Miller’s Knightley is the perfect foil to Garai’s feisty Emma; he is a gentle soul, almost unassuming, yet he manages to bring out the subtle humour of the character. There is an essential stillness to Miller, which means Knightley’s internal struggle with his feelings for Emma is beautifully nuanced through the tiniest of movements, expressions or inflections of his voice. (x)
top 4 literature men I would date in a heartbeat
25 ships: 7. Emma Woodhouse & George Knightley
Till now that she was threatened with its loss, Emma had never known how much of her happiness depended on being first with Mr. Knightley, first in interest and affection.
I adore JLM’s performace as Mr Knightley. It was so achingly good. His face, his expressions, those eyes! He did the character justice.
27. Favorite quote from the films
"Mmm. Yes. Now."
It may not be my favorite, but I do like it quite a lot. JLM delivers that line wonderfully.
22. Favorite female Austen casting decision
Romala Garai as Emma. She does a great job of being annoying, meddling, and snobbish - yet shows the caring and genuine side of Emma too. She manages to show the full spectrum and transformation of the character.
21. Favorite Jane Austen related photo
Frank Churchill from Emma (2009). I think this photo rather represents everything I love about Jane Austen. The clothing of the period piece, the letter writing, the sets and houses, and of course the pretty men.
"You think I ought to refuse him then," said Harriet, looking down.
"Ought to refuse him! My dear Harriet, what do you mean? Are you in any doubt as to that? I thought—but I beg your pardon, perhaps I have been under a mistake. I certainly have been misunderstanding you, if you feel in doubt as to the purport of your answer. I had imagined you were consulting me only as to the wording of it."
"Perfectly, perfectly right, my dearest Harriet; you are doing just what you ought. While you were at all in suspense I kept my feelings to myself, but now that you are so completely decided I have no hesitation in approving. Dear Harriet, I give myself joy of this. It would have grieved me to lose your acquaintance, which must have been the
consequence of your marrying Mr. Martin. While you were in the smallest degree wavering, I said nothing about it, because I would not influence; but it would have been the loss of a friend to me. I could not have visited Mrs. Robert Martin, of Abbey-Mill Farm. Now I am secure of you for ever.”
20. Moment that made you mad while reading
17. Moment that made you sad/cry while reading
I got stuck on this for a while because I didn’t really have one. But this one makes me feel so sad for Miss Bates, so I’m going with it.