George knightley is a principal character depicted by jane austen in her novel emma written in 1815 he is a landowner and gentleman farmer though one as the author slily informs us having little spare money a lifetime friend of emmas though nearly seventeen years older than she he enjoys correcting emma as emma observes in.
Im happy to introduce his guest post on the romance between emma and mr knightley welcome to emma in the snow kirk and thank you to you and the members of austen in boston for sharing these beautiful photos with us.
Span classnews_dtapr 06 2012spannbsp018332wisdom from bones states the socially acceptable age difference is half the age of the older person plus 8 years at first i thought this was weird but the more i tried it with different ages the more sense it made i thought it was weird that knightly held emma as a baby and then was interested in her romantically.
George knightley is a neighbour and close friend of emma aged 37 years 16 years older than emma he is her only critic mr knightley is the owner of the estate of donwell abbey which includes extensive grounds and farms he is the elder brother of mr john knightley the husband of emmas elder sister isabella.
Span classnews_dtjan 11 2010spannbsp018332mrknightley and emma make it in my top ten period couples in literaturethis is because of two reasons one being emma beseeching jane fairfax to unlove mrknightley and the other being the confession of mr knightley to emma.
Like mrs weston then mr knightley serves as one the moderating influences to emmas impetuous character we know that emmas screwing up because knightley tells us she is as long as hes convinced that emma loves a goodfornothing flirt however mr knightley cant seem to step in.
In emma mr knightley is a good seventeen years older than emma which would be fine if they were strangers who met as adults but hes literally known her since she was a baby and has always been a paternal figure in her life adding to the familial weirdness mr knightleys younger brother is married to emmas older sister i dont know why.