In Emma, Frank Churchill often makes remarks about Jane Fairfax and Mr. Dixon, which encourages Emma's suspicions and they often talk--or gossip--about it together. Now, something I wondered recently... was all this completely one of Frank's attempts at deception? Was Jane Fairfax only uncomfortable about the subject because of the way Frank was using it, or was there actually something to the whole Dixon thing? What's your opinion?
Before I answer the question, let me go into my opinion of Frank Churchill before I answer the question directly. In Emma, there is a question as to who the villain is if there is one at all. Either it's Mr. Elton or Frank, or even Emma herself. Personally, I don't count Frank as being a "villain"... scoundrel, yes, but not a villain -- he wasn't bad enough to be a villain. He did do wrong by making Emma believe that he was in love with her, but at the same time, I can see why he did it: he couldn't let anyone know about him and Jane Fairfax so he diverted that attention by giving attentions to Emma so no one would suspect a thing. I don't approve of what he did, but I can see why he did it.
|Mr. Dixon saving Jane Fairfax's life|
|Mrs. Dixon isn't looking happy...|
So, I think with the way Jane's personality is, she was more uncomfortable about him using the subject and doing her friend's husband an injustice than there being something to the story. Now, you could also say, "But when Miss Bates mentioned Mr. Dixon saving her life, Jane shied away from the subject. Wouldn't that mean something? Wouldn't she be embarrassed?" Maybe, but then again, Jane was also a reserved girl who probably didn't want to make a big deal out of the whole thing while her aunt wanted to make a big deal out of it.
So, what do you all think? Do you agree with me that Jane was uncomfortable about the way that Frank Churchill used the Mr. Dixon story? Or do you think she was just uncomfortable about it because there was something to that story? Leave a comment!
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