Oh my god. You looked so beautiful.
The lighting was really neat.
Ethan and I both thought the programs were really easy to read.
The only person who loves Emma is also the only one to see her faults. To love someone is to look at them with wide-opened and knowing eyes. And, contrary to what we would expect today, such capacity for discernment (and awareness of another’s flaws) does not entail any ambivalent feeling toward Emma. On the contrary, [Emma's friend] Knightley’s own excellence of character makes him forgive her faults, discern (what will later prove to be) her own “excellence of mind,” and strive to improve her character with fervor and even passion. Understanding Emma’s faults is not incompatible with being thoroughly committed to her because both emanate from the same moral source. Knightley’s love itself is supremely moral not only because he makes the object of his love accountable to a moral code, but also because to love Emma is intertwined with the moral project of shaping her mind. When he looks at her anxiously, it is not lust that burns in him, but rather his desire to see her do the right thing. In this particular conception of love, it is not the unique originality of the person that we love, but rather the person’s capacity to stand for those values we – and others – revere. More interestingly: far from feeling humiliated or diminished by Knightley’s rebukes, Emma accepts them. In fact, we may speculate that she respects and loves Knightley precisely because he is the only one to hold her accountable to a moral code that transcends them both. So committed to this moral code is Emma that she accepts what we would call today the narcissistic wounds inflicted by Knightley and his challenge to her good opinion of her self, in the name of a definition of virtue that she shares with him. To be loved by Knightley is to be challenged by him and to rise to the challenge of upholding his and her own moral standards. To love another is to love the good in him and through him.
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