One thing I enjoyed about this version is that there is no self-assured air of superiority on the part of Mr. Knightly. He is interested, certainly, and has deep affection and concern for Emma's family, and his care for Emma drives him to call her on behaviors that are at times not her best, and yet he is ready to admit his own mis-judgments, is aware of his own faults, and is interested in maintaining his friendship with Emma and her family, despite whatever differences or fall outs that may occur. I am certain it had to be very hard for him to watch Frank Churchill appear from nowhere and charm his young friend, while he being wiser to the ways of the world had considerably more caution in his appreciation of Mr. Churchill. Ultimately, the unfolding of events placed Mr. Knightly into a position where he was compelled to confess to Emma.... oh, wait a minute! We are getting ahead of ourselves here.Okay, get the popcorn, find a big comfortable chair and pull up a warm blanket. This is gonna be fun!
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