“I cannot make speeches, Emma . . . If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.”
Everyone ends up properly engaged or married to their rightful mate and Emma has grown so much as a character. Mr. Knightley – or perhaps we’ve now earned the right to call him George – has won me all over again at his offer to live at Hartfield so that Emma’s father is not left alone. The third section of Emma always leaves me in Austen fangirly speechlessness and a tendency to ramble on incessantly about how modern men lack a Knightley-esque finesse.
My overall impressions of the story have not changed – I freakin’ ADORE this book and it’s my favorite Austen, for sure. Before I get all blubbery, let me just leave you with a perfect scene from the 2009 BBC version of Emma as Mr. Knightley makes his speech that’s not a speech and you can all feel free to swoon with me.