Emma Jane Austen

Volume One Chapter One Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her. She was the youngest of the two daughters of a most affectionate, indulgent father; and had, in consequence of her sister's marriage, been mistress of his house from a very early period. Her mother had died too long ago for her to have more than an indistinct remembrance of her caresses; and her place had been supplied by an excellent woman as governess, who had fallen little short of a mother in affection. Sixteen years had Miss Taylor been in Mr. Woodhouse's family, less as a governess than a friend, very fond of both daughters, but particularly of Emma. Between them it was more the intimacy of sisters. Even before Miss Taylor had ceased to hold the nominal office of governess, the mildness of her temper had hardly allowed her to impose any restraint; and the shadow of authority being now long passed away, they had been living together as friend and friend very mutually attached, and Emma doing just what she liked; highly esteeming Miss Taylor's judgment, but directed chiefly by her own. The real evils, indeed, of Emma's situation were the power of having rather too much her own way, and a disposition to think a little too well of herself; these were the disadvantages which threatened alloy to her many enjoyments. The danger, however, was at present so unperceived, that they did not by any means rank as misfortunes with her. Sorrow came--a gentle sorrow--but not at all in the shape of any disagreeable consciousness.--Miss Taylor married. It was Miss Taylor's loss which first brought grief. It was on the wedding-day of this beloved friend that Emma first sat in mournful thought of any continuance. The wedding over, and the bride-people gone, her father and herself were left to dine together, with no prospect of a third to cheer a long evening. Her father composed himself to sleep after dinner, as usual, and she had then only to sit and think of what she had lost.

The event had every promise of happiness for her friend. Mr. Weston was a man of unexceptionable character, easy fortune, suitable age, and pleasant manners; and there was some satisfaction in considering with what self-denying, generous friendship she had always wished and promoted the match; but it was a black morning's work for her. The want of Miss Taylor would be felt every hour of every day. She recalled her past kindness--the kindness, the affection of sixteen years--how she had taught and how she had played with her from five years old--how she had devoted all her powers to attach and amuse her in health--and how nursed her through the various illnesses of childhood. A large debt of gratitude was owing here; but the intercourse of the last seven years, the equal footing and perfect unreserve which had soon followed Isabella's marriage, on their being left to each other, was yet a dearer, tenderer recollection. She had been a friend and companion such as few possessed: intelligent, well-informed, useful, gentle, knowing all the ways of the family, interested in all its concerns, and peculiarly interested in herself, in every pleasure, every scheme of hers--one to whom she could speak every thought as it arose, and who had such an affection for her as could never find fault. How was she to bear the change?--It was true that her friend was going only half a mile from them; but Emma was aware that great must be the difference between a Mrs. Weston, only half a mile from them, and a Miss Taylor in the house; and with all her advantages, natural and domestic, she was now in great danger of suffering from intellectual solitude. She dearly loved her father, but he was no companion for her. He could not meet her in conversation, rational or playful. The evil of the actual disparity in their ages (and Mr. Woodhouse had not married early) was much increased by his constitution and habits; for having been a valetudinarian all his life, without activity of mind or body, he was a much older man in ways than in years; and though everywhere beloved for the friendliness of his heart and his amiable temper, his talents could not have recommended him at any time. Her sister, though comparatively but little removed by matrimony, being settled in London, only sixteen miles off, was much beyond her daily reach; and many a long October and November evening must be struggled through at Hartfield, before Christmas brought the next visit from Isabella and her husband, and their little children, to fill the house, and give her pleasant society again.

Highbury, the large and populous village, almost amounting to a town, to which Hartfield, in spite of its separate lawn, and shrubberies, and name, did really belong, afforded her no equals. The Woodhouses were first in consequence there. All looked up to them. She had many acquaintance in the place, for her father was universally civil, but not one among them who could be accepted in lieu of Miss Taylor for even half a day. It was a melancholy change; and Emma could not but sigh over it, and wish for impossible things, till her father awoke, and made it necessary to be cheerful. His spirits required support. He was a nervous man, easily depressed; fond of every body that he was used to, and hating to part with them; hating change of every kind. Matrimony, as the origin of change, was always disagreeable; and he was by no means yet reconciled to his own daughter's marrying, nor could ever speak of her but with compassion, though it had been entirely a match of affection, when he was now obliged to part with Miss Taylor too; and from his habits of gentle selfishness, and of being never able to suppose that other people could feel differently from himself, he was very much disposed to think Miss Taylor had done as sad a thing for herself as for them, and would have been a great deal happier if she had spent all the rest of her life at Hartfield. Emma smiled and chatted as cheerfully as she could, to keep him from such thoughts; but when tea came, it was impossible for him not to say exactly as he had said at dinner, "Poor Miss Taylor!--I wish she were here again. What a pity it is that Mr. Weston ever thought of her!" "I cannot agree with you, papa; you know I cannot. Mr. Weston is such a good-humoured, pleasant, excellent man, that he thoroughly deserves a good wife;--and you would not have had Miss Taylor live with us for ever, and bear all my odd humours, when she might have a house of her own?" "A house of her own!--But where is the advantage of a house of her own? This is three times as large.--And you have never any odd humours, my dear." "How often we shall be going to see them, and they coming to see us!--We shall be always meeting! We must begin; we must go and pay wedding visit very soon." "My dear, how am I to get so far? Randalls is such a distance. I could not walk half so far." "No, papa, nobody thought of your walking. We must go in the carriage, to be sure."

"The carriage! But James will not like to put the horses to for such a little way;--and where are the poor horses to be while we are paying our visit?" "They are to be put into Mr. Weston's stable, papa. You know we have settled all that already. We talked it all over with Mr. Weston last night. And as for James, you may be very sure he will always like going to Randalls, because of his daughter's being housemaid there. I only doubt whether he will ever take us anywhere else. That was your doing, papa. You got Hannah that good place. Nobody thought of Hannah till you mentioned her--James is so obliged to you!" "I am very glad I did think of her. It was very lucky, for I would not have had poor James think himself slighted upon any account; and I am sure she will make a very good servant: she is a civil, pretty-spoken girl; I have a great opinion of her. Whenever I see her, she always curtseys and asks me how I do, in a very pretty manner; and when you have had her here to do needlework, I observe she always turns the lock of the door the right way and never bangs it. I am sure she will be an excellent servant; and it will be a great comfort to poor Miss Taylor to have somebody about her that she is used to see. Whenever James goes over to see his daughter, you know, she will be hearing of us. He will be able to tell her how we all are." Emma spared no exertions to maintain this happier flow of ideas, and hoped, by the help of backgammon, to get her father tolerably through the evening, and be attacked by no regrets but her own. The backgammon-table was placed; but a visitor immediately afterwards walked in and made it unnecessary. Mr. Knightley, a sensible man about seven or eight-and-thirty, was not only a very old and intimate friend of the family, but particularly connected with it, as the elder brother of Isabella's husband. He lived about a mile from Highbury, was a frequent visitor, and always welcome, and at this time more welcome than usual, as coming directly from their mutual connexions in London. He had returned to a late dinner, after some days' absence, and now walked up to Hartfield to say that all were well in Brunswick Square. It was a happy circumstance, and animated Mr. Woodhouse for some time. Mr. Knightley had a cheerful manner, which always did him good; and his many inquiries after "poor Isabella" and her children were answered most satisfactorily. When this was over, Mr. Woodhouse gratefully observed, "It is very kind of you, Mr. Knightley, to come out at this late hour to call upon us. I am afraid you must have had a shocking walk."

"Not at all, sir. It is a beautiful moonlight night; and so mild that I must draw back from your great fire." "But you must have found it very damp and dirty. I wish you may not catch cold." "Dirty, sir! Look at my shoes. Not a speck on them." "Well! that is quite surprising, for we have had a vast deal of rain here. It rained dreadfully hard for half an hour while we were at breakfast. I wanted them to put off the wedding." "By the bye--I have not wished you joy. Being pretty well aware of what sort of joy you must both be feeling, I have been in no hurry with my congratulations; but I hope it all went off tolerably well. How did you all behave? Who cried most?" "Ah! poor Miss Taylor! 'Tis a sad business." "Poor Mr. and Miss Woodhouse, if you please; but I cannot possibly say `poor Miss Taylor.' I have a great regard for you and Emma; but when it comes to the question of dependence or independence!--At any rate, it must be better to have only one to please than two." "Especially when one of those two is such a fanciful, troublesome creature!" said Emma playfully. "That is what you have in your head, I know--and what you would certainly say if my father were not by." "I believe it is very true, my dear, indeed," said Mr. Woodhouse, with a sigh. "I am afraid I am sometimes very fanciful and troublesome." "My dearest papa! You do not think I could mean you, or suppose Mr. Knightley to mean you. What a horrible idea! Oh no! I meant only myself. Mr. Knightley loves to find fault with me, you know-in a joke--it is all a joke. We always say what we like to one another." Mr. Knightley, in fact, was one of the few people who could see faults in Emma Woodhouse, and the only one who ever told her of them: and though this was not particularly agreeable to Emma herself, she knew it would be so much less so to her father, that she would not have him really suspect such a circumstance as her not being thought perfect by every body. "Emma knows I never flatter her," said Mr. Knightley, "but I meant no reflection on any body. Miss Taylor has been used

to have two persons to please; she will now have but one. The chances are that she must be a gainer." "Well," said Emma, willing to let it pass--"you want to hear about the wedding; and I shall be happy to tell you, for we all behaved charmingly. Every body was punctual, every body in their best looks: not a tear, and hardly a long face to be seen. Oh no; we all felt that we were going to be only half a mile apart, and were sure of meeting every day." "Dear Emma bears every thing so well," said her father. "But, Mr. Knightley, she is really very sorry to lose poor Miss Taylor, and I am sure she will miss her more than she thinks for." Emma turned away her head, divided between tears and smiles. "It is impossible that Emma should not miss such a companion," said Mr. Knightley. "We should not like her so well as we do, sir, if we could suppose it; but she knows how much the marriage is to Miss Taylor's advantage; she knows how very acceptable it must be, at Miss Taylor's time of life, to be settled in a home of her own, and how important to her to be secure of a comfortable provision, and therefore cannot allow herself to feel so much pain as pleasure. Every friend of Miss Taylor must be glad to have her so happily married." "And you have forgotten one matter of joy to me," said Emma, "and a very considerable one--that I made the match myself. I made the match, you know, four years ago; and to have it take place, and be proved in the right, when so many people said Mr. Weston would never marry again, may comfort me for any thing." Mr. Knightley shook his head at her. Her father fondly replied, "Ah! my dear, I wish you would not make matches and foretell things, for whatever you say always comes to pass. Pray do not make any more matches." "I promise you to make none for myself, papa; but I must, indeed, for other people. It is the greatest amusement in the world! And after such success, you know!--Every body said that Mr. Weston would never marry again. Oh dear, no! Mr. Weston, who had been a widower so long, and who seemed so perfectly comfortable without a wife, so constantly occupied either in his business in town or among his friends here, always acceptable wherever he went, always cheerful-Mr. Weston need not spend a single evening in the year alone if he did not like it. Oh no! Mr. Weston certainly would never marry again. Some people even talked of a promise to his wife on her deathbed,

and others of the son and the uncle not letting him. All manner of solemn nonsense was talked on the subject, but I believed none of it. "Ever since the day--about four years ago--that Miss Taylor and I met with him in Broadway Lane, when, because it began to drizzle, he darted away with so much gallantry, and borrowed two umbrellas for us from Farmer Mitchell's, I made up my mind on the subject. I planned the match from that hour; and when such success has blessed me in this instance, dear papa, you cannot think that I shall leave off match-making." "I do not understand what you mean by `success,'" said Mr. Knightley. "Success supposes endeavour. Your time has been properly and delicately spent, if you have been endeavouring for the last four years to bring about this marriage. A worthy employment for a young lady's mind! But if, which I rather imagine, your making the match, as you call it, means only your planning it, your saying to yourself one idle day, `I think it would be a very good thing for Miss Taylor if Mr. Weston were to marry her,' and saying it again to yourself every now and then afterwards, why do you talk of success? Where is your merit? What are you proud of? You made a lucky guess; and that is all that can be said." "And have you never known the pleasure and triumph of a lucky guess?-I pity you.--I thought you cleverer--for, depend upon it a lucky guess is never merely luck. There is always some talent in it. And as to my poor word `success,' which you quarrel with, I do not know that I am so entirely without any claim to it. You have drawn two pretty pictures; but I think there may be a third--a something between the do-nothing and the do-all. If I had not promoted Mr. Weston's visits here, and given many little encouragements, and smoothed many little matters, it might not have come to any thing after all. I think you must know Hartfield enough to comprehend that." "A straightforward, open-hearted man like Weston, and a rational, unaffected woman like Miss Taylor, may be safely left to manage their own concerns. You are more likely to have done harm to yourself, than good to them, by interference." "Emma never thinks of herself, if she can do good to others," rejoined Mr. Woodhouse, understanding but in part. "But, my dear, pray do not make any more matches; they are silly things, and break up one's family circle grievously."

and did not produce much happiness. Weston ought to have found . Knightley. and has fitted up his house so comfortably. Depend upon it. and help him to the best of the fish and the chicken. my dear. It was an unsuitable connexion. to the infinite mortification of Mr. Captain Weston was a general favourite. I dare say Mr. He had received a good education. laughing. then embodied. and who were full of pride and importance. he looked so very much as if he would like to have the same kind office done for him! I think very well of Mr. But if you want to shew him any attention. that it would be a shame to have him single any longer--and I thought when he was joining their hands to-day." "With a great deal of pleasure. There is nobody in Highbury who deserves him--and he has been here a whole year. and Mrs. Poor Mr. papa. and with the full command of her fortune--though her fortune bore no proportion to the family-estate--was not to be dissuaded from the marriage. which the connexion would offend. and when the chances of his military life had introduced him to Miss Churchill. being of age." said Mr. that it will be a much better thing. of a great Yorkshire family. That will be a much better thing. who had never seen him. papa." Volume One Chapter Two Mr. and I have a great regard for him. Weston was a native of Highbury."Only one more. Elton. but. on succeeding early in life to a small independence. and Miss Churchill fell in love with him. Elton. and had satisfied an active. had become indisposed for any of the more homely pursuits in which his brothers were engaged. Churchill. Miss Churchill. only for Mr. cheerful mind and social temper by entering into the militia of his county. sir. however. Elton! You like Mr. a man of six or seven-and-twenty can take care of himself. Invite him to dinner. Knightley will be so kind as to meet him. but leave him to chuse his own wife. Mrs. to be sure." "Mr. Elton is a very pretty young man. "and I agree with you entirely. and this is the only way I have of doing him a service. and it took place. Emma. and a very good young man. at any time. who threw her off with due decorum.--I must look about for a wife for him. ask him to come and dine with us some day. nobody was surprized. which for the last two or three generations had been rising into gentility and property. except her brother and his wife. Elton. and born of a respectable family.

the next eighteen or twenty years of his life passed cheerfully away. The boy had. she had not the best. Captain Weston. but as it was not the tyrannic influence of youth on youth. realised an easy competence--enough to secure the purchase of a little estate adjoining Highbury. with the additional softening claim of a lingering illness of his mother's. and with a child to maintain. it had not shaken his determination of never settling till he could purchase Randalls. It was now some time since Miss Taylor had begun to influence his schemes. he was rather a poorer man than at first. He quitted the militia and engaged in trade. and to live according to the wishes of his own friendly and social disposition. having brothers already established in a good way in London. A complete change of life became desirable. but not enough to refrain from unreasonable regrets at that brother's unreasonable anger. Churchill. . She had resolution enough to pursue her own will in spite of her brother. Some scruples and some reluctance the widower-father may be supposed to have felt. but she wanted at once to be the wife of Captain Weston. as making such an amazing match. and Mr. by that time. for she had a husband whose warm heart and sweet temper made him think every thing due to her in return for the great goodness of being in love with him. with these objects in view. and his own situation to improve as he could. till they were accomplished. He had made his fortune. and Miss Churchill of Enscombe.more in it. They lived beyond their income. nor from missing the luxuries of her former home. He had still a small house in Highbury. It was a concern which brought just employment enough. offered to take the whole charge of the little Frank soon after her decease. he was soon relieved. and the sale of Randalls was long looked forward to. but as they were overcome by other considerations. nor any other young creature of equal kindred to care for. From the expense of the child. which afforded him a favourable opening. where most of his leisure days were spent. who had been considered. but though she had one sort of spirit. and he had only his own comfort to seek. especially by the Churchills. He had. for when his wife died. after a three years' marriage. and between useful occupation and the pleasures of society. but he had gone steadily on. having no children of their own. however. been the means of a sort of reconciliation. and Mrs. the child was given up to the care and the wealth of the Churchills. was proved to have much the worst of the bargain. which he had always longed for--enough to marry a woman as portionless even as Miss Taylor. but still it was nothing in comparison of Enscombe: she did not cease to love her husband.

of course. His coming to visit his father had been often talked of but never achieved. Frank Churchill to come among them. The aunt was a capricious woman.bought his house. to excite gratitude than to feel it. Now was the time for Mr. it was very generally proposed. Weston's nature to imagine that any caprice could be strong enough to affect one so dear. indeed. and obtained his wife. Now. but it was not in Mr. and must give him the pleasantest proof of its being a great deal better to choose than to be chosen. Woodhouse saw the letter. formed a very favourable idea of the young man. He was looked on as sufficiently belonging to the place to make his merits and prospects a kind of common concern. that the visit should take place. Frank Churchill has written to Mrs. every morning visit in Highbury included some mention of the handsome letter Mrs. His father had no apprehension of it. though the compliment was so little returned that he had never been there in his life." It was. it had become so avowed an adoption as to have him assume the name of Churchill on coming of age. either when Mrs. It was most unlikely. and the hope strengthened when it was understood that he had written to his new mother on the occasion. Weston? I understand it was a very handsome letter. For a few days. so deservedly dear. and Miss Bates. as he believed. and was proud of him. it was more than being tacitly brought up as his uncle's heir. and governed her husband entirely. for as to Frank. or when Mrs. Mr. Mr. He saw his son every year in London. and his fond report of him as a very fine young man had made Highbury feel a sort of pride in him too. Woodhouse told me of it. "I suppose you have heard of the handsome letter Mr. . and a lively curiosity to see him prevailed. and such a pleasing attention was an irresistible proof of his great good sense. Weston had. Weston had received. indeed. There was not a dissentient voice on the subject. He had never been an unhappy man. He had only himself to please in his choice: his fortune was his own. Perry drank tea with Mrs. a highly prized letter. that he should ever want his father's assistance. even in his first marriage. and he says he never saw such a handsome letter in his life. and. Mr. as a most proper attention. therefore. Frank Churchill was one of the boasts of Highbury. his own temper had secured him from that. upon his father's marriage. and was beginning a new period of existence. with every probability of greater happiness than in any yet passed through. and Miss Bates returned the visit. Mrs. but his second must shew him how delightful a well-judging and truly amiable woman could be.

and had sense. which had been a great distress to him. But never did she go without Mr. He had been at the pains of consulting Mr. Mr. and saying. Weston's disposition and circumstances. and upon being applied to. and he could never believe other people to be different from himself. as earnestly tried to prevent any body's eating it. whose frequent visits were one of the comforts of Mr. so convenient for even solitary female walking. and could not think. Weston. What was unwholesome to him he regarded as unfit for any body. She knew that at times she must be missed. and he had. the apothecary. he could not but acknowledge (though it seemed rather against the .' when they left her at Randalls in the centre of every domestic comfort. and of moments only of regret. and her satisfaction---her more than satisfaction--her cheerful enjoyment. which would make the approaching season no hindrance to their spending half the evenings in the week together. She felt herself a most fortunate woman. earnestly tried to dissuade them from having any wedding-cake at all. and who could ill bear to part with her. Woodhouse. of Emma's losing a single pleasure. or saw her go away in the evening attended by her pleasant husband to a carriage of her own. Her situation was altogether the subject of hours of gratitude to Mrs. that Emma. where the only regret was for a partial separation from friends whose friendship for her had never cooled.and a most welcome addition to every source and every expression of congratulation which her marriage had already secured. The compliments of his neighbours were over. he was no longer teased by being wished joy of so sorrowful an event. but a few weeks brought some alleviation to Mr. And then there was such comfort in the very easy distance of Randalls from Hartfield. well as she knew her father. was sometimes taken by surprize at his being still able to pity `poor Miss Taylor. from the want of her companionableness: but dear Emma was of no feeble character. Perry was an intelligent. and in Mr. Woodhouse's giving a gentle sigh. Perry. poor Miss Taylor! She would be very glad to stay. and when that proved vain. "Ah. His own stomach could bear nothing rich. and the wedding-cake. was so just and so apparent. therefore. or suffering an hour's ennui." There was no recovering Miss Taylor--nor much likelihood of ceasing to pity her. and spirits that might be hoped would bear her well and happily through its little difficulties and privations. Woodhouse's life. she was more equal to her situation than most girls would have been. gentlemanlike man. without pain. and she had lived long enough to know how fortunate she might well be thought. and energy. on the subject. was all eat up.

bias of inclination) that wedding-cake might certainly disagree with many--perhaps with most people. Elton. Mr. and there was no rest for his benevolent nerves till it was all gone. and his daughter. With such an opinion. and large dinner-parties. Woodhouse thought it no hardship for either James or the horses. Had it taken place only once a year. his horror of late hours. . from his fortune. in a great measure. and his good nature. He liked very much to have his friends come and see him. Knightley. among the most come-at-able of whom were Mrs. was a very old lady. unless taken moderately. Bates. and who were fetched and carried home so often. there was scarcely an evening in the week in which Emma could not make up a card-table for him. his house. and Donwell Abbey in the parish adjoining. the seat of Mr. and from various united causes. Woodhouse was fond of society in his own way. and. Woodhouse hoped to influence every visitor of the newly married pair. from his long residence at Hartfield. and by Mr. Not unfrequently. and Mrs. Volume One Chapter Three Mr. long-standing regard brought the Westons and Mr. through Emma's persuasion. it would have been a grievance. almost past every thing but tea and quadrille. comprehended many such. three ladies almost always at the service of an invitation from Hartfield. Knightley. and Miss Bates. was in no danger of being thrown away. Weston's wedding-cake in their hands: but Mr. Highbury. There was a strange rumour in Highbury of all the little Perrys being seen with a slice of Mrs. but still the cake was eaten. as he liked. and was considered with all the regard and respect which a harmless old lady. he could command the visits of his own little circle. Mrs. He had not much intercourse with any families beyond that circle. in confirmation of his own. unless he fancied himself at any time unequal to company. Fortunately for him. he had some of the chosen and the best to dine with him: but evening parties were what he preferred. the widow of a former vicar of Highbury. that Mr. made him unfit for any acquaintance but such as would visit him on his own terms. the privilege of exchanging any vacant evening of his own blank solitude for the elegancies and society of Mr. Goddard. Real. Woodhouse would never believe it. and the smiles of his lovely daughter. After these came a second set. a young man living alone without liking it. She lived with her single daughter in a very small way. Woodhouse's drawing-room. including Randalls in the same parish.

and a woman whom no one named without good-will. or frighten those who might hate her into outward respect. and her middle of life was devoted to the care of a failing mother. in long sentences of refined nonsense. . who had worked hard in her youth. Miss Bates stood in the very worst predicament in the world for having much of the public favour. old-fashioned Boarding-school. for Highbury was reckoned a particularly healthy spot: she had an ample house and garden. which exactly suited Mr. The simplicity and cheerfulness of her nature. to combine liberal acquirements with elegant morality. Mrs. was interested in every body's happiness. without any danger of coming back prodigies. whenever she could. hung round with fancy-work. and a mine of felicity to herself. and where girls might be sent to be out of the way. and having formerly owed much to Mr. and win or lose a few sixpences by his fireside. rich. upon new principles and new systems--and where young ladies for enormous pay might be screwed out of health and into vanity--but a real. where a reasonable quantity of accomplishments were sold at a reasonable price. Woodhouse. honest. It was no wonder that a train of twenty young couple now walked after her to church. Woodhouse's kindness. and a home that wanted for nothing. and happy was she. Mrs. handsome. and now thought herself entitled to the occasional holiday of a tea-visit. or an establishment. can excite. nor married. let them run about a great deal in the summer. gave the children plenty of wholesome food. Her youth had passed without distinction. She had never boasted either beauty or cleverness. and the endeavour to make a small income go as far as possible. quicksighted to every body's merits. for her father's sake. Her daughter enjoyed a most uncommon degree of popularity for a woman neither young. and she had no intellectual superiority to make atonement to herself. her contented and grateful spirit. Goddard was the mistress of a School--not of a seminary. She loved every body. And yet she was a happy woman. and in winter dressed their chilblains with her own hands. felt his particular claim on her to leave her neat parlour. and scramble themselves into a little education. It was her own universal good-will and contented temper which worked such wonders. motherly kind of woman. full of trivial communications and harmless gossip.under such untoward circumstances. She was a great talker upon little matters. and surrounded with blessings in such an excellent mother. Goddard's school was in high repute--and very deservedly. and so many good neighbours and friends. These were the ladies whom Emma found herself very frequently able to collect. were a recommendation to every body. or any thing which professed. She was a plain. thought herself a most fortunate creature.

at Mrs. Knightley thought highly of them--but they . looking forward to exactly such a close of the present day. she believed--she knew Mr. it was no remedy for the absence of Mrs. She was delighted to see her father look comfortable. should not be wasted on the inferior society of Highbury and its connexions. Somebody had placed her. a note was brought from Mrs. a most welcome request: for Miss Smith was a girl of seventeen. with a fine bloom. shewing so proper and becoming a deference. The friends from whom she had just parted. She was short. and so artlessly impressed by the appearance of every thing in so superior a style to what she had been used to. She was a very pretty girl. in most respectful terms. As she sat one morning. Weston. This was all that was generally known of her history. The acquaintance she had already formed were unworthy of her. whom Emma knew very well by sight. but the quiet prosings of three such women made her feel that every evening so spent was indeed one of the long evenings she had fearfully anticipated. to be allowed to bring Miss Smith with her. seeming so pleasantly grateful for being admitted to Hartfield. on account of her beauty. Encouragement should be given. light hair. and had long felt an interest in. and very much pleased with herself for contriving things so well. Goddard's school. several years back. and. and her beauty happened to be of a sort which Emma particularly admired. and fair. not unwilling to talk--and yet so far from pushing. and was now just returned from a long visit in the country to some young ladies who had been at school there with her. and somebody had lately raised her from the condition of scholar to that of parlour-boarder. before the end of the evening. plump. though. A very gracious invitation was returned. Harriet Smith was the natural daughter of somebody. and a look of great sweetness. and quite determined to continue the acquaintance. but she found her altogether very engaging--not inconveniently shy. They were a family of the name of Martin. whom Emma well knew by character. that she must have good sense. Those soft blue eyes. She was not struck by any thing remarkably clever in Miss Smith's conversation. and deserve encouragement. though very good sort of people. blue eyes. Knightley.in the power. and residing in the parish of Donwell--very creditably. Goddard. and the evening no longer dreaded by the fair mistress of the mansion. and all those natural graces. requesting. must be doing her harm. Emma was as much pleased with her manners as her person. She had no visible friends but what had been acquired at Highbury. regular features. as renting a large farm of Mr. as far as she was herself concerned.

recommend. Woodhouses feelings were in sad warfare. with the real good-will of a mind delighted with its own ideas. what say you to half a glass of wine? A small half-glass. though he might constrain himself. she would form her opinions and her manners. and while his hospitality would have welcomed his visitors to every thing. and certainly a very kind undertaking. you see--one of our small eggs will not hurt you. Upon such occasions poor Mr. let me propose your venturing on one of these eggs. I would not recommend an egg boiled by any body else. I do not advise the custard. she would improve her. put into a tumbler of water? I do not think it could disagree with you. You need not be afraid of unwholesome preserves here. let Emma help you to a little bit of tart--a very little bit. did she then do all the honours of the meal. She was so busy in admiring those soft blue eyes. and very unfit to be the intimates of a girl who wanted only a little more knowledge and elegance to be quite perfect. which always closed such parties. and help and recommend the minced chicken and scalloped oysters. with an urgency which she knew would be acceptable to the early hours and civil scruples of their guests. and moved forwards to the fire. with thorough self-approbation. in talking and listening. and on the present evening had . He loved to have the cloth laid. and the supper-table. Bates. highly becoming her own situation in life. and for which she had been used to sit and watch the due time. Such another small basin of thin gruel as his own was all that he could. she would detach her from her bad acquaintance. With an alacrity beyond the common impulse of a spirit which yet was never indifferent to the credit of doing every thing well and attentively. while the ladies were comfortably clearing the nicer things. An egg boiled very soft is not unwholesome. She would notice her. Ours are all apple-tarts. and forming all these schemes in the in-betweens. was all set out and ready. It would be an interesting. that the evening flew away at a very unusual rate. because it had been the fashion of his youth. Goddard. his care for their health made him grieve that they would eat. to say: "Mrs. they are very small. and powers.must be coarse and unpolished. but his conviction of suppers being very unwholesome made him rather sorry to see any thing put on it. before she was aware. her leisure." Emma allowed her father to talk--but supplied her visitors in a much more satisfactory style. Serle understands boiling an egg better than any body. Miss Bates. but you need not be afraid. Mrs. and introduce her into good society.

and power of appreciating what was elegant and clever. grateful disposition. therefore. for Harriet every thing. and her inclination for good company. It was quite a different sort of thing. Harriet certainly was not clever. but it was not pleasant. Harriet would be loved as one to whom she could be useful. Weston there was nothing to be done. In that respect Mrs.particular pleasure in sending them away happy. She had ventured once alone to Randalls. but Harriet could not tell. Her early attachment to herself was very amiable. But in every respect. though strength of understanding must not be expected. Emma was obliged to fancy what she liked--but she could never believe that in the same situation she should not have discovered the truth. one whom she could summon at any time to a walk. Altogether she was quite convinced of Harriet Smith's being exactly the young friend she wanted--exactly the something which her home required. delighted with the affability with which Miss Woodhouse had treated her all the evening. The happiness of Miss Smith was quite equal to her intentions. Miss Woodhouse was so great a personage in Highbury. and actually shaken hands with her at last! Volume One Chapter 4 Harriet Smith's intimacy at Hartfield was soon a settled thing. Weston's marriage her exercise had been too much confined. For Mrs. and only desiring to be guided by any one she looked up to. Emma had very early foreseen how useful she might find her. or his short. Two such she did not want. Harriet had no penetration. Weston's loss had been important. docile. where two divisions of the ground sufficed him for his long walk. shewed that there was no want of taste. Quick and decided in her ways. Her father never went beyond the shrubbery. so did their satisfaction in each other. was totally free from conceit. but the humble. and telling her to come very often. as the year varied. She had been satisfied . Such a friend as Mrs. Weston was the object of a regard which had its basis in gratitude and esteem. as she saw more of her. Emma lost no time in inviting. Two such could never be granted. she approved her. and since Mrs. and as their acquaintance increased. a sentiment distinct and independent. As a walking companion. and was confirmed in all her kind designs. Her first attempts at usefulness were in an endeavour to find out who were the parents. Mrs. would be a valuable addition to her privileges. but on this subject questions were vain. and a Harriet Smith. Weston was out of the question. but she had a sweet. encouraging. that the prospect of the introduction had given as much panic as pleasure. grateful little girl went off with highly gratified feelings. She was ready to tell every thing in her power.

where some day next year they were all to drink tea:-. and the girls and the affairs of the school in general. and of Mrs.to hear and believe just what Mrs. and. and of their having eight cows. He could sing a little himself. fancying it was a mother and daughter. Martin.a very handsome summer-house.amused by such a picture of another set of beings. and in every thing else he was so very obliging. Martin's having "two parlours. and she particularly led Harriet to talk more of Mr. Goddard chose to tell her. but as she came to understand the family better. she had spent two very happy months with them. He had a very fine flock. other feelings arose. and now loved to talk of the pleasures of her visit. Goddard's drawing-room. he had been bid more for his wool than any body in the country. without thinking beyond the immediate cause. and one a little Welch cow. She was very fond of singing. one of them quite as large as Mrs. Martin. Martin's saying as she was so fond of it. because she had said how fond she was of them. But the Martins occupied her thoughts a good deal. and of her having an upper maid who had lived five-and-twenty years with her. a very pretty little Welch cow indeed. who bore a part in the narrative. and that. but when it appeared that the Mr. while she was with them. She believed he was very clever. and there was evidently no dislike to it. she might be required to sink herself forever. She had taken up a wrong idea. formed naturally a great part of the conversation--and but for her acquaintance with the Martins of Abbey-Mill Farm. a son and son's wife. Harriet was very ready to speak of the share he had had in their moonlight walks and merry evening games. if she were not taken care of. and enjoying the youthful simplicity which could speak with so much exultation of Mrs. . He had his shepherd's son into the parlour one night on purpose to sing to her." For some time she was amused. and dwelt a good deal upon his being so very good-humoured and obliging. and was always mentioned with approbation for his great good-nature in doing something or other. Mrs. Emma encouraged her talkativeness-. two very good parlours. Martin. who all lived together. and looked no farther. that there was no young Mrs. and the teachers. and describe the many comforts and wonders of the place. no wife in the case. With this inspiriting notion. she did suspect danger to her poor little friend from all this hospitality and kindness. her questions increased in number and meaning. indeed. it should be called her cow. and of their having a very handsome summer-house in their garden. Goddard. two of them Alderneys. He had gone three miles round one day in order to bring her some walnuts. was a single man. large enough to hold a dozen people. and understood every thing. it must have been the whole.

Martin!" thought Emma. but I do not think him so plain now. He never read the Romance of the Forest. and therefore she was sure. to sup with her. you know. His mother and sisters were very fond of him. very entertaining. and asked all the three teachers. but without having any idea of his name. he would read something aloud out of the Elegant Extracts. Miss Nash. whenever he married. and I may have seen him fifty times. I thought him very plain at first. Mrs." The next question was-"What sort of looking man is Mr. He reads the Agricultural Reports. A young farmer. and a creditable appearance might interest me. And I know he has read the Vicar of Wakefield. . no--I do not know--but I believe he has read a good deal--but not what you would think any thing of. But sometimes of an evening. Not that she wanted him to marry. Martin." "That may be. He has passed you very often. I might hope to be useful to their families in some way or other. Goddard had ever seen. Goddard had dressed it on a Sunday. before we went to cards. One does not. nor The Children of the Abbey. whether on horseback or on foot. Mrs. is the very last sort of person to raise my curiosity. A degree or two lower. Mrs.She believed every body spoke well of him. Martin was so very kind as to send Mrs. and Miss Richardson. "Well done. Goddard a beautiful goose--the finest goose Mrs. is not a man of information beyond the line of his own business? He does not read?" "Oh yes!--that is." "And when she had come away. Martin had told her one day (and there was a blush as she said it. "You know what you are about. and Miss Prince. and some other books that lay in one of the window seats--but he reads all them to himself. but he is determined to get them now as soon as ever he can." "Mr. and he is sure to ride through every week in his way to Kingston. But a farmer can need none of my help. he would make a good husband. I suppose. after a time.) that it was impossible for any body to be a better son. He had never heard of such books before I mentioned them. Mrs. But did you never see him? He is in Highbury every now and then. The yeomanry are precisely the order of people with whom I feel I can have nothing to do. Martin?" "Oh! not handsome--not at all handsome. She was in no hurry at all.

" "To be sure. in one sense. Six years hence. that he is so. Oh yes! It is not likely you should ever have observed him. I imagine. The misfortune of your birth ought to make you particularly careful as to your associates. and Mrs. it might be very desirable. it is next to impossible that he should have realised any thing yet. whatever his share of the family property. I dare say. with a little money. and that is as early as most men can afford to marry. if he could meet with a good sort of young woman in the same rank as his own. What do you imagine his age to be?" "He was four-and-twenty the 8th of last June.and is. else they do not want for any thing. That is too young to settle. therefore. has his fortune entirely to make--cannot be at all beforehand with the world. as such. with diligence and good luck." "To be sure. as to being acquainted with his wife--for though his sisters. she would probably repent it. and." ." "Six years hence! Dear Miss Woodhouse." "I have no doubt of his being a very respectable young man. who are not born to an independence. and so forth. Mr. are not to be altogether objected to. but he knows you very well indeed--I mean by sight." "Only four-and-twenty. I know. Martin. or there will be plenty of people who would take pleasure in degrading you. But they live very comfortably. They seem very comfortable as they are. all employed in his stock. Whatever money he might come into when his father died. he may be rich in time." "I wish you may not get into a scrape. Harriet. from a superior education. and if she were to take any pains to marry him. They have no indoors man. it is. as much above my notice as in every other he is below it. Martin talks of taking a boy another year. indeed. it does not follow that he might marry any body at all fit for you to notice. and you must support your claim to that station by every thing within your own power. His mother is perfectly right not to be in a hurry. he would be thirty years old!" "Well. whenever he does marry. and though. all afloat. wish him well. so it is. There can be no doubt of your being a gentleman's daughter. and my birthday is the 23rd just a fortnight and a day's difference--which is very odd.--I mean.

but she trusted there was no other hold. The young man had been the first admirer. on Harriet's side. They remained but a few minutes together. and to that end it will be advisable to have as few odd acquaintance as may be. Emma was not sorry to have such an opportunity of survey. looked with most unfeigned satisfaction at her companion. and saw no alarming symptoms of love. I want to see you permanently well connected. His appearance was very neat. I say that if you should still be in this country when Mr." "To be sure. Robert Martin. I wish you may not be drawn in by your intimacy with the sisters."Yes. and should be very sorry to give them up. to be acquainted with the wife. and you are so kind to me. Not that I think Mr. who will probably be some mere farmer's daughter. But while I visit at Hartfield. I shall always have a great regard for the Miss Martins. but I would have you so firmly established in good society. without education. I suppose there are. and walking a few yards forward. if I can help it. as to be independent even of Hartfield and Miss Woodhouse. I am not afraid of what any body can do. and he looked like a sensible young man. therefore. and Harriet then came running to her with a . Martin would ever marry any body but what had had some education--and been very well brought up. while they talked together. and when he came to be contrasted with gentlemen. as they were walking on the Donwell road. to oppose any friendly arrangement of her own. Martin the very next day. Martin marries. certainly I had better not visit her." "You understand the force of influence pretty well. as Miss Woodhouse must not be kept waiting. Yes. but his person had no other advantage. Martin looked as if he did not know what manner was. especially Elizabeth. But if he marries a very ignorant. Miss Woodhouse. vulgar woman. Harriet was not insensible of manner. They met Mr. I do not mean to set up my opinion against your's--and I am sure I shall not wish for the acquaintance of his wife. she thought he must lose all the ground he had gained in Harriet's inclination. and. to be sure. He was on foot. she had voluntarily noticed her father's gentleness with admiration as well as wonder. soon made her quick eye sufficiently acquainted with Mr." Emma watched her through the fluctuations of this speech. and after looking very respectfully at her. and that there would be no serious difficulty. for they are quite as well educated as me. However. Harriet. Mr.

which Miss Woodhouse hoped very soon to compose. is he like what you expected? What do you think of him? Do you think him so very plain?" "He is very plain. but he goes again to-morrow." . "he is not so genteel as real gentlemen." "I think. So very odd we should happen to meet! Well. you could be in company with Mr. Knightley. that he had not gone round by Randalls. I had imagined him. I see the difference plain enough. Martin with him. Do not you begin to feel that now? Were not you struck? I am sure you must have been struck by his awkward look and abrupt manner. Martin again without perceiving him to be a very inferior creature--and rather wondering at yourself for having ever thought him at all agreeable before. Martin. after seeing them. of walking. "Only think of our happening to meet him!--How very odd! It was quite a chance. Compare their manner of carrying themselves. in a mortified voice. At Hartfield. You must see the difference. and in a flutter of spirits. Martin with either of them." "To be sure. Miss Woodhouse. of being silent. He has not such a fine air and way of walking as Mr. he said. Elton? Compare Mr. you have had very good specimens of well educated. Knightley. but I had no idea that he could be so very clownish. But he is not the only gentleman you have been lately used to. Knightley. a degree or two nearer gentility. Knightley's air is so remarkably good that it is not fair to compare Mr. well bred men." said Harriet. that you must yourself be struck with the difference in Mr. Knightley is so very fine a man!" "Mr." "Certainly. I confess. You might not see one in a hundred with gentleman so plainly written as in Mr. you have been repeatedly in the company of some such very real gentlemen. undoubtedly--remarkably plain:--but that is nothing compared with his entire want of gentility. and I did not expect much. I had no right to expect much.smiling face. But Mr. since your acquaintance with us. Harriet. He did not think we ever walked this road. and the uncouthness of a voice which I heard to be wholly unmodulated as I stood here. He was so busy the last time he was at Kingston that he quite forgot it. I should be surprized if. Weston and Mr. He has not been able to get the Romance of the Forest yet. he is not like Mr. of speaking. What say you to Mr. He thought we walked towards Randalls most days. so totally without air.

commanding sort of manner. the more important it is that their manners should not be bad. indeed. There is an openness. The older a person grows. She. therefore. Weston must be between forty and fifty. He was a great deal too full of the market to think of any thing else--which is just as it should be. He will be a completely gross. perhaps. They might be more safely held up as a pattern. Mr. said no more for some time. "But there may be pretty good guessing. What has he to do with books? And I have no doubt that he will thrive. Elton is good-humoured. Weston's. Harriet. and look. and gentle. Weston is almost an old man. vulgar farmer. cheerful. indeed? That will be very bad. On the contrary. what will he be at Mr. What is passable in youth is detestable in later age. which every body likes in him. But Mr." replied Harriet rather solemnly. and thinking of nothing but profit and loss."Oh yes!--there is a great difference. "In one respect." "Will he. though it suits him very well. obliging. but it strikes me that his ." "I wonder he did not remember the book"--was all Harriet's answer. Mr." "Which makes his good manners the more valuable. but if any young man were to set about copying him. a quickness. Knightley's or Mr. Martin is now awkward and abrupt." "How much his business engrosses him already is very plain from the circumstance of his forgetting to inquire for the book you recommended. Harriet. decided. the more glaring and disgusting any loudness. They have more gentleness. or coarseness. Neither would Mr. or awkwardness becomes. and spoken with a degree of grave displeasure which Emma thought might be safely left to itself. Knightley's downright. his figure. I think a young man might be very safely recommended to take Mr. He seems to me to be grown particularly gentle of late. Weston's time of life?" "There is no saying. Mr. Elton's manners are superior to Mr. by additional softness. and be a very rich man in time--and his being illiterate and coarse need not disturb us. Weston. because there is so much good-humour with it--but that would not do to be copied. almost a bluntness in Mr. he would not be sufferable. for a thriving man. Mr. I do not know whether he has any design of ingratiating himself with either of us. and situation in life seem to allow it. Her next beginning was. Elton as a model. totally inattentive to appearances.

without any deficiency of useful understanding or knowledge of the world. respectable young man. Mr. but I think it a bad thing. and said she had always thought Mr. Weston.why so?" "I think they will neither of them do the other any good. Elton's admiration. at the same time. If he means any thing. Elton very agreeable. Mrs. Volume One Chapter Five "I do not know what your opinion may be. that any body should have equalled her in the date of the plan. well-meaning. and only too palpably desirable. She had already satisfied herself that he thought Harriet a beautiful girl. Did not I tell you what he said of you the other day?" She then repeated some warm personal praise which she had drawn from Mr. The longer she considered it. "of this great intimacy between Emma and Harriet Smith. and now did full justice to. Mr. and without low connexions. She thought it would be an excellent match." "A bad thing! Do you really think it a bad thing?-. He had a comfortable home for her. the greater was her sense of its expediency." said Mr. And he was really a very pleasing young man. Elton was the very person fixed on by Emma for driving the young farmer out of Harriet's head. natural." . It was not likely. for her to have much merit in planning it. as it had entered her brain during the very first evening of Harriet's coming to Hartfield. for though the vicarage of Highbury was not large. He was reckoned very handsome. a young man whom any woman not fastidious might like. was foundation enough on his side. and probable. however. Knightley. though not by her. and she thought very highly of him as a good-humoured. with such frequent meetings at Hartfield. and on Harriet's there could be little doubt that the idea of being preferred by him would have all the usual weight and efficacy. he was known to have some independent property. there being a want of elegance of feature which she could not dispense with:--but the girl who could be gratified by a Robert Martin's riding about the country to get walnuts for her might very well be conquered by Mr. and Harriet blushed and smiled. Elton. not of any family that could fairly object to the doubtful birth of Harriet. his person much admired in general. Elton's situation was most suitable. She feared it was what every body else must think of and predict.manners are softer than they used to be. quite the gentleman himself. and Emma imagined a very sufficient income. which she trusted. it must be to please you.

"--said Mr. Knightley." "There is hardly any desiring to refresh such a memory as that. and. The list she drew up when only fourteen--I remember thinking it did her judgment so much credit. Weston would undoubtedly support me." "Mr." "Perhaps you think I am come on purpose to quarrel with you. But on the other hand. that I preserved it some time. if he were here. Knightley.--but since we have parted. . Harriet may be said to do Emma good. and that you must still fight your own battle." he soon added. "who have had no such charm thrown over my senses. You are so much used to live alone. and very neatly arranged--sometimes alphabetically. I may safely affirm that Harriet Smith will do nothing. But I have done with expecting any course of steady reading from Emma. for he thinks exactly as I do on the subject. and a subjection of the fancy to the understanding. I know." "I dare say. and I dare say she may have made out a very good list now. feelingly. She means it. after being used to it all her life. How very differently we feel!--Not think they will do each other any good! This will certainly be the beginning of one of our quarrels about Emma. I have seen a great many lists of her drawing-up at various times of books that she meant to read regularly through--and very good lists they were--very well chosen. perhaps no man can be a good judge of the comfort a woman feels in the society of one of her own sex. and sometimes by some other rule. "But I."You surprize me! Emma must do Harriet good: and by supplying her with a new object of interest. Knightley. I can imagine your objection to Harriet Smith. as Emma wants to see her better informed. Mr. They will read together. and agreeing how fortunate it was for Emma. it will be an inducement to her to read more herself. "that I thought so then. I shall not allow you to be a fair judge in this case. and for a moment or two he had done.You never could persuade her to read half so much as you wished." "Emma has been meaning to read more ever since she was twelve years old. knowing Weston to be out. Mr. She will never submit to any thing requiring industry and patience. Weston. that there should be such a girl in Highbury for her to associate with. that you do not know the value of a companion.--You know you could not.-." replied Mrs. I have been seeing their intimacy with the greatest pleasure. We were speaking of it only yesterday. I can never remember Emma's omitting to do any thing I wished. Where Miss Taylor failed to stimulate. smiling. She is not the superior young woman which Emma's friend ought to be.

But you were preparing yourself to be an excellent wife all the time you were at Hartfield. on the very material matrimonial point of submitting your own will." said he. and if Weston had asked me to recommend him a wife. and a Churchill in fortune. I think her the very worst sort of companion that Emma could possibly have. She was always quick and assured: Isabella slow and diffident. Knightley. She inherits her mother's talents. She is a flatterer in all her ways. Emma has been mistress of the house and of you all. indeed.must still see. and doing as you were bid. very fit for a wife. No. I should certainly have named Miss Taylor. smiling. I am afraid you are rather thrown away. do not foretell vexation from that quarter. there will be nothing to be borne. There will be very little merit in making a good wife to such a man as Mr. Hartfield will only put her out of conceit with all the other places . or his son may plague him. In her mother she lost the only person able to cope with her. and so much the worse. I do not think you would have spoken a good word for me to any body.--It is not likely. We will not despair. she had the misfortune of being able to answer questions which puzzled her sister at seventeen. You might not give Emma such a complete education as your powers would seem to promise. Mr. Emma is spoiled by being the cleverest of her family. I do not pretend to Emma's genius for foretelling and guessing. and that with every disposition to bear. the young man may be a Weston in merit." "Not I. and must have been under subjection to her.--But Harriet Smith--I have not half done about Harriet Smith. but not at all for a governess. because undesigned. I hope. She knows nothing herself. however." "I hope not that. Knightley. Woodhouse's family and wanted another situation. had I quitted Mr." "Why. How can Emma imagine she has any thing to learn herself. but you were receiving a very good education from her. I will venture to say that she cannot gain by the acquaintance. to be dependent on your recommendation. with all my heart. Weston may grow cross from the wantonness of comfort. to own the truth. "You are better placed here. Her ignorance is hourly flattery. I only name possibilities. while Harriet is presenting such a delightful inferiority? And as for Harriet." "I should have been sorry. and looks upon Emma as knowing every thing." "Yes. At ten years old. hear. And ever since she was twelve. Mr." "Thank you. I am sure you always thought me unfit for the office I held. Weston. and remember.

Can you imagine any thing nearer perfect beauty than Emma altogether-. Mrs. her vanity lies another way. but in her air. open countenance. her head. and I will add this praise. Knightley. She is loveliness itself. or my dread of its doing them both harm. I am much mistaken if Emma's doctrines give any strength of mind. Considering how very handsome she is. I love to look at her. is not she?" "I have not a fault to find with her person. With all dear Emma's little faults. or tend at all to make a girl adapt herself rationally to the varieties of her situation in life. Mr. such a firm and upright figure! There is health. am equally stout in my confidence of its not doing them any harm. her glance. or a kinder sister. she is an excellent creature. she will make no lasting blunder. she has qualities which may be trusted.face and figure?" "I do not know what I could imagine. I shall not attempt to deny Emma's being pretty. Mr. Where shall we see a better daughter. I am not to be talked out of my dislike of Harriet Smith." "Pretty! say beautiful rather. she will never lead any one really wrong. and such a pretty height and size. but I confess that I have seldom seen a face or figure more pleasing to me than hers." "Such an eye!--the true hazle eye--and so brilliant! regular features. that I do not think her personally vain. would you? Very well. One hears sometimes of a child being `the picture of health. Emma always gives me the idea of being the complete picture of grown-up health. or a truer friend? No." . for I cannot lament the acquaintance. "I think her all you describe. where Emma errs once." "I either depend more upon Emma's good sense than you do. Knightley. she is in the right a hundred times.' now. with a complexion! oh! what a bloom of full health. she appears to be little occupied with it. Weston. How well she looked last night!" "Oh! you would rather talk of her person than her mind.--They only give a little polish.she belongs to." "And I. or am more anxious for her present comfort. no." he replied. She will grow just refined enough to be uncomfortable with those among whom birth and circumstances have placed her home. But I am a partial old friend. not merely in her bloom.

I will not plague you any more. which. I should like to see Emma in love. and she goes so seldom from home. but excuse me. and I will keep my spleen to myself till Christmas brings John and Isabella." "Not at all. and in some doubt of a return. perhaps hardly so great. so long as it is a source of pleasure to herself." "Be satisfied. Emma shall be an angel. Weston gently. indeed." cried he. It has been so many years my province to give advice. It is very good advice. it would do her good." said Mrs. There is an anxiety. but supposing any little inconvenience may be apprehended from the intimacy. I will keep my ill-humour to myself." "She always declares she will never marry. who perfectly approves the acquaintance. Isabella does not seem more my sister. should put an end to it. ." said he. "as can well be."Very well. except when he is not quite frightened enough about the children. I am sure of having their opinions with me. Knightley. as having somewhat of the privilege of speech that Emma's mother might have had) the liberty of hinting that I do not think any possible good can arise from Harriet Smith's intimacy being made a matter of much discussion among you. at this little remains of office. it cannot be expected that Emma. for it shall be attended to. Knightley. and Isabella always thinks as he does. means just nothing at all." "There does. Weston. John Knightley is easily alarmed. Pray excuse me. I have a very sincere interest in Emma. Mr. that you cannot be surprized." said Mrs. John loves Emma with a reasonable and therefore not a blind affection. Mr. has never excited a greater interest. But I have no idea that she has yet ever seen a man she cared for." "Mrs. It would not be a bad thing for her to be very much in love with a proper object. if I take the liberty (I consider myself. "I am much obliged to you for it. But there is nobody hereabouts to attach her. "very much. and might be made unhappy about her sister. you know. of course. accountable to nobody but her father. seem as little to tempt her to break her resolution at present. "I will not raise any outcry. I wonder what will become of her!" "So do I." "I know that you all love her really too well to be unjust or unkind. a curiosity in what one feels for Emma. and it shall have a better fate than your advice has often found.

" . but. "You have given Miss Smith all that she required. Woodhouse's account. and receiving a few. she was soon pretty confident of creating as much liking on Harriet's side." "If it were admissible to contradict a lady. was not one of the least agreeable proofs of his growing attachment. She was a beautiful creature when she came to you. Volume One Chapter Six Emma could not feel a doubt of having given Harriet's fancy a proper direction and raised the gratitude of her young vanity to a very good purpose. but Harriet only wanted drawing out. Elton's being a remarkably handsome man. She had all the natural grace of sweetness of temper and artlessness in herself. but it was not desirable to have them suspected. and praised her so warmly. She had no scruple with regard to him." said he. I assure you. There were wishes at Randalls respecting Emma's destiny." Part of her meaning was to conceal some favourite thoughts of her own and Mr. He talked of Harriet. the attractions you have added are infinitely superior to what she received from nature. and the quiet transition which Mr. "you have made her graceful and easy. have taught her to think on points which had not fallen in her way before. though I mean no slight to the state. Weston's on the subject. She was quite convinced of Mr. Knightley soon afterwards made to "What does Weston think of the weather. as much as possible." "I am glad you think I have been useful to her. I do not recommend matrimony at present to Emma. in my opinion. and as she had no hesitation in following up the assurance of his admiration by agreeable hints." said the gallant Mr. I have done very little. that she could not suppose any thing wanting which a little time would not add. with most agreeable manners. as there could be any occasion for.and while she is so happy at Hartfield. I cannot wish her to be forming any attachment which would be creating such difficulties on poor Mr. Elton's being in the fairest way of falling in love. if not in love already. very few hints. shall we have rain?" convinced her that he had nothing more to say or surmise about Hartfield. since her introduction at Hartfield. for she found her decidedly more sensible than before of Mr. His perception of the striking improvement of Harriet's manner. Elton-"I have perhaps given her a little more decision of character.

" . "Oh! dear. It would be such a delight to have her picture!" "Let me entreat you." And it was spoken with a sort of sighing animation. But really. than Emma exclaimed. at Randalls?" Yes. "Did you ever have your likeness taken. I am sure. but two or three years ago I had a great passion for taking likenesses. if you give me such kind encouragement. I never met with a disposition more truly amiable. Keep your raptures for Harriet's face. no. with a very interesting naivete. I gave it up in disgust. and was thought to have a tolerable eye in general. Mr. Harriet?" said she: "did you ever sit for your picture?" Harriet was on the point of leaving the room. How could you suppose me ignorant? Is not this room rich in specimens of your landscapes and flowers. Miss Woodhouse. Elton. and only stopt to say. and has not Mrs. to exercise so charming a talent in favour of your friend." No sooner was she out of sight." "I have no doubt of it. So much superadded decision of character! Skilful has been the hand!" "Great has been the pleasure. which had a vast deal of the lover. I know what your drawings are. "What an exquisite possession a good picture of her would be! I would give any money for it. good man!--thought Emma--but what has all that to do with taking likenesses? You know nothing of drawing. if Harriet would sit to me. that is what principally strikes me. "Well. I believe I shall try what I can do. which makes a likeness difficult. Harriet's features are very delicate. You do not know it I dare say. never." cried Mr. and yet there is a peculiarity in the shape of the eye and the lines about the mouth which one ought to catch. I could almost venture. But from one cause or another. She was not less pleased another day with the manner in which he seconded a sudden wish of hers. Don't pretend to be in raptures about mine. "it would indeed be a delight! Let me entreat you. Weston some inimitable figure-pieces in her drawing-room. to have Harriet's picture. and attempted several of my friends. Elton."Exactly so. I almost long to attempt her likeness myself.

pencil. Her many beginnings were displayed. But still I cannot imagine she would not be persuaded. She played and sang. but she was not unwilling to have others deceived. She would sit whenever I asked her. and therefore produced the portfolio containing her various attempts at portraits. crayon. Weston! always my kindest friend on every occasion." Harriet was soon back again. Harriet will not like to sit. There was merit in every drawing--in the least finished. A likeness pleases every body. the delight and admiration of her two companions would have been the same. It was not lost on me. be an exquisite possession. Emma wished to go to work directly. Miniatures. and she had no scruples which could stand many minutes against the earnest pressing of both the others. half-lengths. There is my sister. and in nothing had she approached the degree of excellence which she would have been glad to command. pray attempt it. She thinks so little of her own beauty. and the proposal almost immediately made. She had always wanted to do every thing." "But I am afraid. but had there been much less. Weston again. Elton. "I had only my own family to study from.--and drew in almost every style. perhaps the most. Mrs. whole-lengths. you see. Pray. or had there been ten times more. for not one of them had ever been finished. and had made more progress both in drawing and music than many might have done with so little labour as she would ever submit to. or sorry to know her reputation for accomplishment often higher than it deserved. `why should my picture be drawn?'" "Oh! yes. to use your own words. Did not you observe her manner of answering me? How completely it meant. They were both in ecstasies. I assure you. and ought not to have failed of. neither of them very like therefore. There is my father--another of my father--but the idea of sitting for his picture made him so nervous. Mr. but steadiness had always been wanting. I observed it. that they might decide together on the best size for Harriet." said Emma. and Miss Woodhouse's performances must be capital. that I could only take him by stealth. it will indeed. and really quite her own little elegant figure!--and the face not unlike. She was not much deceived as to her own skill either as an artist or a musician. Dear Mrs. her style was spirited."Exactly so--The shape of the eye and the lines about the mouth--I have not a doubt of your success. and again. As you will do it. . "No great variety of faces for you. and water-colours had been all tried in turn. and again.

if she could please herself. if she would have sat longer. I will break my resolution now. like Mr. when I put it away in a pet. Henry and John and Bella. I took him as he was sleeping on the sofa. and any one of them might do for any one of the rest. and altogether it was more than I could bear. and was destined." Mr. I did then forswear ever drawing any body again. nor can it be very easy to take any likeness of them. to have it apologised over as an unfavourable likeness. who was a baby. to hold a very honourable station over the mantelpiece. and it is as strong a likeness of his cockade as you would wish to see. But as she wanted to be drawing. "No husbands and wives in the case at present indeed. Mr. Weston and I were quite agreed in thinking it very like)--only too handsome--too flattering--but that was a fault on the right side-.--and."--unclosing a pretty sketch of a gentleman in small size. I am rather proud of little George. Then here is my last."my last and my best--my brother. for after all my pains. . but there is no making children of three or four years old stand still you know. that Emma began to consider whether she had not better leave them together at once. and when I had really made a very good likeness of it--(Mrs. I could not help being provoked. But for Harriet's sake. the declaration must wait a little longer.after all this. and so I never would finish it. She was so eager to have them drawn that I could not refuse." with so interesting a consciousness. or rather for my own. He had nestled down his head most conveniently. John Knightley's. Then. unless they are coarser featured than any of mama's children ever were. Exactly so. as you observe. That's very like. as I said. No husbands and wives. Elton seemed very properly struck and delighted by the idea. and as there are no husbands and wives in the case at present. The corner of the sofa is very good. from one end of the sheet to the other. and vowed I would never take another likeness. to every morning visitor in Brunswick Square." We had had a great deal of trouble in persuading him to sit at all. whole-length-. It was made a great favour of. and was repeating.--there they are. John Knightley. Here is my sketch of the fourth. --This did not want much of being finished. beyond the air and complexion. here come all my attempts at three of those four children.I should have made a good likeness of her. it was a little like--but to be sure it did not do him justice. It was to be a whole-length in water-colours. She had soon fixed on the size and sort of portrait. came poor dear Isabella's cold approbation of--"Yes. but she was in such a hurry to have me draw her four children that she would not be quiet.

and of its filling its destined place with credit to them both--a standing memorial of the beauty of one. There was no want of likeness. she had great confidence of its being in every way a pretty drawing at last. the skill of the other. Elton was in continual raptures. and be charmed. took place on the morrow. and Mr. and lessen the irksomeness of Miss Smith's. Every body who saw it was pleased. and Emma drew in peace. and as she meant to throw in a little improvement to the figure. but Mr. Harriet was to sit again the next day. she had been fortunate in the attitude. Elton's very promising attachment was likely to add. presented a very sweet mixture of youthful expression to the steady eyes of the artist. It then occurred to her to employ him in reading. She gave him credit for stationing himself where he might gaze and gaze again without offence. Elton. and afraid of not keeping her attitude and countenance. and defended it through every criticism. any thing less would certainly have been too little in a lover. and he was ready at the smallest intermission of the pencil. but his love and his complaisance were unexceptionable. We shall be most happy to consider you as one of the party. it would be a kindness indeed! It would amuse away the difficulties of her part. She must allow him to be still frequently coming to look. to give a little more height.--There was no being displeased with such an encourager." Mr. "If he would be so good as to read to them. Elton fidgeting behind her and watching every touch. smiling and blushing. Elton was only too happy. Harriet listened. but was really obliged to put an end to it. with as many other agreeable associations as Mr. "By all means. with Mr. she was quite enough pleased with the first day's sketch to wish to go on. But there was no doing any thing. The sitting was altogether very satisfactory. . She could not respect his eye. and considerably more elegance. to jump up and see the progress." The same civilities and courtesies. and Harriet. and accompanied the whole progress of the picture. for his admiration made him discern a likeness almost before it was possible. which was rapid and happy. entreated for the permission of attending and reading to them again. and request him to place himself elsewhere. the same success and satisfaction. just as he ought. and the friendship of both.The sitting began.

my dear papa. Look at the tree.--Oh no! it gives one exactly the idea of such a height as Miss Smith's. Proportions. Elton."--observed Mrs. Woodhouse could not bear the idea of her stirring out of her house in the fogs . it must be done in London. "but I must confess that I regard it as a most happy thought. my dear. "Oh no! certainly not too tall. but would not own it. sir." said Mr." "You. I never saw such a likeness.--"The expression of the eye is most correct. fore-shortening." "But it is never safe to sit out of doors. The naivete of Miss Smith's manners--and altogether--Oh." cried Mr. and Mr. and the tree is touched with such inimitable spirit! Any other situation would have been much less in character. "So prettily done! Just as your drawings always are. she is sitting down--which naturally presents a different--which in short gives exactly the idea--and the proportions must be preserved. I do not know any body who draws so well as you do. We must allow for the effect of shade." The next thing wanted was to get the picture framed. it is supposed to be summer. may say any thing. Exactly so indeed!" "It is very pretty." said Mr. you know. a warm day in summer. that she seems to be sitting out of doors. The only thing I do not thoroughly like is. it is most admirable! I cannot keep my eyes from it. not in the least too tall. with only a little shawl over her shoulders--and it makes one think she must catch cold. Emma knew that she had." "But."Miss Woodhouse has given her friend the only beauty she wanted. and here were a few difficulties. Emma. the usual doer of all commissions. must not be applied to. Woodhouse. Weston to him--not in the least suspecting that she was addressing a lover. but Miss Smith has not those eyebrows and eyelashes. and Mr. It appears to me a most perfect resemblance in every feature. Elton warmly added. my dear. the placing of Miss Smith out of doors." "Do you think so?" replied he. Consider." "You have made her too tall. the order must go through the hands of some intelligent person whose taste could be depended on. It is the fault of her face that she has them not. you know. Knightley. and Isabella. It must be done directly. "I cannot agree with you. I never saw such a likeness in my life. because it was December.

that Mr. besides the two songs which she had lent Elizabeth to copy."--brought on the desired repetition of entreaties and assurances. as soon as she got back to Mrs. and give the directions. It was impossible to say how much he should be gratified by being employed on such an errand. but he does sigh and languish. Yes.of December. Goddard's. And he wrote as if he really loved her very much--but she did not know--and so. announcing something extraordinary to have happened which she was longing to tell. "What a precious deposit!" said he with a tender sigh. She had heard. and study for compliments rather more than I could endure as a principal.--and a very few minutes settled the business. and this letter was from him. from Mr. she had actually found." "He was too good!--she could not endure the thought!-. as usual. Martin had been there an hour before. had gone home to return again to dinner: she returned. I come in for a pretty good share as a second. chuse the frame. "Who could have thought it? She was so surprized she did not know what to do." thought Emma. it will be an `Exactly so. and on opening this parcel.she would not give him such a troublesome office for the world. hurried look. as he received it. "This man is almost too gallant to be in love. "Might he be trusted with the commission. Elton's going to London produced a fresh occasion for Emma's services towards her friend. . Martin. and Emma thought she could so pack it as to ensure its safety without much incommoding him. but that I suppose there may be a hundred different ways of being in love. "I should say so. But it is his gratitude on Harriet's account. at least she thought so. and contained a direct proposal of marriage. and. and sooner than had been talked of. a letter to herself. Harriet had been at Hartfield. than it was removed. Mr. quite a proposal of marriage." Volume One Chapter Seven The very day of Mr. after a time. He is an excellent young man. Half a minute brought it all out. Elton was to take the drawing to London. and with an agitated. and a very good letter. had left a little parcel for her from one of his sisters. nor particularly expected. and finding she was not at home. Elton. But no sooner was the distress known to Mr. while he seemed mostly fearful of not being incommoded enough. and gone away. His gallantry was always on the alert.' as he says himself. and will suit Harriet exactly. soon after breakfast. what infinite pleasure should he have in executing it! he could ride to London at any time.

" and was at last forced to add. but expressed good sense. with sentiments to a certain point. it is too strong and concise. "Upon my word. decided. well. and the sentiments it conveyed very much to the credit of the writer. and was surprized. do advise me. while Harriet stood anxiously watching for her opinion." Emma was not sorry to be pressed. I understand the sort of mind. A better written letter. I think one of his sisters must have helped him.--" Emma was half-ashamed of her friend for seeming so pleased and so doubtful. propriety. indeed. with a "Well. warm attachment. not diffuse enough for a woman. a very good letter. was strong and unaffected." said the still waiting Harriet. and yet it is not the style of a woman.--" well--and-. I can hardly imagine the young man whom I saw talking with you the other day could express himself so well. It was short. It is so with some men." "But what are you in doubt of? You must answer it of course--and speedily." "Yes. Harriet. certainly. Vigorous. the language.) than I had expected." "Well. "Pray do. his thoughts naturally find proper words. though plain. no.and what shall I do?" "What shall you do! In what respect? Do you mean with regard to this letter?" "Yes. He will connect himself well if he can. She read." ." she cried. I'd rather you would. but as a composition it would not have disgraced a gentleman. "the young man is determined not to lose any thing for want of asking." replied Emma rather slowly--"so good a letter. that every thing considered. Harriet (returning it. There were not merely no grammatical errors.she was come as fast as she could to ask Miss Woodhouse what she should do. The style of the letter was much above her expectation. But what shall I say? Dear Miss Woodhouse. liberality. "Is it a good letter? or is it too short?" "Yes." "Will you read the letter?" cried Harriet. and I suppose may have a natural talent for--thinks strongly and clearly--and when he takes a pen in hand. not coarse. even delicacy of feeling. if left quite to his own powers. No doubt he is a sensible man. Yes. She paused over it.

"Oh no, no! the letter had much better be all your own. You will express yourself very properly, I am sure. There is no danger of your not being intelligible, which is the first thing. Your meaning must be unequivocal; no doubts or demurs: and such expressions of gratitude and concern for the pain you are inflicting as propriety requires, will present themselves unbidden to your mind, I am persuaded. You need not be prompted to write with the appearance of sorrow for his disappointment." "You think I ought to refuse him then," said Harriet, looking down. "Ought to refuse him! My dear Harriet, what do you mean? Are you in any doubt as to that? I thought--but I beg your pardon, perhaps I have been under a mistake. I certainly have been misunderstanding you, if you feel in doubt as to the purport of your answer. I had imagined you were consulting me only as to the wording of it." Harriet was silent. With a little reserve of manner, Emma continued: "You mean to return a favourable answer, I collect." "No, I do not; that is, I do not mean--What shall I do? What would you advise me to do? Pray, dear Miss Woodhouse, tell me what I ought to do." "I shall not give you any advice, Harriet. I will have nothing to do with it. This is a point which you must settle with your feelings." "I had no notion that he liked me so very much," said Harriet, contemplating the letter. For a little while Emma persevered in her silence; but beginning to apprehend the bewitching flattery of that letter might be too powerful, she thought it best to say, "I lay it down as a general rule, Harriet, that if a woman doubts as to whether she should accept a man or not, she certainly ought to refuse him. If she can hesitate as to `Yes,' she ought to say `No' directly. It is not a state to be safely entered into with doubtful feelings, with half a heart. I thought it my duty as a friend, and older than yourself, to say thus much to you. But do not imagine that I want to influence you." "Oh! no, I am sure you are a great deal too kind to--but if you would just advise me what I had best do--No, no, I do not mean that--As you say, one's mind ought to be quite made up--One should not be hesitating--It is a very serious thing.--It will be safer to say `No,' perhaps.--Do you think I had better say `No?'"

"Not for the world," said Emma, smiling graciously, "would I advise you either way. You must be the best judge of your own happiness. If you prefer Mr. Martin to every other person; if you think him the most agreeable man you have ever been in company with, why should you hesitate? You blush, Harriet.--Does any body else occur to you at this moment under such a definition? Harriet, Harriet, do not deceive yourself; do not be run away with by gratitude and compassion. At this moment whom are you thinking of?" The symptoms were favourable.--Instead of answering, Harriet turned away confused, and stood thoughtfully by the fire; and though the letter was still in her hand, it was now mechanically twisted about without regard. Emma waited the result with impatience, but not without strong hopes. At last, with some hesitation, Harriet said-"Miss Woodhouse, as you will not give me your opinion, I must do as well as I can by myself; and I have now quite determined, and really almost made up my mind--to refuse Mr. Martin. Do you think I am right?" "Perfectly, perfectly right, my dearest Harriet; you are doing just what you ought. While you were at all in suspense I kept my feelings to myself, but now that you are so completely decided I have no hesitation in approving. Dear Harriet, I give myself joy of this. It would have grieved me to lose your acquaintance, which must have been the consequence of your marrying Mr. Martin. While you were in the smallest degree wavering, I said nothing about it, because I would not influence; but it would have been the loss of a friend to me. I could not have visited Mrs. Robert Martin, of Abbey-Mill Farm. Now I am secure of you for ever." Harriet had not surmised her own danger, but the idea of it struck her forcibly. "You could not have visited me!" she cried, looking aghast. "No, to be sure you could not; but I never thought of that before. That would have been too dreadful!--What an escape!--Dear Miss Woodhouse, I would not give up the pleasure and honour of being intimate with you for any thing in the world." "Indeed, Harriet, it would have been a severe pang to lose you; but it must have been. You would have thrown yourself out of all good society. I must have given you up."

"Dear me!--How should I ever have borne it! It would have killed me never to come to Hartfield any more!" "Dear affectionate creature!--You banished to Abbey-Mill Farm!--You confined to the society of the illiterate and vulgar all your life! I wonder how the young man could have the assurance to ask it. He must have a pretty good opinion of himself." "I do not think he is conceited either, in general," said Harriet, her conscience opposing such censure; "at least, he is very good natured, and I shall always feel much obliged to him, and have a great regard for-- but that is quite a different thing from--and you know, though he may like me, it does not follow that I should--and certainly I must confess that since my visiting here I have seen people--and if one comes to compare them, person and manners, there is no comparison at all, one is so very handsome and agreeable. However, I do really think Mr. Martin a very amiable young man, and have a great opinion of him; and his being so much attached to me--and his writing such a letter--but as to leaving you, it is what I would not do upon any consideration." "Thank you, thank you, my own sweet little friend. We will not be parted. A woman is not to marry a man merely because she is asked, or because he is attached to her, and can write a tolerable letter." "Oh no;--and it is but a short letter too." Emma felt the bad taste of her friend, but let it pass with a "very true; and it would be a small consolation to her, for the clownish manner which might be offending her every hour of the day, to know that her husband could write a good letter." "Oh! yes, very. Nobody cares for a letter; the thing is, to be always happy with pleasant companions. I am quite determined to refuse him. But how shall I do? What shall I say?" Emma assured her there would be no difficulty in the answer, and advised its being written directly, which was agreed to, in the hope of her assistance; and though Emma continued to protest against any assistance being wanted, it was in fact given in the formation of every sentence. The looking over his letter again, in replying to it, had such a softening tendency, that it was particularly necessary to brace her up with a few decisive expressions; and she was so very much concerned at the idea of making him unhappy, and thought so much of what his mother and sisters would think and say, and was so anxious that they should not fancy her ungrateful,

that Emma believed if the young man had come in her way at that moment, he would have been accepted after all. This letter, however, was written, and sealed, and sent. The business was finished, and Harriet safe. She was rather low all the evening, but Emma could allow for her amiable regrets, and sometimes relieved them by speaking of her own affection, sometimes by bringing forward the idea of Mr. Elton. "I shall never be invited to Abbey-Mill again," was said in rather a sorrowful tone. "Nor, if you were, could I ever bear to part with you, my Harriet. You are a great deal too necessary at Hartfield to be spared to Abbey-Mill." "And I am sure I should never want to go there; for I am never happy but at Hartfield." Some time afterwards it was, "I think Mrs. Goddard would be very much surprized if she knew what had happened. I am sure Miss Nash would--for Miss Nash thinks her own sister very well married, and it is only a linen-draper." "One should be sorry to see greater pride or refinement in the teacher of a school, Harriet. I dare say Miss Nash would envy you such an opportunity as this of being married. Even this conquest would appear valuable in her eyes. As to any thing superior for you, I suppose she is quite in the dark. The attentions of a certain person can hardly be among the tittle-tattle of Highbury yet. Hitherto I fancy you and I are the only people to whom his looks and manners have explained themselves." Harriet blushed and smiled, and said something about wondering that people should like her so much. The idea of Mr. Elton was certainly cheering; but still, after a time, she was tender-hearted again towards the rejected Mr. Martin. "Now he has got my letter," said she softly. "I wonder what they are all doing--whether his sisters know--if he is unhappy, they will be unhappy too. I hope he will not mind it so very much." "Let us think of those among our absent friends who are more cheerfully employed," cried Emma. "At this moment, perhaps, Mr. Elton is shewing your picture to his mother and sisters, telling how much

more beautiful is the original, and after being asked for it five or six times, allowing them to hear your name, your own dear name." "My picture!--But he has left my picture in Bond-street." "Has he so!--Then I know nothing of Mr. Elton. No, my dear little modest Harriet, depend upon it the picture will not be in Bond-street till just before he mounts his horse to-morrow. It is his companion all this evening, his solace, his delight. It opens his designs to his family, it introduces you among them, it diffuses through the party those pleasantest feelings of our nature, eager curiosity and warm prepossession. How cheerful, how animated, how suspicious, how busy their imaginations all are!" Harriet smiled again, and her smiles grew stronger.
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Harriet slept at Hartfield that night. For some weeks past she had been spending more than half her time there, and gradually getting to have a bed-room appropriated to herself; and Emma judged it best in every respect, safest and kindest, to keep her with them as much as possible just at present. She was obliged to go the next morning for an hour or two to Mrs. Goddard's, but it was then to be settled that she should return to Hartfield, to make a regular visit of some days. While she was gone, Mr. Knightley called, and sat some time with Mr. Woodhouse and Emma, till Mr. Woodhouse, who had previously made up his mind to walk out, was persuaded by his daughter not to defer it, and was induced by the entreaties of both, though against the scruples of his own civility, to leave Mr. Knightley for that purpose. Mr. Knightley, who had nothing of ceremony about him, was offering by his short, decided answers, an amusing contrast to the protracted apologies and civil hesitations of the other. "Well, I believe, if you will excuse me, Mr. Knightley, if you will not consider me as doing a very rude thing, I shall take Emma's advice and go out for a quarter of an hour. As the sun is out, I believe I had better take my three turns while I can. I treat you without ceremony, Mr. Knightley. We invalids think we are privileged people." "My dear sir, do not make a stranger of me."

"I leave an excellent substitute in my daughter. Emma will be happy to entertain you. And therefore I think I will beg your excuse and take my three turns--my winter walk." "You cannot do better, sir." "I would ask for the pleasure of your company, Mr. Knightley, but I am a very slow walker, and my pace would be tedious to you; and, besides, you have another long walk before you, to Donwell Abbey." "Thank you, sir, thank you; I am going this moment myself; and I think the sooner you go the better. I will fetch your greatcoat and open the garden door for you." Mr. Woodhouse at last was off; but Mr. Knightley, instead of being immediately off likewise, sat down again, seemingly inclined for more chat. He began speaking of Harriet, and speaking of her with more voluntary praise than Emma had ever heard before. "I cannot rate her beauty as you do," said he; "but she is a pretty little creature, and I am inclined to think very well of her disposition. Her character depends upon those she is with; but in good hands she will turn out a valuable woman." "I am glad you think so; and the good hands, I hope, may not be wanting." "Come," said he, "you are anxious for a compliment, so I will tell you that you have improved her. You have cured her of her school-girl's giggle; she really does you credit." "Thank you. I should be mortified indeed if I did not believe I had been of some use; but it is not every body who will bestow praise where they may. You do not often overpower me with it." "You are expecting her again, you say, this morning?" "Almost every moment. She has been gone longer already than she intended." "Something has happened to delay her; some visitors perhaps." "Highbury gossips!--Tiresome wretches!" "Harriet may not consider every body tiresome that you would."

Emma knew this was too true for contradiction, and therefore said nothing. He presently added, with a smile, "I do not pretend to fix on times or places, but I must tell you that I have good reason to believe your little friend will soon hear of something to her advantage." "Indeed! how so? of what sort?" "A very serious sort, I assure you;" still smiling. "Very serious! I can think of but one thing--Who is in love with her? Who makes you their confidant?" Emma was more than half in hopes of Mr. Elton's having dropt a hint. Mr. Knightley was a sort of general friend and adviser, and she knew Mr. Elton looked up to him. "I have reason to think," he replied, "that Harriet Smith will soon have an offer of marriage, and from a most unexceptionable quarter:--Robert Martin is the man. Her visit to Abbey-Mill, this summer, seems to have done his business. He is desperately in love and means to marry her." "He is very obliging," said Emma; "but is he sure that Harriet means to marry him?" "Well, well, means to make her an offer then. Will that do? He came to the Abbey two evenings ago, on purpose to consult me about it. He knows I have a thorough regard for him and all his family, and, I believe, considers me as one of his best friends. He came to ask me whether I thought it would be imprudent in him to settle so early; whether I thought her too young: in short, whether I approved his choice altogether; having some apprehension perhaps of her being considered (especially since your making so much of her) as in a line of society above him. I was very much pleased with all that he said. I never hear better sense from any one than Robert Martin. He always speaks to the purpose; open, straightforward, and very well judging. He told me every thing; his circumstances and plans, and what they all proposed doing in the event of his marriage. He is an excellent young man, both as son and brother. I had no hesitation in advising him to marry. He proved to me that he could afford it; and that being the case, I was convinced he could not do better. I praised the fair lady too, and altogether sent him away very happy. If he had never esteemed my opinion before, he would have thought highly of me then; and, I dare say, left the house thinking me the

and was refused. This happened the night before last. Was not she the whole day with you?" "Come. and she may be detained by a visitor. Mr. He did speak yesterday--that is. Mr. It is a pity that they were ever got over. Martin did not speak yesterday?" "Certainly. if it is so. Now. and said. in return for what you have told me. "how do you know that Mr. and am rather surprized indeed that he should have ventured to address her. What is the foolish girl about?" "Oh! to be sure. Knightley actually looked red with surprize and displeasure. Emma. "it is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage." "Nonsense! a man does not imagine any such thing. I am far from allowing) I should not feel that I had done wrong. "I do not absolutely know it. as we may fairly suppose." "And if I did. Martin is a very respectable young man." replied he.best friend and counsellor man ever had. he does seem to have had some scruples." "I saw her answer!--nothing could be clearer. By your account. "Then she is a greater simpleton than I ever believed her. and as he does not appear to have spoken yesterday. who had been smiling to herself through a great part of this speech. without thinking him at all a tiresome wretch. "I will tell you something." "You saw her answer!--you wrote her answer too. (which. But what is the meaning of this? Harriet Smith refuse Robert Martin? madness." "Pray. he would not allow much time to pass before he spoke to the lady. A man always imagines a woman to be ready for any body who asks her." This was obliged to be repeated before it could be believed. this is your doing." cried Emma. but I hope you are mistaken. as he stood up. but it may be inferred. Knightley. You persuaded her to refuse him. Goddard's to-day." said Emma." . but I cannot admit him to be Harriet's equal. however. he wrote." said she. it is not unlikely that he should be at Mrs. surprized. and Mr. in tall indignation.

She is not a sensible girl. Even your satisfaction I made sure of. At her age she can have no experience.--The sphere in which she moves is much above his. might be easily led aright and turn out very well. with all her partiality for Harriet. added. and with calmer asperity. What are Harriet Smith's claims. and was willing to trust to there being no harm in her. nor a girl of any information. which.--It would be a degradation. intelligent gentleman-farmer!" . You are not just to Harriet's claims. to her having that sort of disposition. a few moments afterwards. in good hands. `Even Emma. She is known only as parlour-boarder at a common school. I assure you mine are very different. to any connexion higher than Robert Martin? She is the natural daughter of nobody knows whom. for the sake of her being settled so well. in all probability he might do much better.) a good match for my intimate friend! Not regret her leaving Highbury for the sake of marrying a man whom I could never admit as an acquaintance of my own! I wonder you should think it possible for me to have such feelings. and she is good tempered. is not very likely ever to have any that can avail her. She is pretty. My only scruple in advising the match was on his account. like his. Mr. and is too young and too simple to have acquired any thing herself. I remember saying to myself. Knightley loudly and warmly. I must think your statement by no means fair. and that as to a rational companion or useful helpmate. I felt that. They would be estimated very differently by others as well as myself. "No. your infatuation about that girl blinds you. with probably no settled provision at all. and a bad connexion for him. Martin is nothing more. What! think a farmer. and certainly no respectable relations." "A degradation to illegitimacy and ignorance. The advantage of the match I felt to be all on her side. as to fortune. She has been taught nothing useful. nature or education. he is not her equal indeed."Not Harriet's equal!" exclaimed Mr. and had not the smallest doubt (nor have I now) that there would be a general cry-out upon her extreme good luck. It crossed my mind immediately that you would not regret your friend's leaving Highbury. he could not do worse. Martin may be the richest of the two. as being beneath his deserts. Emma. and with her little wit. But I could not reason so to a man in love.'" "I cannot help wondering at your knowing so little of Emma as to say any such thing. to be married to a respectable. (and with all his sense and all his merit Mr. but he is undoubtedly her inferior as to rank in society. will think this a good match. either of birth. for he is as much her superior in sense as in situation. and that is all.

--That she is a gentleman's daughter. Emma. and supposing her to be. in fact. a girl. After receiving a very indifferent education she is left in Mrs. Robert Martin. Martin. that in the degree she possesses them. She is not a clever girl. Her friends evidently thought this good enough for her. she chose rather to take up her own line of the subject again. till they do fall in love with well-informed minds instead of handsome faces. that she associates with gentlemen's daughters. as I said before.--to move. no one. he is the farthest from it of any man I know. Till you chose to turn her into a friend. they are not trivial recommendations to the world in general.--There can scarcely be a doubt that her father is a gentleman--and a gentleman of fortune. and must be thought so by ninety-nine people out of an hundred. Harriet's claims to marry well are not so contemptible as you represent them. for she is. She was as happy as possible with the Martins in the summer. "You are a very warm friend to Mr." It was most convenient to Emma not to make a direct reply to this assertion. is indubitable to me. however. you have given it. has a certainty of being admired . nothing has ever been grudged for her improvement or comfort. if he had not felt persuaded of her not being disinclined to him. Robert Martin would never have proceeded so far. as you describe her. nor any ambition beyond it. and it was good enough. a beautiful girl. You have been no friend to Harriet Smith. Goddard's hands to shift as she can.--Her allowance is very liberal. with such loveliness as Harriet." said Mr. but. Waiving that point." "Whoever might be her parents. to have Mrs. Goddard's acquaintance. Goddard's line."As to the circumstances of her birth. If she has it now. will deny. She desired nothing better herself. but she has better sense than you are aware of. in short. let me tell you. it will not hold in common sense. and does not deserve to have her understanding spoken of so slightingly. her mind had no distaste for her own set. in Mrs. though in a legal sense she may be called Nobody. are unjust to Harriet.--She is superior to Mr. She is not to pay for the offence of others. "whoever may have had the charge of her. Depend upon it he had encouragement. And as to conceit. by being held below the level of those with whom she is brought up. I know him well. Knightley. I apprehend. She had no sense of superiority then. it does not appear to have been any part of their plan to introduce her into what you would call good society. He has too much real feeling to address any woman on the haphazard of selfish passion. only pretty and good-natured. and till it appears that men are much more philosophic on the subject of beauty than they are generally supposed.

and sought after. Let her marry Robert Martin. but I now perceive that it will be a very unfortunate one for Harriet. is not so very slight a claim. Nothing so easy as for a young lady to raise her expectations too high. Were you. of having the power of chusing from among many. Miss Harriet Smith may not find offers of marriage flow in so fast. Goddard's all the rest of her life--or.and most prudent men would be afraid of the inconvenience and disgrace they might be involved in. that. though she is a very pretty girl. Oh! Harriet may pick and chuse. to be wondered at because she does not accept the first offer she receives? No--pray let her have time to look about her. (for Harriet Smith is a girl who will marry somebody or other. in a little while." "Upon my word. just beginning to be known. consequently a claim to be nice. the highest claims a woman could possess. Vanity working on a weak head. nobody within her reach will be good enough for her. And is she. and she is safe. do not want silly wives. respectable. real. We shall only be making each other more angry. than misapply it as you do. But as to my letting her marry Robert Martin. "though I have kept my thoughts to myself. too. as it does. whatever you may chuse to say. yourself. Better be without sense. just entering into life. and is glad to catch at the old writing-master's son. to hear you abusing the reason you have." "To be sure!" cried she playfully. and happy for ever. Men of family would not be very fond of connecting themselves with a girl of such obscurity-. produces every sort of mischief. "I know that is the feeling of you all. I am very much mistaken if your sex in general would not think such beauty. a very humble opinion of herself. but if you encourage her to expect to marry greatly. comprehending. at seventeen. Her good-nature. she is the very woman for you. at least." "I have always thought it a very foolish intimacy. Men of sense." "We think so very differently on this point. . You will puff her up with such ideas of her own beauty. I know that such a girl as Harriet is exactly what every man delights in--what at once bewitches his senses and satisfies his judgment. thorough sweetness of temper and manner. ever to marry. is almost enough to make me think so too.) till she grow desperate. when the mystery of her parentage came to be revealed. and a great readiness to be pleased with other people. and such temper. Knightley presently. and of what she has a claim to. Knightley. and teach her to be satisfied with nothing less than a man of consequence and large fortune. Emma. that there can be no use in canvassing it. Mr." said Mr. she may be a parlour-boarder at Mrs.

having seen nobody better (that must have been his great assistant) she might not. and his mind has more true gentility than Harriet Smith could understand.it is impossible. she has refused him. The result of his thoughts appeared at last in these words. while she was at Abbey-Mill. and so decidedly. and altogether. I think. and good-humour to recommend them. which made her dislike having it so loudly against her. She must abide by the evil of having refused him. He knows the value of a good income as well as any body. and his manner so bad. but I assure you there was very little for me or for any body to do. and a very respectable vicar of Highbury. and nothing but a gentleman in education and manner has any chance with Harriet. as must prevent any second application. I will not pretend to say that I might not influence her a little. sincerity. He continued. He was the brother of her friends. was very disagreeable.--and as a friend I shall just hint to you that if Elton is the man. errant nonsense." Emma laughed and disclaimed. He was thinking. whatever it may be. as ever was talked!" cried Mr. and as to the refusal itself. and I hope it will not be long before he does. it is fair to suppose that views. find him disagreeable. but not at all likely to make an imprudent match. but as you make no secret of your love of match-making. but he made no answer. Your views for Harriet are best known to yourself. but was really feeling uncomfortable and wanting him very much to be gone. Elton may talk sentimentally. Elton is a very good sort of man. but he will act rationally. I think it will be all labour in vain." Emma made no answer. She did not repent what she had done. and plans. with only one attempt on Emma's side to talk of the weather. He is as well acquainted with his own claims." "Nonsense. Knightley. Elton will not do. Some minutes passed in this unpleasant silence. "Robert Martin has no great loss--if he can but think so. that before she had seen any body superior. "Depend upon it. as you .--"Robert Martin's manners have sense. she might tolerate him. and projects you have. she still thought herself a better judge of such a point of female right and refinement than he could be. She knows now what gentlemen are. But the case is altered now. His appearance is so much against him. she is not now. and to have him sitting just opposite to her in angry state. that if she ever were disposed to favour him. and tried to look cheerfully unconcerned. I can imagine. but yet she had a sort of habitual respect for his judgment in general. and he took pains to please her.

He walked off in more complete self-approbation than he left for her. Knightley could not have observed him as she had done. and meeting with Harriet and pleading his own cause. The possibility of the young man's coming to Mrs. Elton's marrying Harriet. who have all twenty thousand pounds apiece. neither with the interest." "I am very much obliged to you. Knightley think or say what he would. and a great favourite wherever he goes. however. I could never hope to equal my own doings at Randalls. and from his general way of talking in unreserved moments. and the part which he was persuaded Emma had taken in the affair. I have done with match-making indeed. than in his. Knightley. but that a little time and the return of Harriet were very adequate restoratives. I shall leave off while I am well. Knightley's pretensions) with the skill of such an observer on such a question as herself. that let Mr. He had frightened her a little about Mr.can be with Harriet's. was provoking him exceedingly." "Good morning to you. but there was more indistinctness in the causes of her's. nor (she must be allowed to tell herself. by the sanction he had given. than what he knew . He knows that he is a very handsome young man." said Emma. but when she considered that Mr. I am convinced that he does not mean to throw himself away. that he had spoken it hastily and in anger. Harriet's staying away so long was beginning to make her uneasy. and in very good spirits. Goddard's that morning. Elton."--said he. He was very much vexed. He felt the disappointment of the young man. and convinced her. but at present I only want to keep Harriet to myself. so entirely convinced that her opinions were right and her adversary's wrong. gave alarming ideas. as Mr. in spite of Mr. She was not so materially cast down. she was able to believe. it would have been very kind to open my eyes. and without having any such reason to give for her long absence. she had done nothing which woman's friendship and woman's feelings would not justify. I have heard him speak with great animation of a large family of young ladies that his sisters are intimate with. and was mortified to have been the means of promoting it. laughing again. that he had rather said what he wished resentfully to be true. she felt a satisfaction which settled her with her own mind. "If I had set my heart on Mr. The dread of such a failure after all became the prominent uneasiness. She did not always feel so absolutely satisfied with herself. Emma remained in a state of vexation too. when there are only men present. and when Harriet appeared. rising and walking off abruptly.

she was very sure did not belong to Mr. and when they did meet. and Mr. looking so very significantly at her. and Miss Nash had seen him. and tried very much to persuade him to put off his journey only one day. though it was the whist-club night. and had talked a great deal more about Mr. that as he was coming back yesterday from Clayton Park. and being the bearer of something exceedingly precious. he had met Mr. Mr. but could not repent. He was so much displeased. her plans and proceedings . and found to his great surprize. Elton. "that she did not pretend to understand what his business might be. Miss Nash had told her all this. Elton might not be of an imprudent. she should think the luckiest woman in the world.any thing about. but she only knew that any woman whom Mr. he might naturally be rather attentive than otherwise to them. their best player. On the contrary. but to talk of Mr. inconsiderate disposition as to money matters. Harriet's cheerful look and manner established hers: she came back. Martin. that it was longer than usual before he came to Hartfield again. beyond a doubt. Elton was actually on his road to London. Miss Nash had been telling her something. Elton had not his equal for beauty or agreeableness. Elton speak with more unreserve than she had ever done. Knightley did not make due allowance for the influence of a strong passion at war with all interested motives. and he had told Miss Nash. Perry could not quite understand him. He certainly might have heard Mr. and something about a very enviable commission. Elton. his grave looks shewed that she was not forgiven. and said." Volume One Chapter Nine Mr. Knightley saw no such passion. but Emma could not quarrel with herself. and told him how shabby it was in him. and Mr. and had said in a very particular way indeed. but he was very sure there must be a lady in the case. She was sorry. and more than a reasonable. and Mr. becoming degree of prudence. Elton. Mr. to absent himself. but then. Perry had remonstrated with him about it. Elton had been determined to go on. and he told him so. but it would not do. and of course thought nothing of its effects. not to think of Mr. which he had been never known to miss before. and not meaning to return till the morrow. Mr. Mr. Perry had been to Mrs. that he was going on business which he would not put off for any inducement in the world. but she saw too much of it to feel a doubt of its overcoming any hesitations that a reasonable prudence might originally suggest. and rode off in great spirits. Mr. Goddard's to attend a sick child. Elton only looked very conscious and smiling. that Mr. Elton could prefer. Knightley might quarrel with her. which she repeated immediately with great delight. Elton. for. Mr.

Elton's return. had never yet led to more than a few first chapters. was the collecting and transcribing all the riddles of every sort that she could meet with. The Picture. Mr. whom he had spoken to on the subject. and as Harriet wrote a very pretty hand. might come from that quarter. and as for Harriet's feelings. Miss Nash. had written out at least three hundred. Woodhouse was almost as much interested in the business as the girls. made up by her friend. and tried very often to recollect something worth their putting in. the only mental provision she was making for the evening of life. with Miss Woodhouse's help. Elton. and as he went about so much. who had taken the first hint of it from her.he wondered he could not remember them! but he hoped he should in time. Goddard's. too. and the intention of going on to-morrow. but he had desired Perry to be upon the watch. and the only literary pursuit which engaged Harriet at present. hoped. and sighed out his half sentences of admiration just as he ought. something." His good friend Perry. in form as well as quantity. into a thin quarto of hot-pressed paper. In this age of literature.were more and more justified and endeared to her by the general appearances of the next few days. Emma assisted with her invention. "So many clever riddles as there used to be when he was young-. to get a great many more. and being hung over the mantelpiece of the common sitting-room. much pleasanter to let her imagination range and work at Harriet's fortune. Her views of improving her little friend's mind." And it always ended in "Kitty. he thought. a fair but frozen maid. and ornamented with ciphers and trophies. they were visibly forming themselves into as strong and steady an attachment as her youth and sort of mind admitted. Mr. elegantly framed. Emma was soon perfectly satisfied of Mr. It was by no means his daughter's wish that the intellects of Highbury in general should be put under requisition. of the utmost advantage to the latter. Martin's being no otherwise remembered. came safely to hand soon after Mr. it was likely to be an arrangement of the first order. It was much easier to chat than to study. than to be labouring to enlarge her comprehension or exercise it on sober facts. head-teacher at Mrs. and Harriet. by a great deal of useful reading and conversation. than as he furnished a contrast with Mr. did not at present recollect any thing of the riddle kind. he got up to look at it. such collections on a very grand scale are not uncommon. Elton . memory and taste.

and he found it easier to meet her eye than her friend's. Which my second is destin'd to feel And my whole is the best antidote That affliction to soften and heal. He was gone the next moment:--after another moment's pause. which Emma could understand. which a friend of his had addressed to a young lady. They owed to him their two or three politest puzzles. "Take it. but which. smiling." The speech was more to Emma than to Harriet." "Oh no! he had never written. Elton?" said she. or conundrums that he might recollect. charades. and at the same time. "Being my friend's. as she could perceive. that well-known charade. the object of his admiration. My first doth affliction denote. and rather sentimentally recited. "I do not offer it for Miss Smith's collection. Emma was immediately convinced must be his own. and nothing could be easier to you. "that is the only security for its freshness. There was deep consciousness about him. and pushing the paper towards Harriet--"it is for you." said Emma. Take your own. He was invited to contribute any really good enigmas. from his manner. "Why will not you write one yourself for us. and the joy and exultation with which at last he recalled. I have no right to expose it in any degree to the public eye. The stupidest fellow! He was afraid not even Miss Woodhouse"--he stopt a moment-. a charade.-made her quite sorry to acknowledge that they had transcribed it some pages ago already." The very next day however produced some proof of inspiration." .was the only one whose assistance she asked. and she had the pleasure of seeing him most intently at work with his recollections. hardly ever. Mr."or Miss Smith could inspire him. He called for a few moments. any thing of the kind in his life. nothing that did not breathe a compliment to the sex should pass his lips. most earnestly careful that nothing ungallant. but perhaps you may not dislike looking at it." said he. as he said. just to leave a piece of paper on the table containing.

To Miss-CHARADE. my second brings. lovely woman. Miss Smith. I think this would convince you. May its approval beam in that soft eye! She cast her eye over it. while Harriet was puzzling over the paper in all the confusion of hope and dulness. and saying to herself. "Very well. pondered. very well indeed. Another view of man. and then passing it to Harriet. he bends a slave. to describe her so. Lords of the earth! their luxury and ease. A man must be very much in love. and Emma. I have read worse charades. never loth to be first.`Pray. . Humph--Harriet's ready wit! All the better. read it through again to be quite certain. Approve my charade and my intentions in the same glance. Thy ready wit the word will soon supply. the justest that could be given. My first displays the wealth and pomp of kings.~` Behold him there. Ah! Mr. was obliged to examine it herself. what reverse we have! Man's boasted power and freedom. This is feeling your way. Soft is the very word for her eye--of all epithets. the monarch of the seas! But ah! united. sat happily smiling.' May its approval beam in that soft eye! Harriet exactly. reigns alone. and could not touch it. I give you credit for it.But Harriet was in a tremor. Elton. Knightley. Lord of the earth and sea. This is saying very plainly-. Thy ready wit the word will soon supply. I wish you had the benefit of this. Courtship--a very good hint. Mr. And woman. and quite mistress of the lines. give me leave to pay my addresses to you. caught the meaning. indeed. all are flown.

" She was obliged to break off from these very pleasant observations. Oh! Miss Woodhouse. the monarch of the seas! Or a trident? or a mermaid? or a shark? Oh. My first displays the wealth and pomp of kings. I never saw any thing so hard. Another view of man. "What can it be. For Miss ----------. An excellent charade indeed! and very much to the purpose. lovely woman. reigns alone. which were otherwise of a sort to run into great length. the monarch of the seas! That is ship.) what reverse we have! Man's boasted power and freedom. It must be very clever. What can it possibly be? Do try to find it out. Things must come to a crisis soon now. Do help me. all are flown. do you think we shall ever find it out?" "Mermaids and sharks! Nonsense! My dear Harriet.For once in your life you would be obliged to own yourself mistaken. . Lords of the earth! their luxury and ease. my second brings. no! shark is only one syllable. (courtship. Can it be Neptune? Behold him there. by the eagerness of Harriet's wondering questions. But ah! united. Is it kingdom? I wonder who the friend was--and who could be the young lady. you know. Miss Woodhouse?--what can it be? I have not an idea--I cannot guess it in the least. Behold him there. That is court. what are you thinking of? Where would be the use of his bringing us a charade made by a friend upon a mermaid or a shark? Give me the paper and listen. Do you think it is a good one? Can it be woman? And woman. read Miss Smith. or he would not have brought it.--plain as it can be.--Now for the cream. Miss Woodhouse.

with all my heart." Dear me. and hope it must be so. This is an attachment which a woman may well feel pride in creating. But she was not wanted to speak. independence. Elton's intentions. anticipated." cried Harriet. felt. A very proper compliment!--and then follows the application. and confirm our intimacy for ever. You are his object-." "Dear Miss Woodhouse!"--and "Dear Miss Woodhouse. but now. it is clear. close to Hartfield and to me. Mr. but otherwise I could not have imagined it. Harriet. Read it in comfort to yourself. She read the concluding lines. Emma spoke for her." Harriet could not long resist so delightful a persuasion. There can be no doubt of its being written for you and to you. He is so very superior. you cannot find much difficulty in comprehending. She could not speak. my dear Harriet. "Whatever you say is always right. I congratulate you. and was all flutter and happiness." said she. lovely woman. It was enough for her to feel. It is so much beyond any thing I deserve. how clever!--Could it really be meant for me?" . This. is an alliance which can never raise a blush in either of us. but when they did arrive at something more like conversation. and so particular a meaning in this compliment. Its probability and its eligibility have really so equalled each other! I am very happy." was all that Harriet. it was sufficiently clear to her friend that she saw. Elton.Lord of the earth and sea. with many tender embraces could articulate at first. I thought I could not be so deceived. he bends a slave. as my wishes on the subject have been ever since I knew you. And woman. and remembered just as she ought. Yes. "that I cannot have a doubt as to Mr. "There is so pointed.and you will soon receive the completest proof of it. my dear Harriet. a proper home--it will fix you in the centre of all your real friends. Elton's superiority had very ample acknowledgment. and believe. Mr. I could never tell whether an attachment between you and Mr. Elton were most desirable or most natural. who might marry any body! There cannot be two opinions about him. Harriet. just so long have I been wanting the very circumstance to happen what has happened. This is a connexion which offers nothing but good. Only think of those sweet verses--"To Miss --------. reigns alone. "and therefore I suppose. which I think. It will give you every thing that you want--consideration. the state of his mind is as clear and decided. I thought it must be so.

You and Mr. and a man that every body looks up to. Eltons get acquainted--they do indeed--and really it is strange. The course of true love never did run smooth-A Hartfield edition of Shakespeare would have a long note on that passage. it is out of the common course that what is so evidently. which was very good-natured. of all people. If they are anxious to see you happily married. and will be soon followed by matter-of-fact prose. that every body says he need not eat a single meal by himself if he does not chuse it. so palpably desirable--what courts the pre-arrangement of other people. I had no more idea myself!--The strangest things do take place!" "When Miss Smiths and Mr. and sends it into the very channel where it ought to flow. I am sure. and staid to look through herself. Dear me! When I look back to the first time I saw him! How little did I think!-. and Miss Nash came and scolded us away. should so immediately shape itself into the proper form. Elton should really be in love with me. she called me back presently. and we are not to be addressing our conduct to fools. here is a man whose amiable character gives every assurance of it.--if they wish to have you settled in the same country and circle which they have chosen .The two Abbots and I ran into the front room and peeped through the blind when we heard he was going by. a motto to the chapter. who did not know him. It is a sort of prologue to the play. you belong to one another by every circumstance of your respective homes. Cole. And so excellent in the Church! Miss Nash has put down all the texts he has ever preached from since he came to Highbury. must be agreeable to them. at Michaelmas! And he. the very handsomest man that ever was. Elton are by situation called together." "This is an alliance which. It is a certainty. There does seem to be a something in the air of Hartfield which gives love exactly the right direction. Receive it on my judgment." "That Mr. to speak to him. Your marrying will be equal to the match at Randalls."I cannot make a question." "It is a sort of thing which nobody could have expected. a month ago. and let me look too. provided at least they have common sense. or listen to a question about that.--me. that he has more invitations than there are days in the week. quite like Mr. Knightley! His company so sought after. whoever--whatever your friends may be. And how beautiful we thought he looked! He was arm-in-arm with Mr. however.

very true." "I never read one more to the purpose. and another. Martin's prose." Emma could not have desired a more spirited rejection of Mr. The most satisfactory comparisons were rising in her mind. in the common phrase.--Your soft eyes shall chuse their own time for beaming. the best charade I ever read." "I thought he meant to try his skill. be well married. by his manner of declining it yesterday. the rise in the world which must satisfy them. You understand every thing." "I do think it is. to write verses and charades like this.to place you in." . You and Mr. How nicely you talk. Such things in general cannot be too short." Harriet was too intent on the lines to hear. presently--her cheeks in a glow--"to have very good sense in a common way. This charade!--If I had studied a twelvemonth. and if there is any thing to say. I could never have made any thing like it. and if their only object is that you should." said she. "Such sweet lines!" continued Harriet--"these two last!--But how shall I ever be able to return the paper. the respectable establishment. and you shall not be committed. what a pity that I must not write this beautiful charade into my book! I am sure I have not got one half so good. "It is one thing." "I do not consider its length as particularly in its favour. and then I will give it him back. I dare say. I love to hear you. Elton are one as clever as the other." "Oh! Miss Woodhouse." "Yes. without exception. or say I have found it out?--Oh! Miss Woodhouse. He will be here this evening. certainly. and some nonsense or other will pass between us." "It is as long again as almost all we have had before. You do nothing. here is the comfortable fortune. what can we do about that?" "Leave it to me. like every body else. to sit down and write a letter. and say just what you must. in a short way. here it will be accomplished. Trust to me.

the better I shall be pleased. Depend upon it." ." "Oh! no--I hope I shall not be ridiculous about it. so as to feel quite sure that her friend were not writing down a declaration of love. because you divide them.You must let me read it to him."Leave out the two last lines. and all appropriation ceases." Harriet submitted. They are not at all the less written you know." Harriet looked grave. "Very well. I will write it down. though her mind could hardly separate the parts. he would not have left the paper while I was by. Do not be overpowered by such a little tribute of admiration. fit for any collection. and a very pretty gallant charade remains. and there is no reason why you should not write it into your book. and appear to affix more meaning." "Oh! but those two lines are"---"The best of all. but he rather pushed it towards me than towards you. A poet in love must be encouraged in both capacities. "My dear Harriet. It seemed too precious an offering for any degree of publicity. nor does its meaning change. But take it away." said she. Give me the book. He has encouragement enough to proceed. and then there can be no possible reflection on you. He has the tenderest spirit of gallantry towards us all!-. It will be giving him so much pleasure! He loves any thing of the sort. But here is my father coming: you will not object to my reading the charade to him.--You will betray your feelings improperly.--for private enjoyment. "a most natural feeling. The couplet does not cease to be. If he had been anxious for secrecy. Granted. he would not like to have his charade slighted. or even quite all the meaning which may be affixed to it. and the longer it lasts. much better than his passion. Do as you please. you must not refine too much upon this charade. "I shall never let that book go out of my own hands. without our sighing out our souls over this charade. and especially any thing that pays woman a compliment. and for private enjoyment keep them. if you are too conscious and too quick. Do not let us be too solemn on the business." replied Emma. or neither.

slowly and distinctly. by a fairy)-. And that is all that I can recollect of it--but it is very clever all the way through. Kindled a flame I yet deplore.Nobody could have written so prettily. and two or three times over. and there are several. `Woman.Mr. Woodhouse came in. and smiled. A piece of paper was found on the table this morning--(dropt." She read it to him. Though of his near approach afraid. Kitty. by the recurrence of his very frequent inquiry of "Well. I can only recollect the first stanza. with explanations of every part as she proceeded-. "Ah! it is no difficulty to see who you take after! Your dear mother was so clever at all those things! If I had but her memory! But I can remember nothing. Emma. my dear.containing a very pretty charade.--I wish I could recollect more of it. But I think. that's very just. and a very tender sigh. papa. as she had foreseen. a fair but frozen maid. you said you had got it. We copied it from the Elegant Extracts.--not even that particular riddle which you have heard me mention. it is written out in our second page. very true. especially struck with the complimentary conclusion. ." Emma only nodded.--After a little thinking. we suppose. my dear. It was Garrick's. So fatal to my suit before. that's very properly said. indeed.-. how does your book go on?--Have you got any thing fresh?" "Yes. papa. you know. and we have just copied it in. something quite fresh. but you. he added. and. Very true. we have something to read you.' It is such a pretty charade." "Yes.and he was very much pleased. that I can easily guess what fairy brought it. my dears. The hood-wink'd boy I called to aid. lovely woman. "Aye. just as he liked to have any thing read." "Aye. and very soon led to the subject again.

I hope we shall have her here next week. my dear.--just as usual. or any body's claims on Isabella. that we are to have the whole of the time they can give to the country. papa. though he does. He sat musing a little while. Mr. Woodhouse could never allow for Mr. I am sure I was very much surprized when I first heard she was going to be married. my dear--but it is so long since she was here!--not since last Easter." "It is unfortunate that they cannot stay longer--but it seems a case of necessity. Mr." "I do not know. indeed. if there is time. and we ought to be thankful. and Mrs.--Poor Isabella!--she is sadly taken away from us all!--and how sorry she will be when she comes. if poor Isabella were to be anywhere but at Hartfield. a fair but frozen maid. papa.--and there is the nursery for the children." "It would be very hard. for she was very near being christened Catherine after her grandmama. John Knightley must be in town again on the 28th." "We must ask Mr. of course. "But I do not see why poor Isabella should be obliged to go back so soon. while Isabella is here. where you shall put her--and what room there will be for the children?" "Oh! yes--she will have her own room." Mr. I shall try and persuade her to stay longer with us. at least. Knightley promises to give up his claim this Christmas-. I think. John Knightley's being a lawyer is very inconvenient. and then only for a few days. the room she always has. She and the children might stay very well. except his own. my dear.though you know it is longer since they were with him.--But--(in a very depressed tone)--she is coming for only one week. you know. Weston to dine with us. There will not be time for any thing. Why should there be any change?" "I do not know. my dear. than with us." "Yes. my dear. that two or three days are not to be taken out for the Abbey.--Mr. not to see Miss Taylor here!" "She will not be surprized. Knightley's claims on his brother. Have you thought." .Kitty. The name makes me think of poor Isabella. and then said. Emma.

she immediately led to such a branch of the subject as must raise them. not after his father. papa? I wonder which she will think the handsomest. but he is an affectionate father--certainly Mr. and they have so many pretty ways. the second. I cannot understand it. I believe. but John is very like his mama. Woodhouse could only give a submissive sigh. And he is a very clever boy. papa. "because you are so very gentle yourself." "He appears rough to you. can give them a sharp word now and then. Mr. Poor little dears. Henry is the eldest. Unwelcome as it was. They will come and stand by my chair." "And then their uncle comes in. "Harriet must give us as much of her company as she can while my brother and sister are here. I wonder which she will."Ah! papa--that is what you never have been able to accomplish." "Henry is a fine boy. and as Emma saw his spirits affected by the idea of his daughter's attachment to her husband. is named after his father. I am sure I do not know who is not. which I thought very pretty of her. The children are all fond of him. They are very fond of being at Hartfield. can you give me a bit of string?' and once Henry asked me for a knife. We are very proud of the children." This was too true for contradiction. I think their father is too rough with them very often. but I told him knives were only made for grandpapas. John." "I dare say they are. indeed. Some people are surprized. and I do not think you ever will. They are all remarkably clever." "Well. but Isabella would have him called Henry. you would not think him rough. are not we. he was named after me. there is nothing they like so much. `Grandpapa. and say. It is such enjoyment to them. and tosses them up to the ceiling in a very frightful way!" "But they like it. that the eldest was not. Harriet. how glad they will be to come. Henry or John?" "Aye. I am sure she will be pleased with the children. but if you could compare him with other papas. sir. He wishes his boys to be active and hardy. Isabella cannot bear to stay behind her husband." said Emma." . whichever began would never give way to the other. that if their uncle did not lay down the rule of their taking turns. and if they misbehave. John Knightley is an affectionate father.

he would consider it as the proudest moment of his life. and just as the girls were going to separate in preparation for the regular four o'clock dinner. took it up. One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other." After this speech he was gone as soon as possible." Mr." "I have no hesitation in saying. but Emma could receive him with the usual smile. He may be sure of every woman's approbation while he writes with such gallantry. papa. when taking the paper from the table. We admired it so much. and replacing it on the table). every thing else must give way. Of course I have not transcribed beyond the first eight lines. however. His ostensible reason. "I have no hesitation in saying--at least if my friend feels at all as I do--I have not the smallest doubt that."--glanced at Emma and at Harriet. and she imagined he was come to see how it might turn up. thank you for the sight of it. Emma smilingly said. With the view of passing off an awkward moment. for with all his good and agreeable qualities. though hesitating a good deal while he spoke. If he were. her father was sure of his rubber. and examined it very attentively. Woodhouse's party could be made up in the evening without him. Harriet turned away. Elton." Later in the morning. was to ask whether Mr. but so good a charade must not be confined to one or two. Your friend will not take it amiss I hope. "You must make my apologies to your friend. that he had promised him conditionally to come. she returned it-"Oh! here is the charade you were so obliging as to leave with us. but could not allow of his disappointing his friend on their account. said something about "honour. and her quick eye soon discerned in his the consciousness of having made a push--of having thrown a die. and he seemed then about to make his bow. but otherwise his friend Cole had been saying so much about his dining with him--had made such a point of it." replied Mr. (looking at the book again. that I have ventured to write it into Miss Smith's collection. He re-urged --she re-declined. Elton certainly did not very well know what to say. ."That is the case with us all. could he see his little effusion honoured as I see it. the hero of this inimitable charade walked in again. Emma thanked him. or whether he should be in the smallest degree necessary at Hartfield. He looked rather doubtingly--rather confused. Emma could not think it too soon. and then seeing the book open on the table.

a lane leading at right angles from the broad. considering exteriors and probabilities. Volume One Chapter Ten Though now the middle of December. what a sweet house!--How very beautiful!--There are the yellow curtains that Miss Nash admires so much." "I do not often walk this way now. Their road to this detached cottage was down Vicarage Lane. gates. and on the morrow. had never in her life been within side the Vicarage. A few inferior dwellings were first to be passed. containing the blessed abode of Mr. Emma could only class it.there was a sort of parade in his speeches which was very apt to incline her to laugh. almost as close to the road as it could be.--no servant that I want to inquire about of his housekeeper--no message from my father." said she. such as it was. about a quarter of a mile down the lane rose the Vicarage. and. Elton's seeing ready wit in her. she found. an old and not very good house. pools and pollards of this part of Highbury. and then. Miss Woodhouse. there had yet been no weather to prevent the young ladies from tolerably regular exercise. and I shall gradually get intimately acquainted with all the hedges."-Harriet's was-"Oh. "but I cannot think of any tolerable pretence for going in. Harriet thus began again-"I do so wonder. or going to be married! so charming as you are!"-- . and her curiosity to see it was so extreme. as they proceeded. "I wish we could contrive it. She ran away to indulge the inclination. There go you and your riddle-book one of these days." Harriet.--Emma's remark was-"There it is. that you should not be married. but had been very much smartened up by the present proprietor. Elton. main street of the place. as may be inferred. "but then there will be an inducement. that." said Emma. It had no advantage of situation. with Mr. and. there could be no possibility of the two friends passing it without a slackened pace and observing eyes." She pondered. leaving the tender and the sublime of pleasure to Harriet's share. After a mutual silence of some minutes. as a proof of love. who lived a little way out of Highbury. but could think of nothing. Emma had a charitable visit to pay to a poor sick family. though irregular.

Fortune I do not want. I would marry to-morrow. never could I expect to be so truly beloved and important. And I am not only. or my nature. Mr. and never. but a single woman. and replied.) is out of the question: and I do not wish to see any such person. like Miss Bates!" "That is as formidable an image as you could present. so always first and always right in any man's eyes as I am in my father's. but have very little intention of ever marrying at all. Harriet. it is not my way. consequence I do not want: I believe few married women are half as much mistress of their husband's house as I am of Hartfield. at present." "I must see somebody very superior to any one I have seen yet. without love." "Dear me!--it is so odd to hear a woman talk so!"-"I have none of the usual inducements of women to marry." "Ah!--so you say. with a very narrow income. disagreeable old maid! the proper sport of boys and girls. And the distinction is not quite so much against the candour and common . And. not going to be married. except in being unmarried." "But still. to be an old maid at last. you know. I must find other people charming--one other person at least. I cannot really change for the better. I am convinced there never can be any likeness. is not quite enough to induce me to marry. and may be as sensible and pleasant as any body else. employment I do not want. I shall not be a poor old maid. I am sure I should be a fool to change such a situation as mine. must be a ridiculous. you will be an old maid! and that's so dreadful!" "Never mind. indeed. If I were to marry. but I cannot believe it. Were I to fall in love. (recollecting herself. it would be a different thing! but I never have been in love. and I do not think I ever shall. I would rather not be tempted. Harriet. and it is poverty only which makes celibacy contemptible to a generous public! A single woman. Harriet. Elton. I must expect to repent it.Emma laughed. But between us. "My being charming." "But then. of good fortune. and if I thought I should ever be like Miss Bates! so silly--so satisfied-so smiling--so prosing--so undistinguishing and unfastidious-and so apt to tell every thing relative to every body about me. is always respectable. to be tempted.

I shall take to carpet-work. but. to care about. And as for objects of interest. Every letter from her is read forty times over." . I shall read more." "Dear me! but what shall you do? how shall you employ yourself when you grow old?" "If I know myself. Heaven forbid! at least. that I should ever bore people half so much about all the Knightleys together. and who live perforce in a very small. Poverty certainly has not contracted her mind: I really believe. to Miss Bates.sense of the world as appears at first. as she does about Jane Fairfax. and if she does but send her aunt the pattern of a stomacher. to supply every sort of sensation that declining life can need. I shall be very well off. with all the children of a sister I love so much. though single and though poor. and I do not perceive why I should be more in want of employment at forty or fifty than one-and-twenty. This does not apply. or with no important variation. which is in truth the great point of inferiority. in all probability. we are always forced to be acquainted whenever she comes to Highbury. the want of which is really the great evil to be avoided in not marrying. society. with a great many independent resources. but she tires me to death. There will be enough for every hope and every fear. Those who can barely live. or knit a pair of garters for her grandmother. her compliments to all friends go round and round again. and though my attachment to none can equal that of a parent. By the bye. and sour the temper. however. I know you must have seen her a hundred times--but are you acquainted?" "Oh! yes. Harriet. My nephews and nieces!--I shall often have a niece with me. she is very much to the taste of every body. one hears of nothing else for a month. and generally very inferior. One is sick of the very name of Jane Fairfax. may well be illiberal and cross. it suits my ideas of comfort better than what is warmer and blinder. If I draw less. for a very narrow income has a tendency to contract the mind. if I give up music. she is only too good natured and too silly to suit me. if she had only a shilling in the world. that is almost enough to put one out of conceit with a niece. I wish Jane Fairfax very well. mine is an active. in general." "Do you know Miss Bates's niece? That is. and nobody is afraid of her: that is a great charm. Woman's usual occupations of hand and mind will be as open to me then as they are now. she would be very likely to give away sixpence of it. There will be enough of them. busy mind. objects for the affections.

but they had a very . If we feel for the wretched. only distressing to ourselves. it was sickness and poverty together which she came to visit. "Oh! dear. were the first subject on meeting. "Ah! Harriet. enough to do all we can for them." "And really. and when that bend was passed. and after remaining there as long as she could give comfort or advice. as she crossed the low hedge. Elton was immediately in sight. as from her purse. and so near as to give Emma time only to say farther. The wants and sufferings of the poor family. In the present instance. She understood their ways. and brought them into the lane again. the rest is empty sympathy. His visit he would now defer. to do one good. entered into their troubles with ready sympathy. her counsel and her patience. and yet." said her companion. Mr.They were now approaching the cottage. Emma was very compassionate. Harriet." Harriet could just answer." stopping to look once more at all the outward wretchedness of the place. as they walked away. (smiling. and tottering footstep which ended the narrow." said Emma. had no romantic expectations of extraordinary virtue from those for whom education had done so little. The lane made a slight bend. "Oh! dear. "I do not think it will." said Harriet. I do not think the impression will soon be over. How trifling they make every thing else appear!--I feel now as if I could think of nothing but these poor creatures all the rest of the day. "Poor creatures! one can think of nothing else. here comes a very sudden trial of our stability in good thoughts. and always gave her assistance with as much intelligence as good-will.) I hope it may be allowed that if compassion has produced exertion and relief to the sufferers. could allow for their ignorance and their temptations. who can say how soon it may all vanish from my mind?" "Very true. no. yes. He had been going to call on them. and the distresses of the poor were as sure of relief from her personal attention and kindness. slippery path through the cottage garden. Well. however." before the gentleman joined them. They walked on. it has done all that is truly important. "These are the sights. she quitted the cottage with such an impression of the scene as made her say to Harriet. and recall the still greater within. and all idle topics were superseded.

without any obligation of waiting for her. and all the dessert. they would both be soon after her. setting out. "To fall in with each other on such an errand as this. Mr. She gained on them. to fetch broth from Hartfield. was beginning to think how she might draw back a little more. and that she was come in herself for the Stilton cheese. and she would follow in half a minute. and Emma. she immediately stopped. They did as they were desired. under pretence of having some alteration to make in the lacing of her half-boot." thought Emma. however. this will bring a great increase of love on each side. and talk to and question her. To walk by the side of this child. Harriet listening with a very pleased attention. and any thing will serve as introduction to what is near the heart. begged them to have the goodness to walk on. and that. she soon afterwards took possession of a narrow footpath. leaving them together in the main road. "any thing interests between those who love. and she was obliged to join them. had she been acting just then without design. she had the comfort of farther delay in her power. "to meet in a charitable scheme. involuntarily: the child's pace was quick. It must. according to orders. the butter. and she was the more concerned at it. Mr. "This would soon have led to something better. if I were not here. still engaged in some interesting detail. Elton was still talking. the cellery. of course. and Emma experienced some disappointment when she found that he was only giving his fair companion an account of the yesterday's party at his friend Cole's. and theirs rather slow. If I could but have kept longer away!" . from their being evidently in a conversation which interested them. being overtaken by a child from the cottage. and by the time she judged it reasonable to have done with her boot. Elton was speaking with animation. or would have been the most natural. I should not wonder if it were to bring on the declaration. and by this means the others were still able to keep ahead. with her pitcher. in short. the north Wiltshire. the beet-root. when they both looked around." was her consoling reflection." Anxious to separate herself from them as far as she could. and stooping down in complete occupation of the footpath. But she had not been there two minutes when she found that Harriet's habits of dependence and imitation were bringing her up too. having sent the child on. This would not do. I wish I were anywhere else. Mr. was the most natural thing in the world.interesting parley about what could be done and should be done. Elton then turned back to accompany them. a little raised on one side of the lane.

of at least getting Harriet into the house. or any thing just to keep my boot on. but nothing serious. when a sudden resolution. and. and dexterously throwing it into a ditch." said she. she could not but flatter herself that it had been the occasion of much present enjoyment to both. behind it was another with which it immediately communicated. "Cautious. but she fully intended that Mr. and had purposely followed them. It could be protracted no longer. Elton looked all happiness at this proposition. he had told Harriet that he had seen them go by." Mr.They now walked on together quietly. was presently obliged to entreat them to stop. she hoped to make it practicable for him to chuse his own subject in the adjoining room. The lovers were standing together at one of the windows. It was not closed. and looking forwards. . Elton." Still. and nothing could exceed his alertness and attention in conducting them into his house and endeavouring to make every thing appear to advantage. He had been most agreeable. For ten minutes she could hear nothing but herself. made her again find something very much amiss about her boot. till within view of the vicarage pales. She then broke the lace off short. Mr. he had not come to the point. "Part of my lace is gone. It had a most favourable aspect. but I hope I am not often so ill-equipped. But it would not do. and make her appearance. I must beg leave to stop at your house. other little gallantries and allusions had been dropt. very cautious. Elton should close it. The room they were taken into was the one he chiefly occupied. and must be leading them forward to the great event. and fall behind to arrange it once more. I really am a most troublesome companion to you both. and will hazard nothing till he believes himself secure. She was obliged to leave the door ajar as she found it. She was then obliged to be finished. Emma felt the glory of having schemed successfully." thought Emma. most delightful. however. and Emma passed into it with the housekeeper to receive her assistance in the most comfortable manner. "and I do not know how I am to contrive. and ask your housekeeper for a bit of ribband or string. however. it still remained ajar. for half a minute. the door between them was open. and acknowledged her inability to put herself to rights so as to be able to walk home in tolerable comfort. "he advances inch by inch. though every thing had not been accomplished by her ingenious device. but by engaging the housekeeper in incessant conversation.

they must advance somehow or other whether they would or no. without the smallest delay. John Knightley. and for their having instantly all the liberty and attendance. There are people. and during the ten days of their stay at Hartfield it was not to be expected--she did not herself expect-that any thing beyond occasional. elegant little woman. or seen at all by Mr. and not a little of the fatigues of his own horses and coachman who were to bring some of the party the last half of the way. Mrs. the sixteen miles being happily accomplished. Woodhouse. John Knightley. It was no longer in Emma's power to superintend his happiness or quicken his measures. She hardly wished to have more leisure for them. He thought much of the evils of the journey for her. of gentle. the many to be talked to. Till this year. but the ways of Hartfield and the feelings of her father were so respected by Mrs. who could not be induced to get so far as London. The coming of her sister's family was so very near at hand. and sleeping and playing. and who consequently was now most nervously and apprehensively happy in forestalling this too short visit. welcomed. all reaching Hartfield in safety. The bustle and joy of such an arrival. and a disposition remarkably amiable and affectionate. and it was therefore many months since they had been seen in a regular way by their Surry connexions. nor have endured much longer even for this. the children were never allowed to be long a disturbance to him. produced a noise and confusion which his nerves could not have borne under any other cause. John Knightley. and Mrs. every long vacation since their marriage had been divided between Hartfield and Donwell Abbey.Volume One Chapter Eleven Mr. and variously dispersed and disposed of. but his alarms were needless. were exciting of course rather more than the usual interest. either in themselves or in any restless attendance on them. it became henceforth her prime object of interest. Elton must now be left to himself. and then in reality. their five children. quiet manners. that in spite of maternal solicitude for the immediate enjoyment of her little ones. that first in anticipation. however. from having been longer than usual absent from Surry. and Mrs. John Knightley was a pretty. . but all the holidays of this autumn had been given to sea-bathing for the children. even for poor Isabella's sake. and a competent number of nursery-maids. They might advance rapidly if they would. the less they will do for themselves. who the more you do for them. which they could possibly wish for. and Mr. all the eating and drinking. Mr. encouraged. fortuitous assistance could be afforded by her to the lovers.

with a melancholy shake of the head and a sigh. in a general benevolence of temper. and very clever man. She could never see a fault in any of them. . not so often unreasonably cross as to deserve such a reproach. she inherited also much of his constitution. Woodhouse's peculiarities and fidgetiness were sometimes provoking him to a rational remonstrance or sharp retort equally ill-bestowed. over-careful of that of her children. Perhaps she might have passed over more had his manners been flattering to Isabella's sister. but they were only those of a calmly kind brother and friend. and he could sometimes act an ungracious. and generally a strong sense of what was due to him. and respectable in his private character. He had all the clearness and quickness of mind which she wanted. but with reserved manners which prevented his being generally pleasing. of every visit displayed none but the properest feelings. without praise and without blindness. but it was too often for Emma's charity. and capable of being sometimes out of humour. Mr. John Knightley had really a great regard for his father-in-law. called his daughter's attention to the sad change at Hartfield since she had been there last. but for these higher ties. She was not a woman of strong understanding or any quickness. She was quick in feeling the little injuries to Isabella. for Mr. He was not a great favourite with his fair sister-in-law. a devoted wife. and so tenderly attached to her father and sister that. Perry. They had not been long seated and composed when Mr. it was hardly possible that any natural defects in it should not be increased. a doating mother. rising in his profession. which Isabella never felt herself. but his temper was not his great perfection. indeed. though the offence came not. had many fears and many nerves. but hardly any degree of personal compliment could have made her regardless of that greatest fault of all in her eyes which he sometimes fell into. was delicate in her own health. Mr. They were alike too. however. and with this resemblance of her father. and a strong habit of regard for every old acquaintance.wrapt up in her family. domestic. or say a severe thing. and this being of necessity so short might be hoped to pass away in unsullied cordiality. The extreme sweetness of her temper must hurt his. Woodhouse. John Knightley was a tall. Wingfield in town as her father could be of Mr. There he had not always the patience that could have been wished. with such a worshipping wife. Nothing wrong in him escaped her. and. He was not an ill-tempered man. especially as there was all the pain of apprehension frequently to be endured. It did not often happen. and was as fond of her own Mr. the want of respectful forbearance towards her father. The beginning. gentleman-like. a warmer love might have seemed impossible.

I hope you will be satisfied." "Why. very kind in their visits." "Oh yes. I never saw Mrs. Mr. Her wish of shewing you attention could not be doubted." . my dear. Weston is really as kind as herself." "Pretty well." was the handsome reply. They are very." Mr. Weston do really prevent our missing her by any means to the extent we ourselves anticipated--which is the exact truth.--It is a sad change indeed. that I had no idea of the change being so very material to Hartfield as you apprehended." "Oh! papa. my love. my dear--I hope--pretty well. sir.--"Not near so often.--I could not imagine how you could possibly do without her. but every body ought also to be assured that Mr.--I do not know but that the place agrees with her tolerably. Weston better in my life-never looking so well. "how you must miss her! And dear Emma. certainly--I cannot deny that Mrs. and Mrs. "poor Miss Taylor--It is a grievous business. John Knightley here asked Emma quietly whether there were any doubts of the air of Randalls. if you speak in that melancholy way. sir. Weston."Ah. as I could wish. "and just as I hoped it was from your letters. I have been always telling you. and his being a disengaged and social man makes it all easy. Isabella. either at Randalls or here--and as you may suppose. excepting one. tolerably often?" asked Isabella in the plaintive tone which just suited her father." said Mr. Weston. to be sure. have we seen either Mr. does come and see us pretty often-but then--she is always obliged to go away again. we have missed seeing them but one entire day since they married." said he. Papa. John Knightley. Papa is only speaking his own regret. and generally both. Weston or Mrs. Mr. sir. Either in the morning or evening of every day.--But I hope she is pretty well." said Mr. and now you have Emma's account. Weston. Woodhouse--"yes. my dear." cried she with ready sympathy." "Just as it should be. Every body must be aware that Miss Taylor must be missed. "Oh! no--none in the least. most frequently here. "And do you see her. too!--What a dreadful loss to you both!-I have been so grieved for you. Woodhouse hesitated. poor Mrs. you will be giving Isabella a false idea of us all." "Very much to the honour of both.

However. "There was a strong expectation of his coming soon after the marriage. I should never have thought of Miss Taylor but as the most fortunate woman in the world." "I think. and as to slighting Mr. Weston . As for Isabella. on purpose to assure me that there was no scarlet fever at Cobham. my love. papa. at twelve o'clock at night. time does fly indeed!--and my memory is very bad. and gave Mr. and I have not heard him mentioned lately." said John Knightley pleasantly. I could not have thought it-and he was but two years old when he lost his poor mother! Well. hearing and understanding only in part. but it ended in nothing. "He wrote a letter to poor Mrs. and you not being a wife. Weston. Weston. I think there is nothing he does not deserve. to congratulate her. She shewed it to me. perhaps--" "My dear papa. and Mrs. that excellent Mr. You forget how time passes." "Me. I do not know his equal for temper. will venture to take the part of the poor husband.--If any body can deserve him. Emma. I thought it very well done of him indeed." "Three-and-twenty!--is he indeed?--Well. Excepting yourself and your brother." "But you should tell them of the letter. he is three-and-twenty. being a husband. and if it had not been for the misery of her leaving Hartfield. handsome letter it was. it was an exceeding good. the claims of the man may very likely strike us with equal force. or can be. and his uncle. "Has he been here on this occasion--or has he not?" "He has not been here yet." replied Emma." "Where is the young man?" said John Knightley.-"Are you talking about me?--I am sure nobody ought to be. I have been convinced there could not be a more feeling heart nor a better man in existence. He is but young. pretty letter. Westons aside as much as she can. I believe he is one of the very best-tempered men that ever existed. Weston. You and I. indeed."It would be very hard upon Mr. Weston has some little claim. one cannot tell.-You quite forget poor Mr. "that Mr. it must be Miss Taylor. I shall never forget his flying Henry's kite for him that very windy day last Easter--and ever since his particular kindness last September twelvemonth in writing that note. and a very proper. Weston if she did not. I. she has been married long enough to see the convenience of putting all the Mr. a greater advocate for matrimony than I am." cried his wife." said her father. my dear. Whether it was his own idea you know. Weston.

To give up one's child! I really never could think well of any body who proposed such a thing to any body else. in procuring him the proper invitation. She thought it was time to make up." "Nobody ever did think well of the Churchills. Concession must be out of the question. and playing whist with his neighbours five times a week. Weston. than upon family affection." Emma could not like what bordered on a reflection on Mr. Volume One Chapter Twelve Mr. and those to whom it was important. Weston could part with him. from the circumstance of the late disagreement between Mr.'-I remember that perfectly. John Knightley. Weston Churchill. and she hoped it might rather . Emma's sense of right however had decided it. and he would never own that he had. and dated Sept. I fancy.' but I forget how it went on. But how sad it is that he should not live at home with his father! There is something so shocking in a child's being taken away from his parents and natural home! I never could comprehend how Mr. Knightley was to dine with them--rather against the inclination of Mr. C. Knightley and herself. I suspect. Woodhouse. she had particular pleasure. She would keep the peace if possible. and let it pass. and had half a mind to take it up. but she struggled. She hoped they might now become friends again. 28th--and began. "I have no doubt of his being a most amiable young man. and it was signed `F." "How very pleasing and proper of him!" cried the good-hearted Mrs. Weston to have felt what you would feel in giving up Henry or John. and there was something honourable and valuable in the strong domestic habits. he takes things as he finds them. who did not like that any one should share with him in Isabella's first day. I remember it was written from Weymouth. cheerful-tempered man.--It had a high claim to forbearance. John Knightley coolly. or any thing that home affords.a great deal of pleasure. Mr. Making-up indeed would not do. depending. "But you need not imagine Mr. that is. than a man of strong feelings. Weston is rather an easy. whence resulted her brother's disposition to look down on the common rate of social intercourse. `My dear Madam. upon the power of eating and drinking." observed Mr. She certainly had not been in the wrong. the all-sufficiency of home to himself. much more upon what is called society for his comforts. but it was time to appear to forget that they had ever quarrelled. and besides the consideration of what was due to each brother. and makes enjoyment of them somehow or other.

assist the restoration of friendship." "A material difference then. a word or two more. and that if she were not wrong before. we might always think alike. grow up a better woman than your aunt. Tell your aunt. and say no more about it. Little Emma. I observe we never disagree." she cried--"very true. our opinions are sometimes very different. a nice little girl about eight months old. she is now. As far as good intentions went. not near enough to give me a chance of being right. and as little under the power of fancy and whim in your dealings with them. and the conviction giving her at first great satisfaction. that she ought to set you a better example than to be renewing old grievances. he was soon led on to talk of them all in the usual way. Emma felt they were friends again." "If you were as much guided by nature in your estimate of men and women." said he. as he was admiring the baby. but does not the lapse of one-and-twenty years bring our understandings a good deal nearer?" "Yes--a good deal nearer. and to take the child out of her arms with all the unceremoniousness of perfect amity. my dear Emma. Mr. but with regard to these children. that we think alike about our nephews and nieces. smiling--"and reason good. that when he came into the room she had one of the children with her--the youngest. Knightley." "That's true." "Yes. It did assist. "What a comfort it is. for though he began with grave looks and short questions." she replied--"and no doubt you were much my superior in judgment at that period of our lives. As to men and women. let us be friends. Now. and then a little sauciness. and I have done. we were both right." "To be sure--our discordancies must always arise from my being in the wrong." "But still. I was sixteen years old when you were born. if we think differently. she could not help saying. Come." "I have still the advantage of you by sixteen years' experience. who was now making her first visit to Hartfield. . as you are where these children are concerned. Be infinitely cleverer and not half so conceited. and by not being a pretty young woman and a spoiled child. and very happy to be danced about in her aunt's arms. little Emma.

for a few moments. and the little party made two natural divisions.and I must say that no effects on my side of the argument have yet proved wrong. was entered into with as much equality of interest by John. full answer. or spring corn. Mr. and whose attachments were strong. The brothers talked of their own concerns and pursuits. very bitterly disappointed. George?" and "John. his inquiries even approached a tone of eagerness. to do every thing for the good of the other. Woodhouse declined cards entirely for the sake of comfortable talk with his dear Isabella. Woodhouse was enjoying a full flow of happy regrets and fearful affection with his daughter. their subjects totally distinct. as Mr. on the other the two Mr." This had just taken place and with great cordiality. and "How d'ye do. I only want to know that Mr. and interrupting. whose temper was by much the most communicative. While they were thus comfortably occupied. the real attachment which would have led either of them. and to give all such local information as could not fail of being interesting to a brother whose home it had equally been the longest part of his life. my dear--and I recommend a little gruel to you . and who was always the greater talker.--Come. or very rarely mixing--and Emma only occasionally joining in one or the other. turnips. The plan of a drain." "A man cannot be more so. if requisite. Martin is not very." was his short. the change of a fence. "Ah!--Indeed I am very sorry. as keeping in hand the home-farm at Donwell. "My poor dear Isabella. the felling of a tree. fondly taking her hand. on one side he and his daughter. but principally of those of the elder. and if his willing brother ever left him any thing to inquire about. some curious anecdote to give. at least. and as a farmer. when John Knightley made his appearance. The evening was quiet and conversable. as his cooler manners rendered possible." said he. how are you?" succeeded in the true English style. shake hands with me. Knightleys. burying under a calmness that seemed all but indifference. he had to tell what every field was to bear next year. and the destination of every acre for wheat. how terribly long since you were here! And how tired you must be after your journey! You must go to bed early. As a magistrate. or. her busy labours for some one of her five children--"How long it is. he had generally some point of law to consult John about.

"It was an awkward business. your spending the autumn at South End instead of coming here. my dear. I am sure it almost killed me once. My dear Isabella. knowing as she did. come. but Perry had many doubts about the sea doing her any good. But then there is not so clever a man any where. for I have a question or two to ask him about myself of some consequence. I suppose there is not a man in such practice anywhere. my dear. but not quite well. if you please. He will be so pleased to see my little ones. and he never forgets you. and he has not time to take care of himself--he tells me he has not time to take care of himself--which is very sad--but he is always wanted all round the country. Wingfield most strenuously recommended it.--and two basins only were ordered. "I must beg you not to talk of the sea." "Oh! good Mr. that both the Mr." cried Emma. pretty well.--You and I will have a nice basin of gruel together. but particularly for the weakness in little Bella's throat." "Come. Poor Perry is bilious." "Ah! my dear. Perry--how is he. My dear Emma.before you go. you had better let him look at little Bella's throat. After a little more discourse in praise of gruel. with some wondering at its not being taken every evening by every body.-I who have never seen it! South End is prohibited. suppose we all have a little gruel. that the sea is very rarely of use to any body. It makes me envious and miserable. sir?" "Why. And. he proceeded to say." "I hope he will be here to-morrow. with an air of grave reflection." "And Mrs. He recommended it for all the children. whenever he comes. feeling this to be an unsafe subject. Knightleys were as unpersuadable on that article as herself. I hope he will be calling soon. I have been long perfectly convinced. I have not heard you make one inquiry about Mr." "Mr. Perry and the children." ." Emma could not suppose any such thing. Perry yet. though perhaps I never told you so before. sir--or we should not have gone.-both sea air and bathing. I never had much opinion of the sea air. how are they? do the children grow? I have a great regard for Mr. and as to myself. Perry.

It is a dreadful thing to have you forced to live there! so far off!-and the air so bad!" "No. indeed--we are not at all in a bad air. I hope they are quite well. my dear. that bathing should have been of use to her--and if I had known you were wanting an embrocation." "How sorry I am! But colds were never so prevalent as they have been this autumn. Perry says that colds have been very general. and Miss Bates. upon the whole. Perry does not call it altogether a sickly season. The neighbourhood of Brunswick Square is very different from almost all the rest. and take my children. Wingfield considers it very sickly except-"Ah! my poor dear child. Mr. but not to the degree you mention. to live in any other part of the town. or else it is to be attributed to an excellent embrocation of Mr. which we have been applying at times ever since August.-there is hardly any other that I could be satisfied to have my children in: but we are so remarkably airy!--Mr." "It is not very likely." "No. Bates--I will call upon her to-morrow. "I have not heard one inquiry after them. her throat is so much better that I have hardly any uneasiness about it. Wingfield told me that he has never known them more general or heavy--except when it has been quite an influenza. Wingfield's. my dear sir. Either bathing has been of the greatest service to her. I would have spoken to-"You seem to me to have forgotten Mrs.--They are always so pleased to see my children." "That has been a good deal the case.-And that excellent Miss Bates!--such thorough worthy people!-How are they. that in London it is always a sickly season."Oh! my dear sir. I own. the truth is. Good old Mrs. but not so heavy as he has very often known them in November. I do not know that Mr. my dear. nobody can be." "Oh! the good Bateses--I am quite ashamed of myself--but you mention them in most of your letters. Our part of London is very superior to most others!--You must not confound us with London in general. pretty well. But poor Mrs." said Emma. my dear. Nobody is healthy in London. We are so very airy! I should be unwilling. Wingfield thinks . sir?" "Why. Bates had a bad cold about a month ago.

that he did not believe he had ever sent us off altogether. "Middling."--exclaimed he hastily--"pray do not concern yourself about my looks." "Ah! my dear. sir. I hope you will think better of their looks to-morrow." turning her eyes with affectionate anxiety towards her husband. John Knightley. my love. that my father does not think you looking well--but I hope it is only from being a little fatigued. and if the children were rather pale before they went to bed." "I did not thoroughly understand what you were telling your brother. excepting those little nervous head-aches and palpitations which I am never entirely free from anywhere. I think Mr. however. at least. "I am sorry to find. she had nothing worse to hear than Isabella's kind inquiry after Jane Fairfax. I trust. that I think you are any of you looking well at present. I am quite well myself. to look after his new estate." "My dear Isabella. Knightley looking ill. it was only because they were a little more tired than usual." "I am sorry to hear you say so. she was at that moment very happy to assist in praising. when forced to give her attention again to her father and sister. Graham's intending to have a bailiff from Scotland. that you had seen Mr. Wingfield told me. my dear. as you know. you are all of you different creatures. you do not look like the same. sir?--Did you speak to me?" cried Mr. and let me look as I chuse. I could have wished. hearing his own name. from their journey and the happiness of coming. Wingfield before you left home. and Jane Fairfax. You make the best of it-but after you have been a week at Hartfield. "about your friend Mr. that you do not think Mr. but I assure you. for I assure you Mr. in such good case." cried Emma. John Knightley very far from looking well.the vicinity of Brunswick Square decidedly the most favourable as to air." "What is the matter. though no great favourite with her in general. What will it answer? Will not the old prejudice be too strong?" And she talked in this way so long and successfully that. it is not like Hartfield. I cannot compliment you. Be satisfied with doctoring and coddling yourself and the children. . Now I cannot say.

and therefore most prominent. Woodhouse. The gruel came and supplied a great deal to be said--much praise and many comments-undoubting decision of its wholesomeness for every constitution. instead of coming here. it did the children a great deal of good. "Our little friend Harriet Smith. It does not bear talking of. and others succeeded of similar moment. shaking his head and fixing his eyes on her with tender concern. You will like Harriet.-"It is so long since I have seen her. but not too thin. the most recent.--but. sir?--I assure you. except now and then for a moment accidentally in town! What happiness it must be to her good old grandmother and excellent aunt. Here was a dangerous opening. "Ah!" said Mr. however. I suppose Colonel and Mrs. but now their daughter is married. and pretty severe Philippics upon the many houses where it was never met with tolerable. amiable Jane Fairfax!" said Mrs. among the failures which the daughter had to instance." "I am most happy to hear it--but only Jane Fairfax one knows to be so very accomplished and superior!--and exactly Emma's age. She would be such a delightful companion for Emma. Woodhouse agreed to it all." Mr. when she comes to visit them! I always regret excessively on dear Emma's account that she cannot be more at Highbury. After an interval of some minutes."That sweet." "But why should you be sorry." . thin. unfortunately. "I shall always be very sorry that you went to the sea this autumn. however. but added. she had never been able to get any thing tolerable. and that a silent rumination might suffice to restore him to the relish of his own smooth gruel. Emma could not have a better companion than Harriet. Often as she had wished for and ordered it. "Ah! there is no end of the sad consequences of your going to South End.--The ejaculation in Emma's ear expressed. John Knightley. a young woman hired for the time. and passed away with similar harmony. but the evening did not close without a little return of agitation." And for a little while she hoped he would not talk of it. Campbell will not be able to part with her at all. who never had been able to understand what she meant by a basin of nice smooth gruel. was in her own cook at South End. is just such another pretty kind of young person." This topic was discussed very happily. he began with.

added. but indeed it is quite a mistake." . A fine open sea." "You should have gone to Cromer."And. This is just what Perry said.--We all had our health perfectly well there. sir. if you must go to the sea. better stay in London altogether than travel forty miles to get into a worse air. and if one is to travel. it had better not have been to South End. And. South End is an unhealthy place. and I am sure he may be depended on. he says. instead of forty." said he. and when he had reached such a point as this.--Better not move at all. moreover.--An hundred miles.--only consider how great it would have been. Perry was surprized to hear you had fixed upon South End. and very pure air. my dear sir. in a voice of very strong displeasure. she could not wonder at her brother-in-law's breaking out. I hope. I should be as willing to prefer Cromer to South End as he could himself. Why does he make it any business of his. Perry can tell me how to convey a wife and five children a distance of an hundred and thirty miles with no greater expense or inconvenience than a distance of forty. where health is at stake. never found the least inconvenience from the mud. You should have consulted Perry." "Ah! my dear. and his own brother and family have been there repeatedly. to wonder at what I do?-at my taking my family to one part of the coast or another?--I may be allowed. the use of my judgment as well as Mr. "Mr. and Mr." He paused-and growing cooler in a moment. my dear. perhaps. and he holds it to be the best of all the sea-bathing places. nothing else should be considered. "If Mr." "But. you might have had lodgings there quite away from the sea--a quarter of a mile off--very comfortable.-I want his directions no more than his drugs. if you went anywhere. "would do as well to keep his opinion till it is asked for." "I know there is such an idea with many people. Wingfield says it is entirely a mistake to suppose the place unhealthy. there is not much to chuse between forty miles and an hundred. for he thoroughly understands the nature of the air. as Perry says." Emma's attempts to stop her father had been vain. the difference of the journey.-Perry was a week at Cromer once. It seemed to him a very ill-judged measure. Perry. Perry. by what I understand. with only sarcastic dryness.

Mr. . but that the days did not pass so swiftly. but as his son and daughter's carriage and horses were actually at Hartfield." Mr." cried Mr. Volume One Chapter Thirteen There could hardly be a happier creature in the world than Mrs. and out of the house too. Harriet. Woodhouse was persuaded to think it a possible thing in preference to a division of the party. they must all dine at Randalls one day. he would have made a difficulty if he could. it hardly amounted to a doubt. In general their evenings were less engaged with friends than their mornings. in being much too short. Woodhouse's habits and inclination being consulted in every thing. prevented any renewal of it. How they were all to be conveyed. and Mr. and you shall give me your opinion. with most ready interposition-"very true. I should not attempt it. . John Knightley. Weston would take no denial. been attributing many of his own feelings and expressions. She had nothing to wish otherwise. I shall see you at the Abbey to-morrow morning I hope. he was not able to make more than a simple question on that head. and the immediate alertness of one brother.--even Mr. in this short visit to Hartfield. will be to turn to our maps. Mr. Knightley. their own especial set. Elton. That's a consideration indeed. Woodhouse was rather agitated by such harsh reflections on his friend Perry. in fact. and talking over what she had done every evening with her father and sister. but if you call to mind exactly the present line of the path. . and better recollections of the other. as to what I was telling you of my idea of moving the path to Langham. there was no avoiding. nor did it occupy Emma long to convince him that they might in one of the carriages find room for Harriet also. as well as the numbers few. of turning it more to the right that it may not cut through the home meadows. were the only persons invited to meet them."True.--But John. however. The only way of proving it. though at Christmas. and then we will look them over. if it were to be the means of inconvenience to the Highbury people.-but the soothing attentions of his daughters gradually removed the present evil. going about every morning among her old acquaintance with her five children.--the hours were to be early. true. I cannot conceive any difficulty. but one complete dinner engagement. Knightley. It was a delightful visit.--perfect. . Mr. to whom he had. though unconsciously.

but for her own earnest wish of being nursed by Mrs. Perry was talked of. Goddard's unavoidable absences. that he might carry some report of her to Hartfield-they were overtaken by Mr. and had often alarmed her with them. she added soon afterwards--as if quite another subject. and she was sorry to find from Mrs. John Knightley returning from the daily visit to Donwell. "A sore-throat!--I hope not infectious. Emma was just describing the nature of her friend's complaint. who was not really at all frightened herself. and found her doom already signed with regard to Randalls. Woodhouse should dine out. They joined company and proceeded together. Elton's would be depressed when he knew her state. Has Perry seen her? Indeed you should take care of yourself as well as of your friend. on the 24th of December) had been spent by Harriet at Hartfield. Goddard that Harriet was liable to very bad sore-throats. . a quick. and seemed to ensure a quick despatch of the roast mutton and rice pudding they were hastening home for." Mr. on the rumour of considerable illness. though she could not speak of her loss without many tears. Goddard's door. She was very feverish and had a bad sore throat: Mrs. Emma sat with her as long as she could. but as there must still remain a degree of uneasiness which she could not wish to reason away. glowing faces shewed all the benefit of a country run. and she had gone home so much indisposed with a cold. &c. and of their all missing her very much. I hope not of a putrid infectious sort. Goddard was full of care and affection. Mr. with a great deal of heat about her. and as they walked on slowly together in conversation about the invalid-of whom he. Goddard's experience and care.The evening before this great event (for it was a very great event that Mr. which she would rather feed and assist than not. and raise her spirits by representing how much Mr. when she was met by Mr. Elton himself. that. and Harriet herself was too ill and low to resist the authority which excluded her from this delightful engagement. low pulse. She had not advanced many yards from Mrs. Elton looked all alarm on the occasion. to attend her in Mrs. Why does not Perry see her?" Emma. Let me entreat you to run no risks. Emma called on her the next day. Emma could not have allowed her to leave the house. and left her at last tolerably comfortable. in the sweet dependence of his having a most comfortless visit. evidently coming towards it.-"a throat very much inflamed. with his two eldest boys. tranquillised this excess of apprehension by assurances of Mrs. Goddard. had been going to inquire. as he exclaimed. whose healthy.

" . too eager and busy in her own previous conceptions and views to hear him impartially.-but Emma. so very cold--and looks and feels so very much like snow. and secured him the power of sending to inquire after Harriet every hour of the evening. amiable. which was exactly the case. Weston. in many men. and does not seem to feel the cold himself. pleasing young man undoubtedly. I do not like to interfere."It is so cold. You appear to me a little hoarse already. upon my word. "You do quite right. and not liking to resist any advice of her's. I should really try not to go out to-day--and dissuade my father from venturing. Weston. and Mrs. never had his smile been stronger. Elton looked as if he did not very well know what answer to make. especially single men. "this is most strange!--After I had got him off so well." said she to herself. Elton actually accepting the offer with much prompt satisfaction. when she found her brother was civilly offering a seat in his carriage. Elton was to go. nor his eyes more exulting than when he next looked at her." and walked on. he had not really the least inclination to give up the visit. Elton. as I know it would be so great a disappointment to Mr. almost their duties. and when you consider what demand of voice and what fatigues to-morrow will bring. was very well satisfied with his muttering acknowledgment of its being "very cold.--"we will make your apologies to Mr. a most valuable. he cannot refuse an invitation. that any thing gives way to it--and this must be the case with Mr." Mr." said she. their dignities. and Mrs. Mr. to chuse to go into company. certainly very cold. but as he has made up his mind. Mr. but still. if the weather were Mr. and Mr. I think it would be no more than common prudence to stay at home and take care of yourself to-night. and never had his broad handsome face expressed more pleasure than at this moment. in your case. I should certainly excuse myself." But hardly had she so spoken. or see him with clear vision. but will not dine alone for her. rejoicing in having extricated him from Randalls. Elton. their employments. What a strange thing love is! he can see ready wit in Harriet. Elton's only objection. "Well. such an inclination-such a passion for dining out--a dinner engagement is so high in the class of their pleasures. that if it were to any other place or with any other party. for though very much gratified by the kind care of such a fair lady. I believe. he must dine out wherever he is asked. It was a done thing. and very much in love with Harriet. But. and leave Harriet ill behind!--Most strange indeed!--But there is.

I think your manners to him encouraging. but you will do well to consider whether it is so or not. and if it never occurred to you before. and what you mean to do. There is such perfect good-temper and good-will in Mr. I speak as a friend. and nothing more." said Mr." "I thank you. Elton and I are very good friends." "Mr.Soon afterwards Mr." and she walked on. John Knightley presently. every feature works." "Yes." replied Emma. Elton. the last thing before he prepared for the happiness of meeting her again." "Me!" she replied with a smile of astonishment. "are you imagining me to be Mr. but I assure you you are quite mistaken. Emma. and one does overlook a great deal." "Mr. Goddard's for news of her fair friend. with some slyness. you may as well take it into consideration now. You had better look about you. and to regulate your behaviour accordingly. Elton in love with me!--What an idea!" "I do not say it is so. Elton as one cannot but value. "but where there is a wish to please. amusing herself in the consideration of the blunders which often arise from a partial knowledge of circumstances. Where a man does his best with only moderate powers. of the mistakes which people of high pretensions to judgment are for ever falling into. After a few minutes of entire silence between them. and he sighed and smiled himself off in a way that left the balance of approbation much in his favour. It is downright labour to him where ladies are concerned. . John Knightley began with-"I never in my life saw a man more intent on being agreeable than Mr. Elton quitted them. when he hoped to be able to give a better report. one ought to overlook. and she could not but do him the justice of feeling that there was a great deal of sentiment in his manner of naming Harriet at parting. Emma. and ascertain what you do. I own. but when he has ladies to please. Elton's manners are not perfect. Mr. in the tone of his voice while assuring her that he should call at Mrs. "he seems to have a great deal of good-will towards you. he will have the advantage over negligent superiority. Elton's object?" "Such an imagination has crossed me. With men he can be rational and unaffected.

however. which tells man. The cold. "must have a very good opinion of himself when he asks people to leave their own fireside. shivering creatures into colder rooms and worse company than they might have had at home. and may not be said and heard again to-morrow. for the sake of coming to see him. without excuse. was severe. and set forward at last most punctually with his eldest daughter in his own carriage. probably with rather thinner clothing than usual. and encounter such a day as this.-here are we setting forward to spend five dull hours in another man's house. and the whole of their drive to the vicarage was spent by him in expressing his discontent. John Knightley did not by any means like. he anticipated nothing in the visit that could be at all worth the purchase. Woodhouse had so completely made up his mind to the visit. were evils. with less apparent consciousness of the weather than either of the others. my love. he seemed to have no idea of shrinking from it. and by the time the second carriage was in motion. to emulate the "Very true. were disagreeables at least. I could not do such a thing. a few flakes of snow were finding their way down. He said no more. in every thing given to his view or his feelings.--four horses and four servants taken out for nothing but to convey five idle. "A man. Mr. The preparing and the going abroad in such weather. which Mr." said he. Going in dismal weather." Emma did not find herself equal to give the pleased assent. to stay at home himself. and the pleasure it was to afford at Randalls to see that it was cold. in defiance of the voice of nature. with nothing to say or to hear that was not said and heard yesterday. He must think himself a most agreeable fellow. It is the greatest absurdity--Actually snowing at this moment!-The folly of not allowing people to be comfortable at home--and the folly of people's not staying comfortably at home when they can! If we were obliged to go out such an evening as this. to return probably in worse. too full of the wonder of his own going. Emma soon saw that her companion was not in the happiest humour. and too well wrapt up to feel it. and keep all under shelter that he can. by any call of duty or business.and not very well pleased with her brother for imagining her blind and ignorant. which no doubt he was in the habit of receiving. what a hardship we should deem it.--and here are we. with the sacrifice of his children after dinner. and the sky had the appearance of being so overcharged as to want only a milder air to produce a very white world in a very short time." . and in want of counsel. setting forward voluntarily. that in spite of the increasing coldness.

I hope. Elton was all obligation and cheerfulness. and his voice was the voice of sentiment as he answered. the carriage turned. Goddard's door." "Yes--I imagined--that is--I did not--" "He has been used to her in these complaints. the sigh which accompanied it was really estimable. it is a most severe cold indeed. but it should have lasted longer. and I hope to-morrow morning will bring us both a more comfortable report. and wrapped herself up. She had sent while dressing. but she had resolution enough to refrain from making any answer at all. spruce. Emma thought with pleasure of some change of subject." Emma smiled and answered--"My visit was of use to the nervous part of her complaint. but not even I can charm away a sore throat. "Much the same-not better. by no means better. she dreaded being quarrelsome. She allowed him to talk. indeed.which must have been usually administered by his travelling companion. and in a voice of the greatest alacrity and enjoyment. Perry has been with her. he was so very cheerful in his civilities indeed. . her heroism reached only to silence. was with them instantly." His face lengthened immediately." "My report from Mrs. Goddard's. black." This was very proper. Mr." said she presently. They arrived. Very much grieved and concerned-I had flattered myself that she must be better after such a cordial as I knew had been given her in the morning. "Oh! no--I am grieved to find--I was on the point of telling you that when I called at Mrs. Such a sad loss to our party to-day!" "Dreadful!--Exactly so. "was not so pleasant as I had hoped--`Not better' was my answer. She could not be complying. and arranged the glasses. that she began to think he must have received a different account of Harriet from what had reached her. and Mr. Elton. the step was let down. which I did the very last thing before I returned to dress. without opening her lips. Mr. and smiling. and the answer had been.--She will be missed every moment. Emma was rather in dismay when only half a minute afterwards he began to speak of other things. as you probably heard. But it is impossible not to feel uneasiness. rather worse. I was told that Miss Smith was not better.

Woodhouse would hardly have ventured had there been much snow on the ground. coolly. Nothing could be pleasanter. How very comfortable they make it." . "and I think we shall have a good deal of it." observed Mr. Weston indeed is much beyond praise. under such circumstances. Elton's spirits for other feelings. and he is exactly what one values." "Yes.) I think I shall certainly have your approbation. At Christmas every body invites their friends about them. Weston's dining-room does not accommodate more than ten comfortably." continued he. that not a breath of air can find its way unpermitted. I would rather. and people think little of even the worst weather. Knightley perhaps. but she was too much astonished now at Mr. Mr. Charming people. I went for only one night. The contrivances of modern days indeed have rendered a gentleman's carriage perfectly complete. and prevent this day's party. they are perhaps the most agreeable of any.--Ha! snows a little I see. Harriet seemed quite forgotten in the expectation of a pleasant party. and could not get away till that very day se'nnight. Elton.-it will be a small party. though Mr. may not quite enter into our feelings. but now it is of no consequence."What an excellent device. I was snowed up at a friend's house once for a week. for Mr." "Christmas weather. from being used to the large parties of London." said he. Weather becomes absolutely of no consequence." At another time Emma might have been amused. "the use of a sheepskin for carriages. "Quite seasonable. Mr. but said only. "We are sure of excellent fires. which it might very possibly have done. "I cannot wish to be snowed up a week at Randalls. (turning with a soft air to Emma. but where small parties are select. "and every thing in the greatest comfort. This is quite the season indeed for friendly meetings. Weston. I think you will agree with me." said John Knightley. and for my part. It is a very cold afternoon--but in this carriage we know nothing of the matter.-Mrs." Mr. so hospitable. fall short by two than exceed by two. and Mrs. John Knightley looked as if he did not comprehend the pleasure.--impossible to feel cold with such precautions. and so fond of society. One is so fenced and guarded from the weather. and extremely fortunate we may think ourselves that it did not begin yesterday.

Mr. the little affairs." "Indeed! (in a tone of wonder and pity. Mr. . Weston had not a lively concern. her touch. of being always interesting and always intelligible. not any one. as they passed through the sweep-gate. her smile. sir--I never dine with any body. and of Emma's being to follow. as to his wife. and half an hour's uninterrupted communication of all those little matters on which the daily happiness of private life depends. Elton must compose his joyous looks.--Mr. Weston was a great favourite. and Mr. in which Mrs. which certainly did not belong to the present half-hour.--Emma only might be as nature prompted. Elton must smile less. and pleasures of her father and herself. and she determined to think as little as possible of Mr. and Mrs. was one of the first gratifications of each. To her it was real enjoyment to be with the Westons." replied John Knightley. arrangements. John Knightley disperse his ill-humour. perplexities. "will be to find myself safe at Hartfield again. Woodhouse had been safely seated long enough to give the history of it. Well. Weston. or of any thing else unpleasant. her voice was grateful to Emma.) I had no idea that the law had been so great a slavery. besides all the history of his own and Isabella's coming. The misfortune of Harriet's cold had been pretty well gone through before her arrival." "My first enjoyment. and had indeed just got to the end of his satisfaction that James should come and see his daughter. and enjoy all that was enjoyable to the utmost. and shew herself just as happy as she was. to fit them for the place. and there was not a creature in the world to whom she spoke with such unreserve. and Mr. John Knightley more." Volume One Chapter Fourteen Some change of countenance was necessary for each gentleman as they walked into Mrs. Weston's drawing-room. when you will have little labour and great enjoyment. when the others appeared. This was a pleasure which perhaps the whole day's visit might not afford. sir. but the very sight of Mrs. Mr. who had been almost wholly engrossed by her attentions to him. the time must come when you will be paid for all this."I know nothing of the large parties of London. She could tell nothing of Hartfield. Weston. was able to turn away and welcome her dear Emma. to whom she related with such conviction of being listened to and understood. Elton's oddities.

Elton. Weston. which always interested her. while feeling very cross--and of thinking that the rest of the visit could not . Weston did think of it. he was the very person to suit her in age. a decided intention of finding him pleasant. Frank Churchill. Mr. and at last would begin admiring her drawings with so much zeal and so little knowledge as seemed terribly like a would-be lover. character and condition. and for Harriet's. to give up a situation which she believed more replete with good than any she could change it for. she was very strongly persuaded. would be so interested about her father. Instead of forgetting him. and Mrs. The difficulty was great of driving his strange insensibility towards Harriet. but before she could quiet Mr. Elton's civilities were dreadfully ill-timed. of being liked by him to a certain degree." and "Frank. Weston was giving some information about his son. there was something in the name." and "my son. For her own sake she could not be rude. and a sort of pleasure in the idea of their being coupled in their friends' imaginations. she was even positively civil. and though not meaning to be induced by him. and so delighted with Mrs. but it was an effort. she heard the words "my son. and made it some effort with her to preserve her good manners. quite to belong to her. Elton for a while made her rather sorry to find. from her mind. and. she had a great curiosity to see him." repeated several times over. while he not only sat at her elbow. She could not but suppose it to be a match that every body who knew them must think of. but was continually obtruding his happy countenance on her notice. it so happened that in spite of Emma's resolution of never marrying. Elton's nonsense. That Mr. Now.Emma's project of forgetting Mr. or by any body else. in the hope that all would yet turn out right. She had frequently thought--especially since his father's marriage with Miss Taylor--that if she were to marry. in the most overpowering period of Mr. the subject was so completely past that any reviving question from her would have been awkward. and solicitously addressing her upon every occasion. especially as something was going on amongst the others. which she particularly wished to listen to. from a few other half-syllables very much suspected that he was announcing an early visit from his son. With such sensations. in the idea of Mr. that he was close to her. She heard enough to know that Mr. He seemed by this connexion between the families. his behaviour was such that she could not avoid the internal suggestion of "Can it really be as my brother imagined? can it be possible for this man to be beginning to transfer his affections from Harriet to me?--Absurd and insufferable!"-Yet he would be so anxious for her being perfectly warm. but she had the comfort of appearing very polite. when they had all taken their places.

The case. has a particular dislike to: and though it is thought necessary to invite them once in two or three years. If they are not put off. and has been so little used to them at Hartfield. and fully assented to his proposition of Mr. Miss Smith. Elton. and my son--and then I should say we were quite complete. but that she thinks there will be another put-off. There are secrets in all families. But now I have no doubt of seeing him here about the second week in January. that a party of friends are invited to pay a visit at Enscombe in January. they always are put off when it comes to the point. and who (between ourselves) are sometimes to be pleased only by a good many sacrifices. at dinner. but he cannot command his own time. I believe you did not hear me telling the others in the drawing-room that we are expecting Frank. you know)--The case is. she would be. I had a letter from him this morning. that she must be almost as happy as yourself.--So it proved. She does not depend upon his coming so much as I do: but she does not know the parties so well as I do. But I know they will. Weston is so anxious to be acquainted with him. "He has been wanting to come to us.--your pretty little friend. and that Frank's coming depends upon their being put off. "We want only two more to be just the right number. he cannot stir. at Enscombe. and seated by Mr. Frank Churchill and Miss Smith making their party quite complete. I have not the smallest doubt of the issue. I should like to see two more here. "ever since September: every letter has been full of it. of some consequence. I am as confident of seeing Frank here before the middle of January. He has those to please who must be pleased. Weston. from the open-hearted Mr. and he will be with us within a fortnight." continued Mr. is--(but this is quite between ourselves: I did not mention a syllable of it in the other room. to say to her. Weston. the very first leisure from the saddle of mutton. that she cannot .-for when happily released from Mr." "What a very great pleasure it will be to you! and Mrs. as I am of being here myself: but your good friend there (nodding towards the upper end of the table) has so few vagaries herself." "Yes. you see." Emma spoke with a very proper degree of pleasure. he made use of the very first interval in the cares of hospitality.possibly pass without bringing forward the same information again. or the substance of it. because it is a family that a certain lady. Weston.

Weston." "Oh." "My Emma!" replied Mrs. Weston. I am very much afraid that it will all end in nothing. Mrs. in my opinion. "what is the certainty of caprice?" Then turning to Isabella.calculate on their effects. Churchill rules at Enscombe. I shall think so too." Emma liked the subject so well. she has no more heart than a stone to people in general. every body knows Mrs. If you think he will come. I dare say. and expecting every thing to be as she likes). It depends entirely upon his aunt's spirits and pleasure. and the devil of a temper. Mr. that she knew the first meeting must be rather alarming. I cannot be so sanguine as Mr. Knightley. though I would not say it to any body else. Frank Churchill. my dear Mrs. which I imagine to be the most certain thing in the world. depends upon her being willing to spare him. And it is no small credit. Churchill. that we are by no means so sure of seeing Mr. To you--to my two daughters--I may venture on the truth.--She is an odd woman!--But I never allow myself to speak ill of her. must be dreadful. and is a very odd-tempered woman. "but am disposed to side with you. to him." replied Isabella: "and I am sure I never think of that poor young man without the greatest compassion." "I am sorry there should be any thing like doubt in the case. but added. very soon after their moving into the drawing-room: wishing her joy-yet observing. in short." "Yes--I have some right to that knowledge. who had not been attending before--"You must know. as I have been long in the practice of doing. that she should be very glad to be secure of undergoing the anxiety of a first meeting at the time talked of: "for I cannot depend upon his coming. upon her temper.-Mrs. I used to think she was not capable of being fond of any body. that he should excite such an affection. for you know Enscombe. Weston. though I have never been at the place in my life. as his father thinks. has been telling you exactly how the matter stands?" "Yes--it seems to depend upon nothing but the ill-humour of Mrs. to Mrs. To be constantly living with an ill-tempered person. Weston. Mrs. for I do believe her to be very fond of him. It is what we . on Frank's account. Weston agreed to it. Mr. Churchill. that she began upon it. Churchill." replied Emma. and his coming now. Weston. in my opinion. except herself: but she has always been kind to him (in her way--allowing for little whims and caprices. for. smiling.

but Enscombe. She should then have heard more: Mrs. Weston were less sanguine. Even if this family. but one cannot comprehend a young man's being under such restraint. may be teazed. how unhappy she would have made them!" Emma wished she had been alone with Mrs. excepting those views on the young man. There is jealousy. Weston would speak to her. and every delay makes one more apprehensive of other delays. "One ought to use the same caution. as not to be able to spend a week with his father. but it must be a life of misery. are put off. and kept at a distance from those she wants to be with. What a blessing. To be sitting long after dinner." . Woodhouse very soon followed them into the drawing-room. Weston. Emma found an opportunity of saying. if she fall into bad hands. but I am sure there is a great wish on the Churchills' to keep him to themselves. of which her own imagination had already given her such instinctive knowledge. and one can hardly conceive a young man's not having it in his power to do as much as that. I cannot bear to imagine any reluctance on his side. They are jealous even of his regard for his father. certainly must not be judged by general rules: she is so very unreasonable." "He ought to come. would scarcely try to conceal any thing relative to the Churchills from her. and I wish Mr. perhaps. if he likes it. I can feel no dependence on his coming. The introduction must be unpleasant. whenever it takes place. I am sorry for it. Neither wine nor conversation was any thing to him. the Braithwaites. Mr. "And so you do not consider this visit from your son as by any means certain. and know the ways of the family." "Yes. I am still afraid that some excuse may be found for disappointing us." replied Mrs. I believe. A young woman. she really believed. was a confinement that he could not endure. and every thing gives way to her. and.happily have never known any thing of. "If he could stay only a couple of days. in judging of the conduct of any one individual of any one family." said Emma. with a degree of unreserve which she would not hazard with Isabella. In short. that she never had any children! Poor little creatures. he ought to come. But at present there was nothing more to be said. and gladly did he move to those with whom he was always comfortable." "One ought to be at Enscombe. While he talked to Isabella. before one decides upon what he can do. and the sooner it could be over. however. the better. Weston.

in good spirits too. unless he comes. Elton. on which she is beyond his reach. since their being at Randalls?-he felt much anxiety--he must confess that the nature of her complaint alarmed him considerably. "Did she know?--had she heard any thing about her. seated himself between them." "He may have a great deal of influence on some points. Weston. that while she makes no sacrifice for the comfort of the husband. Weston and Emma were sitting together on a sofa. Mrs. I have no doubt of his having. and." Volume One Chapter Fifteen Mr. Churchill. and on his making Harriet his very first subject. with your sweet temper. according to my idea of Mrs. to whom she owes nothing at all. was willing to forget his late improprieties. "I shall not be satisfied. and be as well satisfied with him as before. was ready to listen with most friendly smiles. to understand a bad one." continued Mrs. but it may be perfectly impossible for him to know beforehand when it will be. very little: and among those. . Mr. in very good spirits. may be this very circumstance of his coming away from them to visit us. or to lay down rules for it: you must let it go its own way. Woodhouse was soon ready for his tea. amiable friend. Mr. do not pretend. He professed himself extremely anxious about her fair friend-her fair. and when he had drank his tea he was quite ready to go home. "and on others. and no friend to early separations of any sort. while she exercises incessant caprice towards him. Now. from the amusement afforded her mind by the expectation of Mr." And in this style he talked on for some time very properly. and it was as much as his three companions could do. considerable influence. but at last the drawing-room party did receive an augmentation."But she is so fond of the nephew: he is so very great a favourite. He joined them immediately. not much attending to any answer. she should frequently be governed by the nephew." "My dearest Emma. it would be most natural. lovely. to entertain away his notice of the lateness of the hour. with scarcely an invitation. to whom she owes every thing. before the other gentlemen appeared." Emma listened. Weston was chatty and convivial. was one of the first to walk in. Frank Churchill. and then coolly said. Emma. at times. it is but too likely.

than on Harriet's--more anxious that she should escape the infection. and as for herself. "Would not she give him her support?--would not she add her persuasions to his. and though she tried to laugh it off and bring the subject back into its proper course. and then left the sofa. Goddard's till it were certain that Miss Smith's disorder had no infection? He could not be satisfied without a promise-would not she give him her influence in procuring it?" "So scrupulous for others. John Knightley now came into the room from examining the weather. Perry and learnt his opinion. the most contemptible and abominable! and she had difficulty in behaving with temper. Woodhouse: . Mrs. and opened on them all with the information of the ground being covered with snow." Emma saw Mrs. and felt that it must be great. She had not time to know how Mr. at an address which. She could only give him a look. She was vexed. she was too much provoked and offended to have the power of directly saying any thing to the purpose. than that there should be no infection in the complaint. an inconstancy. concluding with these words to Mr. It did appear--there was no concealing it--exactly like the pretence of being in love with her. But at last there seemed a perverse turn. removing to a seat by her sister. He turned to Mrs. and giving her all her attention. was assuming to himself the right of first interest in her. Weston?--Judge between us. He began with great earnestness to entreat her to refrain from visiting the sick-chamber again. Weston's surprize. to induce Miss Woodhouse not to go to Mrs." he continued. "and yet so careless for herself! She wanted me to nurse my cold by staying at home to-day.but altogether sufficiently awake to the terror of a bad sore throat. Have not I some right to complain? I am sure of your kind support and aid. and Emma was quite in charity with him. there was no putting an end to his extreme solicitude about her. with a strong drifting wind. so rapidly did another subject succeed. Is this fair. instead of Harriet. and of its still snowing fast. Elton took the reproof. for Mr. and yet will not promise to avoid the danger of catching an ulcerated sore throat herself. it seemed all at once as if he were more afraid of its being a bad sore throat on her account. for the present--to entreat her to promise him not to venture into such hazard till he had seen Mr. Weston to implore her assistance. if real. in words and manner. but it was such a look as she thought must restore him to his senses.

but every body else had something to say. which she hardly knew how to do. He wished the road might be impassable. with triumph of a different sort. The horror of being blocked up at Randalls. Something new for your coachman and horses to be making their way through a storm of snow. His eldest daughter's alarm was equal to his own. and all that he could say for some time. every body was either surprized or not surprized. and of James. that her father and Emma should remain at Randalls. Woodhouse uncomfortable. Another hour or two's snow can hardly make the road impassable. and had some question to ask. "I admired your resolution very much. that with a little contrivance. Mrs. and with the utmost good-will was sure that accommodation might be found for every body. and of their having so many friends about them. "What is to be done. I dare say we shall be all safe at Hartfield before midnight. every body might be lodged. Woodhouse's first exclamation. that he might be able to keep them all at Randalls. . Weston and Emma tried earnestly to cheer him and turn his attention from his son-in-law. I admired your spirit." said he. sir. my dear Emma?--what is to be done?" was Mr. or some comfort to offer. and be an excuse for his hurrying away. Weston. Every body must have seen the snow coming on. while she and her husband set forward instantly through all the possible accumulations of drifted snow that might impede them. he was afraid they would find no difficulty. from the consciousness of there being but two spare rooms in the house. "in venturing out in such weather. but had not said a word. and her assurances of safety. and we are two carriages. To her he looked for comfort. that was a mere joke. was confessing that he had known it to be snowing some time. and I dare say we shall get home very well. while her children were at Hartfield. lest it should make Mr. and fancying the road to be now just passable for adventurous people. was full in her imagination."This will prove a spirited beginning of your winter engagements. her representation of the excellence of the horses. who was pursuing his triumph rather unfeelingly. revived him a little." Poor Mr. As to there being any quantity of snow fallen or likely to fall to impede their return. for of course you saw there would be snow very soon. calling on his wife to agree with him." Mr. Woodhouse was silent from consternation. she was eager to have it settled. but in a state that admitted no delay. if one is blown over in the bleak part of the common field there will be the other at hand. sir.

" "Indeed!" replied he." said she. Walk home!--you are prettily shod for walking home. It will be bad enough for the horses. and told them that he had been out of doors to examine. came back again. Knightley and Emma settled it in a few brief sentences: thus-"Your father will not be easy. I am not at all afraid. and they were scarcely less acceptable to Emma on her father's account. He had gone beyond the sweep-some way along the Highbury road--the snow was nowhere above half an inch deep--in many places hardly enough to whiten the ground. but no assurances could convince him that it was safe to stay. who was immediately set as much at ease on the subject as his nervous constitution allowed. He had seen the coachmen. Weston for her approbation of the plan. Isabella then went to Emma. and if we do come to any thing very bad. if the others are. my love. and while the others were variously urging and recommending. but the alarm that had been raised could not be appeased so as to admit of any comfort for him while he continued at Randalls. Mrs. and they were still discussing the point. I should not mind walking half the way. and there was every appearance of its being soon over. the relief of such tidings was very great. I could change my shoes. why do not you go?" "I am ready. and it is not the sort of thing that gives me cold. if we set off directly. I dare say. whenever they liked it. either now or an hour hence. Weston could only approve. I can get out and walk." Isabella turned to Mrs. Mr."You had better order the carriage directly. it is the most extraordinary sort of thing in the world. To Isabella. and could answer for there not being the smallest difficulty in their getting home. He was satisfied of there being no present danger in returning home." "Shall I ring the bell?" "Yes. do. Knightley. my dear Isabella. but the clouds were parting. you know. a very few flakes were falling at present. but Emma could not so entirely give up the hope of their being all able to get away. who had left the room immediately after his brother's first report of the snow. and they both agreed with him in there being nothing to apprehend. for in general every thing does give you cold. "Then." . when Mr. the moment I got home. "I dare say we shall be able to get along.

on being escorted and followed into the second carriage by Mr. he would go on. hoping--fearing--adoring--ready to die if she refused him. and given a charge to go very slow and wait for the other carriage. Weston. but not all that either could say could prevent some renewal of alarm at the sight of the snow which had actually fallen. Knightley and Mr. Elton actually making violent love to her: availing himself of the precious opportunity. John Knightley. But now. and the three-quarters of a mile would have seemed but one. scarcely had they passed the sweep-gate and joined the other carriage. to get sober and cool. that the door was to be lawfully shut on them. previous to the suspicions of this very day. and say it all. To restrain him as much as might be. He did not know what they had best do. than she found her subject cut up--her hand seized--her attention demanded. stept in after his wife very naturally. but vainly. and that they were to have a tete-a-tete drive. so that Emma found." and James was talked to. declaring sentiments which must be already well known. It would not have been the awkwardness of a moment. and felt sure that he would want to be talking nonsense. and therefore could hope that it might belong only to the passing hour. The carriage came: and Mr. but flattering himself that his ardent attachment and unequalled love and unexampled passion could not fail of having some effect. and Mr. she was immediately preparing to speak with exquisite calmness and gravity of the weather and the night. Angry as she was. Weston's good wine. They must keep as much together as they could. Without scruple--without apology-without much apparent diffidence. She felt that half this folly must be drunkenness. She believed he had been drinking too much of Mr. forgetting that he did not belong to their party. A few minutes more. and the other recover his temper and happiness when this visit of hardship were over. was professing himself her lover. and Emma hoped to see one troublesome companion deposited in his own house. she could have talked to him of Harriet. but scarcely had she begun. He was afraid poor Isabella would not like it. always the first object on such occasions. She tried to stop him. was carefully attended to his own by Mr. And there would be poor Emma in the carriage behind. Woodhouse. Mr. the thought of the moment made her resolve to restrain herself when she did speak. by her own manners. and the carriages spoken for. the lover of Harriet. Isabella stept in after her father. and in short. it would have been rather a pleasure. Elton. she would rather it had not happened. . and the discovery of a much darker night than he had been prepared for. Elton. very much resolved on being seriously accepted as soon as possible. "He was afraid they should have a very bad drive.And the bell was rung. It really was so.

and I will endeavour to forget it. sir. or of Harriet. indeed!--Oh! Miss Woodhouse! who can think of Miss Smith. . Elton. "Mr. her own wishes have misled her. such boastful pretence of amazement. to Miss Smith--such attentions as I have been in the daily habit of observing--to be addressing me in this manner--this is an unsteadiness of character. and having warmly protested against her suspicion as most injurious. as I have witnessed during the last month. Elton had only drunk wine enough to elevate his spirits. in such a manner. indeed. "I am very much astonished. from gratified in being the object of such professions.Accordingly. Miss Smith. and I am very sorry--extremely sorry--But. Every thing that I have said or done. Mr. but as your friend. You have made yourself too clear. As she thought less of his inebriety. Command yourself enough to say no more. you are not yourself. This to me! you forget yourself-you take me for my friend--any message to Miss Smith I shall be happy to deliver. which I had not supposed possible! Believe me. replied. but as your friend: never cared whether she were dead or alive. very far. that she could not help replying with quickness. my astonishment is much beyond any thing I can express. she thought more of his inconstancy and presumption. this is the most extraordinary conduct! and I can account for it only in one way. or you could not speak either to me.-but acknowledging his wonder that Miss Smith should be mentioned at all. which she hoped would best suit his half and half state. If she has fancied otherwise." But Mr. if you please." "Miss Smith!--message to Miss Smith!--What could she possibly mean!"-And he repeated her words with such assurance of accent. Elton. upon my honour. she replied. I have thought only of you. Elton." "Good Heaven!" cried Mr. and was very urgent for a favourable answer. He perfectly knew his own meaning. "what can be the meaning of this?-Miss Smith!--I never thought of Miss Smith in the whole course of my existence--never paid her any attentions. After such behaviour. when Miss Woodhouse is near! No. there is no unsteadiness of character. Elton. and with fewer struggles for politeness. not at all to confuse his intellects. "It is impossible for me to doubt any longer. but no more of this to me.--he resumed the subject of his own passion. I protest against having paid the smallest attention to any one else. Mr. with a mixture of the serious and the playful. I am far. and slightly touched upon his respect for Miss Smith as her friend.

doubt it. not being aware. seriously. I think seriously of Miss Smith!--Miss Smith is a very good sort of girl. sir.for many weeks past. You cannot really. madam. till this moment. . there are men who might not object to--Every body has their level: but as for myself. I have seen you only as the admirer of my friend. any more than myself. Elton's sanguine state of mind. my visits to Hartfield have been for yourself only. on hearing this-which of all her unpleasant sensations was uppermost. I am not. as it is. no doubt.) gave me great pleasure. Am I to believe that you have never sought to recommend yourself particularly to Miss Smith?--that you have never thought seriously of her?" "Never. No!--(in an accent meant to be insinuating)--I am sure you have seen and understood me. "it confesses no such thing. affronted in his turn: "never. Had the same behaviour continued. quite so much at a loss. It confesses that you have long understood me. has been with the sole view of marking my adoration of yourself. as to be addressing myself to Miss Smith!-No. Miss Smith might have been led into a misconception of your views. I have been in a most complete error with respect to your views. In no other light could you have been more to me than a common acquaintance. I wish her extremely well: and." cried Emma. As to myself. you have been entirely mistaken in supposing it. it appeared." It would be impossible to say what Emma felt. I need not so totally despair of an equal alliance. probably. and I have been very earnestly wishing you success: but had I supposed that she were not your attraction to Hartfield. and the encouragement I received--" "Encouragement!--I give you encouragement!--Sir. But. of the very great inequality which you are so sensible of. and I should be happy to see her respectably settled. So far from having long understood you." cried he. as he joyously exclaimed-"Charming Miss Woodhouse! allow me to interpret this interesting silence. he tried to take her hand again. I think. I assure you. I am very sorry that you should have been giving way to any feelings-Nothing could be farther from my wishes--your attachment to my friend Harriet--your pursuit of her. (pursuit. I am exceedingly sorry: but it is well that the mistake ends where it does. She was too completely overpowered to be immediately able to reply: and two moments of silence being ample encouragement for Mr." "No. I should certainly have thought you judged ill in making your visits so frequent. madam.

and mutually deep mortification." He was too angry to say another word. I trust. but their straightforward emotions left no room for the little zigzags of embarrassment. could the effects of her blunders have been confined to herself. Every part of it brought pain and humiliation.--It was a wretched business indeed!--Such an overthrow of every thing she had been wishing for!--Such a development of every thing most unwelcome!--Such a blow for Harriet!--that was the worst of all. there would have been desperate awkwardness. The compliment was just returned. and in this state of swelling resentment. of some sort or other. except herself. will not be lasting. and so particularly solicitous for the comfort of her father. or when it stopped. and there it seemed as if her return only were wanted to make every thing go well: for Mr. was now all kindness and attention. she was then conveyed to Hartfield. for the fears of Mr. and the day was concluding in peace and comfort to all their little party. than she actually was. and it needed a very strong effort to appear attentive and cheerful till the usual hour of separating allowed her the relief of quiet reflection.--Emma then felt it indispensable to wish him a good night. coldly and proudly. and he was out before another syllable passed. ashamed of his ill-humour. He might have doubled his presumption to me-but poor Harriet!" . at the door of his house. There she was welcomed. compared with the evil to Harriet.--But her mind had never been in such perturbation. Without knowing when the carriage turned into Vicarage Lane. by her father. as to seem--if not quite ready to join him in a basin of gruel--perfectly sensible of its being exceedingly wholesome. and the maid sent away. who had been trembling for the dangers of a solitary drive from Vicarage Lane--turning a corner which he could never bear to think of-and in strange hands--a mere common coachman--no James. and Emma sat down to think and be miserable. with the utmost delight. and. and she would gladly have submitted to feel yet more mistaken-more in error--more disgraced by mis-judgment. Volume One Chapter Sixteen The hair was curled. I have no thoughts of matrimony at present. all at once. and. they had to continue together a few minutes longer. If there had not been so much anger. John Knightley. "If I had not persuaded Harriet into liking the man. I could have borne any thing.the disappointment is single. but. all was light. under indescribable irritation of spirits. Woodhouse had confined them to a foot-pace. her manner too decided to invite supplication. they found themselves.

or fancy any tone of voice. Mr. Elton would never marry indiscreetly. less allied with real love. for the first start of its possibility. suspected it to mean any thing but grateful respect to her as Harriet's friend. His manners. but. she supposed. Elton's wanting to pay his addresses to her had sunk him in her opinion. especially of late. of knowledge. for an instant. and was insulted by his hopes. very full of his own claims. of taste. assuming. the caution he had given. It was dreadfully mortifying. proud. She need not trouble herself to pity him. He wanted to marry well. pretended to be in love. The picture!--How eager he had been about the picture!-and the charade!--and an hundred other circumstances. conceited. Sighs and fine words had been given in abundance. To be sure. as one proof among others that he had not always lived in the best society. dubious. must have been unmarked. but it was all confusion. but she was perfectly easy as to his not suffering any disappointment that need be cared for. She remembered what Mr.-how clearly they had seemed to point at Harriet. and blushed to think how much truer a knowledge of his character had been there shewn than any she had reached herself. but Mr. . the charade. Knightley had once said to her about Mr. the very reverse of what she had meant and believed him. as a mere error of judgment. Who could have seen through such thick-headed nonsense? Certainly she had often. and little concerned about the feelings of others. To Mr. with its "ready wit"--but then the "soft eyes"-in fact it suited neither. wavering. till this very day. There had been no real affection either in his language or manners. She thought nothing of his attachment. Elton was proving himself. There was no denying that those brothers had penetration. Elton. however.How she could have been so deceived!--He protested that he had never thought seriously of Harriet--never! She looked back as well as she could. but she could hardly devise any set of expressions. it was a jumble without taste or truth. Contrary to the usual course of things. His professions and his proposals did him no service. the conviction he had professed that Mr. She had taken up the idea. but it had passed as his way. that with all the gentleness of his address. she had never. and having the arrogance to raise his eyes to her. true elegance was sometimes wanting. or she could not have been so misled. in many respects. thought his manners to herself unnecessarily gallant. and made every thing bend to it. John Knightley was she indebted for her first idea on the subject.

but their fortune. The landed property of Hartfield certainly was inconsiderable. like Mr. He must know that the Woodhouses had been settled for several generations at Hartfield. were not quite so easily obtained as he had fancied. Elton. the heiress of thirty thousand pounds. Elton had first entered not two years ago. that evidently must have been his dependence. Perhaps it was not fair to expect him to feel how very much he was her inferior in talent. was such as to make them scarcely secondary to Donwell Abbey itself. and resolved to do such things no more. . as to fancy himself shewing no presumption in addressing her!-It was most provoking. and be so blind to what rose above. or any thing to recommend him to notice but his situation and his civility.He only wanted to aggrandise and enrich himself. without any alliances but in trade. or with ten. it was wrong. in every other kind of consequence.-But he had fancied her in love with him. assuming too much. he would soon try for Miss Somebody else with twenty. being but a sort of notch in the Donwell Abbey estate. and after raving a little about the seeming incongruity of gentle manners and a conceited head. but he must know that in fortune and consequence she was greatly his superior. from other sources. and the Woodhouses had long held a high place in the consideration of the neighbourhood which Mr. to take so active a part in bringing any two people together. to make his way as he could. Emma was obliged in common honesty to stop and admit that her own behaviour to him had been so complaisant and obliging. The very want of such equality might prevent his perception of it. If she had so misinterpreted his feelings. The first error and the worst lay at her door. as (supposing her real motive unperceived) might warrant a man of ordinary observation and delicacy. to which all the rest of Highbury belonged. the younger branch of a very ancient family--and that the Eltons were nobody. meaning (in short). But--that he should talk of encouragement. should have mistaken hers. to marry him!--should suppose himself her equal in connexion or mind!--look down upon her friend. It was adventuring too far. with self-interest to blind him. should consider her as aware of his views. It was foolish. and if Miss Woodhouse of Hartfield. she had little right to wonder that he. so full of courtesy and attention. so well understanding the gradations of rank below him. accepting his attentions. She was quite concerned and ashamed. a trick of what ought to be simple. making light of what ought to be serious. and all the elegancies of mind. in fancying himself a very decided favourite.

. though under temporary gloom at night. were enough to occupy her in most unmirthful reflections some time longer. I was introducing her into good company. Oh! that I had been satisfied with persuading her not to accept young Martin." said she. and must be. It was a great consolation that Mr. and all that poor Harriet would be suffering. and left the rest to time and chance. and of powerful operation. more dispiriting cogitation upon what had been.--William Coxe--Oh! no. That was well done of me. the difficulties of continuing or discontinuing the acquaintance. I could not endure William Coxe-a pert young lawyer. Emma got up on the morrow more disposed for comfort than she had gone to bed. and she went to bed at last with nothing settled but the conviction of her having blundered most dreadfully. and avoiding eclat. and certainly never would have thought of him with hope. and if she were not to feel this disappointment so very much. more ready to see alleviations of the evil before her. if I had not assured her of his attachment. and to depend on getting tolerably out of it. and then resumed a more serious. for she is as modest and humble as I used to think him. She might never have thought of him but for me. her peace is cut up for some time."Here have I." She stopt to blush and laugh at her own relapse. and especially for her father's being given a moment's uneasiness about it. Elton should not be really in love with her. or so particularly amiable as to make it shocking to disappoint him--that Harriet's nature should not be of that superior sort in which the feelings are most acute and retentive-and that there could be no necessity for any body's knowing what had passed except the three principals. The youth and cheerfulness of morning are in happy analogy. with the awkwardness of future meetings. they will be sure to open to sensations of softened pain and brighter hope. concealing resentment. I am sure I have not an idea of any body else who would be at all desirable for her. The distressing explanation she had to make to Harriet. the return of day will hardly fail to bring return of spirits. "actually talked poor Harriet into being very much attached to this man. There I was quite right. of subduing feelings. I ought not to have attempted more. and might be. and giving her the opportunity of pleasing some one worth having. But now. and if the distress be not poignant enough to keep the eyes unclosed. To youth and natural cheerfulness like Emma's. I have been but half a friend to her. but there I should have stopped. poor girl.

. there was still such an evil hanging over her in the hour of explanation with Harriet. it was very pleasant to have her father so well satisfied with his being all alone in his own house. No intercourse with Harriet possible but by note. that his amiableness never failed him during the rest of his stay at Hartfield. which is of all others the most unfriendly for exercise. but for her private perplexities. Elton?" These days of confinement would have been. as such seclusion exactly suited her brother. and to hear him say to Mr.These were very cheering thoughts. and speaking pleasantly of every body. Volume One Chapter Seventeen Mr. It was weather which might fairly confine every body at home. Knightley. whom no weather could keep entirely from them. He was always agreeable and obliging. no church for her on Sunday any more than on Christmas Day. she was for many days a most honourable prisoner. Mr. The ground covered with snow. though Christmas Day. tried to persuade his daughter to stay behind with all her children. besides. why do not you stay at home like poor Mr. whose feelings must always be of great importance to his companions. and though she hoped and believed him to be really taking comfort in some society or other.--which poor Isabella. she could not go to church. and the sight of a great deal of snow on the ground did her further service. remarkably comfortable. and Mrs. as made it impossible for Emma to be ever perfectly at ease. too wise to stir out.-"Ah! Mr. and all the present comfort of delay. and no need to find excuses for Mr. and he had. and Mr. for any thing was welcome that might justify their all three being quite asunder at present. and she was therefore safe from either exciting or receiving unpleasant and most unsuitable ideas. The weather soon improved enough for those to move who must move. and return to his lamentations over the destiny of poor Isabella. was obliged to see the whole party set off. Woodhouse would have been miserable had his daughter attempted it. blind to their faults. Elton's absenting himself. passing her life with those she doated on. The weather was most favourable for her. and the atmosphere in that unsettled state between frost and thaw. and every evening setting in to freeze. Knightley. every morning beginning in rain or snow. Woodhouse having. full of their merits. as usual. so thoroughly cleared off his ill-humour at Randalls. John Knightley were not detained long at Hartfield. But with all the hopes of cheerfulness.

--Her name was not mentioned. ceremonious note. She had not even a share in his opening compliments. Elton to Mr. She had reason to believe her nearly recovered from her cold. and his fears that Mr. to undergo the necessary penance of communication. civil. and a severe one it was. Goddard's accordingly the very next day. from various circumstances of weather and business." Emma was most agreeably surprized. Resentment could not have been more plainly spoken than in a civility to her father. all her prophecies for the last six weeks. to say. where. She went to Mrs. all her observations. She now resolved to keep Harriet no longer in the dark.and always innocently busy. . and such an ill-judged solemnity of leave-taking in his graceful acknowledgments. though not able to give him much credit for the manner in which it was announced. and very much regretted the impossibility he was under. with Mr. Elton's best compliments. and saw nothing extraordinary in his language.-She had to destroy all the hopes which she had been so industriously feeding--to appear in the ungracious character of the one preferred-and acknowledge herself grossly mistaken and mis-judging in all her ideas on one subject. The evening of the very day on which they went brought a note from Mr. could not escape her father's suspicion. should be happy to attend to them. of whose friendly civilities he should ever retain a grateful sense-and had Mr. in compliance with the pressing entreaties of some friends. Woodhouse talked over his alarms.--Her father was quite taken up with the surprize of so sudden a journey. "that he was proposing to leave Highbury the following morning in his way to Bath. however. Woodhouse. She admired him for contriving it. Elton might never get safely to the end of it. It did. Woodhouse any commands.-and there was so striking a change in all this. at first. all her convictions. and Emma was in spirits to persuade them away with all her usual promptitude. might have been a model of right feminine happiness. Woodhouse. Mr. and it was desirable that she should have as much time as possible for getting the better of her other complaint before the gentleman's return. of taking a personal leave of Mr. Elton's absence just at this time was the very thing to be desired. a long. from which she was so pointedly excluded. he had engaged to spend a few weeks. for it supplied them with fresh matter for thought and conversation during the rest of their lonely evening.--Mr. as she thought. It was a very useful note.

The confession completely renewed her first shame--and the sight of Harriet's tears made her think that she should never be in charity with herself again. Harriet bore the intelligence very well--blaming nobody-and in every thing testifying such an ingenuousness of disposition and lowly opinion of herself, as must appear with particular advantage at that moment to her friend. Emma was in the humour to value simplicity and modesty to the utmost; and all that was amiable, all that ought to be attaching, seemed on Harriet's side, not her own. Harriet did not consider herself as having any thing to complain of. The affection of such a man as Mr. Elton would have been too great a distinction.-She never could have deserved him--and nobody but so partial and kind a friend as Miss Woodhouse would have thought it possible. Her tears fell abundantly--but her grief was so truly artless, that no dignity could have made it more respectable in Emma's eyes-and she listened to her and tried to console her with all her heart and understanding--really for the time convinced that Harriet was the superior creature of the two--and that to resemble her would be more for her own welfare and happiness than all that genius or intelligence could do. It was rather too late in the day to set about being simple-minded and ignorant; but she left her with every previous resolution confirmed of being humble and discreet, and repressing imagination all the rest of her life. Her second duty now, inferior only to her father's claims, was to promote Harriet's comfort, and endeavour to prove her own affection in some better method than by match-making. She got her to Hartfield, and shewed her the most unvarying kindness, striving to occupy and amuse her, and by books and conversation, to drive Mr. Elton from her thoughts. Time, she knew, must be allowed for this being thoroughly done; and she could suppose herself but an indifferent judge of such matters in general, and very inadequate to sympathise in an attachment to Mr. Elton in particular; but it seemed to her reasonable that at Harriet's age, and with the entire extinction of all hope, such a progress might be made towards a state of composure by the time of Mr. Elton's return, as to allow them all to meet again in the common routine of acquaintance, without any danger of betraying sentiments or increasing them. Harriet did think him all perfection, and maintained the non-existence of any body equal to him in person or goodness--and did, in truth,

prove herself more resolutely in love than Emma had foreseen; but yet it appeared to her so natural, so inevitable to strive against an inclination of that sort unrequited, that she could not comprehend its continuing very long in equal force. If Mr. Elton, on his return, made his own indifference as evident and indubitable as she could not doubt he would anxiously do, she could not imagine Harriet's persisting to place her happiness in the sight or the recollection of him. Their being fixed, so absolutely fixed, in the same place, was bad for each, for all three. Not one of them had the power of removal, or of effecting any material change of society. They must encounter each other, and make the best of it. Harriet was farther unfortunate in the tone of her companions at Mrs. Goddard's; Mr. Elton being the adoration of all the teachers and great girls in the school; and it must be at Hartfield only that she could have any chance of hearing him spoken of with cooling moderation or repellent truth. Where the wound had been given, there must the cure be found if anywhere; and Emma felt that, till she saw her in the way of cure, there could be no true peace for herself.
Volume One Chapter Eighteen

Mr. Frank Churchill did not come. When the time proposed drew near, Mrs. Weston's fears were justified in the arrival of a letter of excuse. For the present, he could not be spared, to his "very great mortification and regret; but still he looked forward with the hope of coming to Randalls at no distant period." Mrs. Weston was exceedingly disappointed--much more disappointed, in fact, than her husband, though her dependence on seeing the young man had been so much more sober: but a sanguine temper, though for ever expecting more good than occurs, does not always pay for its hopes by any proportionate depression. It soon flies over the present failure, and begins to hope again. For half an hour Mr. Weston was surprized and sorry; but then he began to perceive that Frank's coming two or three months later would be a much better plan; better time of year; better weather; and that he would be able, without any doubt, to stay considerably longer with them than if he had come sooner. These feelings rapidly restored his comfort, while Mrs. Weston, of a more apprehensive disposition, foresaw nothing but a repetition

of excuses and delays; and after all her concern for what her husband was to suffer, suffered a great deal more herself. Emma was not at this time in a state of spirits to care really about Mr. Frank Churchill's not coming, except as a disappointment at Randalls. The acquaintance at present had no charm for her. She wanted, rather, to be quiet, and out of temptation; but still, as it was desirable that she should appear, in general, like her usual self, she took care to express as much interest in the circumstance, and enter as warmly into Mr. and Mrs. Weston's disappointment, as might naturally belong to their friendship. She was the first to announce it to Mr. Knightley; and exclaimed quite as much as was necessary, (or, being acting a part, perhaps rather more,) at the conduct of the Churchills, in keeping him away. She then proceeded to say a good deal more than she felt, of the advantage of such an addition to their confined society in Surry; the pleasure of looking at somebody new; the gala-day to Highbury entire, which the sight of him would have made; and ending with reflections on the Churchills again, found herself directly involved in a disagreement with Mr. Knightley; and, to her great amusement, perceived that she was taking the other side of the question from her real opinion, and making use of Mrs. Weston's arguments against herself. "The Churchills are very likely in fault," said Mr. Knightley, coolly; "but I dare say he might come if he would." "I do not know why you should say so. He wishes exceedingly to come; but his uncle and aunt will not spare him." "I cannot believe that he has not the power of coming, if he made a point of it. It is too unlikely, for me to believe it without proof." "How odd you are! What has Mr. Frank Churchill done, to make you suppose him such an unnatural creature?" "I am not supposing him at all an unnatural creature, in suspecting that he may have learnt to be above his connexions, and to care very little for any thing but his own pleasure, from living with those who have always set him the example of it. It is a great deal more natural than one could wish, that a young man, brought up by those who are proud, luxurious, and selfish, should be proud, luxurious, and selfish too. If Frank Churchill had wanted to see his father, he would have contrived it between September and January. A man at his age--what is he?--three or four-and-twenty--cannot be without the means of doing as much as that. It is impossible."

"That's easily said, and easily felt by you, who have always been your own master. You are the worst judge in the world, Mr. Knightley, of the difficulties of dependence. You do not know what it is to have tempers to manage." "It is not to be conceived that a man of three or four-and-twenty should not have liberty of mind or limb to that amount. He cannot want money--he cannot want leisure. We know, on the contrary, that he has so much of both, that he is glad to get rid of them at the idlest haunts in the kingdom. We hear of him for ever at some watering-place or other. A little while ago, he was at Weymouth. This proves that he can leave the Churchills." "Yes, sometimes he can." "And those times are whenever he thinks it worth his while; whenever there is any temptation of pleasure." "It is very unfair to judge of any body's conduct, without an intimate knowledge of their situation. Nobody, who has not been in the interior of a family, can say what the difficulties of any individual of that family may be. We ought to be acquainted with Enscombe, and with Mrs. Churchill's temper, before we pretend to decide upon what her nephew can do. He may, at times, be able to do a great deal more than he can at others." "There is one thing, Emma, which a man can always do, if he chuses, and that is, his duty; not by manoeuvring and finessing, but by vigour and resolution. It is Frank Churchill's duty to pay this attention to his father. He knows it to be so, by his promises and messages; but if he wished to do it, it might be done. A man who felt rightly would say at once, simply and resolutely, to Mrs. Churchill-`Every sacrifice of mere pleasure you will always find me ready to make to your convenience; but I must go and see my father immediately. I know he would be hurt by my failing in such a mark of respect to him on the present occasion. I shall, therefore, set off to-morrow.'-If he would say so to her at once, in the tone of decision becoming a man, there would be no opposition made to his going." "No," said Emma, laughing; "but perhaps there might be some made to his coming back again. Such language for a young man entirely dependent, to use!--Nobody but you, Mr. Knightley, would imagine it possible. But you have not an idea of what is requisite in situations directly opposite to your own. Mr. Frank Churchill to be making such a speech as that to the uncle and aunt, who have brought him up, and are to provide for him!--Standing up in the middle of the room,

I suppose, and speaking as loud as he could!--How can you imagine such conduct practicable?" "Depend upon it, Emma, a sensible man would find no difficulty in it. He would feel himself in the right; and the declaration--made, of course, as a man of sense would make it, in a proper manner-would do him more good, raise him higher, fix his interest stronger with the people he depended on, than all that a line of shifts and expedients can ever do. Respect would be added to affection. They would feel that they could trust him; that the nephew who had done rightly by his father, would do rightly by them; for they know, as well as he does, as well as all the world must know, that he ought to pay this visit to his father; and while meanly exerting their power to delay it, are in their hearts not thinking the better of him for submitting to their whims. Respect for right conduct is felt by every body. If he would act in this sort of manner, on principle, consistently, regularly, their little minds would bend to his." "I rather doubt that. You are very fond of bending little minds; but where little minds belong to rich people in authority, I think they have a knack of swelling out, till they are quite as unmanageable as great ones. I can imagine, that if you, as you are, Mr. Knightley, were to be transported and placed all at once in Mr. Frank Churchill's situation, you would be able to say and do just what you have been recommending for him; and it might have a very good effect. The Churchills might not have a word to say in return; but then, you would have no habits of early obedience and long observance to break through. To him who has, it might not be so easy to burst forth at once into perfect independence, and set all their claims on his gratitude and regard at nought. He may have as strong a sense of what would be right, as you can have, without being so equal, under particular circumstances, to act up to it." "Then it would not be so strong a sense. If it failed to produce equal exertion, it could not be an equal conviction." "Oh, the difference of situation and habit! I wish you would try to understand what an amiable young man may be likely to feel in directly opposing those, whom as child and boy he has been looking up to all his life." "Our amiable young man is a very weak young man, if this be the first occasion of his carrying through a resolution to do right against the will of others. It ought to have been a habit with him by

this time, of following his duty, instead of consulting expediency. I can allow for the fears of the child, but not of the man. As he became rational, he ought to have roused himself and shaken off all that was unworthy in their authority. He ought to have opposed the first attempt on their side to make him slight his father. Had he begun as he ought, there would have been no difficulty now." "We shall never agree about him," cried Emma; "but that is nothing extraordinary. I have not the least idea of his being a weak young man: I feel sure that he is not. Mr. Weston would not be blind to folly, though in his own son; but he is very likely to have a more yielding, complying, mild disposition than would suit your notions of man's perfection. I dare say he has; and though it may cut him off from some advantages, it will secure him many others." "Yes; all the advantages of sitting still when he ought to move, and of leading a life of mere idle pleasure, and fancying himself extremely expert in finding excuses for it. He can sit down and write a fine flourishing letter, full of professions and falsehoods, and persuade himself that he has hit upon the very best method in the world of preserving peace at home and preventing his father's having any right to complain. His letters disgust me." "Your feelings are singular. They seem to satisfy every body else." "I suspect they do not satisfy Mrs. Weston. They hardly can satisfy a woman of her good sense and quick feelings: standing in a mother's place, but without a mother's affection to blind her. It is on her account that attention to Randalls is doubly due, and she must doubly feel the omission. Had she been a person of consequence herself, he would have come I dare say; and it would not have signified whether he did or no. Can you think your friend behindhand in these sort of considerations? Do you suppose she does not often say all this to herself? No, Emma, your amiable young man can be amiable only in French, not in English. He may be very `aimable,' have very good manners, and be very agreeable; but he can have no English delicacy towards the feelings of other people: nothing really amiable about him." "You seem determined to think ill of him." "Me!--not at all," replied Mr. Knightley, rather displeased; "I do not want to think ill of him. I should be as ready to acknowledge his merits as any other man; but I hear of none, except what are merely personal; that he is well-grown and good-looking, with smooth, plausible manners."

"Well, if he have nothing else to recommend him, he will be a treasure at Highbury. We do not often look upon fine young men, well-bred and agreeable. We must not be nice and ask for all the virtues into the bargain. Cannot you imagine, Mr. Knightley, what a sensation his coming will produce? There will be but one subject throughout the parishes of Donwell and Highbury; but one interest-one object of curiosity; it will be all Mr. Frank Churchill; we shall think and speak of nobody else." "You will excuse my being so much over-powered. If I find him conversable, I shall be glad of his acquaintance; but if he is only a chattering coxcomb, he will not occupy much of my time or thoughts." "My idea of him is, that he can adapt his conversation to the taste of every body, and has the power as well as the wish of being universally agreeable. To you, he will talk of farming; to me, of drawing or music; and so on to every body, having that general information on all subjects which will enable him to follow the lead, or take the lead, just as propriety may require, and to speak extremely well on each; that is my idea of him." "And mine," said Mr. Knightley warmly, "is, that if he turn out any thing like it, he will be the most insufferable fellow breathing! What! at three-and-twenty to be the king of his company--the great man-the practised politician, who is to read every body's character, and make every body's talents conduce to the display of his own superiority; to be dispensing his flatteries around, that he may make all appear like fools compared with himself! My dear Emma, your own good sense could not endure such a puppy when it came to the point." "I will say no more about him," cried Emma, "you turn every thing to evil. We are both prejudiced; you against, I for him; and we have no chance of agreeing till he is really here." "Prejudiced! I am not prejudiced." "But I am very much, and without being at all ashamed of it. My love for Mr. and Mrs. Weston gives me a decided prejudice in his favour." "He is a person I never think of from one month's end to another," said Mr. Knightley, with a degree of vexation, which made Emma immediately talk of something else, though she could not comprehend why he should be angry.

solicitude for their shoes. She could not think that Harriet's solace or her own sins required more. and receiving no other answer than a very plaintive-"Mr. as rather negligent in that respect. for with all the high opinion of himself. Woodhouse's health. Elton for that day. cheerful communications about her mother's. and Miss Bates occupied the drawing-room floor. anxious inquiries after Mr. Knightley and some from her own heart. She had had many a hint from Mr. and Miss Bates. which was every thing to them. Mrs. But now she made the sudden resolution of not passing their door without going in--observing. the visitors were most cordially and even gratefully welcomed. talking daughter. and there. as to her deficiency--but none were equal to counteract the persuasion of its being very disagreeable. and after speaking some time of what the poor must suffer in winter. in the very moderate-sized apartment. and she knew she was considered by the very few who presumed ever to see imperfection in her. as she proposed it to Harriet. The house belonged to people in business. Volume Two Chapter One Emma and Harriet had been walking together one morning. Cole had just been there. as well as she could calculate.--but it burst out again when she thought she had succeeded. the quiet neat old lady. and. in Emma's opinion. had been talking enough of Mr. they were just now quite safe from any letter from Jane Fairfax.To take a dislike to a young man. only because he appeared to be of a different disposition from himself. and she was therefore industriously getting rid of the subject as they returned. Elton is so good to the poor!" she found something else must be done. who with her knitting was seated in the warmest corner. that. and sweet-cake from the beaufet--"Mrs. There was always sufficient reason for such an attention. and had been so good as to sit an . wanting even to give up her place to Miss Woodhouse. who were calling on them for ever.--a waste of time--tiresome women-and all the horror of being in danger of falling in with the second-rate and third-rate of Highbury. and Miss Bates loved to be called on. she had never before for a moment supposed it could make him unjust to the merit of another. and as not contributing what she ought to the stock of their scanty comforts. and her more active. They were just approaching the house where lived Mrs. almost ready to overpower them with care and kindness. was unworthy the real liberality of mind which she was always used to acknowledge in him. which she had often laid to his charge. Mrs. thanks for their visit. She determined to call upon them and seek safety in numbers. and therefore she seldom went near them. just called in for ten minutes.

`I know you cannot have heard from Jane lately. `well. Jane is so very great a favourite there. that is quite unexpected. Elton. we had a letter this very morning. and how much he was engaged in company. `But indeed we have. Elton. She had not been prepared to have Jane Fairfax succeed Mr. Cole was telling me that dancing at the rooms at Bath was-Mrs. and she had taken a piece of cake and been so kind as to say she liked it very much.hour with them. and how full the Master of the Ceremonies' ball had been. you see. Emma knew what was coming. "Oh! yes--Mr. but meant. Whenever she is with us. upon your honour?' said she." The mention of the Coles was sure to be followed by that of Mr. Cole had heard from Mr. because it is not her time for writing. while eagerly hunting for the letter. but I had it in my hand . and settle how long he had been gone.'" Emma's politeness was at hand directly. but he was actually hurried off by Miss Bates. and always putting forward to prevent Harriet's being obliged to say a word. she hoped Miss Woodhouse and Miss Smith would do them the favour to eat a piece too. Mrs. having once talked him handsomely over. she jumped away from him at last abruptly to the Coles. to be no farther incommoded by any troublesome topic. talking of Jane. saying. Cole does not know how to shew her kindness enough. Cole was so kind as to sit some time with us. Do let me hear what she says.' I do not know that I ever saw any body more surprized. `Have you. and I must say that Jane deserves it as much as any body can. therefore. for as soon as she came in. and. and Mr. I hope she is well?" "Thank you. and to wander at large amongst all the Mistresses and Misses of Highbury. to say. Elton. and so it was quite hid. I understand--certainly as to dancing-Mrs. I was sure it could not be far off. You are so kind!" replied the happily deceived aunt.' and when I immediately said. with all the interest and all the commendation that could be requisite.--"Oh! here it is. and their card-parties. And so she began inquiring after her directly. and what a favourite he was wherever he went. This she had been prepared for when she entered the house. to usher in a letter from her niece. but I had put my huswife upon it. she began inquiring after her. There was intimacy between them. and she went through it very well. they must have the letter over again. Elton since his going away. with smiling interest-"Have you heard from Miss Fairfax so lately? I am extremely happy. without being aware.

you must have had very strong eyes to see as you do--and so much fine work as you have done too!--I only wish my eyes may last me as well. ma'am?--And then I tell her. "you who are such a judge.'" All this spoken extremely fast obliged Miss Bates to stop for breath. It is such a blessing! My mother's are really very good indeed. "You are extremely kind. "do you hear what Miss Woodhouse is so obliging to say about Jane's handwriting?" And Emma had the advantage of hearing her own silly compliment repeated twice over before the good old lady could comprehend it. and since she went away. grandmama. `Well. for it is such a pleasure to her-a letter from Jane--that she can never hear it often enough. and write so beautifully yourself. only just under my huswife--and since you are so kind as to wish to hear what she says. now I think you will be put to it to make out all that checker-work'-don't you. I am sure there is nobody's praise that could give us so much pleasure as Miss Woodhouse's. Cole. I was reading it again to my mother. Hetty. I am sure she would contrive to make it out herself." addressing her. and Emma said something very civil about the excellence of Miss Fairfax's handwriting. in justice to Jane. My mother often wonders that I can make it out so well. but then she is used to my voice. when the letter is first opened.so very lately that I was almost sure it must be on the table. if she had nobody to do it for her-every word of it--I am sure she would pore over it till she had made out every word. `I am sure. though my mother's eyes are not so good as they were. she is a little deaf you know. in the meanwhile. apologise for her writing so short a letter--only two pages you see-hardly two--and in general she fills the whole paper and crosses half. My mother does not hear. of making her escape from Jane Fairfax's letter. and saying any thing two or three times over. She often says. and had almost resolved on hurrying away directly under some slight excuse. thank God! with the help of spectacles. highly gratified. so I knew it could not be far off. first of all. when she is here. She was pondering. upon the possibility. Ma'am.--but. Jane speaks so distinct! However. and here it is. I was reading it to Mrs. Jane often says. without seeming very rude. she can see amazingly well still." replied Miss Bates. And. she will not find her grandmama . she is sure to hear. when Miss Bates turned to her again and seized her attention. indeed. I really must. By only raising my voice. "My mother's deafness is very trifling you see--just nothing at all. But it is very remarkable that she should always hear Jane better than she does me.

but we shall see presently in Jane's letter--wrote in Mr. she says so. but however different countries. Jane has heard a great deal of its beauty. that he should like to speak . of her being to come here so soon. if it had not been for this particular circumstance." "Thank you." "Are you expecting Miss Fairfax here soon?" "Oh yes. to press their coming over directly. we should not have heard. from Mr. so I imagined. you know. and as I was telling Mrs. a beautiful place. we should not have heard from her before next Tuesday or Wednesday. Mrs. since she was here. I am sure she will be as happy to see her friends at Highbury. and they would give them the meeting in Dublin. Baly-craig. you know. which is saying a great deal at my mother's time of life--and it really is full two years. Friday or Saturday. The case is. Oh yes. I mean-I do not know that she ever heard about it from any body else. Dixon has persuaded her father and mother to come over and see her directly. Three months. for. I fancy. I was afraid there could be little chance of my hearing any thing of Miss Fairfax to-day. and every body says the same obliging things. Dixon." "Yes. That is what she writes about. she was never away from them so much as a week.at all deafer than she was two years ago. Friday or Saturday next. last October. as they can be to see her. Yes. Dixon's name as well as her own. Every body is so surprized. you know. That is the reason of her writing out of rule. next week. you see. You are very kind. So very good of them to send her the whole way! But they always do. I was going to say. Cole. and so she wrote a very urgent letter to her mother--or her father." "So obliging of you! No. but she is so impatient to see them again--for till she married. in the common course. we shall hardly know how to make enough of her now. as we call it. which must make it very strange to be in different kingdoms. and take them back to their country seat. positively. We never were so long without seeing her before. that the Campbells are going to Ireland. They had not intended to go over till the summer. I declare I do not know which it was. next week. Yes. as I am going to have the pleasure of reading to you. My mother is so delighted!--for she is to be three months with us at least. she cannot say which. because Colonel Campbell will be wanting the carriage himself one of those days." "Indeed!--that must be a very great pleasure. but it was very natural.

He is a most amiable. Dixon does not seem in the least backward in any attention. in spite of all her friends' urgency. views that he had taken himself. quite depend upon it." "Very true." . Bates?" "Yes--entirely her own doing. she said. and indeed they particularly wish her to try her native air. with the greatest presence of mind. Jane was quite longing to go to Ireland. this charming Mr. entirely her own choice. as you will hear presently. Miss Fairfax prefers devoting the time to you and Mrs. if he had not. charming young man. Dixon. you could hardly have expected her to be excused from accompanying Colonel and Mrs. for which I do not at all blame them. and Colonel and Mrs. and she. "You must feel it very fortunate that Miss Fairfax should be allowed to come to you at such a time. Campbell. for we should not have liked to have her at such a distance from us. Campbell. and I think she wrote us word that he had shewn them some drawings of the place. and her own wish of seeing Ireland. with the insidious design of farther discovery. and actually was all but gone. when they were out in that party on the water." At this moment. would have been dashed into the sea at once. as she has not been quite so well as usual lately. and the not going to Ireland. I have been so fond of Mr. I believe. by the sudden whirling round of something or other among the sails. Ever since the service he rendered Jane at Weymouth. Dixon!" "But. from his account of things. Considering the very particular friendship between her and Mrs. every thing turns out for the best. indeed. Campbell were very particular about their daughter's not walking out often with only Mr. just what they should recommend. He is a most charming young man. Dixon. But you see. for months together--not able to come if any thing was to happen. Mr.of his own place while he was paying his addresses--and as Jane used to be very often walking out with them--for Colonel and Mrs. Dixon) excessively to come over with Colonel and Mrs. an ingenious and animating suspicion entering Emma's brain with regard to Jane Fairfax. of course she heard every thing he might be telling Miss Campbell about his own home in Ireland. Dixon. The very thing that we have always been rather afraid of. They want her (Mr. nothing can be more kind or pressing than their joint invitation. caught hold of her habit-(I can never think of it without trembling!)--But ever since we had the history of that day. Jane says. very true. and Mrs. Campbell think she does quite right.

poor thing! so long ago as the 7th of November. and looking very poorly. Perry. what a flurry it has thrown me in! If it was not for the drawback of her illness--but I am afraid we must expect to see her grown thin. You are very obliging to say such things--but certainly not. that of course. dear Miss Woodhouse. because she would not alarm us. so I always do: and so I began to-day with my usual caution. to be compared with Miss Fairfax. and try an air that always agrees with her. quite frightened. Dixon. and was sadly alarmed at. for a cold to hang upon her? She never mentioned it before. we will call in Mr. heard distinctly. There is no comparison between them." "Jane caught a bad cold. Miss Campbell always was absolutely plain--but extremely elegant and amiable. I found it was not near so bad as I had fancied at first. she is so far from well. but no sooner did I come to the mention of her being unwell. as we should do." "And so she is to come to us next Friday or Saturday. But Mrs. we could not . as to that. is not. and the Campbells leave town in their way to Holyhead the Monday following-as you will find from Jane's letter. Mrs." "Yes. Nobody could nurse her. before I read them aloud to my mother. If Jane does not get well soon. Dixon must be very much disappointed. than I burst out. I understand. if she is unwell."I am concerned to hear of it. has no remarkable degree of personal beauty. is not it. But I cannot imagine how I could be so off my guard. I always make a point of reading Jane's letters through to myself first. you know. So sudden!--You may guess. I must tell you what an unlucky thing happened to me. when I read on. with `Bless me! poor Jane is ill!'-which my mother. The expense shall not be thought of. for fear of there being any thing in them to distress her. that she does not think much about it. by any means." "It appears to me the most desirable arrangement in the world. However. A long time. and I make so light of it now to her. I think they judge wisely. (as I am going to read to you. that her kind friends the Campbells think she had better come home. Just like her! so considerate!--But however.) and has never been well since. and they have no doubt that three or four months at Highbury will entirely cure her-and it is certainly a great deal better that she should come here. being on the watch. and so fond of Jane that I dare say he would not mean to charge any thing for attendance. Jane desired me to do it. than go to Ireland. and though he is so liberal." "Oh! no.

By birth she belonged to Highbury: and when at three years old. and is not to be giving away his time. Bates good morning. of her being taught only what very limited means could command. and beginning to rise--"My father will be expecting us. there had seemed every probability of her being permanently fixed there. I thought I had no power of staying more than five minutes. and farther. But the compassionate feelings of a friend of her father gave a change to her destiny. that though much had been forced on her against her will." "I am afraid we must be running away. well-meaning relations. Bates's youngest daughter. because I would not pass the door without inquiring after Mrs. on losing her mother. Volume Two Chapter Two Jane Fairfax was an orphan. She regained the street--happy in this. I had no intention. as he believed had saved his life. the consolation. glancing at Harriet. during a severe camp-fever. Fairfax of the _______ regiment of infantry. I merely called. had been indebted to him for such attentions. and Miss Jane Bates. who had very highly regarded Fairfax." And not all that could be urged to detain her succeeded. the fondling of her grandmother and aunt. and warm-hearted. Bates. and I am sure she tells her own story a great deal better than I can tell it for her. but I have been so pleasantly detained! Now. she became the property. however. the only child of Mrs. as an excellent officer and most deserving young man. He has a wife and family to maintain. now I have just given you a hint of what Jane writes about. the charge. These were claims which he did not learn to overlook. though she had in fact heard the whole substance of Jane Fairfax's letter. had had its day of fame and pleasure. though some years passed away from the death of poor Fairfax. good understanding. we must wish you and Mrs. we will turn to her letter.suffer it to be so. hope and interest. when I first entered the house." said Emma. save the melancholy remembrance of him dying in action abroad--of his widow sinking under consumption and grief soon afterwards--and this girl. . you know. she had been able to escape the letter itself. The marriage of Lieut. to be engrafted on what nature had given her in a pleasing person. but nothing now remained of it. and growing up with no advantages of connexion or improvement. This was Colonel Campbell. Well.

paying them long visits and growing a favourite with all. and at eighteen or nineteen she was. It was easy to decide that she was still too young. his fortune was moderate and must be all his daughter's. nor could her higher powers of mind be unfelt by the parents. and a judicious mixture of home and amusement. When he did return. and before she was nine years old. her heart and understanding had received every advantage of discipline and culture. for though his income. and been given an excellent education. The plan was that she should be brought up for educating others. but. as far as such an early age can be qualified for the care of children. To provide for her otherwise was out of Colonel Campbell's power. known nothing but kindness from the Campbells. a girl. was handsome. only visiting her grandmother from time to time. Her disposition and abilities were equally worthy of all that friendship could do. by the attendance of first-rate masters. Such was Jane Fairfax's history. and Colonel Campbell's residence being in London. his daughter's great fondness for her. and Jane remained with them. Living constantly with right-minded and well-informed people. he hoped to be supplying the means of respectable subsistence hereafter. as another daughter. but she was too much beloved to be parted with. and the daughter could not endure it. he sought out the child and took notice of her.before his own return to England put any thing in his power. Neither father nor mother could promote. The evil day was put off. sharing. the warm attachment of Miss Campbell in particular. He was a married man. She had fallen into good hands. by pay and appointments. united to produce an offer from Colonel Campbell of undertaking the whole charge of her education. with only the drawback of the future. and from that period Jane had belonged to Colonel Campbell's family. The affection of the whole family. It was accepted. in all the rational pleasures of an elegant society. was the more honourable to each party from the circumstance of Jane's decided superiority both in beauty and acquirements. the very few hundred pounds which she inherited from her father making independence impossible. every lighter talent had been done full justice to. and had lived with them entirely. and his own wish of being a real friend. That nature had given it in feature could not be unseen by the young woman. They continued together with unabated . fully competent to the office of instruction herself. about Jane's age: and Jane became their guest. with only one living child. by giving her an education. the sobering suggestions of her own good understanding to remind her that all this might soon be over.

whether single. that luck which so often defies anticipation in matrimonial affairs. than on any thing else. while Jane Fairfax had yet her bread to earn. but this would be selfishness:--what must be at last. though their feelings did. Campbell could not oppose such a resolution. affection was glad to catch at any reasonable excuse for not hurrying on the wretched moment. for the recovery of her health. rich and agreeable. and said. Certain it was that she was to come. their home might be hers for ever. too lately for any thing to be yet attempted by her less fortunate friend towards entering on her path of duty. As long as they lived. peace and hope. till the marriage of Miss Campbell. Frank Churchill--must put up for . a young man. under the most favourable circumstances. giving attraction to what is moderate rather than to what is superior. and was eligibly and happily settled. With regard to her not accompanying them to Ireland. or treble. engaged the affections of Mr. who by that chance. she had resolved at one-and-twenty to complete the sacrifice. her last months of perfect liberty with those kind relations to whom she was so very dear: and the Campbells. perhaps. equal society. had better be soon. This event had very lately taken place. and for their own comfort they would have retained her wholly. which. though there might be some truths not told. they must forbid her engaging in duties. With the fortitude of a devoted novitiate. of rational intercourse. She had never been quite well since the time of their daughter's marriage. her account to her aunt contained nothing but truth. seemed. and retire from all the pleasures of life. however. or double. to require something more than human perfection of body and mind to be discharged with tolerable comfort. instead of welcoming that perfect novelty which had been so long promised it--Mr. Still. and spared her from a taste of such enjoyments of ease and leisure as must now be relinquished. Dixon. that they depended more on a few months spent in her native air. Perhaps they began to feel it might have been kinder and wiser to have resisted the temptation of any delay. though she had now reached the age which her own judgment had fixed on for beginning. gave the arrangement their ready sanction. The good sense of Colonel and Mrs. and till she should have completely recovered her usual strength. almost as soon as they were acquainted. and that Highbury. It was her own choice to give the time of their absence to Highbury. to penance and mortification for ever. so far from being compatible with a weakened frame and varying spirits.regard however. She had long resolved that one-and-twenty should be the period. whatever might be their motive or motives. to spend. no exertions would be necessary.

" These were her reasons-she had no better. who could bring only the freshness of a two years' absence. and merit. had never been denied their praise. which she had been used to cavil at. by all her principles. and though the accusation had been eagerly refuted at the time.--to have to pay civilities to a person she did not like through three long months!--to be always doing more than she wished. Her eyes. Emma was sorry. But "she could never get acquainted with her: she did not know how it was. which. had a clearness and delicacy which really needed no fuller bloom. Mr. without feeling that she had injured her. that she never saw Jane Fairfax the first time after any considerable absence. every body had supposed they must be so fond of each other. and less than she ought! Why she did not like Jane Fairfax might be a difficult question to answer. Emma could not but feel all this. it was not regular. she saw so little in Highbury. with dark eye-lashes and eyebrows. a deep grey. Her height was pretty. remarkably elegant. when the due visit was paid. her figure particularly graceful. It was a style of beauty. Jane Fairfax was very elegant. during the first visit. and then. was distinction. after a two years' interval. In short. she must. between fat and thin. her size a most becoming medium. her aunt was such an eternal talker!--and she was made such a fuss with by every body!--and it had been always imagined that they were to be so intimate--because their ages were the same. whether of person or of mind. though a slight appearance of ill-health seemed to point out the likeliest evil of the two. Knightley had once told her it was because she saw in her the really accomplished young woman. she sat. looking at Jane Fairfax with twofold complacency. her face--her features-there was more beauty in them altogether than she had remembered. not to be vulgar. which she wanted to be thought herself. but the skin. admire it:--elegance. in honour. the sense of pleasure and the sense . and she had herself the highest value for elegance. there were moments of self-examination in which her conscience could not quite acquit her. just such as almost every body would think tall. It was a dislike so little just--every imputed fault was so magnified by fancy. as wanting colour. and as such. and nobody could think very tall.the present with Jane Fairfax. but there was such coldness and reserve-such apparent indifference whether she pleased or not--and then. which for those two whole years she had been depreciating. on her arrival. she was particularly struck with the very appearance and manners. and now. but it was very pleasing beauty. There. of which elegance was the reigning character.

Emma left her with such softened. she seemed determined to hazard nothing. which was the worst of all. and every thing was relapsing much into its usual state. Dixon. single. In that case. and how small a slice of mutton for dinner. it seemed impossible to feel any thing but compassion and respect. might now be denying herself this visit to Ireland. so cautious! There was no getting at her real opinion. Dixon's actions from his wife. nothing could be more pitiable or more honourable than the sacrifices she had resolved on. These were charming feelings--but not lasting. than saying to Mr. When she took in her history. Wrapt up in a cloak of politeness. indeed. she is better than handsome!" Jane had spent an evening at Hartfield with her grandmother and aunt. it might be simple. meaning only to shew off in higher style her own very superior performance. more tiresome. as made her look around in walking home. as well as her beauty. which she had so naturally started to herself. Emma was very willing now to acquit her of having seduced Mr. how she was going to live. . Before she had committed herself by any public profession of eternal friendship for Jane Fairfax. and resolving to divide herself effectually from him and his connexions by soon beginning her career of laborious duty. She was disgustingly. while a sharer of his conversation with her friend. especially. and from the best. an air of greatness. her situation. successless love on her side alone. nobody that she could wish to scheme about for her. Emma was obliged to play. and was determining that she would dislike her no longer. and lament that Highbury afforded no young man worthy of giving her independence. Knightley. The aunt was as tiresome as ever. or done more towards a recantation of past prejudices and errors. as well as to see exhibitions of new caps and new workbags for her mother and herself. because anxiety for her health was now added to admiration of her powers. besides. Upon the whole. what she was going to sink from. if to every well-known particular entitling her to interest. were added the highly probable circumstance of an attachment to Mr. so cold. If it were love. when she considered what all this elegance was destined to. and the thanks and praise which necessarily followed appeared to her an affectation of candour.of rendering justice. They had music. the purest of motives. or of any thing mischievous which her imagination had suggested at first. She might have been unconsciously sucking in the sad poison. and they had to listen to the description of exactly how little bread and butter she ate for breakfast. charitable feelings. Former provocations reappeared. and Jane's offences rose again. was suspiciously reserved. She was. "She certainly is handsome.

Her caution was thrown away. his approbation of the whole. Volume Two Chapter Three Emma could not forgive her. than sitting at one's ease to be entertained a whole evening by two such young women. Emma. Woodhouse had been talked into what was necessary. he was expressing the next morning. I do not know a more luxurious state. being at Hartfield again on business with Mr. Woodhouse. She seemed bent on giving no real insight into Mr. who had been of the party. sir. told that he understood. "A very pleasant evening.If any thing could be more. for having no instrument at her grandmother's. or been fixed only to Miss Campbell." Emma could not forgive her. It did her no service however." "Did he appear a sensible young man. and the papers swept away. where all was most. or in a common London acquaintance." . or opinion of the suitableness of the match. Emma saw its artifice. but speaking plain enough to be very intelligible to Emma. had been very near changing one friend for the other. Churchill. Mr. she was more reserved on the subject of Weymouth and the Dixons than any thing. and had now great pleasure in marking an improvement. You and Miss Fairfax gave us some very good music. and returned to her first surmises. The like reserve prevailed on other topics. it must have been a real indulgence. not so openly as he might have done had her father been out of the room. it was difficult to decide on such points. a young man of information?"--"At a watering-place. He had been used to think her unjust to Jane. as soon as Mr. "Was he handsome?"--"She believed he was reckoned a very fine young man. Dixon's character. It was known that they were a little acquainted. nothing delineated or distinguished. Manners were all that could be safely judged of. She and Mr." he began. but not a syllable of real information could Emma procure as to what he truly was. and had seen only proper attention and pleasing behaviour on each side. perhaps. Frank Churchill had been at Weymouth at the same time. for the sake of the future twelve thousand pounds. or her own value for his company.--"particularly pleasant. under a much longer knowledge than they had yet had of Mr. I am sure Miss Fairfax must have found the evening pleasant. You left nothing undone. It was all general approbation and smoothness. Dixon. There probably was something more to conceal than her own preference. She believed every body found his manners pleasing." "Was he agreeable?"-"He was generally thought so.--but as neither provocation nor resentment were discerned by Mr. I was glad you made her play so much. sometimes with music and sometimes with conversation. Knightley.

but then I moved back my chair a little. but you will soon overcome all that part of her reserve which ought to be overcome. therefore. she is very agreeable. sir." "No. all that has its foundation in diffidence." said her father instantly. "you are not going to tell me. and Emma." "True. If any thing. I was pleased with my own perseverance in asking questions. I felt the fire rather too much. my dear. at least for the present. because she had Emma. in a different way. "Miss Fairfax is reserved. "I had. However." "I always told you she was--a little. and Mrs. Bates too." "No. There is nobody half so attentive and civil as you are." Emma saw his anxiety." "I am disappointed. and wishing to appease it. though she speaks rather too quick." was his only answer. Miss Bates was very chatty and good-humoured. What arises from discretion must be honoured. Knightley. "but I hope I am not often deficient in what is due to guests at Hartfield. Woodhouse. in his quiet way. I like old friends. I think it would have been enough. I do not see it. said. and with a sincerity which no one could question-- ."I am happy you approved. "I hope every body had a pleasant evening." "My dear Emma. nearly at the same time. "you are not often deficient." but she said only. as she always is." said Emma. smiling. I think you understand me." "Oh! no. a very pretty and a very well-behaved young lady indeed. moving from his chair into one close by her. not often deficient either in manner or comprehension. and Miss Jane Fairfax is a very pretty sort of young lady. that you had not a pleasant evening. you are too attentive. and it did not disturb me." said Mr. Mr. "that I am sure you are not. She must have found the evening agreeable. because she had Miss Fairfax. The muffin last night--if it had been handed round once. Knightley." An arch look expressed--"I understand you well enough." "You think her diffident." said he." said Mr. Once. I hope. and amused to think how little information I obtained. a very little.

You like news--and I heard an article in my way hither that I think will interest you. without the smallest grease." "That's right. which is so very nice. not at Randalls. with a boiled turnip. for no stomach can bear roast pork--I think we had better send the leg-do not you think so. I had not thought of it before. trifling presents. just as Serle boils ours. and Emma thinks of sending them a loin or a leg. my dear Emma. and then. I sent the whole hind-quarter. I am always watching her to admire. as ours are fried. They must not over-salt the leg. nicely fried. Knightley soon saw that he had lost his moment. What is it?--why do you smile so?--where did you hear it?--at Randalls?" He had time only to say." when the door was thrown open. and the loin to be dressed directly in any manner they like. of any thing uncommon-Now we have killed a porker. you know. Woodhouse. very right. Mr. it is very small and delicate--Hartfield pork is not like any other pork--but still it is pork--and. I always like news. Knightley looked as if he were more gratified than he cared to express. and before he could make any reply. and full of news. whose thoughts were on the Bates's. and a little carrot or parsnip. There will be the leg to be salted. Miss Bates knew not which to give quickest. and that not another syllable of communication could rest with him. and if it is very thoroughly boiled. said-"It is a great pity that their circumstances should be so confined! a great pity indeed! and I have often wished--but it is so little one can venture to do--small. "No. Such a beautiful hind-quarter of pork! . "Oh! my dear sir." Mr. I have not been near Randalls. and eaten very moderately of. Mr. and not roast it. "I have a piece of news for you. I do not consider it unwholesome." "News! Oh! yes. Knightley presently. my dear. my dear?" "My dear papa. I knew you would wish it." "Emma."She is a sort of elegant creature that one cannot keep one's eyes from. if it is not over-salted. and I do pity her from my heart." said Mr. unless one could be sure of their making it into steaks. and Miss Bates and Miss Fairfax walked into the room. Full of thanks. how are you this morning? My dear Miss Woodhouse-I come quite over-powered. but that is the best way.

at the sound. Mr. Cole told Mrs. Cole on business an hour and a half ago. had every thing they could wish for. and Jane said. If ever there were people who. "There is my news:--I thought it would interest you. and says you really quite oppress her. and a little blush. My mother desires her very best compliments and regards. how could you possibly have heard it? for the very moment Mr." replied Mr. A Miss Hawkins-that's all I know. But. A Miss Hawkins--" "I was with Mr. well--" . Jane?-for my mother was so afraid that we had not any salting-pan large enough. Cole's note--no. He had just read Elton's letter as I was shewn in." "We consider our Hartfield pork. and just then came the note. A Miss Hawkins of Bath. Knightley. Knightley? For it is not five minutes since I received Mrs. she sat down and wrote to me. as my mother says. you really are too bountiful. with a smile which implied a conviction of some part of what had passed between them. "Where could you possibly hear it. Knightley. just ready to come out--I was only gone down to speak to Patty again about the pork--Jane was standing in the passage--were not you.You are too bountiful! Have you heard the news? Mr. and a thousand thanks." Emma had not had time even to think of Mr.' said I--well. Elton. I am sure it is us. Knightley. and Patty has been washing the kitchen. "But where could you hear it?" cried Miss Bates." said Mr. that Emma and I cannot have a greater pleasure than---" "Oh! my dear sir. My dear sir. and handed it to me directly.' Well. Cole of it. and so you actually saw the letter. without having great wealth themselves. Mr. so very superior to all other pork. Elton is going to be married. and she was so completely surprized that she could not avoid a little start. it cannot be more than five-or at least ten--for I had got my bonnet and spencer on. So I said I would go down and see. `Shall I go down instead? for I think you have a little cold. We may well say that `our lot is cast in a goodly heritage. Mr. our friends are only too good to us. Woodhouse--"indeed it certainly is.'--`Oh! my dear." "Well! that is quite--I suppose there never was a piece of news more generally interesting.

is quite our angel. He is the very best young man--But. Elton!--no wonder that you have such a curiosity to see him. you will understand that Mr. here will be Mr. that he was going to be married to a Miss Hawkins. for my mother is a little deaf. "No--I have never seen Mr." turning to Mr. Woodhouse's observation. and there are the Coles. of course. and the Perrys--I suppose there never was a happier or a better couple than Mr."It was short--merely to announce--but cheerful. joyfully. as you state. Miss Woodhouse!" said Miss Bates. Elton and Miss Hawkins. you know. Dixon seems a very charming young man." "Very true. We were always glad to see him at Hartfield. that she might hear the better. It is such a happiness when good people get together--and they always do. He seemed to me very well off as he was. Jane says that Colonel Campbell is a little deaf." "He is very young to settle. and Mrs. an excellent young woman. The information was. Miss Fairfax. By his style.' and Miss Bates and I that he is just the happy medium. "He had better not be in a hurry. if you remember. as soon as she could speak."-Here was a sly glance at Emma. "He will have every body's wishes for his happiness. I told you yesterday he was precisely the height of Mr. such very good people. I should imagine it just settled. Perry. but she does not hear quite quick. Elton going to be married!" said Emma. my dear Jane. "He had been so fortunate as to-I forget the precise words--one has no business to remember them. Perry. Elton. "is he--is he a tall man?" "Who shall answer that question?" cried Emma. When you have been here a little longer. both in person and mind." "A new neighbour for us all." she replied. Knightley `no. ." Jane's curiosity did not appear of that absorbing nature as wholly to occupy her. Miss Woodhouse." "Mr. And Mr. so she will. you know--it is not much. Jane. He fancied bathing might be good for it--the warm bath-but she says it did him no lasting benefit. Now. starting on this appeal. Colonel Campbell. His extreme attention to my mother-wanting her to sit in the vicarage pew. indeed. Woodhouse. "my mother is so pleased!--she says she cannot bear to have the poor old Vicarage without a mistress. Miss Hawkins. exulting. you have never seen Mr. Elton is the standard of perfection in Highbury. I say.' Mr." was Mr. "My father would say `yes. quite worthy of him.--I dare say. sir. This is great news.

Dixon like Mr." "Quite wrong. who must have been so deep in the business on Miss Campbell's account--we shall not excuse your being indifferent about Mr. You. Elton and Miss Hawkins. Elton is a most worthy young man--but'--In short. Jane." "When I have seen Mr. as you observe. John Knightley lately? Oh! those dear little children. there is no likeness at all."I think there are few places with such society as Highbury. I always say. and with that sort of look--and not very talkative. One takes up a notion. What is before me. Have you heard from Mrs. At the same time. it is pork-a roast loin of pork--" "As to who. do you know I always fancy Mr. Dixon. "You are silent. and runs away with it. my dear aunt. John Knightley. if there is one thing my mother loves better than another. he has been gone just four weeks. She knows I would not offend for the world. Mr. you say. handsome?" . "nothing I suppose can be known. I do not pretend to it. Emma said." Nobody had any information to give. Mr." "Very odd! but one never does form a just idea of any body beforehand. "four weeks yesterday. " I dare say I shall be interested--but I believe it requires that with me. who have been hearing and seeing so much of late on these subjects." replied Jane. after a few more wonderings. Miss Fairfax--but I hope you mean to take an interest in this news. I mean in person--tall. strictly speaking. One feels that it cannot be a very long acquaintance. How does Miss Smith do? She seems quite recovered now. And as it is some months since Miss Campbell married. is not. He has been gone only four weeks. I see. and. I do not think I am particularly quick at those sort of discoveries.--My dear sir.--A Miss Hawkins!--Well. not that I ever--Mrs. or how long he has been acquainted with her. or what Miss Hawkins is. we are quite blessed in our neighbours. Miss Woodhouse. so good-humouredly. `No." said Miss Bates. I had always rather fancied it would be some young lady hereabouts. Cole once whispered to me--but I immediately said." "Yes. nobody could wonder if Mr. Elton. Elton should have aspired--Miss Woodhouse lets me chatter on. the impression may be a little worn off." said Emma.

Oh! Mr. Elton. as proving that Mr. Emma was obliged to expect that the weather would be detaining her at Mrs. Jane. to save her from hearing it abruptly from others. my dear sir. The weather does not look well. my dear Miss Woodhouse. Goddard." "My dear. Goddard's. we do indeed. my judgment is worth nothing. you will be so kind as to give her your arm. but she was sorry for Harriet: Harriet must feel it--and all that she could hope was. I always think a person well-looking. and that the intelligence would undoubtedly rush upon her without preparation. but we really must take leave. what do you think has happened!" which instantly burst forth. and that you yourself--" "Oh! as for me. alone with her father. But I gave what I believed the general opinion. by giving the first information herself. It was now about the time that she was likely to call. that is so very!--I am sure if Jane is tired. but I shall not stop three minutes: and. ran eagerly . but short. for I really do not think she cares for any thing but boiled pork: when we dress the leg it will be another thing. had all the evidence of corresponding perturbation. You are too obliging. I told you he was plain. Thank you. you had better go home directly--I would not have you out in a shower!--We think she is the better for Highbury already. I shall not attempt calling on Mrs. This has been a most agreeable piece of news indeed. when in came Harriet. and Miss Hawkins!--Good morning to you. The shower was heavy. and it had not been over five minutes. Good morning to you. you said that Miss Campbell would not allow him to be plain." "Well. Elton could not have suffered long." Emma. Cole's. and Harriet."Handsome! Oh! no--far from it--certainly plain.--Mr. my dear Jane. I believe we must be running away. If she were to meet Miss Bates in her way!--and upon its beginning to rain. and grandmama will be uneasy. It was to herself an amusing and a very welcome piece of news. had half her attention wanted by him while he lamented that young people would be in such a hurry to marry-and to marry strangers too--and the other half she could give to her own view of the subject. Knightley is coming too. As the blow was given. agitated look which hurrying thither with a full heart was likely to give. when I called him plain. I shall just go round by Mrs. and the "Oh! Miss Woodhouse. with just the heated. Well. Where I have a regard. unchecked. Emma felt that she could not now shew greater kindness than in listening.

and so off I set. I could see she was altered. Miss Woodhouse?)--for presently she came forward--came quite up to me. and stood talking some time. and seemed ready to shake hands. she thought she would just step in and see how it went on. and as if he did not quite know what to do. for instead of going on with her buyings. he was busy with the umbrella. but she looked away directly. I fancy. all of a sudden. I did not know what to do. at last. I thought I should have fainted. the shop first in size and fashion in the place. and then I took courage. and she did not know what to do. and took shelter at Ford's. one can't tell how.--Oh! dear. and I kept sitting near the door!--Oh! dear. and I was determined that nothing should stop me from getting away--and then--only think!-I found he was coming up towards me too--slowly you know. I was sitting near the door--Elizabeth saw me directly. she seemed to try to be very friendly. I am sure she saw me. and though she did not seem to stay half a moment there. Miss Woodhouse. "She had set out from Mrs."--Ford's was the principal woollen-draper. who should come in-to be sure it was so very odd!--but they always dealt at Ford's-who should come in. and I answered--and I stood for a minute. and I had not got three yards from the door. but. and we shook hands. but Elizabeth Martin and her brother!-Dear Miss Woodhouse! only think. She did not do any of it in the same way that she used. full ten minutes. as fast as she could. only to say. and took no notice. linen-draper. but I did so wish myself anywhere in the world but there. however. they began whispering to one another.through what she had to tell. Goddard's half an hour ago--she had been afraid it would rain--she had been afraid it would pour down every moment--but she thought she might get to Hartfield first--she had hurried on as fast as possible. it was beginning to hold up. when he came after me. which I thought almost too kind! Dear. and said it did not rain. because of the rain. I could not go away you know. but then. he looked round and saw me.--"And so. Miss Woodhouse--well. there she had set. and so he came and spoke. if I was going to Hartfield. I was absolutely miserable! By that time. feeling dreadfully. soon after she came out it began to rain. and I could not help thinking that he was persuading her to speak to me--(do you think he was. perhaps--when. I am sure they were talking of me. and haberdasher's shop united. without an idea of any thing in the world. if I would. but I know no more what I said--I was in such a tremble!--I remember she said she was sorry we never met now. but he did not. and I must go. as she was passing by the house where a young woman was making up a gown for her. you know. I was so miserable! I am sure I must have been as white as my gown. and they both went to quite the farther end of the shop. he thought I had much better go round . so she ran on directly. and asked me how I did.

" Harriet said." and she "would not think about it. at last. worthy people before. occur again." said she. there was a sort of satisfaction in seeing him behave so pleasantly and so kindly. Oh! Miss Woodhouse. I thought it would have been the death of me! So I said. in order to put the Martins out of her head. Elton's importance with her! Mr. you know. "It might be distressing. which she had meant to give with so much tender caution. at such a state of mind in poor Harriet--such a conclusion of Mr. ashamed or only amused. for the moment. as well as love. "very true. Of course. and then he went back to Elizabeth. too. however. hardly knowing herself whether to rejoice or be angry. "but you seem to have behaved extremely well. Oh! dear. and his sister's. and therefore you need not think about it. for I should find the near way quite floated by this rain. seemed the result of real feeling. and what difference did this make in the evils of the connexion? It was folly to be disturbed by it. gradually revived. as a first meeting." but still she talked of it--still she could talk of nothing else." Very sincerely did Emma wish to do so. Elton's rights. The young man's conduct. They might all have hoped to rise by Harriet's acquaintance: and besides. I would rather done any thing than have it happen: and yet. She was not thoroughly comfortable herself. and did try to make her comfortable. but it was not immediately in her power. But she had believed them to be well-meaning. and quite unworthy of being dwelt on. was obliged to hurry on the news. he must be sorry to lose her--they must be all sorry. She was obliged to stop and think. As Harriet described it. and Emma. what was the value of Harriet's description?--So easily pleased--so little discerning. there had been an interesting mixture of wounded affection and genuine delicacy in their behaviour. and I came round by the stables--I believe I did--but I hardly knew where I was. Ambition. do talk to me and make me comfortable again.by Mr. I was very much obliged to him: you know I could not do less. Though she did not feel the first intelligence as she might have done the day before. or any thing about it. Cole's stables. . had probably been mortified. and she could not but pity them. Oh! Miss Woodhouse.-what signified her praise? She exerted herself. by considering all that had passed as a mere trifle. And Elizabeth. and it is over--and may never-can never.

discovered to have every recommendation of person and mind. was in possession of an independent fortune. and defying Miss Smith. and before their first conversation was over. A week had not passed since Miss Hawkins's name was first mentioned in Highbury. or even any power of speech. and he had gained her with such delightful rapidity-the first hour of introduction had been so very soon followed by . there was very little more for him to do. of so many thousands as would always be called ten. or thereabouts. highly accomplished. He came back gay and self-satisfied. Goddard's. and say whose music she principally played. wonder and regret. of course. where hitherto they had wanted either the courage or the condescension to seek her. as well as some convenience: the story told well. It had been serviceable in deadening the first shock. as under such circumstances what is gained always is to what is lost. after a series of what appeared to him strong encouragement. that a young person. and not only losing the right lady. with any necessity. Volume Two Chapter Four Human nature is so well disposed towards those who are in interesting situations. he had not thrown himself away--he had gained a woman of 10. the sisters never had been at Mrs. by some means or other. As Harriet now lived. and a twelvemonth might pass without their being thrown together again. The charming Augusta Hawkins. Elton returned. Emma learned to be rather glad that there had been such a meeting. Mr. to be handsome. to the first. which could conduce to place the Martins under proper subordination in her fancy. before she was. is sure of being kindly spoken of.or an hour before.000 l. eager and busy. as to this fortunate Miss Hawkins. without seeking her. without retaining any influence to alarm. elegant. and circulate the fame of her merits. a point of some dignity. He had gone away rejected and mortified--disappointed in a very sanguine hope. Elton himself arrived to triumph in his happy prospects. but finding himself debased to the level of a very wrong one. its interest soon increased. pain and pleasure. who either marries or dies. a very happy man. caring nothing for Miss Woodhouse. the Martins could not get at her. in addition to all the usual advantages of perfect beauty and merit. He had gone away deeply offended--he came back engaged to another--and to another as superior. and perfectly amiable: and when Mr. for since her refusal of the brother. than to tell her Christian name. she had talked herself into all the sensations of curiosity.

talking only of himself and his own concerns--expecting to be congratulated--ready to be laughed at--and. fearless smiles. the history which he had to give Mrs. been so very ready to have him. he would have been more cautiously gallant. beginning very much to wonder that she had ever thought him pleasing at all. but just enough to feel that the first meeting was over. During his present short stay. . now spread over his air. no doubt. however. As to connexion. He had caught both substance and shadow--both fortune and affection. and the party at Mrs. Emma thought very little. and was just the happy man he ought to be. Of the lady.distinguishing notice. with cordial. On that article. must certainly be lessened by his marriage. in fact. accomplished enough for Highbury-handsome enough--to look plain. and to give her the impression of his not being improved by the mixture of pique and pretension. except in a moral light. former intimacy might sink without remark. and his sight was so inseparably connected with some very disagreeable feelings. The pain of his continued residence in Highbury. she would have been thankful to be assured of never seeing him again. which a certain glance of Mrs. now addressing all the young ladies of the place. a few weeks ago. to the dinner at Mr. She was good enough for Mr. Elton would be an excuse for any change of intercourse. there was a general expectation. The wedding was no distant event. by Harriet's side. It would be almost beginning their life of civility again. Emma had barely seen him. as a penance. A Mrs. that. and nothing but the necessary preparations to wait for. Cole of the rise and progress of the affair was so glorious--the steps so quick. and when he set out for Bath again. to use a most intelligible phrase. a source of profitable humiliation to her own mind. Brown's--smiles and blushes rising in importance-with consciousness and agitation richly scattered--the lady had been so easily impressed--so sweetly disposed--had in short. there Emma was perfectly easy. Green's. he had done nothing. from the accidental rencontre. and his welfare twenty miles off would administer most satisfaction. persuaded. She wished him very well. Elton. individually. Cole's did not seem to contradict. but he gave her pain. that after all his own vaunted claims and disdain of Harriet. to whom. that vanity and prudence were equally contented. probably. a lesson. that when he next entered Highbury he would bring his bride. Many vain solicitudes would be prevented-many awkwardnesses smoothed by it. as the parties had only themselves to please. truth seemed attainable. She was.

it did not appear that she was at all Harriet's superior. who. every guess--all that had already occurred. would be always in love. Emma saw him only once. excepting when at Hartfield. She was always having a glimpse of him somewhere or other. and setting aside the 10. an uncle remained-in the law line--nothing more distinctly honourable was hazarded of him. must be uncertain. and continual observation of. or see his shoulder. alas! she was not so easily to be talked out of it. being all in proof of how much he was in love! .. comprehending income. therefore. to a gentleman in a great way. would cure her. she was always among those who saw no fault in Mr. but. having once begun. poor girl! she was considerably worse from this reappearance of Mr. Harriet was one of those. Emma guessed him to be the drudge of some attorney. And all the grandeur of the connexion seemed dependent on the elder sister. of course. but who she was. that was the glory of Miss Hawkins. and furniture. Elton.000 l. just to hear his voice. And now. but two or three times every day Harriet was sure just to meet with him. was continually in agitation around her. He might be superseded by another. for though the father and mother had died some years ago. and every report. and with him the daughter had lived. moreover. in all the favouring warmth of surprize and conjecture. than that he was in the law line. Part of every winter she had been used to spend in Bath. Miss Hawkins was the youngest of the two daughters of a Bristol-merchant. even a Robert Martin would have been sufficient. She was. as the whole of the profits of his mercantile life appeared so very moderate. he must be called. might be found out. for. it was not unfair to guess the dignity of his line of trade had been very moderate also. or just to miss him. perpetually hearing about him. he certainly would indeed. who was very well married. the very heart of Bristol. she feared. Elton. servants. all that might occur in the arrangement of his affairs. but nothing else. near Bristol. how much he seemed attached!-his air as he walked by the house--the very sitting of his hat. and feelings irritated by ceaseless repetitions of Miss Hawkins's happiness. and too stupid to rise. Her regard was receiving strength by invariable praise of him. who kept two carriages! That was the wind-up of the history. nothing could be clearer. She brought no name. Could she but have given Harriet her feelings about it all! She had talked her into love. but Bristol was her home.What she was. The charm of an object to occupy the many vacancies of Harriet's mind was not to be talked away. but. and her regrets kept alive. and found nothing so interesting as the discussion of his concerns. just to have something occur to preserve him in her fancy. no alliance. no blood.

was to be seen under the operation of being lifted into the butcher's cart. The unhappiness produced by the knowledge of that engagement had been a little put aside by Elizabeth Martin's calling at Mrs. in the waverings of Harriet's mind. Goddard's a few days afterwards. or what would become of Harriet? Volume Two Chapter Five Small heart had Harriet for visiting. Elton predominated. She could think of nothing better: and though there was something in it which her own heart could not approve--something of ingratitude. had been a point of some doubtful consideration. How that visit was to be acknowledged--what would be necessary-and what might be safest. would be ingratitude. but in a way that. directed to The Rev. if they had understanding. . Bath. and wishing to do more than she dared to confess. she could determine on nothing better. in person. her evil stars had led her to the very spot where. should convince them that it was to be only a formal acquaintance. Elton. written in the very style to touch. to dissipate some of the distress it occasioned. and till Mr. which was to convey it to where the coaches past. While he staid. a trunk. and call for her again so soon. and on the very morning of his setting off for Bath again. but a note had been prepared and left for her. she had been much occupied by it. had there been no pain to her friend. had driven away all such cares. Harriet had not been at home. a small mixture of reproach. Elton's engagement had been the cure of the agitation of meeting Mr.Had it been allowable entertainment. Sometimes Mr. But Mr. the Martins were forgotten. White-Hart. Mr. as to allow no time for insidious applications or dangerous recurrences to the past. Emma. with a great deal of kindness. Elton himself appeared. was consequently a blank. Absolute neglect of the mother and sisters. than Harriet's returning the visit. and each was occasionally useful as a check to the other. Emma would have been amused by its variations. and every thing in this world. sometimes the Martins. merely glossed over--it must be done. Philip Elton. continually pondering over what could be done in return. Goddard's. Only half an hour before her friend called for her at Mrs. excepting that trunk and the direction. while she drove a little farther. She meant to take her in the carriage. and give the most decided proof of what degree of intimacy was chosen for the future. judged it best for her to return Elizabeth Martin's visit. It must not be: and yet the danger of a renewal of the acquaintance!-After much thinking. or reproach to herself. leave her at the Abbey Mill. at that moment. Martin. when invited to come.

They must be separated. neat gravel walk. and when they parted. with her two friends. and when they reached the farm. were then felt to be decisive. to have had the Martins in a higher rank of life. and a warmer manner. when Mrs. and they were just growing again like themselves. They were so deserving. The quarter of an hour brought her punctually to the white gate again. but there was a great deal of pain in the process-so much to herself at this time. the sight of every thing which had given her so much pleasure the autumn before. was beginning to revive a little local agitation. Harriet could not very soon give an intelligible account. which determined her not to allow the visit to exceed the proposed quarter of an hour. The style of the visit. had brought on a more interesting subject. Fourteen minutes to be given to those with whom she had thankfully passed six weeks not six months ago!--Emma could not but picture it all. and parting with her seemingly with ceremonious civility. It was a bad business. but at last Emma collected from her enough to understand the sort of meeting. She came solitarily down the gravel walk--a Miss Martin just appearing at the door. She would have given a great deal. how could she have done otherwise?--Impossible!--She could not repent. and all was over. the occasion--to feel the same consciousness. She went on herself. how naturally Harriet must suffer. She was feeling too much. Martin's saying. the party. the same regrets--to be ready to return to the same good understanding. at the end of the broad. There were the pencilled marks and memorandums on the wainscot by the window. was with her without delay. and Miss Smith receiving her summons. or endured a great deal. She had seen only Mrs. (Harriet. and the sort of pain it was creating. as Emma must suspect. They all seemed to remember the day. as ready as the best of them to be cordial and happy. and resolved on going home by way of Randalls . and settled in Donwell.She went. and nothing beyond the merest commonplace had been talked almost all the time-till just at last. that a little higher should have been enough: but as it was. Emma observed her to be looking around with a sort of fearful curiosity. and she was to be put down. and feel how justly they might resent. however. to give that portion of time to an old servant who was married. Martin and the two girls. and unattended by any alarming young man. the hour. which led between espalier apple-trees to the front door. He had done it. if not coolly. In that very room she had been measured last September. that she thought Miss Smith was grown. all of a sudden. They had received her doubtingly. and the shortness of it. that she soon felt the necessity of a little consolation.) when the carriage reappeared.

no possibility of avoiding the influence of such a happy face as Mr. Weston's. "How d'ye do?--how d'ye do?--We have been sitting with your father-glad to see him so well. as they turned away. The worn-out past was sunk in the freshness of what was coming. Elton and the Martins. and she listened. Mr. The refreshment of Randalls was absolutely necessary." cried Emma. now we are going to have just the right weather for him.to procure it. or to reason them away. It was a good scheme. which allowed his son to answer for having an entire fortnight at his command. Her mind was quite sick of Mr. We shall enjoy him completely. Weston gave her the history of the engagements at Enscombe. confirmed as it all was by the words and the countenance of his wife. and Mrs. the man believed they were gone to Hartfield." said he. There was instant pleasure in the sight of them. fine. I knew it would be so. Weston. I was always glad he did not come at Christmas. but not less to the purpose. it was stopt by Mr." they had both been out some time. Frank comes to-morrow--I had a letter this morning--we see him to-morrow by dinner-time to a certainty-he is at Oxford to-day. and in the rapidity of half a moment's thought. and smiled. at the conclusion. she looked up. and congratulated. who were standing to speak to her. and sincerely did she rejoice in their joy. too provoking!--I do not know when I have been so disappointed. she hoped Mr. "And now we shall just miss them. fewer and quieter. and still greater pleasure was conveyed in sound--for Mr. Weston immediately accosted her with." There was no resisting such news. If he had come at Christmas he could not have staid three days. To know that she thought his coming certain was enough to make Emma consider it so. Elton would now be talked of no more. dry. as well as the route and the method of his journey. to indulge her murmurs. and he comes for a whole fortnight. probably a little of both-such being the commonest process of a not ill-disposed mind. It was a most delightful reanimation of exhausted spirits. but on driving to the door they heard that neither "master nor mistress was at home. "I shall soon bring him over to Hartfield. Presently the carriage stopt. "This is too bad. ." And she leaned back in the corner. settled weather. every thing has turned out exactly as we could wish.

Emma's spirits were mounted quite up to happiness. I am ready.Emma could imagine she saw a touch of the arm at this speech. I shall not forget to think of you four hours hence. and Emma was now in a humour to resolve that they should both come in time. every thing wore a different air. which did not augur much. "'Tis twelve. Weston's faithful pupil did not forget either at ten. she thought the elder at least must soon be coming out. and when she turned round to Harriet. well. I dare say he is really nothing extraordinary:"-though his own sparkling eyes at the moment were speaking a very different conviction. while walking downstairs from her own room. or a little later. perhaps. "Will Mr. Weston's parting injunction." was Mrs. But neither geography nor tranquillity could come all at once. . Emma could look perfectly unconscious and innocent. "We had better move on. in mental soliloquy." said she. Weston. spoken with some anxiety. or eleven. a tender smile even there. you have only had my account you know." "Well. "always overcareful for every body's comfort but your own. "My dear. my dear Emma. and answer in a manner that appropriated nothing. "Think of me to-morrow. "we are detaining the girls. from his wife. When she looked at the hedges. or twelve o'clock. Mr." was Mr." The clock struck twelve as she passed through the hall. and meant only for her."--and turning again to Emma. "Four o'clock!--depend upon it he will be here by three. I see you now in all your little fidgets. to be sure that all is right. and Mrs. going again and again into his room. that she was to think of her at four. Frank Churchill pass through Bath as well as Oxford?"-was a question. she saw something like a look of spring. "but you must not be expecting such a very fine young man. Weston's quick amendment. about four o'clock. and so ended a most satisfactory meeting. and by this time to-morrow. dear anxious friend. however. The morning of the interesting day arrived."--said she. James and his horses seemed not half so sluggish as before.

She felt immediately that she should like him." "It is a great pleasure where one can indulge in it. and a readiness to talk. the conviction was strengthened by what followed. Highbury itself. "though there are not many houses that I should presume on so far. passed suspiciously . Weston had scarcely finished his explanation of Frank's being a day before his time. One cannot creep upon a journey. She was pleased with the eagerness to arrive which had made him alter his plan. That he should never have been able to indulge so amiable a feeling before. introduction. and she did not think too much had been said in his praise. address. the walk to Highbury. which convinced her that he came intending to be acquainted with her. air. when she appeared. was actually before her--he was presented to her. I remembered what I used to do myself. would hardly allow it even to be very small. one cannot help getting on faster than one has planned. He had reached Randalls the evening before. admired the situation. and travel earlier. later. but in coming home I felt I might do any thing. I am sure they will bring him soon." The word home made his father look on him with fresh complacency. The Frank Churchill so long talked of. that he might gain half a day. height. to have her share of surprize. all were unexceptionable. "I told you yesterday. he was a very good looking young man. and the greatest curiosity to visit it. and professed himself to have always felt the sort of interest in the country which none but one's own country gives." cried Mr. and Mr. thought it a most admirably arranged house. They had been arrived only a few minutes. is worth a great deal more than any little exertion it needs. Emma was directly sure that he knew how to make himself agreeable. and pleasure. Weston and his son. and her father was yet in the midst of his very civil welcome and congratulations. so high in interest." said the young man. and his countenance had a great deal of the spirit and liveliness of his father's. Weston with exultation." She opened the parlour door. and the pleasure of coming in upon one's friends before the look-out begins. and that acquainted they soon must be. and saw two gentlemen sitting with her father--Mr. and quicker. "I told you all that he would be here before the time named.I may be thinking of the possibility of their all calling here. he looked quick and sensible. Hartfield still more. He was very much pleased with Randalls. and there was a well-bred ease of manner.

he contrived to find an opportunity.--"Was she a horsewoman?--Pleasant rides?-Pleasant walks?--Had they a large neighbourhood?--Highbury. Weston. he could be sure of little else. "had been the wisest measure. if it were a falsehood. I was prepared for." he said. so much gratitude for the happiness she secured to his father. and their acquaintance proportionably advanced. Weston for my feelings. "Elegant." He got as near as he could to thanking her for Miss Taylor's merits. Weston. every friend must rejoice in it. and pleasantly handled.through Emma's brain. He understood what would be welcome. undoubtedly he could know very little of the matter. but she would be ready to quarrel with you for using such words." said Emma. I had not expected more than a very tolerably well-looking woman of a certain age. And at last. perhaps. Don't let her imagine that you have spoken of her as a pretty young woman. as was an additional proof of his knowing how to please-and of his certainly thinking it worth while to try to please her." said he. he wound it all up with astonishment at the youth and beauty of her person. and her very kind reception of himself. as if resolved to qualify his opinion completely for travelling round to its object. On his side were the inquiries." . "but I confess that. His manner had no air of study or exaggeration. so much warm admiration. "were you to guess her to be eighteen. it was a pleasant one. I did not know that I was to find a pretty young woman in Mrs. agreeable manners. but. He did not advance a word of praise beyond what she knew to be thoroughly deserved by Mrs. He did really look and speak as if in a state of no common enjoyment. but still. Their subjects in general were such as belong to an opening acquaintance. without seeming quite to forget that in the common course of things it was to be rather supposed that Miss Taylor had formed Miss Woodhouse's character. of introducing his mother-in-law. than Miss Woodhouse Miss Taylor's. I should listen with pleasure." "You cannot see too much perfection in Mrs. afforded society enough?--There were several very pretty houses in and about it. and speaking of her with so much handsome praise. and the family from whom he had received such a blessing must be ever considered as having conferred the highest obligation on him. while their two fathers were engaged with each other. "His father's marriage.--Balls--had they balls?--Was it a musical society?" But when satisfied on all these points. considering every thing.

She blessed the favouring blindness. and even. but he need not hurry any body else. however. Her own father's perfect exemption from any thought of the kind. or proofs of defiance. sir. she was confident that he was often listening.) a lady residing in or near Highbury. through the sad evils of sleeping two nights on the road. and whether his compliments were to be considered as marks of acquiescence." His son. which had taken strong possession of her mind. "As you are going farther on business. Weston began to move. He had business at the Crown about his hay. and therefore may as well be paid now. "no."I hope I should know better. A reasonable visit paid. His quick eye she detected again and again glancing towards them with a happy expression. Weston I should understand whom I might praise without any danger of being thought extravagant in my terms. was a most comfortable circumstance. give way to all his natural kind-hearted civility in solicitous inquiries after Mr. without the drawback of a single unpleasant surmise. . a family of the name of Fairfax. rose immediately also. when he might have determined not to look. I will take the opportunity of paying a visit. he never suffered beforehand from the apprehension of any. I have the honour of being acquainted with a neighbour of yours. it seemed as if he could not think so ill of any two persons' understanding as to suppose they meant to marry till it were proved against them. which must be paid some day or other." Emma wondered whether the same suspicion of what might be expected from their knowing each other. (turning to Emma. and express very genuine unmixed anxiety to know that he had certainly escaped catching cold--which. the entire deficiency in him of all such sort of penetration or suspicion. Happily he was not farther from approving matrimony than from foreseeing it.-Though always objecting to every marriage that was arranged. depend upon it. he could not allow him to feel quite assured of himself till after another night. had ever crossed his. She had no doubt of what Mr.) that in addressing Mrs. Frank Churchill's accommodation on his journey. too well bred to hear the hint. saying.--"He must be going. without a glance forward at any possible treachery in his guest. and a great many errands for Mrs. (with a gallant bow. He could now. Weston at Ford's." he replied. at present she only felt they were agreeable. Weston was often thinking about. Mr. She must see more of him to understand his ways.

Do not defer it." He agreed to it. though Fairfax. true. I remember you knew her at Weymouth. in finding the house.I shall have no difficulty. I have known them all my life. you are acquainted with Miss Fairfax. "Mrs. very worthy people. when she was the equal of every body she mixed with. "then give me leave to assure you that you will find her a very agreeable young lady." "There is no necessity for my calling this morning. I suppose. "another day would do as well." cried his father. or Bates." . besides. if Jane Fairfax could be thought only ordinarily gifted with it. Do you know any family of that name?" "To be sure we do. I believe. She is staying here on a visit to her grandmama and aunt. go to-day. "I think you will to-day. Frank. my father can direct me. Bates--we passed her house-I saw Miss Bates at the window. Call upon her. You will see her to advantage. any want of attention to her here should be carefully avoided. True. I am sure. upon no account in the world. "If you were never particularly struck by her manners before." The son looked convinced. and one of my servants shall go with you to shew you the way. and a fine girl she is." "My dear sir. I am afraid you will not hear her at all. "I have heard her speak of the acquaintance." as inclined her almost to doubt his real concurrence. by all means. "she is a very elegant young woman. I must give you a hint. Woodhouse. What is right to be done cannot be done too soon. And. but with so quiet a "Yes. but here she is with a poor old grandmother." said she. sir. but there was that degree of acquaintance at Weymouth which--" "Oh! go to-day. If you do not call early it will be a slight. They will be extremely glad to see you. You saw her with the Campbells." said the young man. who has barely enough to live on." said Emma. see her and hear her--no. for she has an aunt who never holds her tongue. is not the proper name--I should rather say Barnes." "You are acquainted with Miss Jane Fairfax. always the last to make his way in conversation. and yet there must be a very distinct sort of elegance for the fashionable world. are you?" said Mr.

immediately fixed on Highbury. Highbury."But your father is not going so far. would be his constant attraction. Frank Churchill still declined it. Weston. quite on the other side of the street. step. and it is a very dirty walk. and jump. Bates's. He came with Mrs. and with a cordial nod from one. as their visit included all the rest of the morning." They were permitted to go alone. the two gentlemen took leave. She was wanting to see him again. and it was an agreeable surprize to her. "My good friend. she became perfectly satisfied. and there are a great many houses. in order to hear that his son was very handsome. and on being desired to chuse their walk. It was not merely in fine words or hyperbolical compliment that he paid his duty.--"He did not doubt there being very pleasant walks in every direction. till her usual hour of exercise. he may get there from the Crown in a hop. but my coachman can tell you where you had best cross the street. to whom and to Highbury he seemed to take very cordially. Volume Two Chapter Six The next morning brought Mr. Weston. upon his behaviour to whom her opinion of him was to depend. therefore. most companionably at home. Emma had hardly expected them: for Mr."-Highbury. to perceive them walking up to the house together. . and she trusted to its bearing the same construction with him. and could now engage to think of them all at Randalls any hour of the day. that airy. and a graceful bow from the other. you might be very much at a loss. knew nothing of their plans. looking as serious as he could. And there was time enough for Emma to form a reasonable judgment. They walked thither directly. nothing could be more proper or pleasing than his whole manner to her--nothing could more agreeably denote his wish of considering her as a friend and securing her affection. cheerful. If he were deficient there. but if left to him. happy-looking Highbury. it appeared." Mr. Frank Churchill again. nothing should make amends for it. and his father gave his hearty support by calling out. arm in arm. Weston. Frank knows a puddle of water when he sees it. and as to Mrs. and afterwards in Highbury. Weston. They were all three walking about together for an hour or two-first round the shrubberies of Hartfield. this is quite unnecessary. who had called in for half a minute. with full confidence in their comfort. he should always chuse the same. he is only going to the Crown. with Mrs. Emma remained very well pleased with this beginning of the acquaintance. He had been sitting with her. But on seeing them together. stood for Hartfield. and especially to see him in company with Mrs. unless you keep on the footpath.

and his companions had not expected to be detained by any interest excited there. where a couple of pair of post-horses were kept. that with such feelings as were now shewn. He was immediately interested. Its character as a ball-room caught him. Woodhouse's ear. which must be very like a merit to those he was with. confessed his wish to be made acquainted with the whole village. altogether. handsome enough. and which had been the home of his father's father. and when their going farther was resolved on. Knightley certainly had not done him justice. and that Mr. though the principal one of the sort. that he had not been acting a part. and now the highest purpose for which it was ever wanted was to accommodate a whist club established among the gentlemen and half-gentlemen of the place. a good-will towards Highbury in general. It would hold the very number for comfort. Some of the objects of his curiosity spoke very amiable feelings. they shewed. it could not be fairly supposed that he had been ever voluntarily absenting himself. Their first pause was at the Crown Inn. and instead of passing on. it had been built many years ago for a ball-room. or making a parade of insincere professions. and though in some points of pursuit or observation there was no positive merit. were mentioned. and found matter of commendation and interest much oftener than Emma could have supposed. Emma watched and decided.He was delighted with every thing. to look in and contemplate its capabilities. He begged to be shewn the house which his father had lived in so long. but he was not satisfied. He saw no fault in the room. walked in quest of her cottage from one end of the street to the other. broad enough. more for the convenience of the neighbourhood than from any run on the road. and on recollecting that an old woman who had nursed him was still living. dancing state. it was long enough. and the conviction that none beyond the place and its immediate environs could be tempted to attend. he stopt for several minutes at the two superior sashed windows which were open. Why had not Miss Woodhouse revived the former good old days of the room?--She who could do any thing in Highbury! The want of proper families in the place. and lament that its original purpose should have ceased. He could not be persuaded that so many good-looking houses as he saw . No. but in passing it they gave the history of the large room visibly added. he would acknowledge none which they suggested.--but such brilliant days had long passed away. and while the neighbourhood had been in a particularly populous. an inconsiderable house. admired Hartfield sufficiently for Mr. They ought to have balls there at least every fortnight through the winter. had been occasionally used as such.

if a young lady can ever be allowed to look ill. He could be no judge. perhaps. "It was certainly never brilliant. he was still unwilling to admit that the inconvenience of such a mixture would be any thing.-A most deplorable want of complexion. At last he was persuaded to move on from the front of the Crown. that I had been actually sitting with them very nearly three-quarters of an hour. or that there would be the smallest difficulty in every body's returning into their proper place the next morning. seriously.around him. If the talking aunt had taken me quite by surprize. Emma recollected his intended visit the day before. Of pride. when he (finding me nowhere else) joined me there at last. perhaps all that was proper. and being now almost facing the house where the Bateses lodged. and Emma was rather surprized to see the constitution of the Weston prevail so decidedly against the habits of the Churchills. to my utter astonishment. He argued like a young man very much bent on dancing. Mrs. Weston. and nothing of the pride or reserve of Enscombe. It was but an effusion of lively spirits. however. no pause." Emma would not agree to this. but she would not allow it to have a sickly hue in general. cheerful feelings. indeed. is it? Ladies can never look ill. But the expression is hardly admissible. there was. Ten minutes would have been all that was necessary. A very successful visit:--I saw all the three ladies. As it was. and there was a softness and delicacy in her skin which gave peculiar elegance to the character of her face. Miss Fairfax is naturally so pale. very ill--that is. and felt very much obliged to you for your preparatory hint. oh! yes"--he replied. as almost always to give the appearance of ill health. it must have been the death of me. of the evil he was holding cheap. He seemed to have all the life and spirit. and began a warm defence of Miss Fairfax's complexion. and even when particulars were given and families described. "I was just going to mention it. bordered too much on inelegance of mind. and. and social inclinations of his father. And. could not furnish numbers enough for such a meeting. scarcely enough. I was only betrayed into paying a most unreasonable visit. his indifference to a confusion of rank. ." He listened with all due deference. and I had told my father I should certainly be at home before him--but there was no getting away. and asked him if he had paid it. I found. "Yes. The good lady had not given me the possibility of escape before." "And how did you think Miss Fairfax looking?" "Ill.

Miss Woodhouse. You will be adored in Highbury. he said--"But I beg your pardon. as my father informs me. I assure you the utmost stretch of public fame would not make me amends for the loss of any happiness in private life. It will be taking out my freedom. to be a true citizen of Highbury." "I merely asked.--"I cannot separate Miss Fairfax and her complexion. "there is no disputing about taste. I must buy something at Ford's." "Did you see her often at Weymouth? Were you often in the same society?" At this moment they were approaching Ford's. Miss Fairfax must already have given her account. I must pronounce it to be a very unfair one. Where features were indifferent.-I dare say they sell gloves. It is always the lady's right to decide on the degree of acquaintance. gloves and every thing. Weston's son--but lay out half a guinea at Ford's. "Well.-I shall not commit myself by claiming more than she may chuse to allow. a fine complexion gave beauty to them all." .acknowledged that he had heard many people say the same--but yet he must confess. and while the sleek. Do not let me lose it." said Emma. and has always business at Ford's. whether you had known much of Miss Fairfax and her party at Weymouth. and your popularity will stand upon your own virtues. well-tied parcels of "Men's Beavers" and "York Tan" were bringing down and displaying on the counter. You were very popular before you came. that to him nothing could make amends for the want of the fine glow of health. because you were Mr." "And now that I understand your question." They went in. and he hastily exclaimed. six days out of the seven." He shook his head and laughed. He comes to Highbury himself. you were saying something at the very moment of this burst of my amor patriae. the effect was--fortunately he need not attempt to describe what the effect was. that I may prove myself to belong to the place. If it be not inconvenient to you. "Ha! this must be the very shop that every body attends every day of their lives. he says. and where they were good." "Oh! yes. pray let us go in.--At least you admire her except her complexion. you were speaking to me. I do admire your patriotism.

I met her frequently at Weymouth. that is. if the lady in question could sit down instead--never seemed . and I remember one proof of her being thought to play well:--a man." said Emma. she is so very reserved. "remember that I am here. that I really think you may say what you like of your acquaintance with her. and at Weymouth we were very much in the same set. what she is destined to be?" "Yes--(rather hesitatingly)--I believe I do. She appeared to me to play well. "You forget how much she belongs to Highbury." "I certainly do forget to think of her." "You know Miss Fairfax's situation in life. I will move a little farther off. "Did you ever hear the young lady we were speaking of.--Mr. When the gloves were bought. and in love with another woman--engaged to her--on the point of marriage-would yet never ask that other woman to sit down to the instrument. But her account of every thing leaves so much to be guessed. but I know nothing of the matter myself. Weston smiling. and nothing suits me so well." "You get upon delicate subjects. "as having ever been any thing but my friend and my dearest friend. and Mrs.-I am excessively fond of music. She plays charmingly. "Ever hear her!" repeated Emma. with considerable taste. indeed?--Then I will speak the truth. and they had quitted the shop again." "You think so. do you?--I wanted the opinion of some one who could really judge." "May I. so very unwilling to give the least information about any body." said Mrs. a very musical man."Upon my word! you answer as discreetly as she could do herself. Campbell a friendly. Emma.--I have been used to hear her's admired. I conclude. I have heard her every year of our lives since we both began. play?" said Frank Churchill. I had known the Campbells a little in town. Colonel Campbell is a very agreeable man. warm-hearted woman." He looked as if he fully understood and honoured such a sentiment. but without the smallest skill or right of judging of any body's performance. I like them all. Frank Churchill hardly knows what to say when you speak of Miss Fairfax's situation in life.

Mr. highly amused. added. in half an hour. or from any body else. if I had been Miss Campbell. but she really did not seem to feel it. Dixon and Miss Campbell were the persons. or dulness of feeling--there was one person. is he? We shall know more about them all. would have been at all agreeable to me. She must have felt the improper and dangerous distinction. from you. it is impossible for me to say on what terms they really were-how it might all be behind the scenes. I guess. Dixon is very musical. I could not excuse a man's having more music than love--more ear than eye--a more acute sensibility to fine sounds than to my feelings." "There appeared such a perfectly good understanding among them all--" he began rather quickly. They are known to no human being. who have known Miss Fairfax from . to do every thing better than one does oneself!-Poor Mrs. and I thought it a very strong proof. But you." "Proof indeed!" said Emma.to like to hear one if he could hear the other. Dixon. to own the truth. than Miss Fairfax would have vouchsafed in half a year. one may guess what one chuses. "however. I think.--"Mr." "As to that--I do not--" "Oh! do not imagine that I expect an account of Miss Fairfax's sensations from you." "Certainly--very strong it was. but checking himself. It was not very flattering to Miss Campbell. Dixon! Well. I can only say that there was smoothness outwardly. a great deal stronger than. But if she continued to play whenever she was asked by Mr. who must have felt it: Miss Fairfax herself. was some proof. laughing. you know." "Poor comfort!" said Emma." "So much the better--or so much the worse:--I do not know which. But be it sweetness or be it stupidity in her--quickness of friendship. in a man of known musical talent. I am glad she is gone to settle in Ireland. but herself." "You are right. That." "Yes. "One would rather have a stranger preferred than one's very particular friend--with a stranger it might not recur again--but the misery of having a very particular friend always at hand. How did Miss Campbell appear to like it?" "It was her very particular friend. I thought.

But we never did. undoubtedly. and would not join them in finding much fault with. a little. must be a better judge of her character. indeed. "Oftentimes very convenient. If it were to be shared with the woman he loved. and all their set. Weston laughed. such a dread of giving a distinct idea about any body." said he. he would go and look at.a child." He perfectly agreed with her: and after walking together so long. Used only to a large house himself. by her aunt and grandmother. She was particularly struck by his manner of considering Mr. But I must be more in want of a friend. and then the attraction may be the greater. . no doubt. The man must be a blockhead who wanted more. Intimacy between Miss Fairfax and me is quite out of the question. which. There is safety in reserve. than I can be.--that we should have taken to each other whenever she visited her friends. and of how she is likely to conduct herself in critical situations. He was not exactly what she had expected. and thinking so much alike. we have been children and women together. that she could hardly believe it to be only their second meeting. and it is natural to suppose that we should be intimate. No. he could not think any man to be pitied for having that house. I have no reason to think ill of her--not the least--except that such extreme and perpetual cautiousness of word and manner. Emma felt herself so well acquainted with him. her reserve--I never could attach myself to any one so completely reserved. perhaps." "I have known her from a child. One cannot love a reserved person. not such a house as a man was to be pitied for having. His ideas seemed more moderate-his feelings warmer. and without ever thinking how many advantages and accommodations were attached to its size. but never pleasing. Mrs. And then. I hardly know how it has happened. as well as the church. less of the man of the world in some of his notions. but no attraction. is apt to suggest suspicions of there being something to conceal. he could not believe it a bad house." "Not till the reserve ceases towards oneself. Elton's house." "It is a most repulsive quality. he could be no judge of the privations inevitably belonging to a small one. less of the spoiled child of fortune. There must be ample room in it for every real comfort. therefore better than she had expected. and said he did not know what he was talking about. from that wickedness on my side which was prone to take disgust towards a girl so idolized and so cried up as she always was. than I have yet been. to take the trouble of conquering any body's reserve to procure one. or an agreeable companion.

and that whenever he were attached. merely to have his hair cut. There was certainly no harm in his travelling sixteen miles twice over on such an errand. was clear enough. Weston. she could observe nothing wrong in his notions. heedlessness as to the pleasure of his father and Mrs. and to marry. there was nothing to denote him unworthy of the distinguished honour which her imagination had given him. a great deal decidedly right. Weston was very ready to say how attentive and pleasant a companion he made himself--how much she saw to like in his disposition altogether. Vanity. but no doubt he did perfectly feel that Enscombe could not make him happy. he spoke of his uncle with warm regard. indifferent as to how his conduct might appear in general. and making no other comment than that "all young people would have their little whims. he became liable to all these charges. Volume Two Chapter Seven Emma's very good opinion of Frank Churchill was a little shaken the following day. Weston did not like it. but that Mrs. but there was an air of foppery and nonsense in it which she could not approve. A sudden freak seemed to have seized him at breakfast. restlessness of temper. he acknowledged her kindness with gratitude. by her passing it over as quickly as possible. which must be doing something. It did not accord with the rationality of plan. but with no more important view that appeared than having his hair cut. if not of being really in love with her. He appeared to have a very open temper--certainly a very cheerful and lively one. and saved only by her own indifference-- . the moderation in expense. but for such an unfortunate fancy for having his hair cut. in her own mind. and thought it a very good story. determined that he did know what he was talking about. or even the unselfish warmth of heart." With the exception of this little blot. His father only called him a coxcomb. by hearing that he was gone off to London. He might not be aware of the inroads on domestic peace to be occasioned by no housekeeper's room. This was all very promising. from worthy motives. of being at least very near it. good or bad. and that he shewed a very amiable inclination to settle early in life. and. Mrs. and he had sent for a chaise and set off. he would willingly give up much of wealth to be allowed an early establishment. the honour. extravagance. and though there was no being attached to the aunt. which she had believed herself to discern in him yesterday.But Emma. was fond of talking of him--said he would be the best man in the world if he were left to himself. Emma found that his visit hitherto had given her friend only good ideas of him. and seemed to mean always to speak of her with respect. intending to return to dinner. or a bad butler's pantry. love of change.

but the last year or two had brought them a considerable increase of means-the house in town had yielded greater profits. in trade. They added to their house. their want of a larger house." There was one person among his new acquaintance in Surry. their inclination for more company. With their wealth. had already taken place. he was silent. of being marked out for her by all their joint acquaintance. Something occurred while they were at Hartfield. not so leniently disposed. with great candour. silly fellow I took him for. Knightley. and unpretending. Weston observed. and their new dining-room. As Mrs. keeping little company. their views increased. but there was one spirit among them not to be softened. "all young people would have their little whims. This was the occurrence:--The Coles had been settled some years in Highbury. and with so much to be said for him altogether. and by this time were. Weston. which was still more lucky. quietly. prepared every body for their keeping dinner-company. "Hum! just the trifling. in short. she found she must not judge him harshly. In general he was judged. to their expenses of every sort. and were very good sort of people--friendly. for the moment. The circumstance was told him at Hartfield. in fortune and style of living. by bows or smiles--Mr. The regular and best . but Emma heard him almost immediately afterwards say to himself. and Mrs. Although in one instance the bearers of not good tidings. but. liberal. chiefly among the single men. liberal allowances were made for the little excesses of such a handsome young man-one who smiled so often and bowed so well." She had half a mind to resent. but an instant's observation convinced her that it was really said only to relieve his own feelings. and therefore she let it pass. they had lived in proportion to their income. He gave her to understand that Frank admired her extremely--thought her very beautiful and very charming. and not meant to provoke. to their number of servants. on his side.(for still her resolution held of never marrying)--the honour. from its power of censure. second only to the family at Hartfield. she wanted exactly the advice they gave. Mr. added a virtue to the account which must have some weight. to make Emma want their advice. over a newspaper he held in his hand. and that little unexpensively. On their first coming into the country. Weston's visit this morning was in another respect particularly opportune. throughout the parishes of Donwell and Highbury. and. Their love of society. on the other hand. and only moderately genteel. Mr. and fortune in general had smiled on them. and a few parties. they were of low origin.

considering every thing. which made their presence so acceptable. "They would have solicited the honour earlier. she did not know that she might not have been tempted to accept. It was the arrival of this very invitation while the Westons were at Hartfield. but they ought to be taught that it was not for them to arrange the terms on which the superior families would visit them. that their advice for her going was most prompt and successful." she so very soon proceeded to ask them what they advised her to do. Knightley. and Frank Churchill had most earnestly lamented her absence. and none had come for her father and herself. she very much feared. nor Randalls. She felt that she should like to have had the power of refusal. she was very persuadable. Goddard. Nothing should tempt her to go. for though her first remark. on reading it." was not quite sufficient. "Upon the whole. but had been waiting the arrival of a folding-screen from London. Bates. as the idea of the party to be assembled there. that when the insult came at last. Weston. and the Bateses. Might not the evening end in a dance? had been a question of his. Woodhouse from any draught of air. Donwell and Randalls had received their invitation. She owned that. they know you do not dine out. The Coles expressed themselves so properly--there was so much real attention in the manner of it-so much consideration for her father. and it being briefly settled among themselves how it might be done without neglecting his comfort--how certainly Mrs. Weston's accounting for it with "I suppose they will not take the liberty with you. and her being left in solitary grandeur. was but poor comfort. even supposing the omission to be intended as a compliment. and therefore induce him the more readily to give them the honour of his company. might be depended on for bearing him company-- . The Coles were very respectable in their way. it found her very differently affected. occurred again and again. and Mrs. she was not absolutely without inclination for the party. and afterwards. They had been speaking of it as they walked about Highbury the day before.families Emma could hardly suppose they would presume to invite-neither Donwell. This lesson. was that "of course it must be declined. But she had made up her mind how to meet this presumption so many weeks before it appeared. which they hoped might keep Mr. and she regretted that her father's known habits would be giving her refusal less meaning than she could wish. Harriet was to be there in the evening. if they did. consisting precisely of those whose society was dearest to her. nor Hartfield. if not Mrs. she had little hope of Mr. they would receive only from herself. none of Mr. The bare possibility of it acted as a farther irritation on her spirits.

not lessening. the hours would be too late." "Well. was increasing. you would have staid at home with me. I am sorry Mr. my dear. The ladies knew better how to allay it. and invite her. Mr. nor windy. Weston. I think it would be much better if they would come in one afternoon next summer." Then turning to Mrs. and every thing deliberately arranged. there must be an answer written to Mrs. if I can. . and yet get home without being out in the damp of the evening. of course. We must remember to let James know that the carriage will be wanted on Tuesday. Mr. neither damp. But first of all. However. and I will step to Mrs. and as you will both be there. And when you get there. Cole." cried Mr. He had a great regard for Mrs. Emma did not wish him to think it possible. Weston must be quiet. "He should be happy to see Mrs. Woodhouse was soon composed enough for talking as usual. if you had not married. Goddard. as they are so very desirous to have dear Emma dine with them. beginning with my compliments. and go no where. No more is Emma. Cole should have done it. The dews of a summer evening are what I would not expose any body to. and Emma should write a line. As for his going. Late hours do not agree with us. which they might do. and therefore must decline their obliging invitation. But you will do every thing right. We have never been there above once since the new approach was made. Woodhouse was to be talked into an acquiescence of his daughter's going out to dinner on a day now near at hand. but still I have no doubt that James will take you very safely. and spending the whole evening away from him. I cannot wish to prevent it. "as I took Miss Taylor away. You will say that I am quite an invalid. Goddard. as civilly as possible." "You will make my excuses. to take care of her. as our hours are so reasonable. Mr. "I am not fond of dinner-visiting. if you wish it. with a look of gentle reproach--"Ah! Miss Taylor. I need not tell you what is to be done. With this treatment. and the party too numerous." said he--"I never was. James could take the note. nor cold. and take their tea with us--take us in their afternoon walk. sir. Weston. and you had better name an early hour. provided the weather be what it ought. you must tell him at what time you would have him come for you again. it is incumbent on me to supply her place. He was soon pretty well resigned.Mr. and Mrs. Knightley too. Woodhouse's agitation. and Mr. I shall have no fears for you with him. Goddard in a moment." But the idea of any thing to be done in a moment.

but he is bilious--Mr. you would stay a little longer than you might wish." said Mr. if she came home cold. and think little of their own claims. and Mrs. You would not wish to disappoint and mortify the Coles. You would not think it to look at him." "Oh yes. upon no account in the world. I am only afraid of your sitting up for me. Perry tells me that Mr. and who have been your neighbours these ten years. she would be sure to warm herself thoroughly. rather than run the risk of hurting Mr.You will not like staying late." "But. Weston. Weston. my love. I know what worthy people they are. Emma's going away directly after tea might be giving offence. No. you know. "if Emma comes away early. I have no fears at all for myself. I should be extremely sorry to be giving them any pain. I am afraid you will be sitting up by yourself. I am not afraid of your not being exceedingly comfortable with Mrs. I am much obliged to you for reminding me. Weston." cried Mr. papa. "The sooner every party breaks up. but you will soon be tired. Cole is very bilious. You must promise me not to sit up. I am sure. you know." "And no great harm if it does." "But you do not consider how it may appear to the Coles. it will be breaking up the party. Woodhouse. My dear Emma. and Miss Woodhouse's doing it would be more thought of than any other person's in the room." He did. I am sure. among your friends. friendly. we must consider this. I would not be the means of giving them any pain. You will not like the noise. They are good-natured people. There will be a great many people talking at once. on the condition of some promises on her side: such as that. my dear sir. that her own maid . Goddard. sir. Cole. good sort of people as ever lived. Cole never touches malt liquor. but on your account." "No. papa?" "Oh! no. You will be perfectly safe." "But you would not wish me to come away before I am tired. She loves piquet. the better. You will not regard being tired. but still they must feel that any body's hurrying away is no great compliment. but when she is gone home. if hungry. Mr. that she would take something to eat. instead of going to bed at your usual time--and the idea of that would entirely destroy my comfort. You will get very tired when tea is over. and I should have no scruples of staying as late as Mrs.

Goddard being able to come. and for a longer time than hitherto.--No. as usual. after seeing him. Woodhouse. and that Serle and the butler should see that every thing were safe in the house. and by inference. He came back. There would have been either the ostentation of a coxcomb. it was not known at Hartfield. for whatever unwilling self-denial his . for Mrs. even in the days of his favour. and while her father was fondly noticing the beauty of her dress. and laughed at himself with a very good grace. Cole. Knightley. was to pay her respects to them as they sat together after dinner. to make the two ladies all the amends in her power. and. or the evasions of a mind too weak to defend its own vanities." With Tuesday came the agreeable prospect of seeing him again. He had no reason to wish his hair longer. but certainly silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way. and if he kept his father's dinner waiting. of guessing how soon it might be necessary for her to throw coldness into her air. he would have done this differently. who were now seeing them together for the first time. none had disturbed her more than his propensity to dine with Mr. He was quite as undaunted and as lively as ever. Her father's comfort was amply secured. Bates as well as Mrs. Volume Two Chapter Eight Frank Churchill came back again. to conceal any confusion of face. and her last pleasing duty. by helping them to large slices of cake and full glasses of wine. but folly is not always folly. in spite of the scene being laid at Mr. Cole's. he is not a trifling.should sit up for her. and of fancying what the observations of all those might be. of judging of his general manners. Elton. Emma thus moralised to herself:-"I do not know whether it ought to be so. I am perfectly sure that he is not trifling or silly.--It depends upon the character of those who handle it. She meant to be very happy. Mrs. Mr. He would either have gloried in the achievement. and without being able to forget that among the failings of Mr. or been ashamed of it. Wickedness is always wickedness. had had his hair cut. of the meaning of his manners towards herself. If he were. Weston was too anxious for his being a favourite with Mr. to improve his spirits. but without seeming really at all ashamed of what he had done. before she left the house. no reason to wish the money unspent. to betray any imperfection which could be concealed. silly young man.

Cox's family. There is always a look of consciousness or bustle when people come in a way which they know to be beneath them. from both husband and wife. I am sure I should. but with you it is a sort of bravado. the son approached her with a cheerful eagerness which marked her as his peculiar object. and not use his carriage so often as became the owner of Donwell Abbey." "Nonsensical girl!" was his reply. in Emma's opinion. and was pleased to see that it was Mr. as she firmly believed. and independence." "Yes I should. She had an opportunity now of speaking her approbation while warm from her heart. The less worthy females were to come . not without some dexterity on his side. Cole's door. the strongest of admiration were for her. if we had met first in the drawing-room. "How lucky that we should arrive at the same moment! for. She was received with a cordial respect which could not but please. You think you carry it off very well. The party was rather large. having little spare money and a great deal of health. and at dinner she found him seated by her--and. and given all the consequence she could wish for." He thanked her. for he stopped to hand her out.care of their constitution might have obliged them to practise during the meal. "This is coming as you should do. an air of affected unconcern. by my look or manner. Now you have nothing to try for. and the male part of Mr. as it included one other family. whom the Coles had the advantage of naming among their acquaintance. Knightley's. but not at all in anger. was too apt. to get about as he could. I doubt whether you would have discerned me to be more of a gentleman than usual. When the Westons arrived. Knightley keeping no horses. "like a gentleman. Now I shall really be very happy to walk into the same room with you. I always observe it whenever I meet you under those circumstances. I dare say.-You might not have distinguished how I came. the kindest looks of love. You are not afraid of being supposed ashamed.-I am quite glad to see you." said she. for Mr. she wished she could know that they had been allowed to eat it. You are not striving to look taller than any body else. a proper unobjectionable country family. observing. the lawyer of Highbury.--She had provided a plentiful dinner for them. Emma had as much reason to be satisfied with the rest of the party as with Mr. Knightley. She followed another carriage to Mr. activity.

and as soon as she entered the room had been struck by the sight of a pianoforte--a very elegant looking instrument--not a grand. and. to be sure! and it was but yesterday I was telling Mr.--of course it must be from Colonel Campbell. That very dear part of Emma. to the great astonishment of both aunt and niece--entirely unexpected. Cole seemed to be relating something of her that was expected to be very interesting. while politics and Mr. Cole. and still listen to Mrs. her fancy. Cole was telling that she had been calling on Miss Bates. the end of all the dialogue which ensued of surprize. who is mistress of music. quite bewildered to think who could possibly have ordered it-but now. "and I was only surprized that there could ever have been a doubt. Emma could fairly surrender all her attention to the pleasantness of her neighbour. especially considering how many houses there are where fine instruments are absolutely thrown away. and there were enough ready to speak to allow Emma to think her own way. was the name of Jane Fairfax." added Mrs. at dinner. I really was ashamed to look at our new grand pianoforte in the drawing-room. who plays so delightfully. perhaps may never make any thing of it. Cole. and congratulations on her side. but a large-sized square pianoforte. and our little girls. and found it well worth listening to. She listened. with Miss Bates. Miss Fairfax. that this pianoforte had arrived from Broadwood's the day before. had a letter from them very lately. The first remote sound to which she felt herself obliged to attend. Mrs." Mrs. Jane herself was quite at a loss. while I do not know one note from another. and Miss Smith. It seemed quite a shame. they were too numerous for any subject of conversation to be general. and there is poor Jane Fairfax. and explanations on Miss Bates's. She knows their ways best. received an amusing supply. They might chuse to surprize her. has not . but I should not consider their silence as any reason for their not meaning to make the present. it seems. "I declare. Cole had many to agree with her. every body who spoke on the subject was equally convinced that it must come from Colonel Campbell.in the evening. should not have an instrument. who are but just beginning. but already. Elton were talked over. I do not know when I have heard any thing that has given me more satisfaction!--It always has quite hurt me that Jane Fairfax. was. and the substance of the story. and equally rejoiced that such a present had been made. they were both perfectly satisfied that it could be from only one quarter. "One can suppose nothing else. Mrs. by Miss Bates's account. But Jane. that at first. and not a word was said about it. This is like giving ourselves a slap. and inquiry. Cole.

not even the pitifullest old spinet in the world. and that really is the reason why the instrument was bought-or else I am sure we ought to be ashamed of it." "I do not know." "You may say what you chuse--but your countenance testifies that your thoughts on this subject are very much like mine. Cole but yesterday. who can be?" "What do you say to Mrs." "Perhaps Miss Fairfax has never been staying here so long before. how acceptable an instrument would be. and shall probably suspect whatever I find you suspect." Miss Woodhouse made the proper acquiescence.--It is a handsome present." "Or that he did not give her the use of their own instrument-which must now be shut up in London. and he quite agreed with me.any thing of the nature of an instrument." "I rather wonder that it was never made before. Dixon. I rather believe you are giving me more credit for acuteness than I deserve. but at present I do not see what there is to question. why do you?" "Me!--I suppose I smile for pleasure at Colonel Campbell's being so rich and so liberal. the surprize. "Why do you smile?" said she. I had not thought of Mrs. She must know as well as her father. and perhaps the mode of it. Cole's. only he is so particularly fond of music that he could not help indulging himself in the purchase. and finding that nothing more was to be entrapped from any communication of Mrs. "Nay. turned to Frank Churchill." "That is a grand pianoforte. Dixon! very true indeed. hoping that some of our good neighbours might be so obliging occasionally to put it to a better use than we can.--I was saying this to Mr.--We are in great hopes that Miss Woodhouse may be prevailed with to try it this evening. Dixon?" "Mrs. the mystery." "Very. and he might think it too large for Mrs. . untouched by any body. I smile because you smile. Bates's house. If Colonel Campbell is not the person. to amuse herself with.

As to the pretence of trying her native air. or that he became conscious of a little attachment on her side. I think I should have made some discoveries." "He did. It is Mrs. I look upon that as a mere excuse. confirmed an idea which I had entertained before. he saved her life. but I cannot help suspecting either that. he had the misfortune to fall in love with her." "Yes. One might guess twenty things without guessing exactly the right. you must extend your suspicions and comprehend Mr. but I am sure there must be a particular cause for her chusing to come to Highbury instead of going with the Campbells to Ireland. Here. Dixon. but I honestly tell you what they are. February.--If I had been there. and Mrs. Dixon. of his being so warm an admirer of her performance.--In the summer it might have passed.--Very well. I dare say. Dixon. but what can any body's native air do for them in the months of January. I can answer for being very decided. Yes. but I. and March? Good fires and carriages would be much more to the purpose in most cases of delicate health." "And. Did you ever hear of that?-A water party. Dixon or Miss Fairfax. I was there--one of the party. though you make so noble a profession of doing it." "If so. Dixon . saw nothing but the fact." "I dare say you would. you know. I told you that your suspicions would guide mine. that Miss Fairfax was nearly dashed from the vessel and that Mr.--I do not mean to reflect upon the good intentions of either Mr. for it seems to be a new idea to you. and by some accident she was falling overboard." "Were you really?--Well!--But you observed nothing of course. He caught her." "Mr. Dixon in them. I immediately perceive that it must be the joint present of Mr." "And then. and what you told me on that head. she must be leading a life of privation and penance. Mr. I do not require you to adopt all my suspicions. simple I. and I dare say in her's. We were speaking the other day. upon my word. they have an air of great probability.is more like a young woman's scheme than an elderly man's. there it would have been all enjoyment. after making his proposals to her friend. Dixon's preference of her music to her friend's.

The ladies had not been long in the drawing-room. I may not have convinced you perhaps." "And if the Dixons should absolutely deny all knowledge of it we must conclude it to come from the Campbells." The conversation was here interrupted. before the other ladies. old news. however. other subjects took their turn. She said no more. a few clever things said. arrived. dull repetitions. Depend upon it. while I supposed you satisfied that Colonel Campbell was the giver. At first. had she dared fix on them. he looked as if he felt it. and heavy jokes." "No. or they would have been guessed at first. and the rest of the dinner passed away. And now I can see it in no other light than as an offering of love. And though the consequent shock and alarm was very great and much more durable--indeed I believe it was half an hour before any of us were comfortable again-yet that was too general a sensation for any thing of peculiar anxiety to be observable. when every corner dish was placed exactly right. Dixon is a principal in the business. we shall soon hear that it is a present from Mr. and obliged to be as formal and as orderly as the others. I felt how much more probable that it should be the tribute of warm female friendship. that you might not have made discoveries. I am sure it is not from the Campbells. Miss Fairfax knows it is not from the Campbells. and Mrs. I wanted to know a little more. a few downright silly. I do not mean to say. I saw it only as paternal kindness. Dixon. and occupation and ease were generally restored. Emma said.--It was the work of a moment. and were talked to and admired amid the usual rate of conversation." There was no occasion to press the matter farther. but I am perfectly convinced myself that Mr. but when the table was again safely covered. in their different divisions. "The arrival of this pianoforte is decisive with me. the dessert succeeded." "Indeed you injure me if you suppose me unconvinced. They were called on to share in the awkwardness of a rather long interval between the courses. She would not have been puzzled. Your reasonings carry my judgment along with them entirely. Emma watched the entree of her . the children came in. but by much the larger proportion neither the one nor the other--nothing worse than everyday remarks. and this tells me quite enough. Dixon. and thought it the most natural thing in the world.caught her. But when you mentioned Mrs. The conviction seemed real.

to sit and smile and look pretty. the subject was almost immediately introduced. "He had never seen so lovely a face. was particularly interested by the circumstance. and having so much to ask and to say as to tone. very glad to have purchased the mortification of having loved--yes. . Jane Fairfax did look and move superior." Emma restrained her indignation. Elton. totally unsuspicious of that wish of saying as little about it as possible. and if she could not exult in her dignity and grace. She introduced him to her friend. kind-hearted and musical. heard what each thought of the other. and Emma could not help being amused at her perseverance in dwelling on the subject. unsentimental disposition which allowed her so many alleviations of pleasure. and till he could find a seat by her. and every body must perceive it. nicely dressed herself and seeing others nicely dressed. In he walked. "Only to be sure it was paying him too great a compliment. They were soon joined by some of the gentlemen. but could most heartily rejoice in that light. to think the appearance of curiosity or interest fair. Emma divined what every body present must be thinking. was enough for the happiness of the present hour. in the midst of the pangs of disappointed affection. she felt too much in the secret herself. the blush of guilt which accompanied the name of "my excellent friend Colonel Campbell. touch.own particular little friend. and the very first of the early was Frank Churchill. She did not wish to speak of the pianoforte. Miss Smith. and only turned from her in silence." Mrs. but Emma suspected she might have been glad to change feelings with Harriet. and therefore purposely kept at a distance. and. where sat Miss Woodhouse. Weston. She was his object." And she. but she did think there were some looks a little like Mr. and was delighted with her naivete. and after paying his compliments en passant to Miss Bates and her niece. In so large a party it was not necessary that Emma should approach her. There she sat--and who would have guessed how many tears she had been lately shedding? To be in company. the first and the handsomest. and say nothing. and she saw the blush of consciousness with which congratulations were received. would not sit at all. of having loved even Mr. made his way directly to the opposite side of the circle. which she plainly read in the fair heroine's countenance. Elton in vain--by the surrender of all the dangerous pleasure of knowing herself beloved by the husband of her friend. and pedal. cheerful. but by the others. at convenient moments afterwards. she could not only love the blooming sweetness and the artless manner.

Weston. sensible men. Churchill were not in health and spirits for going. and could make out from his answers that." . I never knew days fly so fast. he owned that he believed (excepting one or two points) he could with time persuade her to any thing. none very near. and spoke so handsomely of Highbury altogether--thought it so abundant in agreeable families-that Emma began to feel she had been used to despise the place rather too much. She saw that Enscombe could not satisfy. He told her that he had been impatient to leave the dining-room-hated sitting long--was always the first to move when he could-that his father. and invitations accepted. This had happened the year before. he then mentioned. in having your hair cut. without considerable address at times. Cox. but it naturally betrayed itself. Cole. and Mr. which he did not mention. A week to-morrow!--And I have hardly begun to enjoy myself. were left very busy over parish business--that as long as he had staid. Now. and that Highbury." "Perhaps you may now begin to regret that you spent one whole day. One of those points on which his influence failed. it had been pleasant enough. and on her laughing and noticing it. He did not boast. Mr. that they made a point of visiting no fresh person. out of so few. there was very little going on. His importance at Enscombe was very evident. after a short pause.-"I have been here a week to-morrow--half my time. however. He had wanted very much to go abroad--had been very eager indeed to be allowed to travel--but she would not hear of it. as far as Enscombe was concerned. might reasonably please a young man who had more retirement at home than he liked. and the sort. that he had persuaded his aunt where his uncle could do nothing. he was beginning to have no longer the same wish. it was an even chance that Mrs. But just got acquainted with Mrs. but it was most prudent to avoid speech. Mr. or introduce an acquaintance for a night. and that. that their visitings were among a range of great families. She questioned him as to the society in Yorkshire-the extent of the neighbourhood about Enscombe. "I have made a most wretched discovery. taken at its best. it was not without difficulty. Knightley. and that even when days were fixed. though he had his separate engagements." said he. The unpersuadable point. that he could get away. and others!-I hate the recollection.Smiles of intelligence passed between her and the gentleman on first glancing towards Miss Fairfax. as he had found them in general a set of gentlemanlike. Emma guessed to be good behaviour to his father. he said.

"No," said he, smiling, "that is no subject of regret at all. I have no pleasure in seeing my friends, unless I can believe myself fit to be seen." The rest of the gentlemen being now in the room, Emma found herself obliged to turn from him for a few minutes, and listen to Mr. Cole. When Mr. Cole had moved away, and her attention could be restored as before, she saw Frank Churchill looking intently across the room at Miss Fairfax, who was sitting exactly opposite. "What is the matter?" said she. He started. "Thank you for rousing me," he replied. "I believe I have been very rude; but really Miss Fairfax has done her hair in so odd a way--so very odd a way--that I cannot keep my eyes from her. I never saw any thing so outree!--Those curls!--This must be a fancy of her own. I see nobody else looking like her!-I must go and ask her whether it is an Irish fashion. Shall I?-Yes, I will--I declare I will--and you shall see how she takes it;-whether she colours." He was gone immediately; and Emma soon saw him standing before Miss Fairfax, and talking to her; but as to its effect on the young lady, as he had improvidently placed himself exactly between them, exactly in front of Miss Fairfax, she could absolutely distinguish nothing. Before he could return to his chair, it was taken by Mrs. Weston. "This is the luxury of a large party," said she:--"one can get near every body, and say every thing. My dear Emma, I am longing to talk to you. I have been making discoveries and forming plans, just like yourself, and I must tell them while the idea is fresh. Do you know how Miss Bates and her niece came here?" "How?--They were invited, were not they?" "Oh! yes--but how they were conveyed hither?--the manner of their coming?" "They walked, I conclude. How else could they come?" "Very true.--Well, a little while ago it occurred to me how very sad it would be to have Jane Fairfax walking home again, late at night, and cold as the nights are now. And as I looked at her, though I never saw her appear to more advantage, it struck me that she was heated, and would therefore be particularly liable to take cold. Poor girl! I could not bear the idea of it; so, as soon as Mr. Weston

came into the room, and I could get at him, I spoke to him about the carriage. You may guess how readily he came into my wishes; and having his approbation, I made my way directly to Miss Bates, to assure her that the carriage would be at her service before it took us home; for I thought it would be making her comfortable at once. Good soul! she was as grateful as possible, you may be sure. `Nobody was ever so fortunate as herself!'--but with many, many thanks--`there was no occasion to trouble us, for Mr. Knightley's carriage had brought, and was to take them home again.' I was quite surprized;--very glad, I am sure; but really quite surprized. Such a very kind attention--and so thoughtful an attention!-the sort of thing that so few men would think of. And, in short, from knowing his usual ways, I am very much inclined to think that it was for their accommodation the carriage was used at all. I do suspect he would not have had a pair of horses for himself, and that it was only as an excuse for assisting them." "Very likely," said Emma--"nothing more likely. I know no man more likely than Mr. Knightley to do the sort of thing--to do any thing really good-natured, useful, considerate, or benevolent. He is not a gallant man, but he is a very humane one; and this, considering Jane Fairfax's ill-health, would appear a case of humanity to him;--and for an act of unostentatious kindness, there is nobody whom I would fix on more than on Mr. Knightley. I know he had horses to-day--for we arrived together; and I laughed at him about it, but he said not a word that could betray." "Well," said Mrs. Weston, smiling, "you give him credit for more simple, disinterested benevolence in this instance than I do; for while Miss Bates was speaking, a suspicion darted into my head, and I have never been able to get it out again. The more I think of it, the more probable it appears. In short, I have made a match between Mr. Knightley and Jane Fairfax. See the consequence of keeping you company!--What do you say to it?" "Mr. Knightley and Jane Fairfax!" exclaimed Emma. "Dear Mrs. Weston, how could you think of such a thing?--Mr. Knightley!--Mr. Knightley must not marry!--You would not have little Henry cut out from Donwell?-Oh! no, no, Henry must have Donwell. I cannot at all consent to Mr. Knightley's marrying; and I am sure it is not at all likely. I am amazed that you should think of such a thing." "My dear Emma, I have told you what led me to think of it. I do not want the match--I do not want to injure dear little Henry-but the idea has been given me by circumstances; and if Mr. Knightley

really wished to marry, you would not have him refrain on Henry's account, a boy of six years old, who knows nothing of the matter?" "Yes, I would. I could not bear to have Henry supplanted.-Mr. Knightley marry!--No, I have never had such an idea, and I cannot adopt it now. And Jane Fairfax, too, of all women!" "Nay, she has always been a first favourite with him, as you very well know." "But the imprudence of such a match!" "I am not speaking of its prudence; merely its probability." "I see no probability in it, unless you have any better foundation than what you mention. His good-nature, his humanity, as I tell you, would be quite enough to account for the horses. He has a great regard for the Bateses, you know, independent of Jane Fairfax-and is always glad to shew them attention. My dear Mrs. Weston, do not take to match-making. You do it very ill. Jane Fairfax mistress of the Abbey!--Oh! no, no;--every feeling revolts. For his own sake, I would not have him do so mad a thing." "Imprudent, if you please--but not mad. Excepting inequality of fortune, and perhaps a little disparity of age, I can see nothing unsuitable." "But Mr. Knightley does not want to marry. I am sure he has not the least idea of it. Do not put it into his head. Why should he marry?-He is as happy as possible by himself; with his farm, and his sheep, and his library, and all the parish to manage; and he is extremely fond of his brother's children. He has no occasion to marry, either to fill up his time or his heart." "My dear Emma, as long as he thinks so, it is so; but if he really loves Jane Fairfax--" "Nonsense! He does not care about Jane Fairfax. In the way of love, I am sure he does not. He would do any good to her, or her family; but--" "Well," said Mrs. Weston, laughing, "perhaps the greatest good he could do them, would be to give Jane such a respectable home." "If it would be good to her, I am sure it would be evil to himself; a very shameful and degrading connexion. How would he bear to have Miss Bates belonging to him?--To have her haunting the Abbey,

and thanking him all day long for his great kindness in marrying Jane?-`So very kind and obliging!--But he always had been such a very kind neighbour!' And then fly off, through half a sentence, to her mother's old petticoat. `Not that it was such a very old petticoat either--for still it would last a great while--and, indeed, she must thankfully say that their petticoats were all very strong.'" "For shame, Emma! Do not mimic her. You divert me against my conscience. And, upon my word, I do not think Mr. Knightley would be much disturbed by Miss Bates. Little things do not irritate him. She might talk on; and if he wanted to say any thing himself, he would only talk louder, and drown her voice. But the question is not, whether it would be a bad connexion for him, but whether he wishes it; and I think he does. I have heard him speak, and so must you, so very highly of Jane Fairfax! The interest he takes in her-his anxiety about her health--his concern that she should have no happier prospect! I have heard him express himself so warmly on those points!--Such an admirer of her performance on the pianoforte, and of her voice! I have heard him say that he could listen to her for ever. Oh! and I had almost forgotten one idea that occurred to me--this pianoforte that has been sent here by somebody-though we have all been so well satisfied to consider it a present from the Campbells, may it not be from Mr. Knightley? I cannot help suspecting him. I think he is just the person to do it, even without being in love." "Then it can be no argument to prove that he is in love. But I do not think it is at all a likely thing for him to do. Mr. Knightley does nothing mysteriously." "I have heard him lamenting her having no instrument repeatedly; oftener than I should suppose such a circumstance would, in the common course of things, occur to him." "Very well; and if he had intended to give her one, he would have told her so." "There might be scruples of delicacy, my dear Emma. I have a very strong notion that it comes from him. I am sure he was particularly silent when Mrs. Cole told us of it at dinner." "You take up an idea, Mrs. Weston, and run away with it; as you have many a time reproached me with doing. I see no sign of attachment-I believe nothing of the pianoforte--and proof only shall convince me that Mr. Knightley has any thought of marrying Jane Fairfax."

They combated the point some time longer in the same way; Emma rather gaining ground over the mind of her friend; for Mrs. Weston was the most used of the two to yield; till a little bustle in the room shewed them that tea was over, and the instrument in preparation;-and at the same moment Mr. Cole approaching to entreat Miss Woodhouse would do them the honour of trying it. Frank Churchill, of whom, in the eagerness of her conversation with Mrs. Weston, she had been seeing nothing, except that he had found a seat by Miss Fairfax, followed Mr. Cole, to add his very pressing entreaties; and as, in every respect, it suited Emma best to lead, she gave a very proper compliance. She knew the limitations of her own powers too well to attempt more than she could perform with credit; she wanted neither taste nor spirit in the little things which are generally acceptable, and could accompany her own voice well. One accompaniment to her song took her agreeably by surprize--a second, slightly but correctly taken by Frank Churchill. Her pardon was duly begged at the close of the song, and every thing usual followed. He was accused of having a delightful voice, and a perfect knowledge of music; which was properly denied; and that he knew nothing of the matter, and had no voice at all, roundly asserted. They sang together once more; and Emma would then resign her place to Miss Fairfax, whose performance, both vocal and instrumental, she never could attempt to conceal from herself, was infinitely superior to her own. With mixed feelings, she seated herself at a little distance from the numbers round the instrument, to listen. Frank Churchill sang again. They had sung together once or twice, it appeared, at Weymouth. But the sight of Mr. Knightley among the most attentive, soon drew away half Emma's mind; and she fell into a train of thinking on the subject of Mrs. Weston's suspicions, to which the sweet sounds of the united voices gave only momentary interruptions. Her objections to Mr. Knightley's marrying did not in the least subside. She could see nothing but evil in it. It would be a great disappointment to Mr. John Knightley; consequently to Isabella. A real injury to the children--a most mortifying change, and material loss to them all;--a very great deduction from her father's daily comfort--and, as to herself, she could not at all endure the idea of Jane Fairfax at Donwell Abbey. A Mrs. Knightley for them all to give way to!--No--Mr. Knightley must never marry. Little Henry must remain the heir of Donwell. Presently Mr. Knightley looked back, and came and sat down by her. They talked at first only of the performance. His admiration was certainly very warm; yet she thought, but for Mrs. Weston,

it would not have struck her. As a sort of touchstone, however, she began to speak of his kindness in conveying the aunt and niece; and though his answer was in the spirit of cutting the matter short, she believed it to indicate only his disinclination to dwell on any kindness of his own. "I often feel concern," said she, "that I dare not make our carriage more useful on such occasions. It is not that I am without the wish; but you know how impossible my father would deem it that James should put-to for such a purpose." "Quite out of the question, quite out of the question," he replied;-"but you must often wish it, I am sure." And he smiled with such seeming pleasure at the conviction, that she must proceed another step. "This present from the Campbells," said she--"this pianoforte is very kindly given." "Yes," he replied, and without the smallest apparent embarrassment.-"But they would have done better had they given her notice of it. Surprizes are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable. I should have expected better judgment in Colonel Campbell." From that moment, Emma could have taken her oath that Mr. Knightley had had no concern in giving the instrument. But whether he were entirely free from peculiar attachment--whether there were no actual preference--remained a little longer doubtful. Towards the end of Jane's second song, her voice grew thick. "That will do," said he, when it was finished, thinking aloud-"you have sung quite enough for one evening--now be quiet." Another song, however, was soon begged for. "One more;--they would not fatigue Miss Fairfax on any account, and would only ask for one more." And Frank Churchill was heard to say, "I think you could manage this without effort; the first part is so very trifling. The strength of the song falls on the second." Mr. Knightley grew angry. "That fellow," said he, indignantly, "thinks of nothing but shewing off his own voice. This must not be." And touching Miss Bates, who at that moment passed near--"Miss Bates, are you mad, to let your niece sing herself hoarse in this manner? Go, and interfere. They have no mercy on her."

Miss Bates, in her real anxiety for Jane, could hardly stay even to be grateful, before she stept forward and put an end to all farther singing. Here ceased the concert part of the evening, for Miss Woodhouse and Miss Fairfax were the only young lady performers; but soon (within five minutes) the proposal of dancing-originating nobody exactly knew where--was so effectually promoted by Mr. and Mrs. Cole, that every thing was rapidly clearing away, to give proper space. Mrs. Weston, capital in her country-dances, was seated, and beginning an irresistible waltz; and Frank Churchill, coming up with most becoming gallantry to Emma, had secured her hand, and led her up to the top. While waiting till the other young people could pair themselves off, Emma found time, in spite of the compliments she was receiving on her voice and her taste, to look about, and see what became of Mr. Knightley. This would be a trial. He was no dancer in general. If he were to be very alert in engaging Jane Fairfax now, it might augur something. There was no immediate appearance. No; he was talking to Mrs. Cole-he was looking on unconcerned; Jane was asked by somebody else, and he was still talking to Mrs. Cole. Emma had no longer an alarm for Henry; his interest was yet safe; and she led off the dance with genuine spirit and enjoyment. Not more than five couple could be mustered; but the rarity and the suddenness of it made it very delightful, and she found herself well matched in a partner. They were a couple worth looking at. Two dances, unfortunately, were all that could be allowed. It was growing late, and Miss Bates became anxious to get home, on her mother's account. After some attempts, therefore, to be permitted to begin again, they were obliged to thank Mrs. Weston, look sorrowful, and have done. "Perhaps it is as well," said Frank Churchill, as he attended Emma to her carriage. "I must have asked Miss Fairfax, and her languid dancing would not have agreed with me, after your's."
Volume Two Chapter Nine

Emma did not repent her condescension in going to the Coles. The visit afforded her many pleasant recollections the next day; and all that she might be supposed to have lost on the side of dignified seclusion, must be amply repaid in the splendour of popularity. She must have delighted the Coles--worthy people, who deserved to be made happy!--And left a name behind her that would not soon die away.

and if Harriet's praise could have satisfied her. but Jane Fairfax's is much beyond it. and Mr. She did unfeignedly and unequivocally regret the inferiority of her own playing and singing. that it would escape her. and there were two points on which she was not quite easy. How did you think the Coxes looked?" . It was hardly right. The truth is. Besides. must have felt the difference. Harriet. if she does play so very well. and that he valued taste much more than execution. Frank Churchill talked a great deal about your taste. which made it difficult for her to be quite certain that she ought to have held her tongue. in betraying her suspicions of Jane Fairfax's feelings to Frank Churchill. or that if there is any difference nobody would ever find it out. I always shall think that you play quite as well as she does. than a lamp is like sunshine. I think you play quite as well as she does. that my playing is just good enough to be praised. Nobody talked about it. and there she had no doubt. Harriet. My playing is no more like her's. because she will have to teach. I am sure I had much rather hear you." "Those who knew any thing about it. The other circumstance of regret related also to Jane Fairfax. but I did not know she had any taste. even in memory." "Are you sure? I saw she had execution." "Well. it is no more than she is obliged to do. she might soon have been comforted. is not common. Mr. "Oh! if I could but play as well as you and Miss Fairfax!" "Don't class us together. The Coxes were wondering last night whether she would get into any great family. you know. And I hate Italian singing." "Ah! but Jane Fairfax has them both. Cole said how much taste you had. was a compliment to her penetration. and his submission to all that she told." "Oh! dear--I think you play the best of the two. Harriet. Every body last night said how well you played.-There is no understanding a word of it.Perfect happiness. She doubted whether she had not transgressed the duty of woman by woman. She was then interrupted by Harriet's coming in. but it had been so strong an idea. She did most heartily grieve over the idleness of her childhood--and sat down and practised vigorously an hour and a half.

were the liveliest objects she could presume to expect. tempted by every thing and swayed by half a word. and while she was still hanging over muslins and changing her mind." "Oh!" "They talked a great deal about him." "Very likely." Emma was obliged to ask what they had told her. Mr. "They told me---that Mr."Just as they always do--very vulgar. and when her eyes fell only on the butcher with his tray. Harriet." "She meant to be impertinently curious. Cole's carriage-horses returning from exercise." "Oh!" "He came to their father upon some business. but she asked me if I thought I should go and stay there again next summer. Emma went to the door for amusement." said Harriet rather hesitatingly. or a stray letter-boy on an obstinate mule. and he asked him to stay to dinner. Martin dined with them last Saturday. Mr. especially Anne Cox. Miss Nash thinks either of the Coxes would be very glad to marry him." "She said he was very agreeable the day he dined there. I do not know what she meant. just as such an Anne Cox should be.--Emma thought it most prudent to go with her. two curs quarrelling over a dirty bone. the most vulgar girls in Highbury. and in her present state.--Much could not be hoped from the traffic of even the busiest part of Highbury. a tidy old woman travelling homewards from shop with her full basket. William Cox letting himself in at the office-door. without exception. would be dangerous.--I think they are. He sat by her at dinner.-Mr." "They told me something. and a string of dawdling children round the baker's little bow-window . Another accidental meeting with the Martins was possible. though fearful of its producing Mr." Harriet had business at Ford's. Perry walking hastily by. was always very long at a purchase. Elton." but it is nothing of any consequence.

--to Hartfield of course. quite enough still to stand at the door." said Frank Churchill. My aunt always sends me off when she is shopping. Weston. I may be allowed. that I would come this morning. and the agreeableness of yesterday's engagement seemed to give fresh pleasure to the present meeting. she knew she had no reason to complain." "Well--if you advise it. but I am the wretchedest being in the world at a civil falsehood. "I thought you meant to go with me. Weston pays her visit. Bates's. they were walking into Highbury. and had all but knocked. I did not know that I had fixed a day. two persons appeared. But you had better go with Mrs. A disagreeable truth would be palatable through her lips. whose house was a little nearer Randalls than Ford's." Mrs." said she. A mind lively and at ease." "Me! I should be quite in the way. "to join your party and wait for her at Hartfield-if you are going home.--Immediately they crossed the road and came forward to her. I was not aware of it myself. The scene enlarged. and was amused enough. Weston informed her that she was going to call on the Bateses." said Emma. and if it should prove to have an indifferent tone--what shall I say? I shall be no support to Mrs. She looked down the Randalls road. What am I to do?" "I am here on no business of my own. I am going now. Weston and hear the instrument. Weston and her son-in-law. Mrs. They were stopping. in the first place at Mrs. however. "that I absolutely promised Miss Bates last night. and can see nothing that does not answer. can do with seeing nothing. I hope. and Miss Woodhouse looks as if she could almost say the same. They would be very much pleased. in order to hear the new instrument." . and then we shall go home. Weston was disappointed. "I am only waiting for my friend. "For my companion tells me." "And while Mrs. Miss Woodhouse looks as if she did not want me. She says I fidget her to death. when Emma caught their eye. but as he says I did. She might do very well by herself. But. Mrs. perhaps--I may be equally in the way here. She will probably have soon done.--But (with a smile) if Colonel Campbell should have employed a careless friend.eyeing the gingerbread.

Mrs. Miss Woodhouse. At last it was all settled. Bates's door. that will be much best. "I should not at all like to have it sent to Mrs. "Should I send it to Mrs. Ford the trouble of two parcels. What do you advise?" "That you do not give another half-second to the subject." said the obliging Mrs. Ford." . I think."I do not believe any such thing. It need not detain us long. To Hartfield. if you please. Weston. Emma watched them in. I really wish you to call with me.--And I could take the pattern gown home any day. to give Mrs." said Harriet. Only my pattern gown is at Hartfield. No. Harriet. Ford. But then. you shall send it to Hartfield. Quite otherwise indeed." "No trouble in the world. Goddard's. you shall send it all to Mrs.--trying. Ford. but there is no reason to suppose the instrument is indifferent. could not you?" "It is not worth while. But I shall want the ribbon directly-so it had better go to Hartfield--at least the ribbon. and take it home with me at night. and that a blue ribbon. to Mrs." replied Emma. Mrs. Ford. if you please. Goddard's-I do not know--No.--"I am persuaded that you can be as insincere as your neighbours. if you please. be it ever so beautiful. "if it be not very disagreeable to you. even to the destination of the parcel." He could say no more. We will follow them to Hartfield.-"Yes--no--yes. quite satisfied. I may just as well have it sent to Hartfield. It will be felt so great an attention! and I always thought you meant it. ma'am." "Aye. Goddard's. to convince her that if she wanted plain muslin it was of no use to look at figured. if I understood Miss Fairfax's opinion last night. and with the hope of Hartfield to reward him. Then." "Do come with me. You could make it into two parcels. Goddard will want to see it. Goddard's. when it is necessary. would still never match her yellow pattern. Weston to Mrs." "No more it is." said Mrs. with all the force of her own mind. "Oh! but indeed I would much rather have it only in one. and then joined Harriet at the interesting counter. returned with Mrs. ma'am?" asked Mrs. We will go to Hartfield afterwards. Mrs.

Weston to come with me. Oh.'-But. in the most obliging manner in the world. always--I have heard some people say that Mrs.--And I begged Mrs. "I am just run across to entreat the favour of you to come and sit down with us a little while. said I. you know.--`Oh. my mother will be so very happy to see her--and now we are such a nice party. there is no saying what.'--For. would you believe it." said the latter. fastening in the rivet of my mother's spectacles. Woodhouse?--I am so glad to hear such a good account. Mrs.-So very obliging!--For my mother had no use of her spectacles-could not put them on. I meant to take them over to John Saunders the first thing I did. by the bye. for what is our consumption of bread. pray do. till I have finished my job. Wallis sent them by her boy. But about the middle of the day she gets hungry. I must run across. this morning.--`Aye. and give us your opinion of our new instrument. said I. then another. `Miss Woodhouse's opinion of the instrument will be worth having. Frank Churchill. Weston and Miss Bates met them at the door. and it passes off. every body ought to have two pair of spectacles. How do you do. My mother is delightfully well. Bates and Miss Fairfax are--" "Very well. Mrs. but something or other hindered me all the morning.Voices approached the shop--or rather one voice and two ladies: Mrs.--The rivet came out. you know. Weston told me you were here. you know? Only three of us." "I hope Mrs. and Jane caught no cold last night. Patty do not come with your bad news to me. you would be quite frightened if you saw it. there he is. I am much obliged to you. said I. first one thing. but we have never known any thing but the greatest attention from them. Miss Smith?--Very well I thank you. `wait half a minute. you and Miss Smith. and they are extremely wholesome. I am sure Miss Woodhouse will allow me just to run across and entreat her to come in. And it cannot be for the value of our custom now. How is Mr.-Oh! then. "My dear Miss Woodhouse. At one time Patty came to say she thought the kitchen chimney wanted sweeping.-besides dear Jane at present--and she really eats nothing--makes such a shocking breakfast. for I took the opportunity the other day of asking Mr. and there is nothing she likes so well as these baked apples.' said he. . And. Perry. Wallis can be uncivil and give a very rude answer. they should indeed. Jane said so. I dare not let my mother know how little she eats--so I say one thing and then I say another. that I might be sure of succeeding. Here is the rivet of your mistress's spectacles out.' said Mr. Then the baked apples came home. Miss Woodhouse. she cannot refuse. the Wallises. they are extremely civil and obliging to us. I shall be more sure of succeeding if one of you will go with me.

." "What was I talking of?" said she. `Oh!' said he. Weston. but Jane is taking them in. Indeed they are very delightful apples. I like a job of that sort excessively. beyond a doubt. Jane came back delighted yesterday. beginning again when they were all in the street. Woodhouse thinks the fruit thoroughly wholesome. Knightley's most liberal supply. Mrs. . and Mrs. and Mr. . you have prevailed. `there is nothing in the way of fruit half so good. . "How do you do. most warmly. Frank Churchill! `Oh!' said he. with no farther delay from Miss Bates than..I happened to meet him in the street. Indeed I must say that. Well. "I declare I cannot recollect what I was talking of. and certainly there never was such a keeping apple anywhere as one of his trees--I believe there . Weston. He sends us a sack every year.--Oh! my mother's spectacles. Woodhouse recommend a baked apple. of all the medley. So very obliging of Mr. . . Not that I had any doubt before-I have so often heard Mr. We have apple-dumplings. and hoped our friends would be so very obliging as to take some. He seems every thing the fondest parent could.' That. I believe it is the only way that Mr. I do congratulate you. I hope. The apples themselves are the very finest sort for baking. by his manner." and they did at last move out of the shop. all from Donwell--some of Mr." Emma would be "very happy to wait on Mrs. Bates.' I never shall forget his manner. however. And I am sure. he very far exceeds any thing. and these are the finest-looking home-baked apples I ever saw in my life. I hear you have a charming collection of new ribbons from town. &c. . Ford? I beg your pardon. much as I had heard of him before and much as I had expected. she would fix. Patty makes an excellent apple-dumpling. . `I do think I can fasten the rivet. I did not see you before. . you know. Wallis does them full justice--only we do not have them baked more than twice. . very often. And when I brought out the baked apples from the closet. `I can fasten the rivet. Mrs. Mrs. it was no compliment. Woodhouse made us promise to have them done three times-but Miss Woodhouse will be so good as not to mention it. Emma wondered on what. Thank ye. `Oh!' said he directly. and these ladies will oblige us. I like a job of this kind excessively. . . was so very.'--Which you know shewed him to be so very. the gloves do very well--only a little too large about the wrist.

Oh. I should not say quarrelled. and be sure not to say any thing to us about it. a bushel at least. for I have a great many more than I can ever use. you know. the same sort of apples. and he asked whether we were not got to the end of our stock. and went down and spoke to William Larkins and said every thing. he said. my dear. and we talked about them and said how much she enjoyed them. And so Patty told me.is two of them. so liberal as he had been already. I found afterwards from Patty. and I could not at all bear that he should be sending us more. My mother says the orchard was always famous in her younger days. however. but they should be all kept for Jane. `and I will send you another supply." Miss Bates had just done as Patty opened the door. it did not signify who ate the remainder. . I had mentioned it before I was aware. I will send you some more. and I was excessively shocked indeed! I would not have Mr. William Larkins let me keep a larger quantity than usual this year. she almost quarrelled with me--No. He told Patty this. . and Jane said the same. . She could not bear that her master should not be able to have another apple-tart this spring. William Larkins is such an old acquaintance! I am always glad to see him. unluckily.' So I begged he would not--for really as to ours being gone. William did not seem to mind it himself. but. I did say as much as I could. and I was very much obliged. as you may suppose. Hodges. But. the very same evening William Larkins came over with a large basket of apples. But I was really quite shocked the other day-for Mr. but she was quite distressed that I had owned the apples were so nearly gone. and Jane was eating these apples. thinks more of his master's profit than any thing. he had brought them all--and now his master had not one left to bake or boil. that William said it was all the apples of that sort his master had. for William. and her visitors walked upstairs without having any regular narration to attend to. he was so pleased to think his master had sold so many. Knightley called one morning. Knightley know any thing about it for the world! He would be so very. . However. before they get good for nothing. `I am sure you must be.' said he. I could not absolutely say that we had a great many left--it was but half a dozen indeed. And when he was gone. but bid her not mind it. for we never had a quarrel in our lives. and as long as so many sacks were sold. for Mrs. I wanted to keep it from Jane's knowledge. Hodges would be cross sometimes. said I. pursued only by the sounds of her desultory good-will. was quite displeased at their being all sent away. but Mrs. she wished I had made him believe we had a great many left.

Miss Smith. deprived of her usual employment. Pray take care. "have not you finished it yet? you would not earn a very good livelihood as a working silversmith at this rate. Miss Smith." He contrived that she should be seated by him. You see we have been wedging one leg with paper. and though the first bars were feebly given. most deedily occupied about her spectacles. however. Weston. at a table near her. I believe."Pray take care. the young man was yet able to shew a most happy countenance on seeing Emma again. it was not quite firm. At last Jane began." "What!" said Mrs. standing with her back to them. Emma joined her in all her praise. the step at the turning. the powers of the instrument were gradually done full justice to. and could not but resolve never to expose them to her neighbour again. I was almost afraid you would be hurrying home. she had not yet possessed the instrument long enough to touch it without emotion. and Jane Fairfax. till Jane Fairfax was quite ready to sit down to the pianoforte again. an unevenness in the floor. Miss Woodhouse. Mrs. slumbering on one side of the fire. That she was not immediately ready. in rather a low voice. ours is rather a dark staircase-rather darker and narrower than one could wish. she must reason herself into the power of performance. . and the pianoforte. intent on her pianoforte. Weston had been delighted before. Emma did suspect to arise from the state of her nerves. and was delighted again. was tranquillity itself. Mrs. Frank Churchill. with every proper discrimination. Mrs. and trying to make her help or advise him in his work. I am quite concerned. whatever their origin. tell me if you think I shall succeed. "This is a pleasure." he replied. You find me trying to be useful. I am sure you hit your foot. and Emma could not but pity such feelings." "I have not been working uninterruptedly. there is a step at the turning. Busy as he was. Bates. pray take care. This was very kind of you to be persuaded to come. Weston. was pronounced to be altogether of the highest promise. "coming at least ten minutes earlier than I had calculated." Volume Two Chapter Ten The appearance of the little sitting-room as they entered." said he. Miss Woodhouse. and was sufficiently employed in looking out the best baked apple for her. "I have been assisting Miss Fairfax in trying to make her instrument stand steadily.

in a voice of forced calmness. sometimes one conjectures right. I suppose. but we gentlemen labourers if we get hold of a word--Miss Fairfax said something about conjecturing. and the softness of the upper notes I am sure is exactly what he and all that party would particularly prize. it is done. Mrs. I dare say. Do you imagine Colonel Campbell knows the business to be going forward just at this time?--Do you imagine it to be the consequence of an immediate commission from him." said Emma. I wish I could conjecture how soon I shall make this rivet quite firm.--your real workmen. What nonsense one talks." He shook his head with a smile. "the person has not chosen ill." "Conjecture--aye. she could not avoid answering. "It is not fair. when hard at work." said Frank Churchill. madam. an order indefinite as to time. "I can imagine nothing with any confidence. with a smile at Emma. he went to the pianoforte. Bates."Whoever Colonel Campbell might employ. . Miss Fairfax. Soon afterwards he began again. hold their tongues. It must be all conjecture. Do not you think so?" Jane did not look round. "mine was a random guess. to depend upon contingencies and conveniences?" He paused. I dare say they often think of you." He was very warmly thanked both by mother and daughter. There." said she. I heard a good deal of Colonel Campbell's taste at Weymouth. or wrote to Broadwood himself. to escape a little from the latter. to play something more. "How much your friends in Ireland must be enjoying your pleasure on this occasion. (to Mrs. or that he may have sent only a general direction. in a whisper. and wonder which will be the day. Do not distress her. "Till I have a letter from Colonel Campbell. that he either gave his friend very minute directions.) of restoring your spectacles. who was still sitting at it. I have the pleasure. and looked as if he had very little doubt and very little mercy. and begged Miss Fairfax. She was not obliged to hear. Miss Fairfax. Miss Woodhouse. Weston had been speaking to her at the same moment. healed for the present. She could not but hear. and sometimes one conjectures wrong. the precise day of the instrument's coming to hand. if one talks at all.

you appeared tired the whole time.-Emma took the opportunity of whispering. This was all sent with the instrument." "I hope she does. and wish I had never taken up the idea." "I am very glad you did. He took some music from a chair near the pianoforte. yet could not help being amused." said he. and much less compunction with respect to her. Leave shame to her. one might expect. and played something else. she ought to feel it. and they looked it over together. but I would have given worlds-all the worlds one ever has to give--for another half-hour. "What felicity it is to hear a tune again which has made one happy!-If I mistake not that was danced at Weymouth. and that you communicated it to me. said. when she saw that with all the deep blush of consciousness.-And here are a new set of Irish melodies. "You speak too plain. Very thoughtful of Colonel Campbell. was not it?--He knew Miss Fairfax could have no music here. "Here is something quite new to me. upright.--This amiable. That." She looked up at him for a moment. it shews it to have been so thoroughly from the heart. she had less scruple in the amusement. from such a quarter. True affection only could have prompted it. I am not in the least ashamed of my meaning. and when on glancing her eye towards Jane Fairfax she caught the remains of a smile. perfect Jane Fairfax was apparently cherishing very reprehensible feelings. He brought all the music to her. Nothing hastily done. "it will be one of the waltzes we danced last night." She played. Do you know it?--Cramer. You did not enjoy them as I did. If she does wrong. there had been a smile of secret delight." Emma wished he would be less pointed. nothing incomplete. I honour that part of the attention particularly. I have now a key to all her odd looks and ways. She must understand you. I would have her understand me. coloured deeply. I am half ashamed. and turning to Emma." "But really." ."If you are very kind.--let me live them over again. I believe you were glad we danced no longer.

But Emma still shook her head in steady scepticism. I dare say he will come in when he knows who is here. but particularly your niece. "I am going to Kingston. You will find some friends here. So obliged to you for the carriage last night. We were just in time. Knightley on horse-back not far off. Knightley seemed determined to be heard in his turn. I thank you. it would give you all cold. I think." So began Miss Bates. I will not open the window here. do come in. passing near the window." And Miss Bates was obliged to give a direct answer before he would hear her in any thing else." resumed Miss Bates. and Mr. as if it had passed within the same apartment. "So obliged to you!--so very much obliged to you for the carriage. Pray come in. and opening the casement there. "Mr. Kingston--are you?--Mrs. Miss Bates?--I want to inquire after you all. for most resolutely and commandingly did he say. descried Mr." Shortly afterwards Miss Bates. How is she to-day? Tell me how Miss Fairfax is."She is not entirely without it. How is Miss Fairfax?--I hope she caught no cold last night. Cole was saying the other day she wanted something from Kingston. She is playing Robin Adair at this moment--his favourite." . "How d' ye do?--how d'ye do?--Very well. immediately called Mr." "I do not see much sign of it. He cut her short with. Knightley I declare!--I must speak to him if possible. Knightley's attention. Quite delightful to have you all meet so!--Our little room so honoured!" She was in the adjoining chamber while she still spoke. The listeners were amused. Can I do anything for you?" "Oh! dear. but I can go into my mother's room you know. "How is your niece. and every syllable of their conversation was as distinctly heard by the others. my mother just ready for us. just to thank him. and Mrs. Weston gave Emma a look of particular meaning.

no. I could not stay two minutes. they will say something pretty loud about you and me in return. And (raising his voice still more) I do not see why Miss Fairfax should not be mentioned too. Cole has servants to send. We really are so shocked! Mrs. Who do you think is here?-Miss Woodhouse and Miss Smith. but I cannot stay to hear it. your room is full enough.) I have not been able to succeed. But I thought he would have staid now. . and Mrs. for I suppose Miss Woodhouse and Mr. and hear the pianoforte. I thank you. I can say nothing less. and it would have been a pity not to have mentioned. in England." "Oh! do come in. Weston and Mr. one moment more. I am so sorry!--Oh! Mr." said he. Knightley. how extremely pleasant. You should not have done it. . Frank Churchill." "And here is Mrs."Mrs. I must get on to Kingston as fast as I can." "Oh! Mr. They will be so very happy to see you. in a deliberating manner. But do come in. so kind as to call to hear the new pianoforte. Knightley. . Well. if your friends have any gratitude. Can I do any thing for you?" "No. something of consequence-so shocked!--Jane and I are both so shocked about the apples!" "What is the matter now?" "To think of your sending us all your store apples." "Well. Frank Churchill too!--Quite delightful. Frank Churchill are hearing every thing that passes. Weston is the very best country-dance player. I will call another day. and come in. He never can bear to be thanked. I thank you. Now. Ah! he is off. and now you have not one left." "No. (returning to the room. . I think Miss Fairfax dances very well. William Larkins mentioned it here. "for five minutes. indeed you should not. so many friends!" "No. You said you had a great many." "Oh! very delightful indeed. what a delightful party last night. Do put up your horse at the Crown." "Well. without exception. not now. Hodges may well be angry. perhaps. I never saw any thing equal to it.--Did you ever see such dancing?-Was not it delightful?--Miss Woodhouse and Mr.

and the most solicitous for accommodation and appearance. .--but when a beginning is made-when the felicities of rapid motion have once been. `Can I do any thing for you at Kingston?' said he. and his the greatest zeal in pursuing it. and on examining watches. because you know. so I just mentioned. . felt--it must be a very heavy set that does not ask for more. Weston could say of their exactly equal size. and longed to dance again. and no material injury accrue either to body or mind. He is going to Kingston. must you be going?--You seem but just come--so very obliging of you. Instances have been known of young people passing many. His first proposition and request. was passed by the two young people in schemes on the subject. Volume Two Chapter Eleven It may be possible to do without dancing entirely. Weston and her companion taking leave also. Cole's should be finished there--that the same party should be collected. You must have heard every thing to be sure. before they set off for Randalls. ." "Yes." "Oh! yes. and Mr. the door was open. .Mr. so much of the morning was perceived to be gone." Emma found it really time to be at home. in the hope of discovering. I dare say you might. Woodhouse was persuaded to spend with his daughter at Randalls. and the same musician engaged. and the last half-hour of an evening which Mr. without any of the wicked aids of vanity--to assist him first in pacing out the room they were in to see what it could be made to hold--and then in taking the dimensions of the other parlour. that it was a little the largest. that Mrs. Frank Churchill had danced once at Highbury. Weston entered into the idea with thorough enjoyment. Mr. that the dance begun at Mr. in spite of all that Mr. Frank's was the first idea. my dear. Frank Churchill and Miss Woodhouse danced--for doing that in which she need not blush to compare herself with Jane Fairfax--and even for simple dancing itself. Knightley spoke loud. though slightly. Knightley cannot stop. . could allow themselves only to walk with the two young ladies to Hartfield gates. . we heard every thing. and the window was open." said Jane. He asked me if he could do any thing. many months successively. But still she had inclination enough for shewing people again how delightfully Mr. "we heard his kind offers. . for the lady was the best judge of the difficulties. without being at any ball of any description. Oh! Miss Woodhouse. the visit had already lasted long. met with the readiest acquiescence.

and Mrs. young Cox. It will not do to invite five couple. Gilbert would have danced the other evening. you would be quite laid up. and Miss Fairfax. Weston was in distress about the supper. and dance across the passage?" It seemed the best scheme. "But will there be good room for five couple?--I really do not think there will. Weston most willingly undertook to play as long as they could wish to dance. She would catch a dreadful cold. and a very interesting speculation in what possible manner they could be disposed of. five couple are not enough to make it worth while to stand up. I could not bear it for Emma!--Emma is not strong. Woodhouse opposed it earnestly. on the score of health. that will be quite enough for pleasure. Mrs. besides Mr. and must be invited with the rest. and the two Miss Coxes five. So you would all. and portioning out the indispensable division of space to every couple. will be three. "Might not they use both rooms. and for five couple there will be plenty of room. when one thinks seriously about it." Somebody said that Miss Gilbert was expected at her brother's. Emma said it would be awkward." said he. will be three. indeed. and the two Miss Coxes five. and at last. Mr. You and Miss Smith. and myself. So would poor little Harriet. my father. Yes. of reckoning up exactly who there would be. Mrs. and the interesting employment had followed. Weston naming one family of cousins who must be included. "Oh! no." had been repeated many times over. and another of very old acquaintance who could not be left out. it became a certainty that the five couple would be at least ten. Knightley. "You and Miss Smith. . and Mr. and Miss Fairfax. Somebody else believed Mrs." But soon it came to be on one side. "And after all. Five couple are nothing. It made him so very unhappy. It can be allowable only as the thought of the moment. "And there will be the two Gilberts. "it would be the extreme of imprudence. that it could not be persevered in. if she had been asked. A word was put in for a second young Cox. The doors of the two rooms were just opposite each other. Weston." On another. and yet it was not so good but that many of them wanted a better.

and the first scheme of dancing only in the room they were in resorted to again. "I think there will be very tolerable room for ten couple. one is unwilling to give the matter up. Had she intended ever to marry him. Weston was sorry for such a charge. She knew the importance of it. and keeping them open very inconsiderately. and forgave the rest. and with such good-will on Frank Churchill's part. He has been opening the doors very often this evening. and try to understand the value . Every door was now closed. and said every thing in her power to do it away. no. "it was very bad. Exquisite. I do not mean to set you against him. That young man (speaking lower) is very thoughtless. you have the art of giving pictures in a few words." But still he went on measuring." said she. "We were too magnificent." "No. A crowd in a little room--Miss Woodhouse. however.do not let them talk of such a wild thing." he replied." said he. and that he would rather oppose than lose the pleasure of dancing with her. that the space which a quarter of an hour before had been deemed barely sufficient for five couple. Ten couple may stand here very well. Do not tell his father. "It would be a crowd--a sad crowd. "I agree with you exactly. it might have been worth while to pause and consider. He does not think of the draught. but indeed he is not quite the thing!" Mrs." Emma perceived that the nature of his gallantry was a little self-willed. and what could be worse than dancing without space to turn in?" "Very true. but that young man is not quite the thing. quite exquisite!--Still. "We allowed unnecessary room. It would be dreadful to be standing so close! Nothing can be farther from pleasure than to be dancing in a crowd--and a crowd in a little room!" "There is no denying it. was now endeavoured to be made out quite enough for ten." Emma demurred. but she took the compliment. having proceeded so far. "you are quite unreasonable. the passage plan given up. and still he ended with." he gravely replied. It would be a disappointment to my father--and altogether--I do not know that--I am rather of opinion that ten couple might stand here very well. Pray do not let them talk of it.

but was too anxious for securing any thing to like to yield. but at the Crown Inn?" "The Crown!" "Yes. Oh! you were perfectly right! Ten couple. Woodhouse see no objection. not at Randalls. they had better dance at Randalls. I hope. He had never been in the room at the Crown in his life--did not know the people who kept it by sight. if you and Mr. "Well. to be given. "your inclination for dancing has not been quite frightened away. and Mrs. being quite new. and I trust you cannot. Weston do not." . he was at Hartfield. he was quite amiable enough. "No. farther representations were necessary to make it acceptable.--Oh! no--a very bad plan. Miss Woodhouse. May I hope for the honour of your hand for the two first dances of this little projected ball. provided you are satisfied. Weston sees no objection to it. It is his own idea. would have been insufferable!--Dreadful!--I felt how right you were the whole time. Papa. Mrs. and. I bring a new proposal on the subject:--a thought of my father's. he thought it very far from an improvement--a very bad plan-much worse than the other. and not a less grateful welcome than at Randalls. Better accommodations. do you not think it an excellent improvement?" She was obliged to repeat and explain it. and the character of his temper. my father hopes his friends will be so kind as to visit him there. by the terrors of my father's little rooms." he almost immediately began. he can promise them. Before the middle of the next day. if Mr. which waits only your approbation to be acted upon. before it was fully comprehended. never properly aired. I think it admirable. and then. and he entered the room with such an agreeable smile as certified the continuance of the scheme.of his preference. A room at an inn was always damp and dangerous. as far as I can answer for myself. in either of the Randalls rooms. If they must dance. or fit to be inhabited. It soon appeared that he came to announce an improvement. Is not it a good exchange?--You consent-I hope you consent?" "It appears to me a plan that nobody can object to. but for all the purposes of their acquaintance. They would catch worse colds at the Crown than anywhere. shall be most happy--It seems the only improvement that could be. This is what we all feel.

it will be very convenient for the horses. and throw up a sash. unfortunately. letting in cold air upon heated bodies. Woodhouse." "Ah! sir--but a thoughtless young person will sometimes step behind a window-curtain. I have often known it done myself. If Mr. without its being suspected. Perry to be that sort of character." "From the very circumstance of its being larger." "Open the windows!--but surely. we may talk it over. sir?--Bless me! I never could have supposed it. papa. which (as you well know. They will be so near their own stable." "Have you indeed. Nobody could be so imprudent! I never heard of such a thing. but nobody else could. There is no hurry at all. We shall have no occasion to open the windows at all--not once the whole evening. this does make a difference. Not that James ever complains. sir) does the mischief. and it is that dreadful habit of opening the windows." "But. nobody would think of opening the windows at Randalls." "So they will. my time is so limited--" "Oh!" interrupted Emma."I was going to observe. sir. Weston (poor Miss Taylor that was) would suffer it. "that one of the great recommendations of this change would be the very little danger of any body's catching cold-so much less danger at the Crown than at Randalls! Mr. Mr. and. when we come to talk it over--but these sort of things require a good deal of consideration. sir. "there will be plenty of time for talking every thing over. If it can be contrived to be at the Crown. However. If I could be sure of the rooms being thoroughly aired--but is . But I live out of the world. sir. But I do not understand how the room at the Crown can be safer for you than your father's house. Churchill. Dancing with open windows!--I am sure. my dear. Weston will be so obliging as to call here one morning." "Sir. and Mrs. and am often astonished at what I hear. rather warmly." said Mr. Mr. Perry is extremely concerned when any of us are ill." said Frank Churchill. One cannot resolve upon them in a hurry. "you are very much mistaken if you suppose Mr. but it is right to spare our horses when we can. and see what can be done. neither your father nor Mrs. That is a great thing. perhaps. Perry might have reason to regret the alteration.

the two young people set off together without delay for the Crown. she will send for Perry. We never see any thing of it on our club-nights. you need not have any fears. Perry said. "What does all that signify? You will see nothing of it by candlelight.Mrs. "Emma. and hoping you might be persuaded to join them and give your advice on the spot. Stokes to be trusted? I doubt it. "examining the capabilities of the house. It will be as clean as Randalls by candlelight." Emma was most happy to be called to such a council. who is carefulness itself. Poor little Emma! You were very bad with the measles. Mrs. sir. They can do nothing satisfactorily without you. Perry did say so. delighted to see her and receive her approbation. engaging to think it all over while she was gone. because it will be under Mrs. and Mrs. so many years ago. from the first. I left them there and came on to Hartfield. Do not you remember what Mr." "There." . I hope whenever poor Isabella's little ones have the measles." "My father and Mrs. even by sight. sir. Weston. she. Weston. "this paper is worse than I expected." "My dear. He said. very true. you are too particular. I do not know her. very busy and very happy in their different way." said she. Look! in places you see it is dreadfully dirty. and he. and the wainscot is more yellow and forlorn than any thing I could have imagined. Weston undertakes to direct the whole." "I can answer for every thing of that nature. it was a very good sort--which was our great comfort. if you could allow me to attend you there. that is. I was desired to say so from both. but the measles are a dreadful complaint. He came four times a day for a week. when I had the measles? `If Miss Taylor undertakes to wrap Miss Emma up. Weston's care." said her husband. Mr. finding every thing perfect. It would be the greatest pleasure to them. in some little distress. but for Perry's great attention. papa!--Now you must be satisfied--Our own dear Mrs. and her father. you would have been very bad. Weston are at the Crown at this moment." said Frank Churchill.' How often have I heard you speak of it as such a compliment to her!" "Aye. I shall never forget it. impatient for your opinion. There were Mr.

and a long awkward passage must be gone through to get at it. and Mrs. if cards were conveniently voted unnecessary by their four selves. A private dance. I think . "I do not think it is so very small. Weston. still was it not too small for any comfortable supper? Another room of much better size might be secured for the purpose." One perplexity.. At the time of the ballroom's being built. merely sandwiches. suppers had not been in question. however. This made a difficulty. Mrs." and the gentlemen perhaps thought each to himself. walking briskly with long steps through the passage." "Yes. but it was at the other end of the house. observed. you know. Weston was afraid of draughts for the young people in that passage. We shall not be many. Mrs.-And I do not know whether Miss Bates is not as likely to understand the inclinations of the rest of the people as any body. Weston must not speak of it again. very true. They are not far off. "You talk a great deal of the length of this passage. "very true. "one could know which arrangement our guests in general would like best. set out in the little room." said Mrs. It regarded a supper-room. was pronounced an infamous fraud upon the rights of men and women." "I wish. She then took another line of expediency. was calling out. for instance." cried Frank. I do not wonder at you. You want your neighbours' opinions. It is a mere nothing after all. "Women will have their little nonsenses and needless cares.The ladies here probably exchanged looks which meant. Weston proposed having no regular supper. "Men never know when things are dirty or not. and neither Emma nor the gentlemen could tolerate the prospect of being miserably crowded at supper. and not the least draught from the stairs. without sitting down to supper. which the gentlemen did not disdain. or." And Mr. and looking into the doubtful room. arose. but that was scouted as a wretched suggestion. Shall I call upon them? Or Miss Bates? She is still nearer. What was to be done? This card-room would be wanted as a card-room now. &c. was the only addition. To do what would be most generally pleasing must be our object--if one could but tell what that would be. Weston at the same time. and a small card-room adjoining. If one could ascertain what the chief of them--the Coles. my dear.

Undoubtedly if you wish it. I shall think you a great blockhead. I did not immediately recollect. and found the evils of it much less than she had supposed before-indeed very trifling. Weston. Weston joined them. But fetch them both. Frank had already written to Enscombe to propose staying a few days beyond his fortnight. "if you think she will be of any use. All the rest." And away he ran. Invite them both. Fetch Miss Bates. lights and music. . and let us end the matter at once. and here ended the difficulties of decision. "She will be all delight and gratitude. All the minor arrangements of table and chair. but she will tell you nothing. so extremely amusing! I am very fond of hearing Miss Bates talk. Frank." "You will get nothing to the purpose from Miss Bates. She is a standing lesson of how to be happy. do." "Both sir! Can the old lady?" . was certainly to come. Stokes. . She will enjoy the scheme. you know." said Mrs.--Mrs. and her elegant niece. I am sure. We are growing a little too nice. attending the short. tea and supper. was perfectly smooth." "But she is so amusing.-Every body invited." said Emma. like a sweet-tempered woman and a good wife. in speculation at least. . neat. and I do not know a properer person for shewing us how to do away difficulties.--Go and fetch Miss Bates. brisk-moving aunt. gave it his decided approbation. the young lady." Here Mr. sir. Frank. to be sure. Weston and Mrs. made themselves. and on hearing what was proposed. had examined the passage again. Weston rather hesitating. I see no advantage in consulting Miss Bates. Long before he reappeared. And I need not bring the whole family. "Aye." "Oh! I beg your pardon. Suppose I go and invite Miss Bates to join us?" "Well--if you please.we do want a larger council. "The old lady! No. She will not even listen to your questions. or were left as mere trifles to be settled at any time between Mrs. if you bring the aunt without the niece. I will endeavour to persuade them both.

much rather. the great risk. indeed--I never look at it-- . and all in happy enjoyment of the future. To her voluntary communications Emma could get no more approving reply. but it was not opposed.which could not possibly be refused. she could not think it so very impossible that the Churchills might not allow their nephew to remain a day beyond his fortnight. and I will keep as much awake as I can. All was safe and prosperous. if not in word. gracious in fact.-Pleasure in seeing dancing!--not I. That's right. If the Westons think it worth while to be at all this trouble for a few hours of noisy entertainment. between the different rooms. of its being all in vain. looking over William Larkins's week's account. being now certain of her ball.-Oh! yes. nor without her overhearing Mr. Her approbation. at once general and minute. nothing could be properly ready till the third week were entered on. "Very well. he seemed resolved that it should not interest him. But this was not judged feasible.) she was truly welcome. did she agree that it must. could not but please. and for another half-hour they were all walking to and fro. in spite of Mr. Emma. for. and for a few days they must be planning. Either because he did not dance himself. Weston whisper to his wife. "He has asked her. I have nothing to say against it. than. As a counsellor she was not wanted. Enscombe however was gracious. when Miss Bates arrived. warm and incessant. or affording him any future amusement. Knightley's provoking indifference about it. (a much safer character. and as the removal of one solicitude generally makes way for another. began to adopt as the next vexation Mr. but as an approver. proceeding and hoping in uncertainty--at the risk-in her opinion. The preparations must take their time. or because the plan had been formed without his being consulted. but that they shall not chuse pleasures for me. some attending. I knew he would!" Volume Two Chapter Twelve One thing only was wanting to make the prospect of the ball completely satisfactory to Emma--its being fixed for a day within the granted term of Frank Churchill's stay in Surry. The party did not break up without Emma's being positively secured for the two first dances by the hero of the evening. Most cordially. I could not refuse. but I would rather be at home. determined against its exciting any present curiosity. And a delightful dance it was to be. I must be there. I confess. Weston's confidence. His wish of staying longer evidently did not please. my dear. some suggesting.

The substance of this letter was forwarded to Emma. Alas! there was soon no leisure for quarrelling with Mr. instantly. There was a great deal of friendly and of compassionate attachment on his side--but no love. with very great pleasure. but now she was too ill to trifle." It was not to oblige Jane Fairfax therefore that he would have preferred the society of William Larkins. When once it had been read. like virtue. and must entreat him to set off for Enscombe without delay. Those who are standing by are usually thinking of something very different.I do not know who does. Knightley. Churchill was unwell-far too unwell to do without him." This Emma felt was aimed at her. A letter arrived from Mr. Weston was quite mistaken in that surmise. in a note from Mrs. or so indignant. but lament and exclaim. and take leave of the few friends there whom he could suppose to feel any interest in him. must be its own reward. No!--she was more and more convinced that Mrs. there was no doing any thing.--Fine dancing. I hope nothing may happen to prevent the ball. He knew her illnesses. she had been in a very suffering state (so said her husband) when writing to her nephew two days before. it was inevitable. I own. though without feeling any real alarm for his aunt. to lessen his repugnance. Weston. Mrs. Churchill to urge his nephew's instant return. It made her animated--open hearted-she voluntarily said. "that he could only allow himself time to hurry to Highbury. he was not guided by her feelings in reprobating the ball. they never occurred but for her own convenience. Two days of joyful security were immediately followed by the over-throw of every thing.-"Oh! Miss Woodhouse. though from her usual unwillingness to give pain." This wretched note was the finale of Emma's breakfast. and it made her quite angry. she had not mentioned it. I believe. The loss of the ball--the loss of the young man-- . Weston added. Mrs. It was not in compliment to Jane Fairfax however that he was so indifferent. What a disappointment it would be! I do look forward to it. for she enjoyed the thought of it to an extraordinary degree. As to his going. He must be gone within a few hours. after breakfast. and that he might be expected at Hartfield very soon. and constant habit of never thinking of herself.

Churchill's illness. we are still to have our ball. and as for the ball. His dejection was most evident." said Emma. foolish preparation!--You told us it would be so. it was only to say. My father depends on it. "Of all horrid things. I would much rather have been merry than wise." "If I can come again. why are you always so right?" "Indeed. Do not forget your engagement. He thought principally of Mrs. and when rousing himself. and wanted to know how she was treated. I am very sorry to be right in this instance. Her father's feelings were quite distinct." "Ah!--(shaking his head)--the uncertainty of when I may be able to return!--I shall try for it with a zeal!--It will be the object of all my thoughts and cares!--and if my uncle and aunt go to town this spring--but I am afraid--they did not stir last spring-I am afraid it is a custom gone for ever." was the only consolation. "This will not be your only visit to Randalls. it was shocking to have dear Emma disappointed.and all that the young man might be feeling!--It was too wretched!-Such a delightful evening as it would have been!--Every body so happy! and she and her partner the happiest!--"I said it would be so.--Oh! Miss Woodhouse." "Our poor ball must be quite given up." Emma looked graciously. leave-taking is the worst. He sat really lost in thought for the first few minutes. Emma was ready for her visitor some time before he appeared. his sorrowful look and total want of spirits when he did come might redeem him. He felt the going away almost too much to speak of it. but if this reflected at all upon his impatience. "Such a fortnight as it has been!" he continued. "every day more precious and more delightful than the day before!--every day making ." "Ah! that ball!--why did we wait for any thing?--why not seize the pleasure at once?--How often is happiness destroyed by preparation." "But you will come again. but they would all be safer at home.

"You are quite in the right. whether you did not come a little doubtfully at first? Do not we rather surpass your expectations? I am sure we do. Miss Woodhouse--I think you can hardly be quite without suspicion"-He looked at her. then"-He hesitated. who can remain at Highbury!" "As you do us such ample justice now. that one must laugh at. and though denying the sentiment. "I will venture to ask. . and was detained by Miss Bates's being absent." He laughed rather consciously. It was better to pay my visit. I went in for three minutes. She heard him sigh." said Emma. Happy those. She was out. in the hope of putting it by. but that one would not wish to slight. laughing. and I felt it impossible not to wait till she came in. I thought it better. probably reflecting on what she had said. argumentative mind might have strengthened yours. which she did not wish.me less fit to bear any other place. I am almost afraid that every moment will bring him." "Not five minutes to spare even for your friends Miss Fairfax and Miss Bates? How unlucky! Miss Bates's powerful. It seemed like the forerunner of something absolutely serious. He could not believe her to be encouraging him. if you had had a pleasant idea of Highbury. I am sure you did not much expect to like us. then"-He was silent. Forcing herself to speak." said he. it was most natural to pay your visit. She is a woman that one may. Emma was convinced that it had been so. got up. "perhaps. she calmly said." "Yes--I have called there. She believed he was looking at her. It was natural for him to feel that he had cause to sigh. as if wanting to read her thoughts. It was a right thing to do. You would not have been so long in coming. my father is to join me here: we shall walk back together. and I must be off immediately. therefore. "And you must be off this very morning?" "Yes. She hardly knew what to say. passing the door. walked to a window. "In short. and trying to understand the manner.

he had almost told her that he loved her. What strength. said. "that is my chief consolation. made her think that . and forlorn must be the sinking from it into the common course of Hartfield days. In her letters I shall be at dear Highbury again. his manners! It had been a very happy fortnight. Weston to correspond with me.A few awkward moments passed. and the door had soon shut out Frank Churchill. but at present she could not doubt his having a decidedly warm admiration. Weston. and who can say how it might have ended. I have engaged Mrs. My regard for Hartfield is most warm"-He stopt again. was another point." and the young man. if his father had not made his appearance? Mr. A very few minutes more. joined to all the rest. a very earnest "Good-bye. when one is really interested in the absent!--she will tell me every thing. and seemed quite embarrassed. to take leave. and he sat down again. and in a more determined manner said. She has been so kind as to promise it. "It was time to go. could not but agree. "I shall hear about you all. It was a sad change." closed the speech. I shall hear of every thing that is going on among you. Short had been the notice--short their meeting. as of foreseeing any that was doubtful. rose again. the expectation of seeing him which every morning had brought. Mr. his liveliness. completed the present trial. he was gone. the idea.-He was more in love with her than Emma had supposed. "It was something to feel that all the rest of my time might be given to Hartfield. or what constancy of affection he might be subject to. and as incapable of procrastinating any evil that was inevitable. the assurance of his attentions. and the necessity of exertion made him composed. and feeling it too much. always alert when business was to be done. and Emma felt so sorry to part. and foresaw so great a loss to their little society from his absence as to begin to be afraid of being too sorry." A very friendly shake of the hand. though he might and did sigh. and this persuasion. To complete every other recommendation." said he. Woodhouse soon followed. a conscious preference of herself. Certainly his being at Randalls had given great spirit to the last two weeks--indescribable spirit. They had been meeting almost every day since his arrival. Oh! the blessing of a female correspondent. however.

and. you are very much out of luck!" It was some days before she saw Jane Fairfax. Emma. Knightley. She had great pleasure in hearing Frank Churchill talked of. but he said. she thought it was a good deal. nor. He could not say that he was sorry on his own account. and. I shall have many fellow-mourners for the ball. that he was sorry for the disappointment of the others. the conclusion of every imaginary declaration on his side was that she . Well! evil to some is always good to others. she did not think Jane could have attended it. this feeling of every thing's being dull and insipid about the house!-I must be in love. and with considerable kindness added. suffering from headache to a degree. to judge of her honest regret in this woeful change. and inventing elegant letters. her composure was odious. she was very often thinking of him. pleasing as he was. forming a thousand amusing schemes for the progress and close of their attachment. "I certainly must. and afterwards." Mr. and what was the chance of his coming to Randalls again this spring. how was his aunt. I should be the oddest creature in the world if I were not--for a few weeks at least. shewed no triumphant happiness. she could yet imagine him to have faults. however. "You. she could not admit herself to be unhappy. however. but Mr. fancying interesting dialogues. but little. though thinking of him so much. and Mrs." said she. but when they did meet. you are really out of luck. and quite impatient for a letter. and. He may spend the evening with his dear William Larkins now if he likes. greater pleasure than ever in seeing Mr. At first. which made her aunt declare. stupidity. and farther. Her ideas only varied as to the how much. weariness. for his sake. his very cheerful look would have contradicted him if he had. Volume Two Chapter Thirteen Emma continued to entertain no doubt of her being in love. But. She had been particularly unwell. that had the ball taken place. she was still busy and cheerful.she must be a little in love with him. on the other hand. Weston. after the first morning. to be less disposed for employment than usual. how were his spirits. and very steadily. "This sensation of listlessness. who have so few opportunities of dancing. Knightley will be happy. as she sat drawing or working. this disinclination to sit down and employ myself. that she might know how he was. in spite of every previous determination against it. and it was charity to impute some of her unbecoming indifference to the languor of ill-health. if not for Frank Churchill.

Every thing tender and charming was to mark their parting. but I do not know that I expect it will. This is in the supposition of his attachment continuing what it now is." Upon the whole. it struck her that she could not be very much in love. and she read it with a degree of pleasure and admiration which made her at first shake her head over her own sensations." When his letter to Mrs. Weston.--I shall do very well again after a little while--and then. When she became sensible of this. she was equally contented with her view of his feelings. however. but I can imagine them rather changeable. Not that I imagine he can think I have been encouraging him hitherto.-Still.-His feelings are warm. Weston arrived. well-written letter. it will be a good thing over. with spirit and precision. I should be sorry to be more." said she. giving the particulars of his journey and of his feelings. it was the language of real feeling towards Mrs. and think she had undervalued their strength. I do not look upon him to be quite the sort of man-I do not altogether build upon his steadiness or constancy. as my own mind is quite made up. for in spite of her previous and fixed determination never to quit her father. his looks and language at parting would have been different. and I shall have been let off easily. he would not have been so wretched. my delicate negatives. for they say every body is in love once in their lives. gratitude. Emma had the perusal of it. expressing all the affection. makes me thankful that my happiness is not more deeply involved. I do suspect that he is not really necessary to my happiness. if his affection continue. So much the better. if he had believed me at all to share his feelings. but still they were to part.-"In not one of all my clever replies. Could he have thought himself encouraged.-Every consideration of the subject. It was a long. No suspicious flourishes now of apology or concern. and the transition . and describing every thing exterior and local that could be supposed attractive. in short. and respect which was natural and honourable. No. a strong attachment certainly must produce more of a struggle than she could foresee in her own feelings. "I do not find myself making any use of the word sacrifice. "He is undoubtedly very much in love--every thing denotes it--very much in love indeed!--and when he comes again.refused him. I certainly will not persuade myself to feel more than I do. I am quite enough in love.--It would be most inexcusable to do otherwise. I must be on my guard. never to marry. I must be on my guard not to encourage it. is there any allusion to making a sacrifice. Their affection was always to subside into friendship.

the contrast between the places in some of the first blessings of social life was just enough touched on to shew how keenly it was felt. and he dared not yet. as you know. its sentiments. Pray make my excuses and adieus to her. Mrs. even in his own imagination. Emma could not doubt. it would be advantageous and delightful indeed. But stranger things have happened. she yet could discern the effect of her influence and acknowledge the greatest compliment perhaps of all conveyed. that she could still do without the writer. and when we cease to care for each other as we do now. and all the probabilities of circumstance and connexion were in her favour. Elton's engagement in the conversation of Highbury. when it was folded up and returned to Mrs. and in the very last time of its meeting her eye. though it might be wise to let the fancy touch it seldom.--For Harriet. but he had been very much struck with the loveliness of her face and the warm simplicity of her manner. Gratifying. Her intentions were unchanged. "I must not dwell upon it. Harriet was remembered only from being her friend. and never without a something of pleasing connexion. and how much more might have been said but for the restraints of propriety. Her resolution of refusal only grew more interesting by the addition of a scheme for his subsequent consolation and happiness. the "beautiful little friend. Miss Woodhouse appeared more than once. Churchill was recovering. . Was it impossible?--No. and the words which clothed it. fix a time for coming to Randalls again. it will be the means of confirming us in that sort of true disinterested friendship which I can already look forward to with pleasure. Weston." It was well to have a comfort in store on Harriet's behalf.from Highbury to Enscombe." said she. however. unadorned as it was by any such broad wreath of gallantry. for evil in that quarter was at hand.--The charm of her own name was not wanting. either a compliment to her taste. or a remembrance of what she had said. that it had not added any lasting warmth." This. and stimulative as was the letter in the material part. As Frank Churchill's arrival had succeeded Mr. His information and prospects as to Enscombe were neither worse nor better than had been anticipated. for Miss Woodhouse's beautiful little friend.--Harriet undoubtedly was greatly his inferior in understanding. she yet found. and that he must learn to do without her. was all for herself. His recollection of Harriet. Compressed into the very lowest vacant corner were these words--"I had not a spare moment on Tuesday. I know the danger of indulging such speculations.--"I must not think of it." suggested to her the idea of Harriet's succeeding her in his affections.

Elton and his bride" was in every body's mouth. I would wish it to be done. Poor Harriet was in a flutter of spirits which required all the reasonings and soothings and attentions of every kind that Emma could give. She had had three weeks of happy exemption from Mr. Elton's marrying. With Mr. so now upon Frank Churchill's disappearance. and all. Harriet. an endeavour to avoid the suspicions of others. bell-ringing. I know. He would soon be among them again. At last Emma attacked her on another ground. talk less of Mr. and the next half-hour saw her as anxious and restless about the Eltons as before. there had been a great deal of insensibility to other things. a consideration of what is your duty. and Frank Churchill was forgotten. think less.as the latest interest had entirely borne down the first. Emma continued. she had been willing to hope. Elton for my sake. a habit of self-command in you. and said "it was very true-it was just as Miss Woodhouse described--it was not worth while to think about them--and she would not think about them any longer" but no change of subject could avail. I have not forgotten it. Mr. These are the motives which I . that Harriet had a right to all her ingenuity and all her patience. Emma felt that she could not do too much for her. for the sake of what is more important than my comfort. Emma grew sick at the sound." Harriet felt this too much to utter more than a few words of eager exclamation. Do not imagine me in danger of forgetting it. There was hardly time to talk over the first letter from Enscombe before "Mr. I did very miserably deceive you-and it will be a painful reflection to me for ever. Harriet listened submissively. without being able to make their opinions the same. exert yourself Harriet for my sake. but it was now too evident that she had not attained such a state of composure as could stand against the actual approach--new carriage. because for your own sake rather. had been lately gaining strength.--Deceived myself. It was all my doing. but it was heavy work to be for ever convincing without producing any effect. I assure you. is the strongest reproach you can make me. and restore your tranquillity. You could not give me a greater reproof for the mistake I fell into. Elton's concerns were assuming the most irresistible form. Weston's ball in view at least.--His wedding-day was named. Mr. "Your allowing yourself to be so occupied and so unhappy about Mr. Elton. Elton and his bride. an attention to propriety. to save your health and credit. "I have not said. for ever agreed to. and Harriet's mind.

I want you to save yourself from greater pain. It is tenderness of heart which makes my dear father so generally beloved--which gives Isabella all her popularity. Dear Harriet!--I would not change you for the clearest-headed. with an affectionate. "There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart. made Emma feel that she had never loved Harriet so well. best-judging female breathing. less of curiosity than of pride or propriety. made her wretched for a while." said she afterwards to herself. who have been the best friend I ever had in my life-Want gratitude to you!--Nobody is equal to you!--I care for nobody as I do for you!--Oh! Miss Woodhouse. whom she really loved extremely. Perhaps I may sometimes have felt that Harriet would not forget what was due--or rather what would be kind by me. My being saved from pain is a very secondary consideration. will beat all the clearness of head in the world. I mention no names. to settle whether she were very pretty indeed. The idea of wanting gratitude and consideration for Miss Woodhouse. to make her resolve on not being the last to pay her respects. They are very important--and sorry I am that you cannot feel them sufficiently to act upon them. Oh! the coldness of a Jane Fairfax!--Harriet is worth a hundred such--And for a wife-a sensible man's wife--it is invaluable. still remained powerful enough to prompt to what was right and support her in it very tolerably. or not pretty at all. Emma had feelings." This appeal to her affections did more than all the rest.have been pressing on you. Warmth and tenderness of heart. .-I have it not--but I know how to prize and respect it. I am sure it will. nor valued her affection so highly before. Elton was first seen at church: but though devotion might be interrupted. or only rather pretty. curiosity could not be satisfied by a bride in a pew. "You. and it must be left for the visits in form which were then to be paid. open manner.--Harriet is my superior in all the charm and all the felicity it gives. and when the violence of grief was comforted away. assisted as they were by every thing that look and manner could do. how ungrateful I have been!" Such expressions. longest-sighted. "There is nothing to be compared to it. for attraction. but happy the man who changes Emma for Harriet!" Volume Two Chapter Fourteen Mrs.

but the man had only his own good sense to depend on." said Harriet. and after waiting in vain for her friend to begin. and as little really easy as could be. Elton was in being in the same room at once with the woman he had just married. and a man had need be all grace to acquit himself well through it. "Oh! yes--very--a very pleasing young woman. her face not unpretty. Emma thought at least it would turn out so.and she made a point of Harriet's going with her. that Emma would not allow herself entirely to form an opinion of the lady. were elegant. and was only rather pale and silent. and it was not to be supposed that poor Harriet should not be recollecting too. and on no account to give one. without recollecting. As for Mr. there was too much ease. when they had quitted the house. Miss Woodhouse. his manners did not appear--but no. She would not be in a hurry to find fault.) what do you think of her?-Is not she very charming?" There was a little hesitation in Emma's answer. It was an awkward ceremony at any time to be receiving wedding visits. and to be as much affectedly. that the worst of the business might be gone through as soon as possible. she must allow him to have the right to look as little wise. could not be in the same room to which she had with such vain artifice retreated three months ago. nor voice. she would not permit a hasty or a witty word from herself about his manners. but she behaved very well. to lace up her boot. (with a gentle sigh. and the privilege of bashfulness. but she suspected that there was no elegance. Elton.-She was almost sure that for a young woman. she might have the assistance of fine clothes." "I think her beautiful. "Well. The woman was better off. A thousand vexatious thoughts would recur. Compliments." . but not elegance. beyond the nothing-meaning terms of being "elegantly dressed. Her person was rather good. nor air. but neither feature. and when she considered how peculiarly unlucky poor Mr." She did not really like her.--ease. She could not enter the house again. and there was so much embarrassment and occupation of mind to shorten it. nor manner. quite beautiful. charades. a stranger. and very pleasing. the woman he had wanted to marry. "Well. and horrible blunders. Miss Woodhouse. The visit was of course short. a bride. and the woman whom he had been expected to marry.

" returned Harriet. she had a quarter of an hour of the lady's conversation to herself. Happy creature! He called her `Augusta. The very first subject after being seated was Maple Grove. I do not think I shall mind seeing them again. it is quite a different thing. had been the best of her own set. Suckling's seat. but with manners which had been formed in a bad school. and thinking much of her own importance."Very nicely dressed. and thought this the best offer she was likely to have. but Miss Hawkins. it might be fairly supposed from her easy conceit. is such a comfort!-She does seem a charming young woman. you need not be afraid. Miss Woodhouse.--but being married. nobody could ever have a better. and she came in his way." "Oh! no--there is nothing to surprize one at all." "I dare say. just what he deserves. Emma made up her mind. a remarkably elegant gown. "My brother Mr. that all her notions were drawn from one set of people. Miss Woodhouse. and his place and his carriages were the pride of him. you know. I can sit and admire him now without any great misery. that if not foolish she was ignorant. . From Harriet's happening not to be at Hartfield. she would have connected him with those who were. and could composedly attend to her. that she meant to shine and be very superior. "I dare say she was very much attached to him. and her father's being present to engage Mr. indeed. To know that he has not thrown himself away. And now. indeed. and the quarter of an hour quite convinced her that Mrs. The rich brother-in-law near Bristol was the pride of the alliance." "Yes. Elton no good. sighing again.--A pretty fortune. and one style of living. pert and familiar. "and well she might." "Perhaps she might. Elton.' How delightful!" When the visit was returned. No. Miss Hawkins perhaps wanted a home." said Harriet earnestly." "I am not at all surprized that he should have fallen in love. Harriet would have been a better match. and that her society would certainly do Mr. I wish them happy with all my heart. Well. Elton was a vain woman. He is just as superior as ever. She could then see more and judge better. If not wise or refined herself. extremely well satisfied with herself."--a comparison of Hartfield to Maple Grove. but it is not every man's fate to marry the woman who loves him best.

placed exactly in the same part of the house. the entrance. you know. like me. Surry is the garden of England.The grounds of Hartfield were small. and the house was modern and well-built." "Oh! yes." Emma doubted the truth of this sentiment. I am quite aware of that. with a bench round it. Miss Woodhouse. I really could not help exclaiming! I assure you. Miss Woodhouse.--"Was not it astonishingly like?-She could really almost fancy herself at Maple Grove." "And the staircase--You know. and therefore only said in reply. The laurels at Maple Grove are in the same profusion as here. which put me so exactly in mind! My brother and sister will be enchanted with this place. Whenever you are transplanted. and all that she could see or imagine. but it was not worth while to attack an error so double-dyed. but to me. I have spent so many happy months there! (with a little sigh of sentiment). it has been quite a home. It is the garden of England." Emma made as slight a reply as she could. Mrs. Elton seemed most favourably impressed by the size of the room. Elton was appealed to. She had a great idea that people who had extensive grounds themselves cared very little for the extensive grounds of any body else. People who have extensive grounds themselves are always pleased with any thing in the same style. are strikingly like. "When you have seen more of this country. and stand very much in the same way--just across the lawn. Elton. but neat and pretty. I assure you. I always say this is quite one of the evils of matrimony. and I had a glimpse of a fine large tree. "So extremely like Maple Grove! And it is not merely the house-the grounds. it is very delightful to me."-Mr. you will understand how very delightful it is to meet with any thing at all like what one has left behind. Every body who sees it is struck by its beauty." . to be reminded of a place I am so extremely partial to as Maple Grove. "Very like Maple Grove indeed!--She was quite struck by the likeness!--That room was the very shape and size of the morning-room at Maple Grove. Surry is full of beauties. I am afraid you will think you have overrated Hartfield. as far as I could observe. A charming place. I observed how very like the staircase was. but it was fully sufficient for Mrs. undoubtedly. her sister's favourite room. who only wanted to be talking herself. as I came in.

"Yes. Why does not he try Bath?--Indeed he should. I shall decidedly recommend their bringing the barouche-landau. when people shut themselves up entirely from society. Woodhouse). it is a very bad thing. I believe. I fancy not. I perfectly understand your situation. when the time draws on. I think. We explored to King's-Weston twice last summer. Indeed. not immediately here. which holds four perfectly. and that it is much more advisable to mix in the world in a proper degree. I absolutely must go in by myself. it will be so very much preferable. I was quite a proverb for it at Maple Grove. or summer at farthest. in that way. Suckling is extremely fond of exploring. on the contrary. Elton." replied Mrs. as well as Surry. Your father's state of health must be a great drawback. though I hate being stuck up in the barouche-landau without a companion. I believe. Many counties. Miss Woodhouse. Miss Woodhouse-(looking towards Mr. Miss Woodhouse. most delightfully. . with a most satisfied smile. one naturally wishes them to see as much as possible. They would hardly come in their chaise. at that season of the year. "and that will be our time for exploring. are called the garden of England. however. but we must not rest our claims on that distinction. While they are with us. would never stir beyond the park paling. I believe. of course. and therefore. I suppose. "My brother and sister have promised us a visit in the spring. with her own good-will." continued Mrs. but Augusta. every summer?" "No.' Many a time has she said so. and Mr. we should be able to explore the different beauties extremely well. I dare say." I never heard any county but Surry called so. without saying any thing of our carriage." "Ah! there is nothing like staying at home for real comfort. You have many parties of that kind here. and we are a very quiet set of people. when she has been going to Bristol. `I really cannot get this girl to move from the house. just after their first having the barouche-landau. Nobody can be more devoted to home than I am." Emma was silenced. When people come into a beautiful country of this sort. and yet I am no advocate for entire seclusion. without living in it either too much or too little. more disposed to stay at home than engage in schemes of pleasure. Elton. we shall explore a great deal. They will have their barouche-landau." "No. We are rather out of distance of the very striking beauties which attract the sort of parties you speak of. you know. I think. Many a time has Selina said.

for I assure you." "My father tried it more than once. and only thanked Mrs. indeed. Mrs. and my particular friend. and she was not perfectly convinced that the place might suit her better than her father. Woodhouse's spirits. who have lived so secluded a life. The idea of her being indebted to Mrs. however. with the help of a boarder. which. and Mr. but as to any thing else. I assure you I have no doubt of its doing Mr. Consider from how partial a quarter your information came. I have seen such instances of it! And it is so cheerful a place. I must protest against any such idea. Elton's--probably some vulgar. Elton for what was called an introduction--of her going into public under the auspices of a friend of Mrs. does not conceive it would be at all more likely to be useful now. it is quite wonderful the relief they give. . And as to its recommendations to you. Perry. Woodhouse good. I understand. are sometimes much depressed. A superior performer!--very far from it. Elton coolly. that it could not fail of being of use to Mr." "Oh! no. but without receiving any benefit. In my Bath life. of Hartfield. I fancy I need not take much pains to dwell on them.Let me recommend Bath to you. Elton. would be most happy to shew you any attentions. "I do not ask whether you are musical. where the waters do agree. Upon these occasions. a lady's character generally precedes her. "but their going to Bath was quite out of the question. Mrs. The advantages of Bath to the young are pretty generally understood." It was as much as Emma could bear. and would be the very person for you to go into public with. I assure you. A line from me would bring you a little host of acquaintance. It would be a charming introduction for you. was sunk indeed! She restrained herself. the lady I have always resided with when in Bath. and Highbury has long known that you are a superior performer. I am doatingly fond of music--passionately fond. just made a shift to live!-The dignity of Miss Woodhouse. formerly.--and my friends say I am not entirely devoid of taste." And then. to prevent farther outrage and indignation. Miss Woodhouse. dashing widow. and I could immediately secure you some of the best society in the place. I dare say. who. without being impolite." "Ah! that's a great pity. from any of the reproofs she could have given. Partridge. is not unknown to you. changed the subject directly. whose name.

"that Mr. in consideration of the motive. and expressing his fears lest the retirement of it should be disagreeable. play delightfully. and delight to me. `But.' said I. or ours. I am delighted to find myself in such a circle. `to be quite honest. I hoped I was perfectly equal to any sacrifice of that description. I hope we shall have many sweet little concerts together. Blessed with so many resources within myself. Something of that nature would be particularly desirable for me. You. I do not think I can live without something of a musical society. To those who had no resources it was a different thing. you know-there is a sad story against them. I think. you and I must establish a musical club. balls. for married women. I assure you it has been the greatest satisfaction. I could do very well without it. I really could not give it a thought. I think we shall not be long in want of allies. Will not it be a good plan? If we exert ourselves. Miss Woodhouse.upon my honour my performance is mediocre to the last degree. smiling. in general." "No. I well know. When he was speaking of it in that way. and the inferiority of the house too--knowing what I had been accustomed to--of course he was not wholly without apprehension. as an inducement to keep me in practice. Miss Woodhouse. who are so extremely fond of it--there can be no danger. both at Maple Grove and in Bath. They are but too apt to give up music. I honestly said as much to Mr. the world was not necessary to me. And as to smaller-sized rooms than I had been used to. E.'" "We cannot suppose. and I hope you will not find he has outstepped the truth more than may be pardoned. Certainly I had been accustomed to every luxury at Maple Grove. I condition for nothing else. but I did assure him that two carriages were not necessary to my happiness. to hear what a musical society I am got into." "But you. and having always been used to a very musical society. I honestly said that the world I could give up--parties. I absolutely cannot do without music. surely?" . comfort. life would be a blank to me. but my resources made me quite independent. it would have been a most serious sacrifice. It is a necessary of life to me. when he was speaking of my future home. nor were spacious apartments. plays--for I had no fear of retirement. Elton would hesitate to assure you of there being a very musical society in Highbury. but without music." said Emma. indeed. I have no doubts at all on that head. and have regular weekly meetings at your house.

and. I tremble. laughing. James Cooper." said she. Their propriety. Jeffereys--Clara Partridge. "we shall see. Elton. I believe I was half an hour this morning shut up with my housekeeper. Selina has entirely given up music--never touches the instrument--though she played sweetly. I was rather astonished to find her so very lady-like! But she is really quite the gentlewoman. simplicity." said Emma. that it wins upon one directly. I had a great curiosity. And she appears so truly good--there is something so motherly and kind-hearted about her. Elton chose another subject. Elton. not being within when he called the other day. I had never seen him before. "Knightley himself!--Was not it lucky?--for. And the same may be said of Mrs. but really I begin now to comprehend that a married woman has many things to call her attention. would make them the safest model for any young woman. finding her so determined upon neglecting her music. "Having understood as much.'s. I like them extremely. and of course. "will soon be in so regular a train--" "Well. Elton hardly waited for the affirmative before she went on. Weston's manners. but really when I look around among my acquaintance. that was--and of the two Milmans. had nothing more to say. Upon my word it is enough to put one in a fright. She was your governess." "But every thing of that kind. "We have been calling at Randalls. E." said Emma. "and found them both at home. and of more than I can enumerate. as so particular a friend of Mr. Mrs."I should hope not. Weston seems an excellent creature-quite a first-rate favourite with me already. I think?" Emma was almost too much astonished to answer. but Mrs. and very pleasant people they seem to be." "Mrs." Emma. `My friend Knightley' . after a moment's pause." said Mrs. Mr." "And who do you think came in while we were there?" Emma was quite at a loss. "were always particularly good. Bird and Mrs. now Mrs. and elegance. I assure you. I used to be quite angry with Selina. The tone implied some old acquaintance-and how could she possibly guess? "Knightley!" continued Mrs.

Actually to discover that Mr. and discover her to be a lady. a very gentleman-like man." . Knightley is a gentleman! I doubt whether he will return the compliment. "Worse than I had supposed." Happily. and I must do my caro sposo the justice to say that he need not be ashamed of his friend." he deliberately began. that I was really impatient to see him. Weston!-Astonished that the person who had brought me up should be a gentlewoman! Worse and worse. she was very tolerably capable of attending. Oh! what would Frank Churchill say to her. she seems a very obliging. and all her airs of pert pretension and underbred finery. and was ready to speak. and her resources. Ah! it shews what a sad invalid I am! But I do not like the corner into Vicarage Lane. Always the first person to be thought of! How I catch myself out! Frank Churchill comes as regularly into my mind!"-All this ran so glibly through her thoughts. vulgar being. I said that I hoped I should in the course of the summer. Knightley is quite the gentleman. my dear. and her caro sposo. Much beyond my hopes. But I ought to have gone before.. I do not like strange voices. Elton on this happy occasion. Decidedly. "considering we never saw her before. Not to wait upon a bride is very remiss. "Insufferable woman!" was her immediate exclamation. I could not have believed it! And to propose that she and I should unite to form a musical club! One would fancy we were bosom friends! And Mrs. Though I think he had better not have married. They were off. Absolutely insufferable! Knightley!--I could not have believed it. pretty-behaved young lady. and nobody speaks like you and poor Miss Taylor. Harriet is disgraced by any comparison. "Well. after the bustle of the Eltons' departure. I made the best excuses I could for not having been able to wait on him and Mrs. that by the time her father had arranged himself. Knightley!--never seen him in her life before. it was now time to be gone. and Emma could breathe. if he were here? How angry and how diverted he would be! Ah! there I am-thinking of him directly.had been so often mentioned. she seems a very pretty sort of young lady. A little quickness of voice there is which rather hurts the ear. and I dare say she was very much pleased with you. I think. However. and call him Knightley!--and discover that he is a gentleman! A little upstart. I like him very much. E. But I believe I am nice. She speaks a little too quick. and no doubt will make him a very good wife. I never met with her equal. with her Mr.

is never to be neglected. Volume Two Chapter Fifteen Emma was not required. It was being very deficient. my dear. my dear. by any subsequent discovery. Her mind returned to Mrs. There was no reason to suppose Mr. such she appeared whenever they met again. let the others be who they may. I do not know what is. A bride." "Yes: but a young lady--a bride--I ought to have paid my respects to her if possible. Mr. Elton knows you. and has nothing to do with any encouragement to people to marry. Elton's offences. ignorant. Such as Mrs. And I should never have expected you to be lending your sanction to such vanity-baits for poor young ladies. I never encouraged any body to marry."I dare say your apologies were accepted." "But. More is avowedly due to her. He had the air of congratulating himself on having brought such a woman to Highbury. and conceived Miss Hawkins to have held such a place in society as Mrs. familiar. and long. but so little judgment that she thought herself coming with superior knowledge of the world." "Well. She had a little beauty and a little accomplishment." "My dear. you know. papa. you are no friend to matrimony. disposed to commend. presuming. as not even Miss Woodhouse could equal. and the greater part of her new acquaintance. very long. He seemed not merely happy with her. Elton thought at all differently from his wife. Elton's consequence only could surpass. or taking it for granted that the bride must be as clever .--self-important. This is a matter of mere common politeness and good-breeding. if this is not encouragement to marry. Elton appeared to her on this second interview. but proud. you do not understand me." "No. to enliven and improve a country neighbourhood. but I would always wish to pay every proper attention to a lady--and a bride." Emma had done. Her father was growing nervous. is always the first in company. Elton. It is encouraging people to marry if you make so much of them. or not in the habit of judging. sir. following the lead of Miss Bates's good-will. and therefore why should you be so anxious to pay your respects to a bride? It ought to be no recommendation to you. my dear papa. and ill-bred. to retract her ill opinion of Mrs. and could not understand her. especially. Her observation had been pretty correct. did they occupy her.

Elton's knight-errantry on the subject. I talk of nothing but Jane Fairfax. Her manners. too--and Mr. Mrs. They were sneering and negligent. it must be always easy to begin abusing Miss Woodhouse.-When they had nothing else to say.--It was not to be doubted that poor Harriet's attachment had been an offering to conjugal unreserve.-"Jane Fairfax is absolutely charming. Elton's. were very well satisfied. we must exert ourselves and endeavour to do something for her.--Offended. . so that Mrs. but the sensations which could prompt such behaviour sunk them both very much. were unpleasant towards Harriet. the object of their joint dislike. under a colouring the least favourable to her and the most soothing to him. found a broader vent in contemptuous treatment of Harriet. probably. of course. Miss Woodhouse. or privilege. the ill-will which produced it was necessarily increasing Emma's dislike. Elton's praise passed from one mouth to another as it ought to do. who readily continued her first contribution and talked with a good grace of her being "very pleasant and very elegantly dressed. and about the third time of their meeting. So mild and ladylike--and with such talents!--I assure you I think she has very extraordinary talents. but from the very first. Such talent as hers must not be suffered to remain unknown. I do not scruple to say that she plays extremely well. unimpeded by Miss Woodhouse." In one respect Mrs. and from the first. upon my word. and she was not satisfied with expressing a natural and reasonable admiration-but without solicitation. She was. We must bring her forward.--I quite rave about Jane Fairfax. and her own share in the story.-And her situation is so calculated to affect one!--Miss Woodhouse. Elton grew even worse than she had appeared at first. she must be wanting to assist and befriend her. had in all likelihood been given also. interesting creature. and though the effect was agreeable.--A sweet. Emma hoped it must rapidly work Harriet's cure. she drew back in her turn and gradually became much more cold and distant.--I dare say you have heard those charming lines of the poet. Her feelings altered towards Emma. Not merely when a state of warfare with one young lady might be supposed to recommend the other. she heard all Mrs. Elton took a great fancy to Jane Fairfax.--Before Emma had forfeited her confidence. Oh! she is absolutely charming! You will laugh at my warmth--but. I know enough of music to speak decidedly on that point. or plea. and the enmity which they dared not shew in open disrespect to her.and as agreeable as she professed herself. by the little encouragement which her proposals of intimacy met with.

though all have not our situations.--However. Campbell. at any time. and we live in a style which could not make the addition of Jane Fairfax. I have no idea that you will suppose her talents can be unknown. Maple Grove will probably be my model more than it ought to be-for we do not at all affect to equal my brother. any of those who have known her longer than yourself. My greatest danger. I have no idea of that sort of thing. may be quite the other way. I must confess it is a recommendation to me.--But in those who are at all inferior. She is very timid and silent.--I should be extremely displeased if Wright were to send us up such a dinner. You and I need not be afraid.--I shall introduce her." was Emma's calm answer-"and when you are better acquainted with Miss Fairfax's situation and understand what her home has been. Oh! I assure you. and shall be constantly on the watch for an eligible situation. My acquaintance is so very extensive. shall have musical parties to draw out her talents. We have carriages to fetch and convey her home.-I shall certainly have her very often at my house. that I have little doubt of hearing of something to suit her shortly. the least inconvenient. and interests me more than I can express. considering what I have been used to.--Whatever advantages she may have enjoyed with the Campbells are so palpably at an end! And I think she feels it. my resolution is taken as to noticing Jane Fairfax. I am sure she does. It is not likely that I should. such obscurity." "Oh! but dear Miss Woodhouse. shall introduce her wherever I can. I like her the better for it. perhaps. Suckling. a vast deal may be done by those who dare to act. If we set the example. in income.`Full many a flower is born to blush unseen. with Colonel and Mrs. she is now in such retirement.' We must not allow them to be verified in sweet Jane Fairfax. .~ `And waste its fragrance on the desert air. Jane Fairfax is a very delightful character. can shew her any other attention than"-"My dear Miss Woodhouse. as could make me regret having asked more than Jane Fairfax to partake of it. and being too careless of expense. so thrown away. I am a great advocate for timidity--and I am sure one does not often meet with it. One can see that she feels the want of encouragement. in housekeeping." "I cannot think there is any danger of it. in doing too much. many will follow it as far as they can." "You appear to feel a great deal--but I am not aware how you or any of Miss Fairfax's acquaintance here. it is extremely prepossessing. Mr.

Elton meant to be considered.of course. in knowing what was felt. very particularly to my brother and sister when they come to us. and fresh invitations had arrived for her to join them there. for there really is nothing in the manners of either but what is highly conciliating.--"You have not deserved this. She looked on with some amusement. Elton. Elton!--`Jane Fairfax and Jane Fairfax. She was quite one of her worthies-the most amiable. Dixon. nor.--"To chuse to remain here month after month.' Heavens! Let me not suppose that she dares go about. affable. spending a day with the Eltons! This was astonishing!--She could not have believed it possible that the taste or the pride of Miss Fairfax could endure such society and friendship as the Vicarage had to offer. She heard of her walking with the Eltons. Emma Woodhouse-ing me!-But upon my honour. and when she gets a little acquainted with them.--I shall have her very often indeed while they are with me. what was meditated." "Poor Jane Fairfax!"--thought Emma. You may have done wrong with regard to Mr. . under Mrs. Elton's attentions to Jane was in the first style of guileless simplicity and warmth. but this is a punishment beyond what you can have merited!--The kindness and protection of Mrs. and only sharing with others in a general way. under privations of every sort! And now to chuse the mortification of Mrs. and I dare say we shall sometimes find a seat for her in the barouche-landau in some of our exploring parties. I am sure they will like her extremely. and she was left in peace--neither forced to be the very particular friend of Mrs. Elton as she seemed to do. Emma's only surprize was that Jane Fairfax should accept those attentions and tolerate Mrs. Elton's notice and the penury of her conversation. there seems no limits to the licentiousness of that woman's tongue!" Emma had not to listen to such paradings again--to any so exclusively addressed to herself--so disgustingly decorated with a "dear Miss Woodhouse. generous affection. the very active patroness of Jane Fairfax. what was done. sitting with the Eltons. Elton's side soon afterwards appeared. Elton's guidance. but now the Campbells had promised their daughter to stay at least till Midsummer. delightful woman--just as accomplished and condescending as Mrs." The change on Mrs." Jane had come to Highbury professedly for three months. "She is a riddle. rather than return to the superior companions who have always loved her with such real. her fears will completely wear off.--Miss Bates's gratitude for Mrs. quite a riddle!" said she. the Campbells were gone to Ireland for three months.

We must consider what Miss Fairfax quits. Could she have chosen with whom to associate. "if Miss Fairfax were to have been drawn on beyond her own inclination. "She must be under some sort of penance. Mrs. in spite of the very natural wish of a little change. for refusing this invitation." "You are right. "We cannot suppose that she has any great enjoyment at the Vicarage. Weston was giving her a momentary glance. Weston. Her aunt is a good creature. Elton's civilities for her. Elton. great resolution somewhere." was Emma's conclusion. great caution. she would not have chosen her. Elton's invitations I should have imagined any thing but inviting." Upon her speaking her wonder aloud on that part of the subject. Mrs. The decree is issued by somebody. and after a few minutes silence. means were to be found. by her aunt's eagerness in accepting Mrs. friends contrived--no travelling difficulty allowed to exist. which nobody else pays her. Weston ventured this apology for Jane. With a faint blush. Elton. before the few who knew her opinion of Mrs. Weston. Knightley warmly." Emma felt that Mrs." "I should not wonder. Elton's. Poor Miss Bates may very likely have committed her niece and hurried her into a greater appearance of intimacy than her own good sense would have dictated.According to Miss Bates--it all came from her--Mrs. But (with a reproachful smile at Emma) she receives attentions from Mrs. more powerful than appears. Elton. Mrs. before we condemn her taste for what she goes to. I should have imagined. Would Jane but go." said Mrs. "Such attentions as Mrs. but. she presently replied. but still she had declined it! "She must have some motive. servants sent. my dear Emma--but it is better than being always at home.-She is not to be with the Dixons. as a constant companion. he said. Dixon had written most pressingly." said Mr. ." Both felt rather anxious to hear him speak again. would rather disgust than gratify Miss Fairfax. "Miss Fairfax is as capable as any of us of forming a just opinion of Mrs. and she was herself struck by his warmth. inflicted either by the Campbells or herself. There is great fear. But why must she consent to be with the Eltons?--Here is quite a separate puzzle. must be very tiresome.

" said Emma. We cannot give any body the disagreeable hints that we may have been very full of the hour before. Mrs. you may be sure that Miss Fairfax awes Mrs." Emma returned her friend's pressure with interest. however. the plainest spoken amongst us. and a mixture of alarm and delicacy made her irresolute what else to say." Mr. as a general principle. Little Henry was in her thoughts. Weston." he replied." said Emma. and did not herself know what to think. Such a woman as Jane Fairfax probably never fell in Mrs. face to face. I can assure you. "any body may know how highly I think of her. We feel things differently. as he answered. Knightley was hard at work upon the lower buttons of his thick leather gaiters. and was pleased enough to exclaim. And besides the operation of this. to know the worst at once-she hurried on--"And yet. Elton's way before--and no degree of vanity can prevent her acknowledging her own comparative littleness in action."Another thing must be taken into consideration too--Mrs. We all know the difference between the pronouns he or she and thou. Knightley. Elton treats her with all the respect which she has a claim to." He stopped. perhaps. if not in consciousness. Elton by her superiority both of mind and manner. Mr. Cole gave me a hint of it six weeks ago. "You are not vain. Miss Fairfax. or some other cause. but soon stopping--it was better. In a moment he went on-"That will never be. The extent of your admiration may take you by surprize some day or other." "I know how highly you think of Jane Fairfax.--Emma felt her foot pressed by Mrs. however. we all feel the influence of a something beyond common civility in our personal intercourse with each other-a something more early implanted. and that. brought the colour into his face." . you may hardly be aware yourself how highly it is. I will say that for you. "Yes. would not have me if I were to ask her--and I am very sure I shall never ask her. Mr. beginning hastily and with an arch look. and either the exertion of getting them together. I dare say. "Oh! are you there?--But you are miserably behindhand. Elton does not talk to Miss Fairfax as she speaks of her." "And yet.

Mrs. What I said just now. "No. Elton. soon afterwards said. your argument weighs most with me." Emma could not but rejoice to hear that she had a fault. I told him he was mistaken. She has not the open temper which a man would wish for in a wife." And soon afterwards. "Well." Mr. Emma. "and you soon silenced Mr." "In that respect how unlike dear Mrs. You would not come in and sit with us in this comfortable way. or deed. Elton. and offers of service. You have scolded me too much for match-making. very soon. He gave me a quiet hint. Cole. he asked my pardon and said no more." . if you were married. Oh! no. or in her being under any restraint beyond her own scanty rule of good-breeding. Cole? And so I am not to be surprized that Jane Fairfax accepts her civilities and consents to be with her. "So you have been settling that I should marry Jane Fairfax?" "No indeed I have not. from the procuring her a permanent situation to the including her in those delightful exploring parties which are to take place in the barouche-landau. I cannot imagine that she will not be continually insulting her visitor with praise. he was thoughtful--and in a manner which shewed him not pleased. who wants to be wiser and wittier than all the world! I wonder how she speaks of the Coles-what she calls them! How can she find any appellation for them. encouragement. Cole does not want to be wiser or wittier than his neighbours.He seemed hardly to hear her. "Jane Fairfax is a very charming young woman--but not even Jane Fairfax is perfect. word. She has a fault. I suppose?" "Yes. than I can believe in the triumph of Miss Fairfax's mind over Mrs. Knightley was thoughtful again. for me to presume to take such a liberty with you. deep enough in familiar vulgarity? She calls you. The result of his reverie was. I can much more readily enter into the temptation of getting away from Miss Bates.--I never had a thought of her in that way." said she. without any idea of a serious meaning. I assure you. Weston. that she will not be continually detailing her magnificent intentions. of course. I have no faith in Mrs. Elton's acknowledging herself the inferior in thought. One says those sort of things. Knightley--what can she do for Mr. I do not think the extent of my admiration for her will ever take me by surprize. meant nothing. upon my word I have not the smallest wish for your marrying Jane Fairfax or Jane any body.

Goddard and others. were a good deal behind-hand in knowledge of the world. I suspect. I say that he is so very much occupied by the idea of not being in love with her. but she would soon shew them how every thing ought to be arranged. Bates. Dinner-parties and evening-parties were made for him and his lady. . Mrs. but it wants openness. was disposed to pay him attention on his marriage. I assure you we have not a disengaged day!--A woman with fewer resources than I have. Knightley's marrying Jane Fairfax?" "Why. If this is living in the country. Mrs. to carry round the refreshments at exactly the proper hour. could not be satisfied without a dinner at Hartfield for the Eltons. From Monday next to Saturday. more reserved. and Maple Grove had given her a taste for dinners. "I see what a life I am to lead among you. Emma. at the poor attempt at rout-cakes. Elton. I saw Jane Fairfax and conversed with her. They must not do less than others. Knightley--"I do not accuse her of want of feeling. She is reserved. need not have been at a loss. "I see how it is. "what do you say now to Mr."Jane Fairfax has feeling. Weston. She was a little shocked at the want of two drawing rooms. dear Emma. No--till Cole alluded to my supposed attachment. Mrs. in the meanwhile." "Well. than she used to be--And I love an open temper. self-controul. In the course of the spring she must return their civilities by one very superior party--in which her card-tables should be set out with their separate candles and unbroken packs in the true style--and more waiters engaged for the evening than their own establishment could furnish. that I should not wonder if it were to end in his being so at last." said Mr. I think. Her Bath habits made evening-parties perfectly natural to her. Perry. are strong--and her temper excellent in its power of forbearance. and invitations flowed in so fast that she had soon the pleasure of apprehending they were never to have a disengaged day. Do not beat me." said she. patience." said Emma triumphantly when he left them. it is nothing very formidable. and in the proper order. it had never entered my head. and there being no ice in the Highbury card-parties." No invitation came amiss to her. really. Mrs. Upon my word we shall be absolutely dissipated. Her sensibilities. with admiration and pleasure always--but with no thought beyond." Volume Two Chapter Sixteen Every body in and about Highbury who had ever visited Mr. We really seem quite the fashion.

Weston and Mr. Knightley. and their papa now proposed bringing them. But I will shew her greater attention than I have done.-The preparatory interest of this dinner. and only made the usual stipulation of not sitting at the bottom of the table himself. and she could now invite the very person whom she really wanted to make the eighth. was not yet over. I have neglected her too long. He had said that Jane Fairfax received attentions from Mrs.or she should be exposed to odious suspicions. but both father and daughter were disturbed by its happening so. Besides the Eltons. "This is very true.-Since her last conversation with Mrs. Knightley's words dwelt with her. They were all disengaged and all happy.--Of the same age-and always knowing her--I ought to have been more her friend. Woodhouse felt no unwillingness. had she deemed it possible enough for wishing. she was more conscience-stricken about Jane Fairfax than she had often been. Mr. Elton which nobody else paid her.--His professional engagements did not allow of his being put off. The persons to be invited. Woodhouse considered eight persons at dinner together as the utmost that his nerves could bear-and here would be a ninth--and Emma apprehended that it would . If Miss Woodhouse would not be displeased. A dinner there must be. however. Jane Fairfax. and imagined capable of pitiful resentment. A circumstance rather unlucky occurred. After Emma had talked about it for ten minutes." Every invitation was successful. it must be the Westons and Mr. with the usual regular difficulty of deciding who should do it for him. She was delighted with the fortitude of her little friend--for fortitude she knew it was in her to give up being in company and stay at home. which was all that was meant--and it is very shameful. "at least as far as relates to me. and on many accounts Emma was particularly pleased by Harriet's begging to be allowed to decline it." It was precisely what Emma would have wished. Knightley. The two eldest little Knightleys were engaged to pay their grandpapa and aunt a visit of some weeks in the spring. and staying one whole day at Hartfield--which one day would be the very day of this party. required little thought. "She would rather not be in his company more than she could help." said she. She was not yet quite able to see him and his charming happy wife together. so far it was all of course-and it was hardly less inevitable that poor little Harriet must be asked to make the eighth:--but this invitation was not given with equal satisfaction.--Mr.-She will never like me now. she would rather stay at home. without feeling uncomfortable. Mr.

" said she. Miss Fairfax. I hope you turned directly. and he could talk to her. I should imagine. She comforted her father better than she could comfort herself. but certainly not to dinner. A walk before breakfast does me good. The event was more favourable to Mr." "I went only to the post-office. She thought it in reality a sad exchange for herself. Weston was unexpectedly summoned to town and must be absent on the very day. I always fetch the letters when I am here." "No. and Mr. John Knightley seemed early to devote himself to the business of being agreeable. the party were punctually assembled. as elegant as lace and pearls could make her. It was natural to have some civil hopes on the subject. John Knightley came. that the increase of noise would be very immaterial. or I am sure you must have been wet. removed the chief of even Emma's vexation. Mrs. Instead of drawing his brother off to a window while they waited for dinner.be a ninth very much out of humour at not being able to come even to Hartfield for forty-eight hours without falling in with a dinner-party. It is my daily errand. It saves trouble. Woodhouse than to Emma. Woodhouse was quite at ease. he was talking to Miss Fairfax. and is a something to get me out. John Knightley smiled. . He might be able to join them in the evening. when it had been just beginning to rain. and he said. to have him with his grave looks and reluctant conversation opposed to her instead of his brother." Mr. He had met her before breakfast as he was returning from a walk with his little boys. but Mr. Mr." "Not a walk in the rain. with the arrival of the little boys and the philosophic composure of her brother on hearing his fate. and the seeing him so. this morning.--We scarcely got home in time. "I hope you did not venture far. but it did not absolutely rain when I set out. yet he always said so little. he looked at in silence-wanting only to observe enough for Isabella's information--but Miss Fairfax was an old acquaintance and a quiet girl. and replied. "and reached home before the rain was much. Elton. by representing that though he certainly would make them nine. The day came.

in worse weather than to-day. a tear in the eye. "I must not hope to be ever situated as you are. Woodhouse. but a blush. Time will generally lessen the interest of every attachment not within the daily circle--but that is not the change I had in view for you. As an old friend. A pleasant "thank you" seemed meant to laugh it off. by the progress of years. shewed that it was felt beyond a laugh. Her attention was now claimed by Mr." "When I talked of your being altered by time. I know Mr. I can easily believe that letters are very little to you."That is to say." "Ah! you are not serious now. and Henry and John had seen more drops than they could count long before." said John Knightley. probably. When you have lived to my age. I think." "You are speaking of letters of business. but situation. never shall again. a quivering lip. Miss Fairfax. in the midst of every dearest connexion. and then this answer. You have every body dearest to you always at hand. "Business. a post-office. mine are letters of friendship. you will allow me to hope. and very far from giving offence. ." There was a little blush. much less than to me. you chose to have your walk. and therefore I cannot expect that simply growing older should make me indifferent about letters. must always have power to draw me out. that ten years hence you may have as many concentrated objects as I have. but friendship hardly ever does. "I meant to imply the change of situation which time usually brings." It was kindly said." "Indifferent! Oh! no--I never conceived you could become indifferent. you know. you will begin to think letters are never worth going through the rain for. and therefore till I have outlived all my affections. I. for you were not six yards from your own door when I had the pleasure of meeting you." replied he coolly. may bring money. The post-office has a great charm at one period of our lives. but it is not your being ten years older than myself which makes the difference." "I have often thought them the worst of the two. they are generally a very positive curse. John Knightley too well-I am very sure he understands the value of friendship as well as any body. it is not age. who being. Letters are no matter of indifference. I consider one as including the other.

I assure you. "My dear Jane. and have the greatest satisfaction in seeing you at Hartfield. of your being out this morning in the rain." "My advice. Better wait an hour or two. Young ladies should take care of themselves. the walk in the rain had reached Mrs. I am sure. said. My daughter and I are both highly sensible of your goodness. especially at this time of year." "My dear Miss Fairfax. did you change your stockings?" "Yes. "Oh! do not tell me. young ladies are very sure to be cared for. than run the risk of bringing on your cough again. and her remonstrances now opened upon Jane.--You sad girl. Weston kindly and persuasively.-I hope your good grand-mama and aunt are well. "I certainly do feel tempted to give. Miss Fairfax. was ending with her--and with all his mildest urbanity. how could you do such a thing?--It is a sign I was not there to take care of you. did you ever hear the like? You and I must positively exert our authority. The spring I always think requires more than common care. I am sure you are much too reasonable. I did indeed. and paying his particular compliments to the ladies." The kind-hearted. Now do not you feel that you had? Yes. I wish my health allowed me to be a better neighbour. making the circle of his guests. Weston. You do us a great deal of honour to-day. By this time.--To the post-office indeed! Mrs. and do not know how to take care of yourself. Elton.-Liable as you have been to severe colds. sir. indeed you ought to be particularly careful.-Young ladies are delicate plants." . My dear. They should take care of their health and their complexion. and I am very much obliged by your kind solicitude about me.according to his custom on such occasions. Miss Fairfax. you must not run such risks. or even half a day for your letters. You really are a very sad girl." said Mrs. and made every fair lady welcome and easy. You look as if you would not do such a thing again. "I am very sorry to hear. polite old man might then sit down and feel that he had done his duty. what is this I hear?--Going to the post-office in the rain!--This must not be. They are some of my very old friends." Jane very patiently assured her that she had not caught any cold.

" "Oh! my dear. that are to be deciphered." said Jane earnestly. as it always is when I am not here." "My dear Jane." said Jane. "but I cannot give up my early walk. but instead of answering. "We will not allow her to do such a thing again:"-and nodding significantly--"there must be some arrangement made. so needlessly troublesome to your servant. but so much as Patty has to do!--And it is a kindness to employ our men." "So seldom that any negligence or blunder appears! So seldom that a letter. I am advised to be out of doors as much as I can." "Excuse me. Weston. If the errand were not a pleasure to me. among the thousands that are constantly passing about the kingdom. actually lost! And when one considers the variety of hands. and upon my word. "The post-office is a wonderful establishment!" said she. I forget his name) shall inquire for yours too and bring them to you.-"The regularity and despatch of it! If one thinks of all that it has to do. "I cannot by any means consent to such an arrangement. that my influence is not entirely worn out. I must walk somewhere. my dear Jane. The man who fetches our letters every morning (one of our men. it could be done." Jane looked as if she did not mean to be conquered. she began speaking again to Mr. there must indeed. you can have no scruple to accept such an accommodation. I have scarcely ever had a bad morning before. Mrs. E. that is (laughing affectedly) as far as I can presume to determine any thing without the concurrence of my lord and master. you and I must be cautious how we express ourselves. my dear Jane. Elton. is even carried wrong--and not one in a million. That will obviate all difficulties you know. The thing is determined. and from us I really think. and of bad hands too. John Knightley. I suppose. say no more about it. by my grandmama's." . consider that point as settled. and all that it does so well. You know."Oh! she shall not do such a thing again. If I meet with no insuperable difficulties therefore." "You are extremely kind. and the post-office is an object. it is really astonishing!" "It is certainly very well regulated. I shall speak to Mr." eagerly rejoined Mrs. But I do flatter myself. it increases the wonder.

"there is a likeness. Weston any letter about her to produce?" No. "Now." "I do not admire it. on perceiving that Mrs." Mrs." The varieties of handwriting were farther talked of. but having answered the letter. But for that reason. Frank Churchill writes one of the best gentleman's hands I ever saw." "Yes. "No. "that the same sort of handwriting often prevails in a family. and scramble into any hand they can get. she had heard from him very lately. I have not always known their writing apart. but very clear and certainly strong. I certainly get better and better. for boys have very little teaching after an early age. and where the same master teaches. And so does poor Mrs. if I were very bad. it is natural enough.--They must begin with some quickness of sight and hand. "I never saw any gentleman's handwriting"--Emma began. The public pays and must be served well." said Mr." "Isabella and Emma both write beautifully. had put it away. "It is too small-wants strength. It is like a woman's writing. If you want any farther explanation. looking also at Mrs. Woodhouse. I can pronounce his name without the smallest distress. ." said John Knightley. They vindicated him against the base aspersion. it by no means wanted strength-it was not a large hand. That is the key to a great deal of capacity. I know what you mean--but Emma's hand is the strongest.--that would be the way.--Now for it. Isabella and Emma. I think. Weston. Weston was attending to some one else--and the pause gave her time to reflect." said Mr. Weston was disengaged and Emma began again--"Mr. but stopped. and the usual observations made. "and always did."The clerks grow expert from habit. "they are paid for it. "I have heard it asserted. I suppose.--No. and exercise improves them. do write very much alike. I should imagine the likeness must be chiefly confined to the females. Knightley." said his brother hesitatingly. 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 friend-your correspondent in Yorkshire. Weston"--with half a sigh and half a smile at her." This was not submitted to by either lady. smiling." continued he. Had not Mrs.

She was quite determined not to utter a word that should hurt Jane Fairfax's feelings. arm in arm. Elton left them no choice. I am sure I could produce a specimen.--it was at her tongue's end-but she abstained." said Emma. Weston. If Jane repressed her for a little time. She had heard and seen it all. she soon began again. and that it had not been in vain. Volume Two Chapter Seventeen When the ladies returned to the drawing-room after dinner.-Do not you remember. employing him to write for you one day?" "He chose to say he was employed"-"Well. Knightley."If we were in the other room. and can shew it after dinner to convince Mr. Elton's side." said Mr. and felt some curiosity to know whether the wet walk of this morning had produced any. Elton. Mrs. he will. especially on Mrs. Knightley dryly. well. put forth his best. before she could be spoken to.-with so much perseverance in judging and behaving ill did Mrs." Dinner was on table. Frank Churchill. of course. was saying-"Must I go first? I really am ashamed of always leading the way. She thought there was an air of greater happiness than usual--a glow both of complexion and spirits. that it would not have been so resolutely encountered but in full expectation of hearing from some one very dear. like Mr. there was no avoiding a knowledge of their principal subjects: The post-office--catching cold--fetching letters--and friendship. Woodhouse had reached her with his request to be allowed to hand her into the dining-parlour. Weston were obliged to be almost always either talking together or silent together. She could have made an inquiry or two. "if I had my writing-desk.--Mrs. I have that note. and though much that passed between them was in a half-whisper. and they followed the other ladies out of the room. was ready. . She and Mrs." Jane's solicitude about fetching her own letters had not escaped Emma. as to the expedition and the expense of the Irish mails. Mrs. and before Mr. Elton engross Jane Fairfax and slight herself. Emma found it hardly possible to prevent their making two distinct parties. I have a note of his." "Oh! when a gallant young man. "writes to a fair lady like Miss Woodhouse. She suspected that it had. with an appearance of good-will highly becoming to the beauty and grace of each.

Suckling. "I must spend some time with them. shaking her head. and shall give her a strict charge to be on the look-out for any thing eligible. I shall write to Mrs. had such an infinity of applications. Bragge. Elton's meditated activity. I saw a vast deal of that in the neighbourhood round Maple Grove." "But have you really heard of nothing?" "I have not even made any inquiry. I do not wish to make any yet. I am sure they will want it. You are afraid of giving me trouble." said Jane. and professions of Mrs. But I would not wish you to take the trouble of making any inquiries at present. but I would rather you did not mention the subject to her." "Trouble! aye. for she moves in the first circle." ." "Thank you. June will soon be here." "But I have never fixed on June or any other month--merely looked forward to the summer in general." "I not aware!" said Jane. Bragge's is the one I would most wish to see you in. I do not wish to be giving any body trouble. "Here is April come!" said she. the Campbells can hardly be more interested about you than I am. you are not aware of the difficulty of procuring exactly the desirable thing.--afterwards I may probably be glad to dispose of myself. Mrs. every body was anxious to be in her family. which must be at least equally unpleasant to Jane--inquiries whether she had yet heard of any situation likely to suit her.were long under discussion." "Oh! my dear. but I assure you. who can have thought of it as I have done?" "But you have not seen so much of the world as I have. A cousin of Mr. Campbell are to be in town again by midsummer. and to them succeeded one. Partridge in a day or two. Wax-candles in the schoolroom! You may imagine how desirable! Of all houses in the kingdom Mrs. my dear Jane. till the time draws nearer. "I get quite anxious about you." "Colonel and Mrs. "dear Mrs. I know your scruples. Elton. You do not know how many candidates there always are for the first situations. we cannot begin too early.

or say even July. indeed. I really believe you might. here is April. "Aye. that may suit your humble ideas of yourself." "You are very obliging. was all that I had in view. and I am sure the good Campbells will be quite on my side.--yes. and your friends would require for you. and mix in the family as much as you chose. When I am quite determined as to the time. Your musical knowledge alone would entitle you to name your own terms. I make no inquiry myself. widely different certainly as to the guilt of those who carry it on. I am very sure. Your inexperience really amuses me! A situation such as you deserve. have as many rooms as you like."But. you have a right to move in the first circle." "I know you. indeed. I think. I do not know where it lies. my dear child. I should suffer more from comparison." "Excuse me. is very near. any inferior. commonplace situation. you would take up with any thing." "I did not mean. but this is by no means my intention. would only be the greater. I am very indifferent. or able to command the elegancies of life." "Oh! my dear. I am not at all afraid of being long unemployed. and should be sorry to have any made by my friends. where inquiry would soon produce something--Offices for the sale-not quite of human flesh--but of human intellect. we must begin inquiring directly. but I shall be a little more nice. with your superior talents. but as to all that.--that is--I do not know-if you knew the harp. Suckling was always rather a friend to the abolition. . I know you. ma'am. it would be no object to me to be with the rich. and that by applying to them I should have no doubt of very soon meeting with something that would do. "governess-trade. and June. if you mean a fling at the slave-trade.--I know what a modest creature you are. you might do all that. but you sing as well as play. There are places in town. But I only mean to say that there are advertising offices." replied Jane. human flesh! You quite shock me. my mortifications. but as to the greater misery of the victims. is no everyday occurrence. with such business to accomplish before us." "Something that would do!" repeated Mrs. I was not thinking of the slave-trade. is not obtained at a moment's notice. Elton. in a family not moving in a certain circle. A gentleman's family is all that I should condition for. I assure you. offices. but it will not satisfy your friends to have you taking up with any thing that may offer. I assure you Mr. the time is drawing near.

must appear like a bride. I assure you. I am exceedingly obliged to you. I think. Elton gaily. stipulate for what you chose. I must put on a few ornaments now. a simple style of dress is so infinitely preferable to finery. Weston made his appearance among them.even without the harp." replied Mrs. "in resolving to be always on the watch. Mrs. but my natural taste is all for simplicity." said Jane. you know. I have some notion of putting such a trimming as this to my white and silver poplin. I have the greatest dislike to the idea of being over-trimmed--quite a horror of finery. never thoroughly stopped by any thing till Mr." "You may well class the delight. because it is expected of me. I admire all that quaint. her vanity had then a change of object. honourably and comfortably settled before the Campbells or I have any rest. and employing my friends to watch also. he took notice of my gown. modern ease often disgusts me.--and you must and shall be delightfully. But I am quite in the minority. Woodhouse was almost as glad to see . that nothing really unexceptionable may pass us. and walked to Hartfield as soon as it was over. the honour. and as I am. He had returned to a late dinner. Do you think it will look well?" The whole party were but just reassembled in the drawing-room when Mr. "Here comes this dear old beau of mine. He had been too much expected by the best judges. I believe. it is much more to my taste than modern ease. I protest!--Only think of his gallantry in coming away before the other men!--what a dear creature he is. I am very serious in not wishing any thing to be attempted at present for me. but I am quite serious in wishing nothing to be done till the summer. for surprize-but there was great joy. few people seem to value simplicity of dress. old-fashioned politeness." In this style she ran on. But this good old Mr." "And I am quite serious too. and the comfort of such a situation together. A bride. Mr. How do you like it?--Selina's choice--handsome. Woodhouse. but I do not know whether it is not over-trimmed. however. I wish you had heard his gallant speeches to me at dinner. and Emma heard her saying in the same half-whisper to Jane.--show and finery are every thing. Oh! I assure you I began to think my caro sposo would be absolutely jealous.--I assure you I like him excessively. I fancy I am rather a favourite. Elton. For two or three months longer I shall remain where I am. "they are pretty sure to be equal. Woodhouse came into the room. I am obliged to any body who feels for me.

which a day spent anywhere from home confers." The two ladies looked over it together. and might now have been still. and to herself. and might have been alone!--Such a man. and you would not believe me?--In town next week. of finishing his day in the efforts of civility and the noise of numbers. and said. and having satisfied the inquiries of his wife as to his dinner. and he sat smiling and talking to them the whole time. and on the evening of a cold sleety April day rush out again into the world!--Could he by a touch of his finger have instantly taken back his wife. good news. but very audible to every body. then shrugged his shoulders. They will stay . and had taken the liberty of opening it. only a few lines--will not take you long." Mr. my dear. I think. happy and cheerful as usual. convincing her that none of all her careful directions to the servants had been forgotten. he is coming. but his coming would probably prolong rather than break up the party. to quit the tranquillity and independence of his own fireside. and walk half a mile to another man's house. did not I?--Anne. who had been long talking. he had not the smallest doubt of being highly interesting to every body in the room. which.--That a man who might have spent his evening quietly at home after a day of business in London. was making himself agreeable among the rest. and spread abroad what public news he had heard. he had met with it in his way. was proceeding to a family communication. and with all the right of being principal talker. A man who had been in motion since eight o'clock in the morning. and might have been silent. read it. should set off again. But it is an excellent thing to have Frank among us again. was a circumstance to strike him deeply. John Knightley only was in mute astonishment. "I could not have believed it even of him. it was from Frank. As to her illness. I dare say. "Well. there would have been a motive. "it will give you pleasure. read it to Emma. what do you say to it?--I always told you he would be here again soon. though principally addressed to Mrs. John Knightley looked at him with amazement. all nothing of course. Well." said he. Weston. so near as town. He gave her a letter. for she is as impatient as the black gentleman when any thing is to be done. in a voice a little subdued. Weston meanwhile. who had been in more than one crowd. you see--at the latest. most likely they will be there to-morrow or Saturday. for the sake of being in mixed company till bed-time. perfectly unsuspicious of the indignation he was exciting. "Read it. as he would have been sorry to see him before.him now. did not I always tell you so. you see.

Her looks and words had nothing to restrain them. he necessarily began on the subject with her. This is precisely what I wanted. or he might not have thought either Mr. I am sure. and trying to understand the degree of her agitation.a good while when they do come. Elton." Mrs. to be made happy. Volume Two Chapter Eighteen "I hope I shall soon have the pleasure of introducing my son to you. Weston was most comfortably pleased on the occasion. was very well satisfied with what she did say." he continued-"and know him to be my son. I met the letters in my way this morning. though he does not bear my name. and knew she ought to be happy. put it up. Weston and Emma. Woodhouse or Mr. but she was so deep in conversation with John Knightley. Elton will lose no time in calling on him. Weston.--Frank will be extremely happy. They were the first entitled. She was a little occupied in weighing her own feelings. but Emma could not speak so fluently. is not it? Have you finished it? Has Emma read it all? Put it up. She was happy. pretty good news. and we shall both have great pleasure in seeing him at the Vicarage. and her attention disengaged. however. Her congratulations were warm and open. and I shall be very happy in his acquaintance. Knightley particularly delighted. which she rather thought was considerable. if not sooner. too communicative to want others to talk. smiled most graciously. I presume. I am sure Mr." said Mr. Mrs. and soon moved away to make the rest of his friends happy by a partial communication of what the whole room must have overheard already. too eager to be very observant. very willing to suppose a particular compliment intended her by such a hope. It was well that he took every body's joy for granted. after Mrs. but it will not do now. Mr." "You are very obliging. Well. and he will be half his time with us. .--from them he would have proceeded to Miss Fairfax." "Oh! yes. and finding himself close to Mrs. We have notice of it in a letter to-day.-He is to be in town next week. I shall only just mention the circumstance to the others in a common way. that it would have been too positive an interruption. Weston. we will have a good talk about it some other time. Elton. she knew she was happy. "You have heard of a certain Frank Churchill.

I hardly ever get a letter. sometimes flies about. Mrs. delicate ladies have very extraordinary constitutions. of being too weak to get into her conservatory without having both his arm and his uncle's! This.--So Frank writes word. I Always take the part of my own sex. I always stand up for women-and I assure you. Churchill's account--she has not been well the whole winter.and seeing my son's hand. Weston. and thinks Enscombe too cold for her-so they are all to move southward without loss of time." "Indeed!--from Yorkshire. Enscombe is in Yorkshire?" "Yes.--A most dangerous precedent indeed!--I beg you will not let your neighbours follow your example. I assure you. You will hardly believe me-but twice in one week he and Mr. merely to give us notice--it tells us that they are all coming up to town directly. But what is distance. You must grant me that. Sixty-five miles farther than from Maple Grove to London. She is his principal correspondent. if you knew how Selina feels with respect to sleeping at an inn. In Frank's last letter she complained. Selina says it is quite . Weston. indeed." said Mr. Mr. Mrs. Elton." "Yes. speaks a great degree of weakness--but now she is so impatient to be in town. Weston-(laughing affectedly) I must protest against that. upon my word. "is. Churchill. I could not have believed it of you!" "Aye. they are about one hundred and ninety miles from London. Churchill's making incredible exertions to avoid it. we married women must begin to exert ourselves!--Oh! Mr. that she means to sleep only two nights on the road. I do indeed." "And so you absolutely opened what was directed to her! Oh! Mr. Elton. You must take care of yourself. Weston. Weston. you know. Certainly. has not been able to leave the sofa for a week together. you would not wonder at Mrs. I shall grant you nothing. I give you notice--You will find me a formidable antagonist on that point. he said. Mr.--This letter tells us--it is a short letter--written in a hurry. I think. we men are sad fellows. Bragge went to London and back again with four horses.--Upon my word." "No. Suckling. to people of large fortune?--You would be amazed to hear how my brother." "The evil of the distance from Enscombe. as we understand. very considerable. that Mrs. if this is what I am to expect. presumed to open it--though it was not directed to me--it was to Mrs. on Mrs. a considerable journey.

Weston?--To Bath. She always travels with her own sheets. Mrs. She is very fond of Frank. who is as thorough a fine lady as any body ever beheld. Mrs. She has now been a longer time stationary there. Churchill probably has not health or spirits like Selina to enjoy that sort of seclusion." Mrs. than she ever was before. but I have not much faith in Mrs. A fine place. by her own account.-And Mrs. Elton eagerly interposed with. I suppose." . she is out of health now. an excellent precaution. "Oh! Mr. Churchill's illness. It was by no means her object to have it believed that her sister was not a fine lady. Churchill. and therefore I would not speak ill of her. Weston went on. and she begins to want change. Churchill is not much in my good graces. Mrs. Selina is no fine lady.horror to her--and I believe I have caught a little of her nicety. The fact is. but that indeed. but very retired. Elton. Elton began to think she had been wrong in disclaiming so warmly.--and she was considering in what way she had best retract. perhaps there was want of spirit in the pretence of it. why not go to Bath. It is a retired place. Besides. Do not run away with such an idea. "Mrs. Does Mrs." "Is not she? Then she is no rule for Mrs. perhaps she may not have resources enough in herself to be qualified for a country life. or to Clifton?" "She has taken it into her head that Enscombe is too cold for her. Churchill will not be second to any lady in the land for"-Mrs. Such an immense plantation all round it! You seem shut out from every thing--in the most complete retirement. Churchill does every thing that any other fine lady ever did. as you may suspect-but this is quite between ourselves. Nothing can stand more retired from the road than Maple Grove. I would not say so to every body. I dare say. Weston. Mr." "Aye--like Maple Grove. when Mr." "If she is really ill. Or. I assure you. that she is tired of Enscombe. do not mistake me. Churchill do the same?" "Depend upon it. I always say a woman cannot have too many resources--and I feel very thankful that I have so many myself as to be quite independent of society. she has always been.

if I may presume to call myself an addition. He and Mrs. and exclaim that he was sure at this rate it would be May before Hymen's saffron robe would be put on for us. that is." "Very true. in the course of my life. I remember. It has been completely unexpected. May is the very month which Mrs." He had done his duty and could return to his son. Weston's letters lately have been full of very little else than Mrs." This was too loud a call for a compliment to be passed by. Not heard of you!--I believe Mrs. That is." "So I remember to have heard. I have observed. they are sure to mend the next. immediately exclaimed. Weston. when. Weston. `How could he contrive to come? And how could it be supposed that his uncle and aunt would spare him again?' and so forth--I always felt that something would happen in our favour. which makes this day's news doubly welcome. Churchill is ordered. and Mr. Elton. Mr. Mrs. "it was quite uncertain when we might see him again. I always had a strong persuasion he would be here again soon. that if things are going untowardly one month. It is just what I used to say to a certain gentleman in company in the days of courtship. so that we have the agreeable prospect of frequent visits from Frank the whole spring-precisely the season of the year which one should have chosen ." She was stopped by a slight fit of coughing. or has ordered herself. and so it has. Oh! the pains I have been at to dispel those gloomy ideas and give him cheerfuller views! The carriage--we had disappointments about the carriage. to spend in some warmer place than Enscombe--in short. because things did not go quite right. he came to me quite in despair. he was apt to be in despair. you see. Weston instantly seized the opportunity of going on. with a very good grace. and Mr. Weston were both dreadfully desponding. to spend in London. "You were mentioning May."Frank was here in February for a fortnight." continued he. But perhaps he may never have heard of there being such a creature in the world. perfectly true. did not proceed with all the rapidity which suited his feelings. He will find an addition to the society of Highbury when he comes again.--one morning. "My dear madam! Nobody but yourself could imagine such a thing possible. I was sure something favourable would turn up--but nobody believed me. "When Frank left us. Elton.

weather genial and pleasant. and never too hot for exercise. and only make himself a little helpless and tiresome. but you must not expect a prodigy. Mrs. cheerless weather. If she is ill I should be sorry to do her injustice. I give you notice that as I find your son. but his pride is nothing to his wife's: his is a quiet. barely the daughter of a gentleman. and we could not do half that we intended. I hope you will be pleased with my son. most gratifying to me. I assure you. Now will be the time.--At the same time it is fair to observe. nor of the treatment I have met with. for there is a family in that neighbourhood . I have very little doubt that my opinion will be decidedly in his favour. but do not expect a prodigy. Churchill has pride. Elton. and I do not know." Mr. and. as you may suppose. Mr. that must be infinitely provoking! I have quite a horror of upstarts. Maple Grove has given me a thorough disgust to people of that sort. whether the uncertainty of our meetings. may not be more friendly to happiness than having him actually in the house. we made the best of it. but there was a good deal of wet." "And I assure you. she has no fair pretence of family or blood. Mrs. I think it is so. When he was here before. so I shall judge of him. always inviting one out. He is generally thought a fine young man. Elton. Mrs. Frank's mother would never have been slighted as she was but for her. but there are some traits in her character which make it difficult for me to speak of her with the forbearance I could wish. she is an upstart. damp.for it: days almost at the longest. gentlemanlike sort of pride that would harm nobody. you know. and at any hour. "I have not been severe upon poor Mrs. She thinks nobody equal to him.--I am no flatterer. You cannot be ignorant. I have heard so much in praise of Mr. there always is in February. This will be complete enjoyment. She was the instigator. but ever since her being turned into a Churchill she has out-Churchill'd them all in high and mighty claims: but in herself. the sort of constant expectation there will be of his coming in to-day or to-morrow. Weston was musing." "Only think! well. I think it is the state of mind which gives most spirit and delight. between ourselves. that I am one of those who always judge for themselves. Frank Churchill. "I hope." said he presently. but her pride is arrogance and insolence! And what inclines one less to bear. Mr. and are by no means implicitly guided by others. Weston. of my connexion with the family. indolent. and. She was nobody when he married her. the whole blame of it is to be laid to her. Weston's partiality for him is very great. Churchill.

and he soon began with-"Well. Churchill made me think of them directly. and encumbered with many low connexions. Mr. Suckling. Elton was wanting notice. A year and a half is the very utmost that they can have lived at West Hall. It is infinitely too bad." said Emma. and she was herself in a worry of spirits which would have made her prefer being silent. Suckling. you must send them home again. which will be enough for Isabella. Emma. and how they got their fortune nobody knows. I always say there is something direful in the sound: but nothing more is positively known of the Tupmans. One has not great hopes from Birmingham. Mr. Weston. very lately settled there. He was to leave them early the next day. and Emma doubted their getting on very well. and every thing is down at full length there we may be sure. "for I shall do all in my power to make them happy. Mrs. and probably not much in the same spirit." They were interrupted. Elton sat down with Mr. Knightley seemed little disposed for conversation. do not spoil them. which is not a place to promise much. for Mr. and Mr. at least--I am almost sure that old Mr. and Mr." "And if you find them troublesome. The remaining five were left to their own powers. and whose father had it before him--I believe. After tea." "I rather hope to satisfy you both. and do not physic them. They came from Birmingham. Weston. Mr. soon took the opportunity of walking away. though a good many things I assure you are suspected." . but giving themselves immense airs. who has been eleven years a resident at Maple Grove. and yet by their manners they evidently think themselves equal even to my brother. who happens to be one of their nearest neighbours. and happiness must preclude false indulgence and physic. People of the name of Tupman.who are such an annoyance to my brother and sister from the airs they give themselves! Your description of Mrs. all that I have to recommend being comprised in. I do not believe I have any thing more to say about the boys. you know. Mr. having said all that he wanted. Tea was carrying round. but you have your sister's letter. Mr. and expecting to be on a footing with the old established families. and Mrs. Weston. which nobody had inclination to pay. Suckling had completed the purchase before his death. Woodhouse to cards. My charge would be much more concise than her's. John Knightley proved more talkative than his brother.

"you amuse me! I should like to know how many of all my numerous engagements take place without your being of the party. is very great. Witness this very time." "No. A little while ago. or balls at the Crown. "that need not be the consequence. that Henry and John may be sometimes in the way. Emma. delights you too much to pass unnoticed. Knightley. And as to my dear little boys. John Knightley)--your good fortune in meeting with so many of your friends at once here. I must say. I only beg you to send them home. who is absent from home about five hours where she is absent one-- ." "There can be no doubt of your being much more engaged with company than you used to be. I suppose. "it is Randalls that does it all. You think so. Knightley."That is very likely. (turning to Mr. do not you?" "I hope I am aware that they may be too noisy for your father-or even may be some encumbrance to you. Randalls alone makes in your goings-on. And if they are." "Difference! No indeed I am not. dinners at Mr." cried Mr." "Yes. every letter to Isabella brought an account of fresh gaieties. I do not think they would fare much better with Uncle Knightley. why you should foresee such a series of dissipation for me." "Increase!" "Certainly. that if Aunt Emma has not time for them. Cole's." "Upon my word. These amazing engagements of mine-what have they been? Dining once with the Coles--and having a ball talked of.) who know how very. if your visiting engagements continue to increase as much as they have done lately. it strikes me as a possible thing. I cannot imagine." "Very well--and as Randalls. or any thing like it? Your neighbourhood is increasing. I shall certainly be at leisure. I can understand you--(nodding at Mr. and you are engaged with a dinner-party!-When did it happen before." exclaimed Emma. Let them be sent to Donwell. Here am I come down for only one day. But you. very seldom I am ever two hours from Hartfield. and you mix more with it. The difference which Randalls. is not likely to have less influence than heretofore." said his brother quickly. you must be sensible that the last half-year has made a great difference in your way of life. and why I am to be supposed in danger of wanting leisure to attend to the little boys. which never took place.

Knightley seemed to be trying not to smile. Elton's beginning to talk to him. she could not help rather anticipating something decisive. and speedily determine how he was influenced. It was a clear thing he was less in love than he had been. and how she must act. She was soon convinced that it was not for herself she was feeling at all apprehensive or embarrassed. before she had the power of forming some opinion of Frank Churchill's feelings. but he was at Highbury very soon afterwards. She felt as if the spring would not pass without bringing a crisis. it would be very distressing. is either reading to himself or settling his accounts. and it would be incumbent on her to avoid any encouragement of his. That would be so very painful a conclusion of their present acquaintance! and yet. had produced this very natural and very desirable effect. he could not yet do more. There could be no doubt of his great pleasure in seeing her. They met with the utmost friendliness. and succeeded without difficulty. Her own attachment had really subsided into a mere nothing. it was for him. She wished she might be able to keep him from an absolute declaration.-but if he. and seemed delighted to speak of his former visit." Mr. It was not in his calmness that she read his comparative difference. his spirits were evidently fluttered. Weston had foreseen. and recur to old stories: and he was not without agitation. but as he came from Randalls immediately to Hartfield. though rather longer than Mr. The Enscombe family were not in town quite so soon as had been imagined. there was restlessness about him. of his feeling the same tenderness in the same degree. were to be returning with the same warmth of sentiment which he had taken away. He was in high spirits. He was not calm. She watched him well. upon Mrs. it was not worth thinking of. as ready to talk and laugh as ever.and who. she could then exercise all her quick observation. . an event. with the conviction probably of her indifference. when he is at home. She did not mean to have her own affections entangled again. there were dangers and evils before her:--caution for him and for herself would be necessary. He rode down for a couple of hours. Absence. a something to alter her present composed and tranquil state. If a separation of two months should not have cooled him. It was not very long. Volume Three Chapter One A very little quiet reflection was enough to satisfy Emma as to the nature of her agitation on hearing this news of Frank Churchill. But she had an almost instant doubt of his caring for her as he had done. who had undoubtedly been always so much the most in love of the two.

to say that her complaints were merely imaginary. They were going to remove immediately to Richmond. It soon appeared that London was not the place for her. His aunt could not bear to have him leave her. and hurrying away to make other calls in Highbury. Emma heard that Frank wrote in the highest spirits of this arrangement. This was the only visit from Frank Churchill in the course of ten days. Churchill's removal to London had been of no service to the wilful or nervous part of her disorder. He was often hoping. at Randalls. and much benefit expected from the change. by all his father's doubts. Such was his own account at Randall's. but he could not be prevailed on. Churchill had been recommended to the medical skill of an eminent person there. and by the ten days' end. that she was in a weaker state of health than she had been half a year ago. was his staying only a quarter of an hour. He did not believe it to proceed from any thing that care and medicine might not remove. She was told that now he wrote with the greatest confidence of being often with them. almost as often as he could even wish. and much as he wished to stay longer at Hartfield. her nephew's letter to Randalls communicated a change of plan. or that she was as strong as ever. it seemed a liveliness that did not satisfy himself. he would not stop for more than a word--but he had the vanity to think they would be disappointed if he did not call. but what decided her belief on the subject. That she was really ill was very certain. intending to come--but was always prevented. he must hurry off. and seemed most fully to appreciate the blessing of having two months before him of such near neighbourhood to many dear friends-for the house was taken for May and June." She had no doubt as to his being less in love--but neither his agitated spirits. when he looked back. or at least that she might not have many years of existence before her. and had otherwise a fancy for the place. and she was rather inclined to think it implied a dread of her returning power. Though much might be fancy. Her nerves were under continual irritation and suffering. he could not doubt. he had declared himself convinced of it. it was to be inferred that Mrs. She could not endure its noise. nor his hurrying away.Lively as he was. A ready-furnished house in a favourite spot was engaged. If he were quite sincere. and a discreet resolution of not trusting himself with her long. seemed like a perfect cure. "He had seen a group of old acquaintance in the street as he passed-he had not stopped. Mrs. . if he really tried to come.

May was better for every thing than February. Volume Three Chapter Two No misfortune occurred. Sixteen miles--nay.Emma saw how Mr. Weston understood these joyous prospects. and very soon after the Churchills had removed to Richmond. every preparation was resumed. Frank Churchill. it would be really having Frank in their neighbourhood. What were nine miles to a young man?--An hour's ride. Mr. She hoped it was not so. Bates was engaged to spend the evening at Hartfield. James had due notice.--but it would be better than a common meeting in a crowd. There was no comfort in having him in London. reached Randalls before dinner. and after a morning of some anxious watching. It had not been forgotten before. It was the very circumstance he could have wished for. Mr. Were he ever able to get away. in all the certainty of his own self. Better than nearer! One good thing was immediately brought to a certainty by this removal. a few lines from Frank. Woodhouse was resigned. The room at the Crown was to witness it. No second meeting had there yet been between him and Emma. Mr.-the ball at the Crown. but Richmond was the very distance for easy intercourse. Now. while dear Emma were gone. Weston's own happiness was indisputable. eighteen--it must be full eighteen to Manchester-street--was a serious obstacle. Weston had been so very earnest in his entreaties for her arriving there as soon as possible . to say that his aunt felt already much better for the change. the day arrived. The day approached. induced them to name as early a day as possible. and every thing was safe. Mrs. He would be always coming over. it was absolutely to be. but it had been soon acknowledged vain to attempt to fix a day. and that he had no doubt of being able to join them for twenty-four hours at any given time. The difference in that respect of Richmond and London was enough to make the whole difference of seeing him always and seeing him never. however. Mr. Two months must bring it to the proof. he might as well be at Enscombe. Now. Weston's ball was to be a real thing. A very few to-morrows stood between the young people of Highbury and happiness. and he sanguinely hoped that neither dear little Henry nor dear little John would have any thing the matter with them. the day would be spent in coming and returning. again to prevent the ball. He was considering her as the source of all the happiness they offered. The time of year lightened the evil to him. He was quite delighted.

and must therefore spend some quiet interval in the young man's company. that. his eyes declared that he meant to have a delightful evening. Weston's judgment. to help Mr. and they drove to the Crown in good time. there was a restlessness. and though he did not say much. They had stopped at Mrs. like herself. and they were so very closely followed by another carriage of cousins. till other subjects were started. who had been entreated to come early with the same distinguishing earnestness. He was looking about. The whole party walked about. They all walked about together. which shewed a mind not at ease. without great surprize. Frank Churchill seemed to have been on the watch. formed a sort of half-circle round the fire. made a man what he ought to be. Weston depended.--General benevolence. that it seemed as if half the company might soon be collected together for the purpose of preparatory inspection. by particular desire. that she could not refuse him. was not the very first distinction in the scale of vanity. but a little less of open-heartedness would have made him a higher character. he was watching for the sound of other carriages.-impatient to begin. Emma perceived that her taste was not the only taste on which Mr. and within a few minutes were joined by the contents of another carriage. that to be the favourite and intimate of a man who had so many intimates and confidantes. he was going to the door. to see that every thing was as it should be. Emma found that it was not Mr. to observe in their various modes. the Randalls party just sufficiently before them. She liked his open manners. . which Emma could not hear the sound of at first. a fire in the evening was still very pleasant. but she presently found that it was a family of old friends. She was to convey Harriet. but the aunt and niece were to be brought by the Eltons. having nothing else to do. though May. or afraid of being always near her. Bates's door to offer the use of their carriage. but not general friendship. but not steadily. and then. and felt. Frank was standing by her. and praised again. "So unreasonably early!" she was going to exclaim. and looked. for the purpose of taking her opinion as to the propriety and comfort of the rooms before any other persons came.after themselves. on the same errand.-She could fancy such a man. who were coming. Weston's fault that the number of privy councillors was not yet larger.

to gratify him by her opinion of his son. Elton. "A very fine young man indeed. He was immediately qualifying himself to form an opinion.Mrs. You must know I have a vast dislike to puppies-quite a horror of them. Weston. but when she got to Maple Grove. Elton. . "We thought you were to bring them. Mr.--Somebody talked of rain. Weston. They were never tolerated at Maple Grove. bore with them much better. looking about. I have never seen either Mr. and his manners are precisely what I like and approve--so truly the gentleman. who is mild almost to a fault. The carriage was sent for them now. "But Miss Bates and Miss Fairfax!" said Mr. In a few minutes the carriage returned.--You may believe me. Suckling nor me had ever any patience with them." said he. Weston's attention was chained." While she talked of his son. after the introduction had passed. sir. that the young man himself. said. and I am happy to say that I am extremely pleased with him. by giving her very proper attention. It cannot be long. Elton might be. before she comes. Neither Mr. You know I candidly told you I should form my own opinion. without the least conceit or puppyism. though by no means moving slowly. Elton was spoken of. He was on the move immediately. Mr. and her smiles of graciousness. Elton detained him. Weston was following." Mr. Mr. and so briskly did she begin." A carriage was heard. Emma longed to know what Frank's first opinion of Mrs. and we used sometimes to say very cutting things! Selina." The mistake had been slight. and all the smiles and the proprieties passed. Elton appeared. but Mrs. and with happy smiles must hurry away.-"I will see that there are umbrellas. how he was affected by the studied elegance of her dress. "I think she must be here soon. I think him a very handsome young man. but coming back. I think. I have no business to put myself forward. "I have a great curiosity to see Mrs. or Mrs." said Frank to his father: "Miss Bates must not be forgotten:" and away he went. I never compliment. he could recollect that there were ladies just arriving to be attended to. I have heard so much of her. and Mrs. "I am forgetting that I am not acquainted with her. could hardly be out of hearing.

which they hesitated about some time. Stokes. Jane. Weston's to receive them. ma'am. You may be very sure I shall always take care of them. Our coachman and horses are so extremely expeditious!--I believe we drive faster than any body. I hope you are quite well. she was standing in the entrance." She was now met by Mrs. Jane and I quite ready. Mrs. Mrs. Nothing wanting. were soon lost under the incessant flow of Miss Bates. Weston. and had not finished her speech under many minutes after her being admitted into the circle at the fire. Jane says. Good Mrs. every body's words. Dixon's choice. Nothing to signify.--So well lighted up!-Jane. Gone to Mr. look!--did you ever see any thing? Oh! Mr. So afraid you might have a headache!-seeing you pass by so often. I said to my mother. I made her take her shawl--for the evenings are not warm--her large new shawl-Mrs. Elton seemed to think it as much her duty as Mrs. or we should have been. who came in talking. you know--Mr. you must really have had Aladdin's lamp. Most comfortable carriage. Could not have imagined it. Delighted to hear it indeed. Weston. but another time it will be quite unnecessary.Mrs. `Upon my word. Elton. I saw her as I came in. Weston. My dear Jane.-But two such offers in one day!--Never were such neighbours.-What a pleasure it is to send one's carriage for a friend!-I understand you were so kind as to offer. so obliged to you for the carriage!--excellent time. There were three others. Her gestures and movements might be understood by any one who looked on like Emma. Colonel Campbell rather preferred an olive. Dixon's wedding-present. And Jane declares-Well!--(as soon as she was within the door) Well! This is brilliant indeed!--This is admirable!--Excellently contrived. but her words.' Thank you.-"Very well. Elton turned to Mrs. Ah! dear Mrs. I thank you. and Mrs. "So very obliging of you!--No rain at all. I do not care for myself. Woodhouse's. Elton had most kindly sent Jane a note. Stokes would not know her own room again. Quite thick shoes. `Oh! Mrs. Did not keep the horses a moment. my mother is remarkably well. Weston.' said I-but I had not time for more. As the door opened she was heard. escorted by the two gentlemen. "I have no doubt of its being our carriage with Miss Bates and Jane.-Oh! and I am sure our thanks are due to you.--So kind of her to think of my mother! Bought at Weymouth." Miss Bates and Miss Fairfax. Frank Churchill was so extremely-and there was a mat to step upon--I shall never forget his . but I am so afraid:--but Mr. ma'am--. and knowing how much trouble you must have. walked into the room. Very happy to hear it. on that score. are you sure you did not wet your feet?--It was but a drop or two. upon my word.

Quite wonderful how she does her hair!-No hairdresser from London I think could.--Dear Miss Woodhouse. you do look--how do you like Jane's hair?--You are a judge. is not it?--Where's dear Mr.--We shall see if our styles suit. Miss Woodhouse. Arthur!--How do you do? How do you all do?--Quite well. Elton was evidently wanting to be complimented herself-and it was. No coffee. After a good many compliments to Jane on her dress and look. Richard?-Oh! there he is. she could not determine. the rivet never came out again. Mr. when every body's eyes are so much upon me. Hughes. by and bye. and as soon as Miss Bates was quiet. Mrs.--Ah! Dr. Frank Churchill.--A little tea if you please. Richard?--I saw you the other day as you rode through the town--Mrs. Frank Churchill?-Ah! here's Miss Woodhouse.--Such a host of friends!--and Mr. and Miss Otway and Miss Caroline.extreme politeness. Never better. Jane?--Do not we often talk of Mr. Don't disturb him. and Mrs. This is meeting quite in fairy-land!-Such a transformation!--Must not compliment. and in compliment to the Westons--who I have no doubt are giving this ball chiefly to do me honour--I would not wish to be inferior to others. I protest!-and good Mr. she found herself necessarily overhearing the discourse of Mrs. Otway. Must go and speak to Dr. And I see very few pearls in the room except mine. Elton then said. Much better employed talking to the young ladies. "Nobody can think less of dress in general than I do--but upon such an occasion as this. Hughes for a moment. Otway.--He was thoughtful. Hughes I declare-and Mrs. My mother often talks of your good-nature. how do you do?-Very well I thank you. Every thing so good!" Frank Churchill returned to his station by Emma." . George and Mr. sir. How do you do. I know (eyeing Emma most complacently)--that would be rude--but upon my word.--How do you do? How do you do?--Very well. Mrs.--no hurry--Oh! here it comes. I am much obliged to you.-Don't I hear another carriage?--Who can this be?--very likely the worthy Coles. I thank you.--A fine young man certainly is Frank Churchill. this is charming to be standing about among such friends! And such a noble fire!--I am quite roasted. all answered with patient politeness. Whether he were overhearing too.--Upon my word.-She did it all herself. Elton and Miss Fairfax. I like him very well. compliments very quietly and properly taken. I must tell you my mother's spectacles have never been in fault since.--Oh! Mr. who were standing a little way behind her. Does not she. quite well. for me--never take coffee. I thank you. I understand.-So Frank Churchill is a capital dancer. This is delightful. "How do you like my gown?--How do you like my trimming?-How has Wright done my hair?"--with many other relative questions.

that she would expect it. she could not lose by the change. It had just occurred to Mrs. till another suspension brought Mrs. Elton. Elton?" said Emma in a whisper. Elton had just joined them. do not tell me--I do not want to know what you mean. Frank Churchill and Miss Woodhouse followed. Mr.--and the voices of the ladies were drowned for a while. Weston and Mrs.-"That is easy--but Miss Fairfax does not disapprove it. Elton had undoubtedly the advantage. Weston might be his son's superior.--Emma heard the sad truth with fortitude. in vanity completely gratified. which must be laid before Emma. Mrs.-Where is my father?--When are we to begin dancing?" Emma could hardly understand him. and that their business was to help to persuade him into it. for though she had intended to begin with Frank Churchill. and boasted himself an engaged man." "Jane!"--repeated Frank Churchill. which his father looked his most perfect approbation of--and it then appeared that Mrs. he seemed in an odd humour. He walked off to find his father. at this time. Elton himself. and his wife was exclaiming. have you. that Emma could not but imagine he had overheard his own praises. "Not at all. in our seclusion?-I was this moment telling Jane. Weston. "And what are we to do for a proper partner for her?" said Mr. Weston was wanting him to dance with Mrs.-- . which was done pretty soon.--Mr. to claim her former promise. Elton led the way. It was almost enough to make her think of marrying." "You are ungrateful. Weston that Mrs." Frank turned instantly to Emma. which interfered with all their wishes of giving Emma that distinction." "Ungrateful!--What do you mean?" Then changing from a frown to a smile--"No. though she had always considered the ball as peculiarly for her. "She will think Frank ought to ask her. Weston. I suppose. He had met with them in a little perplexity. "Oh! you have found us out at last. I thought you would begin to be impatient for tidings of us. Elton's tones again distinctly forward. Elton must be asked to begin the ball. but was quickly back again with both Mr. Emma must submit to stand second to Mrs. Mr. with a look of surprize and displeasure.-Mr." "How do you like Mrs. and Mrs.At this moment Frank began talking so vigorously. and did not want to hear more.

spoke to some. she forced him to smile. His tall. and whist-players. That Frank Churchill thought less of her than he had done. than where he had placed himself. Every body seemed happy. there was not one among the whole row of young men who could be compared with him. and. as if to shew his liberty.--There he was. but if he were criticising her behaviour. was indubitable.-She was more disturbed by Mr. Escape. Elton sauntering about. it was not more productive than such meetings usually are. There was nothing like flirtation between her and her partner. however. He came to the part of the room where the sitters-by were collected.In spite of this little rub. Of very important. and those few steps were enough to prove in how gentlemanlike a manner. and the praise of being a delightful ball.--Whenever she caught his eye. he must have danced. but in general he was looking grave. that how there could be any one disengaged was the wonder!--But Emma's wonder lessened soon afterwards. They seemed more like cheerful.--not classing himself with the husbands. among the bulky forms and stooping shoulders of the elderly men. the incessant attentions of Mrs. she did not feel afraid. and to feel that she had so many hours of unusual festivity before her. on seeing Mr. and walked about in front of them. He would not ask Harriet to dance if it were possible to be avoided: she was sure he would not--and she was expecting him every moment to escape into the card-room. The anxious cares. who were pretending to feel an interest in the dance till their rubbers were made up. and Harriet had no partner.-and so equal had been hitherto the number of dancers. The ball proceeded pleasantly. She wished he could love a ballroom better.--The two last dances before supper were begun. and could like Frank Churchill better. easy friends.--the only young lady sitting down. however. was such as Emma felt must draw every body's eyes. among the standers-by. were not thrown away. Knightley's not dancing than by any thing else. where he ought not to be. excepting her own partner.-He seemed often observing her. She must not flatter herself that he thought of her dancing. which Emma thought something of. delighted to see the respectable length of the set as it was forming. which is seldom bestowed till after a ball has ceased to be.--He moved a few steps nearer.--so young as he looked!-He could not have appeared to greater advantage perhaps anywhere. however. He did not omit being sometimes directly . upright figure. Emma was smiling with enjoyment. he ought to be dancing. and fathers. was repeatedly given in the very beginning of the existence of this. with what natural grace. would he but take the trouble. very recordable events. than lovers. There was one. and his resolution of maintaining it. Weston. was not his plan. firm.

and she perceived that his wife. though beginning to feel myself rather an old married man. Any thing else I should be most happy to do. Elton." "If Mrs. You will excuse me. and was arranging himself for settled conversation. seldom more delighted." Mrs. "Most readily. Mrs. both for Harriet and herself. and had therefore leisure to look around.--The kind-hearted. Weston said no more. it would give me very great pleasure at any time to stand up with an old friend like Mrs. and she would no longer allow her eyes to watch. Weston. but even encouraging him by significant glances. and she feared her face might be as hot. . obliging." said he. Weston.-She looked round for a moment. She would not look again. he had joined Mr. Mr. but there is a young lady disengaged whom I should be very glad to see dancing--Miss Smith. Gilbert does not mean to dance. and by only turning her head a little she saw it all. but Mr. When she was half-way up the set. gentle Mrs. and Emma could imagine with what surprize and mortification she must be returning to her seat. Knightley leading Harriet to the set!--Never had she been more surprized. Elton! the amiable. her countenance said much. that she heard every syllable of a dialogue which just then took place between him and Mrs. Gilbert. gentle Mr. and longed to be thanking him. I am sure--for. "I shall have great pleasure. She was not yet dancing. In another moment a happier sight caught her. "Do not you dance. was not only listening also. and though too distant for speech. I am no dancer.--You are extremely obliging-and if I were not an old married man. she was working her way up from the bottom. Gilbert wishes to dance. Her heart was in a glow. as soon as she could catch his eye again. if you will dance with me. Weston had left her seat to join him and say. Mrs. while smiles of high glee passed between him and his wife. the whole group were exactly behind her. or speaking to those who were close to her.-Emma saw it. Elton was so near.--But my dancing days are over. She was all pleasure and gratitude. who was standing immediately above her. and that my dancing days are over. Weston." "Mrs. than at that instant." "Me!--oh! no--I would get you a better partner than myself. at your command--but my dancing days are over.--Mr. This was Mr. Elton?" to which his prompt reply was." "Miss Smith!--oh!--I had not observed. Knightley at a little distance.before Miss Smith.

and there is but one. you are too obliging. and for the very complete enjoyment and very high sense of the distinction which her happy features announced. Mr. and who were your partners. Upon my word. to help grandmama to bed. Elton. where are you?--Here is your tippet. my dear. as I said I should. here we are at the passage. Jane. though growing very like her.His dancing proved to be just what she had believed it. Well. How very odd! I was convinced there were two. Churchill. and me on the other!--Stop. I ran home. Mrs. looking (Emma trusted) very foolish. "Knightley has taken pity on poor little Miss Smith!--Very goodnatured. dear Mrs. Jane. if it had not been for the cruel state of things before. Elton had retreated into the card-room. Mrs. how you were amused. flew farther down the middle. take care of the two steps. "Jane. I left her dancing with Mr. William Cox. my dear Jane. George Otway. till her being seated at table and taking up her spoon. The move began. just as I told you. Elton is going.' My dear sir. I never saw any . Two steps. indeed you must. she will love to tell you all about it herself to-morrow: her first partner was Mr. by observing audibly to her partner. let us stand a little back." Supper was announced.--I set off without saying a word. She did not think he was quite so hardened as his wife. Oh! no. a vast deal of chat. oh! you are too obliging! How well you put it on!--so gratified! Excellent dancing indeed!-Yes. Grandmama was quite well. had a charming evening with Mr. though every thing has been done--One door nailed up--Quantities of matting--My dear Jane. and got back again. Quite the queen of the evening!--Well. you are most kind. and Harriet would have seemed almost too lucky. Woodhouse. I do not know who will ask her next.--she spoke some of her feelings. Elton. I declare. It was not thrown away on her.--Tea was made downstairs. how elegant she looks!--Beautiful lace!--Now we all follow in her train. she bounded higher than ever. there is but one. Mr. I was persuaded there were two. without interruption. and nobody missed me. Jane on one arm. `I shall not forestall Jane. extremely good. and was in a continual course of smiles. and Miss Bates might be heard from that moment. biscuits and baked apples and wine before she came away: amazing luck in some of her throws: and she inquired a great deal about you. Sir. perhaps Mr. stop. Weston begs you to put on your tippet. `Oh!' said I.--Is there nobody you would not rather?--I am not helpless. She says she is afraid there will be draughts in the passage. and backgammon.

--There was a little disappointment.--To that surmise. "Emma. and good Mr. I suspect. but there was a smile of indulgence with it. for fear of its getting round to dear Miss Woodhouse. Elton's conduct. but it smells most excellent. who would be so very much concerned!--Well. whatever he may be. why is it that they are your enemies?" He looked with smiling penetration. Jane. "and they cannot forgive me. What you direct in this house cannot be wrong. and. so that Jane is not in a draught. Now there is nothing grandmama loves better than sweetbread and asparagus-so she was rather disappointed. when they were all in the ballroom again. but.-The baked apples and biscuits. on receiving no answer. Oh! do you recommend this side?--Well. but we agreed we would not speak of it to any body. this is brilliant! I am all amazement! could not have supposed any thing!--Such elegance and profusion!--I have seen nothing like it since-Well. how shall we ever recollect half the dishes for grandmama? Soup too! Bless me! I should not be helped so soon. sent it all out again. Elton's looks also received the due share of censure." replied Emma. and he only said. I leave you to your own reflections. you know. her eyes invited him irresistibly to come to her and be thanked." said he. Where I sit is of no consequence. excellent in their way. "I shall not scold you. where shall we sit? where shall we sit? Anywhere. and Mrs. Churchill-only it seems too good--but just as you please." "Can you trust me with such flatterers?--Does my vain spirit ever tell me I am wrong?" . Emma. that you did want him to marry Harriet. I am sure. Mr. Knightley till after supper. not thinking the asparagus quite boiled enough. "She ought not to be angry with you. "They aimed at wounding more than Harriet. but there was a delicate fricassee of sweetbread and some asparagus brought in at first. you say nothing. Dear Jane.--I was telling you of your grandmama. Woodhouse." "I did. it had been unpardonable rudeness. and I cannot help beginning. of course.thing equal to the comfort and style--Candles everywhere. but confess." He shook his head." Emma had no opportunity of speaking to Mr. added. He was warm in his reprobation of Mr.

" Emma was extremely gratified.--She was extremely glad that they had come to so good an understanding respecting the Eltons. which Mrs. It was one of the agreeable recollections of the ball." Volume Three Chapter Three This little explanation with Mr. "whenever I am wanted. which for a few minutes had threatened to ruin the rest of her evening. Knightley gave Emma considerable pleasure. She hesitated a moment. Elton is totally without. and which I did not: and I was fully convinced of his being in love with Harriet." said Emma. Every body is lazy! Every body is asleep!" "I am ready. and she looked . was peculiarly gratifying. It was through a series of strange blunders!" "And. An unpretending. Weston calling on every body to begin dancing again." "Will you?" said he. that you would have chosen for him better than he has chosen for himself." "I do own myself to have been completely mistaken in Mr. if you will ask me. The impertinence of the Eltons. I will do you the justice to say. Miss Otway. single-minded. and his praise of Harriet. artless girl-infinitely to be preferred by any man of sense and taste to such a woman as Mrs. set your companions the example. Elton. There is a littleness about him which you discovered. I am sure the other tells you of it.--Harriet Smith has some first-rate qualities." "Whom are you going to dance with?" asked Mr. "Indeed I will. and you know we are not really so much brother and sister as to make it at all improper."Not your vain spirit. offering his hand." "Brother and sister! no. You have shewn that you can dance. in return for your acknowledging so much. I found Harriet more conversable than I expected. which she walked about the lawn the next morning to enjoy. "With you. had been the occasion of some of its highest satisfactions. Miss Fairfax. "Come Miss Woodhouse. and that their opinions of both husband and wife were so much alike. Elton. his concession in her favour.--They were interrupted by the bustle of Mr. indeed. Knightley. and then replied. what are you all doing?-Come Emma.--If one leads you wrong. but your serious spirit.

Elton was not the superior creature she had believed him. gave a great scream. and she were enabled to see that Mr.--Harriet rational. had led them into alarm.forward to another happy result--the cure of Harriet's infatuation. making a sudden turn. Miss Smith. excessively frightened. A few minutes made Emma acquainted with the whole. and Harriet immediately sinking into a chair fainted away. had walked out together. she was just turning to the house with spirits freshened up for the demands of the two little boys. and deeply shaded by elms on each side. she had strong hopes. as he was to be at home by the middle of the day. with Harriet leaning on his arm--actually Harriet!--A moment sufficed to convince her that something extraordinary had happened. and he was trying to cheer her. questions must be answered. though apparently public enough for safety. another parlour boarder at Mrs. Goddard's. and taken a road. they had suddenly perceived at a small distance before them. a party of gipsies. cleared a slight hedge at the top.--About half a mile beyond Highbury. She depended on the evil feelings of the Eltons for supplying all the discipline of pointed neglect that could be farther requisite. and Miss Bickerton. Such events are very interesting. it became for a considerable stretch very retired. how very happy a summer must be before her! She was not to see Frank Churchill this morning.-they were all three soon in the hall. . and two persons entered whom she had never less expected to see together--Frank Churchill. The fever was over. Knightley not wanting to quarrel with her. the Richmond road. and calling on Harriet to follow her. must be recovered. A young lady who faints. He had told her that he could not allow himself the pleasure of stopping at Hartfield.-From Harriet's manner of speaking of the circumstance before they quitted the ballroom. came towards them to beg. Frank Churchill not too much in love. Having arranged all these matters. but the suspense of them cannot last long. as well as of their grandpapa.-The iron gates and the front-door were not twenty yards asunder. and Miss Bickerton. A child on the watch. and Emma could harbour little fear of the pulse being quickened again by injurious courtesy. who had been also at the ball. and Mr. and when the young ladies had advanced some way into it. Harriet looked white and frightened. which. ran up a steep bank. when the great iron sweep-gate opened. She did not regret it. and surprizes be explained. on a broader patch of greensward by the side. and put them all to rights. looked them through. It seemed as if her eyes were suddenly opened.

he set off. with all the grateful blessings that she could utter for her friend and herself. must be doubtful. and leave his horses to meet him by another road. and impertinent in look. and Harriet eagerly clinging to him. she trembling and conditioning. He had left them completely frightened. It was his idea to bring her to Hartfield: he had thought of no other place. and she was followed. Goddard. gave them a shilling. and taking out her purse. or rather surrounded. was unseen by the whole party till almost close to them. But poor Harriet could not follow.--More and more frightened. before her spirits were quite overcome. This was the amount of the whole story. she immediately promised them money. and was moving away--but her terror and her purse were too tempting. she had been obliged to remain. The terror which the woman and boy had been creating in Harriet was then their own portion. though but slowly. and to have forgotten to restore them. She had suffered very much from cramp after dancing. and notice of there being such a set of people in the neighbourhood to Mr. and Emma engaging to give assurance of her safety to Mrs. Knightley. by the whole gang.--She was then able to walk. and being on foot. though not absolutely in word. all clamorous. and begged them not to want more.--of his communication and of Harriet's as soon as she had recovered her senses and speech. had just strength enough to reach Hartfield. a mile or two beyond Highbury-and happening to have borrowed a pair of scissors the night before of Miss Bates.and made the best of her way by a short cut back to Highbury. The pleasantness of the morning had induced him to walk forward. and go in for a few minutes: he was therefore later than he had intended. and hardly able to speak. In this state Frank Churchill had found her. .-He dared not stay longer than to see her well. they loud and insolent. and exceedingly terrified. or to use her ill. these several delays left him not another minute to lose. had the young ladies been more courageous. but such an invitation for attack could not be resisted. he had been obliged to stop at her door. By a most fortunate chance his leaving Highbury had been delayed so as to bring him to her assistance at this critical moment. demanding more. headed by a stout woman and a great boy. How the trampers might have behaved. and Harriet was soon assailed by half a dozen children. and her first attempt to mount the bank brought on such a return of it as made her absolutely powerless-and in this state.

her fervour as she seized and clung to his arm. Beyond it she would on no account proceed. he had expressed his indignation at the abominable folly of Miss Bickerton in the warmest terms. would scarcely be satisfied without their promising never to go beyond the shrubbery again. Elton. He was wishing to get the better of his attachment to herself. nor drop a hint. Woodhouse trembled as he sat. the young and the low. he had spoken of her terror. as Emma had foreseen. Emma's first resolution was to keep her father from the knowledge of what had passed. It seemed as if every thing united to promise the most interesting consequences. she just recovering from her mania for Mr. There could be no harm in a scheme.Such an adventure as this. as she did. could a grammarian.--and now it had happened to the very person. It was no more than a wish. Within half an hour it was known all over Highbury. she had had enough of interference. Poor Mr. and at the very hour. when the other very person was chancing to pass by to rescue her!--It certainly was very extraordinary!--And knowing. and heard their history of it. within her memory. It was some comfort to him that many . and all the youth and servants in the place were soon in the happiness of frightful news. and. So Emma thought. however. It was a very extraordinary thing! Nothing of the sort had ever occurred before to any young ladies in the place. In the few minutes' conversation which she had yet had with him. after Harriet's own account had been given. The last night's ball seemed lost in the gipsies. it struck her the more. and just at last. with a sensibility amused and delighted. Every thing was to take its natural course. She would not stir a step. It was the very event to engage those who talk most. no rencontre. a mere passive scheme. be on fire with speculation and foresight!--especially with such a groundwork of anticipation as her mind had already made. It was not possible that the occurrence should not be strongly recommending each to the other. neither impelled nor assisted. No. could hardly fail of suggesting certain ideas to the coldest heart and the steadiest brain. the favourable state of mind of each at this period. like herself. Could a linguist. at least. while Harriet had been partially insensible. could even a mathematician have seen what she did. without feeling that circumstances had been at work to make them peculiarly interesting to each other?--How much more must an imaginist. have witnessed their appearance together. her naivete. no alarm of the kind.--a fine young man and a lovely young woman thrown together in such a way.--aware of the anxiety and alarm it would occasion: but she soon felt that concealment must be impossible.

and I dare say you understand me. thus began: "Miss Woodhouse--if you are at leisure--I have something that I should like to tell you--a sort of confession to make--and then. "It seems like madness! I can see nothing at all extraordinary in him now." cried Harriet. Volume Three Chapter Four A very few days had passed after this adventure. There was a seriousness in Harriet's manner which prepared her. that they were all very indifferent-which. Emma would not interfere with. "I hope I do. you know. "It is my duty. and he had the pleasure of returning for answer. as well as Miss Smith. and I am sure it is my wish. As I am happily quite an altered creature in one respect. quite as much as her words. for she hardly knew what indisposition was. The gipsies did not wait for the operations of justice. and after sitting down and hesitating. The young ladies of Highbury might have walked again in safety before their panic began. it is very fit that you should have the satisfaction of knowing it." said Emma. and Henry and John were still asking every day for the story of Harriet and the gipsies. and still tenaciously setting her right if she varied in the slightest particular from the original recital.inquiries after himself and Miss Woodhouse (for his neighbours knew that he loved to be inquired after).--I do not care whether I meet him or not--except that of the two I had rather not see him-and indeed I would go any distance round to avoid him--but I do . but begged her to speak. when Harriet came one morning to Emma with a small parcel in her hand. and if he did not invent illnesses for her. it will be over." she continued. and the whole history dwindled soon into a matter of little importance but to Emma and her nephews:--in her imagination it maintained its ground. I do not want to say more than is necessary--I am too much ashamed of having given way as I have done. for something more than ordinary. "to have no reserves with you on this subject. warmly. She had an unhappy state of health in general for the child of such a man. . were coming in during the rest of the day. she could make no figure in a message. and Harriet not much otherwise. . for she was perfectly well." "Yes. they took themselves off in a hurry." Emma was a good deal surprized." "How I could so long a time be fancying myself! . though not exactly true.

and kept playing some time with what was left. and she looked on with impatience.--Do not you remember his cutting his finger with your new penknife. which Harriet opened: it was well lined with the softest cotton.--Did he ever give you any thing?" "No--I cannot call them gifts. I dare say." "My dearest Harriet!" cried Emma. but it was a great deal too large.--However. "you must recollect. and looked at it now and then as a great treat. you desired me to supply him. putting her hand before her face. but they are things that I have valued very much. Within abundance of silver paper was a pretty little Tunbridge-ware box.--No." "Dear me! I should not have thought it possible you could forget what passed in this very room about court-plaister. and Emma read the words Most precious treasures on the top. and he cut it smaller. Miss Woodhouse. that you may see how rational I am grown." "No. with a conscious look. and your recommending court-plaister?-But." She held the parcel towards her. and so I took mine out and cut him a piece. I remember it all now. and Mrs. I am now going to destroy--what I ought to have destroyed long ago--what I ought never to have kept-I know that very well (blushing as she spoke). it will not give me another moment's pang: and to convince you that I have been speaking truth. I wish her no evil. I neither admire her nor envy her. Harriet unfolded the parcel. now I will destroy it all--and it is my particular wish to do it in your presence. "you make me more ashamed of myself than I can bear. and all that. but. John Knightley came-I think the very evening. "Not the least in the world.not envy his wife in the least. in my nonsense. one of the very last times we ever met in it!--It was but a very few days before I had my sore throat--just before Mr." said Harriet. Cannot you guess what this parcel holds?" said she. indeed I do not. except your saving . and knew I had. excepting the cotton. before he gave it back to me. but I think her very ill-tempered and disagreeable--I shall never forget her look the other night!--However. Her curiosity was greatly excited. I could not help making a treasure of it-so I put it by never to be used. as you had none about you. Remember it? Aye. and jumping up. let them be ever so happy together. as I have done: she is very charming. And so then. I assure you. "Now. Emma saw only a small piece of court-plaister. all.

"here is something still more valuable. I remember." "Here. so you lent him another. and saying I had none about me!--Oh! my sins." cried Emma. "Lord bless me! when should I ever have thought of putting by in cotton a piece of court-plaister that Frank Churchill had been pulling about! I never was equal to this. I dare say you do not. he wanted to make a memorandum in his pocket-book.--It is very odd. and he wanted to put it down. it was about spruce-beer. Mr. because this is what did really once belong to him." "Ah! I do not know. I cannot recollect. I perfectly remember it.--"Do not you remember one morning?--no. which the court-plaister never did. and Mr.--the part without any lead. "This was really his.--Stop. but when he took out his pencil. It was the end of an old pencil.-Talking about spruce-beer. turning to her box again. recovering from her state of shame and feeling divided between wonder and amusement.--Oh! yes--Mr. Knightley and I both saying we liked it.--Well--(sitting down again)-go on--what else?" "And had you really some at hand yourself? I am sure I never suspected it. caught it up.--Mr." resumed Harriet." "I do remember it. But one morning--I forget exactly the day--but perhaps it was the Tuesday or Wednesday before that evening. And secretly she added to herself. and never parted with it again from that moment." Emma was quite eager to see this superior treasure. I mean that has been more valuable. and my recommending court-plaister. and it would not do. my sins!--And I had plenty all the while in my pocket!--One of my senseless tricks!--I deserve to be under a continual blush all the rest of my life. Mr. Elton's seeming resolved to learn to like it too. Knightley was standing just here. But I kept my eye on it. was not he? I have an idea he was standing just here.this relic--I knew nothing of that till this moment--but the cutting the finger. Elton was sitting here. "I perfectly remember it. and." "And so you actually put this piece of court-plaister by for his sake!" said Emma. as soon as I dared. you did it so naturally. there was so little lead that he soon cut it all away. but I cannot recollect. much about where I am now."-- ." said Harriet. and this was left upon the table as good for nothing. Knightley had been telling him something about brewing spruce-beer.

might be proved to have made Harriet's. and wish I could forget as easily as I can burn them." Emma then looked up. thank Heaven! of Mr. It was very wrong of me. Harriet. Churchill?" She had soon afterwards reason to believe that the beginning was already made. I must get rid of every thing. "Well." After another short hesitation. and quite undesignedly. or to say-except that I am now going to throw them both behind the fire. as to whether it should pass unnoticed or not. you know. in the course of some trivial chat. Elton. and I wish you to see me do it. however. I knew it was--but had not resolution enough to part with them. "Never marry!--This is a new resolution." replied Harriet." "It is one that I shall never change." thought Emma.-There it goes. though she had told no fortune. "I shall never marry. Emma was not thinking of it at the moment. "I hope it does not proceed from-I hope it is not in compliment to Mr.--About a fortnight after the alarm. Elton?" . Harriet. She merely said." "My poor dear Harriet! and have you actually found happiness in treasuring up these things?" "Yes. "It has a disagreeable look to me." "I shall be happier to burn it. and after a moment's debate." "Oh! that's all. I have nothing more to shew you." "And when. but the court-plaister might be useful. go on. is it necessary to burn the court-plaister?--I have not a word to say for the bit of old pencil."Well. replied." "But. till after a minute's silence she heard Harriet say in a very serious tone. which made the information she received more valuable. and there is an end. to keep any remembrances. simpleton as I was!--but I am quite ashamed of it now. they came to a sufficient explanation. whenever you marry I would advise you to do so and so"--and thought no more of it. "will there be a beginning of Mr. after he was married. and immediately saw how it was. and could not but hope that the gipsy.

She had previously determined how far she would proceed. it might only drive Harriet into asking her to hear too much. in me especially. Perhaps it will be wisest in you to check your feelings while you can: at any rate do not let them carry you far. and veneration." "Service! oh! it was such an inexpressible obligation!-The very recollection of it. and seem to suspect nothing?-Perhaps Harriet might think her cold or angry if she did. I do not advise you to give way to it. she was perfectly resolved. Is not it so?" "Oh! Miss Woodhouse." "I am not at all surprized at you.-She believed it would be wiser for her to say and know at once. with the gratitude. Consider what you are about. I do not by any means engage for its being returned. results from an idea that the person whom you might prefer.-She was decided."Mr. It is natural. "so superior to Mr. The service he rendered you was enough to warm your heart. Such a change! In one moment such a change! From perfect misery to perfect happiness!" "It is very natural. and all that I felt at the time-when I saw him coming--his noble look--and my wretchedness before. believe me I have not the presumption to suppose-Indeed I am not so mad. Harriet. on any application of the sort. and it would be safer for both.-But that it will be a fortunate preference is more that I can promise. all that she meant to say and know.--"Oh! no"--and Emma could just catch the words. to have the judicious law of her own brain laid down with speed. and against any thing like such an unreserve as had been. to chuse so well and so gratefully. unless you are persuaded of his liking you. or rather your expectation of never marrying.--But it is a pleasure to me to admire him at a distance--and to think of his infinite superiority to all the rest of the world. Your resolution. would be too greatly your superior in situation to think of you. I think. I will not affect to be in doubt of your meaning. or perhaps if she were totally silent. Be observant of him. wonder. Harriet. such an open and frequent discussion of hopes and chances. honourable. Elton!" She then took a longer time for consideration. and it is honourable.-Yes. Should she proceed no farther?--should she let it pass. Elton indeed!" cried Harriet indignantly. Plain dealing was always best. Let his behaviour be the . and thus spoke-"Harriet. which are so proper.

guide of your sensations. . and he had seen a look. Volume Three Chapter Five In this state of schemes. because I shall never speak to you again on the subject. he could not persuade himself to think entirely void of meaning. we will be cautious now. Mr. having once observed. which. The Eltons were still talking of a visit from the Sucklings. and connivance. but yet. had certainly taken an early dislike to Frank Churchill. and Emma herself making him over to Harriet. But take care of yourself. and there do seem objections and obstacles of a very serious nature. and as the return of the Campbells from Ireland was again delayed. she was likely to remain there full two months longer. for some reason best known to himself. Let no name ever pass our lips. He could not understand it. and indiscretion. Henceforward I know nothing of the matter. however it may end. instead of Midsummer. told the same story. and Jane Fairfax was still at her grandmother's. and hopes. Elton's activity in her service. June opened upon Hartfield.--He is your superior. fixed for it. Mr. Knightley began to suspect him of some inclination to trifle with Jane Fairfax. Knightley. I would not have you too sanguine. He was dining with the Randalls family. I give you this caution now. though. Emma was very decided in thinking such an attachment no bad thing for her friend. To Highbury in general it brought no material change. and save herself from being hurried into a delightful situation against her will. more than a single look. Every thing declared it. but there were symptoms of intelligence between them--he thought so at least-symptoms of admiration on his side. discretion. provided at least she were able to defeat Mrs. who. which. I am determined against all interference. She was not present when the suspicion first arose. however he might wish to escape any of Emma's errors of imagination. We were very wrong before. words. Its tendency would be to raise and refine her mind-and it must be saving her from the danger of degradation. and August. his own attentions. his father's hints. He began to suspect him of some double dealing in his pursuit of Emma. be assured your raising your thoughts to him. Harriet." Harriet kissed her hand in silent and submissive gratitude. But while so many were devoting him to Emma. is a mark of good taste which I shall always know how to value. was only growing to dislike him more. there have been matches of greater disparity. no doubt. at the Eltons'. his mother-in-law's guarded silence. That Emma was his object appeared indisputable. and Jane. at Miss Fairfax. and of the use to be made of their barouche-landau. more wonderful things have taken place. it was all in unison. conduct.

Emma and Harriet were going to walk. as he very often did. who knew it was exactly the sort of visiting that would be welcome to her father. nor could he avoid observations which. Miss Bates and her niece. she also found it possible to accept dear Miss Woodhouse's most obliging invitation. pressed them all to go in and drink tea with him. Perry's plan of setting up his carriage?" Mrs. seemed somewhat out of place. "I did not know that he ever had any such plan. on reaching Hartfield gates. Perry had told somebody." .from the admirer of Miss Woodhouse. and. and after a pretty long speech from Miss Bates. on returning. which few persons listened to. and said. It was owing to her persuasion. between Frank Churchill and Jane. Mr. as the weather threatened rain. unless it were like Cowper and his fire at twilight. who had accidentally met. As they were turning into the grounds. Mr." brought him yet stronger suspicion of there being a something of private liking. who. He had walked up one day after dinner. and. "By the bye. "Myself creating what I saw. Mrs. The Randalls party agreed to it immediately. You must remember it now?" "Upon my word I never heard of it till this moment." said Frank Churchill to Mrs. I had it from you." "Me! impossible!" "Indeed you did. Perry passed by on horseback. When he was again in their company. to spend his evening at Hartfield. Emma. and Mrs." "Nay. "what became of Mr. I remember it perfectly. You wrote me word of it three months ago. like themselves. as she thought his being out in bad weather did him a great deal of harm. You mentioned it as what was certainly to be very soon. he could not help remembering what he had seen. Weston and their son. The gentlemen spoke of his horse. judged it wisest to take their exercise early. and was extremely happy about it. Weston looked surprized. Weston presently. he joined them. of private understanding even. they fell in with a larger party. They all united.

what a heap of absurdities it is! Well. Perry herself mentioned it to my mother. laughing. Frank Churchill might have--I do not mean to say that he did not dream it--I am sure I have sometimes the oddest dreams in the world--but if I am questioned about it. and was beyond the reach of Mr." replied his son." "It is odd though. Jane. She had hurried on before her guests to prepare her father for their appearance. your dream certainly shews that Highbury is in your thoughts when you are absent. and the Coles knew of it as well as ourselves--but it was quite a secret. I must acknowledge that there was such an idea last spring. you walk as if you were tired. there is no denying that Mr. don't you remember grandmama's telling us of it when we got home? I forget where we had been walking to-- . and only thought of about three days. "if I must speak on this subject.--Very odd!--I really was persuaded of Mrs. had you?" "No. of course it must have been a dream. "about Perry and a carriage? Is Perry going to set up his carriage." observed his father. and Mrs. only a little premature. who had been trying in vain to be heard the last two minutes. I am a great dreamer. many weeks ago. You had it from himself." cried Miss Bates. Weston's having mentioned it in one of her letters to Enscombe. for Mrs. What an air of probability sometimes runs through a dream! And at others. You will not be sorry to find yourself at home. Perry was very anxious that he should have a carriage. Frank? I am glad he can afford it. Mrs. then I begin dreaming of Mr. I dream of every body at Highbury when I am away-and when I have gone through my particular friends. sir. Perry. I think?" Emma was out of hearing. Frank." "What is this?--What is this?" cried Mr. Weston's hint. "Why. and came to my mother in great spirits one morning because she thought she had prevailed. you are a great dreamer. to own the truth. out of care for his health-just what will happen. "that you should have had such a regular connected dream about people whom it was not very likely you should be thinking of at Enscombe. Perry's setting up his carriage! and his wife's persuading him to it. known to nobody else. with all these particulars--but as she declares she never heard a syllable of it before. "I seem to have had it from nobody. Emma."Never! really. I have no doubt. some time or other. never!--Bless me! how could it be?--Then I must have dreamt it--but I was completely persuaded--Miss Smith. Weston.

and now and then I have let a thing escape me which I should not. Woodhouse. that ought to be treated rather as winter than summer.-Extraordinary dream. I am rather a talker. Knightley suspected in Frank Churchill the determination of catching her eye-he seemed watching her intently--in vain. of course. Knightley's eyes had preceded Miss Bates's in a glance at Jane. Perry was always particularly fond of my mother--indeed I do not know who is not--and she had mentioned it to her in confidence. The quietness of the game made it particularly eligible for Mr. you know. From Frank Churchill's face. he had involuntarily turned to hers. Where is she?--Oh! just behind. if it were so-Jane passed between them into the hall. and which none but Emma could have had power to place there and persuade her father to use. however. Mr. The dream must be borne with. I am a talker. and too busy with her shawl. Tea passed pleasantly. "Miss Woodhouse." said Frank Churchill. where he thought he saw confusion suppressed or laughed away. "have your nephews taken away their alphabets--their box of letters? It used to stand here. instead of the small-sized Pembroke. on which two of his daily meals had. and producing the box. or for any body else who would be puzzled. and Mr. who had often been distressed by the more animated sort. I will answer for it she never betrayed the least thing in the world. Mr. At the same time. and nobody seemed in a hurry to move. Perry's coming. Weston had walked in. but it was not to go beyond: and. the table was quickly scattered over with alphabets. but she was indeed behind. from that day to this. There was no time for farther remark or explanation. I am not like Jane. I never mentioned it to a soul that I know of. which no one seemed so much disposed to employ as their two selves. which he could reach as he sat. They were rapidly forming words for each other. The two other gentlemen waited at the door to let her pass. Mr. yes. Weston had occasionally introduced. I will not positively answer for my having never dropt a hint. because I know I do sometimes pop out a thing before I am aware. Where is it? This is a sort of dull-looking evening." Emma was pleased with the thought. I want to puzzle you again. which Mr. she had no objection to her telling us. I think it was to Randalls. We had great amusement with those letters one morning. Knightley must take his seat with the rest round the large modern circular table which Emma had introduced at Hartfield. indeed!" They were entering the hall. and looked at neither. I wish I were. after examining a table behind him. and who now sat happily . Mrs. for forty years been crowded.very likely to Randalls. Perfectly remember Mrs.

Knightley's excessive curiosity to know what this word might be.occupied in lamenting. Mr. and found it highly entertaining. With great indignation did he continue to observe him. Disingenuousness and double dealing seemed to meet him at every turn. there was a blush on Jane's cheek which gave it a meaning not otherwise ostensible. If meant to be immediately mixed with the others. and given to her with a look sly and demure. and applied herself to it. Jane opposite to them--and Mr. He saw that Emma had soon made it out. The word was discovered. for she said. How the delicacy. indeed. Jane Fairfax's perception seemed to accompany his." It was done however. and fell to work. and with a particular degree of sedate civility entreated her to study it. These letters were but the vehicle for gallantry and trick. no. over the departure of the "poor little boys. and as Harriet exultingly proclaimed it. She gave a slight glance round the table. "Nonsense! for shame!" He heard Frank Churchill next say. Knightley so placed as to see them all. to observe also his two blinded companions. was beyond his comprehension. you must not. as he took up any stray letter near him. how beautifully Emma had written it. her comprehension was certainly more equal to the covert meaning. eager after every fresh word. though it was something which she judged it proper to appear to censure. and it was his object to see as much as he could. "I will give it to her--shall I?"--and as clearly heard Emma opposing it with eager laughing warmth. She was sitting by Mr. The word was blunder. It was a child's play. This gallant young man. with a glance towards Jane. for it was not mixed. with as little apparent observation. chosen to conceal a deeper game on Frank Churchill's part. and it was not long before he saw it to be Dixon. "No. and finding out none. Frank Churchill placed a word before Miss Fairfax. of those five letters . the superior intelligence. Knightley. and Harriet. with tender melancholy. directly took it up. Mr. Frank was next to Emma." or in fondly pointing out. she should have looked on the table instead of looking just across. the discretion of his favourite could have been so lain asleep! He feared there must be some decided involvement. and turned to him for help. with great alarm and distrust. and to recommend himself without complaisance. directly handed over the word to Miss Fairfax. and with a faint smile pushed away. He saw a short word prepared for Emma. you shall not. but how it could all be. made him seize every possible moment for darting his eye towards it. Knightley connected it with the dream. and buried from sight. who seemed to love without feeling.

a mere joke among ourselves." . and wanting to quit the table. "seemed confined to you and Mr. for though her suspicions were by no means removed. She was immediately up. you are too obliging. that she could not get away. proved her as ready as her aunt had preconceived." "The joke. blushed more deeply than he had ever perceived her. Mr. Emma. He could not see her in a situation of such danger. she was really ashamed of having ever imparted them. my dear. We really must wish you good night. and seeing herself watched. and so very distressing to the other. without trying to preserve her. that when the candles came to assist his observations. She could not endure to give him the true explanation. ask her some question. She was evidently displeased. "it all meant nothing. the poignant sting of the last word given to you and Miss Fairfax? I saw the word. and saying only. "Pray. and resolutely swept away by her unexamined. It is time for us to be going indeed. My dear sir. and looked resolved to be engaged by no other word that could be offered. Knightley could not tell. and Mr. She was afterwards looking for her shawl--Frank Churchill was looking also--it was growing dusk. He remained at Hartfield after all the rest. Knightley thought he saw another collection of letters anxiously pushed towards her. and how they parted. as a friend-an anxious friend--give Emma some hint." Emma was extremely confused. but so many were also moving. looked up. and grandmama will be looking for us. "I did not know that proper names were allowed." said he." Jane's alertness in moving. and turned towards her aunt. so full. It was his duty. and am curious to know how it could be so very entertaining to the one. Churchill. he must--yes.so arranged. The evening is closing in. very true. "may I ask in what lay the great amusement. and the room was in confusion. his thoughts full of what he had seen. "Aye." pushed away the letters with even an angry spirit. Her face was averted from those who had made the attack." cried the latter. he certainly must. "Oh!" she cried in evident embarrassment. though Jane had not spoken a word--"I was just going to say the same thing." he replied gravely.

and all the wheres and hows of a circumstance which highly entertained her: but his gaiety did not meet hers. as any two beings in the world can be. rather than the remembrance of neglect in such a cause. He owed it to her." "Oh! you amuse me excessively. And how could it possibly come into your head?" "I have lately imagined that I saw symptoms of attachment between them-certain expressive looks. Knightley. to risk any thing that might be involved in an unwelcome interference. I presume it to be so on her side. That he might not be irritated . and I can answer for its being so on his. with a satisfaction which silenced. but she did not. She was in gay spirits. There is no admiration between them. Yet he would speak. did such an idea occur to me. and the acknowledged intimacy. Emma's confusion. which I did not believe meant to be public. every look described. or that she admired him?" "Never.-Why do you make a doubt of it?" "Have you never at any time had reason to think that he admired her. Frank Churchill and Miss Fairfax? Oh! yes. and his feelings were too much irritated for talking. perfectly. have arisen from some peculiar circumstances--feelings rather of a totally different nature-it is impossible exactly to explain:--there is a good deal of nonsense in it--but the part which is capable of being communicated. never!" she cried with a most open eagerness--"Never. She would rather busy herself about any thing than speak. that they are as far from any attachment or admiration for one another. I am delighted to find that you can vouchsafe to let your imagination wander--but it will not do-very sorry to check you in your first essay--but indeed it will not do." said he at last.He had hoped she would speak again. I will answer for the gentleman's indifference. is. He sat a little while in doubt. I do assure you." She spoke with a confidence which staggered. which is sense. and would have prolonged the conversation. wanting to hear the particulars of his suspicions. for the twentieth part of a moment. He found he could not be useful. That is. Mr. seemed to declare her affection engaged. with earnest kindness. Interference-fruitless interference. to encounter any thing. "My dear Emma. "do you think you perfectly understand the degree of acquaintance between the gentleman and lady we have been speaking of?" "Between Mr. and the appearances which have caught you. rather than her welfare. A variety of evils crossed his mind.

as her brother and sister had failed her. Two or three more of the chosen only were to be admitted to join them. Weston. he soon afterwards took a hasty leave. That there was to be such a party had been long generally known: it had even given the idea of another. elegant way. It was the delay of a great deal of pleasure and parade. and walked home to the coolness and solitude of Donwell Abbey. which would be giving pain to his wife. she wished to see what every body found so well worth seeing.--but a little consideration convinced her that every thing need not be put off. and go together. Weston had agreed to chuse some fine morning and drive thither. and she found herself therefore obliged to consent to an arrangement which she . Mrs. it was not worth bringing forward again:--it could not be done without a reproof to him. Elton. Elton was very much disappointed. such as the last accounts of Mrs. Emma had never been to Box Hill. Elton had very readily acceded to it. Her introductions and recommendations must all wait. whose happiness it was to be hoped might eventually be as much increased by the arrival of a child. and every projected party be still only talked of. Elton.into an absolute fever. infinitely superior to the bustle and preparation. whose health seemed every day to supply a different report. of which Mr. Weston must already be perfectly aware. that Emma could not but feel some surprise. unpretending. and the situation of Mrs. as her objection was nothing but her very great dislike of Mrs. by the fire which Mr. Churchill. It was settled that they should go to Box Hill. This was so very well understood between them. No such importation of novelties could enrich their intellectual stores at present. and a little displeasure. In the daily interchange of news. the regular eating and drinking. and Mrs. and she and Mr. so it was to be. Suckling. So she thought at first. Weston that he had been proposing to Mrs. and that as Mrs. that the two parties should unite. on hearing from Mr. and picnic parade of the Eltons and the Sucklings. Why should not they explore to Box Hill though the Sucklings did not come? They could go there again with them in the autumn. as that of all her neighbours was by the approach of it. the Highbury world were obliged to endure the mortification of hearing that they could not possibly come till the autumn. Woodhouse's tender habits required almost every evening throughout the year. if she had no objection. Now. and it was to be done in a quiet. they must be again restricted to the other topics with which for a while the Sucklings' coming had been united. Volume Three Chapter Six After being long fed with hopes of a speedy visit from Mr.

who only wanted to be going somewhere. Knightley did not begin seriously. but no preparations could be ventured on. "But I thought you would. Knightley?" she cried." said he very comfortably. "That may be done without horses." Emma denied none of it aloud. Weston as to pigeon-pies and cold lamb. "I certainly will come. before the horse were useable. One could not leave her out." said she. when a lame carriage-horse threw every thing into sad uncertainty. Elton's party! Every feeling was offended. Knightley. They are ripening fast. Donwell was famous for its strawberry-beds. such a distinguishing compliment as she chose to consider it. and agreed to none of it in private. Elton was growing impatient to name the day. and it was all melancholy stagnation. and settle with Mr. She promised him again and again to come--much oftener than he doubted--and was extremely gratified by such a proof of intimacy. "You may depend upon me.would have done a great deal to avoid. which seemed a plea for the invitation: but no plea was necessary." was not plainer in words than manner. Mrs. You will allow me to bring Jane Fairfax?" . "I am glad you approve of what I have done. One cannot have too large a party. Name your day. and the "Oh! I should like it of all things. Such schemes as these are nothing without numbers. he was obliged to proceed so. and eat my strawberries." If Mr. and I will come. for his proposal was caught at with delight. Elton's resources were inadequate to such an attack. Weston's temper." "You had better explore to Donwell. It was now the middle of June. it might be only a few days. and nothing done." replied Mr. A large party secures its own amusement. and the forbearance of her outward submission left a heavy arrear due of secret severity in her reflections on the unmanageable goodwill of Mr. "Is not this most vexations. What are we to do?--The year will wear away at this rate.--"And such weather for exploring!--These delays and disappointments are quite odious. It might be weeks. and Mrs. Come. And she is a good-natured woman after all. cabbage-beds would have been enough to tempt the lady. and the weather fine. Before this time last year I assure you we had had a delightful exploring party from Maple Grove to Kings Weston. an arrangement which would probably expose her even to the degradation of being said to be of Mrs.

I shall bring Jane with me-Jane and her aunt. you know."--he calmly replied." "Oh! now you are looking very sly. quite a simple thing." interrupted Mrs. I am no young lady on her preferment.--and till she is in being.--and whatever else you may like to provide. Nothing can be more simple. and sit under trees. I will invite your guests. I will manage such matters myself. and bring one of my little baskets hanging on my arm."I cannot name a day." "Oh! leave all that to me. and that one is--" "--Mrs. Well." "I hope you will bring Elton. "till I have spoken to some others whom I would wish to meet you. It is my party. you know. you know. Married women.--"You are a humourist. Weston." said he: "but I will not trouble you to give any other invitations. Is not that your idea?" . We are to walk about your gardens. you see. I will bring friends with me." "That's quite unnecessary. I see Jane every day:--but as you like. Knightley. There is to be no form or parade--a sort of gipsy party. and may say what you like.--probably this basket with pink ribbon. may be safely authorised. It is my party." "You certainly will meet them if I can prevail. "No--Mrs. Elton. I have no objections at all to meeting the Hartfield family. I suppose. It is to be a morning scheme. And Jane will have such another. I shall wear a large bonnet. it is to be all out of doors--a table spread in the shade. and I shall call on Miss Bates in my way home." said he. I know you are attached to them. Every thing as natural and simple as possible. you know. Quite a humourist.--"there is but one married woman in the world whom I can ever allow to invite what guests she pleases to Donwell." "Ah! you are an odd creature!" she cried. and gather the strawberries ourselves. Here.--The rest I leave to you." "No. Only give me a carte-blanche.--I am Lady Patroness. satisfied to have no one preferred to herself. But consider--you need not be afraid of delegating power to me. rather mortified. Leave it all to me. Knightley. Don't scruple.

however." Mr. My idea of the simple and the natural will be to have the table spread in the dining-room. and an hour or two spent at Donwell. and would spurn any body's assistance. Woodhouse. I really must talk to him about purchasing a donkey. under the specious pretence of a morning drive. E. and me--and my caro sposo walking by. The nature and the simplicity of gentlemen and ladies. only don't have a great set out. Mr." "Well--but if any difficulties should arise." "That I am sure you would.. In a country life I conceive it to be a sort of necessary. Knightley. and in winter there is dirt. to join the party. with their servants and furniture. I know you have the warmest heart. you are a thorough humourist. for. As I tell Mr. it is not possible for her to be always shut up at home. Indeed I do you justice. Donwell Lane is never dusty. be tempted away to his misery. if you prefer it. Woodhouse must not. I would wish every thing to be as much to your taste as possible. and now it is perfectly dry. I think is best observed by meals within doors. Jane." "I wish we had a donkey. as well as Emma. or to inspect anything--" "I have not the least wish for it. .--and very long walks. The thing would be for us all to come on donkeys. that mine thinks herself full as clever. and he knew that to have any of them sitting down out of doors to eat would inevitably make him ill." "You will not find either. Hodges. You have hit upon the very thing to please me. If you wish me to talk to Mrs. can I or my housekeeper be of any use to you with our opinion?-Pray be sincere. my good friend. believe me." "I will answer for it. blunt manner. When you are tired of eating strawberries in the garden. by the bye. He wished to persuade Mr. between Donwell and Highbury. Under that peculiar sort of dry. let a woman have ever so many resources." "Well--as you please. Come on a donkey. you know--in summer there is dust. Miss Bates. Cole's. my housekeeper is extremely clever. Knightley. You can borrow Mrs. I am fully sensible of your attention to me in the whole of this scheme. And. I thank you."Not quite.-Yes. Knightley had another reason for avoiding a table in the shade. there shall be cold meat in the house.

The invitation was everywhere so well received. and should be very happy to meet Mr. It was so long since Emma had been at the Abbey. and look around her.He was invited on good faith. ready to talk with pleasure of what had been achieved. Weston. and Harriet's going there some very fine morning. who seemed to have walked there on purpose to be tired. while the dear girls walked about the gardens. . Weston. that as soon as she was satisfied of her father's comfort. and at last Donwell was settled for one day. that it seemed as if. Woodhouse was safely conveyed in his carriage. He did not suppose they could be damp now. Weston engaged to lose no time in writing. He should like to see the old house again exceedingly. promised to get Frank over to join them.--He could not see any objection at all to his. Under a bright mid-day sun.-Mrs. in the middle of the day. In the meanwhile the lame horse recovered so fast. No lurking horrors were to upbraid him for his easy credulity. and Harriet. that the party to Box Hill was again under happy consideration. more exact understanding of a house and grounds which must ever be so interesting to her and all her family. especially prepared for him by a fire all the morning. and sit all the time with him. unasked. with one window down. He had not been at Donwell for two years. eager to refresh and correct her memory with more particular observation. Knightley was fortunate in every body's most ready concurrence. Weston. and Mr. and Mr. she was glad to leave him.--He was not fond of dining out. to partake of this al-fresco party. he was happily placed. quite at his ease. when all the others were invited or persuaded out.--the weather appearing exactly right. and Box Hill for the next. and spare no arguments to induce him to come. and Mrs. and any other of his neighbours. and Emma's. Mr. and advise every body to come and sit down. Knightley was then obliged to say that he should be glad to see him. remained. He did consent. he. and in one of the most comfortable rooms in the Abbey.--Emma and Harriet professed very high expectations of pleasure from it. "Some very fine morning. and not to heat themselves. Knightley to invite them-very kind and sensible--much cleverer than dining out. a proof of approbation and gratitude which could have been dispensed with. and he could sit still with Mrs. could go very well. they were all taking the scheme as a particular compliment to themselves. at almost Midsummer. Elton. and Emma. He thought it very well done of Mr. if possible. like Mrs. his patient listener and sympathiser.-Mr. Elton." Mr.

Seats tolerably in the shade were found.-A situation. with all the old neglect of prospect. characteristic situation. her large bonnet and her basket. but Isabella had connected herself unexceptionably. and now Emma was obliged to overhear what Mrs. becoming.--These the finest beds and finest sorts. Elton and Jane Fairfax were talking of. covering a good deal of ground. was the conversation--interrupted only once by Mrs. These were pleasant feelings. could now be thought or spoken of. Weston.--The whole party were assembled." Such.--Morning decidedly the best time--never tired-every sort good--hautboy infinitely superior--no comparison-the others hardly eatable--hautboys very scarce--Chili preferred-white wood finest flavour of all--price of strawberries in London-abundance about Bristol--Maple Grove--cultivation--beds when to be renewed--gardeners thinking exactly different--no general rule-gardeners never to be put out of their way--delicious fruit-only too rich to be eaten much of--inferior to cherries-currants more refreshing--only objection to gathering strawberries the stooping--glaring sun--tired to death--could bear it no longer-must go and sit in the shade. with many comfortable.--The house was larger than Hartfield. for half an hour. accepting. and only strawberries. Elton . a most desirable situation. and one or two handsome rooms. She had given them neither men. untainted in blood and understanding. who came out. as the residence of a family of such true gentility. in her solicitude after her son-in-law.--It was just what it ought to be. nor names.--Some faults of temper John Knightley had. was in question. and she walked about and indulged them till it was necessary to do as the others did. who was expected every moment from Richmond.She felt all the honest pride and complacency which her alliance with the present and future proprietor could fairly warrant. and collect round the strawberry-beds. and totally unlike it. rambling and irregular. as she viewed the respectable size and style of the building.-She had some fears of his horse. low and sheltered-its ample gardens stretching down to meadows washed by a stream. and it looked what it was--and Emma felt an increasing respect for it. was very ready to lead the way in gathering. that could raise a blush. of which the Abbey. or talking--strawberries. Elton. had scarcely a sight--and its abundance of timber in rows and avenues. and Mrs. in all her apparatus of happiness. excepting Frank Churchill. nor places. Mrs. which neither fashion nor extravagance had rooted up. its suitable.--"The best fruit in England-every body's favourite--always wholesome. to inquire if he were come--and she was a little uneasy.--Delightful to gather for one's self--the only way of really enjoying them.

seemed the finish of the pleasure grounds. with a decision of action unusual to her. which never had been there.--There had been a time when he would have scorned . It was a sweet view--sweet to the eye and the mind. well clothed with wood.-Still Mrs. superior. ranks. without being oppressive. nothing but a view at the end over a low stone wall with high pillars. In this walk Emma and Mr. Elton insisted on being authorised to write an acquiescence by the morrow's post. but in felicity and splendour it fell short only of them: it was with a cousin of Mrs. however. lines. it was not with Mrs. Suckling. all was warmth. and the view which closed it extremely pretty. It was hot. though Miss Fairfax continued to assure her that she would not at present engage in any thing. scarcely any three together. Disputable. Suckling. they insensibly followed one another to the delicious shade of a broad short avenue of limes. to give the appearance of an approach to the house. Elton was wild to have the offer closed with immediately. Bragge. Delightful. was astonishing to Emma. Mr. Knightley shew them the gardens-all the gardens?--She wished to see the whole extent. repeating the same motives which she had been heard to urge before. in their erection. Knightley and Harriet distinct from the rest. and triumph--and she positively refused to take her friend's negative.-It led to nothing. with meadows in front. at nearly the foot of which the Abbey stood. charming. as might be the taste of such a termination. and was in raptures. and at half a mile distant was a bank of considerable abruptness and grandeur. and towards this view she immediately perceived Mr. first circles. an acquaintance of Mrs. English culture.-and at the bottom of this bank. English verdure. and after walking some time over the gardens in a scattered. dispersed way.--The considerable slope. every thing--and Mrs. English comfort. gradually acquired a steeper form beyond its grounds. energy. spheres."--The pertinacity of her friend seemed more than she could bear. which stretching beyond the garden at an equal distance from the river. It was not with Mrs. a lady known at Maple Grove. it was in itself a charming walk. she did speak pointedly--and at last. Knightley and Harriet!--It was an odd tete-a-tete.--How Jane could bear it at all. and the river making a close and handsome curve around it.had received notice of it that morning. favourably placed and sheltered. which seemed intended. seen under a sun bright. Weston found all the others assembled.--She did look vexed. proposed a removal. Bragge.-"Should not they walk? Would not Mr. rose the Abbey Mill Farm. quietly leading the way. but she was glad to see it.--On her side.

The cold repast was over. "His aunt was so much better. which was to be begun cutting on the morrow. have the pleasure of being hot."--Mrs. It might be safely viewed with all its appendages of prosperity and beauty.--Mr. orchard in blossom. Woodhouse. or. Woodhouse's entertainment.--The shade was most refreshing. and turned from her with little ceremony. Churchill that he was prevented coming. cameos. He was giving Harriet information as to modes of agriculture. Weston was at last persuaded to believe. who had already taken his little round in the highest part of the gardens. Books of engravings.--They took a few turns together along the walk. and Emma received a smile which seemed to say. and still Frank Churchill did not come. and the party were to go out once more to see what had not yet been seen. corals. I have a right to talk on such subjects.-Emma looked at Harriet while the point was under consideration. There had been a time also when Emma would have been sorry to see Harriet in a spot so favourable for the Abbey Mill Farm. and his daughter resolved to remain with him. and Emma found it the pleasantest part of the day. Mr. shells. however. He had expressed himself as to coming. The next remove was to the house. perhaps get as far as the clover. and looked in vain. "These are my own concerns. stirred no more. Knightley had done all in his power for Mr. but she could not be cured of wishing that he would part with his black mare. they must all go in and eat. that it must be by some attack of Mrs. drawers of medals."--She did not suspect him. Now they seemed in pleasant conversation. Weston might be persuaded away by her husband to the exercise and variety which her spirits seemed to need. without being suspected of introducing Robert Martin. Churchill's state. with more than common certainty. as many were ready to remind her. and light column of smoke ascending. etc. and betrayed no emotion. or to say. His father would not own himself uneasy. she behaved very well. that Mrs. and every other family collection within his cabinets. and laughed at her fears. where no damps from the river were imagined even by him.--She joined them at the wall. that he had not a doubt of getting over to them. Mrs. spreading flocks. and growing cool again. was liable to such sudden variation as might disappoint her nephew in the most reasonable dependence--and Mrs.--Robert Martin had probably ceased to think of Harriet. Weston looked. but now she feared it not. It was too old a story. its rich pastures. at any rate. the old Abbey fish-ponds.her as a companion. and found them more engaged in talking than in looking around. .-and they were all seated and busy.

Some are gone to the ponds. and some to the lime walk. who may so soon have to guard others!" She spoke with great agitation.--I would rather walk. than in a total want of taste for what he saw. coming quickly in from the garden. Emma walked into the hall for the sake of a few moments' free observation of the entrance and ground-plot of the house--and was hardly there. "when I am missed. I shall be at home in twenty minutes. Mr. Weston had been shewing them all to him. It can be round in five minutes. and when they do. thank you--but on no account. but Miss Woodhouse was the very person she was in quest of.had been prepared for his old friend. nor how long we have been absent--but I am sure we shall be wanted. there was a start at first. Mrs. It would only be giving trouble and distress. and Emma very feelingly replied.--fortunate in having no other resemblance to a child.--My aunt is not aware how late it is. Let my father's servant go with you.--I have said nothing about it to any body.--but you are not going to walk to Highbury alone?" "Yes--what should hurt me?--I walk fast. as to say that I am gone home?--I am going this moment. if you wish it." said she. "Will you be so kind."--she answered--"I am fatigued. and with a look of escape. and only say that I am gone when it is necessary. but it is not the sort of fatigue--quick walking will refresh me. Woodhouse had been exceedingly well amused. I confess. however. when Jane Fairfax appeared. I must order the carriage. will be to let me have my own way. to be walking quite alone. Mine. and the kindness had perfectly answered.-And for me to be afraid of walking alone!--I. we all know at times what it is to be wearied in spirits.--You are fatigued already.-Little expecting to meet Miss Woodhouse so soon. The greatest kindness you can shew me. will you have the goodness to say that I am gone?" "Certainly." "I am. "That can be no reason for your being exposed to danger now. Till they all come in I shall not be missed." "Thank you.--Before this second looking over was begun.--Let me order the carriage. and I am determined to go directly. indeed it is. and now he would shew them all to Emma. are exhausted. for he was slow." "But it is too far.--Miss Woodhouse. constant." . The heat even would be danger. to while away the morning. and methodical.

the more I shall like you. He had been detained by a temporary increase of illness in her. and as she knew that eating and drinking were often the cure of such incidental complaints. the whole party breaking up. with all his hurry. she had forgotten to think of him--but she was very glad to see him. Weston would be at ease. Venice. he must be. Such might be his constitution. She saw it all.. The heat was excessive. a nervous seizure. and to describe somewhat of the continual endurance to be practised by her. but heat was intolerable--and he sat down. "Oh! Miss Woodhouse. if you sit still.Emma had not another word to oppose. and watched her safely off with the zeal of a friend." Jane had not been gone a quarter of an hour. they were right who had named Mrs. the comfort of being sometimes alone!"--seemed to burst from an overcharged heart. he had never suffered any thing like it--almost wished he had staid at home--nothing killed him like heat--he could bear any degree of cold. promoted her quitting the house immediately. Mark's Place. and they had only accomplished some views of St. "You will soon be cooler. which had lasted some hours--and he had quite given up every thought of coming. I could very ill be spared--but such a point had been made of my coming! You will all be going soon I suppose. he would find abundance of every thing in the dining-room--and she humanely pointed out the door. Churchill as the cause. looking very deplorable. And the more sensibility you betray of their just horrors. and looked. Woodhouse's fire. Mrs. till very late. she recommended his taking some refreshment. and entering into her feelings. indeed! such an aunt!" said Emma. as she turned back into the hall again. Some people were always cross when they were hot. Emma had not been thinking of him. and how late. etc. and soon perceived that Frank Churchill's state might be best defined by the expressive phrase of being out of humour. "I do pity you. he believed he should not have come at all.--and had he known how hot a ride he should have. . Her parting look was grateful--and her parting words." said Emma. "Such a home. "As soon as I am cooler I shall go back again. when Frank Churchill entered the room. even towards some of those who loved her best. The black mare was blameless. I met one as I came--Madness in such weather!--absolute madness!" Emma listened. at the greatest possible distance from the slight remains of Mr.

to look at--or my tour to read--or my poem. Another slice of cold meat. at last. You will never go to Swisserland. I shall go abroad. and came back all the better--grown quite cool--and. some time or other. Cannot you invent a few hardships for yourself. take an interest in their employment. Emma returned all her attention to her father. made himself talk nonsense very agreeably. though. I am serious. this morning. I ought to travel." . I am thwarted in every thing material. walked off. I have more than half an expectation of our all going abroad. I assure you I have. that I shall soon be abroad. "As soon as my aunt gets well. I am tired of doing nothing. and. another draught of Madeira and water. and regret. it would only make him hotter. Harriet's sweet easy temper will not mind it. will make you nearly on a par with the rest of us. and muttering something about spruce-beer." "You are not quite so miserable. Go and eat and drink a little more. He was not hungry. but seemed trying to improve them. and be contented to stay?" "I sick of prosperity and indulgence! You are quite mistaken. as when you first came. They were looking over views in Swisserland." "That may be--but not by sketches in Swisserland. I do not look upon myself as either prosperous or indulged. if I could. I want a change." "You are sick of prosperity and indulgence." He was gone long enough to have had a very comfortable meal. "I shall never be easy till I have seen some of these places. He was not in his best spirits."No--he should not eat. like himself--able to draw a chair close to them. whatever your penetrating eyes may fancy--I am sick of England-and would leave it to-morrow. I feel a strong persuasion. A warm climate may be prescribed for her." In two minutes. Miss Woodhouse. and you will do very well. he relented in his own favour. I shall do something to expose myself. that he should be so late." said he. Your uncle and aunt will never allow you to leave England." "They may be induced to go too. saying in secret-"I am glad I have done being in love with him. however. I do not consider myself at all a fortunate person. You will have my sketches. with good manners. in a reasonable way. I should not like a man who is so soon discomposed by a hot morning.

I will. and punctuality. That it was time for every body to go. a want of spirits. I shall press you no more. Mr. I shall be crosser still. with the Eltons. others took it very composedly. Miss Bates and her niece. Emma and Harriet went together. You are my best cure." "But if I do.--you will join us. With some there was great joy at the sight of Frank Churchill." "We are going to Box Hill to-morrow.--if you wish me to stay and join the party. It is not Swisserland. Volume Three Chapter Seven They had a very fine day for Box Hill. but there was a very general distress and disturbance on Miss Fairfax's disappearance being explained. but in the general amount of the day there was deficiency."No--I shall not stir. they parted." "Then pray stay at Richmond. were in favour of a pleasant party. that his last words to Emma were. and all the other outward circumstances of arrangement. officiating safely between Hartfield and the Vicarage. Weston remained with Mr. and every body was in good time." She smiled her acceptance. I shall go home in the cool of the evening. Nothing was wanting but to be happy when they got there. ." The rest of the party were now returning. concluded the subject. Chuse your own degree of crossness. but it will be something for a young man so much in want of a change. and every body had a burst of admiration on first arriving." "These are difficulties which you must settle for yourself. and all were soon collected. and nothing less than a summons from Richmond was to take him back before the following evening. Woodhouse. Weston directed the whole. I shall sit by you. Frank Churchill's little inclination to exclude himself increased so much. If I come. accommodation." "But you may come again in the cool of to-morrow morning. and go with us?" "No." "No--It will not be worth while. Seven miles were travelled in expectation of enjoyment. "Well. and with a short final arrangement for the next day's scheme. the gentlemen on horseback. There was a languor. certainly not. Mrs. I shall be cross. I can never bear to think of you all there without me. You will stay. a want of union.

She had never seen Frank Churchill so silent and stupid. "How much I am obliged to you. it was rather because she felt less happy than she had expected. or any cold collation. Weston tried. I should certainly have lost all the happiness of this party. While he was so dull. for Frank Churchill grew talkative and gay. The Eltons walked together. or playfulness. making her his first object. I had quite determined to go away again. I was a kinder friend than you deserved. but during the two whole hours that were spent on the hill. meant nothing. Mr. Mr. To amuse her. in her own estimation. shewed no unwillingness to mix. was paid to her. Weston. At first it was downright dulness to Emma. They separated too much into parties. You begged hard to be commanded to come. He said nothing worth hearing-looked without seeing--admired without intelligence--listened without knowing what she said. But you were humble. indeed. to her taste a great deal better. to Ireland by another. Not that Emma was gay and thoughtless from any real felicity. and they were both insufferable. and Emma and Harriet belonged to Frank Churchill. When they all sat down it was better. She laughed because she was disappointed. but it never materially varied. and though she liked him for his attentions. it was no wonder that Harriet should be dull likewise. too strong for any fine prospects. and thought them all. they were not winning back her heart. and gave him all the friendly encouragement. except that you were too late for the best strawberries. seemed all that he cared for--and Emma. between the other parties. Elton. the admission to be gallant. but which now." "Yes. She still intended him for her friend. and be agreeable in her eyes." They were laying themselves open to that very phrase--and to having it sent off in a letter to Maple Grove by one lady. was gay and easy too. and be as agreeable as they could. though in the judgment of most people looking on it must have had such an appearance as no English word but flirtation could very well describe. Frank Churchill and Miss Woodhouse flirted together excessively. And Mr.which could not be got over. whether in friendship. to remove. "Mr. you were very cross. admiration." . Every distinguishing attention that could be paid. and Mrs. to make them harmonise better. or any cheerful Mr. not sorry to be flattered. and I do not know what about. which she had ever given in the first and most animating period of their acquaintance. glad to be enlivened. It seemed at first an accidental division. extremely judicious. in vain." said he. Knightley took charge of Miss Bates and Jane. there seemed a principle of separation. "for telling me to come to-day!-If it had not been for you.

" "Your command?--Yes. and run away from your own management. I thought I had seen you first in February." "Your gallantry is really unanswerable. You order me. My perpetual influence could not begin earlier. and it is rather too much to be talking nonsense for the entertainment of seven silent people. broken bounds yesterday. Miss Bates said a great deal." "Dating from three o'clock yesterday. "I saw you first in February." "Not to my feelings. presides) to say. whether you speak or not. Let my accents swell to Mickleham on one side. somehow or other. The heat overcame me. or you would not have been so much out of humour before. I am ordered by Miss Woodhouse (who." "Three o'clock yesterday! That is your date. You are always with me. I was fatigued. but to-day you are got back again--and as I cannot be always with you. I am perfectly comfortable to-day. Knightley's answer was the most distinct. What shall we do to rouse them? Any nonsense will serve. "Is Miss Woodhouse sure that she would like to hear what we are all thinking of?" . Mrs." "It is hotter to-day. But (lowering her voice)-nobody speaks except ourselves. I saw you first in February." "I say nothing of which I am ashamed."Don't say I was cross. that she desires to know what you are all thinking of?" Some laughed. They shall talk. wherever she is. it is best to believe your temper under your own command rather than mine. and Dorking on the other. Mr." replied he. Elton swelled at the idea of Miss Woodhouse's presiding. with lively impudence. And you can be always with me. I can have no self-command without a motive." "You are comfortable because you are under command. Ladies and gentlemen. Let every body on the Hill hear me if they can. but I meant self-command." And then whispering-"Our companions are excessively stupid." "Perhaps I intended you to say so. You had." "It comes to the same thing. and answered good-humouredly.

indeed--quite unheard of-but some ladies say any thing. Ladies and gentlemen--I am ordered by Miss Woodhouse to say. "which I should not have thought myself privileged to inquire into. as the Chaperon of the party-I never was in any circle--exploring parties--young ladies--married women--" Her mutterings were chiefly to her husband. Though. I shall be sure to say three dull things as soon as ever I open my mouth. very true. There are one or two. It is the very last thing I would stand the brunt of just now." cried Mrs. though a slight blush shewed that it could pain her. original or repeated--or two things moderately clever-or three things very dull indeed. my love. be it prose or verse. am very entertaining already. and he murmured. `Three things very dull indeed. I will attack them with more address. (who. did not immediately catch her meaning. and she engages to laugh heartily at them all. deceived by the mock ceremony of her manner. when it burst on her. no"--cried Emma.' That will just do for me." exclaimed Miss Bates. perhaps. Weston and Harriet. "they are most of them affronted. in a general way. in reply. you know.) and she only demands from each of you either one thing very clever. and only requires something very entertaining from each of you.) whose thoughts I might not be afraid of knowing."Oh! no. "then I need not be uneasy. laughing as carelessly as she could-"Upon no account in the world." "It will not do. Elton emphatically." "It is a sort of thing. it could not anger." Miss Bates. Every body knows what is due to you. that she waives her right of knowing exactly what you may all be thinking of. besides myself. perhaps. (glancing at Mr. . Here are seven of you. Pardon me--but you will be limited as to number--only three at once. Better pass it off as a joke. she is pleased to say. but there may be a difficulty. Exactly so." "Oh! very well. "Very true. shan't I? (looking round with the most good-humoured dependence on every body's assent)--Do not you all think I shall?" Emma could not resist. Let me hear any thing rather than what you are all thinking of. but. "Ah! ma'am. I will not say quite all." whispered Frank to Emma.

when one is exploring about the country in summer. An abominable puppy!-You know who I mean (nodding to her husband). Weston. Weston's shall clear him and his next neighbour. Yes. Come. pray let me hear it." "Oh! for myself. I am making a conundrum. Knightley. I am certain. some looked very stupid about it." said Mr. It might be a very indifferent piece of wit. A conundrum of Mr. Miss Woodhouse must excuse me.--Em-ma. when one is sitting round the fire. These kind of things are very well at Christmas. but he must have knocked up every body else." "I doubt its being very clever myself." said Mrs."Ah!--well--to be sure. but here it is. I see what she means.--"but we shall be indulgent--especially to any one who leads the way. that express perfection?" "What two letters!--express perfection! I am sure I do not know. I have a great deal of vivacity in my own way. I knew who it came from.--M. Churchill." said Emma. but Emma found a great deal to laugh at and enjoy in it--and so did Frank and Harriet. "I really cannot attempt--I am not at all fond of the sort of thing. (turning to Mr. sir. and Mr." answered his son." "No. Pass us. I am not one of those who have witty things at every body's service. but quite out of place. "it will not reckon low." cried Mr.--What two letters of the alphabet are there. I will do my best.--It did not seem to touch the rest of the party equally. but I really must be allowed to judge when to speak and when to hold my tongue. . Knightley gravely said. very low. "Agreed. in my opinion. I protest I must be excused. I must make myself very disagreeable.) and I will try to hold my tongue." "Ah! you will never guess. I am afraid. sir. You. no.--I will tell you. and A." "I like your plan. will never guess. Mr. if you please. I do not pretend to be a wit. or she would not have said such a thing to an old friend. Perfection should not have come quite so soon. Weston. and Mr. agreed. which I was not at all pleased with. Weston has done very well for himself. Elton.--Do you understand?" Understanding and gratification came together. (to Emma). I had an acrostic once sent to me upon my own name. How will a conundrum reckon?" "Low. "It is too much a matter of fact. "This explains the sort of clever thing that is wanted.

can give--it is all nothing. pray pass me.Pass Mr. or any public place. a few weeks in Bath! Peculiarly lucky!-for as to any real knowledge of a person's disposition that Bath. E. and the husband and wife walked off. an oppression for ever. I would be understood to mean. "I have nothing to say that can entertain Miss Woodhouse."--She was stopped by a cough. undoubtedly. there can be no knowledge. that whenever I marry. it is all guess and luck-and will generally be ill-luck. An old married man-quite good for nothing. Shall we walk. She recovered her voice. and soon afterwards said. A hasty and imprudent attachment may arise-but there is generally time to recover from it afterwards. Short of that. with a sort of sneering consciousness. I hope some body will chuse my wife for me. "Well." Jane declined it. and myself. Will you? . and rued it all the rest of his life!" Miss Fairfax." He made no answer. "Happy couple!" said Frank Churchill. I am really tired of exploring so long on one spot. I cannot imagine them to be very frequent. irresolute characters. take my other arm. We have nothing clever to say-not one of us. I have so little confidence in my own judgment. upon an acquaintance formed only in a public place!--They only knew each other. Jane. that it can be only weak.) who will suffer an unfortunate acquaintance to be an inconvenience. Come. among their own set. "I was only going to observe. who had seldom spoken before. merely looked." said he. just as they always are. that though such unfortunate circumstances do sometimes occur both to men and women. "You were speaking. gravely. that you can form any just judgment. in a lively tone. Frank Churchill turned towards her to listen. "Such things do occur. as soon as they were out of hearing:--"How well they suit one another!--Very lucky--marrying as they did. yes. or any other young lady." added her husband. and bowed in submission. spoke now. Augusta?" "With all my heart. except among her own confederates. I think. Jane. It is only by seeing women in their own homes. "Yes. How many a man has committed himself on a short acquaintance. however. (whose happiness must be always at the mercy of chance.. Knightley.

" "Very well. ma'am. I was ready to have gone with her. Elton to have her carriage first. With all my heart. I am quite ready. and the young man's spirits now rose to a pitch almost unpleasant." "She must be very lively. she found Mr. We shall soon overtake her. you know. and even the bustle of collecting and preparing to depart. and then said. my dear. That's one of the ladies in the Irish car party. in tranquil observation of the beautiful views beneath her. He might even have Harriet in his thoughts at the moment. Elton?" "If you please. but this will do just as well. You provide for the family. in the prospect of the quiet drive home which was to close the very questionable enjoyments of this day of pleasure.) Will you chuse a wife for me?--I am sure I should like any body fixed on by you. While waiting for the carriage. I care for nothing else. if you can. Such another scheme. Mr. two years more might make her all that he wished. Weston. You shall have a charming wife. (with a smile at his father).(turning to Emma. she hoped never to be betrayed into again. There she is--no. Emma. I shall go abroad for a couple of years--and when I return. only remained. Remember." Emma was in no danger of forgetting. The appearance of the servants looking out for them to give notice of the carriages was a joyful sight." "And make her like myself. and Harriet. composed of so many ill-assorted people. who could say? Referring the education to her seemed to imply it. Find some body for me. as if to see that no one were near. and the solicitude of Mrs. I am in no hurry. his son. Would not Harriet be the very creature described? Hazle eyes excepted. I shall come to you for my wife. "Now. and wished herself rather walking quietly about with any of the others. and quite unattended to. Even Emma grew tired at last of flattery and merriment. "shall we join Mrs. He looked around. Knightley. Adopt her. educate her. that's somebody else. or sitting almost alone. not at all like her. ." "By all means. I declare--" They walked off. followed in half a minute by Mr. Knightley by her side.-Well." said Jane to her aunt. were gladly endured. It was a commission to touch every favourite feeling. and have hazle eyes. I undertake the commission.

when her society must be so irksome. He had misinterpreted the feelings which had kept her face averted. Were she your equal in situation-but. perhaps. in being able to pay her such attentions. blushed. I dare say she did not understand me. without a remonstrance. It was not so very bad." While they talked. laugh at her. "I acknowledge. and. it was ready." Emma recollected. she has sunk from the comforts she was born to. I had not thought it possible. "Nay. satisfied with proving myself your friend by very faithful counsel. age. was sorry. many of whom (certainly some. consider how far this is from being the case. too--and before others. and. must probably sink more. indeed! You. how could I help saying what I did?--Nobody could have helped it. She is poor. in thoughtless spirits. Her situation should secure your compassion. I wish you could have heard how she talked of it-with what candour and generosity. Emma. It was badly done. I wish you could have heard her honouring your forbearance. "I know there is not a better creature in the world: but you must allow. and situation?-Emma." "I assure you she did. Were she a woman of fortune.--I will tell you truths while I can. I cannot see you acting wrong. She felt your full meaning. I could allow much for the occasional prevalence of the ridiculous over the good. they were advancing towards the carriage. I would leave every harmless absurdity to take its chance. he had handed her in. and. before she could speak again."Emma.) would be entirely guided by your treatment of her. ." "They are blended. but I must. Emma--and it is very far from pleasant to me. and the pride of the moment. to have you now. I would not quarrel with you for any liberties of manner. I must once more speak to you as I have been used to do: a privilege rather endured than allowed." said he. as she was for ever receiving from yourself and your father. that what is good and what is ridiculous are most unfortunately blended in her. but tried to laugh it off. I will. whom she had seen grow up from a period when her notice was an honour.--This is not pleasant to you. How could you be so unfeeling to Miss Bates? How could you be so insolent in your wit to a woman of her character. whom she had known from an infant. were she prosperous. and trusting that you will some time or other do me greater justice than you can do now. She has talked of it since." "Oh!" cried Emma. if she live to old age. humble her--and before her niece. but I must still use it.

She hoped no one could have said to her. sunk back for a moment overcome--then reproaching herself for having taken no leave. grieved. indeed. and more to be abhorred in recollection. How it might be considered by the rest of the party. and very willing to be silent. unmerited as might be the degree of his fond affection and confiding esteem. extraordinary as they were. was felicity to it. and feeling that. They. He had turned away. who seemed not in spirits herself. She was vexed beyond what could have been expressed--almost beyond what she could conceal. they were half way down the hill. she looked out with voice and hand eager to shew a difference. ungracious. remiss. might be looking back on it with pleasure. with what appeared unusual speed. at any circumstance in her life. without being at any trouble to check them. Happily it was not necessary to speak. so cruel to Miss Bates! How could she have exposed herself to such ill opinion in any one she valued! And how suffer him to leave her without saying one word of gratitude. As she reflected more. of common kindness! Time did not compose her. in their different homes. She had been often remiss. A whole evening of back-gammon with her father. be open to any severe reproach. They were combined only of anger against herself. for there she was giving up the sweetest hours of the twenty-four to his comfort. There was only Harriet. "How could you be so unfeeling to your father?-I must. and. but it was just too late. she hoped she was not without a heart. of concurrence. fagged. mortified. scornful. . and soon. than any she had ever passed.and her tongue motionless. more in thought than fact. and Emma felt the tears running down her cheeks almost all the way home. in future. I will tell you truths while I can. She never had been so depressed. making no acknowledgment. lay real pleasure. never! If attention. but in vain. She felt it at her heart. How could she have been so brutal. she could not tell. But it should be so no more. perhaps. parting in apparent sullenness. more totally bare of rational satisfaction at the time. She had not been able to speak. her conscience told her so. As a daughter. and their different ways. in her general conduct. could do away the past. The truth of this representation there was no denying. She continued to look back. Never had she felt so agitated. and deep concern. There. she seemed but to feel it more. she might hope to be forgiven. She was most forcibly struck. Volume Three Chapter Eight The wretchedness of a scheme to Box Hill was in Emma's thoughts all the evening. and the horses were in motion. mortification." Miss Bates should never again--no. on entering the carriage. but in her view it was a morning more completely misspent. she could not. and every thing left far behind.

of a regular. except in subsequent ridicule. perhaps. I wish Hetty had not gone. I am very little able--Have you a chair. "but I do not know. and went early. Miss Woodhouse." Emma seriously hoped she would. she would call upon her the very next morning. how kind you are!--I suppose you have heard-and are come to give us joy. I shall say you are laid down upon the bed. he might come in while she were paying her visit. with any wish of giving pleasure. she heard Miss Bates saying. I hope you find a chair. But Miss Bates soon came--"Very happy and obliged"--but Emma's conscience told her that there was not the same cheerful volubility as before--less ease of look and manner. nor walked up the stairs. that she might see Mr. or. Jane she had a distinct glimpse of. She had no objection. but in conferring obligation. civil and humble as usual." Poor old Mrs. on her side. ma'am? Do you sit where you like? I am sure she will be here presently." She had never rejoiced at the sound before. they tell me she is well. and. in me--(twinkling away a tear or two)--but it will be . looked as if she did not quite understand what was going on. I dare say my daughter will be here presently. and I am sure you are ill enough. and then ushered her in too soon. my dear. Bates. She would not be ashamed of the appearance of the penitence. or of deriving it. she thought. a good deal of moving and talking. looking extremely ill.In the warmth of true contrition. might lead the way to a return of old feelings. It was not unlikely. There was a bustle on her approach. equal. "The ladies were all at home. This does not seem much like joy. before the door had shut them out. indeed. "Well. but she saw him not. She was just as determined when the morrow came. "I am afraid Jane is not very well. The touch seemed immediate. the maid looked frightened and awkward. She had a moment's fear of Miss Bates keeping away from her." said she. so justly and truly hers. She heard Miss Bates's voice. Her eyes were towards Donwell as she walked. and it should be the beginning. nor ever before entered the passage. "Ah! Miss Woodhouse. that nothing might prevent her. she hoped. something was to be done in a hurry. The aunt and niece seemed both escaping into the adjoining room. A very friendly inquiry after Miss Fairfax. Knightley in her way. kindly intercourse. hoped she would be pleased to wait a moment.

`depend upon it.very trying for us to part with her. and would go away. and I will say you are laid down upon the bed. Nobody else would come so early. however." . You were kept waiting at the door--I was quite ashamed-but somehow there was a little bustle--for it so happened that we had not heard the knock. and up she got. she is not. `My dear. and that was what made us keep you waiting--and extremely sorry and ashamed we were. `it must be borne some time or other. and till you were on the stairs.'" Emma was most sincerely interested.' `Well. `it is Miss Woodhouse: I am sure you will like to see her. one cannot wonder. and she has a dreadful headache just now.' said she. as no young woman before ever met with on first going out--do not think us ungrateful. She spoke as she felt. `you will blind yourself'-for tears were in her eyes perpetually. But. she is walking about the room. "It must be a severe trial to them all. poor dear soul! if you were to see what a headache she has. and left her nothing but pity. One cannot wonder. obliged her to admit that Jane might very naturally resolve on seeing Mrs. She is as low as possible. `I shall say you are laid down upon the bed:' but. and it may as well be now. Her heart had been long growing kinder towards Jane. you know. `It is only Mrs. and this picture of her present sufferings acted as a cure of every former ungenerous suspicion. To look at her. with earnest regret and solicitude--sincerely wishing that the circumstances which she collected from Miss Bates to be now actually determined on. but your kindness will excuse her. `Oh!' said I.'-`I can see nobody.' said I. my dear. Dixon. writing all the morning:-such long letters. `My dear. Miss Woodhouse.' said I. You will excuse her not coming to you--she is not able--she is gone into her own room-I want her to lie down upon the bed. `If you must go. It is a great change. she says she shall soon be well. might be as much for Miss Fairfax's advantage and comfort as possible.' said she. we did not know any body was coming. now that she has written her letters. and Mrs. Cole or any other steady friend. When one is in great pain. nobody would think how delighted and happy she is to have secured such a situation. Cole. and the remembrance of the less just and less gentle sensations of the past.' But then Patty came in.' said I. I suppose. She will be extremely sorry to miss seeing you. and said it was you. and though she is amazingly fortunate--such a situation. She had understood it was to be delayed till Colonel Campbell's return. for such surprising good fortune--(again dispersing her tears)--but. when she might not bear to see herself.' said I. after having had her so long. `you must. Miss Woodhouse. you know one cannot feel any blessing quite as it may deserve. to be written to Colonel Campbell.

Mrs. she had made up her mind to close with nothing till Colonel Campbell's return. true friend. `No. Jane will be only four miles from Maple Grove. She would not let Jane say. she would wait--and. Elton would have us come. she was quite decided against accepting the offer. It is not every body that would have stood out in such a kind way as she did. and told her at once.) when Jane first heard of it." and to break through her dreadful gratitude. yesterday evening it was all settled that Jane should go. It was settled so.' said she--`I positively must have you all come. Elton. Elton. but she positively declared she would not write any such denial yesterday." "You spent the evening with Mrs. Smallridge is intimate with both. all of us. saw farther than I did. while we were walking about with Mr. Knightley was there too. Elton over and over again--and I am sure I had no more idea that she would change her mind!--but that good Mrs. Bragge's. and refuse to take Jane's answer. "But you are always kind. sure enough. and nothing should induce her to enter into any engagement at present--and so she told Mrs. Elton. Smallridge's situation. Emma made the direct inquiry of-"Where--may I ask?--is Miss Fairfax going?" "To a Mrs. She would not take a denial. Elton aside. `You must all spend your evening with us. exactly as you say. perhaps.--I did not know a word of it till it was all settled."So very kind!" replied Miss Bates. Knightley.'" "Mr. Smallridge--charming woman--most superior--to have the charge of her three little girls--delightful children.' for when Jane first heard of it. if we except. as Jane wished her. she had come to the resolution of accepting it. Quite a surprize to me! I had not the least idea!--Jane took Mrs. the very morning we were at Donwell. (it was the day before yesterday. our good Mrs. Mrs. upon the hill. and in the very same neighbourhood:--lives only four miles from Maple Grove. whose judgment never fails her. has been the person to whom Miss Fairfax owes--" "Yes. that upon thinking over the advantages of Mrs. I suppose. The most indefatigable. Impossible that any situation could be more replete with comfort. and for the reasons you mention. but Mrs. Suckling's own family. and Mrs." There was no bearing such an "always." "Mrs. was he?" . Elton?" "Yes.

not Mr. you know. Come ma'am."No. were all there. My poor mother does not know how to bear it. and though I thought he would come. However. I suppose. would hardly believe that so much could be given to a young person like Jane. because Mrs. as to the character and manners of the family. except the little Sucklings and little Bragges. dear Miss Woodhouse. Jane will be treated with such regard and kindness!-It will be nothing but pleasure.--And her salary!-I really cannot venture to name her salary to you. Mrs. do not let us think about it any more. Elton declared she would not let him off. "if other children are at all like what I remember to have been myself. a life of pleasure. so liberal and elegant." "Miss Fairfax. Within a fortnight. a most delightful woman!--A style of living almost equal to Maple Grove--and as to the children. though every body seemed rather fagged after the morning's party. I should think five times the amount of what I have ever yet heard named as a salary on such occasions." "Ah! madam. it must be unwelcome to her and all her friends--but I hope her engagement will have every alleviation that is possible--I mean. I shall always think it a very pleasant party. So then. in all Mrs. had been making up her mind the whole day?" "I dare say she had. used as you are to great sums. he declined it from the first.--but my mother. indeed. Even pleasure. Mrs. Miss Woodhouse. dearly earned. indeed. Even you. there are not such elegant sweet children anywhere. Elton's acquaintance. and Jane." "Thank you. he did not. Except the Sucklings and Bragges. there is not such another nursery establishment. Knightley. very soon. and a very agreeable evening we had. there is every thing in the world that can make her happy in it. Yes." cried Emma. one must always find agreeable. Such kind friends. Smallridge. and I. though you were not aware of it. is fatiguing--and I cannot say that any of them seemed very much to have enjoyed it. and say." . and feel extremely obliged to the kind friends who included me in it. that's the worst of it. Miss Woodhouse." "Whenever the time may come. I try to put it out of her thoughts. Smallridge is in a great hurry. you know." "You are so noble in your ideas!" "And when is Miss Fairfax to leave you?" "Very soon.

"Her friends must all be sorry to lose her; and will not Colonel and Mrs. Campbell be sorry to find that she has engaged herself before their return?" "Yes; Jane says she is sure they will; but yet, this is such a situation as she cannot feel herself justified in declining. I was so astonished when she first told me what she had been saying to Mrs. Elton, and when Mrs. Elton at the same moment came congratulating me upon it! It was before tea--stay--no, it could not be before tea, because we were just going to cards--and yet it was before tea, because I remember thinking--Oh! no, now I recollect, now I have it; something happened before tea, but not that. Mr. Elton was called out of the room before tea, old John Abdy's son wanted to speak with him. Poor old John, I have a great regard for him; he was clerk to my poor father twenty-seven years; and now, poor old man, he is bed-ridden, and very poorly with the rheumatic gout in his joints-I must go and see him to-day; and so will Jane, I am sure, if she gets out at all. And poor John's son came to talk to Mr. Elton about relief from the parish; he is very well to do himself, you know, being head man at the Crown, ostler, and every thing of that sort, but still he cannot keep his father without some help; and so, when Mr. Elton came back, he told us what John ostler had been telling him, and then it came out about the chaise having been sent to Randalls to take Mr. Frank Churchill to Richmond. That was what happened before tea. It was after tea that Jane spoke to Mrs. Elton." Miss Bates would hardly give Emma time to say how perfectly new this circumstance was to her; but as without supposing it possible that she could be ignorant of any of the particulars of Mr. Frank Churchill's going, she proceeded to give them all, it was of no consequence. What Mr. Elton had learned from the ostler on the subject, being the accumulation of the ostler's own knowledge, and the knowledge of the servants at Randalls, was, that a messenger had come over from Richmond soon after the return of the party from Box Hill-which messenger, however, had been no more than was expected; and that Mr. Churchill had sent his nephew a few lines, containing, upon the whole, a tolerable account of Mrs. Churchill, and only wishing him not to delay coming back beyond the next morning early; but that Mr. Frank Churchill having resolved to go home directly, without waiting at all, and his horse seeming to have got a cold, Tom had been sent off immediately for the Crown chaise, and the ostler had stood out and seen it pass by, the boy going a good pace, and driving very steady.

There was nothing in all this either to astonish or interest, and it caught Emma's attention only as it united with the subject which already engaged her mind. The contrast between Mrs. Churchill's importance in the world, and Jane Fairfax's, struck her; one was every thing, the other nothing--and she sat musing on the difference of woman's destiny, and quite unconscious on what her eyes were fixed, till roused by Miss Bates's saying, "Aye, I see what you are thinking of, the pianoforte. What is to become of that?--Very true. Poor dear Jane was talking of it just now.-`You must go,' said she. `You and I must part. You will have no business here.--Let it stay, however,' said she; `give it houseroom till Colonel Campbell comes back. I shall talk about it to him; he will settle for me; he will help me out of all my difficulties.'-And to this day, I do believe, she knows not whether it was his present or his daughter's." Now Emma was obliged to think of the pianoforte; and the remembrance of all her former fanciful and unfair conjectures was so little pleasing, that she soon allowed herself to believe her visit had been long enough; and, with a repetition of every thing that she could venture to say of the good wishes which she really felt, took leave.
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Emma's pensive meditations, as she walked home, were not interrupted; but on entering the parlour, she found those who must rouse her. Mr. Knightley and Harriet had arrived during her absence, and were sitting with her father.--Mr. Knightley immediately got up, and in a manner decidedly graver than usual, said, "I would not go away without seeing you, but I have no time to spare, and therefore must now be gone directly. I am going to London, to spend a few days with John and Isabella. Have you any thing to send or say, besides the `love,' which nobody carries?" "Nothing at all. But is not this a sudden scheme?" "Yes--rather--I have been thinking of it some little time." Emma was sure he had not forgiven her; he looked unlike himself. Time, however, she thought, would tell him that they ought to be friends again. While he stood, as if meaning to go, but not going-her father began his inquiries. "Well, my dear, and did you get there safely?--And how did you find my worthy old friend and her daughter?--I dare say they must

have been very much obliged to you for coming. Dear Emma has been to call on Mrs. and Miss Bates, Mr. Knightley, as I told you before. She is always so attentive to them!" Emma's colour was heightened by this unjust praise; and with a smile, and shake of the head, which spoke much, she looked at Mr. Knightley.-It seemed as if there were an instantaneous impression in her favour, as if his eyes received the truth from her's, and all that had passed of good in her feelings were at once caught and honoured.-He looked at her with a glow of regard. She was warmly gratified-and in another moment still more so, by a little movement of more than common friendliness on his part.--He took her hand;-whether she had not herself made the first motion, she could not say-she might, perhaps, have rather offered it--but he took her hand, pressed it, and certainly was on the point of carrying it to his lips-when, from some fancy or other, he suddenly let it go.--Why he should feel such a scruple, why he should change his mind when it was all but done, she could not perceive.--He would have judged better, she thought, if he had not stopped.--The intention, however, was indubitable; and whether it was that his manners had in general so little gallantry, or however else it happened, but she thought nothing became him more.-It was with him, of so simple, yet so dignified a nature.-She could not but recall the attempt with great satisfaction. It spoke such perfect amity.--He left them immediately afterwards-gone in a moment. He always moved with the alertness of a mind which could neither be undecided nor dilatory, but now he seemed more sudden than usual in his disappearance. Emma could not regret her having gone to Miss Bates, but she wished she had left her ten minutes earlier;--it would have been a great pleasure to talk over Jane Fairfax's situation with Mr. Knightley.-Neither would she regret that he should be going to Brunswick Square, for she knew how much his visit would be enjoyed--but it might have happened at a better time--and to have had longer notice of it, would have been pleasanter.--They parted thorough friends, however; she could not be deceived as to the meaning of his countenance, and his unfinished gallantry;--it was all done to assure her that she had fully recovered his good opinion.--He had been sitting with them half an hour, she found. It was a pity that she had not come back earlier! In the hope of diverting her father's thoughts from the disagreeableness of Mr. Knightley's going to London; and going so suddenly; and going on horseback, which she knew would be all very bad; Emma communicated her news of Jane Fairfax, and her dependence on the effect was justified; it supplied a very useful check,--

interested, without disturbing him. He had long made up his mind to Jane Fairfax's going out as governess, and could talk of it cheerfully, but Mr. Knightley's going to London had been an unexpected blow. "I am very glad, indeed, my dear, to hear she is to be so comfortably settled. Mrs. Elton is very good-natured and agreeable, and I dare say her acquaintance are just what they ought to be. I hope it is a dry situation, and that her health will be taken good care of. It ought to be a first object, as I am sure poor Miss Taylor's always was with me. You know, my dear, she is going to be to this new lady what Miss Taylor was to us. And I hope she will be better off in one respect, and not be induced to go away after it has been her home so long." The following day brought news from Richmond to throw every thing else into the background. An express arrived at Randalls to announce the death of Mrs. Churchill! Though her nephew had had no particular reason to hasten back on her account, she had not lived above six-and-thirty hours after his return. A sudden seizure of a different nature from any thing foreboded by her general state, had carried her off after a short struggle. The great Mrs. Churchill was no more. It was felt as such things must be felt. Every body had a degree of gravity and sorrow; tenderness towards the departed, solicitude for the surviving friends; and, in a reasonable time, curiosity to know where she would be buried. Goldsmith tells us, that when lovely woman stoops to folly, she has nothing to do but to die; and when she stoops to be disagreeable, it is equally to be recommended as a clearer of ill-fame. Mrs. Churchill, after being disliked at least twenty-five years, was now spoken of with compassionate allowances. In one point she was fully justified. She had never been admitted before to be seriously ill. The event acquitted her of all the fancifulness, and all the selfishness of imaginary complaints. "Poor Mrs. Churchill! no doubt she had been suffering a great deal: more than any body had ever supposed--and continual pain would try the temper. It was a sad event--a great shock--with all her faults, what would Mr. Churchill do without her? Mr. Churchill's loss would be dreadful indeed. Mr. Churchill would never get over it."-Even Mr. Weston shook his head, and looked solemn, and said, "Ah! poor woman, who would have thought it!" and resolved, that his mourning should be as handsome as possible; and his wife sat sighing and moralising over her broad hems with a commiseration and good sense, true and steady. How it would affect Frank was among the earliest

thoughts of both. It was also a very early speculation with Emma. The character of Mrs. Churchill, the grief of her husband--her mind glanced over them both with awe and compassion--and then rested with lightened feelings on how Frank might be affected by the event, how benefited, how freed. She saw in a moment all the possible good. Now, an attachment to Harriet Smith would have nothing to encounter. Mr. Churchill, independent of his wife, was feared by nobody; an easy, guidable man, to be persuaded into any thing by his nephew. All that remained to be wished was, that the nephew should form the attachment, as, with all her goodwill in the cause, Emma could feel no certainty of its being already formed. Harriet behaved extremely well on the occasion, with great self-command. What ever she might feel of brighter hope, she betrayed nothing. Emma was gratified, to observe such a proof in her of strengthened character, and refrained from any allusion that might endanger its maintenance. They spoke, therefore, of Mrs. Churchill's death with mutual forbearance. Short letters from Frank were received at Randalls, communicating all that was immediately important of their state and plans. Mr. Churchill was better than could be expected; and their first removal, on the departure of the funeral for Yorkshire, was to be to the house of a very old friend in Windsor, to whom Mr. Churchill had been promising a visit the last ten years. At present, there was nothing to be done for Harriet; good wishes for the future were all that could yet be possible on Emma's side. It was a more pressing concern to shew attention to Jane Fairfax, whose prospects were closing, while Harriet's opened, and whose engagements now allowed of no delay in any one at Highbury, who wished to shew her kindness--and with Emma it was grown into a first wish. She had scarcely a stronger regret than for her past coldness; and the person, whom she had been so many months neglecting, was now the very one on whom she would have lavished every distinction of regard or sympathy. She wanted to be of use to her; wanted to shew a value for her society, and testify respect and consideration. She resolved to prevail on her to spend a day at Hartfield. A note was written to urge it. The invitation was refused, and by a verbal message. "Miss Fairfax was not well enough to write;" and when Mr. Perry called at Hartfield, the same morning, it appeared that she was so much indisposed as to have been visited, though against her own consent, by himself, and that she was suffering under severe headaches, and a nervous fever to a degree, which made him doubt the possibility of her going to Mrs. Smallridge's at the time proposed. Her health seemed for the moment completely deranged-appetite quite gone--and though there were no absolutely

alarming symptoms, nothing touching the pulmonary complaint, which was the standing apprehension of the family, Mr. Perry was uneasy about her. He thought she had undertaken more than she was equal to, and that she felt it so herself, though she would not own it. Her spirits seemed overcome. Her present home, he could not but observe, was unfavourable to a nervous disorder:-confined always to one room;--he could have wished it otherwise-and her good aunt, though his very old friend, he must acknowledge to be not the best companion for an invalid of that description. Her care and attention could not be questioned; they were, in fact, only too great. He very much feared that Miss Fairfax derived more evil than good from them. Emma listened with the warmest concern; grieved for her more and more, and looked around eager to discover some way of being useful. To take her--be it only an hour or two--from her aunt, to give her change of air and scene, and quiet rational conversation, even for an hour or two, might do her good; and the following morning she wrote again to say, in the most feeling language she could command, that she would call for her in the carriage at any hour that Jane would name-mentioning that she had Mr. Perry's decided opinion, in favour of such exercise for his patient. The answer was only in this short note: "Miss Fairfax's compliments and thanks, but is quite unequal to any exercise." Emma felt that her own note had deserved something better; but it was impossible to quarrel with words, whose tremulous inequality shewed indisposition so plainly, and she thought only of how she might best counteract this unwillingness to be seen or assisted. In spite of the answer, therefore, she ordered the carriage, and drove to Mrs. Bates's, in the hope that Jane would be induced to join her-but it would not do;--Miss Bates came to the carriage door, all gratitude, and agreeing with her most earnestly in thinking an airing might be of the greatest service--and every thing that message could do was tried-but all in vain. Miss Bates was obliged to return without success; Jane was quite unpersuadable; the mere proposal of going out seemed to make her worse.--Emma wished she could have seen her, and tried her own powers; but, almost before she could hint the wish, Miss Bates made it appear that she had promised her niece on no account to let Miss Woodhouse in. "Indeed, the truth was, that poor dear Jane could not bear to see any body--any body at all-Mrs. Elton, indeed, could not be denied--and Mrs. Cole had made such a point--and Mrs. Perry had said so much--but, except them, Jane would really see nobody."

Emma did not want to be classed with the Mrs. Eltons, the Mrs. Perrys, and the Mrs. Coles, who would force themselves anywhere; neither could she feel any right of preference herself-she submitted, therefore, and only questioned Miss Bates farther as to her niece's appetite and diet, which she longed to be able to assist. On that subject poor Miss Bates was very unhappy, and very communicative; Jane would hardly eat any thing:-Mr. Perry recommended nourishing food; but every thing they could command (and never had any body such good neighbours) was distasteful. Emma, on reaching home, called the housekeeper directly, to an examination of her stores; and some arrowroot of very superior quality was speedily despatched to Miss Bates with a most friendly note. In half an hour the arrowroot was returned, with a thousand thanks from Miss Bates, but "dear Jane would not be satisfied without its being sent back; it was a thing she could not take--and, moreover, she insisted on her saying, that she was not at all in want of any thing." When Emma afterwards heard that Jane Fairfax had been seen wandering about the meadows, at some distance from Highbury, on the afternoon of the very day on which she had, under the plea of being unequal to any exercise, so peremptorily refused to go out with her in the carriage, she could have no doubt--putting every thing together-that Jane was resolved to receive no kindness from her. She was sorry, very sorry. Her heart was grieved for a state which seemed but the more pitiable from this sort of irritation of spirits, inconsistency of action, and inequality of powers; and it mortified her that she was given so little credit for proper feeling, or esteemed so little worthy as a friend: but she had the consolation of knowing that her intentions were good, and of being able to say to herself, that could Mr. Knightley have been privy to all her attempts of assisting Jane Fairfax, could he even have seen into her heart, he would not, on this occasion, have found any thing to reprove.
Volume Three Chapter Ten

One morning, about ten days after Mrs. Churchill's decease, Emma was called downstairs to Mr. Weston, who "could not stay five minutes, and wanted particularly to speak with her."-He met her at the parlour-door, and hardly asking her how she did, in the natural key of his voice, sunk it immediately, to say, unheard by her father, "Can you come to Randalls at any time this morning?--Do, if it be possible. Mrs. Weston wants to see you. She must see you." "Is she unwell?"

but. I promised my wife to leave it all to her."-"Mr. I charge you tell me this moment what it is. Do not be impatient. was impossible even for Emma. indeed you are mistaken. Emma."--he gravely replied. Weston."-"Your word!--why not your honour!--why not say upon your honour." . not to attempt concealment. that she would take her walk now. It is impossible to refuse what you ask in such a way."No. She will break it to you better than I can.--Consider how many of my dearest friends are now in Brunswick Square. standing still with terror. Something really important seemed announced by his looks. but she must see you alone. "it does not. Weston were soon out of the house together and on their way at a quick pace for Randalls. This moment." "No. You will know it all in time. not at all--only a little agitated. Tell me. I know it has. She would have ordered the carriage. no. she endeavoured not to be uneasy. tell me at once. It is not in the smallest degree connected with any human being of the name of Knightley. Which of them is it?-I charge you by all that is sacred." "No." cried Emma. that does not relate to one of that family?" "Upon my honour." said he very seriously. do let me know what has happened. Weston. if you please. But what can be the matter?-Is she really not ill?" "Depend upon me--but ask no more questions.--Something has happened in Brunswick Square.-"Good God!--Mr. that it has nothing to do with any of them? Good Heavens!--What can be to be broke to me. she and Mr. Emma. "Now." "Break it to me. when they were fairly beyond the sweep gates. as her friend was well. no. and that you know--(nodding towards her father)--Humph!--Can you come?" "Certainly. hush!" To guess what all this meant.-"now Mr. and settling it with her father." "Upon my word. The most unaccountable business! But hush. it will all come out too soon. and come to you. Weston do not trifle with me."--said Emma.--"Don't ask me.

Her fancy was very active. and that soon pointed out to her the probability of its being some money concern--something just come to light.--something which the late event at Richmond had brought forward. "Yes.--it is not Frank. I shall not be far off."-And Emma distinctly heard him add. well. if you want me. as they proceeded-speaking more to assist Mr. in a tone much more guarded and demure.--One of the Otways. She has not the least idea.--Humph!--In short. "I do not know. there is no occasion to be so uneasy about it. and now I hope you will soon be better. and now it required little effort. I shall leave you together. Weston in keeping his secret. than with any other view.--"I have been as good as my word. He is half way to Windsor by this time.Emma's courage returned. It inspired little more than an animating curiosity." For a moment he was silent.--Not Frank. we shall soon be at Randalls. never mind.--"Well. I don't say that it is not a disagreeable business--but things might be much worse. and were speedily at Randalls. my dear. perhaps--and poor Frank cut off!-This. before he quitted the room. "in talking of its being broke to you. In fact. and then added." . we hope. Half a dozen natural children. of a disagreeable nature in the circumstances of the family. I should not have used the expression. Frank came over this morning. then?" "Oh! yes--did not you know?--Well." They hurried on. just to ask us how we did." Emma found that she must wait." he continued." said he. though very undesirable. and she walked on. as they entered the room--"I have brought her. would be no matter of agony to her.--that is.--If we walk fast. "I was wrong. it does not concern you-it concerns only myself." "Has your son been with you. You will not see him. my dear Emma. There is no use in delay. "Who is that gentleman on horseback?" said she. merely employed her own fancy. in a lower tone. I assure you. She asked no more questions therefore.

that Emma might have time to recover-"You may well be amazed. There has been a solemn engagement between them ever since October--formed at Weymouth.--What will you say. Do not let mine continue longer. that Emma's uneasiness increased. and the moment they were alone. she eagerly said. and talking on with eagerness.Mrs. We both abhor suspense. and then of Harriet. "an engagement-a positive engagement. Weston was looking so ill. Not a creature knowing it but themselves--neither the Campbells. nor his. and kept a secret from every body. He came to speak to his father on a subject. Weston. horror-struck. and seeming resolved against looking up." resumed Mrs. nor her family. . and had an air of so much perturbation.--do let me know directly what it is. "More than an attachment.--Her mind was divided between two ideas--her own former conversations with him about Miss Fairfax. indeed. and I will tell you directly." Emma scarcely heard what was said. I find. It will do you good to speak of your distress.-I thought I knew him. Emma--what will any body say. has occurred. Emma thought first of herself. "Cannot you. Weston. Frank Churchill. "What is it my dear friend? Something of a very unpleasant nature. But it is even so.--and. still averting her eyes. It does relate to him. I have been walking all this way in complete suspense." (resuming her work. exclaimed.) "He has been here this very morning.--nay.-It is so wonderful. on a most extraordinary errand. when it is known that Frank Churchill and Miss Fairfax are engaged. "Jane Fairfax!--Good God! You are not serious? You do not mean it?" "You may well be amazed.--to announce an attachment--" She stopped to breathe. my dear Emma--cannot you form a guess as to what you are to hear?" "So far as that it relates to Mr. it is yet almost incredible to myself." "You are right." "Have you indeed no idea?" said Mrs. that though perfectly convinced of the fact. It is impossible to express our surprize. Weston in a trembling voice. I can hardly believe it." returned Mrs. I do guess. that they have been long engaged!" Emma even jumped with surprize. whatever it may be.

--secretly engaged. Weston. may be a matter of grateful wonder to you and myself. Mrs. This is the simple truth. I have really for some time past. Weston looked up. Weston kissed her with tears of joy." Emma pondered a moment. as you are apprehensive of. Weston. It has hurt his father equally. trying to recover herself. "I will farther tell you. afraid to believe. that this protestation had done her more good than any thing else in the world could do. assured her. "On this point we have been wretched.--and for some time she could only exclaim. that there was a period in the early part of our acquaintance. What right had he to come among us with affection and faith engaged. Fortunately." Mrs. cared nothing about him. "I will not pretend not to understand you." said she at last.--It has hurt me." said she. Some part of his conduct we cannot excuse. "That you may have less difficulty in believing this boast. and require confirmation. and with manners so very disengaged? What right had he to endeavour to please. and I must say. But this does not acquit him. very much. "this is a circumstance which I must think of at least half a day. and that I should escape. You may believe me. Weston will be almost as much relieved as myself. as he certainly did--to distinguish any one young woman with persevering attention.-Imagine what we have been feeling on your account. is perhaps the wonder. repeated confirmation. it did cease. and then replied. Emma." she continued. Mrs. It was our darling wish that you might be attached to each other--and we were persuaded that it was so. of my present perfect indifference. "Mr. that I think him greatly to blame. for at least these three months. when I was very much disposed to be attached to him--nay." "I have escaped. "Well. What!--engaged to her all the winter-before either of them came to Highbury?" "Engaged since October. before I can at all comprehend it. was attached--and how it came to cease.and poor Harriet. and to give you all the relief in my power. be assured that no such effect has followed his attentions to me. and when she could find utterance. when I did like him. however. but Emma's countenance was as steady as her words." Mrs. as he certainly did--while he really belonged .

Emma. He was here only a quarter of an hour. before her face. and. He had not time to enter into much explanation. very many. and those misunderstandings might very possibly arise from the impropriety of his conduct.to another?--How could he tell what mischief he might be doing?-How could he tell that he might not be making me in love with him?-very wrong. but by some letter or message-and it was the discovery of what she was doing. throw himself on his kindness. They burst on him. that disdain of trick and littleness. Smallridge. and in a state of agitation which did not allow the full use even of the time he could stay-but that there had been misunderstandings he decidedly said. I know he said he was in the dark as to her plans. which I can neither comprehend nor respect. my dear Emma. for though he has been wrong in this instance." "From something that he said. put an end to the miserable state of concealment that had been carrying on so long. seemed to be brought on by them." "Impropriety! Oh! Mrs. The present crisis. good qualities. of this very project of hers. I do not know how. So unlike what a man should be!-None of that upright integrity. in short. too! Jane actually on the point of going as governess! What could he mean by such horrible indelicacy? To suffer her to engage herself-to suffer her even to think of such a measure!" "He knew nothing about it. not communicated to him--or at least not communicated in a way to carry conviction." . indeed. Weston--it is too calm a censure. dear Emma. and not resent it. I rather imagine--" "And how could she bear such behaviour! Composure with a witness! to look on. that strict adherence to truth and principle. he said so expressly. and--" "Good God!" cried Emma. which a man should display in every transaction of his life. own it all to his uncle. I cannot say how it has sunk him in my opinion. which determined him to come forward at once." "Nay. now I must take his part.-Till yesterday. not attending to her.--"Mrs. It was a private resolution of hers. very wrong indeed. much beyond impropriety!--It has sunk him. Much." "There were misunderstandings between them. On this article I can fully acquit him. Emma. while repeated attentions were offering to another woman. I have known him long enough to answer for his having many.--That is a degree of placidity.

It may bring many extenuations. What a blessing it is. that.Emma began to listen better. that he should soon write." "And do you really believe the affair to have been carrying on with such perfect secresy?--The Campbells. he could stay with us but a quarter of an hour." replied Emma dryly." continued Mrs. Well. "He told me at parting. . Churchill take it?" "Most favourably for his nephew--gave his consent with scarcely a difficulty.-He was very much agitated--very much. I suppose there could not have been a hope. at the Bates's. the one material point. Don't let us be severe." "This was settled last night.--but scarcely are her remains at rest in the family vault. It may make many things intelligible and excusable which now are not to be understood." "Ah!" thought Emma. They must both have suffered a great deal under such a system of secresy and concealment. and Frank was off with the light this morning. there had been the shock of finding her so very unwell. I fancy. than her husband is persuaded to act exactly opposite to what she would have required. Conceive what the events of a week have done in that family! While poor Mrs. "do not appear to have done him much harm. did none of them know of the engagement?" Emma could not speak the name of Dixon without a little blush. therefore." "His sufferings. as I tell you. don't let us be in a hurry to condemn him. "he would have done as much for Harriet. Weston. and ready to hope that it may. the Dixons. Churchill lived. to whom he is just now more necessary than ever. I must love him. which he had had no previous suspicion of-and there was every appearance of his having been feeling a great deal. but was in such a hurry to get back to his uncle. indeed--to a degree that made him appear quite a different creature from any thing I had ever seen him before. Let us have patience. a possibility.--In addition to all the rest. when undue influence does not survive the grave!-He gave his consent with very little persuasion. He stopped at Highbury. Let us wait. and how did Mr. and now that I am satisfied on one point. "I am to hear from him soon. and he spoke in a manner which seemed to promise me many particulars that could not be given now. I am sincerely anxious for its all turning out well. some time--and then came on hither. for this letter. a chance.

" At this moment Mr. almost every thing may be fairly said in her favour. added." "True. Weston appeared at a little distance from the window."None. nor the world's law. one may almost say. completely duped. It is not a connexion to gratify. there I must have been safe. indeed. I mean. that `the world is not their's. His wife gave him a look which invited him in. which both might not have heard. "Now.--Of such. And how much may be said in her situation for even that error!" "Much. under any blunder.'" . But I shall always think it a very abominable sort of proceeding. I never could." "You are in luck. why should we? and it may be a very fortunate circumstance for him. for Frank. if they have heard each other spoken of in a way not perfectly agreeable!" "I am quite easy on that head. and such a league in secret to judge us all!--Here have we been. evidently on the watch. Churchill does not feel that. But as I have always had a thoroughly good opinion of Miss Fairfax.--Your only blunder was confined to my ear. have spoken ill of her. and treachery?-To come among us with professions of openness and simplicity. while he was coming round. and as to speaking ill of him. and I wish them very happy. comparing and sitting in judgment on sentiments and words that were never meant for both to hear. fancying ourselves all on an equal footing of truth and honour. dearest Emma.--They must take the consequence. What has it been but a system of hypocrisy and deceit. indeed!" cried Emma feelingly. "I am very sure that I never said any thing of either to the other. in spite of this one great deviation from the strict rule of right. that he should have attached himself to a girl of such steadiness of character and good judgment as I have always given her credit for-and still am disposed to give her credit for." replied Mrs. and. not one. it is in a situation like Jane Fairfax's. Weston.--espionage. "If a woman can ever be excused for thinking only of herself. when you imagined a certain friend of ours in love with the lady. with two people in the midst of us who may have been carrying round." "Well. He positively said that it had been known to no being in the world but their two selves. and incline him to be satisfied with the match. Let us make the best of it--and. but if Mr." said Emma. let me intreat you to say and look every thing that may set his heart at ease. the whole winter and spring. "I suppose we shall gradually grow reconciled to the idea.

"A very pretty trick you have been playing me. I thought you had lost half your property.--Poor Harriet! to be a second time the dupe of her misconceptions and flattery. that gave the deepest hue to his offence. on the prospect of having one of the most lovely and accomplished young women in England for your daughter. it turns out to be one of congratulation. "Emma.--She felt that she had been . Frank Churchill had behaved very ill by herself--very ill in many ways. His companions suggested only what could palliate imprudence. Her influence would have been enough.--It was true that she had not to charge herself. at least. with being the sole and original author of the mischief. She might have prevented the indulgence and increase of such sentiments. that he now only wanted time and persuasion to think the engagement no very bad thing." A glance or two between him and his wife. and exercise my talent of guessing.--I congratulate you. with all my heart. Weston on his entrance. and by the time they had talked it all over together.She met Mr. you have been no friend to Harriet Smith. but she felt completely guilty of having encouraged what she might have repressed. Mr. But you really frightened me. Volume Three Chapter Eleven "Harriet. upon my word! This was a device. with having suggested such feelings as might otherwise never have entered Harriet's imagination. when he once said. Mr. which made her so angry with him. in their walk back to Hartfield. to sport with my curiosity.--but it was not so much his behaviour as her own. or smooth objections. Knightley had spoken prophetically. and not far from thinking it the very best thing that Frank could possibly have done. exclaiming. poor Harriet!"--Those were the words. in them lay the tormenting ideas which Emma could not get rid of. convinced him that all was as right as this speech proclaimed. It was the scrape which he had drawn her into on Harriet's account. And here. and entered on the subject in a manner to prove. for Harriet had acknowledged her admiration and preference of Frank Churchill before she had ever given her a hint on the subject. and which constituted the real misery of the business to her. instead of its being a matter of condolence. His air and voice recovered their usual briskness: he shook her heartily and gratefully by the hand. and its happy effect on his spirits was immediate. I suppose. And now she was very conscious that she ought to have prevented them."--She was afraid she had done her nothing but disservice. Weston. and he had talked it all over again with Emma. with a smiling countenance. in this instance as in the former. he was become perfectly reconciled.

The intelligence. and prosperous. and well might any thing she could offer of assistance or regard be repulsed. whose troubles and whose ill-health having. Weston's parting words. she could not help feeling it almost ridiculous. . which had been so anxiously announced to her."-Emma had promised. "For the present. and as far as her mind could disengage itself from the injustice and selfishness of angry feelings. "I am afraid I have had little to do. which Mrs. she supposed. she was now to be anxiously announcing to another. and as soon as possible. This discovery laid many smaller matters open. Emma was sadly fearful that this second disappointment would be more severe than the first." She was extremely angry with herself. Common sense would have directed her to tell Harriet. that she should have the very same distressing and delicate office to perform by Harriet.risking her friend's happiness on most insufficient grounds. had poor Mrs. it ought. and happy.-As for Jane Fairfax. the same origin. with common sense. In spite of her vexation. must be equally under cure. Her heart beat quick on hearing Harriet's footstep and voice. Weston felt when she was approaching Randalls.--In Jane's eyes she had been a rival. as a token of respect to the wife he had so very recently lost. so. If she could not have been angry with Frank Churchill too. producing reserve and self-command. Weston had just gone through by herself. it would." she added. and judging by its apparently stronger effect on Harriet's mind. An injunction of secresy had been among Mr.--Her days of insignificance and evil were over. she acknowledged that Jane Fairfax would have neither elevation nor happiness beyond her desert. But poor Harriet was such an engrossing charge! There was little sympathy to be spared for any body else.--"But. Considering the very superior claims of the object. and every body admitted it to be no more than due decorum. Churchill had made a point of it. Harriet would be anxiety enough. Mr.--She would soon be well. of course.-She must communicate the painful truth. and arrowroot from the Hartfield storeroom must have been poison. it would have been dreadful.-Emma could now imagine why her own attentions had been slighted. An airing in the Hartfield carriage would have been the rack. the whole affair was to be completely a secret. She understood it all. No doubt it had been from jealousy. and that there were five hundred chances to one against his ever caring for her. that she must not allow herself to think of him. she might at least relieve her feelings from any present solicitude on her account. however. It was her superior duty. she need no longer be unhappy about Jane. but still Harriet must be excepted.

I should have cautioned you accordingly. Can you seriously ask me. "of his being in love with her?--You. till within the last hour. and astonished. She seemed to propose shewing no agitation. for Mr. therefore." "What did Mr. still perplexed." "Me!" cried Harriet. or disappointment. that Jane Fairfax and Mr. unable to guess. might. "I begin to doubt my having any such talent. Frank Churchill are to be married. Miss Woodhouse!" cried Harriet. Weston tell you?"--said Emma. unfortunately. Harriet's behaviour was so extremely odd. He told me it was to be a great secret. perhaps. "Well. smiling. coming eagerly into the room-"is not this the oddest news that ever was?" "What news do you mean?" replied Emma." cried Harriet. and that they have been privately engaged to one another this long while. Emma looked at her. "About Jane Fairfax. Did you ever hear any thing so strange? Oh!--you need not be afraid of owning it to me. but he said you knew it. quite unable to speak.--You (blushing as she spoke) who can see into every body's heart." replied Emma. "but you do not mean to deny that there was a time--and not very distant either--when you gave me reason to understand that you did care about him?" . indeed. How very odd!" It was. so odd. I should not think of mentioning it to any body but you. by look or voice. colouring. whether Harriet could indeed have received any hint. You may be very sure that if I had. whether I imagined him attached to another woman at the very time that I was--tacitly. "Oh! he told me all about it. Her character appeared absolutely changed. "Why should you caution me?--You do not think I care about Mr. Frank Churchill's having the least regard for Jane Fairfax. that Emma did not know how to understand it. of Mr. Harriet. or peculiar concern in the discovery. if not openly-encouraging you to give way to your own feelings?--I never had the slightest suspicion. Frank Churchill. Weston has told me himself. there could be no chance. "Had you any idea. I met him just now. and.Could the event of the disclosure bear an equal resemblance!-But of that. but nobody else--" "Upon my word." "I am delighted to hear you speak so stoutly on the subject." said Emma.

with forced calmness. Frank Churchill. Knightley?" "To be sure I am.--Her voice was lost. Frank Churchill. When we talked about him. and when she did speak.-I should not have dared to give way to--I should not have thought it possible--But if you. And that you should have been so mistaken. "I should not have thought it possible. "for all that you then said. how could you so mistake me?" turning away distressed. I hope I have a better taste than to think of Mr. I should not have thought it possible that I could be supposed to mean any other person. and she sat down. "Harriet!" cried Emma." "Oh! Miss Woodhouse. Harriet. who is like nobody by his side. collecting herself resolutely--"Let us understand each other now. appeared to me to relate to a different person. did not immediately say any thing."Him!--never. after a moment's pause--"What do you mean?-Good Heaven! what do you mean?--Mistake you!--Am I to suppose then?--" She could not speak another word. it was as clear as possible. Are you speaking of--Mr. is amazing!--I am sure. Dear Miss Woodhouse. I am sure the service Mr." she began. that there had been matches of greater disparity (those were your very words). without the possibility of farther mistake." returned Emma. who had been always acquainted with him--" "Harriet!" cried Emma. Mr. it was in a voice nearly as agitated as Emma's. if you had not told me that more wonderful things had happened. I could almost assert that you had named Mr. in protecting you from the gipsies. who was standing at some distance. but for believing that you entirely approved and meant to encourage me in my attachment. to dare to think of him. indeed! I do not know who would ever look at him in the company of the other. Frank Churchill had rendered you. how you do forget!" . waiting in great terror till Harriet should answer. I should have considered it at first too great a presumption almost. "that you could have misunderstood me! I know we agreed never to name him-but considering how infinitely superior he is to every body else. was spoken of." "Not quite. Frank Churchill. and with face turned from her. I never could have an idea of any body else-and so I thought you knew. never. At first.

and now--it is possible--" She paused a few moments. you will not set yourself against it. but I was thinking of something very different at the time. But you know they were your own words. if the other had been the person. Emma could not speak. Emma turned round to look at her in consternation. No! (with some elevation) I was thinking of a much more precious circumstance-of Mr. Knightley's coming and asking me to dance. therefore. Knightley should really--if he does not mind the disparity. But you are too good for that. when Mr. matches of greater disparity had taken place than between Mr. and when there was no other partner in the room." "Oh. Knightley's returning your affection?" . dear. Elton would not stand up with me. "now I recollect what you mean."My dear Harriet. as to-if Mr. But I hope. That was the kind action. "Have you any idea of Mr. I am sure. and try to put difficulties in the way. that was the noble benevolence and generosity." "Good God!" cried Emma. Frank Churchill and me. however. as to me or as to any body. then. It was not the gipsies--it was not Mr. and." Harriet was standing at one of the windows. I perfectly remember the substance of what I said on the occasion. if you had understood me? At least. it was extremely natural:--and you agreed to it." cried Harriet. I cannot be worse off than I should have been. "I do not wonder. Frank Churchill that I meant. that more wonderful things had happened." she resumed. and mentioning even what your sensations had been in seeing him come forward to your rescue. beyond expression. that supposing--that if-strange as it may appear--. and hastily said. I hope. Miss Woodhouse. that considering the service he had rendered you. that was the service which made me begin to feel how superior he was to every other being upon earth. expressing yourself very warmly as to your sense of that service. may have occurred before-and if I should be so fortunate. dear Miss Woodhouse. it seems as if such a thing even as this. "that you should feel a great difference between the two. You must think one five hundred million times more above me than the other.--The impression of it is strong on my memory. I told you that I did not wonder at your attachment. "this has been a most unfortunate-most deplorable mistake!--What is to be done?" "You would not have encouraged me. Miss Woodhouse.

how unfeeling had been her conduct! What blindness. and she was ready to give it every bad name in the world. She saw it all with a clearness which had never blessed her before. A few minutes were sufficient for making her acquainted with her own heart. Harriet.--Emma's tremblings as she asked. and subduing her emotion."Yes. . Why was it so much worse that Harriet should be in love with Mr. what madness. She touched-she admitted--she acknowledged the whole truth. as well as her own heart. A mind like hers. and a strong sense of justice by Harriet--(there would be no need of compassion to the girl who believed herself loved by Mr. in a fixed attitude. that Mr. who had been standing in no unhappy reverie. and Harriet had done nothing to forfeit the regard and interest which had been so voluntarily formed and maintained--or to deserve to be slighted by the person. that was quite sunk and lost.) gave Emma the resolution to sit and endure farther with calmness. Knightley. and such a friend as Miss Woodhouse. but her mind was in all the perturbation that such a development of self. had led her on! It struck her with dreadful force. for as to the subject which had first introduced it. Her voice was not unsteady. and as she listened. and. for a few minutes. though trembling delight. whose counsels had never led her right.--For her own advantage indeed. but not fearfully--"I must say that I have. in a more inviting accent. how indelicate.-Rousing from reflection. the wonderful story of Jane Fairfax. with even apparent kindness. such a burst of threatening evil. was before her in the same few minutes. how irrational. therefore. she turned to Harriet again." replied Harriet modestly. Knightley--but justice required that she should not be made unhappy by any coldness now. How improperly had she been acting by Harriet! How inconsiderate. however. Some portion of respect for herself. was yet very glad to be called from it. with the speed of an arrow. and she sat silently meditating. Knightley and themselves. in spite of all these demerits-some concern for her own appearance. by the now encouraging manner of such a judge." Emma's eyes were instantly withdrawn. renewed the conversation.-Neither of them thought but of Mr. were better concealed than Harriet's. Knightley must marry no one but herself! Her own conduct. than with Frank Churchill? Why was the evil so dreadfully increased by Harriet's having some hope of a return? It darted through her. once opening to suspicion. to give the history of her hopes with great. and only wanted invitation. but they were not less. it was fit that the utmost extent of Harriet's hopes should be enquired into. made rapid progress.

such a confusion of sudden and perplexing emotions. to almost the same extent. found her much superior to his expectation. when separated from all the feebleness and tautology of the narration. a manner of kindness and sweetness!--Latterly she had been more and more aware of it.--Methodical.) He seemed to be almost asking her. a compliment implied. honest. it could not be expected to be. a removal from one chair to another. and he had taken pains (as she was convinced) to draw her from the rest to himself--and at first. Harriet had been conscious of a difference in his behaviour ever since those two decisive dances. feelings. were not without some degree of witness from Emma herself. and talked so very delightfully!--He seemed to want to be acquainted with her. When they had been all walking together. and began talking about farming:-The second. he had dwelt on them to her more than once. but the two latest occurrences to be mentioned. a speech. but it contained. He praised her for being without art or affectation.-But as soon as she (Miss Woodhouse) appeared likely to join them. must create. was his having sat talking with her nearly half an hour before Emma came back from her visit.-Harriet repeated expressions of approbation and praise from him-and Emma felt them to be in the closest agreement with what she had known of his opinion of Harriet. on that occasion. had been unnoticed.--The first. or at least from the time of Miss Woodhouse's encouraging her to think of him. generous. he had so often come and walked by her. Knightley's most improved opinion of Harriet. a look. because unsuspected. in a very particular way indeed!--(Harriet could not recall it without a blush. he changed the subject. in the lime-walk at Donwell. or well arranged. but with great outward patience. She had often observed the change. Emma knew it to have been very much the case. and contained multiplied proofs to her who had seen them. or very well delivered. many little particulars of the notice she had received from him. the very last morning of his . where they had been walking some time before Emma came. the two of strongest promise to Harriet. was his walking with her apart from the others. From that evening.-She knew that he saw such recommendations in Harriet. Circumstances that might swell to half an hour's relation.-She listened with much inward suffering.--Emma knew that he had. a substance to sink her spirit-especially with the corroborating circumstances. Harriet had begun to be sensible of his talking to her much more than he had been used to do. a preference inferred. for having simple. he had talked to her in a more particular way than he had ever done before. by Emma. had passed undiscerned by her who now heard them. and of his having indeed quite a different manner towards her. which her own memory brought in favour of Mr.--Much that lived in Harriet's memory. to Harriet's detail. whether her affections were engaged.

Martin! No indeed!--There was not a hint of Mr. which this one article marked. he might be alluding to Mr. during their conversation. "Might he not?--Is not it possible. "She could not compose herself-Mr. it was very much against his inclination that he left home at all.being at Hartfield--though." said she. who would intentionally give any woman the idea of his feeling for her more than he really does. He was coming through the hall. into the state of your affections. "Mr. she did. that when enquiring. to enable her to say on reply. he had said that he could not stay five minutes--and his having told her. she passed off through another door--and the moment she was gone. when he first came in. Martin-he might have Mr. Martin. I will only venture to declare. it will not be any thing so very wonderful. that though he must go to London. Knightley is the last man in the world. which was much more (as Emma felt) than he had acknowledged to her."--with most ready encouragement from her friend. and Emma was only saved from raptures and fondness. and that if he does chuse me. this was the spontaneous burst of Emma's feelings: "Oh God! that I had never seen her!" . or to be suspected of it. which at that moment would have been dreadful penance. she appealed to her dear Miss Woodhouse. Harriet was too much agitated to encounter him. made the utmost exertion necessary on Emma's side. therefore. "Harriet. Martin's interest in view? But Harriet rejected the suspicion with spirit. than to care for Mr. I hope I know better now. after a little reflection. The superior degree of confidence towards Harriet. Martin. to say whether she had not good ground for hope. But now I seem to feel that I may deserve him. Woodhouse would be alarmed--she had better go. by the sound of her father's footsteps. On the subject of the first of the two circumstances. You told me to observe him carefully. the many bitter feelings. as you thought. gave her severe pain. and let his behaviour be the rule of mine--and so I have." When Harriet had closed her evidence." Harriet seemed ready to worship her friend for a sentence so satisfactory. that Mr. venture the following question. "I never should have presumed to think of it at first. "but for you." The bitter feelings occasioned by this speech.

occurred to her. Knightley. with unpardonable arrogance proposed to arrange every body's destiny. ashamed of every sensation but the one revealed to her--her affection for Mr. How long had Mr. This was the knowledge of herself. Knightley been so dear to her. as every feeling declared him now to be? When had his influence. she tried the shrubbery--in every place.The rest of the day. and she had not quite done nothing--for she had done mischief. . such influence begun?-When had he succeeded to that place in her affection. Knightley as infinitely the superior. and should probably find this day but the beginning of wretchedness. that she was wretched. to institute the comparison. To that point went every leisure moment which her father's claims on her allowed. on the first question of inquiry. was the first endeavour. the blindness of her own head and heart!--she sat still. she had been entirely under a delusion. With insufferable vanity had she believed herself in the secret of every body's feelings.--She was bewildered amidst the confusion of all that had rushed on her within the last few hours. in fancying.-She was most sorrowfully indignant. had it-oh! had it. that in persuading herself. in acting to the contrary. in short. She saw.--How to understand it all! How to understand the deceptions she had been thus practising on herself. that she had never really cared for Frank Churchill at all! This was the conclusion of the first series of reflection. for a short period. thoroughly understand her own heart. and living under!--The blunders. from the time of the latter's becoming known to her-and as they must at any time have been compared by her. every posture. she walked about. which she reached. she compared the two--compared them. the following night. and without being long in reaching it. occupied?--She looked back. which Frank Churchill had once. were hardly enough for her thoughts. that she had been imposing on herself in a degree yet more mortifying. She was proved to have been universally mistaken.-Every other part of her mind was disgusting. by any blessed felicity. Every moment had brought a fresh surprize.--She saw that there never had been a time when she did not consider Mr. and every surprize must be matter of humiliation to her. or when his regard for her had not been infinitely the most dear. totally ignorant of her own heart--and. as they had always stood in her estimation. she tried her own room. that she had been imposed on by others in a most mortifying degree. and every moment of involuntary absence of mind. To understand. she perceived that she had acted most weakly.

the sneers. to be the prize of a girl who would seek him?--Was it new for any thing in this world to be unequal. exciting no surprize. prevented her marrying the unexceptionable young man who would have made her happy and respectable in the line of life to which she ought to belong-all would have been safe. Knightley and Harriet Smith!--It was a union to distance every wonder of the kind. the merriment it would prompt at his expense. were grown vain. the mortification and disdain of his brother. on Mr. Mr. How Harriet could ever have had the presumption to raise her thoughts to Mr. from being humble. inconsistent. on her must rest all the reproach of having given it a beginning. and that her claims were great to a high worldly establishment?-If Harriet. Elton's being to stoop in marrying her. very far. seemed little felt. incongruous--or for chance and circumstance (as second causes) to direct the human fate? Oh! had she never brought Harriet forward! Had she left her where she ought. none of this dreadful sequel would have been.--and even were this not the case. it was impossible. Knightley's. the thousand inconveniences to himself.--The attachment of Frank Churchill and Jane Fairfax became commonplace. Knightley and Harriet Smith!--Such an elevation on her side! Such a debasement on his! It was horrible to Emma to think how it must sink him in the general opinion. for his attachment. and she too much feared. Knightley!--How she could dare to fancy herself the chosen of such a man till actually assured of it!-But Harriet was less humble. whether of mind or situation. affording nothing to be said or thought. he would never have known Harriet at all but for her folly. perhaps too busy to seek. from impossible. it was her doing too.--Was it a new circumstance for a man of first-rate abilities to be captivated by very inferior powers? Was it new for one.-She had seemed more sensible of Mr.She had brought evil on Harriet. on herself.--Mr. and where he had told her she ought!--Had she not. with a folly which no tongue could express. had fewer scruples than formerly. Knightley. that she was to elevate herself if possible.-Alas! was not that her own doing too? Who had been at pains to give Harriet notions of self-consequence but herself?--Who but herself had taught her. threadbare.--Could it be?--No. than she now seemed of Mr.--Were this most unequal of all connexions to take place. stale in the comparison. And yet it was far.-Her inferiority. presenting no disparity. she must believe to be produced only by a consciousness of Harriet's. to foresee the smiles. Volume Three Chapter Twelve .

Could she be secure of that. how strongly had he expressed himself to her on the subject!--Not too strongly for the offence--but far. she had enjoyed it without reflection. and quarrelling with him because he would not acknowledge her false and insolent estimate of her own--but still.--Wish it she must. indeed. She had received a very recent proof of its impartiality. having no female connexions of his own. or even wilfully opposing him. presented themselves. She could not. Knightley to her and her father. Harriet Smith might think herself not unworthy of being peculiarly. she believed she should be perfectly satisfied. found how inexpressibly important it had been. It would be incompatible with what she owed to her father. slighting his advice. and only in the dread of being supplanted. Knightley. and she had always known exactly how far he loved and esteemed Isabella. in fact. she had often been negligent or perverse. for.-She had no hope. she felt she had been first. . far too strongly to issue from any feeling softer than upright justice and clear-sighted goodwill. he had loved her. from family attachment and habit. insensible of half his merits. very long.Till now that she was threatened with its loss. She would not marry. but there was a hope (at times a slight one. She could not flatter herself with any idea of blindness in his attachment to her. at times much stronger. the same Mr. She had not deserved it. and be overrating his regard for her. passionately loved by Mr.--Long. might she not say. Knightley. which must follow here.-How shocked had he been by her behaviour to Miss Bates! How directly. and with what she felt for him. let Donwell and Hartfield lose none of their precious intercourse of friendship and confidence. that he could have that sort of affection for herself which was now in question. first in interest and affection. with an endeavour to improve her. and her peace would be fully secured.--Satisfied that it was so. and feeling it her due. for his sake--be the consequence nothing to herself. she could not presume to indulge them. She had herself been first with him for many years past.--Let him but continue the same Mr. would not do for her. Emma had never known how much of her happiness depended on being first with Mr. she knew she was dear to him. very dear?-When the suggestions of hope. and an anxiety for her doing right. but his remaining single all his life. there had been only Isabella whose claims could be compared with hers. Knightley.) that Harriet might have deceived herself. and thorough excellence of mind. even if she were asked by Mr.--Marriage. nothing to deserve the name of hope. Nothing should separate her from her father. Knightley to all the world. however. In spite of all her faults. exclusively. which no other creature had at all shared. and watched over her from a girl. of his never marrying at all.

In the meanwhile.--Harriet submitted. the last twenty-four hours--Mrs. to be allowed merely to write to Miss Fairfax instead. that when able to see them together again. as. To talk would be only to irritate. Weston had thought differently. sleeping or waking. and she hoped. and approved. she thought such a visit could not be paid without leading to reports:-but Mr. when a visitor arrived to tear Emma's thoughts a little from the one subject which had engrossed them. and yet had no authority for opposing Harriet's confidence. and Mr. as long as she could doubt. and did not . to be talking of it farther. and wretchedly as she had hitherto misunderstood even those she was watching. and hoping. but she having then induced Miss Fairfax to join her in an airing. than a quarter of an hour spent in Mrs. who had been calling on her daughter-in-law elect. A little curiosity Emma had. she resolved against seeing Harriet.--She wrote to her. Churchill could be reconciled to the engagement's becoming known.-It would do neither of them good. therefore. Bates's. Weston. come to Hartfield. considering every thing. to relate all the particulars of so interesting an interview. it would do the subject no good. The power of observation would be soon given--frightfully soon it appeared when her thoughts were in one course. and much more to say with satisfaction. Weston had accompanied her to Mrs. but decisively. that if a few days were allowed to pass before they met again. he was extremely anxious to shew his approbation to Miss Fairfax and her family. except in the company of others--she objected only to a tete-a-tete--they might be able to act as if they had forgotten the conversation of yesterday. and gone through his share of this essential attention most handsomely. This point was just arranged.--She was resolved not to be convinced. and to defer this ceremonious call till a little time had passed. could have afforded.It must be her ardent wish that Harriet might be disappointed. and was grateful. at present.-He was expected back every day. Mr. she did not know how to admit that she could be blinded here. was now returned with much more to say. to beg that she would not. Weston had set off to pay the visit in a good deal of agitation herself. that all farther confidential discussion of one topic had better be avoided. almost as much in duty to Emma as in pleasure to herself. Mrs. and in the first place had wished not to go at all at present. and took Hartfield in her way home. and she made the most of it while her friend related. with all the encumbrance of awkward feelings. Bates's parlour. kindly. she might at least be able to ascertain what the chances for it were.--She should see them henceforward with the closest observance. acknowledging it to be her conviction.

" continued Mrs. Weston had. that I have never known the blessing of one tranquil hour:'-and the quivering lip. and. heart-felt satisfaction of the old lady. yet almost an affecting. so much of every body. Weston. I believe. Apologies for her seemingly ungracious silence in their first reception. and so little of themselves. Mrs. and every look and action had shewn how deeply she was suffering from consciousness. or if it were. can blame her more than she is disposed to blame herself. on being pressed had yielded. pent up within her own mind as every thing had so long been. then. but when these effusions were put by. but I can say. `I will not say. Emma. "she was energetic. during the concealment of so many months. I have been acting contrary to all my sense of right. they had talked a good deal of the present and of the future state of the engagement.' said she. and the warmest expressions of the gratitude she was always feeling towards herself and Mr. overcome so much of her embarrassment. Miss Fairfax's recent illness had offered a fair plea for Mrs. by gentle encouragement. Weston. that every kindly feeling was at work for them. They had gone. `has been a state of perpetual suffering to me. for "such things. must necessarily open the cause. scene. Pain is no expiation." "Poor girl!" said Emma. had been a gratifying. was an attestation that I felt at my heart. But after all the punishment that misconduct can bring. and so it ought. and the kindness I am now receiving.conceive that any suspicion could be excited by it. as to bring her to converse on the important subject. that it would be of any consequence. The quiet. that since I entered into the engagement I have not had some happy moments. and the fortunate turn that every thing has taken. Weston was convinced that such conversation must be the greatest relief to her companion. in the course of their drive. "On the misery of what she had suffered. `The consequence. "She thinks herself wrong. is what my . This was one of her expressions. Weston had very good reason for saying so. it is still not less misconduct. and felt that Mr. She had hardly been able to speak a word. so disinterested in every sensation. which uttered it. Weston to invite her to an airing. They were both so truly respectable in their happiness. Mrs. I never can be blameless. "always got about. for having consented to a private engagement?" "Wrong! No one. and the rapturous delight of her daughter--who proved even too joyous to talk as usual. thought so much of Jane." Emma smiled. in short--and very great had been the evident distress and confusion of the lady. she had drawn back and declined at first." he observed. and was very much pleased with all that she had said on the subject. but.

and made her captious and irritable to a degree that must have been-that had been--hard for him to bear." "Yes. she must be.' She then began to speak of you. I shall yet dread making the story known to Colonel Campbell. The error has been all my own. this is all to be forgotten. my love. have been as constantly bewitching to me. had exposed her to a thousand inquietudes. I have no doubt of her being extremely attached to him. it was very innocently done. if there were an account drawn up of the evil and the good I have done Miss Fairfax!--Well (checking herself. which. sighing. when alluding to the misunderstandings which he had given us hints of before. They shew her to the greatest advantage. "She loves him then excessively. for his temper and spirits-his delightful spirits. She was sensible that you had never received any proper acknowledgment from herself. to thank you--I could not thank you too much--for every wish and every endeavour to do her good. Her affection must have overpowered her judgment. and that gaiety. and I do assure you that. `which I ought to have done. Weston.--for. as they were at first." said Emma. that she could be led to form the engagement.' `Do not imagine.' she continued. "that I must often have contributed to make her unhappy." she said. "which." "On your side. and trying to be more lively). I am sure she is very good-I hope she will be very happy. The consciousness of having done amiss. madam. in spite of every little drawback from her scrupulous conscience. `that I was taught wrong. I suppose.' said she. whenever I had an opportunity. I could not bear these thanks.conscience tells me ought not to be. "was that of making her unreasonable." "I am afraid. But she probably had something of that in her thoughts." "If I did not know her to be happy now. One natural consequence of the evil she had involved herself in. desired me. for I think the merit will be all on hers. It must have been from attachment only. would. that playfulness of disposition. under any other circumstances. with all the excuse that present circumstances may appear to give. Do not let any reflection fall on the principles or the care of the friends who brought me up. I am sure. You are very kind to bring me these interesting particulars." . and of the great kindness you had shewn her during her illness. and with a blush which shewed me how it was all connected. oh! Mrs." returned Emma.'" "Poor girl!" said Emma again. It is fit that the fortune should be on his side. seriously. `I did not make the allowances.

abilities. she was persuaded that she must herself have been the worst. and blushed for the envious feelings which had certainly been. but I hope it will soon come. and. Weston's parting question.--Birth. and education. and her defence was. Weston's communications furnished Emma with more food for unpleasant reflection." Mrs. Had she followed Mr. "Oh! perfectly. since her coming to Highbury. Weston ended with. I am always well. you know. and as she might. she forgot to attempt to listen. They never could have been all three together. which was every way her due. She thought well of Frank in almost every respect. in some measure. you know. had been equally marking one as an associate for her. She bitterly regretted not having sought a closer acquaintance with her. She must have been a perpetual enemy. She talked with a great deal of reason. and the other--what was she?--Supposing even that they had never become intimate friends. by increasing her esteem and compassion. an idea which she greatly feared had been made a subject of material distress to the delicacy of Jane's feelings. without her having stabbed Jane Fairfax's peace in a thousand instances. earnest." she was obliged to pause before she answered. . "Are you well. Of all the sources of evil surrounding the former. had she done her part towards intimacy. and at last obliged to answer at random. to be received with gratitude. it was soon gone to Brunswick Square or to Donwell. which she had not only so foolishly fashioned and harboured herself. therefore. my Emma?" was Mrs. perhaps. and her sense of past injustice towards Miss Fairfax. that she had never been admitted into Miss Fairfax's confidence on this important matter-which was most probable--still. she loved him very much. Knightley's known wishes. in paying that attention to Miss Fairfax. and on Box Hill. it had been the agony of a mind that would bear no more.Such a conclusion could not pass unanswered by Mrs. in all probability. had she endeavoured to find a friend there instead of in Harriet Smith. in knowing her as she ought. Be sure to give me intelligence of the letter as soon as possible. but had so unpardonably imparted. the cause. and when Mrs. "We have not yet had the letter we are so anxious for. by the levity or carelessness of Frank Churchill's. Dixon. she must have been preserved from the abominable suspicions of an improper attachment to Mr. had she tried to know her better. what was more. have been spared from every pain which pressed on her now. she must. Weston. before she could at all recollect what letter it was which they were so anxious for. and at least equal affection-but she had too much to urge for Emma's attention.

the first. Knightley had walked in then. and settled either at or near Enscombe. which the wind was despoiling. the dearest. probably. Hartfield must be comparatively deserted. it was reasonable to suppose. The prospect before her now. and the length of the day. if Harriet were to be the chosen. and she left to cheer her father with the spirits only of ruined happiness. she was not able to refrain from a start. no friends had deserted them. as finding in Harriet's society all that he wanted. The weather affected Mr. or a heavy sigh.--Frank Churchill would return among them no more. and nothing of July appeared but in the trees and shrubs. the loss of Donwell were to be added. might shortly be over. and Mrs. Knightley to be no longer coming there for his evening comfort!-No longer walking in at all hours. and melancholy. Weston's heart and time would be occupied by it. as those sort of visits conveyed. Alas! such delightful proofs of Hartfield's attraction. The picture which she had then drawn of the privations of the approaching winter. and dissipated every melancholy fancy. on the evening of Mrs. but Mr. at Hartfield. and he could only be kept tolerably comfortable by almost ceaseless attention on his daughter's side. If all took place that might take place among the circle of her friends. would soon cease to belong to Highbury. as if ever willing to change his own home for their's!--How was it to be endured? And if he were to be lost to them for Harriet's sake. A cold stormy rain set in. if he were to be thought of hereafter. in great measure. the friend. and if to these losses. was threatening to a degree that could not be entirely dispelled-that might not be even partially brightened. and by exertions which had never cost her half so much before. her husband also. soon after tea. The child to be born at Randalls must be a tie there even dearer than herself. They would be married. or even from walking about the room for a few seconds--and the only source whence any thing like consolation . Weston's wedding-day. Woodhouse.The evening of this day was very long. which only made such cruel sights the longer visible. that it had been all her own work? When it came to such a pitch as this. The weather added what it could of gloom. what would remain of cheerful or of rational society within their reach? Mr. no pleasures had been lost. They should lose her. and Miss Fairfax. and. All that were good would be withdrawn. the wife to whom he looked for all the best blessings of existence.--But her present forebodings she feared would experience no similar contradiction. what could be increasing Emma's wretchedness but the reflection never far distant from her mind. had proved erroneous. It reminded her of their first forlorn tete-a-tete.

warm. been more attractive to her. and coming towards her. with spirits freshened. that he had perhaps been communicating his plans to his brother. of his attachment to Harriet. And this belief produced another dread. could not. Knightley passing through the garden door. She must be collected and calm. and thoughts a little relieved. and was pained by the manner in which they had been received. She considered--resolved--and. and the hope that.--It was the first intimation of his being returned from London. She had been thinking of him the moment before. it was summer again. He must do it all himself. Perhaps he wanted to speak to her. trying to smile. Never had the exquisite sight. and on Mr. Perry's coming in soon after dinner.or composure could be drawn. and brilliant after a storm. tranquil. and trying for a fuller view of her face than it suited her to give. however inferior in spirit and gaiety might be the following and every future winter of her life to the past. was in the resolution of her own better conduct. she lost no time ill hurrying into the shrubbery.--When had he left them?--Only that morning. She thought he was often looking at her. and the same loneliness. he might be watching for encouragement to begin. With all the eagerness which such a transition gives. suggested by her fears. and leave her less to regret when it were gone. was. He must have had a wet ride.--There. The "How d'ye do's" were quiet and constrained on each side. Emma resolved to be out of doors as soon as possible. began-- . as unquestionably sixteen miles distant.--Yes. she had taken a few turns. she found. He was silent. In half a minute they were together. and the first possible cause for it. and as he was not wanted there. with a disengaged hour to give her father. it would yet find her more rational. sensation of nature.--She did not. the clouds were carried off.--There was time only for the quickest arrangement of mind. With him it was most unnatural. and the same melancholy. Yet she could not bear this silence. the sun appeared. They walked together. more acquainted with herself.--He meant to walk with her. She longed for the serenity they might gradually introduce. the wind changed into a softer quarter. smell. feel equal to lead the way to any such subject. She asked after their mutual friends. Volume Three Chapter Thirteen The weather continued much the same all the following morning. "He had just looked into the dining-room."--She thought he neither looked nor spoke cheerfully. when she saw Mr. preferred being out of doors. they were all well. seemed to reign at Hartfield--but in the afternoon it cleared.

as if to be sure she intended to say no more." Her arm was pressed again. "of what nature?" "Oh! the best nature in the world--a wedding. and looking at her. speaking low.--I wish I had attended to it--but--(with a sinking voice and a heavy sigh) I seem to have been doomed to blindness. Weston this morning. and she was unsuspicious of having excited any particular interest." "Have I?" said he quietly. and as soon as she could recover from the flutter of pleasure. replied. as he added. in a tone of great sensibility. he concluded with. it occurred to her that he might have called at Mrs. Goddard's in his way." "How is it possible?" cried Emma. and at the end of them he gave me a brief account of what had happened."You have some news to hear. "Time. till she found her arm drawn within his. and pressed against his heart. while she spoke. my dearest Emma. turning her glowing cheeks towards him. in a more broken and subdued accent. "The feelings of the warmest friendship--Indignation--Abominable scoundrel!"-And in a louder. "He will soon be gone. for you have had your suspicions.--Your own excellent sense--your exertions for your father's sake--I know you will not allow yourself--.--I have not forgotten that you once tried to give me a caution. now you are come back." Emma was quite relieved. She deserves a better fate. I have heard that already. for. and could presently say. They will soon be in Yorkshire. that will rather surprize you. "You probably have been less surprized than any of us. with a little more composure. and heard him thus saying. steadier tone. excited by such tender consideration. time will heal the wound." After waiting a moment." For a moment or two nothing was said. he replied. "If you mean Miss Fairfax and Frank Churchill. I am sorry for her. "I had a few lines on parish business from Mr." Emma understood him. .

no. Weston--he was continually here--I always found him very pleasant--and. but he has not injured me. indeed-I have had no idea of their meaning any thing.--And is he to be rewarded with that sweet young woman?-Jane.--I thought them a habit. and yet it may not be the more excusable in one who sets up as I do for Understanding. but really confused-"I am in a very extraordinary situation. I cannot let you continue in your error. looking eagerly at her. you will be a miserable creature.--He is a disgrace to the name of man. they all centre in this at last--my vanity was flattered. led me to act by them in a way that I must always be ashamed of." "Emma!" cried he. but I have no other reason to regret that I was not in the secret earlier. since my manners gave such an impression. as it might be natural for a woman to feel in confessing exactly the reverse. but it was a hard case to be obliged still to lower herself in his opinion. I have never been attached to him. And now I can tolerably comprehend his behaviour." said Emma. Many circumstances assisted the temptation. and yet. from your manners. however--for some time. She went on." He listened in perfect silence. She supposed she must say more before she were entitled to his clemency. She wished him to speak. .-But I never have. I understand you--forgive me--I am pleased that you can say even so much. "I have very little to say for my own conduct. but he would not. perhaps. and I allowed his attentions. indeed?"-but checking himself--"No.--I was tempted by his attentions. My blindness to what was going on.-I am not in want of that sort of compassion. indeed! and it will not be very long.--Fortunate that your affections were not farther entangled!--I could never. trying to be lively." "Mr. assure myself as to the degree of what you felt-I could only be certain that there was a preference--and a preference which I never believed him to deserve. Jane. and allowed myself to appear pleased.--He is no object of regret. before that becomes the acknowledgment of more than your reason. "are you. I have as much reason to be ashamed of confessing that I never have been at all attached to the person we are speaking of. for (with a sigh) let me swell out the causes ever so ingeniously.-An old story. however. probably--a common case--and no more than has happened to hundreds of my sex before. I confess. nothing that called for seriousness on my side. Latterly. I hope. in short. He was the son of Mr. He has imposed on me."You are very kind--but you are mistaken--and I must set you right. Knightley. a trick. and I was very foolishly tempted to say and do many things which may well lay me open to unpleasant conjectures.

in short. he generally chuses ill.-equality of situation--I mean. I am sure." "He is a most fortunate man!" returned Mr. At last. equality in every point but one-and that one.--With such a woman he has a chance. he may yet turn out well. in all human calculation. where there is no doubt of her regard.--His friends are eager to promote his happiness. he said. but he was silent. "So early in life--at three-and-twenty--a period when. be the happiest of mortals. gains her affection. My acquaintance with him has been but trifling. that I may have underrated him. if a man chuses a wife. with energy. they could not have found her superior." She had hoped for an answer here--for a few words to say that her conduct was at least intelligible.--Frank Churchill is. could be more effectually blinded than myself--except that I was not blinded--that it was my good fortune--that. Every thing turns out for his good.--I can suppose.-He had used every body ill--and they are all delighted to forgive him. indeed. deep in thought." said Emma. such as must increase his felicity. and no one. as far as she could judge. and he who can do it. for Jane Fairfax's character vouches for her disinterestedness. cannot even weary her by negligent treatment--and had he and all his family sought round the world for a perfect wife for him.--And even if I have not underrated him hitherto.--It was his object to blind all about him. I was somehow or other safe from him.--I have no motive for wishing him ill--and for her sake.--His aunt is in the way.--He has only to speak. has before him!--Assured of the love of such a woman--the disinterested love. the favourite of fortune. as far as regards society. I shall certainly wish him well.--A man would always wish to give a woman a better home than the one he takes her from. whose happiness will be involved in his good character and conduct.--He meets with a young woman at a watering-place. It was merely a blind to conceal his real situation with another. I think. Knightley. "I have never had a high opinion of Frank Churchill. must. "I believe them to be very mutually and very sincerely attached. and all the habits and manners that are important. however.He never wished to attach me. for it will be his to bestow the only advantages she wants. since the purity of her heart is not to be doubted. and tolerably in his usual tone.--His aunt dies. and. every thing in his favour. At three-and-twenty to have drawn such a prize! What years of felicity that man." "I have no doubt of their being happy together.-He is a fortunate man indeed!" .

--Tell me. Perry is not gone. or reconcile him to it. when Mr." she eagerly cried. and.--"Emma. indeed. after proceeding a few steps. just now. she might give just praise to Harriet.--cost her what it would. I have no wish--Stay. by representing to him his own independence. in an accent of deep mortification. she would speak of something totally different--the children in Brunswick Square." said he.--You are wise--but I cannot be wise. She might assist his resolution."You speak as if you envied him. I must tell you what you will not ask. and refer myself to you as a friend. gave you pain. Mr. I am afraid. Knightley. She made her plan. don't speak it. "No.--Emma. Emma. I see. They seemed to be within half a sentence of Harriet. then. don't speak it. Knightley. I accept your offer-Extraordinary as it may seem. and not another syllable followed. or to ask my opinion of any thing that you may have in contemplation--as a friend." "As a friend!"--repeated Mr.--But if you have any wish to speak openly to me as a friend. I accept it. "You will not ask me what is the point of envy. she would listen. though I may wish it unsaid the next moment." "Thank you. do not commit yourself." And. "You are going in. or. "Take a little time. I will tell you exactly what I think." "Oh! then. He was wishing to confide in her-perhaps to consult her. why should I hesitate?-I have gone too far already for concealment. you may command me."--replied Emma--quite confirmed by the depressed manner in which he still spoke--"I should like to take another turn. which must be more intolerable than any alternative to such a mind as his. relieve him from that state of indecision. Emma. Emma could not bear to give him pain. In one respect he is the object of my envy. and she only waited for breath to begin. if possible.--You are determined. she added-"I stopped you ungraciously. I suppose?" said he." Emma could say no more. consider. and her immediate feeling was to avert the subject. that I fear is a word--No. have I no chance of ever succeeding?" .--I will hear whatever you like. by saying. Knightley startled her. Mr." "And I do envy him. to have no curiosity. yes.--They had reached the house.

and to resolve that it need not. because he could not marry them both. "for dearest you will always be. "I cannot make speeches. with great animation. I ask only to hear. and lectured you. but no flight of generosity run mad. with all their glow of attendant happiness." While he spoke. and.-But you understand me. without vouchsafing any motive.--You hear nothing but truth from me. and should not.--It was all the service she could now render her poor friend. for as to any of that heroism of sentiment which might have prompted her to entreat him to transfer his affection from herself to Harriet. whatever the event of this hour's conversation. dearest Emma. I have been a very indifferent lover. a mistake. as complete a delusion as any of her own--that Harriet was nothing. a delusion. as well as you have borne with them. that she was every thing herself. you understand my feelings-and will return them if you can. her reluctance.He stopped in his earnestness to look the question. her doubts. you see. The dread of being awakened from the happiest dream." he cried. Emma:" he soon resumed. God knows. that what she had been saying relative to Harriet had been all taken as the language of her own feelings. most beloved Emma--tell me at once. my dearest. "My dearest Emma.--And not only was there time for these convictions. and in a tone of such sincere. But you know what I am. and the expression of his eyes overpowered her. once to hear your voice.--"If I loved you less. The manner.--I have blamed you." Emma was almost ready to sink under the agitation of this moment. Emma had it not. to see that Harriet's hopes had been entirely groundless.' if it is to be said. with pain and with contrition."-She could really say nothing. her discouragement. . as infinitely the most worthy of the two-or even the more simple sublimity of resolving to refuse him at once and for ever. there was time also to rejoice that Harriet's secret had not escaped her. and you have borne it as no other woman in England would have borne it. decided. had been able--and yet without losing a word-to catch and comprehend the exact truth of the whole." said he. may have as little to recommend them. At present. Say `No. "absolutely silent! at present I ask no more. I might be able to talk about it more. and that her agitation. had been all received as discouragement from herself. was perhaps the most prominent feeling.--Yes.-Bear with the truths I would tell you now. intelligible tenderness as was tolerably convincing. She felt for Harriet.--"You are silent. Emma's mind was most busy. perhaps. with all the wonderful velocity of thought.

there had been a long-standing jealousy. but her judgment was as strong as her feelings. on his feelings.opposing all that could be probable or reasonable. He had come. in fact. of course. in reprobating any such alliance for him. as for the time crushed every hope. which he had been asking to be allowed to create. it may not be very material. in time. if he could. old as the arrival. or a heart more disposed to accept of his. but Mr. in the momentary conquest of eagerness over judgment.--her proposal of taking another turn. as in this case. She had led her friend astray.-The affection. but where. had cleared from each the same degree of ignorance. he might gain her affection himself. and it would be a reproach to her for ever.--The superior hopes which gradually opened were so much the more enchanting. He had. as most unequal and degrading. to something so like perfect happiness. the feelings are not.--but it had been no present hope--he had only. to soothe or to counsel her.--The change had perhaps been somewhat sudden. jealousy. Her change was equal.--she had begun by refusing to hear him. her renewing the conversation which she had just put an end to. in his anxiety to see how she bore Frank Churchill's engagement. Seldom. on being so entreated. had given birth to the hope. . though the conduct is mistaken. He had followed her into the shrubbery with no idea of trying it. seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised. of her having a heart completely disengaged from him. no view at all. entered her brain. that it could bear no other name. he had passed from a thoroughly distressed state of mind.--She spoke then. Knightley was so obliging as to put up with it. or a little mistaken. and seek no farther explanation.--This one half-hour had given to each the same precious certainty of being beloved. A lady always does. Knightley could not impute to Emma a more relenting heart than she possessed. the immediate effect of what he heard. was already his!--Within half an hour. Her way was clear. though not quite smooth. or distrust. but of endeavouring. been wholly unsuspicious of his own influence. if she allowed him an opening.-What did she say?--Just what she ought. he had received such an injunction to caution and silence. very seldom. aspired to be told that she did not forbid his attempt to attach her. with no selfish view. He had despaired at one period.--On his side.-She said enough to shew there need not be despair--and to invite him to say more himself.-Mr. The delightful assurance of her total indifference towards Frank Churchill. that. and as strong as it had ever been before.--The rest had been the work of the moment. might be a little extraordinary!--She felt its inconsistency. does complete truth belong to any human disclosure.

and it was with difficulty that she could summon enough of her usual self to be the attentive lady of the house. he might have deemed him a very good sort of fellow.or even the expectation.--He had been in love with Emma.--Frank Churchill was a villain. faultless in spite of all her faults. Frank Churchill's character was not desperate. vigorously.-But he had gone to a wrong place. never in any thing like it. nay.--He had gone to learn to be indifferent. so much keen anxiety for her. It was his jealousy of Frank Churchill that had taken him from the country. one sentiment having probably enlightened him as to the other. Volume Three Chapter Fourteen What totally different feelings did Emma take back into the house from what she had brought out!--she had then been only daring to hope for a little respite of suffering. which always brought the other in brilliancy before him. to see how this sweetest and best of all creatures. He would save himself from witnessing again such permitted. He had ridden home through the rain. having never believed Frank Churchill to be at all deserving Emma. They sat down to tea--the same party round the same table-how often it had been collected!--and how often had her eyes fallen on the same shrubs in the lawn.--she was now in an exquisite flutter of happiness.--The Box Hill party had decided him on going away. day after day--till this very morning's post had conveyed the history of Jane Fairfax. and such happiness moreover as she believed must still be greater when the flutter should have passed away.--Then. of Frank Churchill. with the gladness which must be felt. by hand and word. and jealous of Frank Churchill. or even the attentive daughter.--He had stayed on. however. even had his time been longer. Isabella was too much like Emma--differing only in those striking inferiorities. encouraged attentions. from about the same period. for much to have been done. woman wore too amiable a form in it. was there so much fond solicitude.-He heard her declare that she had never loved him. which he did not scruple to feel. Woodhouse little suspected what was plotting against him in the breast of that man whom he was so cordially welcoming. that he could stay no longer. and so . bore the discovery. There was too much domestic happiness in his brother's house. He had found her agitated and low. and observed the same beautiful effect of the western sun!--But never in such a state of spirits.--She was his own Emma. and if he could have thought of Frank Churchill then. and had walked up directly after dinner. Poor Mr. when they returned into the house.

he would have cared very little for the lungs.-She did not think it in Harriet's nature to escape being benefited by novelty and variety. but she flattered herself. and talked on with much self-contentment. how to appear least her enemy?-On these subjects.-At any rate. how to make her any possible atonement. was the question. and--indulging in one scheme more-nearly resolve. and communicate all that need be told by letter. and a few weeks spent in London must give her some amusement. Emma's fever continued.--She even wept over the idea of it.-She could only resolve at last. Knightley remained with them. While he lived. but when he was gone. that Mr. She could not be alone without feeling the full weight of their separate claims.-how to spare her from any unnecessary pain. that if divested of the danger of drawing her away. without the slightest perception of any thing extraordinary in the looks or ways of either. it was a question soon answered. as a sin of thought. Knightley. As long as Mr. as made her feel. in walking up to Hartfield to breakfast.--Could he have seen the heart. that even her happiness must have some alloy. her perplexity and distress were very great-and her mind had to pass again and again through every bitter reproach and sorrowful regret that had ever surrounded it. it must be only an engagement. Knightley would ask. She rose early. an averting of the evil day. by the streets.-How to do her best by Harriet. which was the tax for such an evening. when they must all be together again. an employment which left her so very serious. was of more difficult decision. did not arrive at all too soon. he repeated to them very comfortably all the articles of news he had received from Mr. She hardly knew yet what Mr. that it would be inexpressibly desirable to have her removed just now for a time from Highbury. a separation for the present. . it might become an increase of comfort to him. she began to be a little tranquillised and subdued--and in the course of the sleepless night.anxiously hoping might not have taken cold from his ride. so nearly sad. from whom every thing was due. that it might be practicable to get an invitation for her to Brunswick Square. and the children. totally unsuspicious of what they could have told him in return. but a very short parley with her own heart produced the most solemn resolution of never quitting her father. it would be a proof of attention and kindness in herself. and wrote her letter to Harriet. With respect to her father. that she would still avoid a meeting with her. she found one or two such very serious points to consider.--Isabella had been pleased with Harriet. and how to guard the comfort of both to the utmost. the shops. Her father--and Harriet. Perry. but without the most distant imagination of the impending evil.

--You must all endeavour to comprehend the exact nature of my situation when I first arrived at Randalls. It is very difficult for the prosperous to be humble. you must consider me as having a secret which was to be kept . and have scarcely a doubt of its happy effect. Weston. "A. and I believe there will be need of even all your goodness to allow for some parts of my past conduct. my dear Emma. "I have the greatest pleasure. but expected or not. that I may be in danger of thinking myself too sure of yours. in forwarding to you the enclosed.and half an hour stolen afterwards to go over the same ground again with him.-You are all goodness. and though you will never own being affected by weather. when a letter was brought her from Randalls--a very thick letter.--a note from Mrs." [To Mrs.] WINDSOR-JULY. "Yours ever.-This letter has been the cure of all the little nervousness I have been feeling lately.--she guessed what it must contain. She opened the packet.--I did not quite like your looks on Tuesday. Perry. I have already met with such success in two applications for pardon. by no means long enough for her to have the slightest inclination for thinking of any body else. MY DEAR MADAM. Weston. W. she wanted no explanations. it was too surely so.--I think we shall never materially disagree about the writer again.-She was now in perfect charity with Frank Churchill. "If I made myself intelligible yesterday. she wanted only to have her thoughts to herself-and as for understanding any thing he wrote. but it was an ungenial morning. she was sure she was incapable of it.-I felt for your dear father very much in the storm of Tuesday afternoon and yesterday morning. and deprecated the necessity of reading it. and of those among your friends who have had any ground of offence. ushered in the letter from Frank to Mrs.-But I have been forgiven by one who had still more to resent. was quite necessary to reinstate her in a proper share of the happiness of the evening before. this letter will be expected. but had the comfort of hearing last night. Weston to herself. I think every body feels a north-east wind.--We are quite well. but I will not delay you by a long preface. I know it will be read with candour and indulgence.--It must be waded through. My courage rises while I write. I know what thorough justice you will do it. however. that it had not made him ill. He had not left her long. by Mr. literally and figuratively.

--See me. in obtaining her promises of faith and correspondence. and the first of blessings secured. I should have gone mad. under these circumstances.-Amiable and delightful as Miss Woodhouse is. every thing--to time. the only important part of my conduct while belonging to you. I hope. I dared not address her openly. and casements above. and as you were the person slighted. then. My behaviour. of being your husband's son.--My behaviour to Miss Woodhouse indicated. during the very happy fortnight which I spent with you. health and sickness. I shall not discuss it here.--I cannot deny that Miss Woodhouse was my ostensible object--but I am sure you will believe the declaration. or requires very solicitous explanation. arriving on my first visit to Randalls. I refer every caviller to a brick house. which excites my own anxiety. for that visit might have been sooner paid. I was led on to make more than an allowable use of the sort of intimacy into which we were immediately thrown. and some censure I acknowledge myself liable to. and the advantage of inheriting a disposition to hope for good. And now I come to the principal. before we parted at Weymouth. For my temptation to think it a right. do I mention Miss Woodhouse. lay me open to reprehension. which no inheritance of houses or lands can ever equal the value of. by reminding him. that so long as I absented myself from his house.--and here I am conscious of wrong. and the warmest friendship. my father perhaps will think I ought to add. I believe.--She received my attentions with an easy. with the deepest humiliation. This was the fact. and I was fortunate enough to prevail. that had I not been convinced of her indifference. You will look back and see that I did not come till Miss Fairfax was in Highbury. did not. circumstance.-In order to assist a concealment so essential to me. and to induce the most upright female mind in the creation to stoop in charity to a secret engagement. in Highbury. perseverance and weariness. was as much my conviction as my wish. you will forgive me instantly. my dear madam. sudden bursts. I would not have been induced by any selfish views to go on. My right to place myself in a situation requiring such concealment. my difficulties in the then state of Enscombe must be too well known to require definition. more than it ought.-Had she refused. so long I lost the blessing of knowing you. excepting on one point. chance. .-A few words which dropped from him yesterday spoke his opinion. If you need farther explanation. With the greatest respect. and that she was perfectly free from any tendency to being attached to me. but I must work on my father's compassion. what was your hope in doing this?--What did you look forward to?-To any thing.at all hazards. slow effects. is another question. I have the honour.--But you will be ready to say. sashed windows below. Every possibility of good was before me. she never gave me the idea of a young woman likely to be attached.

how mad a state: and I am not much better yet.--Since I began this letter.-I hope this history of my conduct towards her will be admitted by you and my father as great extenuation of what you saw amiss. which exactly suited me. I dare not depend. and how little I deserve to be forgiven. You will find. While you considered me as having sinned against Emma Woodhouse.friendly. know her thoroughly yourself. You will soon. Perhaps it is paid already. From our relative situation. .--when I called to take leave of her. that I owed Mrs. I could deserve nothing from either. of her excellence and patience. I have heard from her. I am impatient for a thousand particulars. and with the least suspicion. at least in some degree. as to long to have her as deeply and as happily in love as myself. and were felt to be so. you have now a key to. that it did not take her wholly by surprize. goodhumoured playfulness. I cannot say. but as she never complains. I earnestly hope.-She may not have surmised the whole.-Whatever strange things I said or did during that fortnight. but I have no doubt of her having since detected me. whom I regard with so much brotherly affection. for never was there a human creature who would so designedly suppress her own merit. I want to have your opinion of her looks. If you remember any queernesses. Remember how few minutes I was at Randalls. and procure for me.-Of the pianoforte so much talked of.-No description can describe her. Acquit me here. Let me hear from you without delay. I remember her telling me at the ball. those attentions were her due. We seemed to understand each other. I feel it only necessary to say.-She gives a good account of her own health. She must tell you herself what she is-yet not by word.--Whether Miss Woodhouse began really to understand me before the expiration of that fortnight. I am mad with anger. which will be longer than I foresaw. and I then fancied she was not without suspicion. When I think of the kindness and favour I have met with. is much beyond my power of doing justice to. set them all to the right account. I cannot doubt it. She frequently gave me hints of it. I know you will soon call on her. whenever the subject becomes freed from its present restraints. My heart was in Highbury. had any choice been given her. still insane either from happiness or misery. that its being ordered was absolutely unknown to Miss F--. and my business was to get my body thither as often as might be. when it is allowable. who would never have allowed me to send it. I am mad with joy: but when I recollect all the uneasiness I occasioned her. the acquittal and good wishes of that said Emma Woodhouse. she is living in dread of the visit. Elton gratitude for her attentions to Miss Fairfax. and my uncle's generosity. and in how bewildered. but her quickness must have penetrated a part. my dear madam.-The delicacy of her mind throughout the whole engagement. I remember that I was within a moment of confessing the truth.

but the suddenness. which I then thought most unreasonable.-But I had no choice.--It is. . and subdued my spirits to the level of what she deemed proper. insolent neglect of her. a most mortifying retrospect for me. I see nothing in it but a very natural and consistent degree of discretion. when. in one light. She absolutely refused to allow me.--She was displeased.. my dear madam.--I have been walking over the country. provoked by such conduct on my side. the truth must have been suspected. was behaving one hour with objectionable particularity to another woman. she spoke her resentment in a form of words perfectly intelligible to me. immediately opened to me the happiest prospects.. needs explanation. and she would have felt every scruple of mine with multiplied strength and refinement. on a thousand occasions. my dear madam. in being unpleasant to Miss F. And here I can admit. abominable on mine. to recollect and compose myself. for though the event of the 26th ult. and am now. You have not heard all that you ought to hear.-In short.If I could but see her again!--But I must not propose it yet. that my manners to Miss W. though I might have staid with you till the next morning. My uncle has been too good for me to encroach.. as you will conclude. I doubted it more the next day on Box Hill. If I had followed her judgment. rational enough to make the rest of my letter what it ought to be. I was late. was she to be consenting the next to a proposal which might have made every previous caution useless?--Had we been met walking together between Donwell and Highbury. Even then. were highly blameable. I hope. and. I met her walking home by herself. however. which left me not an hour to lose. merely because I would be as angry with her as possible. I could not give any connected detail yesterday. and such apparent devotion to Miss W.-I was mad enough. unnecessarily scrupulous and cautious: I thought her even cold. While I. but she would not suffer it. as it would have been impossible for any woman of sense to endure.--I must still add to this long letter. I behaved shamefully. I thought unreasonably so: I thought her. and I returned the same evening to Richmond. She disapproved them.-Do you remember the morning spent at Donwell?--There every little dissatisfaction that had occurred before came to a crisis. Now. and wanted to walk with her. the unseasonableness with which the affair burst out.--I doubted her affection. but from the very particular circumstances. to blind the world to our engagement. I should not have presumed on such early measures.--We quarrelled. The hasty engagement she had entered into with that woman--Here. I should have escaped the greatest unhappiness I have ever known. however. which ought to have been enough. But she was always right.--My plea of concealing the truth she did not think sufficient.. it was a quarrel blameless on her side. I should myself have shrunk from any thing so hasty. such shameful. to resent. in fact. I was obliged to leave off abruptly.

instead of being sent with all the many other letters of that day. the whole system of whose treatment of her. the full direction to Mr.I was not such a fool as not to mean to be reconciled in time.--I shall always congratulate myself that you were not of the Box Hill party. and wrote the next day to tell me that we never were to meet again. then. It was perfectly accordant with that resolution of character which I knew her to possess. and two days afterwards I received a parcel from her. and instantly saw what she had been doing. and I went away determined that she should make the first advances. has ever filled me with indignation and hatred. all my letters. I can hardly suppose you would ever have thought well of me again. by the bye." indeed!--You will observe that I have not yet indulged myself in calling her by that name. she closed with the offer of that officious Mrs. near Bristol. remained without any uneasiness. I should loudly protest against the share of it which that woman has known. and the secrecy she had maintained. and adding. so as to send them to Highbury within a week. and was too busy. resolving to break with me entirely. I knew the name. stared me in the face. I must not quarrel with a spirit of forbearance which has been so richly extended towards myself. my answer. by a safe conveyance. and requested. Think. though but a few lines. and I. and all the insolence of imaginary superiority.--We removed to Windsor.-She closed with this offer. but from the confusion of my mind. was equally descriptive . I shall soon have done. was locked up in my writing-desk. Elton. what I must have endured in hearing it bandied between the Eltons with all the vulgarity of needless repetition. Had you witnessed my behaviour there. to satisfy her. injured by her coldness. Its effect upon her appears in the immediate resolution it produced: as soon as she found I was really gone from Randalls. and as it must be equally desirable to both to have every subordinate arrangement concluded as soon as possible. that if I could not directly command hers. even to you. as to any such design in her former letter. that as silence on such a point could not be misconstrued. and the multiplicity of business falling on me at once. Smallridge's. but I made excuses for her.--This letter reached me on the very morning of my poor aunt's death.-She felt the engagement to be a source of repentance and misery to each: she dissolved it. but. I answered it within an hour.--I was rather disappointed that I did not hear from her again speedily. trusting that I had written enough. otherwise.-"Jane. Have patience with me. but I was the injured person. my own letters all returned!--and a few lines at the same time by the post. I would forward them after that period to her at--: in short. I knew all about it. and--may I add?-too cheerful in my views to be captious. stating her extreme surprize at not having had the smallest reply to her last. the place. she now sent me.

--In one respect. A thousand and a thousand thanks for all the kindness you have ever shewn me. Now. to do it all the justice that Mrs.--Miss W. in spite of her previous determination to the contrary.--Are you disposed to pity me for what I must have suffered in opening the cause to him. and she was so happy herself. and the very strong attraction which any picture of love must have for her at that moment. C. my dear madam. I am quite of your opinion. Weston foretold. but I could not conclude before. the late event had softened away his pride. every line relating to herself was interesting.--I felt that it would be of a different sort.of its anxious delicacy. imagine how. and almost every line agreeable. and was very sorry--and he was so grateful to Mrs. and no moment's uneasiness can ever occur between us again. than ever. I hope she is right.-What was to be done?--One thing only.--I must speak to my uncle. from my knowledge of their late breakfast hour. dearer. calls me the child of good fortune. Volume Three Chapter Fifteen This letter must make its way to Emma's feelings. by the natural return of her former regard for the writer. sick looks. . She was obliged. As soon as she came to her own name. till I had actually detected my own blunder. She never stopt till she had gone through the whole.--I was not disappointed.-I spoke. and saw how ill I had made her.--If you think me in a way to be happier than I deserve.--Imagine the shock. yet he had been less wrong than she had supposed--and he had suffered. much dearer. I will release you. we are reconciled. Your obliged and affectionate Son. it was irresistible. and he was. do not pity me till I reached Highbury. and though it was impossible not to feel that he had been wrong. and at last I was not disappointed either in the object of my journey. circumstances were in my favour. A great deal of very reasonable. that of being able to subscribe myself. For the world would not she have seemed to threaten me. very just displeasure I had to persuade away. But it is done. and ten thousand for the attentions your heart will dictate towards her. and when this charm ceased. Weston. and so much in love with Miss Fairfax.--I reached Highbury at the time of day when. earlier than I could have anticipated. wholly reconciled and complying. poor man! with a deep sigh. my good fortune is undoubted. I was certain of a good chance of finding her alone. I raved at the blunders of the post. F. Do not pity me till I saw her wan. the subject could still maintain itself. that he wished I might find as much happiness in the marriage state as he had done. Without his sanction I could not hope to be listened to again. WESTON CHURCHILL. for my suspense while all was at stake?--No. and could say at last.

reading to himself. Weston's sanguine temper was a blessing on all his upright and honourable exertions. I shall feel that I am near you. to his father. Knightley came again. almost directly to say." He proceeded a little farther." ." He began--stopping.--Very true." "And I have not forgotten. "Humph! a fine complimentary opening: But it is his way." But that would not do. By doing it." Mr. "Had I been offered the sight of one of this gentleman's letters to his mother-in-law a few months ago. it would not have been taken with such indifference. Mr. "as to the temptation. and could he have entered the room. he did not come till Miss Fairfax was here. Weston was to call in the evening. Weston earned every present comfort before he endeavoured to gain it. who. and then. but Mr. Emma." "It will be natural for me." said he. however. One man's style must not be the rule of another's. Knightley. Mr. It will not be so great a loss of time: but if you dislike it--" "Not at all." said Emma. with a smile. "to speak my opinion aloud as I read. You pass it over very handsomely-but you were perfectly right. She was sure of Mrs. that when Mr. however. and she must return it by him. she desired him to read it.--Bad. "but it seems long. it shall be done. "He trifles here. "but as it seems a matter of justice. Weston's wishing it to be communicated." he added shortly afterwards. and has nothing rational to urge. observed." said he. had seen so much to blame in his conduct. He knows he is wrong. "how sure you were that he might have come sooner if he would. "I shall be very glad to look it over. We will not be severe. she must have shaken hands with him as heartily as ever. I will take it home with me at night. She thought so well of the letter.--`His father's disposition:'-he is unjust.--He ought not to have formed the engagement. I should wish it. Knightley returned to his reading with greater alacrity.that there was no being severe. especially to one. like Mr. "I would rather be talking to you." he replied.

I think-had you not been in the case--I should still have distrusted him. after steady reflection. You never wrote a truer line. for his sake. indeed!--I cannot comprehend a man's wishing to give a woman any proof of affection which he knows she would rather dispense with. and he did know that she would have prevented the instrument's coming if she could. a word or two of assent. He did so. he made a fuller pause to say." When he came to Miss Woodhouse. but very soon stopt again to say. a shake of the head. with a smile. or merely of love. Natural enough!-his own mind full of intrigue. he made some progress without any pause. one too young to consider whether the inconvenience of it might not very much exceed the pleasure. and."I was not quite impartial in my judgment. than he could. "I perfectly agree with you. very young man. He should have . a look. that he should suspect it in others. seriously. Finesse--how they pervert the understanding! My Emma. in a situation of extreme difficulty and uneasiness. and his persisting to act in direct opposition to Jane Fairfax's sense of right. and with a blush of sensibility on Harriet's account."--was then his remark.-No judge of his own manners by you. "You did behave very shamefully. however.--She must have had much more to contend with." said she.--Mystery. and it should have been his first object to prevent her from suffering unnecessarily. "This is very bad.--Playing a most dangerous game. as the subject required. "You had better go on.-Fancying you to have fathomed his secret. does not every thing serve to prove more and more the beauty of truth and sincerity in all our dealings with each other?" Emma agreed to it." And having gone through what immediately followed of the basis of their disagreement. and regardless of little besides his own convenience.--He had induced her to place herself. Too much indebted to the event for his acquittal. or disapprobation. sir. thus-"Very bad--though it might have been worse.--Always deceived in fact by his own wishes. in carrying on the correspondence. A boyish scheme. "the pianoforte! Ah! That was the act of a very. concluding. Emma:--but yet." After this. he was obliged to read the whole of it aloud--all that related to her. which she could not give any sincere explanation of. Frank Churchill's confession of having behaved shamefully was the first thing to call for more than a word in passing.

with his thousands and tens of thousands. `Dearer." "I hope he does.--"His feelings are natural.--Certainly.--You will find how very much he suffers. It was all read. I shall soon have done." replied Mr. attentively. he must be a most extraordinary--" "Nay. to bear that she should have been in such a state of punishment. "`Smallridge!'--What does this mean? What is all this?" "She had engaged to go as governess to Mrs. Elton. however. excepting one momentary glance at her. `Miss Woodhouse calls me the child of good fortune. Smallridge's children-a dear friend of Mrs.--`Happier than I deserve.--He is a very liberal thanker. Elton's--a neighbour of Maple Grove." "Well.--He does seem to have suffered in finding her ill. nay. We must look to her one fault. Knightley coolly. and without the smallest remark. Only one page more. were they?-And a fine ending--and there is the letter. steadily. I can have no doubt of his being fond of her. I wonder how Mrs. and. Her own behaviour had been so very improper! She was deeply ashamed. there is feeling here.'--Those were Miss Woodhouse's words. and remember that she had done a wrong thing in consenting to the engagement. instantly withdrawn. and resuming the letter.respected even unreasonable scruples. he knows himself there.-What! actually resolve to break with him entirely!--She felt the engagement to be a source of repentance and misery to each-she dissolved it. "There is no saying much for the delicacy of our good friends. the Eltons. The child of good fortune! That was your name for him.' Come. read on. and a little afraid of his next look. while you oblige me to read--not even of Mrs. much dearer than ever. my dear Emma.' I hope he may long continue to feel all the value of such a reconciliation. and." Emma knew that he was now getting to the Box Hill party. was it?" ." was his next observation. What a letter the man writes!" "I wish you would read it with a kinder spirit towards him. in the fear of giving pain--no remembrance of Box Hill seemed to exist. Elton bears the disappointment?" "Say nothing. but hers were all reasonable. by the bye. had there been such.--What a view this gives of her sense of his behaviour!--Well. and grew uncomfortable.

without attacking the happiness of her father. . Emma's answer was ready at the first word. she had tried the scheme and rejected it. Knightley used even to the woman he was in love with. faults of inconsideration and thoughtlessness. Woodhouse would not suffer him to deceive himself long. but the inadmissibility of any other change. it should be his likewise. was admitted." "Yes. gentlemanlike English. it was in plain. She was sensible of all the affection it evinced. that I cannot think any longer about Frank Churchill. Woodhouse taken from Hartfield!--No. he felt that it ought not to be attempted. there would be much. Like him. She felt that. any change of condition must be impossible for her. and will soon. which must not be hazarded. very much. that such a transplantation would be a risk of her father's comfort. in quitting Donwell. Knightley felt as strongly as herself."You do not appear so well satisfied with his letter as I am. beyond a doubt. and in no house of his own. let me talk to you of something else. "While her dear father lived. most intently. he had at first hoped to induce Mr. really attached to Miss Fairfax. But the plan which had arisen on the sacrifice of this. Ever since I left you this morning. he must be sacrificing a great deal of independence of hours and habits. my mind has been hard at work on one subject. Woodhouse to remove with her to Donwell. however. Mr. how to be able to ask her to marry him. that in living constantly with her father. but still you must. He had been thinking it over most deeply. it may be hoped. have the advantage of being constantly with her. She could never quit him. he could not agree to. and now he confessed his persuasion. Emma had already had her own passing thoughts. And now. it was. I have another person's interest at present so much at heart. at least I hope you must. I am very ready to believe his character will improve." Part only of this answer. Of their all removing to Donwell." The subject followed. Emma. think the better of him for it. he had wanted to believe it feasible. Mr. I hope it does him some service with you. but his knowledge of Mr. and I am very much of his opinion in thinking him likely to be happier than he deserves: but still as he is. certainly it does. that so long as her father's happiness in other words his life--required Hartfield to continue her home. perhaps even of his life. he trusted his dearest Emma would not find in any respect objectionable. that he should be received at Hartfield. unaffected. The impossibility of her quitting her father. but such an alternative as this had not occurred to her. and acquire from hers the steadiness and delicacy of principle that it wants. such as Mr. He has had great faults.

She promised to think of it. In time. and pretty nearly promised. moreover. Harriet would be rather a dead weight than otherwise." cried Emma. This proposal of his. that Emma. and yet she only gave herself a saucy conscious smile about it. with the intention of finding it a very good scheme. who must now be even excluded from Hartfield. or any body else. and found amusement in detecting the real cause of that violent dislike of Mr. her own advantages to increase. that no reflection could alter his wishes or his opinion on the subject. Such a companion for herself in the periods of anxiety and cheerlessness before her!-Such a partner in all those duties and cares to which time must be giving increase of melancholy! She would have been too happy but for poor Harriet. but he was fully convinced. be kept at a distance from. he had been walking away from William Larkins the whole morning. it seemed a peculiarly cruel necessity that was to be placing her in such a state of unmerited punishment. but for the poor girl herself. to think of it. . the more pleasing it became. in mere charitable caution. but this could not be expected to happen very early. very many. Knightley would be forgotten. to have his thoughts to himself. he could assure her. "I am sure William Larkins will not like it. Think she must of the possible difference to the poor little boy. was never struck with any sense of injury to her nephew Henry. this plan of marrying and continuing at Hartfield-the more she contemplated it. but every blessing of her own seemed to involve and advance the sufferings of her friend. points of view in which she was now beginning to consider Donwell Abbey. which at the time she had wholly imputed to the amiable solicitude of the sister and the aunt. "Ah! there is one difficulty unprovided for. poor Harriet must. in the many. He had given it. She would be a loser in every way. The delightful family party which Emma was securing for herself. You must get his consent before you ask mine. Mr. Emma could not deplore her future absence as any deduction from her own enjoyment. of course. and advised him to think of it more. It is remarkable. very long and calm consideration. their mutual good to outweigh every drawback. however. that is.to be borne with." She promised. whose rights as heir-expectant had formerly been so tenaciously regarded. to think of it. In such a party. Knightley's marrying Jane Fairfax. supplanted. His evils seemed to lessen.

--It was all arranged. unchecked by that sense of injustice. and it really was too much to hope even of Harriet. she was quite eager to have Harriet under her care. Their intercourse was painful enough by letter. she was invited for at least a fortnight. so truly considerate for every body. John Knightley was delighted to be of use. enjoy Mr. Mr. How much worse. Harriet really wished. but it seemed as if an angel only could have been quite without resentment under such a stroke. Knightley. She had no difficulty in procuring Isabella's invitation. and she was fortunate in having a sufficient reason for asking it. and she could listen with true happiness. without resorting to invention. which had haunted her when remembering how disappointed a heart was near her. indeed. how much might at that moment. of guilt. which must be averting the past. The difference of Harriet at Mrs.-Harriet was to go. and had wished some time. or in London.--When it was thus settled on her sister's side. Emma proposed it to her friend. Woodhouse's carriage. and yet Emma fancied there was a something of resentment. or apparent sense of ill-usage. so feeling. Knightley's visits. to consult a dentist. it was all completed. Volume Three Chapter Sixteen It was a very great relief to Emma to find Harriet as desirous as herself to avoid a meeting. would never deserve to be less worshipped than now. Elton. Knightley himself would be doing nothing to assist the cure. always so kind. a something bordering on it in her style. and Harriet was safe in Brunswick Square. made perhaps an unreasonable difference in Emma's sensations. She would not allow any other anxiety to succeed directly to the place in her mind which Harriet had occupied. had they been obliged to meet! Harriet expressed herself very much as might be supposed. of something most painful. There was a communication . and found her very persuadable. and carrying her out of herself. and at a little distance. Now Emma could. Goddard's. now she could talk.-It might be only her own consciousness. but she could not think of her in London without objects of curiosity and employment. Wingfield. she was to be conveyed in Mr. that she could be in love with more than three men in one year. without reproaches. Mrs.Mr.-not like Mr. which increased the desirableness of their being separate. be enduring by the feelings which she had led astray herself. any thing of ill health was a recommendation to her--and though not so fond of a dentist as of a Mr.--There was a tooth amiss.

Elton were together. coming eagerly forward. at least.-She came forward with an offered hand.-She heard Patty announcing it. "Beg her to walk up. She soon resolved. but had not been into the house since the morning after Box Hill.-She ought to go--and she was longing to see her. of leisure and peace of mind. and would soon have shewn no want of words. but the consciousness of a similarity of prospect would certainly add to the interest with which she should attend to any thing Jane might communicate. indeed!--Miss Woodhouse. determined her.before her. she heard nothing but the instant reply of.-The fear of being still unwelcome. She went--she had driven once unsuccessfully to the door. Mrs. but she would have nothing to do with it at present. and said.--She had resolved to defer the disclosure till Mrs. it is impossible for me to express--I hope you will believe--Excuse me for being so entirely without words. which accounted for the previous tranquillity. Bates and Mrs.--No. animation. if the sound of Mrs. so lovely. equally as a duty and a pleasure. one which she only could be competent to make-the confession of her engagement to her father. "This is most kind. in a low.-Emma had never seen her look so well." Emma was gratified. but no such bustle succeeded as poor Miss Bates had before made so happily intelligible. There was consciousness. to employ half an hour of this holiday of spirits in calling on Miss Fairfax. Elton's voice from the sitting-room had not checked her. No additional agitation should be thrown at this period among those she loved-and the evil should not act on herself by anticipation before the appointed time. very earnest shake of the hand. It would be a secret satisfaction. Emma could have . Miss Bates was out. but very feeling tone. delight. and made it expedient to compress all her friendly and all her congratulatory sensations into a very. to crown every warmer."--and a moment afterwards she was met on the stairs by Jane herself.--A fortnight. and warmth. though all the worst of her sufferings had been unsuspected. so engaging. but more agitating. Weston were safe and well. when poor Jane had been in such distress as had filled her with compassion. and send up her name. to wait in the passage. as if no other reception of her were felt sufficient. though assured of their being at home. the resemblance of their present situations increasing every other motive of goodwill. there was every thing which her countenance or manner could ever have wanted. should be hers.

cautious as a minister of state. "You know all other things give place. and understand why she was. I managed it extremely well. Weston. "I mentioned no names. in happy spirits." Emma could not doubt. Bates. Elton's thoughts. and return it into the purple and gold reticule by her side. you will observe. Bates's knitting. she hoped the rencontre would do them no harm.--Hush!--You remember those lines-I forget the poem at this moment: "For when a lady's in the case. she found herself abruptly addressed with.) .--But not a word more. our saucy little friend here is charmingly recovered?--Do not you think her cure does Perry the highest credit?--(here was a side-glance of great meaning at Jane. like herself. repeated on every possible occasion. You see how delightfully she writes.wished Mrs. with significant nods. read----mum! a word to the wise. for lady. saying. she saw her with a sort of anxious parade of mystery fold up a letter which she had apparently been reading aloud to Miss Fairfax. in our case. in a half whisper. It was a palpable display. She soon believed herself to penetrate Mrs. S.--My representation. you see. You and I shall not want opportunities. Let us be discreet-quite on our good behaviour. and appearing to attend to the good old lady's replies. but she was in a humour to have patience with every body. she added. you know. Elton elsewhere." Now I say. Elton met her with unusual graciousness. Miss Woodhouse.--Oh! no. you have heard all the essential already." And again. I only wanted to prove to you that Mrs. it was being in Miss Fairfax's confidence. Oh! she is a sweet creature! You would have doated on her. and while paying her own compliments to Mrs. and fancying herself acquainted with what was still a secret to other people. had you gone. "Do not you think. When they had all talked a little while in harmony of the weather and Mrs. "We can finish this some other time. and as Mrs. an't I? But I want to set your heart at ease as to Mrs. on Emma's merely turning her head to look at Mrs. and is not offended. Emma saw symptoms of it immediately in the expression of her face. my dear. S. admits our apology. in fact. And.--I am in a fine flow of spirits. has quite appeased her.

and here I have been so long. the truth is. Bates was saying something to Emma. speaking louder. Miss Woodhouse.--He really is engaged from morning to night. Perry has restored her in a wonderful short time!-Oh! if you had seen her. not one exception." "What! are we to have the pleasure of a call from Mr. Elton's time is so engaged. But yet I think there was something wanting. there seemed a little cloud upon the spirits of some. "We do not say a word of any assistance that Perry might have. Very pleasant party. and exploring to Box Hill again. "Yes. Mrs.Upon my word. but. Perry shall have all the credit. here I am." "I have scarce had the pleasure of seeing you.--But she is charmingly recovered. indeed. indeed. from doubt of what might be said. on some pretence . while the fine weather lasts?-It must be the same party. I quite understand--dearest Jane's prospects-that is. Elton?-That will be a favour indeed! for I know gentlemen do not like morning visits. which was now graciously overcome. Emma guessed that there had been a little show of resentment towards Jane. I think it answered so far as to tempt one to go again. What say you both to our collecting the same party. Elton for being there. and Emma could not help being diverted by the perplexity of her first answer to herself. from the vicarage quarter. I do not mean. and Mr.--So it appeared to me at least. quite the same party. dear Miss Woodhouse. my good friend. her more than commonly thankful delight towards Mrs. not a word of a certain young physician from Windsor.--Yes.-Such a happy little circle as you find us here.--There is no end of people's coming to him. and pay his respects to you. indeed.--Oh! no.--It is impossible to say--Yes. "Thank you.-How is Mr.-Charming young man!--that is--so very friendly. Perry!-such attention to Jane!"--And from her great. "since the party to Box Hill. that anywhere else I should think it necessary to apologise. which placed it beyond a guess. Elton. However. but I might be mistaken. He promised to join me here.--Quite out of my power. you know. you are all kindness. resulting. and impatience to say every thing. said.-After a few whispers." Soon after this Miss Bates came in. Woodhouse?--I am so glad. whispered farther. as I did. Things did not seem--that is. I mean good Mr. that I am waiting for my lord and master. Miss Bates." "Upon my word it is. when she was at the worst!"-And when Mrs." she shortly afterwards began. she supposed.

for I never heard the subject talked of. Knightley was at Hartfield yesterday. Elton gone on foot to Donwell?--He will have a hot walk.--Oh! yes. quite indispensable. Weston and Cole will be there too." And putting up her hand to screen her words from Emma--"A congratulatory visit.'--Bad enough as it is." was the abrupt answer." "Oh! no. and overseers." "But it is proved by the smallness of the school." she continued. so happily!-"He promised to come to me as soon as he could disengage himself from Knightley." Miss Bates looked about her. My liveliness and your solidity . and Knightley have every thing their own way." "Your parish there was small. I assure you: yes. as under the patronage of your sister and Mrs. if we could be shaken together.' I often say. and spoke of it as for Saturday.--`Upon my word. you know. E. but one is apt to speak only of those who lead. is Knightley's right hand." "Ah! you clever creature. Jane. `rather you than I. a regular meeting. he is coming. what a perfect character you and I should make." "Oh! no.--I fancy Mr. Mr. the meeting is certainly to-day. E." said Jane. They seem not able to do any thing without him. and not more than five-and-twenty children. but he and Knightley are shut up together in deep consultation. on purpose to wait on you all. it is a meeting at the Crown. indeed.--I believe I have not played a bar this fortnight.-I do not know what would become of my crayons and my instrument. I do not know.--Mr.or other. E. that's very true. Elton's side." "Have not you mistaken the day?" said Emma.. are always wanting his opinion. "this is the most troublesome parish that ever was. the only school. my dear. and only said. What a thinking brain you have! I say. "Upon my word. which denoted the impossibility of any blunder on Mrs. and churchwardens. if I had half so many applicants. "Is Mr. "I am almost certain that the meeting at the Crown is not till to-morrow.-"I do believe.--Mr. We never heard of such things at Maple Grove. for I absolutely neglect them both to an unpardonable degree." Emma would not have smiled for the world. which I have heard you speak of.--However.--The magistrates. Bragge.

The wish of distinguishing her. and the walk he had had for nothing. His lady greeted him with some of her sparkling vivacity." It seemed an unnecessary caution. "Knightley could not be found. and the message he returned. was very evident. no message for me. as the latter plainly saw. sir. you come from the meeting at the Crown. that he should certainly be at home till one. And no apology left. E. that's to-morrow. though it could not often proceed beyond a look.--Such a dreadful broiling morning!-I went over the fields too--(speaking in a tone of great ill-usage. perhaps into his woods. but to Miss Woodhouse. to be an encumbrance to my friends.. And then not to find him at home! I assure you I am not at all pleased. "Very pretty. how soon it may be wanted?" Mr. but his subsequent object was to lament over himself for the heat he was suffering. however. You knew I should not stir till my lord and master appeared. Perhaps to Hartfield. "When I got to Donwell. ." "No.-Here have I been sitting this hour. this is not like our friend Knightley!--Can you explain it?" Emma amused herself by protesting that it was very extraordinary. to send me on here. you have not been to Donwell!--You mean the Crown. as far as civility permitted. Mr.--But hush!-not a word.--Not that I presume to insinuate. The housekeeper declared she knew nothing of my being expected. Elton was so hot and tired. Elton.-Miss Woodhouse. and I particularly wanted to see Knightley to-day on that very account. you know. Very odd! very unaccountable! after the note I sent him this morning. upon my word. not to Mrs. no.would produce perfection. perhaps to the Abbey Mill." said he. Elton made his appearance. if you please. so long before you vouchsafe to come!-But you knew what a dutiful creature you had to deal with. indeed.-Very extraordinary!--And nobody knew at all which way he was gone.--"My dear Mr.) which made it so much the worse." "Donwell!" cried his wife. that all this wit seemed thrown away. that some people may not think you perfection already. giving these young ladies a sample of true conjugal obedience--for who can say. Jane was wanting to give her words. His civilities to the other ladies must be paid. and that she had not a syllable to say for him.

it gave her an opportunity which she immediately made use of. You could not have gratified me more than by expressing an interest--. therefore. I might have been tempted to introduce a subject. but it really is of very great importance that I should see Knightley to-day.) "I cannot imagine how he could do such a thing by you. it is particularly . "as I got near the house. and never sent it. to say. and he told me I should not find his master at home. perhaps. Hodges. on taking leave. but I did not believe him." said Mrs. Miss Woodhouse. with a blush and an hesitation which Emma thought infinitely more becoming to her than all the elegance of all her usual composure--"there would have been no danger. (speaking more collectedly." "Oh!" cried Jane. to go with her even downstairs. E. that I have not had the possibility.--I feel that I should certainly have been impertinent.-and his servants forgot it.--I am sure I would not have such a creature as his Harry stand at our sideboard for any consideration. Indeed. Knightley might be preserved from sinking deeper in aggression towards Mr. Elton. The danger would have been of my wearying you. that was the case: and very likely to happen with the Donwell servants.) with the consciousness which I have of misconduct. I have often observed." "I met William Larkins. Elton. he must have left a message for you. I have nothing to do with William's wants.--She promised Wright a receipt." Emma felt that she could not do better than go home directly.--William seemed rather out of humour. to speak more openly than might have been strictly correct. He did not know what was come to his master lately.--Not even Knightley could be so very eccentric. In all probability she was at this very time waited for there. Elton. who are all. Wright holds her very cheap indeed. very great misconduct. to find Miss Fairfax determined to attend her out of the room. and it becomes a matter. if not towards William Larkins. She was pleased. and Mr. I am sure he must.. of very serious inconvenience that I should have had this hot walk to no purpose. Depend upon it. And as for Mrs. "It is as well." continued Mr. extremely awkward and remiss. Had you not been surrounded by other friends. but he could hardly ever get the speech of him. he said. (feeling the indignity as a wife ought to do. of all people in the world! The very last person whom one should expect to be forgotten!--My dear Mr."I cannot imagine. to ask questions.

of deep mourning. I hope you have pleasant accounts from Windsor?" "Very. is so perfectly satisfied. smiling--"but. to urge something for myself. I imagine there will be nothing more to wait for." cried Emma warmly. (I am sure it will be safe). and every body to whom you might be supposed to owe them. of course nothing can be thought of yet. We must do whatever is to be done quickest. it has been thought of. and taking her hand. I suppose. at least. excuses. There must be three months. I feel that all the apologies should be on my side. I long to make apologies. perhaps. that so far as our living with Mr." "And the next news. Campbell.-Oh! if you knew how much I love every thing that is decided and open!-Good-bye. excuse me.--It was a life of deceit!--I know that I must have disgusted you. "You are very right. and I think our feelings will lose no time there." Volume Three Chapter Seventeen ." "Thank you. "You owe me no apologies. it must be thought of. thank you. but I know what my manners were to you. But. if your compassion does not stand my friend--" "Oh! you are too scrupulous." "Oh! as to all that." The smile was returned as Jane answered." "Pray say no more. that we are to lose you-just as I begin to know you. are not disgusted to such a degree as to--I have not time for half that I could wish to say." "Nothing can be actually settled yet. Churchill at Enscombe. unfortunately--in short. Let us forgive each other at once. but when they are over. I am here till claimed by Colonel and Mrs.--This is just what I wanted to be assured of. indeed you are. will be. so delighted even--" "You are very kind." replied Emma. good-bye. And I will own to you.consoling to me to know that those of my friends. whose good opinion is most worth preserving.-So cold and artificial!--I had always a part to act. I feel it so very due. it is settled.

my dearest Emma. you know. what right has he to lecture me?-and I am afraid very natural for you to feel that it was done in a disagreeable manner." replied Mr. would not it be horrible ingratitude in me to be severe on them?" Emma laughed. My interference was quite as likely to do harm as good. it was by knowing her to be the mother of a little girl. but she was convinced that a daughter would suit both father and mother best. I could not think about you so much without doating on you. She had been decided in wishing for a Miss Weston. She would not acknowledge that it was with any view of making a match for her. Weston.--The fate of thousands. and by dint of fancying so many errors. I." "Poor child!" cried Emma. and we shall now see her own little Adelaide educated on a more perfect plan. who am owing all my happiness to you. I do not believe I did you any good. You must have done well. Weston might be growing older ten years hence--to have his fireside enlivened by the sports and the nonsense. and if the satisfaction of her well-doing could be increased to Emma. It will be the only difference. faults and all.Mrs. hereafter. of practising on me. It would be a great comfort to Mr. Nature gave you understanding:-Miss Taylor gave you principles." "That is. "she will indulge her even more than she did you." she continued--"like La Baronne d'Almane on La Comtesse d'Ostalis. Knightley. Weston's friends were all made happy by her safety. and replied: "But I had the assistance of all your endeavours to counteract the indulgence of other people. in Madame de Genlis' Adelaide and Theodore. and it would be quite a pity that any one who so well knew how to teach." . should not have their powers in exercise again. She will be disagreeable in infancy." "Do you?--I have no doubt. by making you an object of the tenderest affection to me. and Mrs. The good was all to myself. and believe that she does not indulge her at all. have been in love with you ever since you were thirteen at least. the freaks and the fancies of a child never banished from home. I am losing all my bitterness against spoilt children. "She has had the advantage. what will become of her?" "Nothing very bad. It was very natural for you to say. as he grew older-and even Mr. "at that rate. I doubt whether my own sense would have corrected me without it. and correct herself as she grows older. with either of Isabella's sons. Weston-no one could doubt that a daughter would be most to her.

that their friendship were declining. as it now almost wholly did. I am going to do so-and-so. have you said to me. about ten years ago. Knightley. for worse. but. and a suspicion. She was aware herself. This. papa says I may." "How often.--And yet it is formal. that. for better.--in the building in which N. In such cases my interference was giving you two bad feelings instead of one.' in one of my amiable fits. I do not say when. I want you to call me something else. He might observe that it was so." "And cannot you call me `George' now?" "Impossible!--I never can call you any thing but `Mr." she added presently. might merely proceed from her not being thought of." cried Emma." "I remember once calling you `George.'--You always called me." "`Mr. The pain . `Mr. to the advice which would have saved her from the worst of all her womanly follies--her wilful intimacy with Harriet Smith. on Isabella's letters.' I will not promise even to equal the elegant terseness of Mrs." Emma grieved that she could not be more openly just to one important service which his better sense would have rendered her. And if poor little Anna Weston is to be spoiled. laughing and blushing--"I will promise to call you once by your Christian name." "What an amiable creature I was!--No wonder you should hold my speeches in such affectionate remembrance. but Emma was rather inclined to attribute it to delicacy. I did not approve. and that her intelligence would not have rested. "I was very often influenced rightly by you--oftener than I would own at the time. Knightley. Knightley. you knew."I am sure you were of use to me. they certainly should have corresponded more. takes M. Knightley. I am very sure you did me good. but it was too tender a subject. K.--But I will promise. from habit. on his side. but perhaps you may guess where. or I have Miss Taylor's leave'--something which.--She could not enter on it.' and. Elton. from some appearances. parting under any other circumstances. as you made no objection. it will be the greatest humanity in you to do as much for her as you have done for me. with one of your saucy looks--`Mr. but I do not know what. by calling you Mr. I never did it again. I did it because I thought it would offend you. except falling in love with her when she is thirteen. it has not so very formal a sound.-Harriet was very seldom mentioned between them. when you were a girl.

was very little inferior to the pain of having made Harriet unhappy. when she had read the letter. with a sort of serious smile--"much less. in time. but that he is not without hope of my growing. John Knightley were to come down in August. Emma's comforts and hopes were most agreeably carried on. which appeared perfectly natural. likewise. as you think me already. Knightley." interrupted she. to be sure. "John does not even mention your friend. if we could enter without ceremony or reserve on the subject. Emma accepted it with a very eager hand. she did not appear to find Harriet different from what she had known her before. by Harriet's being to stay longer. Knightley. was no very quick observer." It was the answer to the communication of his intended marriage. "I honour his sincerity. and though I well know him to have. with an impatience all alive to know what he would say about it.-Isabella. It is very plain that he considers the good fortune of the engagement as all on my side.of being obliged to practise concealment towards him. He only means--" "He and I should differ very little in our estimation of the two. but. her fortnight was likely to be a month at least." continued Mr. than he is aware of. yet if Harriet had not been equal to playing with the children. he is so far from making flourishes." "My Emma. perhaps. and not at all checked by hearing that her friend was unmentioned. my dear Emma--" . on her first arrival she had thought her out of spirits. it would not have escaped her. But I am not afraid of your seeing what he writes. "John enters like a brother into my happiness. "but he is no complimenter. he means no such thing. that any other young woman might think him rather cool in her praise." "Emma. as worthy of your affection. Isabella sent quite as good an account of her visitor as could be expected. Mr. "Here is his answer. since that business had been over. and she was invited to remain till they could bring her back. and Mrs." said Mr. as there was a dentist to be consulted. I should not have believed him." "He writes like a sensible man. Had he said any thing to bear a different construction. a most brotherly affection for you. if you like to see it." replied Emma.

I wish I may not sink into `poor Emma' with him at once.--She was forced to speak. What has he been judging by?--I am not conscious of any difference in my spirits or conversation that could prepare him at this time for my marrying any more than at another. "if you fancy your brother does not do me justice. resolved first to announce it at home. to be happy together. on your side of the question. all the advantage. Depend upon it. and she must have put it off."Oh!" she cried with more thorough gaiety. that if his consent and approbation could be obtained--which. He seems perfectly unprepared for that. and hear his opinion. He will think all the happiness. and then. I dare say there was a difference when I was staying with them the other day. As soon as Mrs." "Yes.-But how to break it to her father at last!--She had bound herself to do it. Knightley was to come at such a time. and then at Randalls. she trusted.--With all the spirits she could command." "Ah!" he cried. only wait till my dear father is in the secret. all the merit on mine. she prepared him first for something strange. Knightley's absence. yes--but I am amused that he should have seen so far into my feelings. but Mr. of our having every right that equal worth can give.'" The time was coming when the news must spread farther. Weston was sufficiently recovered to admit Mr. or when it came to the point her heart would have failed her. he only means so far as your having some thoughts of marrying. in a few words.-His tender compassion towards oppressed worth can go no farther. and other persons' reception of it tried. and follow up the beginning she was to make. I suppose. by which means Hartfield . "I wish your father might be half as easily convinced as John will be. he will be much farther from doing you justice. She must not appear to think it a misfortune." "If I understand your brother. and to speak cheerfully too. in such an hour of Mr. by a melancholy tone herself. I am amused by one part of John's letter-did you notice it?--where he says. since it was a plan to promote the happiness of all-she and Mr. She must not make it a more decided subject of misery to him. He had no idea of me. Knightley meant to marry. said. `Uncle seems always tired now. I remember one evening the poor boys saying. Woodhouse's visits. that my information did not take him wholly by surprize.-But it was so. Emma having it in view that her gentle reasonings should be employed in the cause. I believe I did not play with the children quite so much as usual. would be attended with no difficulty. that he was rather in expectation of hearing something of the kind.

-To Emma's entreaties and assurances succeeded Mr. Woodhouse could not be soon reconciled.--It was agreed upon. Woodhouse's mind. when he were once got used to the idea.--But it would not do. never more so. Weston. and smiled. but the worst was overcome. Weston. Knightley's. and told of poor Isabella. she was introducing no change in their numbers or their comforts but for the better. and she was very sure that he would be a great deal the happier for having Mr. Emma hung about him affectionately. as a good one-well aware of the nearly equal importance of the two recommendations to Mr. whose fond praise of her gave the subject even a kind of welcome. she was sure. so attached to him?--Would not he like to have him always on the spot?--Yes. on the first meeting. more than once. indeed. than when Emma first opened the affair to her. Weston was ready. and he tried earnestly to dissuade her from it.would receive the constant addition of that person's company whom she knew he loved. and. as a settled. she should be always there. and Mrs. perhaps--it might not be so very bad if the marriage did take place. and every body by whom he was used to be guided assuring him that it would be for his happiness. and he was soon used to be talked to by each. Knightley could not be there too often. and that he must not class her with Isabella and Mrs. who so ready to write his letters. She was reminded. Knightley always at hand. and said it must be so. best in the world. Poor man!--it was at first a considerable shock to him. of having always said she would never marry. the idea was given. . made a melancholy change: but she was not going from Hartfield. who so glad to assist him?-Who so cheerful. Mrs. by letters of the strongest approbation. whose marriages taking them from Hartfield. he should be glad to see him every day. secondly. as what was to be. next to his daughters and Mrs. Mr.-They had all the assistance which Isabella could give. and assured that it would be a great deal better for her to remain single.--but they did see him every day as it was.--She had been extremely surprized. and poor Miss Taylor. on every fair occasion. so attentive. Knightley very much?-He would not deny that he did. he began to think that some time or other-in another year or two. time and continual repetition must do the rest. feigning no feelings in all that she said to him in favour of the event. Weston was acting no part.--Whom did he ever want to consult on business but Mr. That was all very true. had.--Did he not love Mr. to consider the subject in the most serviceable light--first. Knightley?--Who was so useful to him. and having some feelings himself which almost admitted it.--Why could not they go on as they had done? Mr.

It was all right. and rejoiced in them with all the constancy of his wife. the young people will find a way. Was not she like a daughter. and satisfied himself on that point. Only let me be told when I may speak out. and without one real. and in one respect. He told her the news. but five minutes were enough to familiarise the idea to his quickness of mind. Woodhouse. and Mr. that now it seemed as if Emma could not safely have attached herself to any other creature. with her baby on her knee. was one of the happiest women in the world. The news was universally a surprize wherever it spread. indulging in such reflections as these. so as to make such an arrangement desirable!-The difficulty of disposing of poor Mr. and wished it long ago. Cole. Knightley could know and bear with Mr. Mrs. for a marriage between Frank and Emma." said he. .--She had such a regard for Mr. Weston. his eldest daughter?--he must tell her. Elton." But here there was nothing to be shifted off in a wild speculation on the future. one point of the highest importance. Perry.-He saw the advantages of the match. Weston had his five minutes share of it. and by the end of an hour he was not far from believing that he had always foreseen it. so peculiarly eligible. and Mrs. suitable. to Mrs." He went to Highbury the next morning. and had no scruple in urging him to the utmost. of course. How to settle the claims of Enscombe and Hartfield had been a continual impediment--less acknowledged by Mr. till it is found out that every body knows them. No sacrifice on any side worth the name. "These matters are always a secret. all open. Knightley. and that she had herself been the stupidest of beings in not having thought of it. Woodhouse had been always felt in her husband's plans and her own.but she saw in it only increase of happiness to all. but the wonder of it was very soon nothing. rational difficulty to oppose or delay it. and it was in every respect so proper. it passed. and Miss Bates being present. It was a union of the highest promise of felicity in itself. and unexceptionable a connexion. all equal.--How very few of those men in a rank of life to address Emma would have renounced their own home for Hartfield! And who but Mr. it was perceiving that the baby would soon have outgrown its first set of caps. so singularly fortunate. Weston than by herself--but even he had never been able to finish the subject better than by saying--"Those matters will take care of themselves. Mrs. If any thing could increase her delight. "It is to be a secret.--I wonder whether Jane has any suspicion. I conclude. as to think he deserved even her dearest Emma.

the surprize was not softened by any satisfaction. looking up in his face. he only hoped "the young lady's pride would now be contented. they had calculated from the time of its being known at Randalls. and leaving Hartfield for the John Knightleys.--How happy he had been to come and dine with them whenever they asked him! But that would be all over now. there was no serious objection raised. it was a very well approved match. It was an alarming change. and the party from London would be arriving." "Good or bad?" said she. It was no more than the principals were prepared for.--There. Elton was very much discomposed indeed.--"Poor Knightley! poor fellow!--sad business for him. "Rather he than I!"-But Mrs.--She was extremely concerned. when Mr. with great sagacity. After the first chat of pleasure he was silent." and.--Shocking plan. in a graver tone. he had a thousand good qualities. and Emma was thinking of it one morning. A few more to-morrows. "I do not know which it ought to be called.-Poor fellow!--No more exploring parties to Donwell made for her. quickly. Volume Three Chapter Eighteen Time passed on. some news. Knightley to throw cold water on every thing. Mr. and another might predict disagreements among their servants. there would be a Mrs. on the point of living at Hartfield. It would never do. the most in luck. compared with his wife. and then. could daringly exclaim. "I have something to tell you. though very eccentric. Elton cared little about it.immediately afterwards. Oh! no. Some might think him. the Vicarage." . except in one habitation. and been obliged to separate before the end of the first quarter.--Poor Knightley!--There would be an end of all pleasant intercourse with him. how soon it would be over Highbury. upon the whole." and supposed "she had always meant to catch Knightley if she could. Emma. but yet. began with. as what must bring a great deal to agitate and grieve her. for. Knightley came in.--Extremely disagreeable! But she was not at all sorry that she had abused the housekeeper the other day. and were thinking of themselves. In general. and others might think her. living together. as the evening wonder in many a family circle. and distressing thoughts were put by. One set might recommend their all removing to Donwell.-How could he be so taken in?--Did not think him at all in love-not in the least. She knew a family near Maple Grove who had tried it.

"I hope but one. again smiling. I believe. composing his features." Her cheeks flushed at the name. will make one or the other of us think differently. "I have it from Robert Martin himself." "You mistake me. that he intends it. I know nothing. You cannot mean that he has even proposed to her again--yet.--I see it in your countenance." . But in time they will. and. though she knew not what. in eager gaze. as little as I feared." he replied." said he. It seems an impossibility!--You cannot mean to say." "No. said. indeed. "It is not that such a circumstance would now make me unhappy.--I wish our opinions were the same. in the meanwhile. should not please and amuse me too. You only mean." "I am afraid. with his eyes fixed on her face. and know the whole. pray tell me." continued Mr. you quite mistake me. "You have. that you will not smile when you hear it. "You like it. this is impossible!" but her lips were closed. "I am very much afraid. but I cannot believe it." "You are prepared for the worst. "Does nothing occur to you?-Do not you recollect?--Harriet Smith. "Have you heard from her yourself this morning?" cried he. "It is so." Emma gave a start." she replied. and she felt afraid of something." "There is one subject. You are trying not to smile. I see--and very bad it is. my Emma." "Indeed! but why so?--I can hardly imagine that any thing which pleases or amuses you. I have not. Time. "No."Oh! good I am sure. Harriet Smith marries Robert Martin. Knightley. we need not talk much on the subject." He paused a moment. He left me not half an hour ago. my dear Emma. which did not seem like being prepared-and her eyes. exerting herself. that Harriet Smith has accepted Robert Martin. on which we do not think alike. you may be sure." She was still looking at him with the most speaking amazement.

They called for him in their way. I assure you. or he would think her mad. where. Knightley. They were going to take the two eldest boys to Astley's. and to me. and concealing all the exquisite feelings of delight and entertainment which she knew she must be expressing. I must say. but I am afraid it gives you more pain than you expected.--However. she was sure would be to betray a most unreasonable degree of happiness. John--and Miss Smith.-She will give you all the minute particulars. and my brother asked him to dine with them the next day--which he did--and in the course of that visit (as I understand) he found an opportunity of speaking to Harriet. she added.--"Well!"--Then having recourse to her workbasket. and he followed with Miss Smith and Henry. and certainly did not speak in vain. Your friend Harriet will make a much longer history when you see her. he added. and that he did mention. I never was more surprized--but it does not make me unhappy." "Good God!" she cried.--He delivered these papers to John. and was with me this morning immediately after breakfast. How. make this intelligible to me. "and been accepted. my brother took charge of Mrs. without its being much to the purpose. "Emma. My friend Robert could not resist. Her silence disturbed him. to report his proceedings. "Well. now tell me every thing."I mean that he has done it.--Emma dared not attempt any immediate reply. which only woman's language can make interesting.--In our communications we deal only in the great. and then on his own. John Knightley and little John. that on quitting their box at Astley's. To speak. His situation is an evil--but you must consider it as what satisfies . my love. where. with smiling but determined decision. when?--Let me know it all. as to make Miss Smith rather uneasy. and when." answered Mr. He came down by yesterday's coach. and was asked by him to join their party the same evening to Astley's. She must wait a moment. Henry. This is all that I can relate of the how." He stopped. The party was to be our brother and sister. first on my affairs. and after observing her a little while. He went to town on business three days ago.--How--how has it been possible?" "It is a very simple story. in excuse for leaning down her face. very overflowing. and that at one time they were in such a crowd. and I got him to take charge of some papers which I was wanting to send to John. that Robert Martin's heart seemed for him.--She made him. as happy even as he is deserving. at his chambers. by her acceptance. were all extremely amused. you said that this circumstance would not now make you unhappy.

as not to know what a man is talking of?-What do you deserve?" . soft-hearted girl. shows of cattle. Emma.--As far as the man is concerned. In respectability of character. I think Harriet is doing extremely well. "No. Mr. much more. His good sense and good principles would delight you. mistake him?--It was not Harriet's hand that he was certain of--it was the dimensions of some famous ox. Knightley. "Do you dare to suppose me so great a blockhead. You cannot imagine how suddenly it has come on me! how peculiarly unprepared I was!--for I had reason to believe her very lately more determined against him." that she was really expecting the intelligence to prove. you could not wish your friend in better hands. It could not be otherwise." The contrast between the countenance and air of Mr. and I will answer for your thinking better and better of him as you know him more. of business. but I could quite as ill spare Robert Martin. premature. Knightley." He wanted her to look up and smile. I have been silent from surprize merely." replied Mr. there can be no doubt that they are. which is saying a great deal I assure you. in the confusion of so many subjects.--You laugh at me about William Larkins. Her connexions may be worse than his. I believe you know her quite as well as I do. I hope I know better than to think of Robert Martin.--But. Knightley. "Upon my word. "Do you dare say this?" cried Mr. so fresh the sound of those words. and having now brought herself not to smile too broadly--she did--cheerfully answering. not likely to be very.your friend. "but I should say she was a good-tempered. I could suppose she might in time--but can she already?-Did not you misunderstand him?--You were both talking of other things. and so strong was the recollection of all that had so recently passed on Harriet's side. than she was before. at this moment. are you perfectly sure that she has absolutely and downright accepted him. "You need not be at any pains to reconcile me to the match. so strong to Emma's feelings. or new drills--and might not you. spoken with such emphasis. Knightley and Robert Martin was. very determined against any young man who told her he loved her. excessive surprize." "You ought to know your friend best. His rank in society I would alter if I could." Emma could not help laughing as she answered. in some measure.

" he replied. singing. Martin and Harriet now are?" "I am quite sure. Sometimes. I am convinced of her being an artless. he said. therefore. however. shaking her head." "And I am changed also. Are you quite sure that you understand the terms on which Mr. with very good notions. She was in dancing. than to go to Mrs." "I am perfectly satisfied. Then. indeed. which made it impossible for her to be collected." "You are materially changed since we talked on this subject before. which was never the case. from all my observations. You must have seen that I did. Goddard? I assured him that I could not. and till she had moved about. in the words he used. exclaiming spirits. He knew of no one but Mrs.) to get acquainted with her. and laughed and reflected. direct answer.-Much of this. . Their conversation was soon afterwards closed by the entrance of her father." "Me!" cried Emma. because I never put up with any other. "that he told me she had accepted him. nothing doubtful. and talked to herself. with the brightest smiles. and submitted quietly to a little more praise than she deserved. amiable girl. (whom I have always had reason to believe as much in love with her as ever. I have often talked to her a good deal. and placing her happiness in the affections and utility of domestic life." "I hope so--for at that time I was a fool. and I think I can give you a proof that it must be so. He asked my opinion as to what he was now to do.--"Ah! poor Harriet!" She checked herself."Oh! I always deserve the best treatment. "and most sincerely wish them happy. She was not sorry. speaking very distinctly. I have taken some pains for your sake." replied Emma. she could be fit for nothing rational. and that there was no obscurity. for I am now very willing to grant you all Harriet's good qualities. very seriously good principles. but. She wanted to be alone. he would endeavour to see her in the course of this day. and for Robert Martin's sake. Could I mention any thing more fit to be done. I have thought you were half suspecting me of pleading poor Martin's cause. Her mind was in a state of flutter and wonder. and. she may thank you for. Goddard to whom he could apply for information of her relations or friends. I have no doubt. you must give me a plain.

They arrived. Emma was extremely glad to see him--but there was a degree of confusion--a number of embarrassing recollections on each side. she was really in danger of becoming too happy for security. Weston would be disappointed. It would be a great pleasure to know Robert Martin. Woodhouse received the thanks for coming. . In the gayest and happiest spirits she set forward with her father. not always listening. therefore. "I was just going to tell you of our agreeable surprize in seeing him arrive this morning. Nothing. and yet there was no preventing a laugh.--Mrs. might soon be over. but always agreeing to what he said. I hope. sometimes in the very midst of them. and Miss Fairfax has been persuaded to spend the day with us. Knightley would soon be over. preparatory to their now daily drive to Randalls. whether in speech or silence.Her father's business was to announce James's being gone out to put the horses to. when a glimpse was caught through the blind." In half a minute they were in the room. and. so hateful to her to practise. an immediate excuse for disappearing. She must laugh at such a close! Such an end of the doleful disappointment of five weeks back! Such a heart--such a Harriet! Now there would be pleasure in her returning--Every thing would be a pleasure. and in her resolutions. but that the lessons of her past folly might teach her humility and circumspection in future. She could now look forward to giving him that full and perfect confidence which her disposition was most ready to welcome as a duty. but to grow more worthy of him. Serious she was.--They are coming in. which he asked for. The disguise. High in the rank of her most serious and heartfelt felicities. They met readily and smiling. He stays till to-morrow. The sole grievance and alloy thus removed in the prospect of Harriet's welfare. Weston. the gratitude. was the reflection that all necessity of concealment from Mr. whose intentions and judgment had been ever so superior to her own. The joy. "It is Frank and Miss Fairfax. or poor Mrs. mystery." said Mrs. of two figures passing near the window. and she had. the exquisite delight of her sensations may be imagined. equivocation. conniving at the comfortable persuasion of his being obliged to go to Randalls every day. Weston was alone in the drawing-room:-but hardly had they been told of the baby. very serious in her thankfulness.--What had she to wish for? Nothing. and Mr.

most happy to begin. I assure you. Weston doat upon her. and having all sat down again. "not in the least. there was no longer a want of subject or animation-or of courage and opportunity for Frank Churchill to draw near her and say." cried Emma. and of seeing him with Jane. Miss Woodhouse. When Mr.--Emma blushed. I hope you do not retract what you then said. I hope time has not made you less willing to pardon." "It is not now worth a regret. that Emma began to doubt whether the wish now indulged." "No. I was once very near--and I wish I had-it would have been better. would yield its proportion of pleasure. which she had long felt. Weston's letters. But though I was always doing wrong things. Early. "Is not she looking well?" said he." "That appears quite wonderful. I know. after mentioning the expected return of the Campbells." said Emma. they were very bad wrong things. "without extreme shame. . for a very kind forgiving message in one of Mrs. and when the baby was fetched. of seeing Frank Churchill once more. "Better than she ever used to do?--You see how my father and Mrs. Weston joined the party. But is it possible that you had no suspicion?--I mean of late. there was for some time such a blank in the circle." "I never had the smallest. he named the name of Dixon. and continued some time to speak with serious feeling of his gratitude and happiness. "is all mine. and with laughing eyes." she cried. and such as did me no service. "I can never think of it. turning his eyes towards Jane.-It would have been a much better transgression had I broken the bond of secrecy and told you every thing." he answered. "I have to thank you. however." He thanked her with all his heart. indeed. and forbade its being pronounced in her hearing." But his spirits were soon rising again.but with a consciousness which at first allowed little to be said. you had none." "The shame. or ought to be. I am particularly glad to see and shake hands with you--and to give you joy in person.

--Have you quite forgotten?" "Oh! no--what an impudent dog I was!--How could I dare--" But he laughed so heartily at the recollection.-I assure you that I have heard the news with the warmest interest and satisfaction." replied Emma. and his next words were. "I do suspect that in the midst of your perplexities at that time.--"I know you saw my letter.--I am sure you had." "I have always admired her complexion. but his mind was the next moment in his own concerns and with his own Jane. till we may carry her northward. we have not once met since the day of reconciliation.--She coloured and laughed."I have some hope. that with a sudden accession of gay thought.-Just colour enough for beauty. and looking demure for the moment--"I hope Mr. we shall meet them in London. that Emma could not help saying. to feel that you were taking . "but do not I remember the time when you found fault with her for being so pale?-When we first began to talk of her. no--how can you suspect me of such a thing? I was the most miserable wretch!" "Not quite so miserable as to be insensible to mirth. I trust.-I am sure it was a consolation to you." resumed he. It is a most uncommon complexion. I am at such a distance from her--is not it hard. no." then sinking his voice.--One cannot call her fair. "Ah! by the bye. Knightley is well?" He paused. When the Campbells are returned.--He is a man whom I cannot presume to praise.--But now. you had very great amusement in tricking us all. he wants to be introduced to her. archly. I am sure it was a source of high entertainment to you. "of my uncle's being persuaded to pay a visit at Randalls. Miss Woodhouse?-Till this morning. and only wanted him to go on in the same style. and think you may remember my wish in your favour. Let me return your congratulations. and continue there. with her dark eye-lashes and hair-a most distinguishing complexion! So peculiarly the lady in it. "Did you ever see such a skin?--such smoothness! such delicacy!-and yet without being actually fair." Emma was delighted." "Oh! no. he cried. Do not you pity me?" Emma spoke her pity so very kindly.

it would probably have been better if Perry had seen it. I am resolved to have some in an ornament for the head.--Perhaps I am the readier to suspect. She believed she had been foolish." he answered. the child had been perfectly well again. They are to be new set. ." Frank Churchill caught the name. You can have no superior. perhaps. that he had not come last night. Will not it be beautiful in her dark hair?" "Very beautiful. the evening before. and particularly interesting it was to Mr. but Mr. Observe her eyes.--She is a complete angel. and she had been within half a minute of sending for Mr. but most true on mine. were it only for a moment. true. Mrs. "How delighted I am to see you again! and to see you in such excellent looks!--I would not have missed this meeting for the world.--In ten minutes.-You will be glad to hear (inclining his head. to tell you the truth. Woodhouse. I think there is a little likeness between us. that he gratefully burst out. "If not in our dispositions. and only regretted that she had not done it. though the child seemed well now. Is not she an angel in every gesture? Observe the turn of her throat. who commended her very much for thinking of sending for Perry. Perry. if the child appeared in the slightest degree disordered.us all in." she presently added. I think it might have been some amusement to myself in the same situation. warmly. This was her history. Perhaps she ought to be ashamed." replied Emma. the destiny which bids fair to connect us with two characters so much superior to our own. Weston giving an account of a little alarm she had been under. Look at her. not true on your side. and whispering seriously) that my uncle means to give her all my aunt's jewels. indeed. I should certainly have called at Hartfield. "No. and she spoke so kindly." The others had been talking of the child." He bowed. from the infant's appearing not quite well. Weston had been almost as uneasy as herself. had you failed to come. She could not be too soon alarmed. "She should always send for Perry. It was a pity. nor send for Perry too often. very well considering. because. but it had alarmed her. for." "True. as she is looking up at my father. "there is a likeness in our destiny. however. with a look of true sensibility.

I see it in her cheek. at this instant. and she had no sooner an opportunity of being one hour alone with Harriet. and really able to accept another man from unbiased inclination. which sent me the report. as he spoke. Knightley. it was not long that she had to suffer from the recurrence of any such uncertainty. yet steady voice. and while she joined in the laugh. though trying to seem deaf. Look at her. she felt. she hears us. Knightley. and very entertainingly. Volume Three Chapter Nineteen If Emma had still. her smile. "Such an extraordinary dream of mine!" he cried. "I can never think of it without laughing.--She hears us. The happiness of this most happy day. that pleased as she had been to see Frank Churchill. and trying. . an anxious feeling for Harriet. her vain attempt to frown. in the animated contemplation of his worth which this comparison produced. to catch Miss Fairfax's eye. she had never been more sensible of Mr. a momentary doubt of its being possible for her to be really cured of her attachment to Mr."Perry!" said he to Emma. but Emma's feelings were chiefly with Jane. and really regarding him as she did with friendship. and was now forming all her views of happiness. Perry! What are they saying about Mr. and the smile partly remained as she turned towards him. Do not you see that. it was evident from Jane's countenance that she too was really hearing him. is astonishing to me!-They will sometimes obtrude--but how you can court them!" He had a great deal to say in return. and understood him. than she became perfectly satisfied--unaccountable as it was!-that Robert Martin had thoroughly supplanted Mr. and on leaving Randalls. "My friend Mr. is passing under her eye-that the whole blunder is spread before her--that she can attend to nothing else. "How you can bear such recollections. in the argument. A very few days brought the party from London. for a moment. received its completion. Perry?--Has he been here this morning?--And how does he travel now?--Has he set up his carriage?" Emma soon recollected. Knightley's high superiority of character. Miss Woodhouse. at intervals. and said in a conscious. and falling naturally into a comparison of the two men. low. the very passage of her own letter. though pretending to listen to the others?" Jane was forced to smile completely.

--Such was the blood of gentility which Emma had formerly been so ready to vouch for!-It was likely to be as untainted. there would be the hope of more. would have been a stain indeed. She would be respectable and happy. it must ever be unintelligible to Emma. and leave her without a care for the past. She would be placed in the midst of those who loved her. to yield only to herself. but with him. if not quite the luckiest. and with the fullest exultation in the present and future. their friendship must . She had no doubt of Harriet's happiness with any good-tempered man. and self-deceived. by meeting her with the most unqualified congratulations. Harriet. nor left for it to find her out. and every day was giving her fresh reason for thinking so. But what did such particulars explain?-The fact was. which was not to be regretted. Elton!-The stain of illegitimacy. was less and less at Hartfield.Harriet was a little distressed--did look a little foolish at first: but having once owned that she had been presumptuous and silly. perhaps. necessarily drawn away by her engagements with the Martins. was most joyful.--or. rich enough to afford her the comfortable maintenance which had ever been hers.--Beyond this. before. She proved to be the daughter of a tradesman. retired enough for safety. as the blood of many a gentleman: but what a connexion had she been preparing for Mr. She would be never led into temptation. stability. for. to have created so steady and persevering an affection in such a man. and who had better sense than herself. and that his continuing to love her had been irresistible. as to her friend's approbation. Knightley--or for the Churchills--or even for Mr. that Harriet had always liked Robert Martin. and occupied enough for cheerfulness. and Emma admitted her to be the luckiest creature in the world. and in the home he offered. she fully acknowledged in him all the appearance of sense and worth which could bid fairest for her little friend. and improvement. as Emma could now acknowledge.--Harriet's parentage became known.-The intimacy between her and Emma must sink. however.-Harriet was most happy to give every particular of the evening at Astley's. The event. and the dinner the next day. who was now introduced at Hartfield. of security. her pain and confusion seemed to die away with the words. it was all as it should be: and as Emma became acquainted with Robert Martin. unbleached by nobility or wealth. and decent enough to have always wished for concealment. the young man was treated liberally. No objection was raised on the father's side. Emma had instantly removed every fear of that nature. she could dwell on it all with the utmost delight.

Churchills were also in town. Knightley. what ought to be. and they were only waiting for November. Woodhouse's fears. resolution. The intermediate month was the one fixed on. by Emma and Mr.--The Mr. Jane Fairfax had already quitted Highbury. Nay. Elton.--He was very uneasy. Knightleys. who had never yet alluded to their marriage but as a distant event. In this state of suspense they were befriended. indeed.--Robert Martin and Harriet Smith. Woodhouse's mind.-He began to think it was to be. Weston's poultry-house was robbed one night of all her turkeys-evidently by the ingenuity of man. Emma attended Harriet to church. as far as they dared. and saw her hand bestowed on Robert Martin with so complete a satisfaction. to know him fancying himself neglected. fortunately. indeed. When first sounded on the subject. he appeared so much otherwise. were agreed in approving it. which was the plan. but as the clergyman whose blessing at the altar might next fall on herself. Woodhouse--how was Mr. and though her understanding almost acquiesced in the assurance of both the Mr. that they were almost hopeless. however.--A second allusion. but by the operation of the same system in another way. she hesitated--she could not proceed. She could not bear to see him suffering. his distress would be soon over too.-Mrs. Before the end of September. even connected with Mr. But Mr. Other poultry-yards in the neighbourhood also suffered. Elton as he stood before them. seemed already beginning. and in the most gradual. and every other friend. and must be. commanded his fullest dependence.--Pilfering was housebreaking to Mr. to allow them the fortnight's absence in a tour to the seaside. that his daughter's courage failed. he was so miserable. or any wonderful change of his nervous system. The strength. would have been under wretched alarm every night of his life. Knightleys. Woodhouse to be induced to consent?--he. and was restored to the comforts of her beloved home with the Campbells. at that time she scarcely saw Mr. could impair.change into a calmer sort of goodwill. gave less pain. and but for the sense of his son-in-law's protection. . as no remembrances.--They had determined that their marriage ought to be concluded while John and Isabella were still at Hartfield. and presence of mind of the Mr. natural manner.--John and Isabella. not by any sudden illumination of Mr. Still. he was not happy. that when once the event were over.--Perhaps. and. were the first to be married. and that he could not prevent it-a very promising step of the mind on its way to resignation. the latest couple engaged of the three.

and very inferior to her own. Robert Martin. and Mrs. The wedding was very much like other weddings. Elton was called on.--"Very little white satin. and Mrs. were fully answered in the perfect happiness of the union. to join the hands of Mr. thought it all extremely shabby. within a month from the marriage of Mr. from the particulars detailed by her husband.While either of them protected him and his. that. -End- . with a much more voluntary. she was able to fix her wedding-day--and Mr. in spite of these deficiencies. a most pitiful business!--Selina would stare when she heard of it. Hartfield was safe. Knightley and Miss Woodhouse. where the parties have no taste for finery or parade. The result of this distress was.-But Mr."--But. very few lace veils. the wishes. the hopes. the predictions of the small band of true friends who witnessed the ceremony. cheerful consent than his daughter had ever presumed to hope for at the moment. the confidence. Elton. John Knightley must be in London again by the end of the first week in November.

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