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to a great deal of capacity. The public pays and must be
The varieties of handwriting were farther talked of, and
the usual observations made.
`I have heard it asserted,' said John Knightley, `that the
same sort of handwriting often prevails in a family; and
where the same master teaches, it is natural enough. But
for that reason, I should imagine the likeness must be
chiefly confined to the females, for boys have very little
teaching after an early age, and scramble into any hand
they can get. Isabella and Emma, I think, do write very
much alike. I have not always known their writing apart.'
`Yes,' said his brother hesitatingly, `there is a likeness. I
know what you mean--but Emma's hand is the strongest.'
`Isabella and Emma both write beautifully,' said Mr.
Woodhouse; `and always did. And so does poor Mrs.
Weston'--with half a sigh and half a smile at her.
`I never saw any gentleman's handwriting'--Emma
began, looking also at Mrs. Weston; but stopped, on
perceiving that Mrs. Weston was attending to some one
else--and the pause gave her time to reflect, `Now, how
am I going to introduce him?--Am I unequal to speaking
his name at once before all these people? Is it necessary for
me to use any roundabout phrase?--Your Yorkshire
Emma 451 of 745 to a great deal of capacity. I know what you mean--but Emma's hand is the strongest.' `Isabella and Emma both write beautifully,' said Mr. Woodhouse;