Category Archives: Mr. Knightley

Some doubt of a return

“I have no idea that she has yet ever seen a man she cared for.  It would not be a bad thing for her to be very much in love with a proper object.  I should like to see Emma … Continue reading

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Loveliness itself

[Mrs. Weston]  “She is loveliness itself.  Mr. Knightley, is not she?” “I have not a fault to find with her person,” he replied.  “I think her all you describe.  I love to look at her; and I will add this … Continue reading

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Emma’s reading lists

I love this little bit: “Emma has been meaning to read more ever since she was twelve years old.  I have seen a great many  lists of her drawing up at various times of books that she meant to read … Continue reading

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Flattery, my dear…

“Emma knows I never flatter her.” Mr. Knightley, to Mr. Woodhouse Emma, volume 1, chapter 1 I’m just re-reading chapter 1 in Emma and realizing how many hints Austen gave us.  

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Complete truth

“Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised or a little mistaken . . .” Of Emma’s conversation with Mr. Knightley as he proposes, when she … Continue reading

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A lady always does

"What did she say?  Just what she ought, of course.  A lady always does." Of Emma’s reply to Mr. Knightley, when he proposesEmma, volume 3, chapter 13

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I cannot make speeches

Happy Valentine’s Day, dear readers!  One of my favorites… Here is Knightley echoing Darcy’s thoughts of the other day: “I cannot make speeches, Emma . . . If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it … Continue reading

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Incomprehensible

“Oh! to be sure,” cried Emma, “it is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage. A man always imagines a woman to be ready for anybody who asks her.” Emma discussing with … Continue reading

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Badly done, Emma

“It was badly done, indeed! You, whom she had known from an infant, whom she had seen grow up from a period when her notice was an honour, to have you now, in thoughtless spirits, and the pride of the … Continue reading

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Vanity

“Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief.” Mr. Knightley, on Emma’s encouraging Harriet Smith to raise her sights too high Emma, volume 1, chapter 8

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