"The sitting began; and Harriet, smiling and blushing, and afraid of not keeping her attitude and countenance, presented a very sweet mixture of youthful expression to the steady eyes of the artist. But there was no doing anything, with Mr. Elton fidgetting behind her and watching every touch." - Jane Austen's Emma
What a picturesque scene is laid before us. What genius!
"You, sir, may say any thing," cried Mr. Elton; "but I must confess that I regard it as a most happy thought, the placing of Miss Smith out of doors; and the tree is touched with such inimitable spirit!"
Miss Smith out of doors, just the place Mr. Elton would always wish Harriet to be if he was within door. What a coxcomb Mr. Elton was!
My opinion of this adaptation tomorrow...