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January 16, 2015
Welcome to another Wednesday Read Along!
So, what do you think of Chapters 11 & 12? I must admit that I find Mr Woodhouse and Isabella SOOOOO irritating! One of them is bad enough, but TWO!! Going on and on about health, sea-air, gruel and Mr Wingfield Vs. Mr Perry! No wonder that Mr John Knightley looses his cool at one point. Nothing new under the sun, then 😉 People travel for miles to spend the holidays with the family, but before long sparks are bound to fly.
I do love the conversation between Emma and the elder brother though. And the little snippet in the Mark Strong – Kate Beckinsale adaptation, when Mr John Knightley says that the maternal pose suits her (Awwww! Little does he know).
So, what do you think of the family gathering so far?
I had a Mr. Palmer moment when reading….”If only you would stop” 🙂 Poor Mr. John Knightley! I can imagine his patience wore thin with two such people to deal with and questioning his ability to be a good husband and father! I don’t blame him for his loss of patience at all.
I must say I was back to feeling sorry for Emma here! (Although I am still upset with her regarding Mr. Martin) How tiring it must be to constantly be trying to avoid unpleasant conversations and disagreements! She works so hard to keep everything “happy.”
I love the comradery of Emma and Mr. Knightley here. It’s their making up scene. They aren’t in agreement at all about Emma’s treatment of Mr. Martin, but they can joke a little about why they can’t agree. Then they come together to prevent an argument from breaking out between Mr. Woodhouse and John Knightley. I love how they’re both constantly changing the subject in these scenes of dialogue. They’re on the same side again. We’re seeing their loving, kind, tactful, family sides. I can’t help admiring both of them and thinking they’re made for each other.
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