Our penultimate Emma read along! How far we have come. Join us at The Writer’s Block for analysis and discussion of this week’s reading.
I thought I’d share two excellent illustrations by C.E. Brock, courtesy of mollands.net. The first is from Chapter Fifty-Two and depicts a befuddled William Larkins, scratching his head at an overheated Mr. Elton: both at a loss to explain Mr. Knightley’s unusual behavior. I love to imagine a lovesick Mr. Knightley, astounding his associates with uncharacteristically flightily behavior. One envisions Mr. Larkins experiencing a grand “Ah-ha!” moment when he finally learns of the engagement.
I adore Mr. Woodhouse, but his opposition to marriage here elevates from the merely ridiculous to the highly problematic. The solution is the ultimate kowtow to the man’s excessive neurosis: Mr. Knightley, lord of the manor, will abandon it for Hartfield. Granted, it’s not far away, but imagine William Larkins’ shock when he finds out. I’d like to see that illustration.
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