We had a wonderful time at our Box Hill meeting. Since we were celebrating our yearly event we asked you your opinion on Emma.
First we wanted to know who your favorite character was in the novel.
As you can see Mr. Knightly was the overall favorite with a second place tie between Emma and Mrs. Elton. Someone loves her as the rest of the results will.
Second we wanted to know who your least favorite character was in the novel.
Contrary to our one participant Mrs. Elton is not a favorite of everyone.
For our last question we wanted to know what your favorite scene was from the novel. We got a number of responses but as with the other two questions it seems most people are of a similar mind.
We love when Mr. Knightly proposes to Emma! So here it is...
"My dearest Emma," said he, "for dearest you will always be, whatever the event of this hour's conversation, my dearest, most beloved Emma -- tell me at once. Say 'No,' if it is to be said." She could really say nothing. "You are silent," he cried, with great animation; "absolutely silent! at present I ask no more."
Emma was almost ready to sink under the agitation of this moment. The dread of being awakened from the happiest dream, was perhaps the most prominent feeling.
"I cannot make speeches, Emma," he soon resumed; and in a tone of such sincere, decided, intelligible tenderness as was tolerably convincing. "If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more. But you know what I am. You hear nothing but truth from me. I have blamed you, and lectured you, and you have borne it as no other woman in England would have borne it. Bear with the truths I would tell you now, dearest Emma, as well as you have borne with them. The manner, perhaps, may have as little to recommend them. God knows, I have been a very indifferent lover. But you understand me. Yes, you see, you understand my feelings -- and will return them if you can. At present, I ask only to hear, once to hear your voice."
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