"Then she is a greater simpleton than I ever believed her. What is the foolish girl about?"
Emma then comes back with this gem:
"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."
I simply have a hard time believing Mr. Knightley’s response:
"Nonsense! a man does not imagine any such thing”…
- Chapter 8, Emma
In my heart I think Jane got it exactly right. Well, I could be wrong, but not wishing to offend our gentlemen readers, I will say no more. They may defend themselves as best they can. Of course, there is always the exception that proves the rule, too.
Linda the Librarian
Pic: Mark Strong as Mr Knightley from: Strange Girl