Thursday, June 17, 2010
Emma: A Reading
Why this is one of my favorite scenes: It embodies what is best about both Mr Knightley and Emma. He is kind-hearted and considerate, and puts a lot of store by setting a good example, as shown when he came to Harriet's "rescue"; he's also a little uncertain and tentative, in a really charming way. The Emma is a flawed heroine, this scene shows the best side of her: she is confident and vivacious, the leader of the pack in a good way, and ready to be merry and make sure everyone is happy. Add in the great little foretaste of romantic tension and it's pretty near perfect.