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Mr Knightley is the arbiter of sense and judgement Discuss with reference to the first eleven chapters Mr Knightley in direct contrast to Emma is sensible to the ways of the world and thoughtful Mr Knightley has all the good qualities that Emma lacks and he always voices his true opinions Knightley displays many admirable virtues and he helps us to see the reality of a situation Mr Knightley is Emmas brother-in-law and he is an old and established friend of the family Mr Knightley serves as Emmas mentor and is the only person who criticizes Emma and helps the reader to locate her faults We first see Knightleys sense in the first chapter Mr Knightley is a regular visitor of the Woodhouses and he receives a warm welcome from Emma Emma and her father have been discussing the days celebration - the wedding of Emmas beloved governess Miss Taylor to Mr Weston Emma is at pains to cheer her father from the sad loss of their friend and she points out to him that Mrs Weston is delightfully settled in her new life and cannot want for anything Mr Woodhouse refers to Mrs Weston as poor Miss Taylor throughout this first chapter because he cannot except that she is happy Mr Knightley observation of the situation is that they should be happy for their friend Every friend of Miss Taylor must be glad to have her so happily married Mr Knightley displays a warm and sincere regard for Emma coupled with an honest view of her faults Mr Knightley has known Emma all her life and through this knowledge he is able to have a great insight into Emmas character that no one else in the book has He represents a paternal office far more effectively than her own father who never sees any faults in Emmas character Emma congratulates herself upon matchmaking Miss Taylor and Mr Weston
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