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