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    Emma By Jane Austen - Another Question From Chapter One_Part 4

    Hi again,

    "It is impossible that Emma should not miss such a companion," said Mr. Knightley. "We should not like her so well as we do, sir, if we could suppose it. But she knows how much the marriage is to Miss Taylor's advantage; she knows how very acceptable it must be at Miss Taylor's time of life to be settled in a home of her own, and how important to her to be secure of a comfortable provision, and therefore cannot allow herself to feel so much pain as pleasure. Every friend of Miss Taylor must be glad to have her so happily married."

    "We should not like her so well as we do, sir, if we could suppose it : If we had anticipated her marriage, it would have been better not to like Miss Taylor as we like her.

    Is it correct?

    Please help me to interpret other lines as well!

    I really appreciate it

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    Re: Emma By Jane Austen - Another Question From Chapter One_Part 4

    If Emma could see such a good friend leave her comany and NOT be sad about it, it would make Emma less likable.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Emma By Jane Austen - Another Question From Chapter One_Part 4

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    If Emma could see such a good friend leave her comany and NOT be sad about it, it would make Emma less likable.
    I think he is talking to her father because of the word "sir" in the middle of the sentence ""We should not like her so well as we do, sir, if we could suppose it"

    Mr.Woodhouse, you should lover her as your governess a little if you were able to think about her marriage in the near future.
    Any help?

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    Re: Emma By Jane Austen - Another Question From Chapter One_Part 4

    I told you my interpretation. We would not like Emma as much if we thought she would not miss her friend.

    I have no further help to offer.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 15-Jul-2012 at 16:55. Reason: Missed essential word
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Emma By Jane Austen - Another Question From Chapter One_Part 4

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I told you my interpretation. We would not like Emma as much if we thought she would not miss her friend.

    I have further help to offer.
    Are you sure that's what you meant?!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Emma By Jane Austen - Another Question From Chapter One_Part 4

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Are you sure that's what you meant?!
    Believe me, this is a complex sentence and I am not sure whether Barb_D's interpretation is correct or not. Austen meant something else.
    Barb_D interpreted the sentence as this: "We would not like Emma as much if we thought she would not miss her friend"

    Is it really Emma who Mr.Knightley are speaking about or Miss Taylor?
    Please answer me if you can. What does "it" refer to in "We should not like her so well as we do, sir, if we could suppose it" ?

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    Re: Emma By Jane Austen - Another Question From Chapter One_Part 4

    Quote Originally Posted by Oliver_Twist View Post
    Believe me, this is a complex sentence and I am not sure whether Barb_D's interpretation is correct or not. Austen meant something else. Are you sure? (If so, why ask?)
    Barb_D interpreted the sentence as this: "We would not like Emma as much if we thought she would not miss her friend"
    Quite correct. I would be surprised, though, if Barb continued to spend time answering you.

    Is it really Emma who Mr.Knightley are IS speaking about or Miss Taylor?
    Please answer me if you can. What does "it" refer to in "We should not like her so well as we do, sir, if we could suppose it" ?
    Yes it is.

    "It is impossible that Emma should not miss such a companion," said Mr. Knightley. "We should not like her so well as we do, sir, [Mr Knightley is talking about Emma to Mr Wodehouse, but in her presence]. if we could suppose it. ['It' is the idea that Emma should not miss Miss Taylor:]
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