Monday, February 27, 2006

perfectly agreeable

Harriet Smith: I do so wonder, Miss Woodhouse, that you are not married.
Emma: I have no inducements to marry.

Emma: I love John .... I hate John. [her brother-in-law]

Mr. Knightley: Maybe it is our imperfections which make us so perfect for one another.

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ckhnat said...

Emma: I may have lost my heart, but not my self-control.

Mr. Knightley: I rode through the rain! I'd - I'd ride through worse than that if I could just hear your voice telling me that I might, at least, have some chance to win you.

Emma: Has an invitation arrived for a party at the Coles?
Mr. Woodhouse: No, thank Heaven. The Coles are nice people, but we should have to go outside to get there.

Mr. Knightley: Emma, you didn't ask me to contribute a riddle.
Emma: Your entire personality is a riddle, Mr. Knightley. I thought you overqualified.

Miss Bates: It left us speechless, quite speechless I tell you, and we have not stopped talking of it since.

Mr. Knightley: You must be happy that she settled so well.
Emma: Indeed! One matter of joy in this is that I made the match myself. People said Mr. Weston would never marry again, and what a triumph!
Mr. Knightley: Triumph? You made a lucky guess!
Emma: Have you never known the triumph of a lucky guess? Had I not promoted Mr. Weston's visits and given encouragement where encouragement was needed, we might not have had a wedding today.
Mr. Woodhouse: Then please, my dear, encourage no one else. Marriage is so disrupting to one's social circle.

Emma: Was he handsome?
Jane: Many say he is.
Emma: Was he agreeable?
Jane: He was in no way disagreeable.
Emma: Was he a man of information?
Jane: All his statements seem correct.

Mr. Knightley: Marry me. Marry me, my wonderful, darling friend.

Emma: Mr. Knightley, if I have not spoken, it is because I am afraid I will awaken myself from this dream.

Mrs. Elton: I do not profess to be an expert in the field of fashion (though my friends say I have quite the eye) but I can tell you, there is a shocking lack of satin!

Emma Woodhouse: One does not like to generalize about so many people all at once, Mr. Knightley, but you may be sure that men know nothing about their hearts, whether they be six-and-twenty, or six-and-eighty.

Emma: The most incomprehensible thing in the world to a man is a woman who rejects his offer of marriage.
Mr. Knightley: I do not comprehend it because it is madness.
[about Harriet's refusal of Robert Martin's offer of marriage]
Mr. Knightley: I hope you are wrong.
Emma: I could not be. I saw her answer.
Mr. Knightley: Emma
[looking at her suspiciously]
Mr. Knightley: ... you wrote her answer, didn't you?
Emma: If I did, I would have done no wrong. He is not Harriet's equal.
Mr. Knightley: I agree he is not her equal.
Emma: Good.
Mr. Knightley: He is her superior in sense and situation!

Emma Woodhouse: Hmm, you dismiss her beauty and good nature, yet I would be very much mistaken, if your sex in general, does not think those claims the highest a woman could possess!

Emma Woodhouse: Not one in a hundred men have "gentleman" so plainly written across them as Mr. Knightley!

[Emma shoots a badly-aimed arrow]
Mr. Knightley: Try not to kill my dogs.

Mr. Knightley: Vanity working on a weak mind produces every kind of mischief.

Mr. Knightley: Better be without sense than misapply it as you do.

Mr. Knightley: Is it not a brother's job to find fault with his sister?

[Question about a letter proposing marriage]
Miss Smith: Is it a good letter or too short?

Emma Woodhouse: The most beautiful thing in the world is a match well made.

Emma Woodhouse: Thank you for being so thoughtful.
Rev. Elton: No - thank you for thinking I am thoughtful.

Emma: She'd never seen him before, and she called him Knightley!
Harriet: I saw her at church. She seemed...
Emma: Vulgar? Base? Conceited? Crass? She actually seemed pleased to discover that Mr. Knightley was a gentleman. I doubt he'll return the compliment and find *her* a lady. She proposed that we form a *musical club*. Is it possible that Mr. Elton met her while doing charitable work in a mental infirmary?
[sighs]
Emma: There is only one thing to do with a person as impossible as she.
Harriet: What?
Emma: I must throw a party for her. Otherwise everyone will feel at once how much I dislike her.

Rev. Elton: Were I not an old married man, I should gladly do the job. But my dancing days are over.

Emma Woodhouse: Now I need not call you Mr. Knightley. I may call you *my* Mr. Knightley.

Emma Woodhouse: How fascinating that any discordancy between us must always arise from *my* being wrong.
Mr. Knightley: Not fascinating, but true.

Frank Churchill: Is your horse just washing his feet or are the darker forces at work here?
Emma Woodhouse: The latter, I'm afraid. Something's happened to the wheel and I cannot move.
Frank Churchill: You'll just have to live here then. Buhbye.

Mr. Woodhouse: Must the church be so drafty, Mr. Elton? It is difficult to surrender one's soul when one is worried about one's throat.
Mrs. Weston: Perhaps some tea and cake would revive you, Mr. Woodhouse.
Mr. Woodhouse: Cake! Surely you're not serving cake at your wedding, Miss Taylor! Far too rich, you put us all at peril! Where is Mr. Perry, the apothecary? I'm sure he will support me!
Mrs. Weston: Ah, he is over there, Mr. Woodhouse, having some cake.
Mr. Woodhouse: What?

Emma Woodhouse: [Seating herself in a carriage] My, this weather ...
Rev. Elton: Miss Woodhouse, please! Fate has left us alone for a reason.
Emma Woodhouse: Mr. Elton! Why do you seize my hand!
Rev. Elton: I do not seize your hand so much as the opportunity to tell you that I am hoping, no, fearing; ready to die if you refuse me!
Emma Woodhouse: Good heavens! Go back!
Rev. Elton: Surely my ardent attachment to you, my love and devotion cannot help but have made an impression!
Emma Woodhouse: Mr. Elton! It is I, Miss Woodhouse!
Rev. Elton: Mm hmm.
Emma Woodhouse: The party spirits have confused you! Allow me to deliver your message to Miss Smith, but you must direct no more of it to me.
Rev. Elton: Miss Smith? What sort of message would I want to send to her? Miss Smith?

[In the middle of a heated discussion, Emma tries to change the subject]
Emma Woodhouse: Did I mention we are having a new drain installed?

Mrs. Weston: A suspicion has darted into my head that I cannot get rid of - Mr. Knightley and Jane Fairfax are a couple!
Emma: Mrs. Weston, please do not take to matchmaking, you do it ill!
Mr. Knightley: [about Emma's insult to Miss Bates] Badly done, Emma!

Emma: [worried that Mr. Knightley may be in love with Harriet Smith] Oh dear!
Mr. Knightley: What?
Emma: What? Oh...
[realizing her mistake]
Emma: Oh!
[uneasily]
Emma: Something about the deer we need for the... the... venison stew.

Emma: I do not admire Mr. Knightley as I have so long thought.
[pause]
Emma: I love him. So dearly, so greatly!

Anonymous said...

Hey ckh,

Thanks for the heads up about your blog when we met at java last month. Lots of fun things here.

Your dialogue from emma seems a bit jumbled in time, no? Did you see "An ideal husband" starring Cate Blanchett and the fellow who is Mr. Knightley...a fun romantic comedy/comedy of errors.

Did you see the new Pride and Prejuidice. I think you could have made an excellent Elizabeth Bennett yourself, although your Lizzy would be witty with artistic talent to boot. If you saw it, did you like it more than the A&E production. I thought both were good, but different. The film was definitely more visually appealing.

I hope you get a chance to drop by my friend's art gallery on stilz ave...open only fri and sat though. She has many of her own things and a great whimsical chagall-like piece by a russian woman. check it out if you get a chance. keep up the fun blog and congrats on the great photo gallery. You have a great eye.

pete creech

ckhnat said...

ah yes, 'An Ideal Husband' I watched that just this past week again. Rupert Everett's straight face and ridiculous logic entertain me every time.

I have to say that i enjoyed the differences in the recent silver screen version of Pride and Prejudice from the A&E version. The cinematography, the stark contrast in social status, and the choice of diaglog were all breath-takingly well done.

For one who only met me briefly, you know enough to place me in the same category as the great E. Bennett? Take a number and stand in line. I've heard the comparison quite a bit. I wonder what it is. My rugged independence?

Anonymous said...

Hey CK,

Thanks for your comments. Nice to see that you have seen both versions of PNP. I went into the new production with low rather than great expectations. This made the new version that much more delightful. Perhaps a strategy to be employed elsewhere in my life?

When comparing the two versions, I thought both had strengths. I think the casting and acting and equippage of the new version, far surpass that of the old, with the exception of Jennifer Ehle's performance. While Keira K. is undeniably prettier than Miss Ehle, I thought JE's performance was truer to the literary Lizzy. Keira did a wonderful, more modern adaptation, delightlful in its own way.

In the movie, I frankly thought that the woman playing the eldest miss bennett portrayed her character in a superb manner. She stole the show in many ways. I missed the scene from the A&E version where the dear old hosekeeper portrays Darcy as a kind, generous, wise and warm man within his own circle. That was the real moment when Lizzy's affections began to change...and they botched that moment in the new production. They made it more about her awe of the art and surroundings and of the sensuous nature of the statuary...definitely a miss...appearance over substance...a real whickham moment.

Re: stating on such short acquaintance that you would make a wonderful lizzy, that was more to do with your appearance-not unlike the very modern Miss knightly- and the confidence of your speech in conversation. It was a whickham moment...superficial only.

Lizzy's independence had more to do with a reaction to the constricted roles that women were allowed to play in her time, and her character was a specific foil to the female literary paradigm of the time, no?

Hopefully, any independece you sport is not simply as a reaction to something...spirited horses are beautiful, those that are up and about due to a burr under the saddle are simply ornery. I wonder what flaws you might carry around? Do you see in your reflection more of Darcy(pride), or Lizzy(prejuidice).

"Get in line and take a number"....hmmm...perhaps a bit of both? Reflecting on with which of the five Miss Bennett's one's actions would best mesh would be a fun exercise. Most dream of being a Lizzy; many fall far short....I must remember about great expectations.

Please check out Rhonda's gallery on some fri/sat afternoon. It's small but nice. The chagall thingy is great.

pete creech

The Borg said...

What makes Mr Knightly especially sexy is the fact that he disaproves of Emma and sort of takes the moral highground but (in juxtaposition) he romantically proposes.

And Jeremy Northam helps too.

Cool blogness!