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Emma by Jane Austen

CHAPTER VIII

H arriet 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.

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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 best friend and counsellor man ever had. This happened the night before last. Now, as we may fairly suppose, he would not allow much time to pass before he spoke to the lady, and as he does not appear to have spoken yesterday, it is not unlikely that he should be at Mrs. Goddard's to-day; and she may be detained by a visitor, without thinking him at all a tiresome wretch." "Pray, Mr. Knightley," said Emma, who had been smiling to herself through a great part of this speech, "how do you know that Mr. Martin did not speak yesterday?" "Certainly," replied he, surprized, "I do not absolutely know it; but it may be inferred. Was not she the whole day with you?" "Come," said she, "I will tell you something, in return for what you have told me. He did speak yesterday--that is, he wrote, and was refused." This was obliged to be repeated before it could be believed; and Mr. Knightley actually looked red with surprize and displeasure, as he stood up, in tall indignation, and said, "Then she is a greater simpleton than I ever believed her. What is the foolish girl about?" "Oh! to be sure," cried Emma, "it is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage. A man always imagines a woman to be ready for any body who asks her." "Nonsense! a man does not imagine any such thing. But what is the meaning of this? Harriet Smith

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refuse Robert Martin? madness, if it is so; but I hope you are mistaken." "I saw her answer!--nothing could be clearer." "You saw her answer!--you wrote her answer too. Emma, this is your doing. You persuaded her to refuse him." "And if I did, (which, however, I am far from allowing) I should not feel that I had done wrong. Mr. Martin is a very respectable young man, but I cannot admit him to be Harriet's equal; and am rather surprized indeed that he should have ventured to address her. By your account, he does seem to have had some scruples. It is a pity that they were ever got over." "Not Harriet's equal!" exclaimed Mr. Knightley loudly and warmly; and with calmer asperity, added, a few moments afterwards, "No, he is not her equal indeed, for he is as much her superior in sense as in situation. Emma, your infatuation about that girl blinds you. What are Harriet Smith's claims, either of birth, nature or education, to any connexion higher than Robert Martin? She is the natural daughter of nobody knows whom, with probably no settled provision at all, and certainly no respectable relations. She is known only as parlour-boarder at a common school. She is not a sensible girl, nor a girl of any information. She has been taught nothing useful, and is too young and too simple to have acquired any thing herself. At her age she can have no experience, and with her little wit, is not very likely ever to have any that can avail her. She is pretty, and she is good tempered, and that is all. My only scruple in advising the match was on his account, as being beneath his deserts, and a bad connexion for him. I felt that, as to fortune, in all probability he might do much better; and that as to a rational companion or useful helpmate, he could not do worse. But I could not reason so to a man in love, and was willing to trust to there being no harm in her, to her having that sort of disposition, which, in good hands, like his, might be easily led aright and turn out very well. The advantage of the match I felt to be all on her side; and had not the smallest doubt (nor have I now) that there would be a general cry-out upon her extreme good luck. Even your satisfaction I made sure of. It crossed my mind immediately that you would not regret your friend's leaving Highbury, for the sake of her being settled so well. I remember saying to myself, `Even Emma, with all her partiality for Harriet, will think this a good match.'" "I cannot help wondering at your knowing so little of Emma as to say any such thing. What! think a farmer, (and with all his sense and all his merit Mr. Martin is nothing more,) 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. I assure you mine are very different. I must think your statement by no means fair. You are not just to Harriet's claims. They would be estimated very differently by others as well as myself; Mr. Martin may be the richest of the two, but he is undoubtedly her inferior as to rank in society.--The sphere in which she moves is much above his.--It would be a degradation." "A degradation to illegitimacy and ignorance, to be married to a respectable, intelligent gentleman-farmer!" "As to the circumstances of her birth, though in a legal sense she may be called Nobody, it will not hold in common sense. She is not to pay for the offence of others, by being held below the level of those with whom she is brought up.--There can scarcely be a doubt that her father is a gentleman--and a gentleman of fortune.--Her allowance is very liberal; nothing has ever been grudged for her improvement or comfort.--That she is a gentleman's daughter, is indubitable to me; that she associates with gentlemen's daughters, no one, I apprehend, will deny.--She is superior to Mr. Robert Martin." "Whoever might be her parents," said Mr. Knightley, "whoever may have had the charge of her, it does not appear to have been any part of their plan to introduce her into what you would call good society. After receiving a very indifferent education she is left in Mrs. Goddard's hands to shift as she can;--to move, in short, in Mrs. Goddard's line, to have Mrs. Goddard's acquaintance. Her friends evidently thought this good enough for her; and it was good enough. She desired nothing better herself. Till you chose to turn her into a friend, her mind had no distaste for her own set, nor any ambition beyond it. She was as happy as possible with the Martins in the summer. She had no sense of superiority then. If she has it now, you have given it. You have been no friend to Harriet Smith, Emma. Robert Martin would never have proceeded so far, if he had not felt persuaded of her not being disinclined to him. I know him

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His appearance is so much against him. produces every sort of mischief. when the mystery of her parentage came to be revealed. She is not a clever girl. it is impossible. Goddard's all the rest of her life--or. respectable." "To be sure!" cried she playfully. she chose rather to take up her own line of the subject again.html well. "though I have kept my thoughts to myself.and most prudent men would be afraid of the inconvenience and disgrace they might be involved in." "We think so very differently on this point. let me tell you.) till she grow desperate.processtext. as you describe her. she may be a parlour-boarder at Mrs. http://www. and a great readiness to be pleased with other people. Nothing so easy as for a young lady to raise her expectations too high. Knightley. she has refused him. that there can be no use in canvassing it. find him disagreeable." said Mr." It was most convenient to Emma not to make a direct reply to this assertion. a beautiful girl. and he took pains to please her. ever to marry. and of what she has a claim to. and his manner so bad. but I now perceive that it will be a very unfortunate one for Harriet. but. Her good-nature. at least. in fact. and such temper. too. Better be without sense. 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. yourself. Martin. consequently a claim to be nice. errant nonsense. Depend upon it he had encouragement. I think. of having the power of chusing from among many. and as to the refusal itself. however. comprehending. and so decidedly. She knows now what gentlemen are. with such loveliness as Harriet. they are not trivial recommendations to the world in general. at seventeen. to be wondered at because she does not accept the first offer she receives? No--pray let her have time to look about her. only pretty and good-natured. We shall only be making each other more angry. Emma. though she is a very pretty girl. is almost enough to make me think so too. "You are a very warm friend to Mr. and is glad to catch at the old writing-master's son. a very humble opinion of herself. And is she. is not so very slight a claim. Were you. I am very much mistaken if your sex in general would not think such beauty. I will not pretend to say that I might not influence her a little. in a little while. that in the degree she possesses them. as I said before. just entering into life.com/abclit." "Upon my word. and must be thought so by ninety-nine people out of an hundred." "Nonsense. (for Harriet Smith is a girl who will marry somebody or other. she might tolerate him. Miss Harriet Smith may not find offers of marriage flow in so fast. having seen nobody better (that must have been his great assistant) she might not. but she has better sense than you are aware of. Men of sense. But as to my letting her marry Robert Martin. and till it appears that men are much more philosophic on the subject of beauty than they are generally supposed. for she is. till they do fall in love with well-informed minds instead of handsome faces. Knightley presently. to hear you abusing the reason you have. a girl. whatever it may be. I can imagine. Waiving that point. as it does. "I know that is the feeling of you all. Vanity working on a weak head. she is not now." "I have always thought it a very foolish intimacy. and nothing but a gentleman in education and manner has any chance with Harriet. while she was at Abbey-Mill. that before she had seen any body superior. He was the brother of her friends. has a certainty of being admired and sought after. But the case is altered now. than misapply it as you do. She must abide by the evil of having refused him.--"Robert Martin's manners Page 5 . but I assure you there was very little for me or for any body to do. do not want silly wives. just beginning to be known. but if you encourage her to expect to marry greatly.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. and teach her to be satisfied with nothing less than a man of consequence and large fortune. she is the very woman for you. the highest claims a woman could possess. Men of family would not be very fond of connecting themselves with a girl of such obscurity-. and supposing her to be. Mr. he is the farthest from it of any man I know. that. are unjust to Harriet. and happy for ever. whatever you may chuse to say. He has too much real feeling to address any woman on the haphazard of selfish passion. thorough sweetness of temper and manner. Let her marry Robert Martin. Knightley. Harriet's claims to marry well are not so contemptible as you represent them. that if she ever were disposed to favour him. You will puff her up with such ideas of her own beauty. and does not deserve to have her understanding spoken of so slightingly. and she is safe. real. as ever was talked!" cried Mr. And as to conceit. and altogether. nobody within her reach will be good enough for her. as must prevent any second application. Oh! Harriet may pick and chuse.

it is fair to suppose that views. Some minutes passed in this unpleasant silence. than in his. and plans. Harriet's staying away so long was beginning to make her uneasy. He knows that he is a very handsome young man. He had frightened her a little about Mr. but she saw too much of it to feel a doubt of its overcoming any hesitations that a reasonable prudence might originally Page 6 . it would have been very kind to open my eyes. but he will act rationally. I could never hope to equal my own doings at Randalls. but yet she had a sort of habitual respect for his judgment in general. was very disagreeable. Elton is a very good sort of man. She did not always feel so absolutely satisfied with herself. and tried to look cheerfully unconcerned.html have sense. and I hope it will not be long before he does. by the sanction he had given. He felt the disappointment of the young man. The result of his thoughts appeared at last in these words. "Robert Martin has no great loss--if he can but think so. was provoking him exceedingly. and to have him sitting just opposite to her in angry state." Emma made no answer. but there was more indistinctness in the causes of her's. but was really feeling uncomfortable and wanting him very much to be gone." "I am very much obliged to you. and projects you have. that let Mr. and meeting with Harriet and pleading his own cause. she felt a satisfaction which settled her with her own mind. Knightley. He certainly might have heard Mr. Knightley's pretensions) with the skill of such an observer on such a question as herself. Elton. as Mr. as you can be with Harriet's.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. that he had rather said what he wished resentfully to be true. and in very good spirits. neither with the interest. Your views for Harriet are best known to yourself. she was able to believe."--said he. He walked off in more complete self-approbation than he left for her. but that a little time and the return of Harriet were very adequate restoratives. with only one attempt on Emma's side to talk of the weather. nor (she must be allowed to tell herself. and a great favourite wherever he goes. and without having any such reason to give for her long absence. sincerity. The dread of such a failure after all became the prominent uneasiness. http://www. The possibility of the young man's coming to Mrs. and Mr. He continued. Emma remained in a state of vexation too. but when she considered that Mr. and was mortified to have been the means of promoting it. Elton might not be of an imprudent. who have all twenty thousand pounds apiece. which made her dislike having it so loudly against her. but as you make no secret of your love of match-making. She did not repent what she had done. Mr." Emma laughed and disclaimed." said Emma. he might naturally be rather attentive than otherwise to them." "Good morning to you. I shall leave off while I am well. but not at all likely to make an imprudent match. He was very much vexed. I am convinced that he does not mean to throw himself away. Knightley did not make due allowance for the influence of a strong passion at war with all interested motives. and a very respectable vicar of Highbury. so entirely convinced that her opinions were right and her adversary's wrong. She was not so materially cast down. and convinced her. and from his general way of talking in unreserved moments. He is as well acquainted with his own claims. He was thinking. and good-humour to recommend them. that he had spoken it hastily and in anger. gave alarming ideas. when there are only men present. Elton's marrying Harriet. Elton will not do. in spite of Mr. however. rising and walking off abruptly. Elton may talk sentimentally. "Depend upon it. Goddard's that morning. Knightley could not have observed him as she had done. than what he knew any thing about. inconsiderate disposition as to money matters. and when Harriet appeared. Knightley saw no such passion. she still thought herself a better judge of such a point of female right and refinement than he could be. I have done with match-making indeed. but at present I only want to keep Harriet to myself. and his mind has more true gentility than Harriet Smith could understand.processtext. Elton speak with more unreserve than she had ever done.--and as a friend I shall just hint to you that if Elton is the man. Mr. but then. "If I had set my heart on Mr. and of course thought nothing of its effects. I think it will be all labour in vain.com/abclit. He knows the value of a good income as well as any body. and the part which he was persuaded Emma had taken in the affair. laughing again. I have heard him speak with great animation of a large family of young ladies that his sisters are intimate with. but he made no answer. Knightley think or say what he would. she had done nothing which woman's friendship and woman's feelings would not justify.

and not meaning to return till the morrow. Mr. Elton. and he told him so. and told him how shabby it was in him. Elton only looked very conscious and smiling. Elton. and something about a very enviable commission. and more than a reasonable. and Miss Nash had seen him. that as he was coming back yesterday from Clayton Park. than to be labouring to enlarge her comprehension or exercise it on sober facts. The Picture. and the only literary pursuit which engaged Harriet at present. She was sorry. Mr. but Emma could not quarrel with herself.html suggest. Elton. On the contrary. by a great deal of useful reading and conversation. and rode off in great spirits. Elton was actually on his road to London. was the collecting and transcribing all the riddles of every sort that she could meet with. Martin's being no otherwise remembered. Perry had been to Mrs. had written out at least three hundred. she was very sure did not belong to Mr. and found to his great surprize. that Mr. Perry had remonstrated with him about it. In this age of literature. had never yet led to more than a few first chapters. Goddard's. Miss Nash. Elton had not his equal for beauty or agreeableness. and Mr. the only mental provision she was making for the evening of life. but she only knew that any woman whom Mr. came safely to hand soon after Mr. Miss Nash had told her all this. not to think of Mr. Harriet's cheerful look and manner established hers: she came back. but he was very sure there must be a lady in the case. but to talk of Mr. and he had told Miss Nash. such collections on a very grand scale are not uncommon. they were visibly forming themselves into as strong and steady an attachment as her youth and sort of mind admitted. Her views of improving her little friend's mind. Mr. and Harriet. and being the bearer of something exceedingly precious. but could not repent. and Mr. Mr. to get a great many more. with Miss Woodhouse's help. Perry could not quite understand him. He was so much displeased. which she repeated immediately with great delight. Elton's return. her plans and proceedings were more and more justified and endeared to her by the general appearances of the next few days. Elton.com/abclit. beyond a doubt. who had taken the first hint of it from her." CHAPTER IX M r. and being hung over the mantelpiece of the common sitting-room. than as he furnished a contrast with Mr. becoming degree of prudence. and as for Harriet's feelings. http://www. their best player. Miss Nash had been telling her something. Emma was soon perfectly satisfied of Mr. for. hoped. Elton. and sighed out his half sentences of admiration just as he ought. that he was going on business which he would not put off for any inducement in the world. and ornamented with ciphers and trophies. made up by her friend. he got up to look at it. and tried very much to persuade him to put off his journey only one day. and when they did meet. of the utmost advantage to the latter. Martin. which he had been never known to miss before. to absent himself. head-teacher at Mrs.processtext.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. and had said in a very particular way indeed. though it was the whist-club night. "that she did not pretend to understand what his business might be. Elton could prefer. much pleasanter to let her imagination range and work at Harriet's fortune. that it was longer than usual before he came to Hartfield again. into a thin quarto of hot-pressed paper. elegantly framed. he had met Mr. his grave looks shewed that she was not forgiven. looking so very significantly at her. Elton had been determined to go on. and had talked a great deal more about Mr. she should think the luckiest woman in the world. but it would not do. and the intention of going on to-morrow. It was much easier to chat than to study. Emma assisted Page 7 . Goddard's to attend a sick child. Knightley might quarrel with her. and said.

but he had desired Perry to be upon the watch. "Take it.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. something. and tried very often to recollect something worth their putting in. Woodhouse was almost as much interested in the business as the girls. Mr. did not at present recollect any thing of the riddle kind. and as Harriet wrote a very pretty hand. and pushing the paper towards Harriet--"it is for you. was obliged to examine it herself. hardly ever. They owed to him their two or three politest puzzles. which Emma could understand. Another view of man. and the joy and exultation with which at last he recalled. and Emma.html with her invention. It was by no means his daughter's wish that the intellects of Highbury in general should be put under requisition. and she had the pleasure of seeing him most intently at work with his recollections. caught the meaning. My first doth affliction denote. a charade. "Why will not you write one yourself for us.com/abclit. pondered. the object of his admiration. "I do not offer it for Miss Smith's collection. Mr. never loth to be first. any thing of the kind in his life. he bends a slave. as he said. sat happily smiling. and quite mistress of the lines. http://www. Emma was immediately convinced must be his own. Elton?" said she. "Being my friend's." said Emma. but which. and at the same time.processtext. in form as well as quantity. just to leave a piece of paper on the table containing.he wondered he could not remember them! but he hoped he should in time. Behold him there. Man's boasted power and freedom. I have no right to expose it in any degree to the public eye. too. from his manner. that well-known charade. whom he had spoken to on the subject. a fair but frozen maid. He was invited to contribute any really good enigmas. read it through again to be quite certain. He was gone the next moment:--after another moment's pause. "So many clever riddles as there used to be when he was young-." His good friend Perry. most earnestly careful that nothing ungallant. and rather sentimentally recited. Mr. or conundrums that he might recollect. Thy ready wit the word will soon supply. as she could perceive. and saying to herself. nothing that did not breathe a compliment to the sex should pass his lips. Which my second is destin'd to feel And my whole is the best antidote That affliction to soften and heal. and could not touch it. reigns alone." The very next day however produced some proof of inspiration. The stupidest fellow! He was afraid not even Miss Woodhouse"--he stopt a moment-." said he." But Harriet was in a tremor. memory and taste. and he found it easier to meet her eye than her friend's. lovely woman. and as he went about so much." And it always ended in "Kitty. the monarch of the seas! But ah! united. it was likely to be an arrangement of the first order. And woman. smiling. May its approval beam in that soft eye! She cast her eye over it. Elton was the only one whose assistance she asked." The speech was more to Emma than to Harriet. and then passing it to Harriet.-made her quite sorry to acknowledge that they had transcribed it some pages ago already. To Miss-CHARADE. My first displays the wealth and pomp of kings." "Oh no! he had never written. my second brings. He called for a few moments. he thought. which a friend of his had addressed to a young lady. Lords of the earth! their luxury and ease. and nothing could be easier to you. charades. all are flown. while Page 8 . might come from that quarter. Take your own. what reverse we have! Lord of the earth and sea. There was deep consciousness about him."or Miss Smith could inspire him. "that is the only security for its freshness. but perhaps you may not dislike looking at it.

" She was obliged to break off from these very pleasant observations. Can it be Neptune? Behold him there. I thought it must be so. my dear Harriet.`Pray. which were otherwise of a sort to run into great length. Lord of the earth and sea. Harriet. Elton. I could never tell whether Page 9 ." said she. give me leave to pay my addresses to you. It was enough for her to feel. She read the concluding lines. But ah! united. That is court. I never saw any thing so hard. This is feeling your way. or he would not have brought it. This is saying very plainly-. But she was not wanted to speak. For once in your life you would be obliged to own yourself mistaken. the justest that could be given. all are flown.--plain as it can be. it is clear. lovely woman. Another view of man. you cannot find much difficulty in comprehending. Knightley. I give you credit for it. Yes. Soft is the very word for her eye--of all epithets. She could not speak. Do help me. Oh! Miss Woodhouse. "that I cannot have a doubt as to Mr. Courtship--a very good hint. but now. the state of his mind is as clear and decided. very well indeed. Approve my charade and my intentions in the same glance. A man must be very much in love. Miss Smith. by the eagerness of Harriet's wondering questions. lovely woman. 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. as my wishes on the subject have been ever since I knew you. I thought I could not be so deceived. An excellent charade indeed! and very much to the purpose. Is it kingdom? I wonder who the friend was--and who could be the young lady. My first displays the wealth and pomp of kings.com/abclit. reigns alone. Ah! Mr.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. no! shark is only one syllable. indeed. which I think.html Harriet was puzzling over the paper in all the confusion of hope and dulness. do you think we shall ever find it out?" "Mermaids and sharks! Nonsense! My dear Harriet. "There is so pointed. Elton's intentions. There can be no doubt of its being written for you and to you. Behold him there. and was all flutter and happiness. Lords of the earth! their luxury and ease. Humph--Harriet's ready wit! All the better. Miss Woodhouse?--what can it be? I have not an idea--I cannot guess it in the least. You are his object-. I think this would convince you. Miss Woodhouse. http://www. read Miss Smith. the monarch of the seas! That is ship. you know. Thy ready wit the word will soon supply. And woman.' May its approval beam in that soft eye! Harriet exactly. Things must come to a crisis soon now.) what reverse we have! Man's boasted power and freedom. the monarch of the seas! Or a trident? or a mermaid? or a shark? Oh. Read it in comfort to yourself. "Very well. Mr. (courtship. to describe her so.processtext. and so particular a meaning in this compliment. I wish you had the benefit of this. For Miss ----------." Harriet could not long resist so delightful a persuasion. my second brings. What can it possibly be? Do try to find it out. just so long have I been wanting the very circumstance to happen what has happened. he bends a slave. I have read worse charades.and you will soon receive the completest proof of it. It must be very clever. reigns alone. Emma spoke for her. "What can it be. Do you think it is a good one? Can it be woman? And woman. A very proper compliment!--and then follows the application.--Now for the cream.

" Dear me." Page 10 . and Miss Nash came and scolded us away. Only think of those sweet verses--"To Miss --------. by his manner of declining it yesterday. Its probability and its eligibility have really so equalled each other! I am very happy. it was sufficiently clear to her friend that she saw. If they are anxious to see you happily married. Dear me! When I look back to the first time I saw him! How little did I think!-. quite like Mr. the rise in the world which must satisfy them. but otherwise I could not have imagined it. It will give you every thing that you want--consideration. but when they did arrive at something more like conversation. and a man that every body looks up to. You and Mr. or listen to a question about that. Elton. It is a sort of prologue to the play. and remembered just as she ought. How nicely you talk. and staid to look through herself.--me. This is a connexion which offers nothing but good. anticipated. And so excellent in the Church! Miss Nash has put down all the texts he has ever preached from since he came to Highbury. at Michaelmas! And he. and hope it must be so. who might marry any body! There cannot be two opinions about him. Mr." "That Mr. to speak to him. in the common phrase.--if they wish to have you settled in the same country and circle which they have chosen to place you in. here is the comfortable fortune. so palpably desirable--what courts the pre-arrangement of other people. and let me look too. This charade!--If I had studied a twelvemonth. and believe. how clever!--Could it really be meant for me?" "I cannot make a question.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. I love to hear you. be well married. It is so much beyond any thing I deserve." "This is an alliance which. http://www. He is so very superior. "and therefore I suppose." "Yes. of all people. and confirm our intimacy for ever. provided at least they have common sense." "It is a sort of thing which nobody could have expected." was all that Harriet. Elton were most desirable or most natural. is an alliance which can never raise a blush in either of us." "I thought he meant to try his skill. Knightley! His company so sought after. I congratulate you. with many tender embraces could articulate at first. you belong to one another by every circumstance of your respective homes. Harriet. I am sure. however. with all my heart. independence.processtext. I had no more idea myself!--The strangest things do take place!" "When Miss Smiths and Mr. Elton should really be in love with me. This. and we are not to be addressing our conduct to fools." cried Harriet. This is an attachment which a woman may well feel pride in creating. There does seem to be a something in the air of Hartfield which gives love exactly the right direction.com/abclit. The course of true love never did run smooth-A Hartfield edition of Shakespeare would have a long note on that passage. felt. she called me back presently. and sends it into the very channel where it ought to flow. very true. Your marrying will be equal to the match at Randalls. it is out of the common course that what is so evidently. Eltons get acquainted--they do indeed--and really it is strange. Mr. here is a man whose amiable character gives every assurance of it. Cole. Elton's superiority had very ample acknowledgment. which was very good-natured. that every body says he need not eat a single meal by himself if he does not chuse it. a month ago. here it will be accomplished. It is a certainty." "Dear Miss Woodhouse!"--and "Dear Miss Woodhouse. the very handsomest man that ever was. And how beautiful we thought he looked! He was arm-in-arm with Mr. and if their only object is that you should. and will be soon followed by matter-of-fact prose.The two Abbots and I ran into the front room and peeped through the blind when we heard he was going by. must be agreeable to them. a motto to the chapter. You understand every thing. a proper home--it will fix you in the centre of all your real friends. the respectable establishment. Receive it on my judgment. close to Hartfield and to me. my dear Harriet. who did not know him. You and Mr. Elton are by situation called together. that he has more invitations than there are days in the week. "Whatever you say is always right. I could never have made any thing like it. should so immediately shape itself into the proper form. whoever--whatever your friends may be.html an attachment between you and Mr. Elton are one as clever as the other.

It will be giving him so much pleasure! He loves any thing of the sort. and there is no reason why you should not write it into your book. and if there is any thing to say. but he rather pushed it towards me than towards you. or say I have found it out?--Oh! Miss Woodhouse. he would not like to have his charade slighted. "It is one thing. my dear. "Aye." "I do not consider its length as particularly in its favour." replied Emma. lovely woman. But here is my father coming: you will not object to my reading the charade to him." "I never read one more to the purpose. He will be here this evening. but you. you must not refine too much upon this charade. indeed." She read it to him. A piece of paper was found on the table this morning--(dropt. Martin's prose." Harriet was too intent on the lines to hear. to sit down and write a letter." Harriet looked grave. that's very properly said. presently--her cheeks in a glow--"to have very good sense in a common way. especially struck with the complimentary conclusion." said she. something quite fresh.--for private enjoyment." Page 11 . slowly and distinctly. He has the tenderest spirit of gallantry towards us all!-. It seemed too precious an offering for any degree of publicity. as she had foreseen. They are not at all the less written you know. Woodhouse came in. and a very pretty gallant charade remains. You do nothing. or neither. and say just what you must.html "I do think it is. by a fairy)-. because you divide them. and some nonsense or other will pass between us. with explanations of every part as she proceeded-. and then there can be no possible reflection on you. "Such sweet lines!" continued Harriet--"these two last!--But how shall I ever be able to return the paper. A poet in love must be encouraged in both capacities. fit for any collection. Give me the book. Very true. in a short way. the better I shall be pleased. 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. to write verses and charades like this. Do not let us be too solemn on the business. and then I will give it him back.--Your soft eyes shall chuse their own time for beaming." Emma could not have desired a more spirited rejection of Mr. He has encouragement enough to proceed. by the recurrence of his very frequent inquiry of "Well. `Woman." "Oh! no--I hope I shall not be ridiculous about it. But take it away.Nobody could have written so prettily. Do not be overpowered by such a little tribute of admiration. and. I dare say. and we have just copied it in. and another.com/abclit. much better than his passion. Depend upon it.processtext. Such things in general cannot be too short. The couplet does not cease to be. without our sighing out our souls over this charade. like every body else.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. "Very well. "My dear Harriet. and two or three times over. how does your book go on?--Have you got any thing fresh?" "Yes.' It is such a pretty charade. that I can easily guess what fairy brought it. nor does its meaning change.and he was very much pleased. and especially any thing that pays woman a compliment. papa. the best charade I ever read." Mr. so as to feel quite sure that her friend were not writing down a declaration of love. just as he liked to have any thing read." "Oh! but those two lines are"---"The best of all. If he had been anxious for secrecy. and you shall not be committed." "Leave out the two last lines. without exception. he would not have left the paper while I was by." Harriet submitted. what can we do about that?" "Leave it to me." "It is as long again as almost all we have had before. certainly. Emma. or even quite all the meaning which may be affixed to it. I will write it down.--You will betray your feelings improperly. if you are too conscious and too quick. we have something to read you. we suppose. Granted. though her mind could hardly separate the parts. that's very just. "a most natural feeling. Do as you please. and very soon led to the subject again.containing a very pretty charade. my dears. "I shall never let that book go out of my own hands. and all appropriation ceases. The most satisfactory comparisons were rising in her mind.-. and for private enjoyment keep them. Trust to me. and appear to affix more meaning." said she. http://www.You must let me read it to him." "Oh! Miss Woodhouse. and the longer it lasts.

Knightley promises to give up his claim this Christmas-. I can only recollect the first stanza. Mr. of course. Henry is the eldest." "Yes. sir. There will not be time for any thing. I hope we shall have her here next week.--and there is the nursery for the children. and we ought to be thankful. Kindled a flame I yet deplore. John. except his own. that we are to have the whole of the time they can give to the country. papa. a fair but frozen maid.--But--(in a very depressed tone)--she is coming for only one week. I believe. Henry or John?" "Aye. papa. papa? I wonder which she will think the handsomest. he was named after me. Woodhouse could never allow for Mr. Why should there be any change?" "I do not know. for she was very near being christened Catherine after her grandmama. Kitty. I am sure I was very much surprized when I first heard she was going to be married. Mr. are not we. Poor little dears. and there are several. you know." This was too true for contradiction. and I do not think you ever will. They are very fond of being at Hartfield.--Mr. or any body's claims on Isabella. And that is all that I can recollect of it--but it is very clever all the way through. is named after his father. Harriet. that two or three days are not to be taken out for the Abbey. my dear." "Henry is a fine boy. But I think. "Harriet must give us as much of her company as she can while my brother and sister are here." "Aye. The name makes me think of poor Isabella. that the eldest was not." "I do not know. We copied it from the Elegant Extracts.--After a little thinking. he added. she immediately led to such a branch of the subject as must raise them. my dear--but it is so long since she was here!--not since last Easter. I am sure she will be pleased with the children." Mr." "I dare say they are. and as Emma saw his spirits affected by the idea of his daughter's attachment to her husband. Weston to dine with us. She and the children might stay very well. my dear. which I thought very pretty of her. my dear. http://www. indeed. and smiled. It was Garrick's. a fair but frozen maid. I am sure I do not know who is not. Knightley's claims on his brother. though he does. not after his father. Emma. I shall try and persuade her to stay longer with us. you know. very true. the room she always has. my dear. We are very proud of the children. The hood-wink'd boy I called to aid. it is written out in our second page.com/abclit. at least." "Yes. Mr. but Isabella would have him called Henry. I wonder which she will. "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. my dear. and then only for a few days. you said you had got it.though you know it is longer since they were with him.processtext. if there is time. and then said." "It is unfortunate that they cannot stay longer--but it seems a case of necessity.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. Some people are surprized. not to see Miss Taylor here!" "She will not be surprized. He sat musing a little while. I think. Have you thought. how glad they will be to come. Woodhouse could only give a submissive sigh.--just as usual. if poor Isabella were to be anywhere but at Hartfield. and Mrs. than with us. Though of his near approach afraid.--not even that particular riddle which you have heard me mention. and a very tender sigh.--Poor Isabella!--she is sadly taken away from us all!--and how sorry she will be when she comes." "We must ask Mr.--I wish I could recollect more of it. but John is very like his mama. And he is a Page 12 . John Knightley's being a lawyer is very inconvenient. Kitty. Unwelcome as it was. papa.html Emma only nodded. while Isabella is here. John Knightley must be in town again on the 28th. where you shall put her--and what room there will be for the children?" "Oh! yes--she will have her own room. Isabella cannot bear to stay behind her husband. So fatal to my suit before." "It would be very hard. the second." "Ah! papa--that is what you never have been able to accomplish. "But I do not see why poor Isabella should be obliged to go back so soon.

Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. He may be sure of every woman's approbation while he writes with such gallantry. the hero of this inimitable charade walked in again. papa. but Emma could receive him with the usual smile. I cannot understand it. but could not allow of his disappointing his friend on their account. but I told him knives were only made for grandpapas." Mr. but otherwise his friend Cole had been saying so much about his dining with him--had made such a point of it. I think their father is too rough with them very often. that if their uncle did not lay down the rule of their taking turns. when taking the paper from the table. can you give me a bit of string?' and once Henry asked me for a knife. http://www. though hesitating a good deal while he spoke. He looked rather doubtingly--rather confused. Your friend will not take it amiss I hope. said something about "honour. could he see his little effusion honoured as I see it." "He appears rough to you. there was a sort of parade in his speeches which was very apt to incline her to laugh. Harriet turned away." Later in the morning." said Emma. took it up. and just as the girls were going to separate in preparation for the regular four o'clock dinner.com/abclit. `Grandpapa. He re-urged --she re-declined. can give them a sharp word now and then. "because you are so very gentle yourself.html very clever boy. 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." "Well. Elton." replied Mr. but so good a charade must not be confined to one or two." "I have no hesitation in saying. (looking at the book again. and examined it very attentively. Of course I have not transcribed beyond the first eight lines." After this speech he was gone as soon as possible. They are all remarkably clever. The children are all fond of him. she returned it-"Oh! here is the charade you were so obliging as to leave with us. Elton certainly did not very well know what to say. he would consider it as the proudest moment of his life. They will come and stand by my chair. that I have ventured to write it into Miss Smith's collection. and he seemed then about to make his bow. her father was sure of his rubber. Emma smilingly said." "That is the case with us all. and tosses them up to the ceiling in a very frightful way!" "But they like it. thank you for the sight of it. whichever began would never give way to the other.processtext. however. CHAPTER X Page 13 . and they have so many pretty ways. and say. for with all his good and agreeable qualities. She ran away to indulge the inclination. or whether he should be in the smallest degree necessary at Hartfield. We admired it so much. Emma could not think it too soon. It is such enjoyment to them. there is nothing they like so much. If he were. but if you could compare him with other papas. John Knightley is an affectionate father. "You must make my apologies to your friend. and she imagined he was come to see how it might turn up. indeed. leaving the tender and the sublime of pleasure to Harriet's share. you would not think him rough. He wishes his boys to be active and hardy." "And then their uncle comes in. papa. and if they misbehave. One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other. Emma thanked him."--glanced at Emma and at Harriet. was to ask whether Mr. every thing else must give way. and replacing it on the table). With the view of passing off an awkward moment. that he had promised him conditionally to come. and her quick eye soon discerned in his the consciousness of having made a push--of having thrown a die. and then seeing the book open on the table. but he is an affectionate father--certainly Mr. Woodhouse's party could be made up in the evening without him.

http://www. Harriet thus began again-"I do so wonder. Mr. But between us." "I must see somebody very superior to any one I have seen yet. "My being charming. what a sweet house!--How very beautiful!--There are the yellow curtains that Miss Nash admires so much. to be an old maid at last. such as it was.com/abclit. Miss Woodhouse.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter.html T hough now the middle of December. A few inferior dwellings were first to be passed. like Miss Bates!" "That is as formidable an image as you could present. and I shall gradually get intimately acquainted with all the hedges. and. And I am not only. it is not my way." Harriet." She pondered. to be tempted. gates. a lane leading at right angles from the broad. There go you and your riddle-book one of these days. there could be no possibility of the two friends passing it without a slackened pace and observing eyes. not going to be married. indeed. without love. employment I do not want. And. at present. and then. and it is poverty only which makes celibacy contemptible to a generous public! A single woman. and replied. Harriet.so smiling--so prosing--so undistinguishing and unfastidious-. and if I thought I should ever be like Miss Bates! so silly--so satisfied-. disagreeable old maid! the proper sport of boys and girls. you will be an old maid! and that's so dreadful!" "Never mind. almost as close to the road as it could be. with a very narrow income. but a single woman. "I wish we could contrive it. that. with Mr. Elton.--Emma's remark was-"There it is. main street of the place." said she. It had no advantage of situation. Elton. had never in her life been within side the Vicarage. Elton's seeing ready wit in her. and on the morrow. and I do not think I ever shall.processtext.--no servant that I want to inquire about of his housekeeper--no message from my father. Fortune I do not want.Harriet's was-"Oh. "but then there will be an inducement. who lived a little way out of Highbury. I shall not be a poor old maid. but had been very much smartened up by the present proprietor. but I cannot believe it. as may be inferred. Were I to fall in love. I cannot really change for the better. I would marry to-morrow." "But still. Their road to this detached cottage was down Vicarage Lane. as they proceeded. Harriet." "Dear me!--it is so odd to hear a woman talk so!"-"I have none of the usual inducements of women to marry. but have very little intention of ever marrying at all. Harriet. must be a ridiculous." "Ah!--so you say. an old and not very good house. considering exteriors and probabilities. as a proof of love. (recollecting herself. "but I cannot think of any tolerable pretence for going in. I must find other people charming--one other person at least. there had yet been no weather to prevent the young ladies from tolerably regular exercise.) is out of the question: and I do not wish to see any such person." "I do not often walk this way now. I must expect to repent it. about a quarter of a mile down the lane rose the Vicarage. never could I expect to be so truly beloved and important. Emma could only class it. I would rather not be tempted. it would be a different thing! but I never have been in love. or my nature. so always first and always right in any man's eyes as I am in my father's. but could think of nothing. I am convinced there never can be any likeness. except in being unmarried. she found. is always Page 14 . or going to be married! so charming as you are!"-Emma laughed. and never. though irregular. Emma had a charitable visit to pay to a poor sick family. and her curiosity to see it was so extreme. containing the blessed abode of Mr."-. 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. pools and pollards of this part of Highbury.and so apt to tell every thing relative to every body about me. I am sure I should be a fool to change such a situation as mine. If I were to marry. After a mutual silence of some minutes. of good fortune. that you should not be married. is not quite enough to induce me to marry. you know." "But then. and." said Emma.

and the distresses of the poor were as sure of relief from her personal attention and kindness. and tottering footstep which ended the narrow. and though my attachment to none can equal that of a parent. Harriet. slippery path through the cottage garden. she would be very likely to give away sixpence of it. "Oh! dear." stopping to look once more at all the outward wretchedness of the place. I shall read more. Harriet. she quitted the cottage with such an impression of the scene as made her say to Harriet." said Harriet. and so near as to give Emma time only to say farther. but. she is only too good natured and too silly to suit me. There will be enough for every hope and every fear. and brought them into the lane again. however. Well. the want of which is really the great evil to be avoided in not marrying. if she had only a shilling in the world. her counsel and her patience. Those who can barely live. "I do not think it will.html respectable. And the distinction is not quite so much against the candour and common sense of the world as appears at first. Poverty certainly has not contracted her mind: I really believe. with all the children of a sister I love so much. could allow for their ignorance and their temptations. "Ah! Harriet. if I give up music. And as for objects of interest. objects for the affections. I do not think the impression will soon be over. Heaven forbid! at least. There will be enough of them. I shall take to carpet-work. here comes a very sudden trial of our stability in good thoughts. and yet. as she crossed the low hedge.processtext. and all idle topics were superseded. and sour the temper. may well be illiberal and cross. Mr.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. as she does about Jane Fairfax. had no romantic expectations of extraordinary virtue from those for whom education had done so little. This does not apply." They were now approaching the cottage. 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." "Dear me! but what shall you do? how shall you employ yourself when you grow old?" "If I know myself. Every letter from her is read forty times over. as from her purse. in all probability. and nobody is afraid of her: that is a great charm. it suits my ideas of comfort better than what is warmer and blinder. and generally very inferior. and if she does but send her aunt the pattern of a stomacher. She understood their ways. and after remaining there as long as she could give comfort or advice. If I draw less. I know you must have seen her a hundred times--but are you acquainted?" "Oh! yes. that is almost enough to put one out of conceit with a niece." "Do you know Miss Bates's niece? That is. the rest is empty Page 15 . I wish Jane Fairfax very well. Emma was very compassionate. "These are the sights. which is in truth the great point of inferiority. In the present instance. no. with a great many independent resources. The lane made a slight bend. in general. They walked on. By the bye. My nephews and nieces!--I shall often have a niece with me. who can say how soon it may all vanish from my mind?" "Very true. to Miss Bates. and may be as sensible and pleasant as any body else. one hears of nothing else for a month. http://www. but she tires me to death. If we feel for the wretched. her compliments to all friends go round and round again. though single and though poor. society." "And really. enough to do all we can for them. mine is an active. or knit a pair of garters for her grandmother. for a very narrow income has a tendency to contract the mind. (smiling.) I hope it may be allowed that if compassion has produced exertion and relief to the sufferers. that I should ever bore people half so much about all the Knightleys together. I shall be very well off." said Emma. we are always forced to be acquainted whenever she comes to Highbury. it has done all that is truly important. to do one good. or with no important variation. "Poor creatures! one can think of nothing else. and I do not perceive why I should be more in want of employment at forty or fifty than one-and-twenty. Woman's usual occupations of hand and mind will be as open to me then as they are now. to supply every sort of sensation that declining life can need. as they walked away. Elton was immediately in sight. One is sick of the very name of Jane Fairfax. and who live perforce in a very small." said her companion.com/abclit. and recall the still greater within. to care about. entered into their troubles with ready sympathy. and when that bend was passed. busy mind. it was sickness and poverty together which she came to visit. she is very much to the taste of every body. and always gave her assistance with as much intelligence as good-will.

but by engaging the housekeeper in incessant conversation. "and I do not know how I am to contrive. the beet-root. involuntarily: the child's pace was quick. and talk to and question her. or any thing just to keep my boot on. Elton was speaking with animation. and Emma. "Oh! dear. without any obligation of waiting for her. and any thing will serve as introduction to what is near the heart. the cellery.processtext. and by the time she judged it reasonable to have done with her boot. still engaged in some interesting detail. and by this means the others were still able to keep ahead. under pretence of having some alteration to make in the lacing of her half-boot. and ask your housekeeper for a bit of ribband or string. having sent the child on. made her again find something very much amiss about her boot. and nothing could exceed his alertness and attention in conducting them into his house and endeavouring to make every thing appear to advantage. they would both be soon after her. to fetch broth from Hartfield. But she had not been there two minutes when she found that Harriet's habits of dependence and imitation were bringing her up too. was presently obliged to entreat them to stop." Mr. It must. http://www. yes. and that. They did as they were desired. Mr. if I were not here. behind it was another with which it immediately communicated. was beginning to think how she might draw back a little more. was the most natural thing in the world. only distressing to ourselves. The wants and sufferings of the poor family." Anxious to separate herself from them as far as she could. She then broke the lace off short. this will bring a great increase of love on each side. and stooping down in complete occupation of the footpath. and dexterously throwing it into a ditch. If I could but have kept longer away!" They now walked on together quietly. and theirs rather slow. Elton then turned back to accompany them. and make her appearance. she hoped to make it practicable for him to chuse his own subject in the adjoining room. It could be protracted no longer. a little raised on one side of the lane.html sympathy. however. and Emma passed into it with the housekeeper to receive her assistance in the most comfortable manner. I must beg leave to stop at your house. Elton. but she fully intended that Mr. The room they were taken into was the one he chiefly occupied. and all the dessert. For ten minutes she could hear nothing but herself. according to orders. being overtaken by a child from the cottage. however. however. but I hope I am not often so ill-equipped. it still remained ajar. the north Wiltshire. and she would follow in half a minute. "to meet in a charitable scheme. 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. Elton looked all happiness at this proposition.com/abclit.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. It was not closed." Harriet could just answer. of course. with her pitcher. I should not wonder if it were to bring on the declaration. "To fall in with each other on such an errand as this. had she been acting just then without design. Mr. were the first subject on meeting. and looking forwards. Elton should close it. begged them to have the goodness to walk on. the door between them was open. She was then obliged to be finished. Elton was still talking. setting out. but they had a very interesting parley about what could be done and should be done. from their being evidently in a conversation which interested them." thought Emma. leaving them together in the main road. I wish I were anywhere else. of at least getting Harriet into the house. This would not do." was her consoling reflection. She gained on them. when a sudden resolution. I really am a most troublesome companion to you both. He had been going to call on them. Page 16 . and fall behind to arrange it once more. She was obliged to leave the door ajar as she found it. and acknowledged her inability to put herself to rights so as to be able to walk home in tolerable comfort. and she was the more concerned at it." said she. when they both looked around. His visit he would now defer. Harriet listening with a very pleased attention. Mr. "This would soon have led to something better. she had the comfort of farther delay in her power. the butter. "any thing interests between those who love. she immediately stopped. till within view of the vicarage pales. Mr. or would have been the most natural. To walk by the side of this child. and she was obliged to join them. she soon afterwards took possession of a narrow footpath. in short. "Part of my lace is gone. and that she was come in herself for the Stilton cheese." before the gentleman joined them.

but the ways of Hartfield and the feelings of her father were so respected by Mrs. fortuitous assistance could be afforded by her to the lovers.html The lovers were standing together at one of the windows. He had been most agreeable. she could not but flatter herself that it had been the occasion of much present enjoyment to both. There are people. he had told Harriet that he had seen them go by." thought Emma. John Knightley. They might advance rapidly if they would. and variously dispersed and disposed of. and a competent number of nursery-maids. and a disposition remarkably amiable and affectionate. John Knightley. "Cautious. even for poor Isabella's sake. John Knightley. who could not be induced to get so far as London. but his alarms were needless.processtext. and during the ten days of their stay at Hartfield it was not to be expected--she did not herself expect-. who the more you do for them. Till this year. The bustle and joy of such an arrival. however. though every thing had not been accomplished by her ingenious device. It was no longer in Emma's power to superintend his happiness or quicken his measures. "he advances inch by inch. and had purposely followed them.that any thing beyond occasional. and must be leading them forward to the great event. Emma felt the glory of having schemed successfully. were exciting of course rather more than the usual interest. quiet manners. however. other little gallantries and allusions had been dropt. a warmer love might have seemed impossible." Still. and Mrs. a doating mother. and Mr. and who consequently was now most nervously and apprehensively happy in forestalling this too short visit. and. encouraged. http://www. for half a minute. nor have endured much longer even for this. Elton must now be left to himself. but all the holidays of this autumn had been given to sea-bathing for the children. She was not a woman of strong understanding or Page 17 . but nothing serious. which they could possibly wish for. most delightful. CHAPTER XI M r. he had not come to the point. from having been longer than usual absent from Surry. Mrs. John Knightley was a pretty. and so tenderly attached to her father and sister that.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. He thought much of the evils of the journey for her. and it was therefore many months since they had been seen in a regular way by their Surry connexions. Mr. without the smallest delay. but for these higher ties. welcomed. Woodhouse. they must advance somehow or other whether they would or no. She could never see a fault in any of them. every long vacation since their marriage had been divided between Hartfield and Donwell Abbey. very cautious. The coming of her sister's family was so very near at hand. it became henceforth her prime object of interest. But it would not do. elegant little woman. and then in reality. all the eating and drinking. that first in anticipation. She hardly wished to have more leisure for them. and Mrs. and for their having instantly all the liberty and attendance. 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. and sleeping and playing. the many to be talked to. the children were never allowed to be long a disturbance to him. a devoted wife. wrapt up in her family. and will hazard nothing till he believes himself secure. the sixteen miles being happily accomplished.com/abclit. either in themselves or in any restless attendance on them. that in spite of maternal solicitude for the immediate enjoyment of her little ones. the less they will do for themselves. It had a most favourable aspect. of gentle. produced a noise and confusion which his nerves could not have borne under any other cause. all reaching Hartfield in safety. their five children.

--But I hope she is pretty well. "Ah. and respectable in his private character. and very clever man.processtext." "Oh! papa.never looking so well. though the offence came not. too!--What a dreadful loss to you both!-." "Very much to the honour of both. was delicate in her own health. Woodhouse's peculiarities and fidgetiness were sometimes provoking him to a rational remonstrance or sharp retort equally ill-bestowed. Weston or Mrs.html any quickness. Woodhouse. and his being a disengaged and social man makes it all easy.--I could not imagine how you could possibly do without her. but they were only those of a calmly kind brother and friend. Isabella. Weston do really prevent our missing her by any means to the extent we ourselves anticipated--which is the exact truth. John Knightley had really a great regard for his father-in-law. with a melancholy shake of the head and a sigh.--I do not know but that the place agrees with her tolerably. without praise and without blindness. Nothing wrong in him escaped her. John Knightley here asked Emma quietly whether there were any doubts of the air of Randalls. Mr. They had not been long seated and composed when Mr. my love. "and just as I hoped it was from your letters. of every visit displayed none but the properest feelings. rising in his profession. Mr. and Mrs. He was not an ill-tempered man. Her wish of shewing you attention could not be doubted. There he had not always the patience that could have been wished. Papa is only speaking his own regret." cried she with ready sympathy. http://www. John Knightley was a tall. Weston is really as kind as herself. certainly--I cannot deny that Mrs. with such a worshipping wife. and generally a strong sense of what was due to him.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter." said Mr. especially as there was all the pain of apprehension frequently to be endured. or say a severe thing. I have been always telling you. "poor Miss Taylor--It is a grievous business. It did not often happen. Woodhouse--"yes. Weston better in my life-." said Mr. over-careful of that of her children.--"Not near so often. poor Page 18 . I hope you will be satisfied." "Why. Mr. called his daughter's attention to the sad change at Hartfield since she had been there last. she inherited also much of his constitution. and this being of necessity so short might be hoped to pass away in unsullied cordiality. have we seen either Mr. 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 the handsome reply. Weston. very kind in their visits. The beginning. gentleman-like. Every body must be aware that Miss Taylor must be missed. He was not a great favourite with his fair sister-in-law. my dear--I hope--pretty well. as I could wish. Papa. which Isabella never felt herself. you will be giving Isabella a false idea of us all. and now you have Emma's account. They were alike too. Woodhouse hesitated. Weston. and. but his temper was not his great perfection. my dear. The extreme sweetness of her temper must hurt his." "Just as it should be." "Oh yes. but every body ought also to be assured that Mr. and a strong habit of regard for every old acquaintance. to be sure. Perhaps she might have passed over more had his manners been flattering to Isabella's sister.--It is a sad change indeed. Mr. sir. but it was too often for Emma's charity. most frequently here. sir. excepting one. not so often unreasonably cross as to deserve such a reproach. "And do you see her. and generally both. sir." "Pretty well. for Mr. tolerably often?" asked Isabella in the plaintive tone which just suited her father. John Knightley. the want of respectful forbearance towards her father. domestic. Wingfield in town as her father could be of Mr. She was quick in feeling the little injuries to Isabella." Mr.I have been so grieved for you. indeed. but with reserved manners which prevented his being generally pleasing. "how you must miss her! And dear Emma." said he. I never saw Mrs. Perry. He had all the clearness and quickness of mind which she wanted.com/abclit. in a general benevolence of temper. my dear. and with this resemblance of her father. had many fears and many nerves. They are very. we have missed seeing them but one entire day since they married. and he could sometimes act an ungracious. if you speak in that melancholy way. "Oh! no--none in the least. either at Randalls or here--and as you may suppose. Either in the morning or evening of every day. and was as fond of her own Mr. that I had no idea of the change being so very material to Hartfield as you apprehended. it was hardly possible that any natural defects in it should not be increased. and capable of being sometimes out of humour. however.

" "But you should tell them of the letter.com/abclit. Mr. upon the power of eating and drinking.html Mrs. I believe he is one of the very best-tempered men that ever existed." "Me. I remember it was written from Weymouth. Weston a great deal of pleasure. the all-sufficiency of home to himself. it was an exceeding good. As for Isabella. I think there is nothing he does not deserve. and had half a mind to take it up. than upon family affection.You quite forget poor Mr. depending. You and I. and as to slighting Mr." said her father. papa. http://www.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. does come and see us pretty often-.-."Are you talking about me?--I am sure nobody ought to be. Weston to have felt what you would feel in giving up Henry or John. I could not have thought it-." "Nobody ever did think well of the Churchills. `My dear Madam.but then--she is always obliged to go away again. "He wrote a letter to poor Mrs. Westons aside as much as she can. my dear. and makes enjoyment of them somehow or other. will venture to take the part of the poor husband. "that Mr. indeed. John Knightley." "Where is the young man?" said John Knightley. I do not know his equal for temper. to congratulate her." replied Emma. Page 19 . and if it had not been for the misery of her leaving Hartfield. the claims of the man may very likely strike us with equal force. a greater advocate for matrimony than I am. Whether it was his own idea you know. Weston.-. Weston if she did not." "Three-and-twenty!--is he indeed?--Well.and he was but two years old when he lost his poor mother! Well. John Knightley coolly. Weston. He is but young. Weston Churchill. than a man of strong feelings. "There was a strong expectation of his coming soon after the marriage. I suspect. 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. that excellent Mr. and it was signed `F. You forget how time passes. Excepting yourself and your brother. perhaps--" "My dear papa. I fancy. and I have not heard him mentioned lately." "How very pleasing and proper of him!" cried the good-hearted Mrs. she has been married long enough to see the convenience of putting all the Mr. at twelve o'clock at night. She shewed it to me. and let it pass. and Mrs. pretty letter. To give up one's child! I really never could think well of any body who proposed such a thing to any body else. it must be Miss Taylor. or any thing that home affords. and you not being a wife. I have been convinced there could not be a more feeling heart nor a better man in existence. 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. She would keep the peace if possible. "I have no doubt of his being a most amiable young man. Weston. my love. Weston could part with him." "I think. but she struggled. he is three-and-twenty. but it ended in nothing. Emma. "But you need not imagine Mr. that is. Weston has some little claim." cried his wife. I. I thought it very well done of him indeed. one cannot tell. or can be. Weston. he takes things as he finds them." observed Mr.I remember that perfectly. "Has he been here on this occasion--or has he not?" "He has not been here yet. Weston. much more upon what is called society for his comforts. and a very proper. Weston.processtext. Weston is rather an easy. 28th--and began. However. on purpose to assure me that there was no scarlet fever at Cobham. time does fly indeed!--and my memory is very bad. and his uncle. cheerful-tempered man. whence resulted her brother's disposition to look down on the common rate of social intercourse. I should never have thought of Miss Taylor but as the most fortunate woman in the world. and playing whist with his neighbours five times a week. hearing and understanding only in part." "It would be very hard upon Mr. C.--It had a high claim to forbearance.'-. and there was something honourable and valuable in the strong domestic habits. handsome letter it was." said John Knightley pleasantly." Emma could not like what bordered on a reflection on Mr. and those to whom it was important. and dated Sept. being a husband. and gave Mr.--If any body can deserve him.' but I forget how it went on.

and I must say that no effects on my side of the argument have yet proved wrong. She certainly had not been in the wrong. but principally of those of the elder. if we think differently. The brothers talked of their own concerns and pursuits. that she ought to set you a better example than to be renewing old grievances. and say no more about it. I observe we never disagree. in procuring him the proper invitation. and as little under the power of fancy and whim in your dealings with them. little Emma. Emma felt they were friends again. as Mr." said he. Woodhouse declined cards entirely for the sake of comfortable talk with his dear Isabella. that we think alike about our nephews and nieces. she is now. Making-up indeed would not do. as you are where these children are concerned. not near enough to give me a chance of being right. a word or two more. but with regard to these children. our opinions are sometimes very different. but does not the lapse of one-and-twenty years bring our understandings a good deal nearer?" "Yes--a good deal nearer. a nice little girl about eight months old." "That's true. http://www. she could not help saying. or very rarely mixing--and Emma only occasionally joining in one or the other. and by not being a pretty young woman and a spoiled child. shake hands with me. and she hoped it might rather assist the restoration of friendship. I was sixteen years old when you were born. grow up a better woman than your aunt. very bitterly disappointed. to do every thing for the good of the other. and he would never own that he had. Knightley and herself. "Ah!--Indeed I am very sorry. from the circumstance of the late disagreement between Mr. Be infinitely cleverer and not half so conceited." she replied--"and no doubt you were much my superior in judgment at that period of our lives. As to men and women. Martin is not very." "To be sure--our discordancies must always arise from my being in the wrong.--Come. The evening was quiet and conversable. Mr." "I have still the advantage of you by sixteen years' experience. on one side he and his daughter." "Yes.html CHAPTER XII M r. whose Page 20 . Tell your aunt. and very happy to be danced about in her aunt's arms. we might always think alike. Emma's sense of right however had decided it. who was now making her first visit to Hartfield. that when he came into the room she had one of the children with her--the youngest. As far as good intentions went. She hoped they might now become friends again. Concession must be out of the question." was his short. George?" and "John. full answer. Knightley. Little Emma. It did assist. for though he began with grave looks and short questions. Now. and besides the consideration of what was due to each brother. but it was time to appear to forget that they had ever quarrelled. when John Knightley made his appearance. we were both right. and "How d'ye do. the real attachment which would have led either of them." This had just taken place and with great cordiality. "What a comfort it is. their subjects totally distinct. and the conviction giving her at first great satisfaction.processtext. Knightleys. and that if she were not wrong before. on the other the two Mr. I only want to know that Mr. Woodhouse." "If you were as much guided by nature in your estimate of men and women. Knightley was to dine with them--rather against the inclination of Mr. burying under a calmness that seemed all but indifference. how are you?" succeeded in the true English style.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter." "But still. as he was admiring the baby. my dear Emma. and I have done. she had particular pleasure. and the little party made two natural divisions.com/abclit. and to take the child out of her arms with all the unceremoniousness of perfect amity. Come. smiling--"and reason good. let us be friends. and then a little sauciness." she cried--"very true. who did not like that any one should share with him in Isabella's first day." "A man cannot be more so. She thought it was time to make up." "A material difference then. he was soon led on to talk of them all in the usual way. if requisite.

Knightleys were as unpersuadable on that article as herself. was entered into with as much equality of interest by John. and interrupting." "Oh! good Mr. some curious anecdote to give.-. and as a farmer. turnips. "I must beg you not to talk of the sea.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. He will be so pleased to see my little ones. Perry yet.processtext." "Oh! the good Bateses--I am quite ashamed of myself--but you mention them in most of your letters. with an air of grave reflection. his inquiries even approached a tone of eagerness. sir?" "Why. feeling this to be an unsafe subject." "Ah! my dear. and who was always the greater talker. as his cooler manners rendered possible. with some wondering at its not being taken every evening by every body. I am sure it almost killed me once. My dear Isabella. but particularly for the weakness in little Bella's throat. sir--or we should not have gone." said he. fondly taking her hand. or spring corn. my dear. "I have not heard one inquiry after them. your spending the autumn at South End instead of coming here. my dear. As a magistrate." "Mr.--They are always so pleased to see my children.-. but not quite well. and the destination of every acre for wheat.--and two basins only were ordered. I never had much opinion of the sea air. and he never forgets you." "And Mrs.com/abclit. how are they? do the children grow? I have a great regard for Mr. that the sea is very rarely of use to any body.And that excellent Miss Bates!--such Page 21 . 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. I have been long perfectly convinced. the felling of a tree. "It was an awkward business.--You and I will have a nice basin of gruel together. Wingfield most strenuously recommended it. he proceeded to say. http://www. I hope he will be calling soon. suppose we all have a little gruel. Perry. but Perry had many doubts about the sea doing her any good. or. Wingfield's." "I hope he will be here to-morrow." "Come. my dear--and I recommend a little gruel to you before you go. and take my children. Perry and the children.html temper was by much the most communicative. or else it is to be attributed to an excellent embrocation of Mr. and Miss Bates." said Emma. for a few moments. though perhaps I never told you so before. and if his willing brother ever left him any thing to inquire about." cried Emma. I would have spoken to-"You seem to me to have forgotten Mrs." Emma could not suppose any such thing. 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. the change of a fence. "My poor dear Isabella. My dear Emma. The plan of a drain. how terribly long since you were here! And how tired you must be after your journey! You must go to bed early. you had better let him look at little Bella's throat. I have not heard you make one inquiry about Mr. at least. And. her busy labours for some one of her five children--"How long it is. Good old Mrs. Perry--how is he. Either bathing has been of the greatest service to her.both sea air and bathing. Poor Perry is bilious.I who have never seen it! South End is prohibited. that both the Mr. knowing as she did. It makes me envious and miserable. and whose attachments were strong. come." "It is not very likely." "Oh! my dear sir. He recommended it for all the children. Mr. if you please. But then there is not so clever a man any where. her throat is so much better that I have hardly any uneasiness about it.-. he had to tell what every field was to bear next year. While they were thus comfortably occupied. my dear. Bates--I will call upon her to-morrow. which we have been applying at times ever since August. and as to myself. he had generally some point of law to consult John about. I hope they are quite well. for I have a question or two to ask him about myself of some consequence. that bathing should have been of use to her--and if I had known you were wanting an embrocation. After a little more discourse in praise of gruel. I suppose there is not a man in such practice anywhere. Woodhouse was enjoying a full flow of happy regrets and fearful affection with his daughter. pretty well. as keeping in hand the home-farm at Donwell. whenever he comes.

How are they. that you do not think Mr. my dear. I am quite well myself. but now their daughter is married. indeed--we are not at all in a bad air. but I assure you. when she comes to visit them! I always regret excessively on dear Emma's account that she cannot be more at Highbury. but not so heavy as he has very often known them in November." turning her eyes with affectionate anxiety towards her husband." "That has been a good deal the case. and Jane Fairfax. "That sweet. nobody can be." "I am sorry to hear you say so. I cannot compliment you. I could have wished. and if the children were rather pale before they went to bed. We are so very airy! I should be unwilling. that he did not believe he had ever sent us off altogether. Campbell will not be able to part with her at all. "I am sorry to find." Mr. "Middling. Now I cannot say. and let me look as I chuse. from their journey and the happiness of coming. it is not like Hartfield. upon the whole. she was at that moment very happy to assist in praising. pretty well. but added." "No. the truth is. Wingfield told me.there is hardly any other that I could be satisfied to have my children in: but we are so remarkably airy!--Mr. excepting those little nervous head-aches and palpitations which I am never entirely free from anywhere. http://www. Perry says that colds have been very general. except now and then for a moment accidentally in town! What happiness it must be to her good old grandmother and excellent aunt. that in London it is always a sickly season. Nobody is healthy in London. sir. Wingfield thinks the vicinity of Brunswick Square decidedly the most favourable as to air. however.html thorough worthy people!-. for I assure you Mr. she had nothing worse to hear than Isabella's kind inquiry after Jane Fairfax. sir?" "Why.-. my dear. I think Mr. you are all of you different creatures. at least. But poor Mrs. to live in any other part of the town. that you had seen Mr." "Ah! my dear."It is so long since I have seen her. that I think you are any of you looking well at present. my dear sir. "about your friend Mr. Bates had a bad cold about a month ago. when forced to give her attention again to her father and sister. Woodhouse agreed to it all." cried Emma. What will it answer? Will not the old prejudice be too strong?" And she talked in this way so long and successfully that. Perry does not call it altogether a sickly season.processtext. Wingfield considers it very sickly except-"Ah! my poor dear child. Graham's intending to have a bailiff from Scotland. as you know." "I did not thoroughly understand what you were telling your brother. it was only because they were a little more tired than usual.-. Our part of London is very superior to most others!--You must not confound us with London in general. I do not know that Mr. is just such another pretty kind of young person. It is a dreadful thing to have you forced to live there! so far off!-. You will Page 22 . Be satisfied with doctoring and coddling yourself and the children. Wingfield before you left home. amiable Jane Fairfax!" said Mrs. sir?--Did you speak to me?" cried Mr. I trust. I own. Knightley looking ill. John Knightley.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter.and the air so bad!" "No. She would be such a delightful companion for Emma. I hope you will think better of their looks to-morrow.com/abclit. Wingfield told me that he has never known them more general or heavy--except when it has been quite an influenza. hearing his own name. that my father does not think you looking well--but I hope it is only from being a little fatigued. to look after his new estate. John Knightley very far from looking well. I suppose Colonel and Mrs. in such good case." "How sorry I am! But colds were never so prevalent as they have been this autumn."--exclaimed he hastily--"pray do not concern yourself about my looks. though no great favourite with her in general.but after you have been a week at Hartfield. you do not look like the same." "What is the matter. You make the best of it-. my dear. however. but not to the degree you mention." "My dear Isabella. The neighbourhood of Brunswick Square is very different from almost all the rest. John Knightley. "Our little friend Harriet Smith. my love. Mr.

and his own brother and family have been there repeatedly." "But why should you be sorry. I cannot conceive any difficulty. true. "would do as well to keep his opinion till it is asked for. Emma could not have a better companion than Harriet. You should have consulted Perry. but not too thin." cried Mr. for he thoroughly understands the nature of the air." Emma's attempts to stop her father had been vain. Why does he make it any business of his. and I am sure he may be depended on. Perry. however." "But. Here was a dangerous opening." "Ah! my dear.processtext. sir?--I assure you. moreover. but indeed it is quite a mistake." Page 23 . The only way of proving it. sir. never found the least inconvenience from the mud. among the failures which the daughter had to instance. And." And for a little while she hoped he would not talk of it. A fine open sea. Perry.--only consider how great it would have been. I should be as willing to prefer Cromer to South End as he could himself. in a voice of very strong displeasure. Often as she had wished for and ordered it. Woodhouse. This is just what Perry said." "You should have gone to Cromer. thin. you might have had lodgings there quite away from the sea--a quarter of a mile off--very comfortable. and that a silent rumination might suffice to restore him to the relish of his own smooth gruel. That's a consideration indeed. who never had been able to understand what she meant by a basin of nice smooth gruel. and passed away with similar harmony. a young woman hired for the time.Perry was a week at Cromer once. and therefore most prominent. however. instead of coming here.--But John. I shall see you at the Abbey to-morrow morning I hope." said he." "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." He paused-. the difference of the journey. better stay in London altogether than travel forty miles to get into a worse air. my dear. he began with. nothing else should be considered. my dear sir. if you went anywhere. where health is at stake.-." "And. Wingfield says it is entirely a mistake to suppose the place unhealthy. "If Mr. After an interval of some minutes.-.I want his directions no more than his drugs. to wonder at what I do?-. It does not bear talking of. and others succeeded of similar moment. . and pretty severe Philippics upon the many houses where it was never met with tolerable.at my taking my family to one part of the coast or another?--I may be allowed.undoubting decision of its wholesomeness for every constitution. the use of my judgment as well as Mr. will be to turn to our maps.--Better not move at all. of turning it more to the right that it may not cut through the home meadows. and you shall give me your opinion.--An hundred miles. "Mr. and Mr. and when he had reached such a point as this. with most ready interposition-.--We all had our health perfectly well there." "True. it did the children a great deal of good.--The ejaculation in Emma's ear expressed. South End is an unhealthy place. she had never been able to get any thing tolerable. Perry was surprized to hear you had fixed upon South End.com/abclit. if you must go to the sea.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. was in her own cook at South End.html like Harriet. he says. with only sarcastic dryness. shaking his head and fixing his eyes on her with tender concern. and then we will look them over. she could not wonder at her brother-in-law's breaking out. "Ah! there is no end of the sad consequences of your going to South End. perhaps. instead of forty. by what I understand. . 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."very true." "I know there is such an idea with many people. and very pure air.and growing cooler in a moment. it had better not have been to South End.--but. Knightley. "Ah!" said Mr. the most recent. and if one is to travel. there is not much to chuse between forty miles and an hundred. I should not attempt it. but the evening did not close without a little return of agitation. http://www. as to what I was telling you of my idea of moving the path to Langham. added. "I shall always be very sorry that you went to the sea this autumn. as Perry says. . I hope. unfortunately. The gruel came and supplied a great deal to be said--much praise and many comments-. but if you call to mind exactly the present line of the path." This topic was discussed very happily. It seemed to him a very ill-judged measure. and he holds it to be the best of all the sea-bathing places. if it were to be the means of inconvenience to the Highbury people.

Emma was just describing the nature of her friend's complaint. Goddard. were the only persons invited to meet them. Goddard was full of care and affection. but for her own earnest wish of being nursed by Mrs. though at Christmas. It was a delightful visit. Weston would take no denial. Elton's would be depressed when he knew her state. http://www. whose healthy. and raise her spirits by representing how much Mr. She had nothing to wish otherwise. and left her at last tolerably comfortable. but one complete dinner engagement.com/abclit. as well as the numbers few. that he might carry some report of her to Hartfield-. a quick. and of their all missing her very much. and found her doom already signed with regard to Randalls. She had not advanced many yards from Mrs. and had often alarmed her with them. and she was sorry to find from Mrs. John Knightley. he was not able to make more than a simple question on that head.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. to attend her in Mrs. and the immediate alertness of one brother. when she was met by Mr. in this short visit to Hartfield. in being much too short. and better recollections of the other. Emma sat with her as long as she could. and seemed to ensure a quick despatch of the roast mutton and rice pudding they were hastening home for.but the soothing attentions of his daughters gradually removed the present evil. Elton himself. and talking over what she had done every evening with her father and sister.--perfect. Woodhouse's habits and inclination being consulted in every thing. with a great deal of heat about her. to whom he had. and she had gone home so much indisposed with a cold. had been going to inquire. and Mr. John Knightley returning from the daily visit to Donwell. they must all dine at Randalls one day. Mr. glowing faces shewed all the benefit of a country run. They joined company and proceeded together. Emma could not have allowed her to leave the house. with his two eldest boys. The evening before this great event (for it was a very great event that Mr. he would have made a difficulty if he could. Woodhouse should dine out.-. Mr. but that the days did not pass so swiftly. in fact. on the 24th of December) had been spent by Harriet at Hartfield. Perry was talked of. Woodhouse was rather agitated by such harsh reflections on his friend Perry. She was very feverish and had a bad sore throat: Mrs.--the hours were to be early.html Mr. In general their evenings were less engaged with friends than their mornings. Elton looked all alarm on the Page 24 . and out of the house too. CHAPTER XIII T here could hardly be a happier creature in the world than Mrs. Elton.processtext. been attributing many of his own feelings and expressions. Goddard that Harriet was liable to very bad sore-throats." Mr. it hardly amounted to a doubt. &c. that. but as his son and daughter's carriage and horses were actually at Hartfield. though she could not speak of her loss without many tears. Woodhouse was persuaded to think it a possible thing in preference to a division of the party. Goddard's unavoidable absences. Mr. and as they walked on slowly together in conversation about the invalid-. their own especial set.--even Mr.of whom he. Knightley. Goddard's door. low pulse. there was no avoiding. prevented any renewal of it. and Harriet herself was too ill and low to resist the authority which excluded her from this delightful engagement. nor did it occupy Emma long to convince him that they might in one of the carriages find room for Harriet also.they were overtaken by Mr."a throat very much inflamed. evidently coming towards it. How they were all to be conveyed. going about every morning among her old acquaintance with her five children. Emma called on her the next day. Mr. in the sweet dependence of his having a most comfortless visit. though unconsciously. Harriet.-. on the rumour of considerable illness.

and very much in love with Harriet. if the weather were Mr. Weston. You appear to me a little hoarse already. but as there must still remain a degree of uneasiness which she could not wish to reason away. a most valuable. Elton looked as if he did not very well know what answer to make. With men he can be rational and unaffected. and not liking to resist any advice of her's. "but where there is a wish to please." said she. I hope not of a putrid infectious sort. in your case. she added soon afterwards--as if quite another subject. Weston. But. and never had his broad handsome face expressed more pleasure than at this moment." Soon afterwards Mr. never had his smile been stronger. Goddard's for news of her fair friend. or see him with clear vision. Elton was to go. I should certainly excuse myself. I think it would be no more than common prudence to stay at home and take care of yourself to-night. Elton quitted them. Let me entreat you to run no risks." Page 25 . one ought to overlook. "You do quite right. but still. he had not really the least inclination to give up the visit. that if it were to any other place or with any other party. he will have the advantage over negligent superiority. Elton actually accepting the offer with much prompt satisfaction. and he sighed and smiled himself off in a way that left the balance of approbation much in his favour. and one does overlook a great deal. Elton. so very cold--and looks and feels so very much like snow." "Yes. was very well satisfied with his muttering acknowledgment of its being "very cold. http://www. too eager and busy in her own previous conceptions and views to hear him impartially. which she would rather feed and assist than not." "Mr. Elton. Elton as one cannot but value.html occasion.such a passion for dining out--a dinner engagement is so high in the class of their pleasures. I do not like to interfere. amiable. "It is so cold. such an inclination-. to chuse to go into company. especially single men. and Mrs.--"we will make your apologies to Mr. What a strange thing love is! he can see ready wit in Harriet. certainly very cold. Mr. for though very much gratified by the kind care of such a fair lady.but Emma." said Mr. in the tone of his voice while assuring her that he should call at Mrs. It is downright labour to him where ladies are concerned. when he hoped to be able to give a better report. I should really try not to go out to-day--and dissuade my father from venturing. that any thing gives way to it--and this must be the case with Mr. and when you consider what demand of voice and what fatigues to-morrow will bring. but when he has ladies to please. when she found her brother was civilly offering a seat in his carriage. Elton's only objection. but as he has made up his mind. Mr. I believe. and does not seem to feel the cold himself. as I know it would be so great a disappointment to Mr. "he seems to have a great deal of good-will towards you. their dignities. Why does not Perry see her?" Emma. Elton's manners are not perfect." But hardly had she so spoken. the last thing before he prepared for the happiness of meeting her again. "A sore-throat!--I hope not infectious. nor his eyes more exulting than when he next looked at her." and walked on.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter.com/abclit. Where a man does his best with only moderate powers. he cannot refuse an invitation. "Well. pleasing young man undoubtedly. and Mr.-. almost their duties. It was a done thing. There is such perfect good-temper and good-will in Mr. After a few minutes of entire silence between them. as he exclaimed. every feature works. upon my word. and leave Harriet ill behind!--Most strange indeed!--But there is. Has Perry seen her? Indeed you should take care of yourself as well as of your friend. and secured him the power of sending to inquire after Harriet every hour of the evening. with some slyness. Elton. and Mrs. which was exactly the case. John Knightley presently." said she to herself." replied Emma. rejoicing in having extricated him from Randalls. who was not really at all frightened herself.processtext. Goddard's experience and care. he must dine out wherever he is asked. 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. "this is most strange!--After I had got him off so well. John Knightley began with-"I never in my life saw a man more intent on being agreeable than Mr. in many men. but will not dine alone for her. tranquillised this excess of apprehension by assurances of Mrs. their employments." Mr.

which no doubt he was in the habit of receiving. and the answer had been. "are you imagining me to be Mr. and not very well pleased with her brother for imagining her blind and ignorant.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. Woodhouse had so completely made up his mind to the visit. Emma. Going in dismal weather. by any call of duty or business. to return probably in worse. He said no more. which Mr. spruce. but you will do well to consider whether it is so or not. Page 26 . were evils. and set forward at last most punctually with his eldest daughter in his own carriage. and his voice was the voice of sentiment as he answered." "I thank you. Elton and I are very good friends. of the mistakes which people of high pretensions to judgment are for ever falling into. the step was let down. Mr. She had sent while dressing. Elton was all obligation and cheerfulness. "Much the same-. Mr. probably with rather thinner clothing than usual. 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. "must have a very good opinion of himself when he asks people to leave their own fireside. was with them instantly. Elton. You had better look about you. the carriage turned.-. setting forward voluntarily.not better. He must think himself a most agreeable fellow. and smiling. too full of the wonder of his own going. and the pleasure it was to afford at Randalls to see that it was cold.com/abclit." Emma did not find herself equal to give the pleased assent. without opening her lips. Emma. and if it never occurred to you before. she dreaded being quarrelsome. I could not do such a thing. and encounter such a day as this. he anticipated nothing in the visit that could be at all worth the purchase. without excuse. black. Elton's object?" "Such an imagination has crossed me. in every thing given to his view or his feelings. were disagreeables at least.--four horses and four servants taken out for nothing but to convey five idle. Elton in love with me!--What an idea!" "I do not say it is so. for the sake of coming to see him. that in spite of the increasing coldness. to emulate the "Very true. but she had resolution enough to refrain from making any answer at all. you may as well take it into consideration now. was severe. I speak as a friend. She could not be complying. however. and arranged the glasses. http://www. to stay at home himself." which must have been usually administered by his travelling companion. John Knightley did not by any means like. with the sacrifice of his children after dinner. he seemed to have no idea of shrinking from it. and to regulate your behaviour accordingly. that she began to think he must have received a different account of Harriet from what had reached her. and may not be said and heard again to-morrow. and in want of counsel. what a hardship we should deem it." His face lengthened immediately. Mr. It is the greatest absurdity--Actually snowing at this moment!-. and nothing more. and by the time the second carriage was in motion. my love." "Mr.here are we setting forward to spend five dull hours in another man's house. Emma soon saw that her companion was not in the happiest humour. They arrived. and Mr. and too well wrapt up to feel it.processtext. The preparing and the going abroad in such weather. and the whole of their drive to the vicarage was spent by him in expressing his discontent." said she presently. shivering creatures into colder rooms and worse company than they might have had at home. a few flakes of snow were finding their way down. amusing herself in the consideration of the blunders which often arise from a partial knowledge of circumstances. but I assure you you are quite mistaken. in defiance of the voice of nature. with less apparent consciousness of the weather than either of the others. and wrapped herself up.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. with nothing to say or to hear that was not said and heard yesterday. which tells man.html "Me!" she replied with a smile of astonishment." and she walked on. The cold. I own. and ascertain what you do. She allowed him to talk. Emma thought with pleasure of some change of subject." said he. her heroism reached only to silence. and what you mean to do. I think your manners to him encouraging. and keep all under shelter that he can.--and here are we. "was not so pleasant as I had hoped--`Not better' was my answer. "A man. Goddard's. he was so very cheerful in his civilities indeed." "My report from Mrs.

http://www. though Mr. by no means better. Knightley perhaps. and Mrs." said he. as you probably heard. John Knightley looked as if he did not comprehend the pleasure. and people think little of even the worst weather.) I had no idea that the law had been so great a slavery." said John Knightley. Very much grieved and concerned-. "What an excellent device.Mrs. which it might very possibly have done. I would rather. "and every thing in the greatest comfort. Such a sad loss to our party to-day!" "Dreadful!--Exactly so. Goddard's door. and in a voice of the greatest alacrity and enjoyment. But it is impossible not to feel uneasiness. which I did the very last thing before I returned to dress. but said only. Harriet seemed quite forgotten in the expectation of a pleasant party.) I think I shall certainly have your approbation." Emma smiled and answered--"My visit was of use to the nervous part of her complaint." observed Mr. and so fond of society. Emma was rather in dismay when only half a minute afterwards he began to speak of other things. from being used to the large parties of London. Weston indeed is much beyond praise. that not a breath of air can find its way unpermitted." replied John Knightley. but she was too much astonished now at Mr.--She will be missed every moment. Well.com/abclit. and for my part. I was snowed up at a friend's house once for a week." This was very proper. but it should have lasted longer. "the use of a sheepskin for carriages. under such circumstances. sir--I never dine with any body. sir. so hospitable. Mr. Woodhouse would hardly have ventured had there been much snow on the ground. Mr.--impossible to feel cold with such precautions. It is a very cold afternoon--but in this carriage we know nothing of the matter.--Ha! snows a little I see." Mr. At Christmas every body invites their friends about them." "Christmas weather." "I know nothing of the large parties of London. Perry has been with her." "Yes." "My first enjoyment. and he is exactly what one values. The contrivances of modern days indeed have rendered a gentleman's carriage perfectly complete. Weather becomes absolutely of no consequence. Charming people.processtext. Elton. How very comfortable they make it. fall short by two than exceed by two. Weston. Nothing could be pleasanter. and extremely fortunate we may think ourselves that it did not begin yesterday. but where small parties are select.-. One is so fenced and guarded from the weather. Mr.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. for Mr." Page 27 ." "Yes--I imagined--that is--I did not--" "He has been used to her in these complaints. I was told that Miss Smith was not better. the sigh which accompanied it was really estimable. "will be to find myself safe at Hartfield again. "I cannot wish to be snowed up a week at Randalls.-. may not quite enter into our feelings. coolly.I had flattered myself that she must be better after such a cordial as I knew had been given her in the morning. the time must come when you will be paid for all this. as they passed through the sweep-gate. I hope. and could not get away till that very day se'nnight." At another time Emma might have been amused. but now it is of no consequence. and prevent this day's party." "Indeed! (in a tone of wonder and pity. and I hope to-morrow morning will bring us both a more comfortable report. it is a most severe cold indeed. "and I think we shall have a good deal of it.it will be a small party. but not even I can charm away a sore throat. Elton's spirits for other feelings. This is quite the season indeed for friendly meetings. (turning with a soft air to Emma. "We are sure of excellent fires. I think you will agree with me." continued he. "Quite seasonable.html "Oh! no--I am grieved to find--I was on the point of telling you that when I called at Mrs. rather worse. when you will have little labour and great enjoyment. Weston's dining-room does not accommodate more than ten comfortably. indeed. I went for only one night. they are perhaps the most agreeable of any.

and Mr. would be so interested about her father. She heard enough to know that Mr. Weston was giving some information about his son. she was very strongly persuaded. and Mr. Weston. That Mr. especially as something was going on amongst the others. the little affairs. he was the very person to suit her in age. character and condition. and shew herself just as happy as she was.processtext. her touch.com/abclit. and though not meaning to be induced by him.Yet he would be so anxious for her being perfectly warm. it so happened that in spite of Emma's resolution of never marrying. Now. Elton's nonsense. that he was close to her. Elton. Elton's oddities. in the most overpowering period of Mr. Elton for a while made her rather sorry to find. and for Harriet's. Weston had not a lively concern. Frank Churchill. she had a great curiosity to see him. Weston. as to his wife. in the hope that all would yet turn out right. but it was an effort. besides all the history of his own and Isabella's coming. but the very sight of Mrs. Weston. or by any body else. To her it was real enjoyment to be with the Westons. She had frequently thought--especially since his father's marriage with Miss Taylor--that if she were to marry. and. The misfortune of Harriet's cold had been pretty well gone through before her arrival. Weston's drawing-room. but was continually obtruding his happy countenance on her notice. http://www. Emma's project of forgetting Mr. For her own sake she could not be rude. John Knightley more. a decided Page 28 . was one of the first gratifications of each." repeated several times over. Mr. Elton must smile less. to whom she related with such conviction of being listened to and understood. arrangements. and she determined to think as little as possible of Mr. She could not but suppose it to be a match that every body who knew them must think of. from a few other half-syllables very much suspected that he was announcing an early visit from his son.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. Mr. She could tell nothing of Hartfield. in which Mrs. or of any thing else unpleasant. the subject was so completely past that any reviving question from her would have been awkward. Weston was a great favourite. to give up a situation which she believed more replete with good than any she could change it for. Mr. and half an hour's uninterrupted communication of all those little matters on which the daily happiness of private life depends." and "Frank. This was a pleasure which perhaps the whole day's visit might not afford. He seemed by this connexion between the families. her voice was grateful to Emma. was able to turn away and welcome her dear Emma. there was something in the name. quite to belong to her. Instead of forgetting him. but before she could quiet Mr. in the idea of Mr.html CHAPTER XIV S ome change of countenance was necessary for each gentleman as they walked into Mrs. and Mrs. who had been almost wholly engrossed by her attentions to him. and at last would begin admiring her drawings with so much zeal and so little knowledge as seemed terribly like a would-be lover. and had indeed just got to the end of his satisfaction that James should come and see his daughter. which certainly did not belong to the present half-hour. and solicitously addressing her upon every occasion.--Emma only might be as nature prompted. which she particularly wished to listen to." and "my son. and Mrs. she was even positively civil. when they had all taken their places. her smile. and made it some effort with her to preserve her good manners. and enjoy all that was enjoyable to the utmost. Elton must compose his joyous looks. from her mind. and of Emma's being to follow. Woodhouse had been safely seated long enough to give the history of it. perplexities. when the others appeared. she heard the words "my son. which always interested her.--Mr. John Knightley disperse his ill-humour. not any one. Weston did think of it. and pleasures of her father and herself. and so delighted with Mrs. of being always interesting and always intelligible. to fit them for the place. 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!"-. The difficulty was great of driving his strange insensibility towards Harriet. while he not only sat at her elbow. and there was not a creature in the world to whom she spoke with such unreserve.

of being liked by him to a certain degree. and a sort of pleasure in the idea of their being coupled in their friends' imaginations." Emma liked the subject so well. I shall think so too. to Mrs. though I would not say it to any body else. I used to think she was not capable of being fond of any body. he made use of the very first interval in the cares of hospitality. my dear Mrs. The case. that she cannot calculate on their effects. she has no more heart than a stone to people in general. If they are not put off. you know)--The case is. Weston. because it is a family that a certain lady. that she must be almost as happy as yourself. very soon after their moving into the drawing-room: wishing her joy-. as I have been long in the practice of doing. "ever since September: every letter has been full of it. I had a letter from him this morning. Mr.-. who had not been attending before--"You must know. he cannot stir.html intention of finding him pleasant. Weston is so anxious to be acquainted with him. to say to her. for you know Enscombe. but he cannot command his own time. which I imagine to be the most certain thing in the world. But now I have no doubt of seeing him here about the second week in January. If you think he will come. Miss Smith. Weston. at dinner. Churchill. that we are by Page 29 . smiling. Weston. from the open-hearted Mr. She does not depend upon his coming so much as I do: but she does not know the parties so well as I do. 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. that he should excite such an affection." "What a very great pleasure it will be to you! and Mrs. I believe you did not hear me telling the others in the drawing-room that we are expecting Frank. has a particular dislike to: and though it is thought necessary to invite them once in two or three years. in my opinion. that she began upon it. There are secrets in all families.--So it proved. I cannot be so sanguine as Mr. Frank Churchill and Miss Smith making their party quite complete." "My Emma!" replied Mrs.com/abclit. Weston. Mr." Emma spoke with a very proper degree of pleasure. I am very much afraid that it will all end in nothing. and my son--and then I should say we were quite complete. is--(but this is quite between ourselves: I did not mention a syllable of it in the other room. except herself: but she has always been kind to him (in her way--allowing for little whims and caprices. to him. Weston. I have not the smallest doubt of the issue. for. "We want only two more to be just the right number.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter." replied Emma.for when happily released from Mr. and that Frank's coming depends upon their being put off.-.Mrs." "Yes. I dare say. And it is no small credit.yet observing. and fully assented to his proposition of Mr." "I am sorry there should be any thing like doubt in the case. but added.--She is an odd woman!--But I never allow myself to speak ill of her. and has been so little used to them at Hartfield. Knightley. and seated by Mr. though I have never been at the place in my life. "He has been wanting to come to us." "Yes--I have some right to that knowledge. http://www. that she knew the first meeting must be rather alarming. Weston. she would be. Weston agreed to it. Mr. With such sensations. the very first leisure from the saddle of mutton. Weston. that a party of friends are invited to pay a visit at Enscombe in January. on Frank's account. 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. and the devil of a temper. and he will be with us within a fortnight. and who (between ourselves) are sometimes to be pleased only by a good many sacrifices. but that she thinks there will be another put-off. you see.processtext. at Enscombe. "what is the certainty of caprice?" Then turning to Isabella. Elton. Weston.--your pretty little friend." continued Mr. of some consequence. Elton's civilities were dreadfully ill-timed. I am as confident of seeing Frank here before the middle of January. for I do believe her to be very fond of him. I should like to see two more here. He has those to please who must be pleased. they always are put off when it comes to the point. and expecting every thing to be as she likes). But I know they will. but she had the comfort of appearing very polite. has been telling you exactly how the matter stands?" "Yes--it seems to depend upon nothing but the ill-humour of Mrs. while feeling very cross--and of thinking that the rest of the visit could not possibly pass without bringing forward the same information again. "but am disposed to side with you. or the substance of it.

to whom she owes nothing at all. Churchill.html no means so sure of seeing Mr." "Oh." replied Mrs. and I wish Mr. but I am sure there is a great wish on the Churchills' to keep him to themselves. but it must be a life of misery. with your sweet temper. Churchill rules at Enscombe. She should then have heard more: Mrs. would scarcely try to conceal any thing relative to the Churchills from her." replied Isabella: "and I am sure I never think of that poor young man without the greatest compassion.processtext. and kept at a distance from those she wants to be with. Weston would speak to her. according to my idea of Mrs. I am sorry for it. certainly must not be judged by general rules: she is so very unreasonable. in judging of the conduct of any one individual of any one family. Now. and is a very odd-tempered woman. "and on others. it is but too likely. Weston were less sanguine." Page 30 ." Emma listened. Mr. and his coming now. in my opinion. Mrs. that while she makes no sacrifice for the comfort of the husband. she should frequently be governed by the nephew. They are jealous even of his regard for his father. very little: and among those. but one cannot comprehend a young man's being under such restraint. in short. Woodhouse very soon followed them into the drawing-room. and. to understand a bad one. Even if this family. http://www. "And so you do not consider this visit from your son as by any means certain.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. I can feel no dependence on his coming. on which she is beyond his reach." "He ought to come. While he talked to Isabella. if he likes it. if she fall into bad hands. the better. A young woman. may be this very circumstance of his coming away from them to visit us." "One ought to be at Enscombe. Emma found an opportunity of saying. unless he comes. depends upon her being willing to spare him. perhaps. What a blessing. to whom she owes every thing. of which her own imagination had already given her such instinctive knowledge. it would be most natural. In short. and then coolly said." "He may have a great deal of influence on some points. There is jealousy. I have no doubt of his having. as his father thinks. It is what we happily have never known any thing of. was a confinement that he could not endure. and gladly did he move to those with whom he was always comfortable. and the sooner it could be over." "But she is so fond of the nephew: he is so very great a favourite. and one can hardly conceive a young man's not having it in his power to do as much as that. It depends entirely upon his aunt's spirits and pleasure. how unhappy she would have made them!" Emma wished she had been alone with Mrs. "I shall not be satisfied. he ought to come." continued Mrs. and every delay makes one more apprehensive of other delays. with a degree of unreserve which she would not hazard with Isabella." said Emma. To be sitting long after dinner. "One ought to use the same caution. Weston. upon her temper. are put off. excepting those views on the young man. Weston. must be dreadful. every body knows Mrs. considerable influence. the Braithwaites. I am still afraid that some excuse may be found for disappointing us. Neither wine nor conversation was any thing to him. but Enscombe. as not to be able to spend a week with his father. or to lay down rules for it: you must let it go its own way. but it may be perfectly impossible for him to know beforehand when it will be." "My dearest Emma. whenever it takes place. do not pretend. "If he could stay only a couple of days. however. I believe. To be constantly living with an ill-tempered person. To you--to my two daughters--I may venture on the truth. Churchill. while she exercises incessant caprice towards him." "Yes. Churchill.com/abclit. Mrs. before one decides upon what he can do. But at present there was nothing more to be said. at times. and know the ways of the family. The introduction must be unpleasant. that she never had any children! Poor little creatures. may be teazed. I cannot bear to imagine any reluctance on his side. and every thing gives way to her. she really believed. Frank Churchill. Weston.

she was too much provoked and offended to have the power of directly saying any thing to the purpose. Weston and Emma tried earnestly to cheer him and turn his attention from his son-in-law. "Did she know?--had she heard any thing about her. since their being at Randalls?-. before the other gentlemen appeared. Weston was chatty and convivial. was assuming to himself the right of first interest in her. Something new for your coachman and horses to be making their way through a storm of snow. and opened on them all with the information of the ground being covered with snow. to entertain away his notice of the lateness of the hour. Weston to implore her assistance. "and yet so careless for herself! She wanted me to nurse my cold by staying at home to-day. and yet will not promise to avoid the danger of catching an ulcerated sore throat herself. for the present--to entreat her to promise him not to venture into such hazard till he had seen Mr. and when he had drank his tea he was quite ready to go home. John Knightley now came into the room from examining the weather. in words and manner. it seemed all at once as if he were more afraid of its being a bad sore throat on her account.her fair. and be as well satisfied with him as before. to induce Miss Woodhouse not to go to Mrs. and then left the sofa. and giving her all her attention. Is this fair. instead of Harriet. was one of the first to walk in. Mrs.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. Goddard's till it were certain that Miss Smith's disorder had no infection? He could not be satisfied without a promise-. and though she tried to laugh it off and bring the subject back into its proper course. He joined them immediately. and had some question to ask. lovely." Emma saw Mrs. was ready to listen with most friendly smiles. She had not time to know how Mr. amiable friend. Woodhouse was soon ready for his tea. every body was either surprized or not surprized. removing to a seat by her sister.would not she give him her influence in procuring it?" "So scrupulous for others. http://www. or some comfort to offer. Mrs. there was no putting an end to his extreme solicitude about her. Emma. was willing to forget his late improprieties. Woodhouse was silent from consternation. But at last there seemed a perverse turn. Frank Churchill. "Would not she give him her support?--would not she add her persuasions to his. an inconstancy. and no friend to early separations of any sort. seated himself between them. Mrs. and it was as much as his three companions could do. sir. with scarcely an invitation. Weston?--Judge between us. at an address which. and as for herself. concluding with these words to Mr. It did appear--there was no concealing it--exactly like the pretence of being in love with her. than that there should be no infection in the complaint. Elton. He professed himself extremely anxious about her fair friend-.html CHAPTER XV M r. Have not I some right to complain? I am sure of your kind support and aid. and Emma was quite in charity with him. Mr." he continued.he felt much anxiety--he must confess that the nature of her complaint alarmed him considerably.com/abclit. and. and felt that it must be great. Weston's surprize. but at last the drawing-room party did receive an augmentation. than on Harriet's--more anxious that she should escape the infection. so rapidly did another subject succeed. Mr. if real. and of its still snowing fast." And in this style he talked on for some time very properly. Woodhouse: "This will prove a spirited beginning of your winter engagements. She could only give him a look. and on his making Harriet his very first subject. but it was such a look as she thought must restore him to his senses. in good spirits too.processtext. Page 31 . in very good spirits. but altogether sufficiently awake to the terror of a bad sore throat. with a strong drifting wind. but every body else had something to say. Weston and Emma were sitting together on a sofa. not much attending to any answer. the most contemptible and abominable! and she had difficulty in behaving with temper. Elton took the reproof. from the amusement afforded her mind by the expectation of Mr. who was pursuing his triumph rather unfeelingly. He began with great earnestness to entreat her to refrain from visiting the sick-chamber again. Perry and learnt his opinion. He turned to Mrs. for Mr. She was vexed." Poor Mr.

He had seen the coachmen. and fancying the road to be now just passable for adventurous people. and Emma hoped to see one troublesome companion deposited in his own house. Knightley. Woodhouse uncomfortable. "What is to be done.processtext. while she and her husband set forward instantly through all the possible accumulations of drifted snow that might impede them. and of James. was confessing that he had known it to be snowing some time. she was eager to have it settled. a very few flakes were falling at present. Weston. and there was every appearance of its being soon over. that with a little contrivance. and be an excuse for his hurrying away." said he.html "I admired your resolution very much. and they both agreed with him in there being nothing to apprehend. either now or an hour hence.some way along the Highbury road--the snow was nowhere above half an inch deep--in many places hardly enough to whiten the ground. who had left the room immediately after his brother's first report of the snow. I dare say. It will be bad enough for the horses." Isabella turned to Mrs. Every body must have seen the snow coming on. I admired your spirit. and of their having so many friends about them. who was immediately set as much at ease on the subject as his nervous constitution allowed. Walk home!--you are prettily shod for walking home. "You had better order the carriage directly. that her father and Emma should remain at Randalls." "Shall I ring the bell?" "Yes. came back again. The horror of being blocked up at Randalls. calling on his wife to agree with him. Weston could only approve. sir. my dear Emma?--what is to be done?" was Mr. and her assurances of safety. I can get out and walk. from the consciousness of there being but two spare rooms in the house. if one is blown over in the bleak part of the common field there will be the other at hand. and with the utmost good-will was sure that accommodation might be found for every body. why do not you go?" "I am ready. Woodhouse's first exclamation. and all that he could say for some time. he was afraid they would find no difficulty. her representation of the excellence of the horses. whenever they liked it. but the clouds were parting. Mr. He wished the road might be impassable. but no assurances could convince him that it was safe to stay. but Emma could not so entirely give up the hope of their being all able to get away. His eldest daughter's alarm was equal to his own. and told them that he had been out of doors to examine. to get sober and cool. for in general every thing does give you cold. A few minutes more." "Indeed!" replied he. if we set off directly. and it is not the sort of thing that gives me cold.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. and the carriages spoken for. and I dare say we shall get home very well. Mrs. and if we do come to any thing very bad. He had gone beyond the sweep-. my love. for of course you saw there would be snow very soon. revived him a little. that was a mere joke. when Mr. "in venturing out in such weather. and they were still discussing the point. Another hour or two's snow can hardly make the road impassable. To Isabella. while her children were at Hartfield. Knightley and Emma settled it in a few brief sentences: thus-"Your father will not be easy. I dare say we shall be all safe at Hartfield before midnight. but had not said a word. and we are two carriages. which she hardly knew how to do. the moment I got home. He was satisfied of there being no present danger in returning home. do. "Then. "I dare say we shall be able to get along. my dear Isabella." And the bell was rung. I should not mind walking half the way. every body might be lodged. was full in her imagination. the relief of such tidings was very great. Isabella then went to Emma. I could change my shoes. that he might be able to keep them all at Randalls." Mr. As to there being any quantity of snow fallen or likely to fall to impede their return. it is the most extraordinary sort of thing in the world. Weston for her approbation of the plan. and while the others were variously urging and recommending." said she. I am not at all afraid. but in a state that admitted no delay. with triumph of a different sort. and could answer for there not being the smallest difficulty in their getting home. and they were scarcely less acceptable to Emma on her father's account. http://www. you know. and the other recover his Page 32 . 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. if the others are. To her he looked for comfort. lest it should make Mr.com/abclit.

as I have witnessed during the last month. by her own manners. Elton. Angry as she was. They must keep as much together as they could. Weston. and with fewer struggles for politeness. and I will endeavour to forget it. and slightly touched upon his respect for Miss Smith as her friend. As she thought less of his inebriety.but acknowledging his wonder that Miss Smith should be mentioned at all. "It is impossible for me to doubt any longer. and the three-quarters of a mile would have seemed but one. she would rather it had not happened. the thought of the moment made her resolve to restrain herself when she did speak. and therefore could hope that it might belong only to the passing hour. she replied. from gratified in being the object of such professions. You have made yourself too clear. and in short. than she found her subject cut up--her hand seized--her attention demanded. Woodhouse." "Miss Smith!--message to Miss Smith!--What could she possibly mean!"-. and was very urgent for a favourable answer. so that Emma found. Elton. "Mr.without much apparent diffidence. that she could not help replying with quickness.processtext.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. or of Harriet. Mr. in such a manner. and the discovery of a much darker night than he had been prepared for. very far. It would not have been the awkwardness of a moment. Command yourself enough to say no more. Elton had only drunk wine enough to elevate his spirits. He was afraid poor Isabella would not like it.you take me for my friend--any message to Miss Smith I shall be happy to deliver. I am far. It really was so. Elton. always the first object on such occasions. She believed he had been drinking too much of Mr. not at all to confuse his intellects. my astonishment is much beyond any thing I can express. but no more of this to me. "what can be the meaning of this?-. She felt that half this folly must be drunkenness. but scarcely had she begun. stept in after his wife very naturally. Accordingly. which she hoped would best suit his half and half state. that the door was to be lawfully shut on them. Elton. "I am very much astonished. declaring sentiments which must be already well known.And he repeated her words with such assurance of accent. replied.--he resumed the subject of his own passion. it would have been rather a pleasure. he would go on. she was immediately preparing to speak with exquisite calmness and gravity of the weather and the night. and having warmly protested against her suspicion as most injurious." "Good Heaven!" cried Mr. was carefully attended to his own by Mr. but flattering himself that his ardent attachment and unequalled love and unexampled passion could not fail of having some effect.-. forgetting that he did not belong to their party. Isabella stept in after her father. such boastful pretence of amazement. She tried to stop him. the lover of Harriet. Mr. sir. He perfectly knew his own meaning. which I had not supposed possible! Believe me. 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. was professing himself her lover. Mr. "He was afraid they should have a very bad drive. and felt sure that he would want to be talking nonsense. on being escorted and followed into the second carriage by Mr. indeed. hoping--fearing--adoring--ready to die if she refused him. this is the most extraordinary conduct! and I can account for it only in one way. and that they were to have a tete-a-tete drive. previous to the suspicions of this very day. After such behaviour. But now. and say it all. but not all that either could say could prevent some renewal of alarm at the sight of the snow which had actually fallen. Weston's good wine. Elton. He did not know what they had best do. http://www. she could have talked to him of Harriet. This to me! you forget yourself-. To restrain him as much as might be.html temper and happiness when this visit of hardship were over. John Knightley. very much resolved on being seriously accepted as soon as possible. Elton actually making violent love to her: availing himself of the precious opportunity. but as your friend: Page 33 . Knightley and Mr. you are not yourself." But Mr.Miss Smith!--I never thought of Miss Smith in the whole course of my existence--never paid her any attentions. Elton. scarcely had they passed the sweep-gate and joined the other carriage.com/abclit. or you could not speak either to me. The carriage came: and Mr. but vainly. And there would be poor Emma in the carriage behind. she thought more of his inconstancy and presumption. and given a charge to go very slow and wait for the other carriage." and James was talked to. if you please. and Mr. Without scruple--without apology-. with a mixture of the serious and the playful.

You cannot really. at the door of his house.) gave me great pleasure. there would have been desperate awkwardness. Every thing that I have said or done. http://www. ashamed of his ill-humour. Without knowing when the carriage turned into Vicarage Lane. on hearing this-. probably. under indescribable irritation of spirits.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. by her father.html never cared whether she were dead or alive. and. you have been entirely mistaken in supposing it. all at once. and I am very sorry--extremely sorry--But. Miss Smith might have been led into a misconception of your views. no doubt. I have been in a most complete error with respect to your views. I have seen you only as the admirer of my friend. there are men who might not object to--Every body has their level: but as for myself. I wish her extremely well: and. coldly and proudly. will not be lasting. quite so much at a loss. So far from having long understood you. and so particularly solicitous for the comfort of her father. she was then conveyed to Hartfield.--But her mind had never been in such perturbation. they found themselves.which of all her unpleasant sensations was uppermost." "No. Miss Smith.Nothing could be farther from my wishes--your attachment to my friend Harriet--your pursuit of her.--Emma then felt it indispensable to wish him a good night. I protest against having paid the smallest attention to any one else. for many weeks past. 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. and there it seemed as if her return only were wanted to make every thing go well: for Mr. If she has fancied otherwise. I am not. indeed!--Oh! Miss Woodhouse! who can think of Miss Smith.com/abclit. and. If there had not been so much anger. I think. and he was out before another syllable passed. I should certainly have thought you judged ill in making your visits so frequent." He was too angry to say another word. any more than myself. and I should be happy to see her respectably settled. There she was welcomed. In no other light could you have been more to me than a common acquaintance. the disappointment is single. I have no thoughts of matrimony at present. has been with the sole view of marking my adoration of yourself. or when it stopped. But." cried he.No. but their straightforward emotions left no room for the little zigzags of embarrassment. She was too completely overpowered to be immediately able to reply: and two moments of silence being ample encouragement for Mr. her own wishes have misled her. and the encouragement I received--" "Encouragement!--I give you encouragement!--Sir. there is no unsteadiness of character. madam. with the utmost delight. (pursuit. I am exceedingly sorry: but it is well that the mistake ends where it does." It would be impossible to say what Emma felt. John Knightley. and mutually deep mortification. I have thought only of you. and the day was concluding in peace and comfort to all their little party. As to myself. her manner too decided to invite supplication. as it is. he tried to take her hand again. but as your friend. 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. of the very great inequality which you are so sensible of." cried Emma. till this moment. affronted in his turn: "never. they had to continue together a few minutes longer. The compliment was just returned. Elton's sanguine state of mind. Woodhouse had confined them to a foot-pace. No!--(in an accent meant to be insinuating)--I am sure you have seen and understood me. not being aware. and it needed a very strong effort to appear attentive and cheerful till the usual hour Page 34 . I assure you. Had the same behaviour continued. I think seriously of Miss Smith!--Miss Smith is a very good sort of girl. and in this state of swelling resentment. I am very sorry that you should have been giving way to any feelings-. madam. "it confesses no such thing. upon my honour. when Miss Woodhouse is near! No. doubt it. sir. was now all kindness and attention. as to seem--if not quite ready to join him in a basin of gruel--perfectly sensible of its being exceedingly wholesome. It confesses that you have long understood me. and I have been very earnestly wishing you success: but had I supposed that she were not your attraction to Hartfield. I trust. as he joyously exclaimed-"Charming Miss Woodhouse! allow me to interpret this interesting silence. I need not so totally despair of an equal alliance. seriously. as to be addressing myself to Miss Smith!-.processtext. it appeared. my visits to Hartfield have been for yourself only. for the fears of Mr. except herself.

or fancy any tone of voice. Contrary to the usual course of things. It was dreadfully mortifying. but it was all confusion. and little concerned about the feelings of others.html of separating allowed her the relief of quiet reflection.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. till this very day. There had been no real affection either in his language or manners. To Mr. He might have doubled his presumption to me-. She had taken up the idea. than she actually was. but. wavering.--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. very full of his own claims. he would soon try for Miss Page 35 . Elton was proving himself.in fact it suited neither. it was a jumble without taste or truth. thought his manners to herself unnecessarily gallant. pretended to be in love. and was insulted by his hopes. and she would gladly have submitted to feel yet more mistaken-. His manners. Mr. "If I had not persuaded Harriet into liking the man. must have been unmarked. assuming.-. as a mere error of judgment. and the maid sent away. the caution he had given.com/abclit. especially of late. less allied with real love. but she was perfectly easy as to his not suffering any disappointment that need be cared for. all was light. proud. and Emma sat down to think and be miserable. She remembered what Mr.but poor Harriet!" 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. Elton's wanting to pay his addresses to her had sunk him in her opinion. but she could hardly devise any set of expressions. she supposed.more in error--more disgraced by mis-judgment. with its "ready wit"--but then the "soft eyes"-. She need not trouble herself to pity him. http://www. of some sort or other. for an instant. Elton would never marry indiscreetly. were not quite so easily obtained as he had fancied. and blushed to think how much truer a knowledge of his character had been there shewn than any she had reached herself. compared with the evil to Harriet. and having the arrogance to raise his eyes to her. could the effects of her blunders have been confined to herself. She thought nothing of his attachment. Every part of it brought pain and humiliation. Sighs and fine words had been given in abundance. He only wanted to aggrandise and enrich himself. and if Miss Woodhouse of Hartfield. true elegance was sometimes wanting. for the first start of its possibility. There was no denying that those brothers had penetration. the charade. but Mr. the conviction he had professed that Mr. and made every thing bend to it.processtext. His professions and his proposals did him no service. as one proof among others that he had not always lived in the best society. of taste. of knowledge. that with all the gentleness of his address.how clearly they had seemed to point at Harriet. conceited. I could have borne any thing. she had never. however. CHAPTER XVI T he hair was curled. Elton. the very reverse of what she had meant and believed him. Knightley had once said to her about Mr. suspected it to mean any thing but grateful respect to her as Harriet's friend. John Knightley was she indebted for her first idea on the subject. but. He wanted to marry well. Who could have seen through such thick-headed nonsense? Certainly she had often.and the charade!--and an hundred other circumstances. the heiress of thirty thousand pounds. but it had passed as his way. To be sure. or she could not have been so misled. dubious. in many respects. The picture!--How eager he had been about the picture!-.

and certainly never would have thought of him with hope.processtext. but there I should have stopped. and resolved to do such things no more. and if she were not to feel this disappointment so very much. the return of day will hardly fail to bring return of spirits.a pert young lawyer. more dispiriting cogitation upon what had been.html Somebody else with twenty. and avoiding eclat." said she. If she had so misinterpreted his feelings. with the awkwardness of future meetings. she had little right to wonder that he. to marry him!--should suppose himself her equal in connexion or mind!--look down upon her friend. and if the distress be not poignant enough to keep the eyes unclosed. in every other kind of consequence. her peace is cut up for some time. Elton. The youth and cheerfulness of morning are in happy analogy. to take so active a part in bringing any two people together. Elton should not be really in love with her. the younger branch of a very ancient family--and that the Eltons were nobody. making light of what ought to be serious. and all the elegancies of mind. and to depend on getting tolerably out of it. a trick of what ought to be simple. It was a great consolation that Mr. was such as to make them scarcely secondary to Donwell Abbey itself. poor girl. and then resumed a more serious. "actually talked poor Harriet into being very much attached to this man. The first error and the worst lay at her door. That was well done of me. Emma got up on the morrow more disposed for comfort than she had gone to bed. like Mr. being but a sort of notch in the Donwell Abbey estate. But--that he should talk of encouragement. or any thing to recommend him to notice but his situation and his civility. He must know that the Woodhouses had been settled for several generations at Hartfield. so full of courtesy and attention. But now. or so particularly amiable as to make it shocking to disappoint him--that Harriet's nature should not be of that superior sort Page 36 . I am sure I have not an idea of any body else who would be at all desirable for her. Elton had first entered not two years ago.But he had fancied her in love with him. and of powerful operation. without any alliances but in trade. http://www. and giving her the opportunity of pleasing some one worth having. and all that poor Harriet would be suffering. they will be sure to open to sensations of softened pain and brighter hope. The very want of such equality might prevent his perception of it. The distressing explanation she had to make to Harriet.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. as (supposing her real motive unperceived) might warrant a man of ordinary observation and delicacy.-. To youth and natural cheerfulness like Emma's. should consider her as aware of his views. if I had not assured her of his attachment. She was quite concerned and ashamed. it was wrong. were enough to occupy her in most unmirthful reflections some time longer. should have mistaken hers. I have been but half a friend to her. more ready to see alleviations of the evil before her. concealing resentment. I was introducing her into good company. to make his way as he could. as to fancy himself shewing no presumption in addressing her!-. with self-interest to blind him. The landed property of Hartfield certainly was inconsiderable. I could not endure William Coxe-.It was most provoking. I ought not to have attempted more. accepting his attentions. though under temporary gloom at night. meaning (in short). and she went to bed at last with nothing settled but the conviction of her having blundered most dreadfully.com/abclit. in fancying himself a very decided favourite. and left the rest to time and chance. but their fortune. to which all the rest of Highbury belonged. "Here have I. so well understanding the gradations of rank below him. It was foolish. and the Woodhouses had long held a high place in the consideration of the neighbourhood which Mr. or with ten. Oh! that I had been satisfied with persuading her not to accept young Martin. It was adventuring too far. of subduing feelings. that evidently must have been his dependence. for she is as modest and humble as I used to think him. assuming too much. and might be. and be so blind to what rose above." She stopt to blush and laugh at her own relapse. the difficulties of continuing or discontinuing the acquaintance. She might never have thought of him but for me. and after raving a little about the seeming incongruity of gentle manners and a conceited head. Perhaps it was not fair to expect him to feel how very much he was her inferior in talent. but he must know that in fortune and consequence she was greatly his superior. There I was quite right.--William Coxe--Oh! no. Emma was obliged in common honesty to stop and admit that her own behaviour to him had been so complaisant and obliging. and must be. from other sources.

tried to persuade his daughter to stay behind with all her children. John Knightley were not detained long at Hartfield. to say. every morning beginning in rain or snow. It was weather which might fairly confine every body at home. and especially for her father's being given a moment's uneasiness about it." Emma was most agreeably surprized. with Mr. which is of all others the most unfriendly for exercise. should be happy to attend to them.com/abclit. and the atmosphere in that unsettled state between frost and thaw. a long. and no need to find excuses for Mr. no church for her on Sunday any more than on Christmas Day. though Christmas Day.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. The weather was most favourable for her. Mr. Elton's absenting himself. whom no weather could keep entirely from them. ceremonious note. but for her private perplexities. of whose friendly civilities he should ever retain a grateful sense-. as usual. Woodhouse any commands. and Mrs. Woodhouse having. and return to his lamentations over the destiny of poor Isabella. and she was therefore safe from either exciting or receiving unpleasant and most unsuitable ideas. civil. "that he was proposing to leave Highbury the following morning in his way to Bath.and had Mr. These were very cheering thoughts. Elton's absence just at this time was the very thing to be desired. and the sight of a great deal of snow on the ground did her further service. CHAPTER XVII M r. The ground covered with snow. might have been a model of right feminine happiness.--Mr. No intercourse with Harriet possible but by note. Knightley. But with all the hopes of cheerfulness. blind to their faults. and very much regretted the impossibility he was under. she could not go to church. Woodhouse. Woodhouse. Elton's best compliments. Elton to Mr. The weather soon improved enough for those to move who must move. Elton?" These days of confinement would have been. He was always agreeable and obliging. in compliance with the pressing entreaties of some friends. it was very pleasant to have her father so well satisfied with his being all alone in his own house. too wise to stir out. so thoroughly cleared off his ill-humour at Randalls. and always innocently busy. she was for many days a most honourable prisoner. besides. Woodhouse would have been miserable had his daughter attempted it. whose feelings must always be of great importance to his companions. full of their merits. and speaking pleasantly of every body. remarkably comfortable. and he had.--which poor Isabella. passing her life with those she doated on. from various circumstances of weather and business. Knightley. there was still such an evil hanging over her in the hour of explanation with Harriet. why do not you stay at home like poor Mr. The evening of the very day on which they went brought a note from Mr. where. for any thing was welcome that might justify their all three being quite asunder at present. She admired him for contriving it. of taking a personal leave of Mr. and all the present comfort of delay. and Mr. and every evening setting in to freeze.and that there could be no necessity for any body's knowing what had passed except the three principals. http://www. he had engaged to spend a few weeks. as made it impossible for Emma to be ever perfectly at ease. that his amiableness never failed him during the rest of his stay at Hartfield.-"Ah! Mr. and to hear him say to Mr. though not able to give him much credit for the manner in Page 37 . and though she hoped and believed him to be really taking comfort in some society or other.html in which the feelings are most acute and retentive-. was obliged to see the whole party set off.processtext. as such seclusion exactly suited her brother.

and in every thing testifying such an ingenuousness of disposition and lowly opinion of herself. Resentment could not have been more plainly spoken than in a civility to her father. on his return. as must appear with particular advantage at that moment to her friend. was to promote Harriet's comfort.-. and by books and conversation. She had not even a share in his opening compliments. Woodhouse talked over his alarms.com/abclit. at first. and with the entire extinction of all hope. Elton might never get safely to the end of it. It was a very useful note. not her own. made his own indifference as evident and indubitable as she could not doubt he would anxiously do.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. to undergo the necessary penance of communication. from which she was so pointedly excluded. inferior only to her father's claims. 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. Goddard's accordingly the very next day. It did. The affection of such a man as Mr.She had to destroy all the hopes which she had been so industriously feeding--to appear in the ungracious character of the one preferred-. http://www. She went to Mrs.html which it was announced. and such an ill-judged solemnity of leave-taking in his graceful acknowledgments. She got her to Hartfield.--Her father was quite taken up with the surprize of so sudden a journey.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.-. prove herself more resolutely in love than Emma had foreseen. without any danger of betraying sentiments or increasing them. such a progress might be made towards a state of composure by the time of Mr. all that ought to be attaching. all her prophecies for the last six weeks. She had reason to believe her nearly recovered from her cold. and all that was amiable. however. seemed on Harriet's side. all her observations. for it supplied them with fresh matter for thought and conversation during the rest of their lonely evening. to drive Mr. that no dignity could have made it more respectable in Emma's eyes-.She never could have deserved him--and nobody but so partial and kind a friend as Miss Woodhouse would have thought it possible. and repressing imagination all the rest of her life. and maintained the non-existence of any body equal to him in person or goodness--and did.and acknowledge herself grossly mistaken and mis-judging in all her ideas on one subject.and there was so striking a change in all this. Harriet bore the intelligence very well--blaming nobody-. Page 38 . and she could suppose herself but an indifferent judge of such matters in general. but yet it appeared to her so natural. Harriet did not consider herself as having any thing to complain of. Elton's return. in truth. Elton in particular. she could not imagine Harriet's persisting to place her happiness in the sight or the recollection of him. Her second duty now. but she left her with every previous resolution confirmed of being humble and discreet. but it seemed to her reasonable that at Harriet's age. Time. and very inadequate to sympathise in an attachment to Mr. It was rather too late in the day to set about being simple-minded and ignorant.--Her name was not mentioned. Elton from her thoughts. all her convictions. and Emma was in spirits to persuade them away with all her usual promptitude. If Mr. Mr. she knew. She now resolved to keep Harriet no longer in the dark. as she thought. Emma was in the humour to value simplicity and modesty to the utmost. and his fears that Mr. striving to occupy and amuse her.-. and shewed her the most unvarying kindness.processtext. could not escape her father's suspicion. as to allow them all to meet again in the common routine of acquaintance. so inevitable to strive against an inclination of that sort unrequited. Her tears fell abundantly--but her grief was so truly artless. Elton would have been too great a distinction. that she could not comprehend its continuing very long in equal force. Elton. 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. Harriet did think him all perfection. and endeavour to prove her own affection in some better method than by match-making. and saw nothing extraordinary in his language. must be allowed for this being thoroughly done. and a severe one it was.

She was the first to announce it to Mr. Harriet was farther unfortunate in the tone of her companions at Mrs. but then he began to perceive that Frank's coming two or three months later would be a much better plan." Mrs.processtext. Knightley. was bad for each. When the time proposed drew near. and. better time of year. as it was desirable that she should appear. of a more apprehensive disposition. Mr. so absolutely fixed. like her usual self. but still he looked forward with the hope of coming to Randalls at no distant period. as might naturally belong to their friendship. while Mrs. the gala-day to Highbury entire.) at the conduct of the Churchills. to be quiet. for all three. and Emma felt that. They must encounter each other. to his "very great mortification and regret. in the same place. Frank Churchill's not coming. and that he would be able. (or. in fact. She then proceeded to say a good deal more than she felt. being acting a part. Not one of them had the power of removal. For half an hour Mr. till she saw her in the way of cure. found herself directly involved in a disagreement with Mr. and out of temptation. though for ever expecting more good than occurs.com/abclit. and it must be at Hartfield only that she could have any chance of hearing him spoken of with cooling moderation or repellent truth. there could be no true peace for herself. foresaw nothing but a repetition of excuses and delays. to stay considerably longer with them than if he had come sooner. The acquaintance at present had no charm for her. rather. in keeping him away. Mrs. perhaps rather more. and enter as warmly into Mr. Weston's fears were justified in the arrival of a letter of excuse. and begins to hope again. without any doubt. Frank Churchill did not come. except as a disappointment at Randalls. better weather. These feelings rapidly restored his comfort. and after all her concern for what her husband was to suffer. and Mrs. http://www. Weston was exceedingly disappointed--much more disappointed. but still. Weston. Emma was not at this time in a state of spirits to care really about Mr. and ending with reflections on the Churchills again.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. VOLUME I CHAPTER XVIII M r. Goddard's. suffered a great deal more herself. or of effecting any material change of society. than her husband. Elton being the adoration of all the teachers and great girls in the school. perceived that she Page 39 .html Their being fixed. which the sight of him would have made. She wanted. to her great amusement. in general. Weston's disappointment. It soon flies over the present failure. there must the cure be found if anywhere. For the present. does not always pay for its hopes by any proportionate depression. and exclaimed quite as much as was necessary. and make the best of it. Where the wound had been given. the pleasure of looking at somebody new. he could not be spared. she took care to express as much interest in the circumstance. Weston was surprized and sorry. Knightley. though her dependence on seeing the young man had been so much more sober: but a sanguine temper. of the advantage of such an addition to their confined society in Surry.

Respect would be added to affection. can say what the difficulties of any individual of that family may be. coolly. and easily felt by you. not by manoeuvring and finessing. luxurious. be able to do a great deal more than he can at others. Mr. and selfish. They would feel Page 40 . But you have not an idea of what is requisite in situations directly opposite to your own. if he made a point of it. He wishes exceedingly to come." "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. and with Mrs. and speaking as loud as he could!--How can you imagine such conduct practicable?" "Depend upon it. to Mrs. We hear of him for ever at some watering-place or other. on the contrary. Nobody. if he chuses. I know he would be hurt by my failing in such a mark of respect to him on the present occasion. You are the worst judge in the world. in the tone of decision becoming a man. that he is glad to get rid of them at the idlest haunts in the kingdom. but his uncle and aunt will not spare him. and selfish too. set off to-morrow." "No. and the declaration--made.If he would say so to her at once. he was at Weymouth. by his promises and messages. as a man of sense would make it." "I cannot believe that he has not the power of coming. in suspecting that he may have learnt to be above his connexions. from living with those who have always set him the example of it. to make you suppose him such an unnatural creature?" "I am not supposing him at all an unnatural creature.'-. who have brought him up. whenever there is any temptation of pleasure.com/abclit. therefore. A man at his age--what is he?--three or four-and-twenty--cannot be without the means of doing as much as that. and that is. but I must go and see my father immediately. and to care very little for any thing but his own pleasure. Frank Churchill done. to use!--Nobody but you." "I do not know why you should say so. I shall. It is impossible. A man who felt rightly would say at once. but by vigour and resolution. his duty. Churchill's temper. laughing. We ought to be acquainted with Enscombe." "Yes. but if he wished to do it. He knows it to be so. He cannot want money--he cannot want leisure. http://www. who have always been your own master. there would be no opposition made to his going. Weston's arguments against herself." said Mr. and making use of Mrs. Knightley. a sensible man would find no difficulty in it. He would feel himself in the right." "It is very unfair to judge of any body's conduct. fix his interest stronger with the people he depended on. You do not know what it is to have tempers to manage.processtext. he would have contrived it between September and January. for me to believe it without proof. it might be done. Emma. before we pretend to decide upon what her nephew can do. Knightley." "And those times are whenever he thinks it worth his while. "The Churchills are very likely in fault. It is a great deal more natural than one could wish. This proves that he can leave the Churchills. without an intimate knowledge of their situation. that he has so much of both. Frank Churchill to be making such a speech as that to the uncle and aunt. Mr. He may. It is too unlikely. If Frank Churchill had wanted to see his father. Such language for a young man entirely dependent. luxurious. and are to provide for him!--Standing up in the middle of the room. would imagine it possible.`Every sacrifice of mere pleasure you will always find me ready to make to your convenience. in a proper manner-would do him more good. of the difficulties of dependence. Mr. which a man can always do. I suppose." said Emma. that a young man. than all that a line of shifts and expedients can ever do. brought up by those who are proud. We know. raise him higher. A little while ago. should be proud." "How odd you are! What has Mr. "but I dare say he might come if he would. at times. who has not been in the interior of a family. Churchill-.html was taking the other side of the question from her real opinion. "but perhaps there might be some made to his coming back again." "That's easily said. Knightley. of course. Emma. It is Frank Churchill's duty to pay this attention to his father.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. simply and resolutely. sometimes he can." "There is one thing.

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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

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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. To take a dislike to a young man, only because he appeared to be of a different disposition from himself, was unworthy the real liberality of mind which she was always used to acknowledge in him; for with all the high opinion of himself, which she had often laid to his charge, she had never before for a moment supposed it could make him unjust to the merit of another.

VOLUME II

CHAPTER I

E mma and Harriet had been walking together one morning, and, in Emma's opinion, had been
talking enough of Mr. Elton for that day. She could not think that Harriet's solace or her own sins required more; and she was therefore industriously getting rid of the subject as they returned;--but it burst

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out again when she thought she had succeeded, and after speaking some time of what the poor must suffer in winter, and receiving no other answer than a very plaintive-- "Mr. Elton is so good to the poor!" she found something else must be done. They were just approaching the house where lived Mrs. and Miss Bates. She determined to call upon them and seek safety in numbers. There was always sufficient reason for such an attention; Mrs. and Miss Bates loved to be called on, and she knew she was considered by the very few who presumed ever to see imperfection in her, as rather negligent in that respect, and as not contributing what she ought to the stock of their scanty comforts. She had had many a hint from Mr. Knightley and some from her own heart, as to her deficiency--but none were equal to counteract the persuasion of its being very disagreeable,--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, who were calling on them for ever, and therefore she seldom went near them. But now she made the sudden resolution of not passing their door without going in--observing, as she proposed it to Harriet, that, as well as she could calculate, they were just now quite safe from any letter from Jane Fairfax. The house belonged to people in business. Mrs. and Miss Bates occupied the drawing-room floor; and there, in the very moderate-sized apartment, which was every thing to them, the visitors were most cordially and even gratefully welcomed; the quiet neat old lady, who with her knitting was seated in the warmest corner, wanting even to give up her place to Miss Woodhouse, and her more active, talking daughter, almost ready to overpower them with care and kindness, thanks for their visit, solicitude for their shoes, anxious inquiries after Mr. Woodhouse's health, cheerful communications about her mother's, and sweet-cake from the beaufet--"Mrs. Cole had just been there, just called in for ten minutes, and had been so good as to sit an hour with them, and she had taken a piece of cake and been so kind as to say she liked it very much; and, therefore, she hoped Miss Woodhouse and Miss Smith would do them the favour to eat a piece too." The mention of the Coles was sure to be followed by that of Mr. Elton. There was intimacy between them, and Mr. Cole had heard from Mr. Elton since his going away. Emma knew what was coming; they must have the letter over again, and settle how long he had been gone, and how much he was engaged in company, and what a favourite he was wherever he went, and how full the Master of the Ceremonies' ball had been; and she went through it very well, with all the interest and all the commendation that could be requisite, and always putting forward to prevent Harriet's being obliged to say a word. This she had been prepared for when she entered the house; but meant, having once talked him handsomely over, to be no farther incommoded by any troublesome topic, and to wander at large amongst all the Mistresses and Misses of Highbury, and their card-parties. She had not been prepared to have Jane Fairfax succeed Mr. Elton; but he was actually hurried off by Miss Bates, she jumped away from him at last abruptly to the Coles, to usher in a letter from her niece. "Oh! yes--Mr. Elton, I understand--certainly as to dancing-- Mrs. Cole was telling me that dancing at the rooms at Bath was-- Mrs. Cole was so kind as to sit some time with us, talking of Jane; for as soon as she came in, she began inquiring after her, Jane is so very great a favourite there. Whenever she is with us, Mrs. Cole does not know how to shew her kindness enough; and I must say that Jane deserves it as much as any body can. And so she began inquiring after her directly, saying, `I know you cannot have heard from Jane lately, because it is not her time for writing;' and when I immediately said, `But indeed we have, we had a letter this very morning,' I do not know that I ever saw any body more surprized. `Have you, upon your honour?' said she; `well, that is quite unexpected. Do let me hear what she says.'" Emma's politeness was at hand directly, to say, with smiling interest-"Have you heard from Miss Fairfax so lately? I am extremely happy. I hope she is well?" "Thank you. You are so kind!" replied the happily deceived aunt, while eagerly hunting for the letter.--"Oh! here it is. I was sure it could not be far off; but I had put my huswife upon it, you see, without being aware, and so it was quite hid, but I had it in my hand so very lately that I was almost sure it must be on the table. I was reading it to Mrs. Cole, and since she went away, I was reading it again to

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my mother, for it is such a pleasure to her-- a letter from Jane--that she can never hear it often enough; so I knew it could not be far off, and here it is, only just under my huswife--and since you are so kind as to wish to hear what she says;--but, first of all, I really must, in justice to Jane, 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 often wonders that I can make it out so well. She often says, when the letter is first opened, `Well, Hetty, now I think you will be put to it to make out all that checker-work'-- don't you, ma'am?--And then I tell her, I am sure she would contrive to make it out herself, 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. And, indeed, though my mother's eyes are not so good as they were, she can see amazingly well still, thank God! with the help of spectacles. It is such a blessing! My mother's are really very good indeed. Jane often says, when she is here, `I am sure, grandmama, 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.'" All this spoken extremely fast obliged Miss Bates to stop for breath; and Emma said something very civil about the excellence of Miss Fairfax's handwriting. "You are extremely kind," replied Miss Bates, highly gratified; "you who are such a judge, and write so beautifully yourself. I am sure there is nobody's praise that could give us so much pleasure as Miss Woodhouse's. My mother does not hear; she is a little deaf you know. Ma'am," addressing her, "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. She was pondering, in the meanwhile, upon the possibility, without seeming very rude, of making her escape from Jane Fairfax's letter, and had almost resolved on hurrying away directly under some slight excuse, when Miss Bates turned to her again and seized her attention. "My mother's deafness is very trifling you see--just nothing at all. By only raising my voice, and saying any thing two or three times over, she is sure to hear; but then she is used to my voice. But it is very remarkable that she should always hear Jane better than she does me. Jane speaks so distinct! However, she will not find her grandmama at all deafer than she was two years ago; which is saying a great deal at my mother's time of life--and it really is full two years, you know, since she was here. We never were so long without seeing her before, and as I was telling Mrs. Cole, we shall hardly know how to make enough of her now." "Are you expecting Miss Fairfax here soon?" "Oh yes; next week." "Indeed!--that must be a very great pleasure." "Thank you. You are very kind. Yes, next week. Every body is so surprized; and every body says the same obliging things. I am sure she will be as happy to see her friends at Highbury, as they can be to see her. Yes, Friday or Saturday; she cannot say which, because Colonel Campbell will be wanting the carriage himself one of those days. So very good of them to send her the whole way! But they always do, you know. Oh yes, Friday or Saturday next. That is what she writes about. That is the reason of her writing out of rule, as we call it; for, in the common course, we should not have heard from her before next Tuesday or Wednesday." "Yes, so I imagined. I was afraid there could be little chance of my hearing any thing of Miss Fairfax to-day." "So obliging of you! No, we should not have heard, if it had not been for this particular circumstance, of her being to come here so soon. My mother is so delighted!--for she is to be three months with us at least. Three months, she says so, positively, as I am going to have the pleasure of reading to you. The case is, you see, that the Campbells are going to Ireland. Mrs. Dixon has persuaded her father and mother to come over and see her directly. They had not intended to go over till the summer, but she is so impatient to see them again--for till she married, last October, she was never away from them so much as a week, which must make it very strange to be in different kingdoms, I was going to say, but however different countries, and so she wrote a very urgent letter to her mother--or her father, I declare I do not know which it was, but we shall see presently in Jane's letter--wrote in Mr. Dixon's name as well as her own, to press their coming over directly, and they would give them the meeting in Dublin, and take them

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has no remarkable degree of personal beauty. and the Campbells leave town in their way to Holyhead the Monday following-. for months together--not able to come if any thing was to happen. poor thing! so long ago as the 7th of November. and Colonel and Mrs. charming young man. and try an air that always agrees with her. that of course. Dixon must be very much disappointed. in spite of all her friends' urgency. you know. Miss Campbell always was absolutely plain--but extremely elegant and amiable. if he had not. you could hardly have expected her to be excused from accompanying Colonel and Mrs. The very thing that we have always been rather afraid of. But Mrs.) and has never been well since. with the greatest presence of mind. and they have no doubt that three or four months at Highbury will entirely cure her-." "And so she is to come to us next Friday or Saturday. and her own wish of seeing Ireland. Bates?" "Yes--entirely her own doing. Campbell think she does quite right. Dixon) excessively to come over with Colonel and Mrs. as she has not been quite so well as usual lately. He is a most amiable. that her kind friends the Campbells think she had better come home. Mr. quite depend upon it.processtext. 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." "Oh! no. is not it. He is a most charming young man. Jane says. views that he had taken himself. and looking very poorly.com/abclit. every thing turns out for the best. to be compared with Miss Fairfax. They want her (Mr. from Mr. and Mrs. would have been dashed into the sea at once. is not. this charming Mr. I fancy. I understand. Jane has heard a great deal of its beauty. entirely her own choice. and I think she wrote us word that he had shewn them some drawings of the place. and indeed they particularly wish her to try her native air. Campbell.(I can never think of it without trembling!)--But ever since we had the history of that day. There is no comparison between them. Dixon. I have been so fond of Mr. Dixon!" "But. and the not going to Ireland. So sudden!--You may guess. with the insidious design of farther discovery. I always make a point of reading Jane's letters through to myself first. Campbell were very particular about their daughter's not walking out often with only Mr. that he should like to speak 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. than go to Ireland. she is so far from well. You are very obliging to say such things--but certainly not. Dixon. as you will hear presently." "Yes. Dixon. as to that. I must tell you what an unlucky thing happened to me. Baly-craig. Dixon. dear Miss Woodhouse. very true.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter.as you will find from Jane's letter. indeed. "You must feel it very fortunate that Miss Fairfax should be allowed to come to you at such a time. A long time. I believe.html back to their country seat. Considering the very particular friendship between her and Mrs. http://www. Nobody could nurse her." At this moment. as we should do." "Jane caught a bad cold. but it was very natural. and actually was all but gone.I do not know that she ever heard about it from any body else. an ingenious and animating suspicion entering Emma's brain with regard to Jane Fairfax. by any means. from his account of things. Miss Fairfax prefers devoting the time to you and Mrs. caught hold of her habit-.and it is certainly a great deal better that she should come here. Just like her! so considerate!--But however." "Very true. a beautiful place. just what they should recommend. Ever since the service he rendered Jane at Weymouth. you know. of course she heard every thing he might be telling Miss Campbell about his own home in Ireland. Dixon does not seem in the least backward in any attention. Campbell. I mean-. Dixon. and she. But you see. before I read them aloud to my mother. nothing can be more kind or pressing than their joint invitation. Jane was quite longing to go to Ireland. for fear of there being any thing in them to distress Page 45 ." "I am concerned to hear of it. I think they judge wisely. when they were out in that party on the water. by the sudden whirling round of something or other among the sails. because she would not alarm us. (as I am going to read to you. if she is unwell. she said." "It appears to me the most desirable arrangement in the world. for a cold to hang upon her? She never mentioned it before. Mrs. for which I do not at all blame them. for we should not have liked to have her at such a distance from us.

Perry. But the compassionate feelings of a friend of her father gave a change to her destiny. his daughter's great fondness for her. he sought out the child and took notice of her. Bates. He was a married man. on losing her mother." And not all that could be urged to detain her succeeded. as he believed had saved his life. The expense shall not be thought of. paying them long visits and growing a favourite with all. and his own wish of being a real friend.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. and Miss Jane Bates. of her being taught only what very limited means could command. I merely called. had had its day of fame and pleasure.html her. well-meaning relations. good understanding. and I am sure she tells her own story a great deal better than I can tell it for her. the fondling of her grandmother and aunt. Jane desired me to do it.com/abclit. and is not to be giving away his time. I had no intention. and warm-hearted. we will turn to her letter. because I would not pass the door without inquiring after Mrs. a girl. I found it was not near so bad as I had fancied at first.which my mother. and so fond of Jane that I dare say he would not mean to charge any thing for attendance. glancing at Harriet. so I always do: and so I began to-day with my usual caution. however. though she had in fact heard the whole substance of Jane Fairfax's letter. http://www. Bates good morning. and before she was nine years old. though some years passed away from the death of poor Fairfax. being on the watch. and I make so light of it now to her. I thought I had no power of staying more than five minutes. when I first entered the house. It was accepted. with `Bless me! poor Jane is ill!'-. and growing up with no advantages of connexion or improvement. Bates's youngest daughter. to be engrafted on what nature had given her in a pleasing person. that though much had been forced on her against her will. When he did return. These were claims which he did not learn to overlook. quite frightened. that she does not think much about it. Page 46 . before his own return to England put any thing in his power. and though he is so liberal. the charge. but no sooner did I come to the mention of her being unwell. than I burst out. we will call in Mr. save the melancholy remembrance of him dying in action abroad--of his widow sinking under consumption and grief soon afterwards--and this girl. She regained the street--happy in this. But I cannot imagine how I could be so off my guard. now I have just given you a hint of what Jane writes about. If Jane does not get well soon. Fairfax of the _______ regiment of infantry. However. only visiting her grandmother from time to time. we could not suffer it to be so. He has a wife and family to maintain. united to produce an offer from Colonel Campbell of undertaking the whole charge of her education. By birth she belonged to Highbury: and when at three years old. but nothing now remained of it. but I have been so pleasantly detained! Now." "I am afraid we must be running away. during a severe camp-fever. there had seemed every probability of her being permanently fixed there. the consolation. Well. and farther." said Emma. and from that period Jane had belonged to Colonel Campbell's family. she became the property. who had very highly regarded Fairfax. and beginning to rise--"My father will be expecting us. and had lived with them entirely. the only child of Mrs. as an excellent officer and most deserving young man. The marriage of Lieut. you know. with only one living child. had been indebted to him for such attentions. hope and interest. we must wish you and Mrs.processtext. she had been able to escape the letter itself. heard distinctly. This was Colonel Campbell. when I read on. and was sadly alarmed at. CHAPTER II J ane Fairfax was an orphan. about Jane's age: and Jane became their guest.

and a judicious mixture of home and amusement. that they depended more on a few months spent in her native air. giving attraction to what is moderate rather than to what is superior.processtext. This event had very lately taken place. they must forbid her engaging in duties. http://www. and been given an excellent education. their home might be hers for ever. She had fallen into good hands. and at eighteen or nineteen she was. while Jane Fairfax had yet her bread to earn. and retire from all the pleasures of life. They continued together with unabated regard however. but. and Jane remained with them. which. and spared her from a taste of such enjoyments of ease and leisure as must now be relinquished. his fortune was moderate and must be all his daughter's. or treble. equal society. though she had now reached the age which her own judgment had fixed on for beginning. whether single. her last months of perfect liberty with those kind relations to whom she was so very dear: and the Campbells. a young man. though there might be some truths not told. no exertions would be necessary. but this would be selfishness:--what must be at last. It was her own choice to give the time of their absence to Highbury. With the fortitude of a devoted novitiate. the warm attachment of Miss Campbell in particular. instead of welcoming that perfect novelty which had been so long promised it--Mr. however. every lighter talent had been done full justice to. and said. with only the drawback of the future.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. had better be soon. who could bring only the freshness of a two years' absence. her account to her aunt contained nothing but truth. to penance and mortification for ever. for though his income. till the marriage of Miss Campbell. With regard to her not accompanying them to Ireland. by giving her an education. Page 47 . sharing. so far from being compatible with a weakened frame and varying spirits. of rational intercourse. and Colonel Campbell's residence being in London. Living constantly with right-minded and well-informed people. The affection of the whole family. Still. She had never been quite well since the time of their daughter's marriage. was handsome. she had resolved at one-and-twenty to complete the sacrifice. affection was glad to catch at any reasonable excuse for not hurrying on the wretched moment. that luck which so often defies anticipation in matrimonial affairs. engaged the affections of Mr. Perhaps they began to feel it might have been kinder and wiser to have resisted the temptation of any delay. under the most favourable circumstances. the very few hundred pounds which she inherited from her father making independence impossible. The evil day was put off. was the more honourable to each party from the circumstance of Jane's decided superiority both in beauty and acquirements. The good sense of Colonel and Mrs. by pay and appointments. fully competent to the office of instruction herself. perhaps. Her disposition and abilities were equally worthy of all that friendship could do. by the attendance of first-rate masters. though their feelings did. seemed. She had long resolved that one-and-twenty should be the period. who by that chance. Frank Churchill--must put up for the present with Jane Fairfax. he hoped to be supplying the means of respectable subsistence hereafter. and the daughter could not endure it. It was easy to decide that she was still too young. almost as soon as they were acquainted. but she was too much beloved to be parted with.html The plan was that she should be brought up for educating others. peace and hope. Such was Jane Fairfax's history. whatever might be their motive or motives. to require something more than human perfection of body and mind to be discharged with tolerable comfort. Campbell could not oppose such a resolution. rich and agreeable. or double. nor could her higher powers of mind be unfelt by the parents. to spend. That nature had given it in feature could not be unseen by the young woman. as another daughter. the sobering suggestions of her own good understanding to remind her that all this might soon be over. than on any thing else. Certain it was that she was to come.com/abclit. Neither father nor mother could promote. in all the rational pleasures of an elegant society. too lately for any thing to be yet attempted by her less fortunate friend towards entering on her path of duty. for the recovery of her health. and for their own comfort they would have retained her wholly. Dixon. and till she should have completely recovered her usual strength. As long as they lived. and that Highbury. and was eligibly and happily settled. gave the arrangement their ready sanction. 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. her heart and understanding had received every advantage of discipline and culture.

and as such. not to be vulgar. though a slight appearance of ill-health seemed to point out the likeliest evil of the two. while a sharer of his conversation with her friend. the sense of pleasure and the sense of rendering justice. between fat and thin. as made her look around in walking home. There. The aunt was as tiresome as ever. and every thing was relapsing much into its usual state. which she had so naturally started to herself. of which elegance was the reigning character. indeed. how she was going to live. but it was very pleasing beauty. might now be denying herself this visit to Ireland. Dixon's actions from his wife. In short. and now. she was particularly struck with the very appearance and manners. 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. after a two years' interval. as well as her beauty. "She certainly is handsome. when she considered what all this elegance was destined to. her figure particularly graceful. single. the purest of motives. it might be simple. and lament that Highbury afforded no young man worthy of giving her independence. and less than she ought! Why she did not like Jane Fairfax might be a difficult question to answer. But "she could never get acquainted with her: she did not know how it was. In that case. and though the accusation had been eagerly refuted at the time. whether of person or of mind. Emma was very willing now to acquit her of having seduced Mr. her situation. When she took in her history.there was more beauty in them altogether than she had remembered. nobody that she could wish to scheme about for her. and Jane's offences rose again. as well as to see exhibitions of new caps and new workbags for her mother and herself.com/abclit. Dixon. successless love on her side alone. and nobody could think very tall. or done more towards a recantation of past prejudices and errors. It was a dislike so little just--every imputed fault was so magnified by fancy. Her eyes.html Emma was sorry. especially. she sat. and how small a slice of mutton for dinner. which. on her arrival. which she had been used to cavil at. which she wanted to be thought herself. and then. and was determining that she would dislike her no longer. http://www. and the thanks and praise which Page 48 .such apparent indifference whether she pleased or not--and then. They had music. These were charming feelings--but not lasting. looking at Jane Fairfax with twofold complacency.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. Knightley. Former provocations reappeared. had never been denied their praise. in honour. her face--her features-. during the first visit. than saying to Mr. and they had to listen to the description of exactly how little bread and butter she ate for breakfast. nothing could be more pitiable or more honourable than the sacrifices she had resolved on. and from the best. that she never saw Jane Fairfax the first time after any considerable absence. just such as almost every body would think tall. Jane Fairfax was very elegant. remarkably elegant. because anxiety for her health was now added to admiration of her powers. charitable feelings. but the skin. if to every well-known particular entitling her to interest. it was not regular. with dark eye-lashes and eyebrows. Emma left her with such softened. Emma could not but feel all this. were added the highly probable circumstance of an attachment to Mr. there were moments of self-examination in which her conscience could not quite acquit her. Upon the whole. Her height was pretty." These were her reasons-. when the due visit was paid. Mr. she must. by all her principles. her size a most becoming medium. she saw so little in Highbury. and she had herself the highest value for elegance. a deep grey. what she was going to sink from. or of any thing mischievous which her imagination had suggested at first. as wanting colour. it seemed impossible to feel any thing but compassion and respect. every body had supposed they must be so fond of each other. she is better than handsome!" Jane had spent an evening at Hartfield with her grandmother and aunt. Emma was obliged to play.she had no better. Before she had committed herself by any public profession of eternal friendship for Jane Fairfax. had a clearness and delicacy which really needed no fuller bloom. more tiresome. It was a style of beauty. but there was such coldness and reserve-. If it were love. was distinction. which for those two whole years she had been depreciating. She might have been unconsciously sucking in the sad poison.--to have to pay civilities to a person she did not like through three long months!--to be always doing more than she wished.processtext. and resolving to divide herself effectually from him and his connexions by soon beginning her career of laborious duty. Knightley had once told her it was because she saw in her the really accomplished young woman. without feeling that she had injured her. and merit. admire it:--elegance.

She and Mr. or opinion of the suitableness of the match. his approbation of the whole. She was disgustingly." "No. and the papers swept away. meaning only to shew off in higher style her own very superior performance. or in a common London acquaintance. it must have been a real indulgence. and had now great pleasure in marking an improvement. "that I am sure you are not.processtext." said her father instantly." "Was he agreeable?"-. had been very near changing one friend for the other. than sitting at one's ease to be entertained a whole evening by two such young women. as soon as Mr." he began. There is nobody half so attentive and civil as you are. a young man of information?"--"At a watering-place. sir.--but as neither provocation nor resentment were discerned by Mr. Frank Churchill had been at Weymouth at the same time. "Miss Fairfax is Page 49 . Wrapt up in a cloak of politeness. If any thing. which was the worst of all." but she said only. I was glad you made her play so much. who had been of the party. under a much longer knowledge than they had yet had of Mr.com/abclit. It did her no service however. she was more reserved on the subject of Weymouth and the Dixons than any thing." "No. I do not know a more luxurious state. She was."He was generally thought so. Knightley. You left nothing undone.html necessarily followed appeared to her an affectation of candour. my dear. not so openly as he might have done had her father been out of the room. The muffin last night--if it had been handed round once. where all was most. "but I hope I am not often deficient in what is due to guests at Hartfield. but speaking plain enough to be very intelligible to Emma. Emma. CHAPTER III E mma could not forgive her. It was all general approbation and smoothness. an air of greatness. I think it would have been enough. or her own value for his company. Knightley." said Emma. she seemed determined to hazard nothing. it was difficult to decide on such points. but not a syllable of real information could Emma procure as to what he truly was. and returned to her first surmises. he was expressing the next morning. You and Miss Fairfax gave us some very good music. He had been used to think her unjust to Jane. "A very pleasant evening. "Was he handsome?"--"She believed he was reckoned a very fine young man. I think you understand me. Churchill. or been fixed only to Miss Campbell. I am sure Miss Fairfax must have found the evening pleasant. She seemed bent on giving no real insight into Mr. nearly at the same time." An arch look expressed--"I understand you well enough. Her caution was thrown away.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. you are too attentive. perhaps. http://www. Woodhouse. besides. She believed every body found his manners pleasing. for having no instrument at her grandmother's. so cold." "I am happy you approved. Dixon. If any thing could be more. Mr. "you are not often deficient. not often deficient either in manner or comprehension. therefore. It was known that they were a little acquainted." said Mr. The like reserve prevailed on other topics. sometimes with music and sometimes with conversation. Dixon's character. There probably was something more to conceal than her own preference. so cautious! There was no getting at her real opinion. being at Hartfield again on business with Mr." "Did he appear a sensible young man. smiling. told that he understood. Woodhouse had been talked into what was necessary." Emma could not forgive her. Emma saw its artifice. for the sake of the future twelve thousand pounds. and had seen only proper attention and pleasing behaviour on each side. was suspiciously reserved. nothing delineated or distinguished. Manners were all that could be safely judged of.--"particularly pleasant.

but you will soon overcome all that part of her reserve which ought to be overcome. and Mrs. though she speaks rather too quick. sir. and Emma. Woodhouse. Bates too. "I hope every body had a pleasant evening. I like old friends. I felt the fire rather too much. and Miss Jane Fairfax is a very pretty sort of young lady. of any thing uncommon-." when the door was thrown open. 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. and a little carrot or parsnip. and then.I come quite over-powered. and with a sincerity which no one could question-"She is a sort of elegant creature that one cannot keep one's eyes from. which is so very nice. and if it is very thoroughly boiled. moving from his chair into one close by her." said Mr. trifling presents. a very little. she is very agreeable. as ours are fried." "Emma. You like news--and I heard an article in my way hither that I think will interest you. I had not thought of it before." Mr. just as Serle boils ours. my dear.Now we have killed a porker. said. unless one could be sure of their making it into steaks. I do not consider it unwholesome. a very pretty and a very well-behaved young lady indeed. Knightley soon saw that he had lost his moment. I do not see it. What is it?--why do you smile so?--where did you hear it?--at Randalls?" He had time only to say. my dear?" "My dear papa. "you are not going to tell me. There will be the leg to be salted. Mr. I always like news." "My dear Emma. I knew you would wish it. and I do pity her from my heart. and eaten very moderately of. you know." "Oh! no. all that has its foundation in diffidence. However. and not roast it. Miss Bates was very chatty and good-humoured. and she was so completely surprized that she could not avoid a little start. it is very small and delicate--Hartfield pork is not like any other pork--but still it is pork--and. but then I moved back my chair a little.processtext. and a little blush. They must not over-salt the leg. in a different way. Knightley presently. at least for the present." "News! Oh! yes. that you had not a pleasant evening. very right. "I have a piece of news for you. with a boiled turnip. without the smallest grease. and before he could make any reply." "That's right. Knightley. "There is my news:--I thought it would interest you." Emma saw his anxiety. and the loin to be dressed directly in any manner they like. Mr. Miss Bates knew not which to give quickest. Elton is going to be married. for no stomach can bear roast pork--I think we had better send the leg-." was his only answer. nicely fried. my dear Emma." Emma had not had time even to think of Mr. Woodhouse. I have not been near Randalls. because she had Miss Fairfax. I hope. if it is not over-salted. http://www." said he. at the sound." said Mr. and amused to think how little information I obtained. I sent the whole hind-quarter. because she had Emma. how are you this morning? My dear Miss Woodhouse-." "You think her diffident. Such a beautiful hind-quarter of pork! You are too bountiful! Have you heard the news? Mr." "I always told you she was--a little." "True. I was pleased with my own perseverance in asking questions. Elton. "No. She must have found the evening agreeable. What arises from discretion must be honoured. with a smile which implied a Page 50 . and Miss Bates and Miss Fairfax walked into the room. in his quiet way. but that is the best way. I am always watching her to admire. and that not another syllable of communication could rest with him. and Emma thinks of sending them a loin or a leg. Mr. Full of thanks.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter.html reserved." said Mr. as she always is. not at Randalls.com/abclit. and full of news. "Oh! my dear sir. whose thoughts were on the Bates's. and wishing to appease it.do not you think so." "I am disappointed. Knightley looked as if he were more gratified than he cared to express. Once. and it did not disturb me. "I had. Knightley.

both in person and mind." "A new neighbour for us all. Cole of it. The information was. Miss Hawkins. I am sure it is us.wanting her to sit in the vicarage pew. quite worthy of him. So I said I would go down and see. By his style. My mother desires her very best compliments and regards. Now. if there is one thing my mother loves better than another. without having great wealth themselves. Woodhouse. and there are the Coles. our friends are only too good to us." "Well! that is quite--I suppose there never was a piece of news more generally interesting. as soon as she could speak. "He had better not be in a hurry." "He is very young to settle. well--" "It was short--merely to announce--but cheerful. "No--I have never seen Mr. we are quite blessed in our neighbours. Cole's note--no. And Mr." said Emma. Knightley? For it is not five minutes since I received Mrs. A Miss Hawkins--" "I was with Mr. Elton!--no wonder that you have such a curiosity to see him." was Mr. and just then came the note. A Miss Hawkins of Bath. is quite our angel. you really are too bountiful. We may well say that `our lot is cast in a goodly heritage. or what Miss Hawkins is. here will be Mr. "But where could you hear it?" cried Miss Bates. indeed. But. Mr. Colonel Campbell. Elton going to be married!" said Emma. "is he--is he a tall man?" "Who shall answer that question?" cried Emma. http://www. Knightley.I forget the precise words--one has no business to remember them. `Shall I go down instead? for I think you have a little cold. as you state.' Mr. It is such a happiness when good people get together--and they always do.but she says it did him no lasting benefit." "Mr. He seemed to me very well off as he was. Perry. Woodhouse--"indeed it certainly is. you know. and Mrs. This is great news. and so you actually saw the letter." "Very true. "I think there are few places with such society as Highbury." replied Mr. you know--it is not much. so very superior to all other pork. He is the very best young man--But.--I dare say. Elton is the standard of perfection in Highbury. sir. an excellent young woman. so she will. that Emma and I cannot have a greater pleasure than---" "Oh! my dear sir. He fancied bathing might be good for it--the warm bath-. My dear sir. Dixon seems a very charming young man. 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. Knightley `no. it is pork-. and a thousand thanks. He had just read Elton's letter as I was shewn in. "My father would say `yes.Here was a sly glance at Emma. We were always glad to see him at Hartfield. exulting. of course. A Miss Hawkins-. Mr. but she does not hear quite quick. Mr. that she might hear the better. for my mother is a little deaf.' Well. Elton. you will understand that Mr. Jane. that he was going to be married to a Miss Hawkins. "Where could you possibly hear it. If ever there were people who."-. Jane says that Colonel Campbell is a little deaf. He has been Page 51 . I told you yesterday he was precisely the height of Mr. she sat down and wrote to me. or how long he has been acquainted with her. and Jane said. Woodhouse's observation. and Patty has been washing the kitchen.com/abclit. joyfully.'--`Oh! my dear. and says you really quite oppress her. "my mother is so pleased!--she says she cannot bear to have the poor old Vicarage without a mistress.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter.' said I--well. Miss Woodhouse!" said Miss Bates. I always say. and the Perrys--I suppose there never was a happier or a better couple than Mr. Miss Fairfax.for my mother was so afraid that we had not any salting-pan large enough. Jane?-. you have never seen Mr. When you have been here a little longer." turning to Mr. "nothing I suppose can be known.processtext. my dear Jane.--My dear sir. His extreme attention to my mother-. as my mother says." Jane's curiosity did not appear of that absorbing nature as wholly to occupy her. Miss Woodhouse. Knightley.html conviction of some part of what had passed between them. starting on this appeal." she replied. One feels that it cannot be a very long acquaintance. "He will have every body's wishes for his happiness. "He had been so fortunate as to-. I say. and handed it to me directly. Cole told Mrs.or at least ten--for I had got my bonnet and spencer on. Perry. had every thing they could wish for.' and Miss Bates and I that he is just the happy medium. Cole on business an hour and a half ago. how could you possibly have heard it? for the very moment Mr." "We consider our Hartfield pork. such very good people.that's all I know. if you remember. I should imagine it just settled. Elton and Miss Hawkins.a roast loin of pork--" "As to who. it cannot be more than five-.

and grandmama will be uneasy. when I called him plain. Jane. but we really must take leave." "Very odd! but one never does form a just idea of any body beforehand. It was now about the time that she was likely to call. who must have been so deep in the business on Miss Campbell's account--we shall not excuse your being indifferent about Mr. to save her from hearing it abruptly from others. Mr." "When I have seen Mr. for I really do not think she cares for any thing but boiled pork: when we dress the leg it will be another thing. and that you yourself--" "Oh! as for me. he has been gone just four weeks." Emma. Elton should have aspired--Miss Woodhouse lets me chatter on. Have you heard from Mrs. I do not think I am particularly quick at those sort of discoveries. http://www. and the "Oh! Miss Woodhouse. who have been hearing and seeing so much of late on these subjects. It was to herself an amusing and a very welcome piece of news.--A Miss Hawkins!--Well. the impression may be a little worn off. you will be so kind as to give her your arm. Cole once whispered to me--but I immediately said. ran eagerly through what she had to tell. You." "My dear. `No. The weather does not look well. John Knightley lately? Oh! those dear little children. had all the evidence of corresponding perturbation. had half her attention wanted by him while he lamented that young people would be in such a hurry to marry-. Well. nobody could wonder if Mr.html gone only four weeks. I always think a person well-looking. but she was sorry for Harriet: Harriet must feel it--and all that she could hope was. Elton and Miss Hawkins. so good-humouredly. unchecked. The shower was heavy. " I dare say I shall be interested--but I believe it requires that with me. my dear aunt. I believe we must be running away. Knightley is coming too. strictly speaking. Elton could not have suffered long. She knows I would not offend for the world. after a few more wonderings. This has been a most agreeable piece of news indeed. Dixon. 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 Page 52 ." "Well. I shall not attempt calling on Mrs. you say. How does Miss Smith do? She seems quite recovered now. as you observe." "Quite wrong.and to marry strangers too--and the other half she could give to her own view of the subject. what do you think has happened!" which instantly burst forth. that is so very!--I am sure if Jane is tired. I had always rather fancied it would be some young lady hereabouts. by giving the first information herself. as proving that Mr. do you know I always fancy Mr. is not. And as it is some months since Miss Campbell married. I see. Miss Woodhouse. I told you he was plain. with just the heated. What is before me. "She had set out from Mrs.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. John Knightley. and it had not been over five minutes. when in came Harriet. As the blow was given.--Mr. but I shall not stop three minutes: and. Miss Fairfax--but I hope you mean to take an interest in this news. Elton. At the same time. not that I ever--Mrs. One takes up a notion. Dixon like Mr. handsome?" "Handsome! Oh! no--far from it--certainly plain. you said that Miss Campbell would not allow him to be plain. Elton. and with that sort of look--and not very talkative. there is no likeness at all. Oh! Mr. my dear Jane. alone with her father. Goddard. I mean in person--tall. agitated look which hurrying thither with a full heart was likely to give. I shall just go round by Mrs. Cole's. But I gave what I believed the general opinion. "four weeks yesterday." said Miss Bates. Elton is a most worthy young man--but'--In short. and runs away with it. Emma felt that she could not now shew greater kindness than in listening. Emma said. Emma was obliged to expect that the weather would be detaining her at Mrs. Where I have a regard. If she were to meet Miss Bates in her way!--and upon its beginning to rain. Goddard's. You are too obliging. and. and that the intelligence would undoubtedly rush upon her without preparation. my dear Miss Woodhouse. my dear sir. Mr.processtext." "Yes. I do not pretend to it. Thank you. "You are silent. and Miss Hawkins!--Good morning to you. but short.com/abclit." Nobody had any information to give. Good morning to you. we do indeed. you had better go home directly--I would not have you out in a shower!--We think she is the better for Highbury already. and Harriet. my judgment is worth nothing." replied Jane. Jane.

and she could not but pity them. and what difference did this make in the evils of the connexion? It was folly to be disturbed by it. what was the value of Harriet's description?--So easily pleased--so little discerning. I was very much obliged to him: you know I could not do less.to be sure it was so very odd!--but they always dealt at Ford's-. and so off I set. but then.I found he was coming up towards me too--slowly you know. linen-draper. I could not go away you know. and quite unworthy of being dwelt on. She did not do any of it in the same way that she used. http://www. at last. had probably been mortified. for instead of going on with her buyings. only to say. and stood talking some time. But she had believed them to be well-meaning. he was busy with the umbrella. and she did not know what to do. As Harriet described it. if I would. but. She was obliged to stop and think. Oh! dear. and I came round by the stables--I believe I did--but I hardly knew where I was. I am sure she saw me. and I was determined that nothing should stop me from getting away--and then--only think!-. so she ran on directly. hardly knowing herself whether Page 53 . but I did so wish myself anywhere in the world but there. I was sitting near the door--Elizabeth saw me directly.com/abclit.who should come in. which I thought almost too kind! Dear. he must be sorry to lose her--they must be all sorry. or any thing about it. and haberdasher's shop united. and I could not help thinking that he was persuading her to speak to me--(do you think he was. and seemed ready to shake hands." but still she talked of it--still she could talk of nothing else. "but you seem to have behaved extremely well. worthy people before. I am sure they were talking of me. too. without an idea of any thing in the world. and did try to make her comfortable.processtext. and I had not got three yards from the door.Dear Miss Woodhouse! only think. and took shelter at Ford's. there had been an interesting mixture of wounded affection and genuine delicacy in their behaviour.html fast as possible. you know. who should come in-. and asked me how I did. if I was going to Hartfield. I did not know what to do. Ambition. I thought I should have fainted. I thought it would have been the death of me! So I said. for I should find the near way quite floated by this rain. one can't tell how.-. as a first meeting. as well as love."--Ford's was the principal woollen-draper. seemed the result of real feeling. The young man's conduct. and as if he did not quite know what to do. and said it did not rain. and I answered--and I stood for a minute." Very sincerely did Emma wish to do so. as fast as she could. at last. there she had set. full ten minutes.--Oh! dear." Harriet said. it was beginning to hold up. perhaps--when. I was so miserable! I am sure I must have been as white as my gown. I was absolutely miserable! By that time. They might all have hoped to rise by Harriet's acquaintance: and besides. Of course. but she looked away directly.what signified her praise? She exerted herself. but it was not immediately in her power. and I kept sitting near the door!--Oh! dear. and his sister's.can never. Cole's stables.--"And so. Oh! Miss Woodhouse. Oh! Miss Woodhouse. as she was passing by the house where a young woman was making up a gown for her. when he came after me." said she. Miss Woodhouse." and she "would not think about it. soon after she came out it began to rain. and therefore you need not think about it. the shop first in size and fashion in the place. and though she did not seem to stay half a moment there. and then I took courage. by considering all that had passed as a mere trifle. and Emma. and they both went to quite the farther end of the shop. Miss Woodhouse?)--for presently she came forward--came quite up to me. you know. feeling dreadfully. 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. and it is over--and may never-. and took no notice. there was a sort of satisfaction in seeing him behave so pleasantly and so kindly. and I must go. And Elizabeth. occur again. which she had meant to give with so much tender caution. in order to put the Martins out of her head. was obliged to hurry on the news. and then he went back to Elizabeth. and so he came and spoke. "very true. but he did not. and we shook hands. I fancy.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. "It might be distressing. do talk to me and make me comfortable again. she seemed to try to be very friendly. but Elizabeth Martin and her brother!-. all of a sudden. however. he thought I had much better go round by Mr. I could see she was altered. they began whispering to one another. she thought she would just step in and see how it went on. Miss Woodhouse--well. I would rather done any thing than have it happen: and yet. for the moment. he looked round and saw me. because of the rain. She was not thoroughly comfortable herself.

he had not thrown himself away--he had gained a woman of 10. to whom. caring nothing for Miss Woodhouse. without seeking her. a very happy man. Cole of the rise and progress of the affair was so glorious--the steps so quick. and not only losing the right lady. with cordial. a point of some dignity.with consciousness and agitation richly scattered--the lady had been so easily impressed--so sweetly disposed--had in short. from the accidental rencontre. gradually revived.the first hour of introduction had been so very soon followed by distinguishing notice. or an hour before. He had gone away rejected and mortified--disappointed in a very sanguine hope. where hitherto they had wanted either the courage or the condescension to seek her. to use a most intelligible phrase. Goddard's. she had talked herself into all the sensations of curiosity. to the first.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. CHAPTER IV H uman nature is so well disposed towards those who are in interesting situations. to the dinner at Mr. that a young person. or even any power of speech. and was just the happy man he ought to be.processtext. Elton's rights. as well as some convenience: the story told well. after a series of what appeared to him strong encouragement. http://www.000 l. He came back gay and self-satisfied. or thereabouts. at such a state of mind in poor Harriet--such a conclusion of Mr. and defying Miss Smith. with any necessity. and the party at Mrs. the history which he had to give Mrs. Mr. to be handsome. and perfectly amiable: and when Mr. Elton returned. which could conduce to place the Martins under proper subordination in her fancy. wonder and regret. for since her refusal of the brother. of course. in addition to all the usual advantages of perfect beauty and merit. its interest soon increased. as under such circumstances what is gained always is to what is lost. eager and busy. fearless smiles. elegant.com/abclit. and he had gained her with such delightful rapidity-. The charming Augusta Hawkins. A week had not passed since Miss Hawkins's name was first mentioned in Highbury. without retaining any influence to alarm. by some means or other. highly accomplished. than to tell her Christian name.html to rejoice or be angry. been so very ready to have him. Green's. and a twelvemonth might pass without their being thrown together again. before she was. talking only of himself and his own concerns--expecting to be congratulated--ready to be laughed at--and. He had caught both substance and shadow--both fortune and affection. there was very little more for him to do. Elton's importance with her! Mr. that vanity and prudence were equally contented. Though she did not feel the first intelligence as she might have done the day before. discovered to have every recommendation of person and mind. He had gone away deeply offended--he came back engaged to another--and to another as superior. as to this fortunate Miss Hawkins. was in possession of an independent fortune. pain and pleasure. but finding himself debased to the level of a very wrong one. who either marries or dies. ashamed or only amused. Emma learned to be rather glad that there had been such a meeting. Brown's--smiles and blushes rising in importance-. the sisters never had been at Mrs. a few weeks ago. and say whose music she principally played. It had been serviceable in deadening the first shock. and circulate the fame of her merits. of so many thousands as would always be called ten. As Harriet now lived. now addressing all the young ladies of the place. the Martins could not get at her. Page 54 . Elton himself arrived to triumph in his happy prospects. he would have been more cautiously gallant. however. is sure of being kindly spoken of. and before their first conversation was over.

must certainly be lessened by his marriage. near Bristol. The charm of an object to occupy the many vacancies of Harriet's mind was not to be talked away. for though the father and mother had died some years ago.000 l. perpetually hearing about him. but two or three times every day Harriet was sure just to meet with him. she was always among those who saw no fault in Mr. She brought no name. and every report. Emma guessed him to be the drudge of some attorney. Part of every winter she had been used to spend in Bath. and to give her the impression of his not being improved by the mixture of pique and pretension. Cole's did not seem to contradict. truth seemed attainable. and found nothing so interesting as the discussion of his concerns. as a penance. it was not unfair to guess the dignity of his line of trade had been very moderate also. moreover. sometimes the Martins. Miss Hawkins was the youngest of the two daughters of a Bristol-. beginning very much to wonder that she had ever thought him pleasing at all. She wished him very well. or see his shoulder. comprehending income. who kept two carriages! That was the wind-up of the history. She was good enough for Mr. the very heart of Bristol. Harriet was one of those. a lesson. accomplished enough for Highbury-. Elton's engagement had been the cure of the agitation of meeting Mr. having once begun. and furniture. She was. And all the grandeur of the connexion seemed dependent on the elder sister. and setting aside the 10. and with him the daughter had lived. Emma would have been amused by its variations. an uncle remained-. and his welfare twenty miles off would administer most satisfaction. Emma thought very little. Could she but have given Harriet her feelings about it all! She had talked her into love. of course. Sometimes Mr. by Harriet's side.in the law line--nothing more distinctly honourable was hazarded of him. for. and nothing but the necessary preparations to wait for. had there been no pain to her friend. He might be superseded by another. probably. poor girl! she was considerably worse from this reappearance of Mr. and too stupid to rise. it did not appear that she was at all Harriet's superior. even a Robert Martin would have been sufficient. but. Of the lady. must be uncertain. nothing could be clearer. that after all his own vaunted claims and disdain of Harriet. persuaded. no alliance. but just enough to feel that the first meeting was over. as the parties had only themselves to please. Elton. just to have something occur to preserve him in her fancy.many awkwardnesses smoothed by it.handsome enough--to look plain. as the whole of the profits of his mercantile life appeared so very moderate. in all the favouring warmth of surprize and conjecture. that. Elton. or just to miss him. former intimacy might sink without remark. or reproach to herself. individually. however. was continually in agitation around her. What she was. just to hear his voice. but who she was. in fact. She was always having a glimpse of him somewhere or other. Martin. Many vain solicitudes would be prevented-. And now. She was.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. During his present short stay. she feared. than that he was in the law line. and each was occasionally useful as a check to the other. servants. he certainly would indeed. every guess--all that had already occurred. and continual observation of. The pain of his continued residence in Highbury.merchant. excepting when at Hartfield. he must be called. now spread over his air. On that article. who was very well married. but.his air as he walked by the house--the very sitting of his hat. and when he set out for Bath again. except in a moral light. The unhappiness produced Page 55 . would be always in love.html The wedding was no distant event. and her regrets kept alive. there was a general expectation. being all in proof of how much he was in love! Had it been allowable entertainment. Emma had barely seen him. Elton would be an excuse for any change of intercourse. It would be almost beginning their life of civility again. that when he next entered Highbury he would bring his bride.processtext. Emma saw him only once. no blood. all that might occur in the arrangement of his affairs. would cure her. he had done nothing.com/abclit. Elton predominated. As to connexion. no doubt. and feelings irritated by ceaseless repetitions of Miss Hawkins's happiness. who. alas! she was not so easily to be talked out of it. in the waverings of Harriet's mind. but Bristol was her home. Elton. http://www.. which a certain glance of Mrs. that was the glory of Miss Hawkins. might be found out. A Mrs. to a gentleman in a great way. but he gave her pain. Mr. and his sight was so inseparably connected with some very disagreeable feelings. a source of profitable humiliation to her own mind. but nothing else. Her regard was receiving strength by invariable praise of him. how much he seemed attached!-. there Emma was perfectly easy. she would have been thankful to be assured of never seeing him again. therefore.

com/abclit. but a note had been prepared and left for her. she had been much occupied by it. Emma. Elton. and every thing in this world. a small mixture of reproach. It must not be: and yet the danger of a renewal of the acquaintance!-After much thinking. Harriet had not been at home. She went on herself. which led between espalier apple-trees to the front door. judged it best for her to return Elizabeth Martin's visit. while she drove a little farther. neat gravel walk. when invited to come. was with her without delay. Goddard's. had been a point of some doubtful consideration. and unattended by any alarming young man. She came solitarily down the gravel walk--a Miss Martin just appearing at the door. in person. but in a way that. and on the very morning of his setting off for Bath again. but at last Emma collected from her enough to understand the sort of meeting. Martin's saying. She meant to take her in the carriage. excepting that trunk and the direction. Absolute neglect of the mother and sisters. Harriet could not very soon give an intelligible account. with a great deal of kindness. merely glossed over--it must be done. the sight of every thing which had given her so much pleasure the autumn before.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. with her two Page 56 . that she thought Miss Smith was grown. at that moment. and nothing beyond the merest commonplace had been talked almost all the time-. In that very room she had been measured last September. to give that portion of time to an old servant who was married. and till Mr. Only half an hour before her friend called for her at Mrs. as to allow no time for insidious applications or dangerous recurrences to the past. had brought on a more interesting subject. and call for her again so soon. the Martins were forgotten. all of a sudden. and when they parted. and wishing to do more than she dared to confess. written in the very style to touch. While he staid. than Harriet's returning the visit.till just at last. was consequently a blank. and a warmer manner. She was feeling too much. The quarter of an hour brought her punctually to the white gate again. Emma observed her to be looking around with a sort of fearful curiosity. They had received her doubtingly. a trunk. http://www. which determined her not to allow the visit to exceed the proposed quarter of an hour. if not coolly. and give the most decided proof of what degree of intimacy was chosen for the future. continually pondering over what could be done in return. Elton himself appeared. when Mrs. or what would become of Harriet? CHAPTER V S mall heart had Harriet for visiting. How that visit was to be acknowledged--what would be necessary-. should convince them that it was to be only a formal acquaintance. was to be seen under the operation of being lifted into the butcher's cart. had driven away all such cares. and she was to be put down. directed to The Rev. Bath. Martin and the two girls.processtext. however. was beginning to revive a little local agitation. She had seen only Mrs. and Miss Smith receiving her summons. leave her at the Abbey Mill. she could determine on nothing better. She could think of nothing better: and though there was something in it which her own heart could not approve--something of ingratitude. which was to convey it to where the coaches past. and when they reached the farm. would be ingratitude. if they had understanding. White-Hart. and parting with her seemingly with ceremonious civility. She went. at the end of the broad. and settled in Donwell. Philip Elton. Goddard's a few days afterwards. and the sort of pain it was creating. her evil stars had led her to the very spot where.html by the knowledge of that engagement had been a little put aside by Elizabeth Martin's calling at Mrs. to dissipate some of the distress it occasioned. But Mr.and what might be safest.

too provoking!--I do not know when I have been so disappointed." was Mr.so much to herself at this time.such being the commonest process of a not ill-disposed mind. and still greater pleasure was conveyed in sound--for Mr. and so ended a most satisfactory meeting. Weston. and Mrs. The style of the visit. or to reason them away. It was a good scheme. it was stopt by Mr. http://www. Page 57 . the party. and they were just growing again like themselves. now we are going to have just the right weather for him." said he. well. the hour. were then felt to be decisive. she looked up. "I shall soon bring him over to Hartfield. I dare say he is really nothing extraordinary:"-though his own sparkling eyes at the moment were speaking a very different conviction. "but you must not be expecting such a very fine young man. Presently the carriage stopt. Emma could look perfectly unconscious and innocent. and when she turned round to Harriet. every thing has turned out exactly as we could wish. and he comes for a whole fortnight. "We had better move on. every thing wore a different air. fewer and quieter. and congratulated.glad to see him so well. who were standing to speak to her. as Emma must suspect. It was a bad business. but there was a great deal of pain in the process-.) when the carriage reappeared. She would have given a great deal. and she listened. "Think of me to-morrow." There was no resisting such news. If he had come at Christmas he could not have staid three days. Elton would now be talked of no more. that she soon felt the necessity of a little consolation.he is at Oxford to-day. she hoped Mr. James and his horses seemed not half so sluggish as before. Emma could imagine she saw a touch of the arm at this speech. "This is too bad.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. "And now we shall just miss them. Weston's. my dear Emma. spoken with some anxiety. They all seemed to remember the day." And she leaned back in the corner. and resolved on going home by way of Randalls to procure it." cried Emma. Weston's quick amendment. but not less to the purpose. and all was over. and smiled. They were so deserving. I knew it would be so. Weston gave her the history of the engagements at Enscombe. how naturally Harriet must suffer. she thought the elder at least must soon be coming out. which allowed his son to answer for having an entire fortnight at his command. It was a most delightful reanimation of exhausted spirits. Frank comes to-morrow--I had a letter this morning--we see him to-morrow by dinner-time to a certainty-. There was instant pleasure in the sight of them. or endured a great deal. Elton and the Martins.com/abclit. (Harriet." they had both been out some time. probably a little of both-. They must be separated. that a little higher should have been enough: but as it was. as well as the route and the method of his journey. and in the rapidity of half a moment's thought. The worn-out past was sunk in the freshness of what was coming. but on driving to the door they heard that neither "master nor mistress was at home. "we are detaining the girls. and the shortness of it. the occasion--to feel the same consciousness. as they turned away. fine. the man believed they were gone to Hartfield. to have had the Martins in a higher rank of life. Emma's spirits were mounted quite up to happiness. I was always glad he did not come at Christmas.processtext. from his wife. To know that she thought his coming certain was enough to make Emma consider it so. no possibility of avoiding the influence of such a happy face as Mr. Mr. at the conclusion.html friends. "How d'ye do?--how d'ye do?--We have been sitting with your father-. about four o'clock. Mr. dry. 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 meant only for her. settled weather. as ready as the best of them to be cordial and happy. and feel how justly they might resent. The refreshment of Randalls was absolutely necessary. and sincerely did she rejoice in their joy. to indulge her murmurs. how could she have done otherwise?--Impossible!--She could not repent. Weston immediately accosted her with. you have only had my account you know." was Mrs. and answer in a manner that appropriated nothing. Weston. the same regrets--to be ready to return to the same good understanding. confirmed as it all was by the words and the countenance of his wife. Weston's parting injunction." said she. We shall enjoy him completely. There were the pencilled marks and memorandums on the wainscot by the window." "Well. When she looked at the hedges. I am ready. "Four o'clock!--depend upon it he will be here by three."--and turning again to Emma. Her mind was quite sick of Mr. He had done it.

" The clock struck twelve as she passed through the hall. and Emma was now in a humour to resolve that they should both come in time. the conviction was strengthened by what followed. and travel earlier. "I told you all that he would be here before the time named. as was an additional proof of his knowing how to please-. He understood what would be Page 58 .--"Was she a horsewoman?--Pleasant rides?-. Highbury itself. He had reached Randalls the evening before. air. They had been arrived only a few minutes." cried Mr. "My dear.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. That he should never have been able to indulge so amiable a feeling before. I am sure they will bring him soon. which convinced her that he came intending to be acquainted with her. Frank Churchill pass through Bath as well as Oxford?"-. the walk to Highbury.was a question."--said she. a tender smile even there. One cannot creep upon a journey. and his countenance had a great deal of the spirit and liveliness of his father's. is worth a great deal more than any little exertion it needs. His manner had no air of study or exaggeration. all were unexceptionable. and speaking of her with so much handsome praise. "'Tis twelve." "It is a great pleasure where one can indulge in it.--Balls--had they balls?--Was it a musical society?" But when satisfied on all these points. he contrived to find an opportunity. in mental soliloquy. Their subjects in general were such as belong to an opening acquaintance. Weston and his son. so much gratitude for the happiness she secured to his father. She was pleased with the eagerness to arrive which had made him alter his plan. "always overcareful for every body's comfort but your own. later. The morning of the interesting day arrived. But neither geography nor tranquillity could come all at once. She felt immediately that she should like him. that he might gain half a day. He did not advance a word of praise beyond what she knew to be thoroughly deserved by Mrs. and pleasure. and her very kind reception of himself. On his side were the inquiries. while walking downstairs from her own room. http://www. and professed himself to have always felt the sort of interest in the country which none but one's own country gives. Hartfield still more.and of his certainly thinking it worth while to try to please her. thought it a most admirably arranged house. and quicker. I remembered what I used to do myself.html she saw something like a look of spring." The word home made his father look on him with fresh complacency. admired the situation. perhaps. and that acquainted they soon must be. and by this time to-morrow. that she was to think of her at four. or a little later. to have her share of surprize. and Mr. going again and again into his room." said the young man. passed suspiciously through Emma's brain. would hardly allow it even to be very small. and her father was yet in the midst of his very civil welcome and congratulations. of introducing his mother-in-law. to be sure that all is right. and the greatest curiosity to visit it. Weston with exultation. undoubtedly he could know very little of the matter. and she did not think too much had been said in his praise. and there was a well-bred ease of manner.com/abclit. when she appeared. and their acquaintance proportionably advanced. one cannot help getting on faster than one has planned. so much warm admiration. but in coming home I felt I might do any thing. "I told you yesterday. but still. perhaps." She opened the parlour door. introduction. dear anxious friend. The Frank Churchill so long talked of. address. He was very much pleased with Randalls.Pleasant walks?--Had they a large neighbourhood?--Highbury. Weston. I shall not forget to think of you four hours hence.processtext. afforded society enough?--There were several very pretty houses in and about it. I may be thinking of the possibility of their all calling here. and Mrs. so high in interest. and saw two gentlemen sitting with her father--Mr. however. "though there are not many houses that I should presume on so far. or twelve o'clock. but. was actually before her--he was presented to her. height. and pleasantly handled. and a readiness to talk. or eleven. Weston had scarcely finished his explanation of Frank's being a day before his time. while their two fathers were engaged with each other. he was a very good looking young man. Emma was directly sure that he knew how to make himself agreeable. "Will Mr. he looked quick and sensible. Weston's faithful pupil did not forget either at ten. if it were a falsehood. He did really look and speak as if in a state of no common enjoyment. I see you now in all your little fidgets. it was a pleasant one. which did not augur much. and the pleasure of coming in upon one's friends before the look-out begins.

I believe. he could be sure of little else." He got as near as he could to thanking her for Miss Taylor's merits. She blessed the favouring blindness. any want of attention to her here should be carefully avoided. which must be paid some day or other." "I hope I should know better. I have the honour of being acquainted with a neighbour of yours. though Fairfax. and the family from whom he had received such a blessing must be ever considered as having conferred the highest obligation on him.processtext. Weston began to move. than Miss Woodhouse Miss Taylor's. "Elegant. I will take the opportunity of paying a visit. the entire deficiency in him of all such sort of penetration or suspicion." "You cannot see too much perfection in Mrs. And. you are acquainted with Miss Fairfax.--"He must be going. Do you know any family of that name?" "To be sure we do. Mr. I must give you a hint. at present she only felt they were agreeable. rose immediately also. He could now. in finding the house. but she would be ready to quarrel with you for using such words. by all means. when she was the equal of every body she mixed with. too well bred to hear the hint. I remember you knew her at Weymouth. What is right to be done cannot be done too soon. http://www." he replied.Though always objecting to every marriage that was arranged." His son. but here she is with a Page 59 .-. but he need not hurry any body else. Happily he was not farther from approving matrimony than from foreseeing it. without the drawback of a single unpleasant surmise. and express very genuine unmixed anxiety to know that he had certainly escaped catching cold--which. when he might have determined not to look. however. or Bates. every friend must rejoice in it. True. And at last. "no. 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. (turning to Emma. and a great many errands for Mrs. through the sad evils of sleeping two nights on the road. he could not allow him to feel quite assured of himself till after another night. which had taken strong possession of her mind. Weston was often thinking about. and whether his compliments were to be considered as marks of acquiescence. Weston I should understand whom I might praise without any danger of being thought extravagant in my terms. and therefore may as well be paid now.I saw Miss Bates at the window. He had business at the Crown about his hay. Her own father's perfect exemption from any thought of the kind. and even. (with a gallant bow. besides." "There is no necessity for my calling this morning. go to-day. he never suffered beforehand from the apprehension of any. A reasonable visit paid. His quick eye she detected again and again glancing towards them with a happy expression. 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. is not the proper name--I should rather say Barnes. You saw her with the Campbells. She had no doubt of what Mr. she was confident that he was often listening. true. Frank. "but I confess that. or proofs of defiance. "Mrs." cried his father. "As you are going farther on business. I shall have no difficulty. She must see more of him to understand his ways. without a glance forward at any possible treachery in his guest. I suppose. "were you to guess her to be eighteen. and a fine girl she is. Weston for my feelings.) a lady residing in or near Highbury. Frank Churchill's accommodation on his journey. Weston. Call upon her. saying. I was prepared for. "another day would do as well. but there was that degree of acquaintance at Weymouth which--" "Oh! go to-day. considering every thing. Weston at Ford's. Do not defer it. "had been the wisest measure. I should listen with pleasure." said Emma.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. was a most comfortable circumstance. he wound it all up with astonishment at the youth and beauty of her person.html welcome. give way to all his natural kind-hearted civility in solicitous inquiries after Mr.) that in addressing Mrs." Emma wondered whether the same suspicion of what might be expected from their knowing each other. I had not expected more than a very tolerably well-looking woman of a certain age. a family of the name of Fairfax. depend upon it. had ever crossed his." said he." he said. sir. "His father's marriage. I did not know that I was to find a pretty young woman in Mrs. Bates--we passed her house-.com/abclit. as if resolved to qualify his opinion completely for travelling round to its object." said the young man. Don't let her imagine that you have spoken of her as a pretty young woman. agreeable manners.

" Mr. to whom and to Highbury he seemed to take very cordially. If you do not call early it will be a slight. and on being desired to chuse their walk. but with so quiet a "Yes. "I have heard her speak of the acquaintance. and as to Mrs. who had called in for half a minute. Weston. upon no account in the world. I am sure. and with a cordial nod from one. and she trusted to its bearing the same construction with him. knew nothing of their plans. Frank knows a puddle of water when he sees it." The son looked convinced.com/abclit. It was not merely in fine words or hyperbolical compliment that he paid his duty. immediately fixed on Highbury.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. you might be very much at a loss. 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 Page 60 . and especially to see him in company with Mrs. You will see her to advantage. nothing should make amends for it. upon his behaviour to whom her opinion of him was to depend. They walked thither directly. arm in arm. my father can direct me. step.--"He did not doubt there being very pleasant walks in every direction. She was wanting to see him again. to perceive them walking up to the house together. she became perfectly satisfied. with Mrs." "But your father is not going so far." as inclined her almost to doubt his real concurrence. and could now engage to think of them all at Randalls any hour of the day. Frank Churchill still declined it." "My dear sir. stood for Hartfield. till her usual hour of exercise. he is only going to the Crown. very worthy people. always the last to make his way in conversation." They were permitted to go alone. Weston. quite on the other side of the street. this is quite unnecessary. But on seeing them together. he should always chuse the same. "My good friend. She is staying here on a visit to her grandmama and aunt. He came with Mrs. therefore. Emma remained very well pleased with this beginning of the acquaintance. it appeared. looking as serious as he could. if Jane Fairfax could be thought only ordinarily gifted with it. see her and hear her--no. most companionably at home. would be his constant attraction. sir. and it is a very dirty walk.processtext. If he were deficient there. unless you keep on the footpath. but my coachman can tell you where you had best cross the street. are you?" said Mr. "she is a very elegant young woman. and there are a great many houses. They will be extremely glad to see you. the two gentlemen took leave. that airy. for she has an aunt who never holds her tongue. I have known them all my life. cheerful. but if left to him. and yet there must be a very distinct sort of elegance for the fashionable world.html poor old grandmother. "then give me leave to assure you that you will find her a very agreeable young lady. Emma had hardly expected them: for Mr. Frank Churchill again. He had been sitting with her." He agreed to it. Woodhouse. in order to hear that his son was very handsome. CHAPTER VI T he next morning brought Mr. and jump. he may get there from the Crown in a hop. and one of my servants shall go with you to shew you the way. http://www. happy-looking Highbury. "I think you will to-day." said Emma. and it was an agreeable surprize to her."-. with full confidence in their comfort. "If you were never particularly struck by her manners before.Highbury. Weston. I am afraid you will not hear her at all." said she. who has barely enough to live on." "You are acquainted with Miss Jane Fairfax. Bates's. Highbury. and a graceful bow from the other. Weston. and his father gave his hearty support by calling out.

He could be no judge. and instead of passing on. to my utter astonishment. were mentioned. when he (finding me nowhere else) joined me there at last. Its character as a ball-room caught him. He argued like a young man very much bent on dancing. and though in some points of pursuit or observation there was no positive merit. he was still unwilling to admit that the inconvenience of such a mixture would be any thing. A very successful visit:--I saw all the three ladies. handsome enough. more for the convenience of the neighbourhood than from any run on the road. Emma recollected his intended visit the day before. "I was just going to mention it. it had been built many years ago for a ball-room.--but such brilliant days had long passed away. I found. He begged to be shewn the house which his father had lived in so long. broad enough. that I had been actually sitting with them very nearly three-quarters of an hour. he stopt for several minutes at the two superior sashed windows which were open. it could not be fairly supposed that he had been ever voluntarily absenting himself.html affection. Emma watched and decided. and. could not furnish numbers enough for such a meeting. or that there would be the smallest difficulty in every body's returning into their proper place the next morning. and found matter of commendation and interest much oftener than Emma could have supposed. that he had not been acting a part. "Yes. but he was not satisfied. and felt very much obliged to you for your preparatory hint. The good lady had not given me Page 61 . I was only betrayed into paying a most unreasonable visit. and when their going farther was resolved on. a good-will towards Highbury in general. to look in and contemplate its capabilities. Their first pause was at the Crown Inn. 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. that with such feelings as were now shewn.processtext. it must have been the death of me. He seemed to have all the life and spirit. and being now almost facing the house where the Bateses lodged.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. Woodhouse's ear.com/abclit. and while the neighbourhood had been in a particularly populous. dancing state. indeed. and on recollecting that an old woman who had nursed him was still living. confessed his wish to be made acquainted with the whole village. They were all three walking about together for an hour or two-. an inconsiderable house. and afterwards in Highbury. his indifference to a confusion of rank. and lament that its original purpose should have ceased. They ought to have balls there at least every fortnight through the winter. altogether. he would acknowledge none which they suggested. but in passing it they gave the history of the large room visibly added. He was immediately interested.first round the shrubberies of Hartfield. bordered too much on inelegance of mind. As it was. had been occasionally used as such. and Emma was rather surprized to see the constitution of the Weston prevail so decidedly against the habits of the Churchills. Of pride. It was but an effusion of lively spirits. He saw no fault in the room. He could not be persuaded that so many good-looking houses as he saw around him. He was delighted with every thing. it was long enough. cheerful feelings. No. perhaps all that was proper. which must be very like a merit to those he was with. admired Hartfield sufficiently for Mr. though the principal one of the sort. there was. and which had been the home of his father's father. and I had told my father I should certainly be at home before him--but there was no getting away. http://www. oh! yes"--he replied. and nothing of the pride or reserve of Enscombe. perhaps. and even when particulars were given and families described. where a couple of pair of post-horses were kept. Ten minutes would have been all that was necessary. and that Mr. and asked him if he had paid it. walked in quest of her cottage from one end of the street to the other. or making a parade of insincere professions. as their visit included all the rest of the morning. Some of the objects of his curiosity spoke very amiable feelings. scarcely enough. And there was time enough for Emma to form a reasonable judgment. Knightley certainly had not done him justice. 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. If the talking aunt had taken me quite by surprize. and the conviction that none beyond the place and its immediate environs could be tempted to attend. At last he was persuaded to move on from the front of the Crown. and social inclinations of his father. they shewed. no pause. and his companions had not expected to be detained by any interest excited there. It would hold the very number for comfort. however. of the evil he was holding cheap.

If it be not inconvenient to you. But the expression is hardly admissible. "as having ever been any thing but my friend and my dearest friend.processtext. Colonel Campbell is a very agreeable man. indeed?--Then I will speak the truth. as my father informs me." Emma would not agree to this. Weston's son--but lay out half a guinea at Ford's. It will be taking out my freedom. very ill--that is. a fine complexion gave beauty to them all. and there was a softness and delicacy in her skin which gave peculiar elegance to the character of her face.-. warm-hearted woman.I shall not commit myself by claiming more than she may chuse to allow. Emma. that to him nothing could make amends for the want of the fine glow of health. and while the sleek. But her account of every thing leaves so much to be guessed. 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. and they had quitted the shop again. you were speaking to me. and began a warm defence of Miss Fairfax's complexion. Mrs.com/abclit. well-tied parcels of "Men's Beavers" and "York Tan" were bringing down and displaying on the counter. to be a true citizen of Highbury. that I may prove myself to belong to the place. Do not let me lose it. you were saying something at the very moment of this burst of my amor patriae. I have heard her Page 62 ." "You get upon delicate subjects." "May I." "And now that I understand your question. I like them all.-. http://www. Weston. When the gloves were bought. I met her frequently at Weymouth. that I really think you may say what you like of your acquaintance with her. acknowledged that he had heard many people say the same--but yet he must confess. I had known the Campbells a little in town. Weston smiling. I will move a little farther off. I assure you the utmost stretch of public fame would not make me amends for the loss of any happiness in private life." "I merely asked." "I certainly do forget to think of her.--"I cannot separate Miss Fairfax and her complexion.I dare say they sell gloves.A most deplorable want of complexion. Frank Churchill hardly knows what to say when you speak of Miss Fairfax's situation in life. and Mrs. whether you had known much of Miss Fairfax and her party at Weymouth." said Mrs. and has always business at Ford's. so very unwilling to give the least information about any body. as almost always to give the appearance of ill health. He comes to Highbury himself. because you were Mr. Where features were indifferent.-. "It was certainly never brilliant. Miss Fairfax must already have given her account. It is always the lady's right to decide on the degree of acquaintance. You were very popular before you came. You will be adored in Highbury." He listened with all due deference." He looked as if he fully understood and honoured such a sentiment. he said--"But I beg your pardon. "Ever hear her!" repeated Emma." He shook his head and laughed." "Oh! yes.--At least you admire her except her complexion." "You know Miss Fairfax's situation in life." said Emma. is it? Ladies can never look ill. and at Weymouth we were very much in the same set.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. "You forget how much she belongs to Highbury. I must pronounce it to be a very unfair one." They went in." "Upon my word! you answer as discreetly as she could do herself. I do admire your patriotism.--Mr. six days out of the seven." "And how did you think Miss Fairfax looking?" "Ill. but she would not allow it to have a sickly hue in general. "Well. pray let us go in. and where they were good. I conclude. he says. and nothing suits me so well. "remember that I am here. the effect was--fortunately he need not attempt to describe what the effect was. she is so very reserved. if a young lady can ever be allowed to look ill." said Emma. Miss Woodhouse. seriously.html the possibility of escape before. and your popularity will stand upon your own virtues. Campbell a friendly. "Did you ever hear the young lady we were speaking of. what she is destined to be?" "Yes--(rather hesitatingly)--I believe I do. "there is no disputing about taste. Miss Fairfax is naturally so pale. and he hastily exclaimed. play?" said Frank Churchill. And. gloves and every thing. "Ha! this must be the very shop that every body attends every day of their lives.

and then the attraction may be the greater. that is. and all their set. and thinking so much alike. undoubtedly. I am glad she is gone to settle in Ireland.processtext. such a dread of giving a distinct idea about any body. Mr. with considerable taste. from you." "Not till the reserve ceases towards oneself. was some proof. That. But we never did. we have been children and women together. Intimacy between Miss Fairfax and me is quite out of the question." "So much the better--or so much the worse:--I do not know which. She must have felt the improper and dangerous distinction.--I have been used to hear her's admired. 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. and of how she is likely to conduct herself in critical situations." "As to that--I do not--" "Oh! do not imagine that I expect an account of Miss Fairfax's sensations from you." "There appeared such a perfectly good understanding among them all--" he began rather quickly. Emma felt herself so well acquainted with him. must be a better judge of her character. than I have yet been." He perfectly agreed with her: and after walking together so long. perhaps. it is impossible for me to say on what terms they really were-. Dixon! Well. is he? We shall know more about them all. but never pleasing. than I can be. Dixon and Miss Campbell were the persons. but I know nothing of the matter myself. a very musical man. less of the man of the world in some of his notions. but no attraction. no doubt. in half an hour. or an agreeable companion.--"Mr. one may guess what one chuses. And then. They are known to no human being.Poor Mrs.html every year of our lives since we both began. But if she continued to play whenever she was asked by Mr." "Yes. She plays charmingly. I can only say that there was smoothness outwardly." said he.I am excessively fond of music. to do every thing better than one does oneself!-." "Certainly--very strong it was. 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. Dixon. I guess. and it is natural to suppose that we should be intimate. is apt to suggest suspicions of there being something to conceal. or dulness of feeling--there was one person. but without the smallest skill or right of judging of any body's performance. I have no reason to think ill of her--not the least--except that such extreme and perpetual cautiousness of word and manner. or from any body else." "Poor comfort!" said Emma. that she could hardly believe it to be only their second meeting.com/abclit. "Oftentimes very convenient. to take the trouble of conquering any body's reserve to procure one." "I have known her from a child. who must have felt it: Miss Fairfax herself. How did Miss Campbell appear to like it?" "It was her very particular friend.how it might all be behind the scenes. 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. I think. Dixon is very musical. But be it sweetness or be it stupidity in her--quickness of friendship. her reserve--I never could attach myself to any one so completely reserved." "It is a most repulsive quality. but she really did not seem to feel it. One cannot love a reserved person. There is safety in reserve. do you?--I wanted the opinion of some one who could really judge. if I had been Miss Campbell. if the lady in question could sit down instead--never seemed to like to hear one if he could hear the other. less of Page 63 .--that we should have taken to each other whenever she visited her friends." "You are right. indeed. but herself. and I remember one proof of her being thought to play well:--a man. I hardly know how it has happened. But you. would have been at all agreeable to me. a great deal stronger than. I thought. who have known Miss Fairfax from a child. "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. than Miss Fairfax would have vouchsafed in half a year. laughing. "however. to own the truth. a little. you know.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. He was not exactly what she had expected." "Proof indeed!" said Emma. She appeared to me to play well. It was not very flattering to Miss Campbell. by her aunt and grandmother. and I thought it a very strong proof." "You think so.-. in a man of known musical talent. added. highly amused. http://www. But I must be more in want of a friend. but checking himself.

love of change. and though there was no being attached to the aunt.processtext. therefore better than she had expected. but there was an air of foppery and nonsense in it which she could not approve. http://www. he would go and look at. intending to return to dinner. A sudden freak seemed to have seized him at breakfast. It did not accord with the rationality of plan. Weston. he could not think any man to be pitied for having that house. was clear enough. His father only called him a coxcomb. if not of being really in love with her. but for such an unfortunate fancy for having his hair cut. which must be doing something. the moderation in expense. merely to have his hair cut. but that Mrs. This was all very promising. and that whenever he were attached. not such a house as a man was to be pitied for having. and to marry. he became liable to all these charges. There was certainly no harm in his travelling sixteen miles twice over on such an errand. Mr. CHAPTER VII E mma's very good opinion of Frank Churchill was a little shaken the following day. Weston.(for still her resolution held of never marrying)--the honour. in short. 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. indifferent as to how his conduct might appear in general. Vanity. from worthy motives. Weston laughed. There must be ample room in it for every real comfort. and he had sent for a chaise and set off. he could not believe it a bad house. good or bad. he could be no judge of the privations inevitably belonging to a small one. restlessness of temper. which. he would willingly give up much of wealth to be allowed an early establishment. as well as the church. and would not join them in finding much fault with. he spoke of his uncle with warm regard. extravagance. and seemed to mean always to speak of her with respect.com/abclit. was fond of talking of him--said he would be the best man in the world if he were left to himself. But Emma. No. the honour. He gave her to Page 64 . Mrs. of being marked out for her by all their joint acquaintance. Used only to a large house himself. He might not be aware of the inroads on domestic peace to be occasioned by no housekeeper's room. by her passing it over as quickly as possible. and.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. heedlessness as to the pleasure of his father and Mrs. in her own mind. determined that he did know what he was talking about. or a bad butler's pantry. She was particularly struck by his manner of considering Mr. and that he shewed a very amiable inclination to settle early in life. Weston did not like it. Emma found that his visit hitherto had given her friend only good ideas of him. a great deal decidedly right. added a virtue to the account which must have some weight. If it were to be shared with the woman he loved. which she had believed herself to discern in him yesterday. The man must be a blockhead who wanted more. He appeared to have a very open temper--certainly a very cheerful and lively one. and said he did not know what he was talking about. and saved only by her own indifference-. he acknowledged her kindness with gratitude. or even the unselfish warmth of heart. but no doubt he did perfectly feel that Enscombe could not make him happy. and without ever thinking how many advantages and accommodations were attached to its size. of being at least very near it. on his side. Mrs. and thought it a very good story. she could observe nothing wrong in his notions. Elton's house.html the spoiled child of fortune. there was nothing to denote him unworthy of the distinguished honour which her imagination had given him. but with no more important view that appeared than having his hair cut. and making no other comment than that "all young people would have their little whims. His ideas seemed more moderate-his feelings warmer." With the exception of this little blot. by hearing that he was gone off to London.

she was not absolutely without inclination for the party. in fortune and style of living." She had half a mind to resent. that when the insult came at last. to their number of servants. which they hoped might keep Mr. In general he was judged. she very much feared. liberal allowances were made for the little excesses of such a handsome young man-. Woodhouse from any draught Page 65 . It was the arrival of this very invitation while the Westons were at Hartfield. prepared every body for their keeping dinner-company. http://www. to make Emma want their advice. their inclination for more company. But she had made up her mind how to meet this presumption so many weeks before it appeared.neither Donwell. Weston's visit this morning was in another respect particularly opportune. to their expenses of every sort. chiefly among the single men. and not meant to provoke. which was still more lucky.so much consideration for her father. but the last year or two had brought them a considerable increase of means-. as the idea of the party to be assembled there. he was silent. but there was one spirit among them not to be softened. Weston's accounting for it with "I suppose they will not take the liberty with you. On their first coming into the country. was that "of course it must be declined. and the Bateses. The regular and best families Emma could hardly suppose they would presume to invite-. Mr. As Mrs. Knightley. and her being left in solitary grandeur. they know you do not dine out. and Mrs. The bare possibility of it acted as a farther irritation on her spirits. The Coles were very respectable in their way. She owned that. that their advice for her going was most prompt and successful.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. nor Hartfield. with great candour. nor Randalls. The Coles expressed themselves so properly--there was so much real attention in the manner of it-. but they ought to be taught that it was not for them to arrange the terms on which the superior families would visit them. The circumstance was told him at Hartfield. she found she must not judge him harshly." was not quite sufficient. and she regretted that her father's known habits would be giving her refusal less meaning than she could wish. and afterwards. Might not the evening end in a dance? had been a question of his. and only moderately genteel. She felt that she should like to have had the power of refusal. and their new dining-room. occurred again and again. This was the occurrence:--The Coles had been settled some years in Highbury.html understand that Frank admired her extremely--thought her very beautiful and very charming. and with so much to be said for him altogether. on the other hand. they were of low origin. and were very good sort of people--friendly. by bows or smiles--Mr. With their wealth. they had lived in proportion to their income. not so leniently disposed. it found her very differently affected. silly fellow I took him for. second only to the family at Hartfield. she did not know that she might not have been tempted to accept. They had been speaking of it as they walked about Highbury the day before. Donwell and Randalls had received their invitation. for the moment. Knightley. quietly. from its power of censure. had already taken place. but an instant's observation convinced her that it was really said only to relieve his own feelings. and. liberal. throughout the parishes of Donwell and Highbury.the house in town had yielded greater profits. and that little unexpensively. and a few parties. but Emma heard him almost immediately afterwards say to himself. and Frank Churchill had most earnestly lamented her absence.processtext. none of Mr. which made their presence so acceptable." There was one person among his new acquaintance in Surry. Their love of society." she so very soon proceeded to ask them what they advised her to do. if they did.com/abclit. was but poor comfort. she had little hope of Mr. Something occurred while they were at Hartfield. but had been waiting the arrival of a folding-screen from London. on reading it. and Mrs. their views increased. Nothing should tempt her to go. for though her first remark.one who smiled so often and bowed so well. Weston observed. and by this time were. Although in one instance the bearers of not good tidings. and unpretending. keeping little company. and therefore she let it pass. over a newspaper he held in his hand. their want of a larger house. she wanted exactly the advice they gave. they would receive only from herself. Harriet was to be there in the evening. consisting precisely of those whose society was dearest to her. even supposing the omission to be intended as a compliment. and none had come for her father and herself. but. "all young people would have their little whims. "They would have solicited the honour earlier. Weston. in trade. considering every thing. This lesson. and fortune in general had smiled on them. "Hum! just the trifling. They added to their house.

You will not like the noise. but you will soon be tired. my love. and Mr. Mr. You will get very tired when tea is over." Then turning to Mrs." "But. Perry tells me that Mr. and therefore induce him the more readily to give them the honour of his company. sir." "Well.com/abclit. but still I have no doubt that James will take you very safely." "You will make my excuses." But the idea of any thing to be done in a moment. My dear Emma. was increasing. it is incumbent on me to supply her place. I know what worthy people they are." cried Mr." "And no great harm if it does. Goddard. you would have staid at home with me. Woodhouse's agitation. of course. You would not wish to disappoint and mortify the Coles. Weston. He had a great regard for Mrs. Woodhouse was to be talked into an acquiescence of his daughter's going out to dinner on a day now near at hand. good sort of people as ever lived. There will be a great many people talking at once. as our hours are so reasonable. The dews of a summer evening are what I would not expose any body to. They are good-natured people. and I should have no scruples of staying as late as Page 66 ." said Mr. and yet get home without being out in the damp of the evening. but he is bilious--Mr. Cole. Goddard. and Miss Woodhouse's doing it would be more thought of than any other person's in the room. "Upon the whole. you must tell him at what time you would have him come for you again.Mr. We have never been there above once since the new approach was made. papa?" "Oh! no.processtext. Cole never touches malt liquor. I am much obliged to you for reminding me. and you had better name an early hour. No more is Emma. as civilly as possible. Bates. I am sorry Mr. not lessening." cried Mr. http://www. and take their tea with us--take us in their afternoon walk. Goddard. With this treatment. among your friends. to take care of her. Cole should have done it. friendly. which they might do. if you had not married. The ladies knew better how to allay it. and Mrs. I shall have no fears for you with him. upon no account in the world. we must consider this. You will be perfectly safe. Weston must be quiet. You will not regard being tired. and it being briefly settled among themselves how it might be done without neglecting his comfort--how certainly Mrs. I am sure. rather than run the risk of hurting Mr. my dear. Goddard in a moment. He was soon pretty well resigned. papa. and invite her. Woodhouse was soon composed enough for talking as usual. there must be an answer written to Mrs. with a look of gentle reproach--"Ah! Miss Taylor. nor cold. and as you will both be there." "Oh yes." "No. provided the weather be what it ought. if I can. Late hours do not agree with us. We must remember to let James know that the carriage will be wanted on Tuesday. Weston. "if Emma comes away early. and I will step to Mrs. and think little of their own claims." "But you would not wish me to come away before I am tired. James could take the note. Woodhouse. the hours would be too late. if not Mrs. "He should be happy to see Mrs. and Mrs. I should be extremely sorry to be giving them any pain. No. the better. and the party too numerous. I am sure. but still they must feel that any body's hurrying away is no great compliment. "The sooner every party breaks up. You would not think it to look at him." "But you do not consider how it may appear to the Coles. Emma's going away directly after tea might be giving offence. and go no where." said he--"I never was. But you will do every thing right. I have no fears at all for myself. and who have been your neighbours these ten years. Cole. you know. if you wish it. You will say that I am quite an invalid. Weston. "as I took Miss Taylor away. I cannot wish to prevent it. You will not like staying late. neither damp. beginning with my compliments. my dear sir. you would stay a little longer than you might wish. and spending the whole evening away from him. and Emma should write a line. Mr. as they are so very desirous to have dear Emma dine with them. it will be breaking up the party. I need not tell you what is to be done. Mr. nor windy. Knightley too. and therefore must decline their obliging invitation. And when you get there.html of air. As for his going. Emma did not wish him to think it possible. might be depended on for bearing him company-. Weston. I think it would be much better if they would come in one afternoon next summer.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. "I am not fond of dinner-visiting. But first of all. Cole is very bilious. she was very persuadable. However. I would not be the means of giving them any pain. Mr. sir. and every thing deliberately arranged.

and by inference. and while her father was fondly noticing the beauty of her dress. no reason to wish the money unspent. that she would take something to eat. of judging of his general manners. that her own maid should sit up for her. having little spare money and a great deal of health. on the condition of some promises on her side: such as that. for Mr. and not use his carriage so often as became the owner of Donwell Abbey. he would have done this differently. after seeing him. CHAPTER VIII F rank Churchill came back again. she wished she could know that they had been allowed to eat it. Page 67 . Wickedness is always wickedness. I am not afraid of your not being exceedingly comfortable with Mrs. even in the days of his favour. Mr. I am only afraid of your sitting up for me.--She had provided a plentiful dinner for them. for he stopped to hand her out. if hungry. Elton. but without seeming really at all ashamed of what he had done. He would either have gloried in the achievement. she would be sure to warm herself thoroughly. Her father's comfort was amply secured. of guessing how soon it might be necessary for her to throw coldness into her air. and that Serle and the butler should see that every thing were safe in the house. and was pleased to see that it was Mr. Weston. Knightley's. and without being able to forget that among the failings of Mr. for whatever unwilling self-denial his care of their constitution might have obliged them to practise during the meal. Bates as well as Mrs. by helping them to large slices of cake and full glasses of wine. or the evasions of a mind too weak to defend its own vanities. he is not a trifling. to betray any imperfection which could be concealed. http://www.--It depends upon the character of those who handle it. She meant to be very happy." He did. Cole. You must promise me not to sit up. it was not known at Hartfield. and her last pleasing duty. Weston was too anxious for his being a favourite with Mr. to make the two ladies all the amends in her power. but certainly silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way. had had his hair cut. if she came home cold. He was quite as undaunted and as lively as ever. She loves piquet. Goddard. who were now seeing them together for the first time. If he were. was to pay her respects to them as they sat together after dinner. for Mrs. She followed another carriage to Mr.html Mrs. Woodhouse. Goddard being able to come. Cole's. in Emma's opinion. silly young man.--No. you know. She had an opportunity now of speaking her approbation while warm from her heart. Cole's door. and for a longer time than hitherto. and. before she left the house. I am perfectly sure that he is not trifling or silly. in spite of the scene being laid at Mr. He had no reason to wish his hair longer. and if he kept his father's dinner waiting. was too apt. and laughed at himself with a very good grace.processtext. but when she is gone home. as usual. but folly is not always folly. or been ashamed of it. I am afraid you will be sitting up by yourself. There would have been either the ostentation of a coxcomb. and independence.com/abclit. Knightley. to get about as he could. of the meaning of his manners towards herself. Emma thus moralised to herself:-"I do not know whether it ought to be so.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. Mrs. to conceal any confusion of face. instead of going to bed at your usual time--and the idea of that would entirely destroy my comfort. but on your account." With Tuesday came the agreeable prospect of seeing him again. Knightley keeping no horses. activity. to improve his spirits. none had disturbed her more than his propensity to dine with Mr. and of fancying what the observations of all those might be. He came back.

com/abclit.I am quite glad to see you. Knightley. should not have an instrument. as she firmly believed. Emma had as much reason to be satisfied with the rest of the party as with Mr. Jane herself was quite at a loss. She listened.-. 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. that at first. Cole had many to agree with her. to the great astonishment of both aunt and niece--entirely unexpected. and the substance of the story. whom the Coles had the advantage of naming among their acquaintance. "How lucky that we should arrive at the same moment! for." added Mrs. and at dinner she found him seated by her--and. "One can suppose nothing else. who is mistress of music. who plays so delightfully. The first remote sound to which she felt herself obliged to attend. Cox's family. and found it well worth listening to. and the male part of Mr. but already. received an amusing supply. and inquiry. and he quite agreed with me. and given all the consequence she could wish for." He thanked her. and equally rejoiced that such a present had been made. The less worthy females were to come in the evening. perhaps may never make any thing of it. Mrs.-. has not any thing of the nature of an instrument. Emma could fairly surrender all her attention to the pleasantness of her neighbour. by my look or manner. I really was ashamed to look at our new grand pianoforte in the drawing-room. Cole but yesterday. every body who spoke on the subject was equally convinced that it must come from Colonel Campbell. quite bewildered to think who could possibly have ordered it-. I am sure I should. while I do not know one note from another. You think you carry it off very well. to be sure! and it was but yesterday I was telling Mr.html "This is coming as you should do. But Jane. hoping that some of our good neighbours might be so obliging Page 68 . only he is so particularly fond of music that he could not help indulging himself in the purchase." Mrs." "Yes I should.--of course it must be from Colonel Campbell. at dinner. the kindest looks of love. not without some dexterity on his side. "like a gentleman. and. they were too numerous for any subject of conversation to be general. "and I was only surprized that there could ever have been a doubt. was. from both husband and wife. Cole. the end of all the dialogue which ensued of surprize. I always observe it whenever I meet you under those circumstances.but now. her fancy. http://www. observing. and there were enough ready to speak to allow Emma to think her own way." "Nonsensical girl!" was his reply. Cole. The party was rather large. not even the pitifullest old spinet in the world. who are but just beginning.You might not have distinguished how I came. they were both perfectly satisfied that it could be from only one quarter.--I was saying this to Mr. This is like giving ourselves a slap. She was received with a cordial respect which could not but please. but a large-sized square pianoforte. Now I shall really be very happy to walk into the same room with you. but not at all in anger. a proper unobjectionable country family.processtext. That very dear part of Emma.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. but I should not consider their silence as any reason for their not meaning to make the present. and explanations on Miss Bates's. You are not striving to look taller than any body else. I dare say. Cole seemed to be relating something of her that was expected to be very interesting. and still listen to Mrs. When the Westons arrived. and Miss Smith. to amuse herself with. it seems. Mrs. and our little girls. "I declare. if we had met first in the drawing-room. There is always a look of consciousness or bustle when people come in a way which they know to be beneath them. and not a word was said about it. Miss Fairfax. but with you it is a sort of bravado. was the name of Jane Fairfax. especially considering how many houses there are where fine instruments are absolutely thrown away. the son approached her with a cheerful eagerness which marked her as his peculiar object. with Miss Bates. that this pianoforte had arrived from Broadwood's the day before. and congratulations on her side. Elton were talked over. Cole. It seemed quite a shame. I doubt whether you would have discerned me to be more of a gentleman than usual. the strongest of admiration were for her. while politics and Mr. and there is poor Jane Fairfax. by Miss Bates's account. They might chuse to surprize her. You are not afraid of being supposed ashamed. as it included one other family. Now you have nothing to try for." said she. Cole was telling that she had been calling on Miss Bates. 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. an air of affected unconcern. the lawyer of Highbury. had a letter from them very lately. She knows their ways best.

and perhaps the mode of it.yet that was too general a sensation for any thing of peculiar Page 69 . simple I. but I honestly tell you what they are. Dixon in them." "Were you really?--Well!--But you observed nothing of course.--Very well." "Or that he did not give her the use of their own instrument-. Mr." "Yes. he had the misfortune to fall in love with her. Dixon! very true indeed. http://www. saw nothing but the fact.A water party. how acceptable an instrument would be. Dixon?" "Mrs. Dixon. that Miss Fairfax was nearly dashed from the vessel and that Mr. One might guess twenty things without guessing exactly the right." "Very. We were speaking the other day.--It was the work of a moment." "Mr. there it would have been all enjoyment. the mystery. "Nay. and by some accident she was falling overboard. but what can any body's native air do for them in the months of January. He caught her.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. and that really is the reason why the instrument was bought-.--If I had been there. and shall probably suspect whatever I find you suspect. "Why do you smile?" said she. I look upon that as a mere excuse. but I. after making his proposals to her friend.--We are in great hopes that Miss Woodhouse may be prevailed with to try it this evening.processtext.--In the summer it might have passed." "If so. I told you that your suspicions would guide mine. Dixon or Miss Fairfax. As to the pretence of trying her native air.which must now be shut up in London. I dare say. you know. If Colonel Campbell is not the person. Dixon caught her. upon my word. confirmed an idea which I had entertained before. Dixon's preference of her music to her friend's. for it seems to be a new idea to you. who can be?" "What do you say to Mrs. Dixon. Dixon. you must extend your suspicions and comprehend Mr. I think I should have made some discoveries." "You may say what you chuse--but your countenance testifies that your thoughts on this subject are very much like mine. I rather believe you are giving me more credit for acuteness than I deserve. of his being so warm an admirer of her performance." "And then. Dixon. Bates's house.html occasionally to put it to a better use than we can. I can answer for being very decided. though you make so noble a profession of doing it. Yes. Here. is more like a young woman's scheme than an elderly man's. February. the surprize. 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-. She must know as well as her father. untouched by any body. I immediately perceive that it must be the joint present of Mr.or else I am sure we ought to be ashamed of it. I smile because you smile. and finding that nothing more was to be entrapped from any communication of Mrs." "I do not know." "Perhaps Miss Fairfax has never been staying here so long before." "And. 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. I do not require you to adopt all my suspicions. why do you?" "Me!--I suppose I smile for pleasure at Colonel Campbell's being so rich and so liberal. she must be leading a life of privation and penance. turned to Frank Churchill. but at present I do not see what there is to question. and what you told me on that head. or that he became conscious of a little attachment on her side. It is Mrs.--It is a handsome present. and I dare say in her's. I had not thought of Mrs. and Mrs. Cole's. Did you ever hear of that?-. and he might think it too large for Mrs." "I rather wonder that it was never made before.--I do not mean to reflect upon the good intentions of either Mr.com/abclit." Miss Woodhouse made the proper acquiescence." "I dare say you would. but I cannot help suspecting either that. I was there--one of the party. he saved her life. and March? Good fires and carriages would be much more to the purpose in most cases of delicate health." "He did. they have an air of great probability." "That is a grand pianoforte.

unsentimental disposition which allowed her so many alleviations of pleasure. and having so much to ask and to say as to tone. Miss Smith. and heavy jokes. made his way directly to the opposite side of the circle. arrived. touch. the dessert succeeded. cheerful. she could not only love the blooming sweetness and the artless manner. She was his object." The conversation was here interrupted. Elton in vain--by the surrender of all the dangerous pleasure of knowing herself beloved by the husband of her friend. I am sure it is not from the Campbells. but could most heartily rejoice in that light. but I am perfectly convinced myself that Mr. Emma watched the entree of her own particular little friend. I do not mean to say." And she. the blush of guilt which accompanied the name of "my excellent friend Colonel Campbell. Elton." "Indeed you injure me if you suppose me unconvinced. totally unsuspicious of that wish of saying as little about it as possible. She did not wish to speak of the pianoforte. She said no more. http://www. "Only to be sure it was paying him too great a compliment." Emma restrained her Page 70 . and therefore purposely kept at a distance. but by the others. while I supposed you satisfied that Colonel Campbell was the giver. Dixon. kind-hearted and musical. but by much the larger proportion neither the one nor the other--nothing worse than everyday remarks. and the very first of the early was Frank Churchill. In so large a party it was not necessary that Emma should approach her. had she dared fix on them. Miss Fairfax knows it is not from the Campbells. Emma divined what every body present must be thinking. And now I can see it in no other light than as an offering of love. and if she could not exult in her dignity and grace. Your reasonings carry my judgment along with them entirely. to sit and smile and look pretty. and till he could find a seat by her. and she saw the blush of consciousness with which congratulations were received. was particularly interested by the circumstance. she felt too much in the secret herself. She would not have been puzzled. heard what each thought of the other. and pedal. and obliged to be as formal and as orderly as the others. and was delighted with her naivete. the children came in.com/abclit. in their different divisions. a few clever things said. in the midst of the pangs of disappointed affection. There she sat--and who would have guessed how many tears she had been lately shedding? To be in company. and this tells me quite enough. that you might not have made discoveries. I saw it only as paternal kindness. a few downright silly. of having loved even Mr." There was no occasion to press the matter farther. I wanted to know a little more. and Mrs.html anxiety to be observable. and after paying his compliments en passant to Miss Bates and her niece. but Emma suspected she might have been glad to change feelings with Harriet." "No. "He had never seen so lovely a face. and say nothing. however. but when the table was again safely covered. and the rest of the dinner passed away. At first. The conviction seemed real. or they would have been guessed at first. we shall soon hear that it is a present from Mr. They were soon joined by some of the gentlemen. Dixon. old news. The ladies had not been long in the drawing-room. She introduced him to her friend. Depend upon it. before the other ladies. where sat Miss Woodhouse." Mrs. In he walked. the subject was almost immediately introduced. which she plainly read in the fair heroine's countenance. dull repetitions. and. and thought it the most natural thing in the world. Dixon is a principal in the business. nicely dressed herself and seeing others nicely dressed. I may not have convinced you perhaps. Weston." "And if the Dixons should absolutely deny all knowledge of it we must conclude it to come from the Campbells. at convenient moments afterwards. But when you mentioned Mrs. other subjects took their turn. the first and the handsomest. I felt how much more probable that it should be the tribute of warm female friendship. Jane Fairfax did look and move superior. and every body must perceive it. but she did think there were some looks a little like Mr. when every corner dish was placed exactly right. to think the appearance of curiosity or interest fair. was enough for the happiness of the present hour. and were talked to and admired amid the usual rate of conversation. he looked as if he felt it. Emma said. and Emma could not help being amused at her perseverance in dwelling on the subject. very glad to have purchased the mortification of having loved--yes.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter.processtext. They were called on to share in the awkwardness of a rather long interval between the courses. "The arrival of this pianoforte is decisive with me. would not sit at all. and occupation and ease were generally restored.

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

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"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

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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

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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

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com/abclit. unfortunately. who had fallen little short of a mother in affection. "I must have asked Miss Fairfax. however. and the bride-people gone. 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. Sixteen years had Miss Taylor been in Mr. It was Miss Taylor's loss which first brought grief. and there was some satisfaction in considering with what self-denying. The danger. with no prospect of a third to cheer a long evening. as he attended Emma to her carriage. and Miss Bates became anxious to get home. and she had then only to sit and think of what she had lost. Sorrow came--a gentle sorrow--but not at all in the shape of any disagreeable consciousness. these were the disadvantages which threatened alloy to her many enjoyments. The wedding over. but particularly of Emma. highly esteeming Miss Taylor's judgment. indulgent father. and Emma doing just what she liked. seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence. http://www. the mildness of her temper had hardly allowed her to impose any restraint. She was the youngest of the two daughters of a most affectionate. It was on the wedding-day of this beloved friend that Emma first sat in mournful thought of any continuance. and her languid dancing would not have agreed with me. look sorrowful. they had been living together as friend and friend very mutually attached. the equal footing and perfect Page 75 . and rich. but the intercourse of the last seven years. they were obliged to thank Mrs. but it was a black morning's work for her. A large debt of gratitude was owing here.processtext." CHAPTER I E mma Woodhouse. The event had every promise of happiness for her friend. "Perhaps it is as well. The want of Miss Taylor would be felt every hour of every day. Mr. but the rarity and the suddenness of it made it very delightful. her father and herself were left to dine together. been mistress of his house from a very early period. clever. was at present so unperceived. Weston was a man of unexceptionable character. The real evils. and have done. but directed chiefly by her own.--Miss Taylor married. and her place had been supplied by an excellent woman as governess. indeed. Woodhouse's family. to be permitted to begin again. After some attempts. They were a couple worth looking at. generous friendship she had always wished and promoted the match. Her mother had died too long ago for her to have more than an indistinct remembrance of her caresses. Not more than five couple could be mustered. suitable age. handsome." said Frank Churchill. and a disposition to think a little too well of herself. easy fortune. and pleasant manners. very fond of both daughters. Her father composed himself to sleep after dinner. Two dances. in consequence of her sister's marriage. less as a governess than a friend. Even before Miss Taylor had ceased to hold the nominal office of governess. after your's.html genuine spirit and enjoyment. of Emma's situation were the power of having rather too much her own way.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. therefore. and the shadow of authority being now long passed away. as usual. with a comfortable home and happy disposition. Between them it was more the intimacy of sisters. She recalled her past kindness--the kindness. on her mother's account. were all that could be allowed. It was growing late. and she found herself well matched in a partner. and had. Weston. that they did not by any means rank as misfortunes with her. and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.

Weston's stable. his talents could not have recommended him at any time." "My dear. and many a long October and November evening must be struggled through at Hartfield. and shrubberies. to which Hartfield.--and you would not have had Miss Taylor live with us for ever. excellent man. knowing all the ways of the family." "No. but not one among them who could be accepted in lieu of Miss Taylor for even half a day. and with all her advantages. he was a much older man in ways than in years. It was a melancholy change. was much beyond her daily reach.com/abclit. but when tea came. "Poor Miss Taylor!--I wish she were here again. to fill the house. I only doubt whether he will ever take us anywhere else. Weston. being settled in London. and would have been a great deal happier if she had spent all the rest of her life at Hartfield. She had many acquaintance in the place. when he was now obliged to part with Miss Taylor too. and hating to part with them. She dearly loved her father. to be sure." "How often we shall be going to see them. tenderer recollection. hating change of every kind. Matrimony. but he was no companion for her. and their little children. interested in all its concerns. That was your doing. and name. my dear. in spite of its separate lawn. Nobody thought of Page 76 . did really belong. you may be very sure he will always like going to Randalls. and made it necessary to be cheerful. and they coming to see us!--We shall be always meeting! We must begin. as the origin of change.--and where are the poor horses to be while we are paying our visit?" "They are to be put into Mr. and who had such an affection for her as could never find fault. well-informed.--And you have never any odd humours. she was now in great danger of suffering from intellectual solitude. but Emma was aware that great must be the difference between a Mrs. till her father awoke. and wish for impossible things. We must go in the carriage. for her father was universally civil. and Emma could not but sigh over it. was yet a dearer. Emma smiled and chatted as cheerfully as she could. The evil of the actual disparity in their ages (and Mr. and give her pleasant society again. and bear all my odd humours. and from his habits of gentle selfishness. gentle. And as for James. All looked up to them. fond of every body that he was used to. http://www. He could not meet her in conversation. easily depressed. 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. because of his daughter's being housemaid there. to keep him from such thoughts. Woodhouse had not married early) was much increased by his constitution and habits. You know we have settled all that already. the large and populous village.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. for having been a valetudinarian all his life. What a pity it is that Mr. only half a mile from them. nobody thought of your walking. that he thoroughly deserves a good wife. we must go and pay wedding visit very soon. rational or playful. papa. though comparatively but little removed by matrimony. he was very much disposed to think Miss Taylor had done as sad a thing for herself as for them. natural and domestic. How was she to bear the change?--It was true that her friend was going only half a mile from them. Weston is such a good-humoured. and he was by no means yet reconciled to his own daughter's marrying. without activity of mind or body. I could not walk half so far. pleasant. His spirits required support. every scheme of hers--one to whom she could speak every thought as it arose. before Christmas brought the next visit from Isabella and her husband. Weston last night. She had been a friend and companion such as few possessed: intelligent. papa. was always disagreeable. Her sister. only sixteen miles off. papa. it was impossible for him not to say exactly as he had said at dinner. The Woodhouses were first in consequence there. almost amounting to a town. We talked it all over with Mr. in every pleasure. Mr. how am I to get so far? Randalls is such a distance. He was a nervous man. you know I cannot.processtext. papa. though it had been entirely a match of affection. Highbury. and of being never able to suppose that other people could feel differently from himself. and peculiarly interested in herself." "The carriage! But James will not like to put the horses to for such a little way. and though everywhere beloved for the friendliness of his heart and his amiable temper. nor could ever speak of her but with compassion. on their being left to each other. afforded her no equals. You got Hannah that good place. and a Miss Taylor in the house. Weston ever thought of her!" "I cannot agree with you. useful.html unreserve which had soon followed Isabella's marriage.

for we have had a vast deal of rain here. Knightley. she always curtseys and asks me how I do. my dear. Knightley loves to find fault with me.html Hannah till you mentioned her--James is so obliged to you!" "I am very glad I did think of her. Mr. and always welcome. It was very lucky. she will be hearing of us. after some days' absence. I have a great opinion of her." Emma spared no exertions to maintain this happier flow of ideas. and it will be a great comfort to poor Miss Taylor to have somebody about her that she is used to see. by the help of backgammon." "Well! that is quite surprising. and be attacked by no regrets but her own." "My dearest papa! You do not think I could mean you. Not a speck on them. troublesome creature!" said Emma playfully. Knightley had a cheerful manner. you know. I am sure she will be an excellent servant. I observe she always turns the lock of the door the right way and never bangs it.processtext. "but I meant no reflection on any body. and I am sure she will make a very good servant: she is a civil. and at this time more welcome than usual." "By the bye--I have not wished you joy. He will be able to tell her how we all are.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. but I cannot possibly say `poor Miss Taylor. How did you all behave? Who cried most?" "Ah! poor Miss Taylor! 'Tis a sad business. sir! Look at my shoes. It was a happy circumstance. The backgammon-table was placed. sir. I am afraid you must have had a shocking walk. was a frequent visitor. in a very pretty manner. I know--and what you would certainly say if my father were not by. "I am afraid I am sometimes very fanciful and troublesome. she will now have but one. and his many inquiries after "poor Isabella" and her children were answered most satisfactorily." "Poor Mr. and animated Mr." "Dirty. Knightley. It is a beautiful moonlight night. but a visitor immediately afterwards walked in and made it unnecessary. What a horrible idea! Oh no! I meant only myself. It rained dreadfully hard for half an hour while we were at breakfast. Woodhouse gratefully observed.com/abclit. When this was over. Woodhouse. it must be better to have only one to please than two. Mr." "Especially when one of those two is such a fanciful. Whenever James goes over to see his daughter." "But you must have found it very damp and dirty. and now walked up to Hartfield to say that all were well in Brunswick Square. He had returned to a late dinner. indeed. and so mild that I must draw back from your great fire. Woodhouse for some time. you know-in a joke--it is all a joke. Knightley." Mr. We always say what we like to one another. and hoped. http://www. I have been in no hurry with my congratulations." "Not at all. The chances are that she must be a gainer. Mr. "Emma knows I never flatter her. Whenever I see her. but when it comes to the question of dependence or independence!--At any rate. with a sigh. I wanted them to put off the wedding. was not only a very old and intimate friend of the family. Mr. or suppose Mr." said Mr. Knightley. and the only one who ever told her of them: and though this was not particularly agreeable to Emma herself. a sensible man about seven or eight-and-thirty. I wish you may not catch cold." "I believe it is very true. pretty-spoken girl. for I would not have had poor James think himself slighted upon any account. as the elder brother of Isabella's husband. Knightley to mean you. "It is very kind of you. Being pretty well aware of what sort of joy you must both be feeling. Miss Taylor has been used to have two persons to please. was one of the few people who could see faults in Emma Woodhouse. "That is what you have in your head. that she would not have him really suspect such a circumstance as her not being thought perfect by every body. and Miss Woodhouse. to come out at this late hour to call upon us." said Mr. as coming directly from their mutual connexions in London. she knew it would be so much less so to her father." Page 77 . but I hope it all went off tolerably well. in fact. He lived about a mile from Highbury. but particularly connected with it. and when you have had her here to do needlework. Mr.' I have a great regard for you and Emma. which always did him good. if you please. to get her father tolerably through the evening.

Mr. your making the match. who had been a widower so long.I pity you. he darted away with so much gallantry. you know!--Every body said that Mr. willing to let it pass--"you want to hear about the wedding. and were sure of meeting every day. it might not have come to any thing after all. than good to them. If I had not promoted Mr. four years ago. You are more likely to have done harm to yourself. Knightley shook his head at her." Mr. but I think there may be a third--a something between the do-nothing and the do-all." rejoined Mr. and how important to her to be secure of a comfortable provision. you cannot think that I shall leave off match-making.' and saying it again to yourself every now and then afterwards." "And have you never known the pleasure and triumph of a lucky guess?-. A worthy employment for a young lady's mind! But if. You have drawn two pretty pictures. if we could suppose it. for we all behaved charmingly. and when such success has blessed me in this instance. but I believed none of it. at Miss Taylor's time of life.--I thought you cleverer--for. why do you talk of success? Where is your merit? What are you proud of? You made a lucky guess.html "Well. "We should not like her so well as we do. Oh no. and who seemed so perfectly comfortable without a wife.com/abclit. when. and borrowed two umbrellas for us from Farmer Mitchell's. sir.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter." "A straightforward. I think you must know Hartfield enough to comprehend that. Oh no! Mr. because it began to drizzle. `I think it would be a very good thing for Miss Taylor if Mr." said Emma." "I do not understand what you mean by `success. she knows how very acceptable it must be. depend upon it a lucky guess is never merely luck. I do not know that I am so entirely without any claim to it. I wish you would not make matches and foretell things. which I rather imagine. if she can do good to others. indeed.Mr. and given many little encouragements. "Success supposes endeavour. and therefore cannot allow herself to feel so much pain as pleasure. http://www. And as to my poor word `success. Weston's visits here." said Mr." Emma turned away her head. if you have been endeavouring for the last four years to bring about this marriage. I made up my mind on the subject. dear papa. and smoothed many little matters. every body in their best looks: not a tear. and others of the son and the uncle not letting him. Weston were to marry her." said her father. you know. I made the match. no! Mr.processtext. Every body was punctual. papa. There is always some talent in it. "Ah! my dear." "I promise you to make none for myself. It is the greatest amusement in the world! And after such success. and to have it take place. Knightley. and I shall be happy to tell you. for other people. your saying to yourself one idle day. means only your planning it. Weston. to be settled in a home of her own. and that is all that can be said. Pray do not make any more matches. "Ever since the day--about four years ago--that Miss Taylor and I met with him in Broadway Lane. unaffected woman like Miss Taylor. open-hearted man like Weston. always acceptable wherever he went. Weston would never marry again. pray do not make any more matches. Knightley. always cheerful-. and I am sure she will miss her more than she thinks for. by interference. and hardly a long face to be seen. divided between tears and smiles. Some people even talked of a promise to his wife on her deathbed. and be proved in the right. but she knows how much the marriage is to Miss Taylor's advantage. may comfort me for any thing. "It is impossible that Emma should not miss such a companion. as you call it. Her father fondly replied. and a rational. when so many people said Mr. Weston would never marry again. understanding but in part. Your time has been properly and delicately spent. may be safely left to manage their own concerns. "But. Weston certainly would never marry again. Knightley. and Page 78 . "But. "and a very considerable one--that I made the match myself. I planned the match from that hour. Oh dear. she is really very sorry to lose poor Miss Taylor." "Emma never thinks of herself. Every friend of Miss Taylor must be glad to have her so happily married. for whatever you say always comes to pass. Weston need not spend a single evening in the year alone if he did not like it. Woodhouse. so constantly occupied either in his business in town or among his friends here." "And you have forgotten one matter of joy to me. All manner of solemn nonsense was talked on the subject. we all felt that we were going to be only half a mile apart. my dear. but I must.'" said Mr.' which you quarrel with. they are silly things." said Emma." "Dear Emma bears every thing so well.

Perfect happiness. and I have a great regard for him. a man of six or seven-and-twenty can take care of himself. papa. and there were two points on which she was not quite easy. but leave him to chuse his own wife. Elton. Cole said how much taste you had. or that if there is any difference nobody would ever find it out. There is nobody in Highbury who deserves him--and he has been here a whole year." said Mr. Knightley will be so kind as to meet him." "Are you sure? I saw she had execution. who deserved to be made happy!--And left a name behind her that would not soon die away. sir." "Ah! but Jane Fairfax has them both. papa. The other circumstance of regret related also to Jane Fairfax. and help him to the best of the fish and the chicken. but it had been so strong an idea." "With a great deal of pleasure. Knightley. Depend upon it. even in memory. in betraying her suspicions of Jane Fairfax's feelings to Frank Churchill." "Well." "Those who knew any thing about it. I dare say Mr. Elton. Harriet. Invite him to dinner. She did unfeignedly and unequivocally regret the inferiority of her own playing and singing. She must have delighted the Coles--worthy people. She doubted whether she had not transgressed the duty of woman by woman." "Mr. Nobody talked about Page 79 . but Jane Fairfax's is much beyond it. which made it difficult for her to be quite certain that she ought to have held her tongue. that it would be a shame to have him single any longer--and I thought when he was joining their hands to-day. It was hardly right. laughing." CHAPTER IX E mma did not repent her condescension in going to the Coles. and his submission to all that she told." "Oh! dear--I think you play the best of the two. She was then interrupted by Harriet's coming in. The truth is. I think you play quite as well as she does.com/abclit. That will be a much better thing. "and I agree with you entirely. must have felt the difference. and there she had no doubt. My playing is no more like her's. must be amply repaid in the splendour of popularity. The visit afforded her many pleasant recollections the next day. Elton! You like Mr.html break up one's family circle grievously. was a compliment to her penetration. and all that she might be supposed to have lost on the side of dignified seclusion. she might soon have been comforted. at any time. than a lamp is like sunshine. to be sure. I am sure I had much rather hear you. ask him to come and dine with us some day. Harriet. that my playing is just good enough to be praised. 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.--I must look about for a wife for him. and that he valued taste much more than execution. and a very good young man. that it would escape her." "Only one more.processtext. "Oh! if I could but play as well as you and Miss Fairfax!" "Don't class us together. that it will be a much better thing. is not common. but I did not know she had any taste. Every body last night said how well you played. Mr. Elton. my dear. and has fitted up his house so comfortably. She did most heartily grieve over the idleness of her childhood--and sat down and practised vigorously an hour and a half. Harriet. But if you want to shew him any attention. and if Harriet's praise could have satisfied her. only for Mr.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. and Mr. I always shall think that you play quite as well as she does. Poor Mr. and this is the only way I have of doing him a service. Emma. http://www. Elton is a very pretty young man. Frank Churchill talked a great deal about your taste.

" Page 80 . you know. but as he says I did. that I would come this morning." "She meant to be impertinently curious. and in her present state. and then we shall go home. Mr. was always very long at a purchase.--Much could not be hoped from the traffic of even the busiest part of Highbury. Weston. The Coxes were wondering last night whether she would get into any great family. when Emma caught their eye. a tidy old woman travelling homewards from shop with her full basket. and while she was still hanging over muslins and changing her mind.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. whose house was a little nearer Randalls than Ford's. and a string of dawdling children round the baker's little bow-window eyeing the gingerbread. A disagreeable truth would be palatable through her lips. because she will have to teach. Another accidental meeting with the Martins was possible. or a stray letter-boy on an obstinate mule. Emma went to the door for amusement. would be dangerous. I did not know that I had fixed a day. in order to hear the new instrument. can do with seeing nothing." Mrs. http://www. What am I to do?" "I am here on no business of my own. "to join your party and wait for her at Hartfield-. They were stopping. William Cox letting himself in at the office-door. but I am the wretchedest being in the world at a civil falsehood.-. Harriet.--But (with a smile) if Colonel Campbell should have employed a careless friend. She might do very well by herself." said she.com/abclit. "For my companion tells me. And I hate Italian singing. But. Cole's carriage-horses returning from exercise. and Miss Woodhouse looks as if she could almost say the same. Besides.processtext. just as such an Anne Cox should be.Mr. They would be very much pleased." "She said he was very agreeable the day he dined there. especially Anne Cox. the most vulgar girls in Highbury." "Oh!" "They talked a great deal about him. she knew she had no reason to complain. and was amused enough. Weston and hear the instrument. "They told me---that Mr. however." "They told me something. Perry walking hastily by. tempted by every thing and swayed by half a word. Weston was disappointed. were the liveliest objects she could presume to expect. My aunt always sends me off when she is shopping. Mrs." "Well--if you advise it. "that I absolutely promised Miss Bates last night. He sat by her at dinner.--I think they are." Emma was obliged to ask what they had told her." "Me! I should be quite in the way. Weston pays her visit. The scene enlarged. She says I fidget her to death. Martin dined with them last Saturday." "Oh!" "He came to their father upon some business." said Emma. "I thought you meant to go with me." "And while Mrs. and he asked him to stay to dinner. two persons appeared.--Emma thought it most prudent to go with her." Harriet had business at Ford's." but it is nothing of any consequence. Bates's. Weston informed her that she was going to call on the Bateses. How did you think the Coxes looked?" "Just as they always do--very vulgar.--Immediately they crossed the road and came forward to her. Mr. if she does play so very well." said Harriet rather hesitatingly. I was not aware of it myself. She will probably have soon done.There is no understanding a word of it. perhaps--I may be equally in the way here. A mind lively and at ease. and when her eyes fell only on the butcher with his tray. it is no more than she is obliged to do." said Frank Churchill. but she asked me if I thought I should go and stay there again next summer. Miss Nash thinks either of the Coxes would be very glad to marry him. Weston and her son-in-law. Miss Woodhouse looks as if she did not want me. I do not know what she meant.if you are going home." "Very likely. Elton. quite enough still to stand at the door. and had all but knocked.html it. She looked down the Randalls road. I may be allowed. Mrs. they were walking into Highbury. though fearful of its producing Mr. "I am only waiting for my friend. I hope. and can see nothing that does not answer. I am going now. and the agreeableness of yesterday's engagement seemed to give fresh pleasure to the present meeting.--to Hartfield of course. in the first place at Mrs. two curs quarrelling over a dirty bone. But you had better go with Mrs.-. without exception. and if it should prove to have an indifferent tone--what shall I say? I shall be no support to Mrs.

Woodhouse?--I am so glad to hear such a good account. Patty do not come with your bad news to me. Goddard's-.'--For. `Miss Woodhouse's opinion of the instrument will be worth having. How do you do. you know? Only three of us.--"I am persuaded that you can be as insincere as your neighbours." said the obliging Mrs. and give us your opinion of our new instrument. Mrs.'-. What do you advise?" "That you do not give another half-second to the subject. "if it be not very disagreeable to you. my mother will be so very happy to see her--and now we are such a nice party. that will be much best. but there is no reason to suppose the instrument is indifferent. Quite otherwise indeed. Frank Churchill. if you please." "No more it is. Ford the trouble of two parcels. if you please.html "I do not believe any such thing. would you believe it. Miss Woodhouse. and take it home with me at night." He could say no more. every body ought to have two pair of spectacles. always--I have heard some people say that Mrs. for what is our consumption of bread. and that a blue ribbon. could not you?" "It is not worth while.--trying. quite satisfied. At last it was all settled. I shall be more sure of succeeding if one of you will go with me. Goddard will want to see it. to convince her that if she wanted plain muslin it was of no use to look at figured. "Oh! but indeed I would much rather have it only in one. they should indeed. returned with Mrs. to Mrs. Weston.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter." Voices approached the shop--or rather one voice and two ladies: Mrs. Only my pattern gown is at Hartfield. you Page 81 ."Yes--no--yes. you shall send it to Hartfield. Weston told me you were here. No. "My dear Miss Woodhouse. It will be felt so great an attention! and I always thought you meant it. and with the hope of Hartfield to reward him. http://www. I really wish you to call with me.besides dear Jane at present--and she really eats nothing--makes such a shocking breakfast. We will go to Hartfield afterwards. till I have finished my job. And. and then joined Harriet at the interesting counter. that I might be sure of succeeding. Miss Smith?--Very well I thank you. Emma watched them in. this morning.' said he. and Jane caught no cold last night. Mrs. I meant to take them over to John Saunders the first thing I did. if you please. would still never match her yellow pattern. be it ever so beautiful. Miss Woodhouse. by the bye.--And I could take the pattern gown home any day. And it cannot be for the value of our custom now." "Do come with me. Mrs.--And I begged Mrs. I must run across. you shall send it all to Mrs. I am much obliged to you." replied Emma. with all the force of her own mind.--`Oh. in the most obliging manner in the world. said I. Bates and Miss Fairfax are--" "Very well. but we have never known any thing but the greatest attention from them. Ford. said I. Wallis sent them by her boy. Oh. ma'am.--The rivet came out. Ford. Ford.--`Aye. to give Mrs. pray do. Wallis can be uncivil and give a very rude answer. Here is the rivet of your mistress's spectacles out. Mrs.so it had better go to Hartfield--at least the ribbon. To Hartfield. `wait half a minute. How is Mr. ma'am?" asked Mrs.-. Weston to come with me. I think. Weston and Miss Bates met them at the door. then another.So very obliging!--For my mother had no use of her spectacles-.-. But then. said I. Then the baked apples came home. "I should not at all like to have it sent to Mrs." said Harriet.' said Mr.could not put them on. you and Miss Smith. but something or other hindered me all the morning. you know.But.com/abclit. But I shall want the ribbon directly-. My mother is delightfully well. Jane said so. they are extremely civil and obliging to us. you know. the Wallises. At one time Patty came to say she thought the kitchen chimney wanted sweeping.-. Bates's door. if I understood Miss Fairfax's opinion last night. Then. there he is. even to the destination of the parcel." "I hope Mrs." "No trouble in the world. Goddard's. "I am just run across to entreat the favour of you to come and sit down with us a little while.Oh! then. Ford. "Should I send it to Mrs. Harriet." said Mrs." said the latter. I am sure Miss Woodhouse will allow me just to run across and entreat her to come in. fastening in the rivet of my mother's spectacles. It need not detain us long. when it is necessary.processtext. Goddard's. Goddard's. Mrs. You could make it into two parcels. there is no saying what. I may just as well have it sent to Hartfield. Weston to Mrs. first one thing.-." "Aye. We will follow them to Hartfield.I do not know--No. she cannot refuse.

much as I had heard of him before and much as I had expected. and there is nothing she likes so well as these baked apples. for we never had a quarrel in our lives. said I. . He told Patty this. `I can fasten the rivet. she almost quarrelled with me--No. Patty makes an excellent apple-dumpling. you have prevailed. `I am sure you must be. Weston.com/abclit. `there is nothing in the way of fruit half so good. and went down and spoke to William Larkins and said every thing. with no farther delay from Miss Bates than. I hope. I hear you have a charming collection of new ribbons from town. you know. He seems every thing the fondest parent could. however. "I declare I cannot recollect what I was talking of. However.I have so often heard Mr. Mrs. it was no compliment. &c. . I like a job of this kind excessively. . Knightley's most liberal supply. Mrs. Hodges. I did say as much as I could.' I never shall forget his manner. William Larkins let me keep a larger quantity than usual this year. . but Jane is taking them in. The apples themselves are the very finest sort for baking.. But I was really quite shocked the other day-. and these ladies will oblige us. and Mrs. and Jane said the same. most warmly. And when he was gone. Mrs. very often. `and I will send you another supply.' That. Hodges would be cross sometimes. before they get good for nothing. Not that I had any doubt before-. Jane came back delighted yesterday. he was so pleased to think his master had sold so many. So very obliging of Mr. you know. He sends us a sack every year. the very same evening William Larkins came over with a large basket of apples. . And I am sure.' said he. but bid her not mind it. `Oh!' said he directly. however.but Miss Woodhouse will be so good as not to mention it. Frank Churchill! `Oh!' said he.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter." "What was I talking of?" said she. Weston. We have apple-dumplings. she would fix. and they are extremely wholesome. and it passes off. "How do you do. I could not absolutely say that we had a great many left--it was but half a dozen indeed. But about the middle of the day she gets hungry. I believe it is the only way that Mr. but she was quite distressed that I had owned the apples were so nearly gone. and be sure not to say any thing to us about it. I do congratulate you.for Mr. the gloves do very well--only a little too large about the wrist. and Mr. I like a job of that sort excessively.html would be quite frightened if you saw it. and as long as so Page 82 . thinks more of his master's profit than any thing. but Mrs. http://www. Ford? I beg your pardon.' So I begged he would not--for really as to ours being gone. all from Donwell--some of Mr. and hoped our friends would be so very obliging as to take some. and he asked whether we were not got to the end of our stock. was so very." Emma would be "very happy to wait on Mrs. Woodhouse made us promise to have them done three times-. for I took the opportunity the other day of asking Mr. the same sort of apples. William Larkins is such an old acquaintance! I am always glad to see him. and certainly there never was such a keeping apple anywhere as one of his trees--I believe there is two of them. but they should be all kept for Jane. for I have a great many more than I can ever use. Emma wondered on what. I happened to meet him in the street. he said. . Thank ye. and these are the finest-looking home-baked apples I ever saw in my life. . I found afterwards from Patty. and I was very much obliged. Indeed they are very delightful apples. . Woodhouse recommend a baked apple. and I could not at all bear that he should be sending us more. was quite displeased at their being all sent away. of all the medley. beginning again when they were all in the street. . a bushel at least. for William. and Jane was eating these apples.processtext. Indeed I must say that. my dear. she wished I had made him believe we had a great many left. by his manner. I dare not let my mother know how little she eats--so I say one thing and then I say another. Knightley called one morning. `Oh!' said he. `I do think I can fasten the rivet. as you may suppose. Woodhouse thinks the fruit thoroughly wholesome. Wallis does them full justice--only we do not have them baked more than twice. I will send you some more. Oh. that William said it was all the apples of that sort his master had. he very far exceeds any thing. But. . I did not see you before. William did not seem to mind it himself. . and we talked about them and said how much she enjoyed them. Bates. Well. . She could not bear that her master should not be able to have another apple-tart this spring. so liberal as he had been already. I should not say quarrelled." and they did at last move out of the shop. he had brought them all--and now his master had not one left to bake or boil. for Mrs.--Oh! my mother's spectacles. And when I brought out the baked apples from the closet.'--Which you know shewed him to be so very. beyond a doubt. Perry. My mother says the orchard was always famous in her younger days.

Do not you think so?" Jane did not look round. was tranquillity itself." "What!" said Mrs. . "I have been assisting Miss Fairfax in trying to make her instrument stand steadily. Bates. "have not you finished it yet? you would not earn a very good livelihood as a working silversmith at this rate. with a smile at Emma. Miss Smith. and Jane Fairfax. And so Patty told me. I was almost afraid you would be hurrying home. standing with her back to them. Emma did suspect to arise from the state of her nerves. http://www. in rather a low voice. the powers of the instrument were gradually done full justice to. and the softness of the upper notes I am sure is exactly what he and all that party would particularly prize." said Frank Churchill. she had not yet possessed the instrument long enough to touch it without emotion. and was sufficiently employed in looking out the best baked apple for her. Pray take care. the young man was yet able to shew a most happy countenance on seeing Emma again. Emma joined her in all her praise. "the person has not chosen ill.processtext. with every proper discrimination. "This is a pleasure. that he either gave his friend very minute directions. pursued only by the sounds of her desultory good-will. or wrote to Broadwood himself." he replied. Weston. You see we have been wedging one leg with paper. Miss Woodhouse. it was not quite firm. tell me if you think I shall succeed.com/abclit. At last Jane began. Knightley know any thing about it for the world! He would be so very. there is a step at the turning. I dare say. and her visitors walked upstairs without having any regular narration to attend to. Mrs. "Pray take care.rather darker and narrower than one could wish.html many sacks were sold. I am quite concerned. Busy as he was. she must reason herself into the power of performance." Miss Bates had just done as Patty opened the door. pray take care. at a table near her. however. Weston. Frank Churchill. slumbering on one side of the fire. intent on her pianoforte. ours is rather a dark staircase-.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. This was very kind of you to be persuaded to come. Weston had been delighted before. Miss Smith. You find me trying to be useful. That she was not immediately ready. Mrs. I had mentioned it before I was aware. and the pianoforte. "Whoever Colonel Campbell might employ. I am sure you hit your foot. "coming at least ten minutes earlier than I had calculated. I wanted to keep it from Jane's knowledge. I heard a good deal of Colonel Campbell's taste at Weymouth. Mrs." CHAPTER X T he appearance of the little sitting-room as they entered." said he. and was delighted again. till Jane Fairfax was quite ready to sit down to the pianoforte again. . was pronounced to be altogether of the highest promise. Miss Fairfax. unluckily. . and trying to make her help or advise him in his work. whatever their origin." "I have not been working uninterruptedly. and though the first bars were feebly given. and Emma could not but pity such feelings. and I was excessively shocked indeed! I would not have Mr. Miss Woodhouse. and could not but resolve never to expose them to her neighbour again. deprived of her usual employment. it did not signify who ate the remainder. but. most deedily occupied about her spectacles." He contrived that she should be seated by him. I believe. Mrs. the step at the turning. She was not obliged to hear. an unevenness in the floor. Weston had been speaking to her at the Page 83 .

and sometimes one conjectures wrong. there had been a smile of secret delight. and that you communicated it to me. and played something else. She could not but hear. If she does wrong.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. the precise day of the instrument's coming to hand. What nonsense one talks. Bates. it shews it to have been so thoroughly from the heart. Do not distress her. passing near the window. healed for the present. she had less scruple in the amusement.-. "How much your friends in Ireland must be enjoying your pleasure on this occasion. but we gentlemen labourers if we get hold of a word--Miss Fairfax said something about conjecturing. was not it?--He knew Miss Fairfax could have no music here. it is done." said Emma." She looked up at him for a moment.--your real workmen. Very thoughtful of Colonel Campbell." She played.Emma took the opportunity of whispering. and wonder which will be the day. in a voice of forced calmness. Knightley on horse-back not far off. and begged Miss Fairfax. or that he may have sent only a general direction. I would have her understand me. perfect Jane Fairfax was apparently cherishing very reprehensible feelings. and they looked it over together. I have the pleasure. you appeared tired the whole time. I suppose. http://www. You did not enjoy them as I did. "Here is something quite new to me." Shortly afterwards Miss Bates. Soon afterwards he began again." "I hope she does. hold their tongues. but I would have given worlds-. to depend upon contingencies and conveniences?" He paused." "She is not entirely without it." "But really. Miss Fairfax. said. and turning to Emma. in a whisper." said she." He shook his head with a smile.html same moment. I think. and wish I had never taken up the idea. "it will be one of the waltzes we danced last night. I believe you were glad we danced no longer.--let me live them over again. and when on glancing her eye towards Jane Fairfax she caught the remains of a smile.all the worlds one ever has to give--for another half-hour. Nothing hastily done. she ought to feel it. Do you know it?--Cramer.-. I am half ashamed.) of restoring your spectacles. I have now a key to all her odd looks and ways. from such a quarter. one might expect. I dare say they often think of you. There. upright. when hard at work." "I do not see much sign of it. he went to the pianoforte. "mine was a random guess. if one talks at all. True affection only could have prompted it. sometimes one conjectures right. I am not in the least ashamed of my meaning. and much less compunction with respect to her. I wish I could conjecture how soon I shall make this rivet quite firm. "If you are very kind. "Till I have a letter from Colonel Campbell. and looked as if he had very little doubt and very little mercy. coloured deeply. 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." "I am very glad you did. an order indefinite as to time. She must understand you. Miss Woodhouse. "It is not fair. "I can imagine nothing with any confidence. I honour that part of the attention particularly. nothing incomplete. to escape a little from the latter. to play something more.com/abclit. She is playing Robin Adair at this moment--his favourite." said he.processtext.If I mistake not that was danced at Weymouth. It must be all conjecture." Emma wished he would be less pointed. Leave shame to her. madam." "Conjecture--aye. "You speak too plain." He was very warmly thanked both by mother and daughter. He brought all the music to her. (to Mrs. He took some music from a chair near the pianoforte. "What felicity it is to hear a tune again which has made one happy!-. she could not avoid answering. who was still sitting at it. This was all sent with the instrument. yet could not help being amused. when she saw that with all the deep blush of consciousness. That.And here are a new set of Irish melodies.--This amiable. descried Mr. Page 84 .

I thank you. You should not have done it. `Can I do any thing for you at Kingston?' said he. and Mrs. You will find some friends here. I thank you. They will be so very happy to see you." "Mrs. Can I do any thing for you?" "No. We were just in time. . Cole was saying the other day she wanted something from Kingston." "Yes." So began Miss Bates. He never can bear to be thanked. I never saw any thing equal to it. I think Miss Fairfax dances very well. just to thank him. I will not open the window here. He is going to Kingston. for most resolutely and commandingly did he say. Cole has servants to send. Weston gave Emma a look of particular meaning.com/abclit. the door was open. Frank Churchill too!--Quite delightful. no. . But do come in. You must have heard every thing to be sure. But I thought he would have staid now." "And here is Mrs. Mr. in a deliberating manner. Who do you think is here?-. . Weston is the very best country-dance player. . my dear. your room is full enough. not now. Knightley. must you be Page 85 . . Hodges may well be angry. I can say nothing less. I will call another day. But Emma still shook her head in steady scepticism. and come in. http://www. if your friends have any gratitude. William Larkins mentioned it here. And (raising his voice still more) I do not see why Miss Fairfax should not be mentioned too. Knightley I declare!--I must speak to him if possible." "Well.processtext." "Oh! do come in. He asked me if he could do any thing. and Mr. He cut her short with. Ah! he is off." And Miss Bates was obliged to give a direct answer before he would hear her in any thing else. do come in. Knightley. so I just mentioned. Can I do anything for you?" "Oh! dear. . but I cannot stay to hear it.Was not it delightful?--Miss Woodhouse and Mr. and Mr. Kingston--are you?--Mrs. . it would give you all cold. . "I am going to Kingston. "for five minutes. for I suppose Miss Woodhouse and Mr. something of consequence-. . I am so sorry!--Oh! Mr. as if it had passed within the same apartment. Weston and Mr." "Oh! yes.) I have not been able to succeed. immediately called Mr. and every syllable of their conversation was as distinctly heard by the others. (returning to the room. You said you had a great many. Well." said he. and the window was open. "So obliged to you!--so very much obliged to you for the carriage. Frank Churchill are hearing every thing that passes." "Oh! very delightful indeed. How is she to-day? Tell me how Miss Fairfax is. we heard every thing. Oh! Miss Woodhouse. "How d' ye do?--how d'ye do?--Very well. The listeners were amused. So obliged to you for the carriage last night. and it would have been a pity not to have mentioned. "we heard his kind offers. I dare say he will come in when he knows who is here.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. Pray come in. Knightley's attention. We really are so shocked! Mrs. Frank Churchill. without exception.Miss Woodhouse and Miss Smith." said Jane. "How is your niece.--Did you ever see such dancing?-. indeed you should not. but I can go into my mother's room you know.html "Mr. How is Miss Fairfax?--I hope she caught no cold last night. Do put up your horse at the Crown. I thank you. Knightley spoke loud. I must get on to Kingston as fast as I can. because you know." "Oh! Mr. what a delightful party last night. how extremely pleasant. and Mrs. but particularly your niece. I could not stay two minutes. Now." resumed Miss Bates. Quite delightful to have you all meet so!--Our little room so honoured!" She was in the adjoining chamber while she still spoke. and now you have not one left. so kind as to call to hear the new pianoforte." "No. they will say something pretty loud about you and me in return. my mother just ready for us. in England. and opening the casement there. one moment more. so many friends!" "No. and hear the pianoforte. Knightley seemed determined to be heard in his turn." "Well. Miss Bates?--I want to inquire after you all. Knightley cannot stop. perhaps. I dare say you might.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.

Frank's was the first idea. and the two Miss Coxes five." On another.--but when a beginning is made-. and Miss Fairfax. It will not do to invite five couple." Somebody said that Miss Gilbert was expected at her brother's. Cole's should be finished there--that the same party should be collected." Emma found it really time to be at home. Mr. A word was put in for a second young Cox. Frank Churchill had danced once at Highbury. for the lady was the best judge of the difficulties. Instances have been known of young people passing many. Weston naming one family of cousins who must be included. five couple are not enough to make it worth while to stand up. the visit had already lasted long. in the hope of discovering. my father. and must be invited with the rest. of reckoning up exactly who there would be. and a very interesting speculation in what possible manner they could be disposed of. and Mrs. when one thinks seriously about it. and no material injury accrue either to body or mind.html going?--You seem but just come--so very obliging of you. "And there will be the two Gilberts. and the same musician engaged. Somebody else believed Mrs. It can be allowable only as the thought of the moment.processtext. But still she had inclination enough for shewing people again how delightfully Mr. and myself.when the felicities of rapid motion have once been. "But will there be good room for five couple?--I really do not think there will. though slightly. met with the readiest acquiescence. 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. His first proposition and request. Woodhouse was persuaded to spend with his daughter at Randalls. Weston most willingly undertook to play as long as they could wish to dance. it became a certainty that the five couple would be at least ten. and his the greatest zeal in pursuing it. that will be quite enough for pleasure. You and Miss Smith. so much of the morning was perceived to be gone. and Miss Fairfax.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. that the dance begun at Mr. CHAPTER XI I t may be possible to do without dancing entirely. and the most solicitous for accommodation and appearance. Knightley. felt--it must be a very heavy set that does not ask for more.com/abclit. was passed by the two young people in schemes on the subject. "You and Miss Smith. Weston could say of their exactly equal size. and longed to dance again. Weston entered into the idea with thorough enjoyment. will be three. could allow themselves only to walk with the two young ladies to Hartfield gates. and the two Miss Coxes five. Yes." But soon it came to be on one side. and portioning out the indispensable division of space to every couple. and another of very old acquaintance who could not be left out. young Cox. and for five couple there will be plenty of room. will be three. that it was a little the largest. "And after all." had been repeated many times over. many months successively. and the last half-hour of an evening which Mr. Gilbert would have danced the other evening. before they set off for Randalls. if she had been asked. and the interesting employment had followed. Page 86 . and on examining watches. and at last. http://www. that Mrs. in spite of all that Mr. Weston and her companion taking leave also. besides 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. without being at any ball of any description. Five couple are nothing. Mr.

" he gravely replied. that it could not be persevered in. and said every thing in her power to do it away. Better accommodations. but she took the compliment. I bring a new proposal on the subject:--a thought of my father's. but for all the purposes of their acquaintance. that the space which a quarter of an hour before had been deemed barely sufficient for five couple. he was quite amiable enough. and yet it was not so good but that many of them wanted a better. you would be quite laid up. Pray do not let them talk of it. on the score of health. he can promise them. it might have been worth while to pause and consider. Ten couple may stand here very well." he replied. would have been insufferable!--Dreadful!--I felt how right you were the whole time." Emma demurred. but was too anxious for securing any thing to like to yield. Had she intended ever to marry him. "I think there will be very tolerable room for ten couple. and what could be worse than dancing without space to turn in?" "Very true. She would catch a dreadful cold. Emma said it would be awkward. and keeping them open very inconsiderately. Mrs. and not a less grateful welcome than at Randalls." said he. and the character of his temper. no. indeed. "your inclination for dancing has not been quite frightened away. he was at Hartfield. and the first scheme of dancing only in the room they were in resorted to again." said she. Weston was in distress about the supper. Miss Woodhouse. by the terrors of my father's little rooms. Exquisite. He does not think of the draught. "you are quite unreasonable. Mrs. in either of the Randalls rooms. "Might not they use both rooms. one is unwilling to give the matter up. "Oh! no. and I trust you cannot. It is his own idea.processtext. This is what we all feel. and dance across the passage?" It seemed the best scheme. and Mr. Woodhouse see no objection. A crowd in a little room--Miss Woodhouse. 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." "No. She knew the importance of it. and with such good-will on Frank Churchill's part. however. I do not mean to set you against him. if you and Mr." said he. So would poor little Harriet. and try to understand the value of his preference. "it would be the extreme of imprudence. Weston sees no objection to it. http://www. That young man (speaking lower) is very thoughtless. Oh! you were perfectly right! Ten couple. 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. and still he ended with. It made him so very unhappy. was now endeavoured to be made out quite enough for ten.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. which waits only your approbation to be acted upon. provided you are satisfied. Woodhouse opposed it earnestly. "Well. but that young man is not quite the thing." But still he went on measuring. quite exquisite!--Still. and forgave the rest. He has been opening the doors very often this evening. Weston. I hope. It soon appeared that he came to announce an improvement. Weston was sorry for such a charge." Emma perceived that the nature of his gallantry was a little self-willed. my father hopes his friends will be so kind as to visit him there. So you would all. and that he would rather oppose than lose the pleasure of dancing with her. May I hope for the honour of your hand for the two first dances of this little projected ball. I could not bear it for Emma!--Emma is not strong. and he entered the room with such an agreeable smile as certified the continuance of the scheme." he almost immediately began. Is not it a good exchange?--You consent-. Every door was now closed. "it was very bad.I hope you Page 87 . "It would be a crowd--a sad crowd. to be given. not at Randalls. the passage plan given up. "I agree with you exactly. Do not tell his father. do not let them talk of such a wild thing. but at the Crown Inn?" "The Crown!" "Yes. you have the art of giving pictures in a few words. Before the middle of the next day.html The doors of the two rooms were just opposite each other. having proceeded so far. but indeed he is not quite the thing!" Mrs.com/abclit. "We allowed unnecessary room. "We were too magnificent. Mrs.

because it will be under Mrs. she will send for Perry. but it is right to spare our horses when we can." "From the very circumstance of its being larger." "But. papa." said Frank Churchill. they had better dance at Randalls. letting in cold air upon heated bodies. He had never been in the room at the Crown in his life--did not know the people who kept it by sight." said Mr. sir) does the mischief. Churchill. nobody would think of opening the windows at Randalls. If it can be contrived to be at the Crown. so many years ago. Weston are at the Crown at this moment. They would catch worse colds at the Crown than anywhere. But I live out of the world. as far as I can answer for myself. Perry is extremely concerned when any of us are ill. Do not you remember what Mr. sir." "My father and Mrs. who is carefulness itself. Mr. do you not think it an excellent improvement?" She was obliged to repeat and explain it. this does make a difference. shall be most happy--It seems the only improvement that could be. before it was fully comprehended. Mr." "I can answer for every thing of that nature. Perry did say so. Dancing with open windows!--I am sure. and throw up a sash. I left them there and came on to Hartfield.so much less danger at the Crown than at Randalls! Mr. neither your father nor Mrs.html consent?" "It appears to me a plan that nobody can object to." "I was going to observe. it will be very convenient for the horses. If Mr. Weston undertakes to direct the whole. without its being suspected. Papa. Weston (poor Miss Taylor that was) would suffer it. "you are very much mistaken if you suppose Mr. Weston do not. Not that James ever complains. I shall never forget it. Perry said. I think it admirable. I have often known it done myself. even by sight. unfortunately. Weston's care." "So they will.' How often have I heard you speak of it as such a compliment to her!" "Aye.--Oh! no--a very bad plan. and then. if Mr. Perry might have reason to regret the alteration. One cannot resolve upon them in a hurry. I do not know her." "Sir. http://www. which (as you well know. rather warmly. very true." said Frank Churchill. "that one of the great recommendations of this change would be the very little danger of any body's catching cold-. and. Poor little Emma! You were very bad with the measles. but for Perry's great attention. If they must dance. But I do not understand how the room at the Crown can be safer for you than your father's house. We shall have no occasion to open the windows at all--not once the whole evening. sir." "Have you indeed. Woodhouse. and Mrs. Mr. sir. that is. I was desired to say so Page 88 . and Mrs. "No. but nobody else could. it was a very good sort--which was our great comfort. we may talk it over. Weston will be so obliging as to call here one morning. perhaps. and. you need not have any fears. That is a great thing. They will be so near their own stable.com/abclit. when we come to talk it over--but these sort of things require a good deal of consideration. sir. being quite new. "examining the capabilities of the house. never properly aired. He came four times a day for a week. However. He said. papa!--Now you must be satisfied--Our own dear Mrs. Mrs.processtext. and am often astonished at what I hear. my time is so limited--" "Oh!" interrupted Emma. and see what can be done. Stokes to be trusted? I doubt it. when I had the measles? `If Miss Taylor undertakes to wrap Miss Emma up. impatient for your opinion. but the measles are a dreadful complaint. I hope whenever poor Isabella's little ones have the measles. A room at an inn was always damp and dangerous." "Ah! sir--but a thoughtless young person will sometimes step behind a window-curtain. farther representations were necessary to make it acceptable. my dear." "Open the windows!--but surely. and hoping you might be persuaded to join them and give your advice on the spot. Weston. Nobody could be so imprudent! I never heard of such a thing." "There. you would have been very bad. Perry to be that sort of character. or fit to be inhabited. sir. from the first.much worse than the other. "there will be plenty of time for talking every thing over. If I could be sure of the rooms being thoroughly aired--but is Mrs. and it is that dreadful habit of opening the windows. sir?--Bless me! I never could have supposed it. There is no hurry at all.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. he thought it very far from an improvement--a very bad plan-.

"Men never know when things are dirty or not. It is a mere nothing after all. without sitting down to supper. still was it not too small for any comfortable supper? Another room of much better size might be secured for the purpose. Look! in places you see it is dreadfully dirty. She then took another line of expediency. if cards were conveniently voted unnecessary by their four selves. the two young people set off together without delay for the Crown. if you could allow me to attend you there. however. you know. set out in the little room. She will not even listen to your questions. She is a standing lesson of how to be happy. I see no advantage in consulting Miss Bates. gave it his decided approbation. "this paper is worse than I expected. Weston joined them." The ladies here probably exchanged looks which meant. merely sandwiches. Page 89 . "if you think she will be of any use." "Both sir! Can the old lady?" . and looking into the doubtful room." said Mrs. "Emma. Weston. Weston was afraid of draughts for the young people in that passage. "very true. and Mrs. and a small card-room adjoining. We are growing a little too nice." said Emma." Here Mr. very busy and very happy in their different way. finding every thing perfect. very true." and the gentlemen perhaps thought each to himself. which the gentlemen did not disdain. and let us end the matter at once. was pronounced an infamous fraud upon the rights of men and women. Weston at the same time. Shall I call upon them? Or Miss Bates? She is still nearer. Invite them both. If one could ascertain what the chief of them--the Coles. but that was scouted as a wretched suggestion." One perplexity. There were Mr." "My dear. you know.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. This made a difficulty. It will be as clean as Randalls by candlelight." "I wish. and Mrs. so extremely amusing! I am very fond of hearing Miss Bates talk. "Women will have their little nonsenses and needless cares. To do what would be most generally pleasing must be our object--if one could but tell what that would be." said Mrs. Suppose I go and invite Miss Bates to join us?" "Well--if you please. A private dance. We never see any thing of it on our club-nights. Frank. my dear." And Mr. in some little distress. ." "You will get nothing to the purpose from Miss Bates. "She will be all delight and gratitude. At the time of the ballroom's being built. you are too particular. was calling out." "But she is so amusing." "Yes. "You talk a great deal of the length of this passage. "one could know which arrangement our guests in general would like best. She will enjoy the scheme. They are not far off." Emma was most happy to be called to such a council. suppers had not been in question." said her husband. They can do nothing satisfactorily without you. walking briskly with long steps through the passage. . "Aye. delighted to see her and receive her approbation.html from both. and neither Emma nor the gentlemen could tolerate the prospect of being miserably crowded at supper. was the only addition.--Go and fetch Miss Bates. but she will tell you nothing. "What does all that signify? You will see nothing of it by candlelight. It regarded a supper-room. do. and not the least draught from the stairs. We shall not be many.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. and the wainscot is more yellow and forlorn than any thing I could have imagined. It would be the greatest pleasure to them. and her father. I think we do want a larger council." said she. "I do not think it is so very small.. Weston. engaging to think it all over while she was gone. Weston rather hesitating." cried Frank. What was to be done? This card-room would be wanted as a card-room now. I am sure. Mrs. or. observed.com/abclit. But fetch them both. arose. Weston proposed having no regular supper. http://www. You want your neighbours' opinions. &c.-. I do not wonder at you. And I need not bring the whole family. but it was at the other end of the house.processtext. for instance. Fetch Miss Bates. and he. and a long awkward passage must be gone through to get at it. Mrs. she. and I do not know a properer person for shewing us how to do away difficulties. and on hearing what was proposed.

Emma. determined against its exciting any present curiosity. "He has asked her. "Very well. looking over William Larkins's week's account. or affording him any future amusement. or because the plan had been formed without his being consulted.Pleasure in seeing dancing!--not I. Stokes.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. was perfectly smooth. indeed--I never look at it-. for. but that they shall not chuse pleasures for me. could not but please. like virtue. tea and supper. The preparations must take their time. did she agree that it must.html "The old lady! No. Enscombe however was gracious. I must be there." And away he ran. and found the evils of it much less than she had supposed before-. the great risk. I believe." "Oh! I beg your pardon.indeed very trifling. Either because he did not dance himself. and her elegant niece.processtext. brisk-moving aunt. If the Westons think it worth while to be at all this trouble for a few hours of noisy entertainment.in her opinion. and as the removal of one solicitude generally makes way for another. And a delightful dance it was to be." Page 90 . Those who are standing by are usually thinking of something very different. (a much safer character. had examined the passage again. I will endeavour to persuade them both. Weston's confidence. to be sure.) she was truly welcome. lights and music. she could not think it so very impossible that the Churchills might not allow their nephew to remain a day beyond his fortnight. he seemed resolved that it should not interest him. neat. To her voluntary communications Emma could get no more approving reply. if you bring the aunt without the niece. All the minor arrangements of table and chair.Every body invited. Her approbation. Weston. and I will keep as much awake as I can. and for a few days they must be planning. sir. at once general and minute. between the different rooms.com/abclit. being now certain of her ball. than. gracious in fact. must be its own reward. As a counsellor she was not wanted. when Miss Bates arrived. nothing could be properly ready till the third week were entered on. Frank. but as an approver. but I would rather be at home. the young lady. The party did not break up without Emma's being positively secured for the two first dances by the hero of the evening. like a sweet-tempered woman and a good wife. which could not possibly be refused. and for another half-hour they were all walking to and fro. and here ended the difficulties of decision. I knew he would!" CHAPTER XII O ne 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. http://www.-. warm and incessant. much rather. but it was not opposed.--Mrs. proceeding and hoping in uncertainty--at the risk-. Weston and Mrs. began to adopt as the next vexation Mr.-. was certainly to come. or were left as mere trifles to be settled at any time between Mrs. in speculation at least.Oh! yes. and all in happy enjoyment of the future.-.--Fine dancing. I did not immediately recollect. All was safe and prosperous. That's right. attending the short. All the rest. some attending. nor without her overhearing Mr.I do not know who does. Most cordially. Long before he reappeared. Weston whisper to his wife. if not in word. Undoubtedly if you wish it. But this was not judged feasible. His wish of staying longer evidently did not please. of its being all in vain. I confess. I shall think you a great blockhead. in spite of Mr. Knightley's provoking indifference about it. I could not refuse. my dear. made themselves. some suggesting. I have nothing to say against it. Frank had already written to Enscombe to propose staying a few days beyond his fortnight.

" "Ah! that ball!--why did we wait for any thing?--why not seize the pleasure at once?--How often is happiness destroyed by preparation. Do not forget your engagement. He felt the going away almost too much to speak of it. it was inevitable. leave-taking is the worst. Happy those. "that he could only allow himself time to hurry to Highbury. for she enjoyed the thought of it to an extraordinary degree.--Oh! Miss Woodhouse. I am very sorry to be right in this instance.-"Oh! Miss Woodhouse. and must entreat him to set off for Enscombe without delay. they never occurred but for her own convenience.html This Emma felt was aimed at her." It was not to oblige Jane Fairfax therefore that he would have preferred the society of William Larkins." This wretched note was the finale of Emma's breakfast." "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-. He thought principally of Mrs. "every day more precious and more delightful than the day before!--every day making me less fit to bear any other place. He must be gone within a few hours." said Emma. "This will not be your only visit to Randalls.she voluntarily said. after breakfast. Alas! there was soon no leisure for quarrelling with Mr.com/abclit. A letter arrived from Mr. foolish preparation!--You told us it would be so. he was not guided by her feelings in reprobating the ball. Knightley.far too unwell to do without him. and take leave of the few friends there whom he could suppose to feel any interest in him. What a disappointment it would be! I do look forward to it. and that he might be expected at Hartfield very soon. but if this reflected at all upon his impatience. "Such a fortnight as it has been!" he continued." "Our poor ball must be quite given up. He sat really lost in thought for the first few minutes. but now she was too ill to trifle. Mrs. His dejection was most evident. with very great pleasure. we are still to have our ball. I would much rather have been merry than wise. she had not mentioned it. instantly. but they would all be safer at home. He knew her illnesses.I am afraid it is a custom gone for ever. why are you always so right?" "Indeed. Two days of joyful security were immediately followed by the over-throw of every thing. It was not in compliment to Jane Fairfax however that he was so indifferent. and wanted to know how she was treated. I own. "Of all horrid things. it was only to say." "But you will come again. I am Page 91 . and as for the ball. As to his going. Weston was quite mistaken in that surmise. though without feeling any real alarm for his aunt. there was no doing any thing. I hope nothing may happen to prevent the ball." Emma looked graciously. When once it had been read.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. Churchill to urge his nephew's instant return.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. and constant habit of never thinking of herself." was the only consolation. who can remain at Highbury!" "As you do us such ample justice now. his sorrowful look and total want of spirits when he did come might redeem him. "I will venture to ask." said Emma. to lessen his repugnance. http://www. Mrs. There was a great deal of friendly and of compassionate attachment on his side--but no love. It made her animated--open hearted-. No!--she was more and more convinced that Mrs. Churchill's illness. and it made her quite angry. but lament and exclaim. though from her usual unwillingness to give pain. Her father's feelings were quite distinct. it was shocking to have dear Emma disappointed. she had been in a very suffering state (so said her husband) when writing to her nephew two days before. Weston. laughing.and all that the young man might be feeling!--It was too wretched!-. Churchill was unwell-. The substance of this letter was forwarded to Emma. in a note from Mrs. or so indignant. whether you did not come a little doubtfully at first? Do not we rather surpass your expectations? I am sure we do. and when rousing himself. The loss of the ball--the loss of the young man-.processtext." "If I can come again. My father depends on it. Weston added. Emma was ready for her visitor some time before he appeared.

as of foreseeing any that was doubtful. when one is really interested in the absent!--she will tell me every thing. Forcing herself to speak. probably reflecting on what she had said. a very earnest "Good-bye. however. and was detained by Miss Bates's being absent. in spite of every previous determination against it. It was better to pay my visit. "In short.-. if his father had not made his appearance? Mr. the assurance of his attentions. and I must be off immediately. My regard for Hartfield is most warm"-He stopt again. a conscious preference of herself. always alert when business was to be done." said he. the expectation of seeing him which every morning had brought. and seemed quite embarrassed. walked to a window. "You are quite in the right.He was more in love with her than Emma had supposed. my father is to join me here: we shall walk back together." said he. I shall hear of every thing that is going on among you. Short had been the notice--short their meeting. and feeling it too much." "Not five minutes to spare even for your friends Miss Fairfax and Miss Bates? How unlucky! Miss Bates's powerful. and I felt it impossible not to wait till she came in. joined to all the rest. said. then"-He was silent. the idea. it was most natural to pay your visit. argumentative mind might have strengthened yours. and this persuasion. that is my chief consolation. in the hope of putting it by. In her letters I shall be at dear Highbury again. and the door had soon shut out Frank Churchill. and Emma felt so sorry to part. if you had had a pleasant idea of Highbury. this disinclination to sit down and employ myself. Certainly his being at Randalls had given great spirit to the last two weeks--indescribable spirit.processtext. but at present she could not doubt his having a decidedly warm admiration. "I certainly must. his manners! It had been a very happy fortnight. which she did not wish. "And you must be off this very morning?" "Yes. passing the door. What strength. rose again.com/abclit. A very few minutes more." "Yes--I have called there. I have engaged Mrs. I thought it better. though he might and did sigh. It seemed like the forerunner of something absolutely serious. Weston. and the necessity of exertion made him composed." closed the speech. Mr. and trying to understand the manner. could not but agree. stupidity. weariness." and the young man. They had been meeting almost every day since his arrival. http://www. She was out. It was natural for him to feel that he had cause to sigh. He could not believe her to be encouraging him. and in a more determined manner said. his liveliness. Oh! the blessing of a female correspondent. then"-He hesitated. She heard him sigh. Miss Woodhouse--I think you can hardly be quite without suspicion"-He looked at her.I must be Page 92 . She believed he was looking at her. "It was time to go." A very friendly shake of the hand. A few awkward moments passed. that one must laugh at. "perhaps. Emma was convinced that it had been so. and who can say how it might have ended. I am almost afraid that every moment will bring him. was another point. "I shall hear about you all." said she. she calmly said. and foresaw so great a loss to their little society from his absence as to begin to be afraid of being too sorry. as if wanting to read her thoughts. "It was something to feel that all the rest of my time might be given to Hartfield. therefore. and forlorn must be the sinking from it into the common course of Hartfield days. got up. this feeling of every thing's being dull and insipid about the house!-. Woodhouse soon followed. and he sat down again. he had almost told her that he loved her. She hardly knew what to say. "This sensation of listlessness. or what constancy of affection he might be subject to. and as incapable of procrastinating any evil that was inevitable." He laughed rather consciously. She has been so kind as to promise it.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. he was gone. completed the present trial. It was a sad change. Weston to correspond with me.html sure you did not much expect to like us. made her think that she must be a little in love with him. You would not have been so long in coming. and though denying the sentiment. It was a right thing to do. to take leave. but that one would not wish to slight. I went in for three minutes. She is a woman that one may. To complete every other recommendation.

never to marry. Could he have thought himself encouraged. I shall have many fellow-mourners for the ball. nor. on the other hand." said she. after the first morning. she was equally contented with her view of his feelings. I must be on my guard not to encourage it. as my own mind is quite made up. and. Emma.Still. He may spend the evening with his dear William Larkins now if he likes. though thinking of him so much. So much the better. that she might know how he was. which made her aunt declare. "You. how was his aunt. he would not have been so wretched. if he had believed me at all to share his feelings. Well! evil to some is always good to others. for in spite of her previous and fixed determination never to quit her father. suffering from headache to a degree. she was very often thinking of him.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. however. She had great pleasure in hearing Frank Churchill talked of. http://www. she did not think Jane could have attended it.--It would be most inexcusable to do otherwise. as she sat drawing or working. and it was charity to impute some of her unbecoming indifference to the languor of ill-health. She had been particularly unwell. but when they did meet.com/abclit. I do suspect that he is not really necessary to my happiness." Mr. "He is undoubtedly very much in love--every thing denotes it--very much in love indeed!--and when he comes again. and very steadily. his very cheerful look would have contradicted him if he had. and with considerable kindness added. and quite impatient for a letter. her composure was odious. pleasing as he was. No. how were his spirits. if his affection continue. you are very much out of luck!" It was some days before she saw Jane Fairfax. CHAPTER XIII E mma continued to entertain no doubt of her being in love. Her ideas only varied as to the how much. that had the ball taken place. you are really out of luck. I should be sorry to be more. I certainly will not persuade myself to feel more than I do. that he was sorry for the disappointment of the others. Every thing tender and charming was to mark their parting. Not that I imagine he can think I have been encouraging him hitherto. I must be on my guard. to judge of her honest regret in this woeful change. Knightley. to be less disposed for employment than usual. is there any allusion to making a sacrifice. and.-.-. I am quite enough in love. she thought it was a good deal. Their affection was always to subside into friendship. Knightley will be happy. she could not admit herself to be unhappy. forming a thousand amusing schemes for the progress and close of their attachment. and farther. my delicate negatives. for his sake. and Mrs. she was still busy and cheerful. and what was the chance of his coming to Randalls again this spring. his looks and language at parting would have been different. however. When she became sensible of this. and. if not for Frank Churchill. I should be the oddest creature in the world if I were not--for a few weeks at least.html in love." Upon the whole. it struck her that she could not be very much in love. but little. but he said. but still they were to part. shewed no triumphant happiness. but Mr. Weston. fancying interesting dialogues. At first. "I do not find myself making any use of the word sacrifice. a strong attachment certainly must produce more of a struggle than she could foresee in her own feelings. He could not say that he was sorry on his own account. This is in the supposition of his attachment Page 93 ."In not one of all my clever replies. however. who have so few opportunities of dancing. the conclusion of every imaginary declaration on his side was that she refused him. and afterwards. she could yet imagine him to have faults.processtext. and inventing elegant letters. greater pleasure than ever in seeing Mr. But.

for evil in that quarter was at hand. and I shall have been let off easily.--His wedding-day was named. http://www. Churchill was recovering. Poor Harriet was in a flutter of spirits which required all the reasonings and soothings and attentions Page 94 . for they say every body is in love once in their lives. it was the language of real feeling towards Mrs. Mr. though it might be wise to let the fancy touch it seldom. His information and prospects as to Enscombe were neither worse nor better than had been anticipated. fix a time for coming to Randalls again.-. but I can imagine them rather changeable. that she could still do without the writer. It was a long. as you know. Miss Woodhouse appeared more than once. but I do not know that I expect it will.--I shall do very well again after a little while--and then.--Harriet undoubtedly was greatly his inferior in understanding.Every consideration of the subject. and the transition from Highbury to Enscombe. I know the danger of indulging such speculations. its sentiments. well-written letter. had been lately gaining strength. Emma could not doubt. either a compliment to her taste. His recollection of Harriet. and she read it with a degree of pleasure and admiration which made her at first shake her head over her own sensations.--"I must not think of it. when it was folded up and returned to Mrs. was all for herself. and Harriet's mind. and the words which clothed it. "I must not dwell upon it.--For Harriet. it will be the means of confirming us in that sort of true disinterested friendship which I can already look forward to with pleasure. expressing all the affection.--The charm of her own name was not wanting. for Miss Woodhouse's beautiful little friend." It was well to have a comfort in store on Harriet's behalf.com/abclit.His feelings are warm. and Frank Churchill was forgotten. No suspicious flourishes now of apology or concern. Elton and his bride. Harriet was remembered only from being her friend. and respect which was natural and honourable. Elton and his bride" was in every body's mouth. so now upon Frank Churchill's disappearance. and all the probabilities of circumstance and connexion were in her favour. Emma grew sick at the sound. Pray make my excuses and adieus to her. and describing every thing exterior and local that could be supposed attractive. even in his own imagination.-. it would be advantageous and delightful indeed. Elton's concerns were assuming the most irresistible form.processtext. Emma had the perusal of it. But stranger things have happened." suggested to her the idea of Harriet's succeeding her in his affections. and that he must learn to do without her." This. and in the very last time of its meeting her eye. she yet could discern the effect of her influence and acknowledge the greatest compliment perhaps of all conveyed. There was hardly time to talk over the first letter from Enscombe before "Mr. makes me thankful that my happiness is not more deeply involved. Weston arrived. and think she had undervalued their strength. that it had not added any lasting warmth." said she. or a remembrance of what she had said. bell-ringing. With Mr.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter." When his letter to Mrs. it will be a good thing over. with spirit and precision. She had had three weeks of happy exemption from Mr. Gratifying. the "beautiful little friend. Weston. and he dared not yet. Weston. she yet found. As Frank Churchill's arrival had succeeded Mr. and stimulative as was the letter in the material part. Her intentions were unchanged. Compressed into the very lowest vacant corner were these words--"I had not a spare moment on Tuesday. unadorned as it was by any such broad wreath of gallantry. as the latest interest had entirely borne down the first.html continuing what it now is. Her resolution of refusal only grew more interesting by the addition of a scheme for his subsequent consolation and happiness. however. Mr.I do not altogether build upon his steadiness or constancy. Elton. and all. He would soon be among them again. and never without a something of pleasing connexion. but he had been very much struck with the loveliness of her face and the warm simplicity of her manner. 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. and when we cease to care for each other as we do now. Elton's engagement in the conversation of Highbury. 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. I do not look upon him to be quite the sort of man-. in short. she had been willing to hope. Mrs. Was it impossible?--No. giving the particulars of his journey and of his feelings. gratitude. and how much more might have been said but for the restraints of propriety. there had been a great deal of insensibility to other things. Weston's ball in view at least.

Oh! the coldness of a Jane Fairfax!--Harriet is worth a hundred such--And for a wife-. best-judging female breathing. I want you to save yourself from greater pain. I would wish it to be done. whom she really loved extremely. and said "it was very true-. with an affectionate.com/abclit. The idea of wanting gratitude and consideration for Miss Woodhouse.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. to settle whether she were very pretty indeed." Harriet felt this too much to utter more than a few words of eager exclamation.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. an endeavour to avoid the suspicions of others." said she afterwards to herself. open manner. who have been the best friend I ever had in my life-. made her wretched for a while.-.--Harriet is my superior in all the charm and all the felicity it gives. It is tenderness of heart which makes my dear father so generally beloved--which gives Isabella all her popularity. made Emma feel that she had never loved Harriet so well." This appeal to her affections did more than all the rest. longest-sighted. and when the violence of grief was comforted away. I assure you. a habit of self-command in you. without being able to make their opinions the same. I am sure it will. exert yourself Harriet for my sake. and it must be left for the visits in form which were then to be paid. I did very miserably deceive you-. to save your health and credit. My being saved from pain is a very secondary consideration. "Your allowing yourself to be so occupied and so unhappy about Mr. think less. or not pretty at all. or only rather pretty. that Harriet had a right to all her ingenuity and all her patience. Page 95 . Harriet. Perhaps I may sometimes have felt that Harriet would not forget what was due--or rather what would be kind by me. talk less of Mr. still remained powerful enough to prompt to what was right and support her in it very tolerably. and restore your tranquillity. At last Emma attacked her on another ground. but it was heavy work to be for ever convincing without producing any effect. Do not imagine me in danger of forgetting it. I know. because for your own sake rather. how ungrateful I have been!" Such expressions. Elton's marrying.processtext. and the next half-hour saw her as anxious and restless about the Eltons as before. I mention no names. is the strongest reproach you can make me. but happy the man who changes Emma for Harriet!" CHAPTER XIV M rs.--Deceived myself. Harriet listened submissively. a consideration of what is your duty. It was all my doing. for the sake of what is more important than my comfort.and it will be a painful reflection to me for ever. Elton for my sake. They are very important--and sorry I am that you cannot feel them sufficiently to act upon them. Emma continued. I have not forgotten it.html of every kind that Emma could give. assisted as they were by every thing that look and manner could do. nor valued her affection so highly before. "You. for ever agreed to. Warmth and tenderness of heart. Emma felt that she could not do too much for her.a sensible man's wife--it is invaluable. http://www. Dear Harriet!--I would not change you for the clearest-headed. You could not give me a greater reproof for the mistake I fell into. "There is nothing to be compared to it. curiosity could not be satisfied by a bride in a pew. Elton was first seen at church: but though devotion might be interrupted. for attraction. "I have not said. These are the motives which I have been pressing on you.Want gratitude to you!--Nobody is equal to you!--I care for nobody as I do for you!--Oh! Miss Woodhouse. "There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.I have it not--but I know how to prize and respect it. will beat all the clearness of head in the world. an attention to propriety.

--but being married. nobody could ever have a better. the woman he had wanted to marry. Miss Woodhouse. to make her resolve on not being the last to pay her respects. and the woman whom he had been expected to marry. and there was so much embarrassment and occupation of mind to shorten it. "Well. indeed. but she suspected that there was no elegance. that she meant to shine and be very superior. and that her society would certainly do Mr. and as little really easy as could be. pert and familiar." "I dare say. The rich brother-in-law near Bristol was the pride of the alliance. The visit was of course short. she had a quarter of an hour of the lady's conversation to herself. a bride.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. (with a gentle sigh.--A pretty fortune. Well. Harriet would have been a better match.--ease. She would not be in a hurry to find fault. were elegant.Is not she very charming?" There was a little hesitation in Emma's answer.-." "Oh! no--there is nothing to surprize one at all." said Harriet earnestly. just what he deserves. and to be as much affectedly. but neither feature. it might be fairly supposed from her easy conceit. and a man had need be all grace to acquit himself well through it. and after waiting in vain for her friend to begin. and she made a point of Harriet's going with her. and it was not to be supposed that poor Harriet should not be recollecting too. but with manners which had been formed in a bad school. nor voice. Elton was a vain woman." "I am not at all surprized that he should have fallen in love. The woman was better off. but the man had only his own good sense to depend on. her face not unpretty. and very pleasing. No. Happy creature! He called her `Augusta. that the worst of the business might be gone through as soon as possible. Miss Woodhouse. and one style of living. and could composedly attend to her." said Harriet. she would have connected him with those who were. I do not think I shall mind seeing them again. He is just as superior as ever. you need not be afraid. Miss Hawkins perhaps wanted a home." She did not really like her. quite beautiful. beyond the nothing-meaning terms of being "elegantly dressed. and horrible blunders. I can sit and admire him now without any great misery. and she came in his way. without recollecting. and the quarter of an hour quite convinced her that Mrs." "I think her beautiful. Her person was rather good. his manners did not appear--but no. If not wise or refined herself. I wish them happy with all my heart. a remarkably elegant gown. And now. Elton. she must allow him to have the right to look as little wise. Emma thought at least it would turn out so. and when she considered how peculiarly unlucky poor Mr.She does seem a charming young woman.' How delightful!" When the visit was returned. had been the best of her own set. Elton no good. nor air. and thinking much of her own importance. and was only rather pale and silent." "Very nicely dressed.html Emma had feelings. that all her notions were drawn from one set of people." "Perhaps she might. charades. it is quite a different thing. is such a comfort!-. To know that he has not thrown himself away. could not be in the same room to which she had with such vain artifice retreated three months ago. and the privilege of bashfulness. Emma made up her mind. She could not enter the house again. when they had quitted the house. Compliments. nor manner. As for Mr.) what do you think of her?-. she might have the assistance of fine clothes." "Yes. From Harriet's happening not to be at Hartfield. that Emma would not allow herself entirely to form an opinion of the lady. "Well. but not elegance. "and well she might. Miss Woodhouse. and thought this the best offer she was likely to have. "Oh! yes--very--a very pleasing young woman.com/abclit. but Miss Hawkins. less of curiosity than of pride or propriety. and his place and Page 96 . she would not permit a hasty or a witty word from herself about his manners. and her father's being present to engage Mr. Miss Woodhouse. there was too much ease." returned Harriet. http://www. but she behaved very well. a stranger. A thousand vexatious thoughts would recur. to lace up her boot. It was an awkward ceremony at any time to be receiving wedding visits. indeed.She was almost sure that for a young woman. sighing again. Elton. you know.processtext. and on no account to give one. "I dare say she was very much attached to him. extremely well satisfied with herself. that if not foolish she was ignorant. but it is not every man's fate to marry the woman who loves him best. She could then see more and judge better. Elton was in being in the same room at once with the woman he had just married.

Miss Woodhouse." replied Mrs. with a bench round it. Surry is the garden of England. I believe. placed exactly in the same part of the house. who only wanted to be talking herself. People who have extensive grounds themselves are always pleased with any thing in the same style." Emma was silenced. without saying any thing of our carriage. Elton seemed most favourably impressed by the size of the room. we should be able to explore the different beauties extremely well. The laurels at Maple Grove are in the same profusion as here. her sister's favourite room. I observed how very like the staircase was. They will have their barouche-landau. Many a time has Selina said. You have many parties of that kind here. I am quite aware of that. to be reminded of a place I am so extremely partial to as Maple Grove. with a most satisfied smile. it is very delightful to me. Mrs. I always say this is quite one of the evils of matrimony. not immediately here. every summer?" "No. the entrance. The very first subject after being seated was Maple Grove. are strikingly like. it has been quite a home. in that way. They would hardly come in their chaise. I was quite a proverb for it at Maple Grove. Miss Woodhouse.com/abclit. We explored to King's-Weston twice last summer. Nobody can be more devoted to home than I am. While they are with us. as well as Surry. as far as I could observe. and therefore only said in reply. When people come into a beautiful country of this sort. but we must not rest our claims on that distinction. Elton. and all that she could see or imagine.processtext." "Ah! there is nothing like staying at home for real comfort. are called the garden of England.html his carriages were the pride of him. We are rather out of distance of the very striking beauties which attract the sort of parties you speak of. Whenever you are transplanted. which holds four perfectly. when she has been going to Bristol. and stand very much in the same way--just across the lawn. Page 97 ." "And the staircase--You know. "My brother and sister have promised us a visit in the spring. It is the garden of England. or summer at farthest. I have spent so many happy months there! (with a little sigh of sentiment).She could really almost fancy herself at Maple Grove. I assure you. but it was not worth while to attack an error so double-dyed. Elton was appealed to. more disposed to stay at home than engage in schemes of pleasure. Suckling is extremely fond of exploring. "When you have seen more of this country. I shall decidedly recommend their bringing the barouche-landau. I really could not help exclaiming! I assure you. "and that will be our time for exploring. when the time draws on." I never heard any county but Surry called so. Elton. and we are a very quiet set of people. I am afraid you will think you have overrated Hartfield. undoubtedly." "Oh! yes. Indeed. I suppose. of course. you will understand how very delightful it is to meet with any thing at all like what one has left behind. but to me. which put me so exactly in mind! My brother and sister will be enchanted with this place. I believe.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. as I came in. but it was fully sufficient for Mrs.--"Was not it astonishingly like?-."-. Many counties. Miss Woodhouse. you know. you know. like me. I dare say. and Mr. Elton.Mr. and the house was modern and well-built. I absolutely must go in by myself. just after their first having the barouche-landau." continued Mrs. at that season of the year. She had a great idea that people who had extensive grounds themselves cared very little for the extensive grounds of any body else. I fancy not. A charming place. "So extremely like Maple Grove! And it is not merely the house-. most delightfully." "No."--a comparison of Hartfield to Maple Grove." "Yes. Miss Woodhouse. http://www. Surry is full of beauties." Emma doubted the truth of this sentiment. Suckling's seat. one naturally wishes them to see as much as possible. and I had a glimpse of a fine large tree. `I really cannot get this girl to move from the house. "My brother Mr.the grounds. I think. but neat and pretty." Emma made as slight a reply as she could. and therefore. "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. it will be so very much preferable. The grounds of Hartfield were small. Every body who sees it is struck by its beauty. we shall explore a great deal.

which.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. with the help of a boarder. I honestly said that the world I could give up--parties. "I do not ask whether you are musical. and yet I am no advocate for entire seclusion." said Emma. Let me recommend Bath to you. It is a necessary of life to me. Elton. to hear what a musical society I am got into. I think.' said I. I well know. but without music. I assure you it has been the greatest satisfaction. and I hope you will not find he has outstepped the truth more Page 98 . The advantages of Bath to the young are pretty generally understood. I could do very well without it. You. I hoped I was perfectly equal to any sacrifice of that description. Blessed with so many resources within myself. Partridge. without being impolite. and the inferiority of the house too--knowing what I had been accustomed to--of course he was not wholly without apprehension. Your father's state of health must be a great drawback. comfort. The idea of her being indebted to Mrs. who. I must protest against any such idea. and only thanked Mrs. that it could not fail of being of use to Mr." It was as much as Emma could bear. Why does not he try Bath?--Indeed he should. E. When he was speaking of it in that way. `to be quite honest. Certainly I had been accustomed to every luxury at Maple Grove. A line from me would bring you a little host of acquaintance. indeed.com/abclit. it would have been a most serious sacrifice. I assure you I have no doubt of its doing Mr. and my particular friend. both at Maple Grove and in Bath. Consider from how partial a quarter your information came. and she was not perfectly convinced that the place might suit her better than her father. of Hartfield. and I could immediately secure you some of the best society in the place. And as to its recommendations to you. I fancy I need not take much pains to dwell on them. Woodhouse). where the waters do agree. Woodhouse good. who have lived so secluded a life. A superior performer!--very far from it. would be most happy to shew you any attentions. play delightfully. Miss Woodhouse. but my resources made me quite independent. and having always been used to a very musical society. I understand. I believe. Elton would hesitate to assure you of there being a very musical society in Highbury.(looking towards Mr. was sunk indeed! She restrained herself. I perfectly understand your situation. just made a shift to live!-. Miss Woodhouse-." "Ah! that's a great pity. to prevent farther outrage and indignation." "My father tried it more than once. "but their going to Bath was quite out of the question. nor were spacious apartments. when people shut themselves up entirely from society. and delight to me.processtext. upon my honour my performance is mediocre to the last degree.'" "We cannot suppose. Mrs.--and my friends say I am not entirely devoid of taste. "that Mr. when he was speaking of my future home. I have seen such instances of it! And it is so cheerful a place. And as to smaller-sized rooms than I had been used to. are sometimes much depressed. but I did assure him that two carriages were not necessary to my happiness. I honestly said as much to Mr.html though I hate being stuck up in the barouche-landau without a companion. Miss Woodhouse. and Mr. I do not think I can live without something of a musical society.The dignity of Miss Woodhouse. and that it is much more advisable to mix in the world in a proper degree. is not unknown to you. Elton coolly. and Highbury has long known that you are a superior performer. I dare say. I really could not give it a thought. In my Bath life. whose name. Upon these occasions. I assure you. however." And then. Perry. and would be the very person for you to go into public with. Elton for what was called an introduction--of her going into public under the auspices of a friend of Mrs. but as to any thing else. I absolutely cannot do without music. Woodhouse's spirits. the world was not necessary to me. it is quite wonderful the relief they give. Mrs. plays--for I had no fear of retirement. changed the subject directly." "Oh! no. with her own good-will. balls. life would be a blank to me. for I assure you. from any of the reproofs she could have given. and expressing his fears lest the retirement of it should be disagreeable. does not conceive it would be at all more likely to be useful now. would never stir beyond the park paling. smiling. I am doatingly fond of music--passionately fond. formerly. however. but without receiving any benefit. I condition for nothing else. but Augusta. dashing widow. without living in it either too much or too little. it is a very bad thing. It would be a charming introduction for you. on the contrary. Elton's--probably some vulgar. `But. http://www. a lady's character generally precedes her. the lady I have always resided with when in Bath.' Many a time has she said so. To those who had no resources it was a different thing.

's. surely?" "I should hope not. as so particular a friend of Mr. "Worse than I had supposed.processtext. in consideration of the motive. you and I must establish a musical club. "We have been calling at Randalls. I hope we shall have many sweet little concerts together. in general. I believe I was half an hour this morning shut up with my housekeeper. I assure you. Much beyond my hopes. Their propriety.thinking of him directly. I tremble. Decidedly. I like him very much. Elton chose another subject. Weston's manners. "will soon be in so regular a train--" "Well. and. simplicity. And she appears so truly good--there is something so motherly and kind-hearted about her. James Cooper. after the bustle of the Eltons' departure. Miss Woodhouse. and was ready to speak. "Having understood as much. I never met with her equal. laughing. now Mrs." "But every thing of that kind. and I must do my caro sposo the justice to say that he need not be ashamed of his friend. I had never seen him before. and of more than I can enumerate. she was very tolerably capable of attending. and have regular weekly meetings at your house. Oh! what would Frank Churchill say to her. http://www." Emma." said Mrs. had nothing more to say. And the same may be said of Mrs. Absolutely insufferable! Knightley!--I could not have believed it. Elton.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. but really I begin now to comprehend that a married woman has many things to call her attention. I have no doubts at all on that head. "we shall see. and her resources. Weston seems an excellent creature-. Knightley is a gentleman! I doubt whether he will return the compliment. that I was really impatient to see him. finding her so determined upon neglecting her music. "were always particularly good. 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. Knightley is quite the gentleman. indeed. I used to be quite angry with Selina. I think we shall not be long in want of allies. or ours. I was rather astonished to find her so very lady-like! But she is really quite the gentlewoman. as an inducement to keep me in practice. and all her airs of pert pretension and underbred finery. for married women. Actually to discover that Mr. if he were here? How angry and how diverted he would be! Ah! there I am-. that by the time her father had arranged himself. Upon my word it is enough to put one in a fright. I think." said Emma." "But you." "No. not being within when he called the other day. Harriet is disgraced by any comparison. you know-. vulgar being. Elton hardly waited for the affirmative before she went on. and of course. it was now time to be gone. I think?" Emma was almost too much astonished to answer. Will not it be a good plan? If we exert ourselves. They are but too apt to give up music. and discover her to be a lady. and Emma could breathe. and call him Knightley!--and discover that he is a gentleman! A little upstart. that was--and of the two Milmans.Astonished that the person who had brought me up should be a gentlewoman! Worse and worse. but Mrs. I am delighted to find myself in such a circle. Weston!-. 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. I had a great curiosity. Something of that nature would be particularly desirable for me. and elegance. and her caro sposo. E. after a moment's pause.there is a sad story against them. Knightley!--never seen him in her life before. I think." Happily.quite a first-rate favourite with me already. Jeffereys--Clara Partridge. "Knightley himself!--Was not it lucky?--for. The tone implied some old acquaintance-. "Insufferable woman!" was her immediate exclamation. E. "and found them both at home.html than may be pardoned. Page 99 . but really when I look around among my acquaintance. with her Mr." said Emma.and how could she possibly guess? "Knightley!" continued Mrs." said she. Mrs. would make them the safest model for any young woman. and very pleasant people they seem to be. I like them extremely. that it wins upon one directly.com/abclit. She was your governess." "And who do you think came in while we were there?" Emma was quite at a loss. Bird and Mrs. Selina has entirely given up music--never touches the instrument--though she played sweetly. They were off. Elton. a very gentleman-like man.. who are so extremely fond of it--there can be no danger." "Mrs. `My friend Knightley' had been so often mentioned. Mr.

to enliven and improve a country neighbourhood. or not in the habit of judging. Her mind returned to Mrs. probably. Elton on this happy occasion. as not even Miss Woodhouse could equal. especially.html "Well." he deliberately began. who readily continued her first contribution and talked with a good grace of her being "very pleasant and very elegantly dressed. were very well satisfied. Elton's offences. disposed to commend." "But. my dear. and nobody speaks like you and poor Miss Taylor. to retract her ill opinion of Mrs. you know. if this is not encouragement to marry. and conceived Miss Hawkins to have held such a place in society as Mrs. CHAPTER XV E mma was not required. presuming. He had the air of congratulating himself on having brought such a woman to Highbury. A bride. Elton's consequence only could surpass." "I dare say your apologies were accepted. Elton. she seems a very obliging. But I believe I am nice. by the little encouragement which her proposals of intimacy met Page 100 . Her feelings altered towards Emma. my dear. following the lead of Miss Bates's good-will. Elton's praise passed from one mouth to another as it ought to do. papa. and therefore why should you be so anxious to pay your respects to a bride? It ought to be no recommendation to you. but I would always wish to pay every proper attention to a lady--and a bride.com/abclit. This is a matter of mere common politeness and good-breeding. But I ought to have gone before. let the others be who they may. Elton thought at all differently from his wife. or taking it for granted that the bride must be as clever and as agreeable as she professed herself. Not to wait upon a bride is very remiss. is always the first in company. It is encouraging people to marry if you make so much of them.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. "considering we never saw her before. very long. Mr. A little quickness of voice there is which rather hurts the ear. He seemed not merely happy with her." "Well. did they occupy her. Though I think he had better not have married. such she appeared whenever they met again. I said that I hoped I should in the course of the summer. There was no reason to suppose Mr. she seems a very pretty sort of young lady. I do not know what is. Elton knows you. More is avowedly due to her.--Offended. ignorant. is never to be neglected. She speaks a little too quick." Emma had done. Elton grew even worse than she had appeared at first. Her observation had been pretty correct. I never encouraged any body to marry. And I should never have expected you to be lending your sanction to such vanity-baits for poor young ladies. Her father was growing nervous. you do not understand me." "No. my dear. and could not understand her. so that Mrs. However. but proud.processtext. http://www. Elton appeared to her on this second interview. and no doubt will make him a very good wife. I made the best excuses I could for not having been able to wait on him and Mrs. Such as Mrs. She had a little beauty and a little accomplishment. you are no friend to matrimony. but so little judgment that she thought herself coming with superior knowledge of the world. pretty-behaved young lady." "My dear. my dear papa. and the greater part of her new acquaintance.--self-important. by any subsequent discovery. and ill-bred." In one respect Mrs. and I dare say she was very much pleased with you. Ah! it shews what a sad invalid I am! But I do not like the corner into Vicarage Lane. sir. and long. unimpeded by Miss Woodhouse. It was being very deficient. familiar. I do not like strange voices. and has nothing to do with any encouragement to people to marry." "Yes: but a young lady--a bride--I ought to have paid my respects to her if possible.

I am sure she does. `Full many a flower is born to blush unseen. They were sneering and negligent. a vast deal may be done by those who dare to act. of course. in housekeeping. and from the first. such obscurity. she is now in such retirement. she must be wanting to assist and befriend her. so thrown away. we must exert ourselves and endeavour to do something for her. many will follow it as far as they can. or plea. the object of their joint dislike. and the enmity which they dared not shew in open disrespect to her. found a broader vent in contemptuous treatment of Harriet. Oh! she is absolutely charming! You will laugh at my warmth--but. any of those who have known her longer than yourself. considering what I have been used to.but without solicitation. had in all likelihood been given also.-"Jane Fairfax is absolutely charming.--A sweet.--I dare say you have heard those charming lines of the poet. So mild and ladylike--and with such talents!--I assure you I think she has very extraordinary talents." was Emma's calm answer-. One can see that she feels the want of encouragement.--However. too--and Mr." "You appear to feel a great deal--but I am not aware how you or any of Miss Fairfax's acquaintance here. upon my word. Such talent as hers must not be suffered to remain unknown.--It was not to be doubted that poor Harriet's attachment had been an offering to conjugal unreserve. she heard all Mrs. but from the very first. she drew back in her turn and gradually became much more cold and distant. with Colonel and Mrs. as could make me regret having asked more than Jane Fairfax to partake of it.-.' We must not allow them to be verified in sweet Jane Fairfax. We must bring her forward.I shall certainly have her very often at my house. under a colouring the least favourable to her and the most soothing to him. in doing too much. `And waste its fragrance on the desert air. Emma hoped it must rapidly work Harriet's cure. it is extremely prepossessing. and shall be constantly on the watch for an eligible situation. though all have not our situations.--Whatever advantages she may have enjoyed with the Campbells are so palpably at an end! And I think she feels it. but the sensations which could prompt such behaviour sunk them both very much. the least inconvenient. shall have musical parties to draw out her talents. Oh! I assure you. Mrs. the ill-will which produced it was necessarily increasing Emma's dislike. that I have little doubt of hearing of Page 101 . Her manners.processtext.com/abclit.-.html with. Campbell." "I cannot think there is any danger of it. my resolution is taken as to noticing Jane Fairfax. Elton took a great fancy to Jane Fairfax.--I should be extremely displeased if Wright were to send us up such a dinner. Elton's knight-errantry on the subject.And her situation is so calculated to affect one!--Miss Woodhouse. may be quite the other way. interesting creature. I talk of nothing but Jane Fairfax. It is not likely that I should. She is very timid and silent. Maple Grove will probably be my model more than it ought to be-. http://www. I have no idea that you will suppose her talents can be unknown. and her own share in the story. My acquaintance is so very extensive.--But in those who are at all inferior."and when you are better acquainted with Miss Fairfax's situation and understand what her home has been. Jane Fairfax is a very delightful character. She was. I like her the better for it.--I quite rave about Jane Fairfax. I have no idea of that sort of thing. at any time. You and I need not be afraid. Miss Woodhouse. and we live in a style which could not make the addition of Jane Fairfax. I am a great advocate for timidity--and I am sure one does not often meet with it. I do not scruple to say that she plays extremely well. My greatest danger. in income.--Before Emma had forfeited her confidence. Mr. or privilege. I know enough of music to speak decidedly on that point. Not merely when a state of warfare with one young lady might be supposed to recommend the other. Elton's. shall introduce her wherever I can. We have carriages to fetch and convey her home. perhaps.When they had nothing else to say. and interests me more than I can express.-. If we set the example.for we do not at all affect to equal my brother." "Oh! but dear Miss Woodhouse. were unpleasant towards Harriet. can shew her any other attention than"-"My dear Miss Woodhouse. and she was not satisfied with expressing a natural and reasonable admiration-. I must confess it is a recommendation to me. and about the third time of their meeting.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. it must be always easy to begin abusing Miss Woodhouse. Suckling. and though the effect was agreeable. and being too careless of expense.

Emma Woodhouse-ing me!-. which nobody else pays her.-. under Mrs. Elton as she seemed to do. Weston. but now the Campbells had promised their daughter to stay at least till Midsummer. I should have imagined. Elton's. more powerful than appears. she would not have chosen her. Dixon had written most pressingly.html something to suit her shortly. of course. in knowing what was felt. Elton's notice and the penury of her conversation.the most amiable. Elton's attentions to Jane was in the first style of guileless simplicity and warmth. "Such attentions as Mrs.' Heavens! Let me not suppose that she dares go about. very particularly to my brother and sister when they come to us. "Miss Fairfax is as capable as any of us of forming a just opinion of Mrs. Mrs.--Miss Bates's gratitude for Mrs. by her aunt's eagerness in accepting Mrs. what was meditated. servants sent. means were to be found. She was quite one of her worthies-. the very active patroness of Jane Fairfax. Could she have chosen with whom to associate. affable." said Mr. Elton's invitations I should have imagined any thing but inviting. she presently replied. Elton meant to be considered. "She must be under some sort of penance. Elton's civilities for her. great resolution somewhere. Would Jane but go. "if Miss Fairfax were to have been drawn on beyond her own inclination. under privations of every sort! And now to chuse the mortification of Mrs. but. and she was left in peace--neither forced to be the very particular friend of Mrs.--"To chuse to remain here month after month. would rather disgust than gratify Miss Fairfax." "I should not wonder. great caution.--I shall have her very often indeed while they are with me." "You are right.But upon my honour. Weston. Mrs." Emma felt that Mrs. but this is a punishment beyond what you can have merited!--The kindness and protection of Mrs." said Mrs. my dear Emma--but it is better than being always at home. There is great fear. and I dare say we shall sometimes find a seat for her in the barouche-landau in some of our exploring parties. Poor Miss Bates may Page 102 . Weston ventured this apology for Jane. Elton. Her aunt is a good creature. and when she gets a little acquainted with them. She heard of her walking with the Eltons.com/abclit. Knightley warmly. "We cannot suppose that she has any great enjoyment at the Vicarage. Elton's guidance. for there really is nothing in the manners of either but what is highly conciliating.--I shall introduce her. 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." The change on Mrs. I am sure they will like her extremely. for refusing this invitation. before we condemn her taste for what she goes to. must be very tiresome. the Campbells were gone to Ireland for three months. Weston was giving her a momentary glance. friends contrived--no travelling difficulty allowed to exist. You may have done wrong with regard to Mr. But (with a reproachful smile at Emma) she receives attentions from Mrs. Elton. She looked on with some amusement. The decree is issued by somebody. inflicted either by the Campbells or herself. what was done.processtext. before the few who knew her opinion of Mrs. http://www." Jane had come to Highbury professedly for three months. Dixon. and only sharing with others in a general way. her fears will completely wear off. Elton!--`Jane Fairfax and Jane Fairfax. "She is a riddle. rather than return to the superior companions who have always loved her with such real. generous affection. delightful woman--just as accomplished and condescending as Mrs. and fresh invitations had arrived for her to join them there. quite a riddle!" said she. nor. but still she had declined it! "She must have some motive. as a constant companion. and she was herself struck by his warmth. But why must she consent to be with the Eltons?--Here is quite a separate puzzle. We must consider what Miss Fairfax quits. sitting with the Eltons. Elton's side soon afterwards appeared.--"You have not deserved this.She is not to be with the Dixons. Mrs. 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." "Poor Jane Fairfax!"--thought Emma." was Emma's conclusion. According to Miss Bates--it all came from her--Mrs. Elton." Upon her speaking her wonder aloud on that part of the subject.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. Elton. With a faint blush. Emma's only surprize was that Jane Fairfax should accept those attentions and tolerate Mrs.

" said Emma." said Emma. and after a few minutes silence. "So you have been settling that I should marry Jane Fairfax?" "No indeed I have not. I dare say. to know the worst at once-. Elton's acknowledging herself the inferior in thought. The result of his reverie was. your argument weighs most with me. of course. "Yes. I have no faith in Mrs. would not have me if I were to ask her--and I am very sure I shall never ask her. Emma. I suppose?" "Yes." said she. Miss Fairfax." Both felt rather anxious to hear him speak again. meant nothing. I do not think the extent of my admiration for her will ever take me by surprize.what she calls them! How can she find any appellation for them. soon afterwards said. In a moment he went on-"That will never be. as a general principle. She has a fault. and was pleased enough to exclaim. you may hardly be aware yourself how highly it is. as he answered. word. Elton. "No. Cole gave me a hint of it six weeks ago. Knightley. however. and did not herself know what to think. She has not the open temper which a man would wish for in a wife. "and you soon silenced Mr. I will say that for you. Knightley was thoughtful again. What I said just now. And besides the operation of this. Mrs. Elton's way before--and no degree of vanity can prevent her acknowledging her own comparative littleness in action. Weston.--Emma felt her foot pressed by Mrs." "I know how highly you think of Jane Fairfax. perhaps." Emma returned her friend's pressure with interest. Mr. I can assure you. I can much more readily enter into the temptation of getting away from Miss Bates." "In that respect how unlike dear Mrs. Cole does not want to be wiser or wittier than his neighbours. Such a woman as Jane Fairfax probably never fell in Mrs. Cole? And so I am not to be surprized that Jane Fairfax accepts her civilities and consents to be with her. Elton treats her with all the respect which she has a claim to. if you were married.she hurried on--"And yet. The extent of your admiration may take you by surprize some day or other. Elton by her superiority both of mind and manner. I assure you. You would not come in and sit with us in this comfortable way. "Another thing must be taken into consideration too--Mrs. "You are not vain.--I never had a thought of her in that way. or in her being under any Page 103 . without any idea of a serious meaning. Little Henry was in her thoughts. "Jane Fairfax is a very charming young woman--but not even Jane Fairfax is perfect. you may be sure that Miss Fairfax awes Mrs." Mr. he was thoughtful--and in a manner which shewed him not pleased.processtext." He seemed hardly to hear her. if not in consciousness. I told him he was mistaken. "Well. We cannot give any body the disagreeable hints that we may have been very full of the hour before. in spite of the very natural wish of a little change. but soon stopping--it was better.com/abclit. We all know the difference between the pronouns he or she and thou.a something more early implanted." Mr. beginning hastily and with an arch look.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. and that." And soon afterwards. face to face. You have scolded me too much for match-making. or deed. One says those sort of things. very soon. or some other cause. Elton does not talk to Miss Fairfax as she speaks of her. Knightley--what can she do for Mr. Mr. deep enough in familiar vulgarity? She calls you. Knightley was hard at work upon the lower buttons of his thick leather gaiters. "any body may know how highly I think of her. Mrs. we all feel the influence of a something beyond common civility in our personal intercourse with each other-. and a mixture of alarm and delicacy made her irresolute what else to say. for me to presume to take such a liberty with you." he replied. Cole. the plainest spoken amongst us. however." Emma could not but rejoice to hear that she had a fault. who wants to be wiser and wittier than all the world! I wonder how she speaks of the Coles-. He gave me a quiet hint. brought the colour into his face. Weston." "And yet. http://www. Elton. and either the exertion of getting them together. "Oh! are you there?--But you are miserably behindhand. Oh! no. he said." He stopped. upon my word I have not the smallest wish for your marrying Jane Fairfax or Jane any body. he asked my pardon and said no more. than I can believe in the triumph of Miss Fairfax's mind over Mrs. We feel things differently.html very likely have committed her niece and hurried her into a greater appearance of intimacy than her own good sense would have dictated.

Mrs. and only made the usual stipulation of not sitting at the bottom of the table himself." CHAPTER XVI E very body in and about Highbury who had ever visited Mr. and imagined capable of pitiful resentment. Woodhouse felt no unwillingness. Mrs. Do not beat me. 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. Weston." "Well. were a good deal behind-hand in knowledge of the world. and in the proper order. encouragement. I assure you we have not a disengaged day!--A woman with fewer resources than I have. and on many accounts Emma was particularly pleased by Harriet's begging to be allowed to decline it. required little thought.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. We really seem quite the fashion. Besides the Eltons. No--till Cole alluded to my supposed attachment. that she will not be continually detailing her magnificent intentions. Upon my word we shall be absolutely dissipated. it had never entered my head.com/abclit.html restraint beyond her own scanty rule of good-breeding. at the poor attempt at rout-cakes. Emma. The persons to be invited. or she should be exposed to odious suspicions. Knightley's marrying Jane Fairfax?" "Why. but it wants openness. it is nothing very formidable. in the meanwhile. Goddard and others. From Monday next to Saturday. and there being no ice in the Highbury card-parties. more reserved. was disposed to pay him attention on his marriage. I saw Jane Fairfax and conversed with her. Dinner-parties and evening-parties were made for him and his lady. it must be the Westons and Mr. I think. so far it was all of course-. I suspect. are strong--and her temper excellent in its power of forbearance. dear Emma. with the usual regular difficulty of deciding who should do it for him. Mr. could not be satisfied without a dinner at Hartfield for the Eltons. "I see what a life I am to lead among you. A dinner there must be. After Emma had talked about it for ten minutes. Knightley. need not have been at a loss. I cannot imagine that she will not be continually insulting her visitor with praise." said she. She is reserved." said Emma triumphantly when he left them. really." said Mr." "Jane Fairfax has feeling. http://www. Her sensibilities. than she used to be--And I love an open temper. but she would soon shew them how every thing ought to be arranged. Knightley--"I do not accuse her of want of feeling. Elton." No invitation came amiss to her. and invitations flowed in so fast that she had soon the pleasure of apprehending they were never to have a disengaged day. I say that he is so very much occupied by the idea of not being in love with her. and Maple Grove had given her a taste for dinners. Mrs. Bates. Perry. 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. If this is living in the country. "what do you say now to Mr. to carry round the refreshments at exactly the proper hour. "I see how it is. Mrs. They must not do less than others. patience. with admiration and pleasure always--but with no thought beyond. that I should not wonder if it were to end in his being so at last. self-controul.processtext. She was a little shocked at the want of two drawing rooms. and offers of service. Her Bath habits made evening-parties perfectly natural to her. "She would rather not be Page 104 .Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter.

--Of the same age-. When you have lived to my age. Woodhouse considered eight persons at dinner together as the utmost that his nerves could bear-. you will begin to think letters are never worth going through the rain for.--His professional engagements did not allow of his being put off. and the seeing him so. Knightley. was not yet over.-. to have him with his grave looks and reluctant conversation opposed to her instead of his brother. had she deemed it possible enough for wishing. the party were punctually assembled. A circumstance rather unlucky occurred. I always fetch the letters when I am here. "and reached home before the rain was much. I hope you turned directly. but certainly not to dinner." Every invitation was successful.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. If Miss Woodhouse would not be displeased. "at least as far as relates to me." "I went only to the post-office.--Mr. Elton which nobody else paid her. yet he always said so little. he was talking to Miss Fairfax." It was precisely what Emma would have wished. however.and here would be a ninth--and Emma apprehended that it would 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. Mr.com/abclit.-. She thought it in reality a sad exchange for herself. and she could now invite the very person whom she really wanted to make the eighth. He had said that Jane Fairfax received attentions from Mrs. The event was more favourable to Mr. He had met her before breakfast as he was returning from a walk with his little boys. Mrs. John Knightley smiled. I have neglected her too long.She will never like me now. and he could talk to her. and then this answer. http://www. and he said. he looked at in silence-. It saves trouble. but both father and daughter were disturbed by its happening so. this morning. But I will shew her greater attention than I have done. A walk before breakfast does me good. Mr. and their papa now proposed bringing them. She was not yet quite able to see him and his charming happy wife together.processtext. John Knightley came. Page 105 .wanting only to observe enough for Isabella's information--but Miss Fairfax was an old acquaintance and a quiet girl. which was all that was meant--and it is very shameful. and Henry and John had seen more drops than they could count long before. "I hope you did not venture far. that the increase of noise would be very immaterial." There was a little blush. Miss Fairfax. Weston was unexpectedly summoned to town and must be absent on the very day. as elegant as lace and pearls could make her. "This is very true. or I am sure you must have been wet.-. It is my daily errand.Since her last conversation with Mrs. and is a something to get me out. without feeling uncomfortable. Weston and Mr. Elton. John Knightley seemed early to devote himself to the business of being agreeable. when it had been just beginning to rain. The two eldest little Knightleys were engaged to pay their grandpapa and aunt a visit of some weeks in the spring." "No. He might be able to join them in the evening." "Not a walk in the rain. but Mr." said she. She comforted her father better than she could comfort herself. with the arrival of the little boys and the philosophic composure of her brother on hearing his fate. 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." said she. Woodhouse was quite at ease.and always knowing her--I ought to have been more her friend. Jane Fairfax. "That is to say. It was natural to have some civil hopes on the subject.--We scarcely got home in time. she would rather stay at home. They were all disengaged and all happy. by representing that though he certainly would make them nine.html in his company more than she could help. you chose to have your walk. Knightley's words dwelt with her. for you were not six yards from your own door when I had the pleasure of meeting you. Woodhouse than to Emma. she was more conscience-stricken about Jane Fairfax than she had often been. I should imagine. and replied." Mr. and Mr. The day came. Instead of drawing his brother off to a window while they waited for dinner. The post-office has a great charm at one period of our lives. and staying one whole day at Hartfield--which one day would be the very day of this party.The preparatory interest of this dinner. but it did not absolutely rain when I set out. removed the chief of even Emma's vexation.

probably. how could you do such a thing?--It is a sign I was not there to take care of you. you know. Young ladies should take care of themselves. Letters are no matter of indifference. You have every body dearest to you always at hand. it is not age." "You are speaking of letters of business. and made every fair lady welcome and easy. in the midst of every dearest connexion. but friendship hardly ever does. young ladies are very sure to be cared for. "We will not allow her to do such a thing again:"-. or even half a day for your letters. and have the greatest satisfaction in seeing you at Hartfield. "I am very sorry to hear. making the circle of his guests." "Indifferent! Oh! no--I never conceived you could become indifferent." The kind-hearted. who being. than run the risk of bringing on your cough again.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. I can easily believe that letters are very little to you. Elton.Young ladies are delicate plants. Woodhouse. The spring I always think requires more than common care.com/abclit. and her remonstrances now opened upon Jane." It was kindly said. Weston. must always have power to draw me out. "I certainly do feel tempted to give.html "I must not hope to be ever situated as you are. My dear.-. You do us a great deal of honour to-day. but it is not your being ten years older than myself which makes the difference. and I am very much obliged by your kind solicitude about me." "Oh! she shall not do such a thing again. what is this I hear?--Going to the post-office in the rain!--This must not be. that ten years hence you may have as many concentrated objects as I have. said. they are generally a very positive curse. there must indeed. My daughter and I are both highly sensible of your goodness.--You sad girl. John Knightley too well-. polite old man might then sit down and feel that he had done his duty. I wish my health allowed me to be a better neighbour. you must not run such risks." eagerly rejoined Mrs. Miss Fairfax. Elton." "I have often thought them the worst of the two. of your being out this morning in the rain. That will obviate all difficulties you know.processtext. the walk in the rain had reached Mrs. Weston kindly and persuasively. and Page 106 . sir. never shall again. you will allow me to hope. "Business. I am sure you are much too reasonable. "I meant to imply the change of situation which time usually brings. I am sure. may bring money.I hope your good grand-mama and aunt are well. I consider one as including the other. and paying his particular compliments to the ladies. Now do not you feel that you had? Yes. but situation.I am very sure he understands the value of friendship as well as any body." "My dear Miss Fairfax. shewed that it was felt beyond a laugh. 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." said John Knightley. I shall speak to Mr.-. Better wait an hour or two. much less than to me." "My advice. especially at this time of year. I know Mr. I. and very far from giving offence. As an old friend. Miss Fairfax. I forget his name) shall inquire for yours too and bring them to you. They are some of my very old friends. did you change your stockings?" "Yes. A pleasant "thank you" seemed meant to laugh it off.--To the post-office indeed! Mrs. did you ever hear the like? You and I must positively exert our authority. Miss Fairfax. a post-office. By this time. a tear in the eye." "Ah! you are not serious now. and do not know how to take care of yourself. You really are a very sad girl. was ending with her--and with all his mildest urbanity. mine are letters of friendship. and therefore till I have outlived all my affections.Liable as you have been to severe colds. in worse weather than to-day. Her attention was now claimed by Mr. indeed you ought to be particularly careful. The man who fetches our letters every morning (one of our men." Jane very patiently assured her that she had not caught any cold. You look as if you would not do such a thing again. according to his custom on such occasions." "When I talked of your being altered by time. by the progress of years. I think. I did indeed. http://www. "Oh! do not tell me." said Mrs.-. I assure you. and therefore I cannot expect that simply growing older should make me indifferent about letters. E." replied he coolly. a quivering lip. They should take care of their health and their complexion. but a blush.and nodding significantly--"there must be some arrangement made. "My dear Jane.

" "Yes. If you want any farther explanation. Weston. "It is too small-. if I were very bad. my dear Jane. "The post-office is a wonderful establishment!" said she.com/abclit. "there is a likeness." Mrs. "I have heard it asserted. You know." "So seldom that any negligence or blunder appears! So seldom that a letter. you and I must be cautious how we express ourselves. http://www. I suppose. but very clear and certainly strong." "The clerks grow expert from habit. Weston"--with half a sigh and half a smile at her. Weston any letter about her to produce?" No. I should imagine the likeness must be chiefly confined to the females. I certainly get better and better. The thing is determined.--No.wants strength." This was not submitted to by either lady. They vindicated him against the base aspersion.--Now for it.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. she began speaking again to Mr. Mrs." said John Knightley. "that the same sort of handwriting often prevails in a family. I suppose.your correspondent in Yorkshire. "but I cannot give up my early walk. it increases the wonder. Isabella and Emma. smiling. 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-.processtext. but so much as Patty has to do!--And it is a kindness to employ our men. on perceiving that Mrs. It is like a woman's writing. The public pays and must be served well. my dear Jane. but instead of answering. Weston. Weston was disengaged and Emma began again--"Mr.html from us I really think. say no more about it. is even carried wrong--and not one in a million. and scramble into any hand they can get. employing him to write for you one day?" Page 107 . Weston. consider that point as settled. you can have no scruple to accept such an accommodation. "they are paid for it. it is really astonishing!" "It is certainly very well regulated. looking also at Mrs." The varieties of handwriting were farther talked of.-. If I meet with no insuperable difficulties therefore. among the thousands that are constantly passing about the kingdom. "if I had my writing-desk." Jane looked as if she did not mean to be conquered. that my influence is not entirely worn out. John Knightley. Mrs." said Jane earnestly. "If we were in the other room. I know what you mean--but Emma's hand is the strongest. had put it away. "I cannot by any means consent to such an arrangement. but having answered the letter. and of bad hands too. but stopped. it by no means wanted strength-. Woodhouse. But for that reason. I am sure I could produce a specimen." said Mr. that are to be deciphered. so needlessly troublesome to your servant. and exercise improves them." said Jane." "I do not admire it. she had heard from him very lately." "Oh! my dear. Frank Churchill writes one of the best gentleman's hands I ever saw. "and always did.-. Knightley. Weston was attending to some one else--and the pause gave her time to reflect.it was not a large hand. I have scarcely ever had a bad morning before. If the errand were not a pleasure to me. I think. I have a note of his." "My dear Jane.--that would be the way.--They must begin with some quickness of sight and hand." "Isabella and Emma both write beautifully. I have not always known their writing apart. actually lost! And when one considers the variety of hands. and the usual observations made. it is natural enough." said Emma." continued he. as it always is when I am not here. for boys have very little teaching after an early age. I can pronounce his name without the smallest distress." said his brother hesitatingly." "Excuse me. "Now. I am advised to be out of doors as much as I can. it could be done."The regularity and despatch of it! If one thinks of all that it has to do. Had not Mrs." "You are extremely kind. and upon my word.Do not you remember. that is (laughing affectedly) as far as I can presume to determine any thing without the concurrence of my lord and master. That is the key to a great deal of capacity. "I never saw any gentleman's handwriting"--Emma began. And so does poor Mrs. I must walk somewhere. and where the same master teaches. and all that it does so well. But I do flatter myself." said Mr. by my grandmama's. "No. do write very much alike. and the post-office is an object.

there was no avoiding a knowledge of their principal subjects: The post-office--catching cold--fetching letters--and friendship. She could have made an inquiry or two. Suckling. of course. every body was anxious to be in her family. you are not aware of the difficulty of procuring exactly the desirable thing. "I get quite anxious about you.html "He chose to say he was employed"-"Well. Elton engross Jane Fairfax and slight herself." Jane's solicitude about fetching her own letters had not escaped Emma. Elton left them no choice. June will soon be here.but she abstained.with so much perseverance in judging and behaving ill did Mrs. Mrs." Dinner was on table. "writes to a fair lady like Miss Woodhouse. and can shew it after dinner to convince Mr. Emma found it hardly possible to prevent their making two distinct parties. I have that note. Elton. and professions of Mrs. Mrs. were long under discussion. had such an infinity of applications. You do not know how many candidates there always are for the first situations. Elton. for she moves in the first circle. and to them succeeded one. I saw a vast deal of that in the neighbourhood round Maple Grove." said Mr." "I not aware!" said Jane." "Oh! my dear. before she could be spoken to. Bragge. and felt some curiosity to know whether the wet walk of this morning had produced any. and before Mr.--Mrs. who can have thought of it as I have done?" "But you have not seen so much of the world as I have. She had heard and seen it all.-. well. http://www.processtext." "But have you really heard of nothing?" "I have not even made any inquiry. She thought there was an air of greater happiness than usual--a glow both of complexion and spirits. I do not wish to make any yet.--it was at her tongue's end-. was saying-"Must I go first? I really am ashamed of always leading the way. and they followed the other ladies out of the room. and though much that passed between them was in a half-whisper. Elton's side. Elton's meditated activity. especially on Mrs. CHAPTER XVII W hen the ladies returned to the drawing-room after dinner.com/abclit. and that it had not been in vain. shaking her head. Weston were obliged to be almost always either talking together or silent together." "But I have never fixed on June or any other month--merely looked forward to the summer in general.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. we cannot begin too early. Knightley dryly. If Jane repressed her for a little time." "Oh! when a gallant young man. that it would not have been so resolutely encountered but in full expectation of hearing from some one very dear. arm in arm. she soon began again. Bragge's is the one I would most wish to see Page 108 . She and Mrs. She suspected that it had. with an appearance of good-will highly becoming to the beauty and grace of each. like Mr. put forth his best. Frank Churchill. which must be at least equally unpleasant to Jane--inquiries whether she had yet heard of any situation likely to suit her. A cousin of Mr. he will. as to the expedition and the expense of the Irish mails. Wax-candles in the schoolroom! You may imagine how desirable! Of all houses in the kingdom Mrs. Woodhouse had reached her with his request to be allowed to hand her into the dining-parlour. was ready. Knightley. She was quite determined not to utter a word that should hurt Jane Fairfax's feelings. "Here is April come!" said she. "dear Mrs.

I really believe you might.--and you must and shall be delightfully." In this style she ran on.--yes. any inferior. till the time draws nearer. I am very sure. "Here comes this dear old beau of mine." "Excuse me." said Jane. but as to all that. 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. the honour. indeed. I assure you. and your friends would require for you. and Emma heard her saying in the same half-whisper to Jane. Elton. I do not wish to be giving any body trouble." "Trouble! aye. my dear Jane. Woodhouse came into the room." "Oh! my dear. "Aye. I think. I am sure they will want it. and employing my friends to watch also. we must begin inquiring directly.processtext. widely different certainly as to the guilt of those who carry it on. if you mean a fling at the slave-trade.if you knew the harp. you might do all that. Page 109 . Mrs. http://www. You are afraid of giving me trouble. There are places in town." replied Mrs. "I must spend some time with them. old-fashioned politeness. Partridge in a day or two. But I only mean to say that there are advertising offices. is not obtained at a moment's notice. however. I assure you.not quite of human flesh--but of human intellect. When I am quite determined as to the time. but as to the greater misery of the victims." "And I am quite serious too. and that by applying to them I should have no doubt of very soon meeting with something that would do. my dear child. "governess-trade.html you in.--that is--I do not know-. and June. but I would rather you did not mention the subject to her." "But." "Something that would do!" repeated Mrs. "they are pretty sure to be equal. I was not thinking of the slave-trade. but I assure you. you have a right to move in the first circle. but you sing as well as play. that may suit your humble ideas of yourself. For two or three months longer I shall remain where I am. stipulate for what you chose. or say even July. Your inexperience really amuses me! A situation such as you deserve.--afterwards I may probably be glad to dispose of myself. is very near. I am exceedingly obliged to you. human flesh! You quite shock me. Elton gaily. Elton. but I shall be a little more nice. in a family not moving in a certain circle. Your musical knowledge alone would entitle you to name your own terms. I should suffer more from comparison. honourably and comfortably settled before the Campbells or I have any rest." said Jane." "Colonel and Mrs. but this is by no means my intention. the Campbells can hardly be more interested about you than I am. "in resolving to be always on the watch. here is April. I do not know where it lies. I assure you Mr. offices. have as many rooms as you like. and should be sorry to have any made by my friends. or able to command the elegancies of life. and I am sure the good Campbells will be quite on my side. her vanity had then a change of object. that nothing really unexceptionable may pass us. but it will not satisfy your friends to have you taking up with any thing that may offer. with such business to accomplish before us.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter.com/abclit. I admire all that quaint. I am very indifferent. but I am quite serious in wishing nothing to be done till the summer. even without the harp. the time is drawing near. I shall write to Mrs.--I know what a modest creature you are. ma'am. and shall give her a strict charge to be on the look-out for any thing eligible. would only be the greater. Campbell are to be in town again by midsummer. where inquiry would soon produce something--Offices for the sale-." "I did not mean. it would be no object to me to be with the rich. and the comfort of such a situation together. I am not at all afraid of being long unemployed. you would take up with any thing. is no everyday occurrence. my mortifications. modern ease often disgusts me." "You may well class the delight. A gentleman's family is all that I should condition for. with your superior talents. Suckling was always rather a friend to the abolition. I am very serious in not wishing any thing to be attempted at present for me." "You are very obliging. I am obliged to any body who feels for me. I know you. I know your scruples. indeed. But I would not wish you to take the trouble of making any inquiries at present. never thoroughly stopped by any thing till Mr." "I know you. was all that I had in view.--I assure you I like him excessively. and as I am. I make no inquiry myself. commonplace situation." "Thank you. and mix in the family as much as you chose." replied Jane.

But it is an excellent thing to have Frank among us again. for she is as impatient as the black gentleman when any thing is to be done. but I do not know whether it is not over-trimmed. and he will be half his time with us.--show and finery are every thing. but Emma could not speak so fluently. Mr. perfectly unsuspicious of the indignation he was exciting.but there was great joy. was very well satisfied with what she did say. I dare say. of finishing his day in the efforts of civility and the noise of numbers. John Knightley only was in mute astonishment. and soon moved away to make the rest of his friends Page 110 . He had been too much expected by the best judges. did not I always tell you so. because it is expected of me. was a circumstance to strike him deeply." The two ladies looked over it together. who had been in more than one crowd. Weston was most comfortably pleased on the occasion. A bride. and said. I believe. should set off again. so near as town. John Knightley looked at him with amazement. you know." Mr. too communicative to want others to talk. Oh! I assure you I began to think my caro sposo would be absolutely jealous. and he sat smiling and talking to them the whole time. 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. Mr. A man who had been in motion since eight o'clock in the morning. as he would have been sorry to see him before. it was from Frank. he had not the smallest doubt of being highly interesting to every body in the room. He had returned to a late dinner. pretty good news. and knew she ought to be happy. but very audible to every body. happy and cheerful as usual. and trying to understand the degree of her agitation. I shall only just mention the circumstance to the others in a common way. did not I?--Anne. few people seem to value simplicity of dress. This is precisely what I wanted. then shrugged his shoulders. to quit the tranquillity and independence of his own fireside. Weston made his appearance among them. all nothing of course.com/abclit. only a few lines--will not take you long. and having satisfied the inquiries of his wife as to his dinner. Do you think it will look well?" The whole party were but just reassembled in the drawing-room when Mr. and to herself.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. must appear like a bride. http://www. you see. but my natural taste is all for simplicity. which a day spent anywhere from home confers. and might now have been still. "I could not have believed it even of him. he is coming. and might have been alone!--Such a man. I fancy I am rather a favourite. and spread abroad what public news he had heard.processtext. Well." said he. They will stay a good while when they do come. read it to Emma. my dear. read it. Weston. He gave her a letter. which she rather thought was considerable. good news. there would have been a motive. she knew she was happy. for surprize-. Woodhouse. a simple style of dress is so infinitely preferable to finery. is not it? Have you finished it? Has Emma read it all? Put it up. 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. She was a little occupied in weighing her own feelings. was proceeding to a family communication. though principally addressed to Mrs. I wish you had heard his gallant speeches to me at dinner. Her looks and words had nothing to restrain them. and walked to Hartfield as soon as it was over. what do you say to it?--I always told you he would be here again soon. and might have been silent. "Well. he took notice of my gown. which. How do you like it?--Selina's choice--handsome. you see--at the latest. in a voice a little subdued. he had met with it in his way. was making himself agreeable among the rest. and you would not believe me?--In town next week. But I am quite in the minority. too eager to be very observant. "it will give you pleasure.--That a man who might have spent his evening quietly at home after a day of business in London. I must put on a few ornaments now." Mrs. most likely they will be there to-morrow or Saturday. and had taken the liberty of opening it. for the sake of being in mixed company till bed-time. Weston. Weston meanwhile. however.html But this good old Mr. Well. As to her illness. and walk half a mile to another man's house. I think. She was happy. who had been long talking. "Read it. and with all the right of being principal talker. but his coming would probably prolong rather than break up the party. Woodhouse was almost as glad to see him now. but it will not do now. put it up. I think. Her congratulations were warm and open. we will have a good talk about it some other time. convincing her that none of all her careful directions to the servants had been forgotten.

he said. Weston." "You are very obliging. Mrs. I presume. Sixty-five miles farther than from Maple Grove to London. Mr. Woodhouse or Mr. speaks a great degree of weakness--but now she is so impatient to be in town." said Mr.--Upon my word. Weston. Elton will lose no time in calling on him." "Indeed!--from Yorkshire. you know. Bragge went to London and back again with four horses. She is his principal correspondent. It was well that he took every body's joy for granted. we men are sad fellows. a considerable journey." "Yes.com/abclit. after Mrs. that she means to sleep only two nights on the road. he necessarily began on the subject with her. Churchill. very willing to suppose a particular compliment intended her by such a hope. very considerable. Mrs. I am sure. and I shall be very happy in his acquaintance. that it would have been too positive an interruption. I am sure Mr. if this is what I am to expect. Weston. and we shall both have great pleasure in seeing him at the Vicarage. CHAPTER XVIII "I hope I shall soon have the pleasure of introducing my son to you.so they are all to move southward without loss of time. merely to give us notice--it tells us that they are all coming up to town directly. You must grant me that. I shall grant you nothing. Elton. on Mrs. But what is distance. You will hardly believe me-. Mrs."and know him to be my son. Enscombe is in Yorkshire?" "Yes. as we understand. we married women must begin to exert ourselves!--Oh! Mr. Certainly. I think. Weston and Emma. if you knew how Selina feels with respect to sleeping at an inn.processtext." "And so you absolutely opened what was directed to her! Oh! Mr. or he might not have thought either Mr. has not been able to leave the sofa for a week together. "is. and her attention disengaged. of being too weak to get into her conservatory without having both his arm and his uncle's! This. Churchill's account--she has not been well the whole winter." he continued-. you would not wonder at Page 111 . I give you notice--You will find me a formidable antagonist on that point. They were the first entitled. "You have heard of a certain Frank Churchill. I assure you." "No. that Mrs." "Oh! yes. I always stand up for women-. indeed.--from them he would have proceeded to Miss Fairfax. Elton.He is to be in town next week. smiled most graciously. and seeing my son's hand. Weston-.-. and finding himself close to Mrs. Elton. upon my word. I do indeed. http://www. they are about one hundred and ninety miles from London." "The evil of the distance from Enscombe.--A most dangerous precedent indeed!--I beg you will not let your neighbours follow your example. You must take care of yourself. and thinks Enscombe too cold for her-. presumed to open it--though it was not directed to me--it was to Mrs. Suckling. to people of large fortune?--You would be amazed to hear how my brother. I could not have believed it of you!" "Aye. though he does not bear my name.html happy by a partial communication of what the whole room must have overheard already. In Frank's last letter she complained. Knightley particularly delighted. Weston. sometimes flies about. Elton. delicate ladies have very extraordinary constitutions.--So Frank writes word.--This letter tells us--it is a short letter--written in a hurry.--Frank will be extremely happy." said Mr. We have notice of it in a letter to-day. Mr. I met the letters in my way this morning. I Always take the part of my own sex. I hardly ever get a letter.(laughing affectedly) I must protest against that.and I assure you.but twice in one week he and Mr. to be made happy. if not sooner. but she was so deep in conversation with John Knightley. Weston.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter.

" "Frank was here in February for a fortnight. Elton. I dare say. you see. The fact is. It is just what I used to say to a certain gentleman in company in the days of courtship. he was apt to be in despair. A fine place. than she ever was before. Churchill. 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. perhaps there was want of spirit in the pretence of it. Or. Besides. when. I was sure something favourable would turn up--but nobody believed me. `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. Elton." continued he. why not go to Bath." She was stopped by a slight fit of coughing. Elton eagerly interposed with. Weston. which makes this day's news doubly welcome. or to Clifton?" "She has taken it into her head that Enscombe is too cold for her. Does Mrs.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. I have observed. who is as thorough a fine lady as any body ever beheld.com/abclit. Weston." "Aye--like Maple Grove. She has now been a longer time stationary there. when Mr. and so it has." He had done his duty and could return to his son. "Mrs. did not proceed with all the rapidity which suited his feelings. and exclaim that he was sure at this rate it would be May before Hymen's saffron robe would be put on for us. Mr." "Very true. with a very good grace. perhaps she may not have resources enough in herself to be qualified for a country life. Mrs. Churchill is not much in my good graces. Weston?--To Bath." Mrs. Do not run away with such an idea.And Mrs. that she is tired of Enscombe. She is very fond of Frank. 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. I would not say so to every body. she has always been. I remember. they are sure to mend the next. Weston instantly seized the opportunity of going Page 112 . but very retired. Elton. Weston's letters lately have been full of very little else than Mrs. Elton began to think she had been wrong in disclaiming so warmly.--one morning. but I have not much faith in Mrs. Mrs. Selina says it is quite horror to her--and I believe I have caught a little of her nicety. she is out of health now." "If she is really ill. Mrs." "So I remember to have heard. by her own account. That is.processtext. I suppose. Selina is no fine lady. do not mistake me. Weston. Churchill's making incredible exertions to avoid it. immediately exclaimed.--and she was considering in what way she had best retract. perfectly true. that if things are going untowardly one month." "Is not she? Then she is no rule for Mrs. Churchill do the same?" "Depend upon it.but this is quite between ourselves. Nothing can stand more retired from the road than Maple Grove. an excellent precaution. "it was quite uncertain when we might see him again. and Mr. Mr. But perhaps he may never have heard of there being such a creature in the world. in the course of my life. because things did not go quite right. "When Frank left us. as you may suspect-. Churchill's illness. he came to me quite in despair. http://www. I assure you. and she begins to want change. "Oh! Mr. It was by no means her object to have it believed that her sister was not a fine lady. Weston went on. and therefore I would not speak ill of her." This was too loud a call for a compliment to be passed by. but that indeed. I always had a strong persuasion he would be here again soon. if I may presume to call myself an addition. She always travels with her own sheets. Not heard of you!--I believe Mrs. Churchill will not be second to any lady in the land for"-Mrs. Churchill probably has not health or spirits like Selina to enjoy that sort of seclusion. Churchill does every thing that any other fine lady ever did. and Mr. "My dear madam! Nobody but yourself could imagine such a thing possible. He and Mrs. It has been completely unexpected. It is a retired place. Mrs.-. Such an immense plantation all round it! You seem shut out from every thing--in the most complete retirement. that is.html Mrs. Weston were both dreadfully desponding. He will find an addition to the society of Highbury when he comes again.

to spend in London. She was nobody when he married her. The remaining five were left to their own powers. I give you notice that as I find your son. Weston. whether the uncertainty of our meetings. nor of the treatment I have met with. but there are some traits in her character which make it difficult for me to speak of her with the forbearance I could wish. and Mr. and encumbered with many low connexions. She thinks nobody equal to him. you know. but there was a good deal of wet.precisely the season of the year which one should have chosen for it: days almost at the longest. and are by no means implicitly guided by others. Elton. She was the instigator. Churchill has pride. Elton was wanting notice." "And I assure you. Churchill is ordered. Mr. and I do not know. gentlemanlike sort of pride that would harm nobody. and. and at any hour. that I am one of those who always judge for themselves. but giving themselves immense airs. I assure you. Mr. always inviting one out. It is infinitely too bad. May is the very month which Mrs. Knightley seemed little disposed for conversation. she has no fair pretence of family or blood. I think it is the state of mind which gives most spirit and delight. Maple Grove has given me a thorough disgust to people of that sort." They were interrupted. which nobody had inclination to pay. When he was here before. "I hope. and expecting to be on a footing with the old established families. so that we have the agreeable prospect of frequent visits from Frank the whole spring-." said he presently. and whose father had it before him--I believe. we made the best of it. A year and a half is the very utmost that they can have lived at West Hall. cheerless weather. Mrs." Mr. He is generally thought a fine young man. very lately settled there. and Mrs. that must be infinitely provoking! I have quite a horror of upstarts. though a good many things I assure you are suspected. so I shall judge of him. and Mr.com/abclit.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. at least--I am almost sure that old Mr. Mr. Suckling had completed the purchase before his death. Mr. Tea was carrying round. Mr. but ever since her being turned into a Churchill she has out-Churchill'd them all in high and mighty claims: but in herself. soon took the opportunity of walking away. They came from Birmingham. After tea. and how they got their fortune nobody knows. which is not a place to promise much. Elton. but you must not expect a prodigy. Churchill. may not be more friendly to happiness than having him actually in the house. damp. and only make himself a little helpless and tiresome. Elton sat down with Mr. indolent. barely the daughter of a gentleman.--I am no flatterer. you know. having said all that he wanted. Weston. Mrs. I always say there is something direful in the sound: but nothing more is positively known of the Tupmans. Frank's mother would never have been slighted as she was but for her. Now will be the time. I think it is so. but his pride is nothing to his wife's: his is a quiet. Weston. Weston's partiality for him is very great. I hope you will be pleased with my son. Mrs. for Mr. Churchill made me think of them directly. between ourselves. the sort of constant expectation there will be of his coming in to-day or to-morrow. and never too hot for exercise. This will be complete enjoyment. there always is in February. Page 113 . but her pride is arrogance and insolence! And what inclines one less to bear. for there is a family in that neighbourhood who are such an annoyance to my brother and sister from the airs they give themselves! Your description of Mrs. One has not great hopes from Birmingham. I have heard so much in praise of Mr. Suckling. to spend in some warmer place than Enscombe--in short. People of the name of Tupman. and she was herself in a worry of spirits which would have made her prefer being silent. Weston was musing. and. and yet by their manners they evidently think themselves equal even to my brother. or has ordered herself. the whole blame of it is to be laid to her. You cannot be ignorant. who has been eleven years a resident at Maple Grove. and we could not do half that we intended. of my connexion with the family. I have very little doubt that my opinion will be decidedly in his favour.html on. http://www. "You were mentioning May. Suckling. weather genial and pleasant. but do not expect a prodigy. Weston. Mr.--At the same time it is fair to observe." "Only think! well.processtext. "I have not been severe upon poor Mrs. she is an upstart. Woodhouse to cards. and Emma doubted their getting on very well. Frank Churchill. most gratifying to me. as you may suppose. Mrs. If she is ill I should be sorry to do her injustice. who happens to be one of their nearest neighbours.

John Knightley proved more talkative than his brother. Let them be sent to Donwell. I do not think they would fare much better with Uncle Knightley. do not spoil them. who is absent from home about five hours where she is absent one-. and every thing is down at full length there we may be sure. dinners at Mr." cried Mr. I cannot imagine. and you mix more with it." said Emma. when he is at home. The difference which Randalls. is either reading to himself or settling his accounts. CHAPTER II Page 114 . why you should foresee such a series of dissipation for me. Cole's. "that need not be the consequence. you must send them home again. "for I shall do all in my power to make them happy. is not likely to have less influence than heretofore." "And if you find them troublesome.com/abclit. if your visiting engagements continue to increase as much as they have done lately. I shall certainly be at leisure. I do not believe I have any thing more to say about the boys. I only beg you to send them home. delights you too much to pass unnoticed. My charge would be much more concise than her's. and you are engaged with a dinner-party!-. but you have your sister's letter. and why I am to be supposed in danger of wanting leisure to attend to the little boys.and who.what have they been? Dining once with the Coles--and having a ball talked of. Randalls alone makes in your goings-on." "No. and succeeded without difficulty. And as to my dear little boys." "Increase!" "Certainly." said his brother quickly.) who know how very." "Very well--and as Randalls. Knightley. it strikes me as a possible thing. (turning to Mr. Emma." "That is very likely." "Upon my word. which never took place. and do not physic them. every letter to Isabella brought an account of fresh gaieties. Emma." "Difference! No indeed I am not.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. "you amuse me! I should like to know how many of all my numerous engagements take place without your being of the party. John Knightley)--your good fortune in meeting with so many of your friends at once here. These amazing engagements of mine-. Here am I come down for only one day. I can understand you--(nodding at Mr. or balls at the Crown." Mr. and probably not much in the same spirit. And if they are. Elton's beginning to talk to him. Knightley seemed to be trying not to smile. that Henry and John may be sometimes in the way. But you.html Mr. you must be sensible that the last half-year has made a great difference in your way of life. and happiness must preclude false indulgence and physic. A little while ago. http://www. or any thing like it? Your neighbourhood is increasing. which will be enough for Isabella." "I rather hope to satisfy you both. Knightley. You think so. I must say.or even may be some encumbrance to you." "There can be no doubt of your being much more engaged with company than you used to be. that if Aunt Emma has not time for them. do not you?" "I hope I am aware that they may be too noisy for your father-. "it is Randalls that does it all. all that I have to recommend being comprised in." "Yes.When did it happen before. very seldom I am ever two hours from Hartfield. and he soon began with-"Well. Witness this very time." exclaimed Emma.processtext. upon Mrs. He was to leave them early the next day. is very great. I suppose.

Mrs. nor any other young creature of equal kindred to care for. who threw her off with due decorum. even in his first marriage. and the sale of Randalls was long looked forward to. and it took place. for as to Frank. She had resolution enough to pursue her own will in spite of her brother. and who were full of pride and importance. it had become so avowed an adoption as to have him assume Page 115 . but his second must shew him how delightful a well-judging and truly amiable woman could be. till they were accomplished. nor from missing the luxuries of her former home. he was soon relieved. especially by the Churchills.com/abclit. A complete change of life became desirable. He had still a small house in Highbury. however. and obtained his wife. and between useful occupation and the pleasures of society. as making such an amazing match. except her brother and his wife. by that time. realised an easy competence--enough to secure the purchase of a little estate adjoining Highbury. Miss Churchill. and was beginning a new period of existence. who had been considered. He had. He quitted the militia and engaged in trade. bought his house. and with a child to maintain. who had never seen him. Captain Weston was a general favourite. Some scruples and some reluctance the widower-father may be supposed to have felt. the next eighteen or twenty years of his life passed cheerfully away.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. and Mrs. was proved to have much the worst of the bargain. He had never been an unhappy man. but still it was nothing in comparison of Enscombe: she did not cease to love her husband. having no children of their own. on succeeding early in life to a small independence. He had made his fortune.processtext. nobody was surprized. where most of his leisure days were spent. and his own situation to improve as he could. From the expense of the child. but she wanted at once to be the wife of Captain Weston. had become indisposed for any of the more homely pursuits in which his brothers were engaged. 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. which the connexion would offend.html M r. being of age. offered to take the whole charge of the little Frank soon after her decease. with these objects in view. Captain Weston. which he had always longed for--enough to marry a woman as portionless even as Miss Taylor. and had satisfied an active. however. his own temper had secured him from that. been the means of a sort of reconciliation. Weston ought to have found more in it. and Miss Churchill fell in love with him. and to live according to the wishes of his own friendly and social disposition. but as they were overcome by other considerations. which afforded him a favourable opening. http://www. but though she had one sort of spirit. to excite gratitude than to feel it. the child was given up to the care and the wealth of the Churchills. but as it was not the tyrannic influence of youth on youth. to the infinite mortification of Mr. he was rather a poorer man than at first. for when his wife died. cheerful mind and social temper by entering into the militia of his county. It was a concern which brought just employment enough. and when the chances of his military life had introduced him to Miss Churchill. The boy had. but he had gone steadily on. It was an unsuitable connexion. and Mrs. 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. and did not produce much happiness. of a great Yorkshire family. but. with the additional softening claim of a lingering illness of his mother's. she had not the best. They lived beyond their income. and he had only his own comfort to seek. then embodied. which for the last two or three generations had been rising into gentility and property. He had received a good education. 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. and Mr. He had only himself to please in his choice: his fortune was his own. after a three years' marriage. and Miss Churchill of Enscombe. Churchill. and must give him the pleasantest proof of its being a great deal better to choose than to be chosen. but not enough to refrain from unreasonable regrets at that brother's unreasonable anger. with every probability of greater happiness than in any yet passed through. and born of a respectable family. having brothers already established in a good way in London. it was more than being tacitly brought up as his uncle's heir. Weston was a native of Highbury. Churchill.

therefore. as a most proper attention.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. which had been a great distress to him. gentlemanlike man. unless taken moderately. and saying. and was proud of him. he was no longer teased by being wished joy of so sorrowful an event. so convenient for even solitary female walking. The compliments of his neighbours were over. Frank Churchill was one of the boasts of Highbury. indeed. and Miss Bates. whose frequent visits were one of the comforts of Mr.' when they left her at Randalls in the centre of every domestic comfort. and she had lived long enough to know how fortunate she might well be thought. the apothecary. He was looked on as sufficiently belonging to the place to make his merits and prospects a kind of common concern. "I suppose you have heard of the handsome letter Mr. earnestly tried to dissuade them from having any wedding-cake at all. indeed. He saw his son every year in London. she was more equal to her situation than most girls would have been. What was unwholesome to him he regarded as unfit for any body. which would make the approaching season no hindrance to their spending half the evenings in the week together. and spirits that might be hoped would bear her well and happily through its little difficulties and privations. And then there was such comfort in the very easy distance of Randalls from Hartfield. She knew that at times she must be missed. Woodhouse's giving a gentle sigh. and the hope strengthened when it was understood that he had written to his new mother on the occasion. or suffering an hour's ennui. either when Mrs." There was no recovering Miss Taylor--nor much likelihood of ceasing to pity her. His coming to visit his father had been often talked of but never achieved. that the visit should take place. He had been at the pains of consulting Mr. Weston? I understand it was a very handsome letter. and governed her husband entirely. Mrs. Perry. Now was the time for Mr. as earnestly tried to prevent any body's eating it. and Miss Bates returned the visit. well as she knew her father.processtext.com/abclit. Weston had received. every morning visit in Highbury included some mention of the handsome letter Mrs. and upon being applied to. therefore. and when that proved vain." It was. it was very generally proposed. and could not think. and who could ill bear to part with her. and in Mr. and her satisfaction---her more than satisfaction--her cheerful enjoyment. It was most unlikely. For a few days. There was not a dissentient voice on the subject. was all eat up. Frank Churchill to come among them. of Emma's losing a single pleasure. Woodhouse's life. With such an Page 116 . without pain. and the wedding-cake. formed a very favourable idea of the young man. Mr. though the compliment was so little returned that he had never been there in his life. and his fond report of him as a very fine young man had made Highbury feel a sort of pride in him too. and he says he never saw such a handsome letter in his life. 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. Weston had. Mr. His father had no apprehension of it. Frank Churchill has written to Mrs. or saw her go away in the evening attended by her pleasant husband to a carriage of her own. but it was not in Mr. Woodhouse saw the letter. and of moments only of regret. She felt herself a most fortunate woman. a highly prized letter. and a most welcome addition to every source and every expression of congratulation which her marriage had already secured. Woodhouse told me of it. But never did she go without Mr. His own stomach could bear nothing rich. on the subject. so deservedly dear. Mr. and such a pleasing attention was an irresistible proof of his great good sense. Now. but a few weeks brought some alleviation to Mr. Weston's disposition and circumstances. "Ah. and a lively curiosity to see him prevailed. and energy. and had sense. upon his father's marriage. that he should ever want his father's assistance. and he could never believe other people to be different from himself. Woodhouse. Her situation was altogether the subject of hours of gratitude to Mrs.html the name of Churchill on coming of age. and. of course. that Emma. Weston. poor Miss Taylor! She would be very glad to stay. as he believed. was so just and so apparent. or when Mrs. Weston's nature to imagine that any caprice could be strong enough to affect one so dear. he could not but acknowledge (though it seemed rather against the bias of inclination) that wedding-cake might certainly disagree with many--perhaps with most people. Perry drank tea with Mrs. http://www. Perry was an intelligent. The aunt was a capricious woman. and he had. where the only regret was for a partial separation from friends whose friendship for her had never cooled. Mr.

Her own attachment had really subsided into a mere nothing. it was for him.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. were to be returning with the same warmth of sentiment which he had taken away. but he was at Highbury very soon afterwards. his spirits were evidently fluttered. she could not help rather anticipating something decisive. He was not calm. as ready to talk and laugh as ever. Woodhouse hoped to influence every visitor of the newly married pair. it seemed a liveliness that did not satisfy himself. Weston had foreseen. It was not in his calmness that she read his comparative difference.-. There could be no doubt of his great pleasure in seeing her. with the conviction probably of her indifference. Woodhouse would never believe it. he could not yet do more. Mr. and speedily determine how he was influenced. a something to alter her present composed and tranquil state. there were dangers and evils before her:--caution for him and for herself would be necessary. it would be very distressing. an event. http://www. It was a clear thing he was less in love than he had been. and recur to old stories: and he was not without agitation. before she had the power of forming some opinion of Frank Churchill's feelings. it was not worth thinking of. she could then exercise all her quick observation. But she had an almost instant doubt of his caring for her as he had done. She was soon convinced that it was not for herself she was feeling at all apprehensive or embarrassed. There was a strange rumour in Highbury of all the little Perrys being seen with a slice of Mrs. in confirmation of his own. He rode down for a couple of hours. They met with the utmost friendliness. but as he came from Randalls immediately to Hartfield. It was not very long. though rather longer than Mr.but if he. That would be so very painful a conclusion of their present acquaintance! and yet. She felt as if the spring would not pass without bringing a crisis. If a separation of two months should not have cooled him. Absence. She watched him well.html opinion. who had undoubtedly been always so much the most in love of the two.com/abclit. She did not mean to have her own affections entangled again. of his feeling the same tenderness in the same degree. Lively as he was. and seemed delighted to speak of his former visit. and how she must act. She wished she might be able to keep him from an absolute declaration. and there was no rest for his benevolent nerves till it was all gone. The Enscombe family were not in town quite so soon as had been imagined. but what Page 117 . He was in high spirits. there was restlessness about him.processtext. but still the cake was eaten. Weston's wedding-cake in their hands: but Mr. had produced this very natural and very desirable effect. and it would be incumbent on her to avoid any encouragement of his. VOLUME III CHAPTER I A very little quiet reflection was enough to satisfy Emma as to the nature of her agitation on hearing this news of Frank Churchill.

by all his father's doubts. The difference in that respect of Richmond and London was enough to make the whole difference of seeing him always and seeing him never. or at least that she might not have many years of existence before her. If he were quite sincere. her nephew's letter to Randalls communicated a change of plan. Churchill had been recommended to the medical skill of an eminent person there. There was no comfort in having him in London. James had due notice. Two months must bring it to the proof. and she was rather inclined to think it implied a dread of her returning power. he could not doubt. he might as well be at Enscombe. and seemed most fully to appreciate the blessing of having two months before him of such near neighbourhood to many dear friends-. Bates was engaged to spend the evening at Hartfield. and a discreet resolution of not trusting himself with her long. It was the very circumstance he could have wished for. induced them to name as early a day as possible. Such was his own account at Randall's. Though much might be fancy. it would be really having Frank in their neighbourhood. Better than nearer! One good thing was immediately brought to a certainty by this removal. he had declared himself convinced of it. They were going to remove immediately to Richmond. The time of year lightened the evil to him.html decided her belief on the subject. every preparation was resumed. and by the ten days' end. Mr. it was to be inferred that Mrs. A ready-furnished house in a favourite spot was engaged. He would be always coming over.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. but he could not be prevailed on. It soon appeared that London was not the place for her. Emma saw how Mr. at Randalls. He did not believe it to proceed from any thing that care and medicine might not remove. She could not endure its noise. Weston's own happiness was indisputable. http://www. Mr. and much as he wished to stay longer at Hartfield. He was considering her as the source of all the happiness they offered. however. was his staying only a quarter of an hour. Were he ever able to get away. but it had been soon acknowledged vain to attempt to fix a day.processtext. and had otherwise a fancy for the place. nor his hurrying away. seemed like a perfect cure. or that she was as strong as ever. the day would be spent in coming and returning. it was absolutely to be. Churchill's removal to London had been of no service to the wilful or nervous part of her disorder. She hoped it was not so. Mrs. "He had seen a group of old acquaintance in the street as he passed-. he must hurry off. and hurrying away to make other calls in Highbury. and very soon after the Churchills had removed to Richmond. Page 118 .-. while dear Emma were gone. Now. intending to come--but was always prevented. almost as often as he could even wish. and he sanguinely hoped that neither dear little Henry nor dear little John would have any thing the matter with them. and much benefit expected from the change. He was often hoping. if he really tried to come.com/abclit. and that he had no doubt of being able to join them for twenty-four hours at any given time. This was the only visit from Frank Churchill in the course of ten days. Woodhouse was resigned. to say that her complaints were merely imaginary. His aunt could not bear to have him leave her. Her nerves were under continual irritation and suffering.for the house was taken for May and June. to say that his aunt felt already much better for the change. Sixteen miles--nay. It had not been forgotten before. a few lines from Frank. 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. Mrs. that she was in a weaker state of health than she had been half a year ago.he had not stopped. Now. He was quite delighted." She had no doubt as to his being less in love--but neither his agitated spirits. Weston understood these joyous prospects. What were nine miles to a young man?--An hour's ride.the ball at the Crown. That she was really ill was very certain. Emma heard that Frank wrote in the highest spirits of this arrangement. Mr. She was told that now he wrote with the greatest confidence of being often with them. but Richmond was the very distance for easy intercourse. A very few to-morrows stood between the young people of Highbury and happiness. May was better for every thing than February. when he looked back. eighteen--it must be full eighteen to Manchester-street--was a serious obstacle. Weston's ball was to be a real thing.

and after a morning of some anxious watching. Bates's door to offer the use of their carriage. The carriage was sent for them now. Weston depended. "We thought you were to bring them. in all the certainty of his own self. his eyes declared that he meant to have a delightful evening. It cannot be long.-." Mr.--General benevolence. there was a restlessness. and looked. till other subjects were started. "But Miss Bates and Miss Fairfax!" said Mr. Elton. I have no business to put myself forward. Elton appeared. to observe in their various modes. looking about. and though he did not say much. by particular desire. or afraid of being always near her.-. The room at the Crown was to witness it. which Emma could not hear the sound of at first." A carriage was heard. The day approached. They had stopped at Mrs. that it seemed as if half the company might soon be collected together for the purpose of preparatory inspection. who were coming. before she comes. Emma perceived that her taste was not the only taste on which Mr. but not steadily. and praised again. Weston. again to prevent the ball. for the purpose of taking her opinion as to the propriety and comfort of the rooms before any other persons came. and then. I have heard so much of her. They all walked about together. formed a sort of half-circle round the fire. or Mrs. that she could not refuse him. and they drove to the Crown in good time. Elton was spoken of. "I am forgetting that I am not acquainted with her. Weston's fault that the number of privy councillors was not yet larger. and all the smiles and the proprieties passed. "I think she must be here soon. that to be the favourite and intimate of a man who had so many intimates and confidantes. I have never seen either Mr. though May. She liked his open manners. He was on the move immediately. like herself. that. Frank Churchill seemed to have been on the watch. Weston had been so very earnest in his entreaties for her arriving there as soon as possible after themselves. reached Randalls before dinner. to help Mr. http://www. he was watching for the sound of other carriages. but not general friendship. was not the very first distinction in the scale of vanity." The mistake had been slight. without great surprize. I think. and must therefore spend some quiet interval in the young man's company. The whole party walked about. the day arrived. a fire in the evening was still very pleasant. to see that every thing was as it should be. on the same errand. said. "I have a great curiosity to see Mrs.impatient to begin.She could fancy such a man. and every thing was safe. Elton. he was going to the door. He was looking about. and within a few minutes were joined by the contents of another carriage. Frank was standing by her. who had been entreated to come early with the same distinguishing earnestness. and Mrs.com/abclit.html CHAPTER II N o misfortune occurred. No second meeting had there yet been between him and Emma. Mr.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter." said he. the Randalls party just sufficiently before them.processtext. "So unreasonably early!" she was going to exclaim. but the aunt and niece were to be brought by the Eltons. but coming back. Emma longed to know what Page 119 . made a man what he ought to be. having nothing else to do. Emma found that it was not Mr. and they were so very closely followed by another carriage of cousins. but a little less of open-heartedness would have made him a higher character. Mrs.--but it would be better than a common meeting in a crowd. She was to convey Harriet. Weston's judgment. and felt. but she presently found that it was a family of old friends. Frank Churchill. which shewed a mind not at ease.

Good Mrs. how do you do?-- Page 120 . Elton had most kindly sent Jane a note. and Mrs. Very happy to hear it. ma'am. "A very fine young man indeed. Dixon's wedding-present. are you sure you did not wet your feet?--It was but a drop or two. and with happy smiles must hurry away. Weston's to receive them. Mr. sir. but another time it will be quite unnecessary. Ah! dear Mrs. I think him a very handsome young man."Very well. Frank Churchill was so extremely-. were soon lost under the incessant flow of Miss Bates. and I am happy to say that I am extremely pleased with him. Weston." While she talked of his son. and had not finished her speech under many minutes after her being admitted into the circle at the fire.-.--Somebody talked of rain. that the young man himself. So afraid you might have a headach!-." Miss Bates and Miss Fairfax. after the introduction had passed. ma'am--.Mrs. Mr.-. Elton. and her smiles of graciousness. Mrs. Frank Churchill?-. Elton turned to Mrs.--Dear Miss Woodhouse. Weston.--So kind of her to think of my mother! Bought at Weymouth. Weston.but I had not time for more.Oh! and I am sure our thanks are due to you. Quite thick shoes. every body's words. he could recollect that there were ladies just arriving to be attended to." said Frank to his father: "Miss Bates must not be forgotten:" and away he went. how he was affected by the studied elegance of her dress.and there was a mat to step upon--I shall never forget his extreme politeness. Elton detained him. Mr. `Oh! Mrs. she was standing in the entrance. Weston. or we should have been.Ah! here's Miss Woodhouse. He was immediately qualifying himself to form an opinion. Suckling nor me had ever any patience with them. without the least conceit or puppyism. Nothing to signify. to gratify him by her opinion of his son. who came in talking. You may be very sure I shall always take care of them.--So well lighted up!-.Well!--(as soon as she was within the door) Well! This is brilliant indeed!--This is admirable!--Excellently contrived."I will see that there are umbrellas. and his manners are precisely what I like and approve--so truly the gentleman. I hope you are quite well. I thank you. escorted by the two gentlemen.' said I-. Delighted to hear it indeed.com/abclit. Jane and I quite ready.-." She was now met by Mrs. by giving her very proper attention. Dixon's choice.html Frank's first opinion of Mrs. You must know I have a vast dislike to puppies-. Most comfortable carriage. you must really have had Aladdin's lamp.-. Elton might be. I must tell you my mother's spectacles have never been in fault since. bore with them much better. Stokes.--Oh! Mr. but when she got to Maple Grove. Our coachman and horses are so extremely expeditious!--I believe we drive faster than any body.What a pleasure it is to send one's carriage for a friend!-. Elton seemed to think it as much her duty as Mrs. which they hesitated about some time. They were never tolerated at Maple Grove. walked into the room. on that score. look!--did you ever see any thing? Oh! Mr. you know--Mr.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. Frank Churchill. Weston.--You may believe me. Woodhouse's. upon my word. Neither Mr. "I have no doubt of its being our carriage with Miss Bates and Jane. Mrs.processtext. Could not have imagined it. Colonel Campbell rather preferred an olive. You know I candidly told you I should form my own opinion. I saw her as I came in. Nothing wanting.-. Mrs.I understand you were so kind as to offer. There were three others. I never compliment. Gone to Mr. my mother is remarkably well. but I am so afraid:--but Mr. My mother often talks of your good-nature. `Upon my word.seeing you pass by so often. Stokes would not know her own room again. and knowing how much trouble you must have. and so briskly did she begin. Jane says. Weston's attention was chained. Weston was following. As the door opened she was heard. but her words. though by no means moving slowly. I made her take her shawl--for the evenings are not warm--her large new shawl-. Did not keep the horses a moment. And Jane declares-. My dear Jane. I do not care for myself. who is mild almost to a fault.Jane. and we used sometimes to say very cutting things! Selina.' Thank you. Jane. http://www. could hardly be out of hearing. but Mrs.quite a horror of them. the rivet never came out again. Does not she.But two such offers in one day!--Never were such neighbours. "So very obliging of you!--No rain at all. I said to my mother. In a few minutes the carriage returned. so obliged to you for the carriage!--excellent time. Her gestures and movements might be understood by any one who looked on like Emma. Jane?--Do not we often talk of Mr.

and as soon as Miss Bates was quiet. in our seclusion?-. Hughes for a moment. though she had always Page 121 . "Not at all.--no hurry--Oh! here it comes. "Nobody can think less of dress in general than I do--but upon such an occasion as this. Hughes. "How do you like my gown?--How do you like my trimming?-. It had just occurred to Mrs. Whether he were overhearing too. she could not determine.She did it all herself. and did not want to hear more. How do you do. 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. And I see very few pearls in the room except mine.Mr. http://www.and good Mr. Hughes I declare-.and Mrs.-. and his wife was exclaiming. He had met with them in a little perplexity. I suppose. Weston.--How do you do? How do you do?--Very well. Miss Woodhouse.--He was thoughtful. After a good many compliments to Jane on her dress and look. till another suspension brought Mrs. for me--never take coffee. with a look of surprize and displeasure. George and Mr. and boasted himself an engaged man. and Mrs. "And what are we to do for a proper partner for her?" said Mr. when every body's eyes are so much upon me. Every thing so good!" Frank Churchill returned to his station by Emma. Otway. "Oh! you have found us out at last. Otway. I am much obliged to you. which was done pretty soon. Elton and Miss Fairfax.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. Elton then said.--A little tea if you please. is not it?--Where's dear Mr.processtext. he seemed in an odd humour.--Ah! Dr.No hairdresser from London I think could. I thank you.--We shall see if our styles suit. and Mrs. Never better." "How do you like Mrs.How has Wright done my hair?"--with many other relative questions. He walked off to find his father. I like him very well. that she would expect it. which must be laid before Emma.--Such a host of friends!--and Mr.Don't I hear another carriage?--Who can this be?--very likely the worthy Coles." "You are ungrateful.-.--and the voices of the ladies were drowned for a while. Elton himself.and it was. Weston that Mrs. Mr. Richard?--I saw you the other day as you rode through the town--Mrs.--Mr.I was this moment telling Jane." Frank turned instantly to Emma.html Very well I thank you. all answered with patient politeness. "She will think Frank ought to ask her. Frank Churchill and Miss Woodhouse followed. but was quickly back again with both Mr. and Miss Otway and Miss Caroline.--Upon my word. Elton had just joined them. who were standing a little way behind her. I thought you would begin to be impatient for tidings of us. No coffee. Mrs. This is meeting quite in fairy-land!-. Weston was wanting him to dance with Mrs. Arthur!--How do you do? How do you all do?--Quite well. compliments very quietly and properly taken.-. you do look--how do you like Jane's hair?--You are a judge. this is charming to be standing about among such friends! And such a noble fire!--I am quite roasted. have you.-. Much better employed talking to the young ladies. Mr. quite well. Emma must submit to stand second to Mrs. do not tell me--I do not want to know what you mean.-. and that their business was to help to persuade him into it." At this moment Frank began talking so vigorously. This is delightful.-. she found herself necessarily overhearing the discourse of Mrs."That is easy--but Miss Fairfax does not disapprove it.Such a transformation!--Must not compliment.com/abclit. Elton must be asked to begin the ball. Elton's tones again distinctly forward. I protest!-." "Ungrateful!--What do you mean?" Then changing from a frown to a smile--"No.--Emma heard the sad truth with fortitude. Elton?" said Emma in a whisper. Richard?-Oh! there he is. that Emma could not but imagine he had overheard his own praises. Elton led the way. sir. by and bye. to claim her former promise. which his father looked his most perfect approbation of--and it then appeared that Mrs. Elton was evidently wanting to be complimented herself-. I thank you. I know (eyeing Emma most complacently)--that would be rude--but upon my word. Don't disturb him.Where is my father?--When are we to begin dancing?" Emma could hardly understand him. Must go and speak to Dr. Weston. Quite wonderful how she does her hair!-. I understand. Weston and Mrs.--A fine young man certainly is Frank Churchill." "Jane!"--repeated Frank Churchill. Mrs. Elton.So Frank Churchill is a capital dancer. which interfered with all their wishes of giving Emma that distinction.

" "Me!--oh! no--I would get you a better partner than myself. and those few steps were enough to prove in how gentlemanlike a manner. Weston. however. Emma was smiling with enjoyment. would he but take the trouble. was repeatedly given in the very beginning of the existence of this.--Whenever she caught his eye. He did not omit being sometimes directly before Miss Smith. she could not lose by the change. and walked about in front of them. that she heard every syllable of a dialogue which just then took place between him and Mrs.--But my dancing days are over.--so young as he looked!-. 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. Of very important.Emma saw it. and could like Frank Churchill better. Gilbert. on seeing Mr. upright figure. the incessant attentions of Mrs. she was working her way up from the bottom. The anxious cares. It was almost enough to make her think of marrying. Mrs. and by only turning her head a little she saw it all. Every body seemed happy. excepting her own partner.html considered the ball as peculiarly for her. and Harriet had no partner. gentle Mrs. delighted to see the respectable length of the set as it was forming. and that my dancing days are over. who were pretending to feel an interest in the dance till their rubbers were made up. in vanity completely gratified. at this time. You will excuse me.--The two last dances before supper were begun.-. was not his plan. the whole group were exactly behind her. or speaking to those who were close to her.--There he was. Any thing else I should be most happy to do. Weston had left her seat to join him and say. but Mr. and she would no longer allow her eyes to watch. however. Escape.--You are extremely obliging-and if I were not an old married man. was not only listening also. and she perceived that his wife. easy friends. than where he had placed himself.He could not have appeared to greater advantage perhaps anywhere. and fathers. firm. "Do not you dance. Weston. which is seldom bestowed till after a ball has ceased to be. it would give me very great pleasure at any time to stand up with an old friend like Mrs. Elton?" to which his prompt reply was. That Frank Churchill thought less of her than he had done. Gilbert does not mean to dance. with what natural grace. She wished he could love a ballroom better. and to feel that she had so many hours of unusual festivity before her. was indubitable. Weston.--The kind-hearted.-. This was Mr.processtext.--not classing himself with the husbands." "If Mrs.and so equal had been hitherto the number of dancers. Weston might be his son's superior. she did not feel afraid." "Miss Smith!--oh!--I had not observed.-. and whist-players. Weston said no more. Elton. he ought to be dancing. which Emma thought something of. She must not flatter herself that he thought of her dancing. I am sure--for.-In spite of this little rub. there was not one among the whole row of young men who could be compared with him. Elton had undoubtedly the advantage. The ball proceeded pleasantly. Elton sauntering about." said he. and Emma could imagine with what surprize and mortification she must be returning to her seat." Mrs. spoke to some. Knightley's not dancing than by any thing else. "I shall have great pleasure. Weston. where he ought not to be. Mr. Elton! the amiable. and. among the standers-by. I am no dancer.She was more disturbed by Mr.com/abclit. and his resolution of maintaining it. Mrs. They seemed more like cheerful. "Most readily. and had therefore leisure to look around. though beginning to feel myself rather an old married man. than lovers. His tall.She looked round Page 122 .Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. was such as Emma felt must draw every body's eyes. http://www. if you will dance with me. were not thrown away. but in general he was looking grave. for though she had intended to begin with Frank Churchill. but even encouraging him by significant glances.--the only young lady sitting down. There was nothing like flirtation between her and her partner. among the bulky forms and stooping shoulders of the elderly men. but if he were criticising her behaviour. and the praise of being a delightful ball." "Mrs.-. that how there could be any one disengaged was the wonder!--But Emma's wonder lessened soon afterwards. There was one. it was not more productive than such meetings usually are. She was not yet dancing. who was standing immediately above her. When she was half-way up the set. obliging.He seemed often observing her. Mrs. at your command--but my dancing days are over. Gilbert wishes to dance. however. Mr.-.--He moved a few steps nearer. as if to shew his liberty. gentle Mr. He came to the part of the room where the sitters-by were collected. he must have danced. Elton was so near. she forced him to smile. very recordable events. but there is a young lady disengaged whom I should be very glad to see dancing--Miss Smith.

there is but one.--Is there nobody you would not rather?--I am not helpless. Churchill-. you are too obliging. Woodhouse. and backgammon. and me on the other!--Stop. and though too distant for speech. His dancing proved to be just what she had believed it. oh! you are too obliging! How well you put it on!--so gratified! Excellent dancing indeed!-. sent it all out again. Elton's looks also Page 123 . but we agreed we would not speak of it to any body." Emma had no opportunity of speaking to Mr.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. my dear Jane. her eyes invited him irresistibly to come to her and be thanked. and was in a continual course of smiles. seldom more delighted.--I set off without saying a word.Yes.--There was a little disappointment. Woodhouse. Two steps. Sir. Dear Jane. where shall we sit? where shall we sit? Anywhere. by observing audibly to her partner. without interruption. indeed you must. She did not think he was quite so hardened as his wife. dear Mrs. flew farther down the middle. It was not thrown away on her. where are you?--Here is your tippet. Elton's conduct. Elton. and Mrs. a vast deal of chat. when they were all in the ballroom again. Jane on one arm. "Jane. How very odd! I was convinced there were two.so she was rather disappointed. Mrs.-. The move began. how shall we ever recollect half the dishes for grandmama? Soup too! Bless me! I should not be helped so soon. extremely good. She says she is afraid there will be draughts in the passage. I never saw any thing equal to the comfort and style--Candles everywhere. Upon my word. I am sure.--she spoke some of her feelings. and nobody missed me. George Otway. Jane. take care of the two steps. he had joined Mr. you are most kind. Jane. and I cannot help beginning. who would be so very much concerned!--Well.processtext. not thinking the asparagus quite boiled enough. this is brilliant! I am all amazement! could not have supposed any thing!--Such elegance and profusion!--I have seen nothing like it since-." Supper was announced.only it seems too good--but just as you please. Churchill. Grandmama was quite well. she will love to tell you all about it herself to-morrow: her first partner was Mr. you know. He was warm in his reprobation of Mr. Where I sit is of no consequence. Oh! do you recommend this side?--Well. as I said I should. just as I told you. and for the very complete enjoyment and very high sense of the distinction which her happy features announced. What you direct in this house cannot be wrong. perhaps Mr. In another moment a happier sight caught her. looking (Emma trusted) very foolish. Mr.' My dear sir. both for Harriet and herself. though every thing has been done--One door nailed up--Quantities of matting--My dear Jane. though growing very like her.--Tea was made downstairs. and longed to be thanking him. her countenance said much. it had been unpardonable rudeness. had a charming evening with Mr. so that Jane is not in a draught. while smiles of high glee passed between him and his wife. and she feared her face might be as hot. Elton had retreated into the card-room. Oh! no. Quite the queen of the evening!--Well. how you were amused. here we are at the passage. than at that instant. http://www. stop.The baked apples and biscuits. William Cox. 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. my dear.--Mr. Knightley at a little distance. Mr. Elton is going.--I was telling you of your grandmama. and good Mr. but there was a delicate fricassee of sweetbread and some asparagus brought in at first. Her heart was in a glow. and Harriet would have seemed almost too lucky. for fear of its getting round to dear Miss Woodhouse. Weston begs you to put on your tippet. and Miss Bates might be heard from that moment.html for a moment. excellent in their way. and got back again. how elegant she looks!--Beautiful lace!--Now we all follow in her train. Well. I do not know who will ask her next. and was arranging himself for settled conversation.Well. Jane. Mr. I ran home. She was all pleasure and gratitude. till her being seated at table and taking up her spoon. `Oh!' said I. "Knightley has taken pity on poor little Miss Smith!--Very goodnatured. Knightley leading Harriet to the set!--Never had she been more surprized. Elton. to help grandmama to bed. She would not look again.com/abclit. if it had not been for the cruel state of things before. and who were your partners. let us stand a little back. Now there is nothing grandmama loves better than sweetbread and asparagus-. Mrs. she bounded higher than ever. I was persuaded there were two. and there is but one. I left her dancing with Mr. as soon as she could catch his eye again. I declare. `I shall not forestall Jane. Knightley till after supper. but. but it smells most excellent.

offering his hand. Elton.--Harriet Smith has some first-rate qualities. set your companions the example. and which I did not: and I was fully convinced of his being in love with Harriet. which Mrs. that you would have chosen for him better than he has chosen for himself. of course." "Brother and sister! no. I will do you the justice to say. and she looked forward to another happy result--the cure of Harriet's infatuation. his concession in her favour. Miss Otway. and. It was one of the agreeable recollections of the ball. I leave you to your own reflections. but your serious spirit.From Harriet's manner of speaking of the circumstance before they quitted the ballroom. artless girl-. Every body is lazy! Every body is asleep!" "I am ready. "Indeed I will. "They aimed at wounding more than Harriet. She hesitated a moment. had been the occasion of some of its highest satisfactions.--They were interrupted by the bustle of Mr.--She was extremely glad that they had come to so good an understanding respecting the Eltons. indeed.html received the due share of censure. "and they cannot forgive me. "Come Miss Woodhouse. and you know we are not really so much brother and sister as to make it at all improper. but confess. and Emma could harbour little fear of the pulse being quickened again Page 124 . which she walked about the lawn the next morning to enjoy. The impertinence of the Eltons. "She ought not to be angry with you.processtext. I found Harriet more conversable than I expected. which for a few minutes had threatened to ruin the rest of her evening. The fever was over. There is a littleness about him which you discovered. Miss Fairfax. and she were enabled to see that Mr. and his praise of Harriet." said he.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. "whenever I am wanted. "Emma.--To that surmise. if you will ask me. "I shall not scold you." "Whom are you going to dance with?" asked Mr. It was through a series of strange blunders!" "And. You have shewn that you can dance. why is it that they are your enemies?" He looked with smiling penetration." CHAPTER III T his little explanation with Mr. and then replied.com/abclit. but there was a smile of indulgence with it." Emma was extremely gratified. what are you all doing?-. An unpretending. I suspect.-. she had strong hopes.infinitely to be preferred by any man of sense and taste to such a woman as Mrs." "Can you trust me with such flatterers?--Does my vain spirit ever tell me I am wrong?" "Not your vain spirit." said Emma. Emma. http://www. on receiving no answer. was peculiarly gratifying.--If one leads you wrong." replied Emma. Knightley. "With you. Weston calling on every body to begin dancing again." He shook his head. Elton was not the superior creature she had believed him. Elton is totally without. Elton. It seemed as if her eyes were suddenly opened. I am sure the other tells you of it. you say nothing." "Will you?" said he. and that their opinions of both husband and wife were so much alike. Knightley gave Emma considerable pleasure. added.Come Emma. that you did want him to marry Harriet." "I do own myself to have been completely mistaken in Mr." "I did. single-minded. in return for your acknowledging so much. and he only said. whatever he may be.

and being on foot. he had been obliged to stop at her door. In this state Frank Churchill had found her.The iron gates and the front-door were not twenty yards asunder. another parlour boarder at Mrs. Goddard's. cleared a slight hedge at the top. and made the best of her way by a short cut back to Highbury. gave a great scream. the Richmond road. Such an adventure as this. A child on the watch. and calling on Harriet to follow her.html by injurious courtesy. though but slowly. She had suffered very much from cramp after dancing. Such events are very interesting. Goddard. and Harriet was soon assailed by half a dozen children. by the whole gang. and hardly able to speak. and was moving away--but her terror and her purse were too tempting. had the young ladies been more courageous. a party of gipsies. came towards them to beg. was unseen by the whole party till almost close to them. she had been obliged to remain. excessively frightened. must be recovered. with all the grateful blessings that she could utter for her friend and herself. must be doubtful. at least. and to have forgotten to restore them. looked them through. or rather surrounded. http://www. and Harriet immediately sinking into a chair fainted away.--of his communication and of Harriet's as soon as she had recovered her senses and speech.and in this state.com/abclit. had led them into alarm. A few minutes made Emma acquainted with the whole. making a sudden turn. and leave his horses to meet him by another road. they loud and insolent. She depended on the evil feelings of the Eltons for supplying all the discipline of pointed neglect that could be farther requisite. and begged them not to want more.--More and more frightened. had just strength enough to reach Hartfield. The pleasantness of the morning had induced him to walk forward. He had left them completely frightened. demanding more. these several delays left him not another minute to lose. and exceedingly terrified. and taking out her purse. though not absolutely in word.-they were all three soon in the hall. had walked out together. The terror which the woman and boy had been creating in Harriet was then their own portion. By a most fortunate chance his leaving Highbury had been delayed so as to bring him to her assistance at this critical moment. which.-. could even a mathematician have seen what she Page 125 . and he was trying to cheer her. and Emma engaging to give assurance of her safety to Mrs. could hardly fail of suggesting certain ideas to the coldest heart and the steadiest brain. questions must be answered.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. How the trampers might have behaved. Could a linguist. they had suddenly perceived at a small distance before them. she trembling and conditioning. though apparently public enough for safety.He dared not stay longer than to see her well. or to use her ill.--She was then able to walk. But poor Harriet could not follow. as he was to be at home by the middle of the day.--a fine young man and a lovely young woman thrown together in such a way. Knightley.-. She did not regret it. she immediately promised them money. and when the young ladies had advanced some way into it.and happening to have borrowed a pair of scissors the night before of Miss Bates. So Emma thought. on a broader patch of greensward by the side. a mile or two beyond Highbury-. and Mr. and notice of there being such a set of people in the neighbourhood to Mr. he set off. Harriet looked white and frightened. It was his idea to bring her to Hartfield: he had thought of no other place. gave them a shilling. when the great iron sweep-gate opened. and two persons entered whom she had never less expected to see together--Frank Churchill. This was the amount of the whole story. He had told her that he could not allow himself the pleasure of stopping at Hartfield. she was just turning to the house with spirits freshened up for the demands of the two little boys. all clamorous. and she was followed. and put them all to rights.--About half a mile beyond Highbury. who had been also at the ball. and taken a road. as well as of their grandpapa. it became for a considerable stretch very retired. Miss Smith. Frank Churchill not too much in love. but the suspense of them cannot last long.processtext. and deeply shaded by elms on each side. with Harriet leaning on his arm--actually Harriet!--A moment sufficed to convince her that something extraordinary had happened. and impertinent in look. Having arranged all these matters. but such an invitation for attack could not be resisted. could a grammarian. headed by a stout woman and a great boy. before her spirits were quite overcome. and Miss Bickerton.--Harriet rational. and surprizes be explained. and Harriet eagerly clinging to him. and go in for a few minutes: he was therefore later than he had intended. A young lady who faints. and her first attempt to mount the bank brought on such a return of it as made her absolutely powerless-. Knightley not wanting to quarrel with her. ran up a steep bank. how very happy a summer must be before her! She was not to see Frank Churchill this morning. and Miss Bickerton.

Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. It was no more than a wish. have witnessed their appearance together. CHAPTER IV A very few days had passed after this adventure. without feeling that circumstances had been at work to make them peculiarly interesting to each other?--How much more must an imaginist. as well as Miss Smith. she could make no figure in a message. and just at last. and after sitting down and hesitating. It was the very event to engage those who talk most. within her memory. he had expressed his indignation at the abominable folly of Miss Bickerton in the warmest terms. The last night's ball seemed lost in the gipsies. no alarm of the kind. nor drop a hint. 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. would scarcely be satisfied without their promising never to go beyond the shrubbery again. and he had the pleasure of returning for answer. He was wishing to get the better of his attachment to herself. In the few minutes' conversation which she had yet had with him. Elton. for she hardly knew what indisposition was. Emma would not interfere with. like herself.processtext. She would not stir a step. as she did. and heard their history of it. The gipsies did not wait for the operations of justice. There could be no harm in a scheme.html did. the favourable state of mind of each at this period. for she was perfectly well. Within half an hour it was known all over Highbury. and at the very hour. thus began: "Miss Woodhouse--if you are at leisure--I have something that I should like to tell you--a sort of Page 126 . It was some comfort to him that many inquiries after himself and Miss Woodhouse (for his neighbours knew that he loved to be inquired after). when Harriet came one morning to Emma with a small parcel in her hand. and if he did not invent illnesses for her. The young ladies of Highbury might have walked again in safety before their panic began. Woodhouse trembled as he sat. neither impelled nor assisted. though not exactly true. she had had enough of interference.--and now it had happened to the very person. the young and the low. her naivete. http://www. when the other very person was chancing to pass by to rescue her!--It certainly was very extraordinary!--And knowing. be on fire with speculation and foresight!--especially with such a groundwork of anticipation as her mind had already made. and Henry and John were still asking every day for the story of Harriet and the gipsies. however. they took themselves off in a hurry. after Harriet's own account had been given. were coming in during the rest of the day. Emma's first resolution was to keep her father from the knowledge of what had passed.--aware of the anxiety and alarm it would occasion: but she soon felt that concealment must be impossible. that they were all very indifferent-which. It was a very extraordinary thing! Nothing of the sort had ever occurred before to any young ladies in the place. and still tenaciously setting her right if she varied in the slightest particular from the original recital. a mere passive scheme. it struck her the more. and. no rencontre. he had spoken of her terror. while Harriet had been partially insensible. as Emma had foreseen. her fervour as she seized and clung to his arm. and all the youth and servants in the place were soon in the happiness of frightful news. Beyond it she would on no account proceed.com/abclit. she just recovering from her mania for Mr. She had an unhappy state of health in general for the child of such a man. It was not possible that the occurrence should not be strongly recommending each to the other. and Harriet not much otherwise. Every thing was to take its natural course. Poor Mr. No. with a sensibility amused and delighted. It seemed as if every thing united to promise the most interesting consequences.

I could not help making a treasure of it-. John Knightley came-.--the part without any lead. .go on--what else?" "And had you really some at hand yourself? I am sure I never suspected it. "you must recollect. Harriet unfolded the parcel. and kept playing some time with what was left. Cannot you guess what this parcel holds?" said she. and I dare say you understand me.--Do not you remember his cutting his finger with your new penknife. and knew I had. but begged her to speak." "My dearest Harriet!" cried Emma. and Mrs.com/abclit. There was a seriousness in Harriet's manner which prepared her. "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 hope I do." cried Harriet. 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. except your saving this relic--I knew nothing of that till this moment--but the cutting the finger. because this is what did really once belong to him. and saying I had none about me!--Oh! my sins. and he cut it smaller. Her curiosity was greatly excited. all. and my recommending court-plaister. Remember it? Aye." said Emma. "Not the least in the world.But. excepting the cotton." "Here. "to have no reserves with you on this subject.html confession to make--and then.so I put it by never to be used." Emma was quite eager to see this superior treasure. as I have done: she is very charming. that you may see how rational I am grown. "you make me more ashamed of myself than I can bear. And so then. and your recommending court-plaister?-. I neither admire her nor envy her. indeed I do not. but it was a great deal too large. you did it so naturally." resumed Harriet.and indeed I would go any distance round to avoid him--but I do not envy his wife in the least. "here is something still more valuable. and I am sure it is my wish. now I will destroy it all--and it is my particular wish to do it in your presence. and she looked on with impatience. it is very fit that you should have the satisfaction of knowing it.--No. in my nonsense.I think the very evening. Within abundance of silver paper was a pretty little Tunbridge-ware box." she continued. Page 127 . but they are things that I have valued very much. And secretly she added to herself. but. As I am happily quite an altered creature in one respect." "Dear me! I should not have thought it possible you could forget what passed in this very room about court-plaister." She held the parcel towards her. I do not want to say more than is necessary--I am too much ashamed of having given way as I have done. and Emma read the words Most precious treasures on the top.--However. turning to her box again.processtext. you desired me to supply him. and all that." said Harriet. but I think her very ill-tempered and disagreeable--I shall never forget her look the other night!--However. "It is my duty. "Now. I mean that has been more valuable. and so I took mine out and cut him a piece. before he gave it back to me. let them be ever so happy together." "No. I dare say. warmly. Emma saw only a small piece of court-plaister. 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).--Well--(sitting down again)-.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. which the court-plaister never did. and looked at it now and then as a great treat. you know. . "It seems like madness! I can see nothing at all extraordinary in him now. I wish her no evil." "And so you actually put this piece of court-plaister by for his sake!" said Emma. Miss Woodhouse. it will not give me another moment's pang: and to convince you that I have been speaking truth. http://www. I remember it all now.--I do not care whether I meet him or not--except that of the two I had rather not see him-." Emma was a good deal surprized. it will be over. It was the end of an old pencil. 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. I assure you. which Harriet opened: it was well lined with the softest cotton. as you had none about you.--Did he ever give you any thing?" "No--I cannot call them gifts." "How I could so long a time be fancying myself! . quite as much as her words. and jumping up. with a conscious look. for something more than ordinary." "Yes. recovering from her state of shame and feeling divided between wonder and amusement. putting her hand before her face.

to have the judicious law of her own brain laid down with speed. whenever you marry I would advise you to do so and so"--and thought no more of it." "But.--"Do not you remember one morning?--no. after he was married. so you lent him another. Emma was not thinking of it at the moment." replied Harriet. they came to a sufficient explanation." Emma then looked up. But I kept my eye on it. might be proved to have made Harriet's." After another short hesitation.--Mr. though she had told no fortune. "I perfectly remember it. replied. much about where I am now." "It is one that I shall never change.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. and quite undesignedly. Your resolution.There it goes. till after a minute's silence she heard Harriet say in a very serious tone. caught it up. "so superior to Mr. thank Heaven! of Mr.html "This was really his. he wanted to make a memorandum in his pocket-book. it might only drive Harriet into asking her to hear too much. and it would be safer for both.com/abclit." "I do remember it.--Oh! yes--Mr." cried Emma. but when he took out his pencil. such an open and frequent discussion of hopes and chances. Knightley was standing just here. however. and thus spoke-"Harriet. she was perfectly resolved." thought Emma.I hope it is not in compliment to Mr. "Well. Elton?" "Mr. Churchill?" She had soon afterwards reason to believe that the beginning was already made. or rather your expectation of never marrying. to keep any remembrances. and.-. or to say-. I have nothing more to shew you. "will there be a beginning of Mr. Elton was sitting here. but I cannot recollect. you know. and could not but hope that the gipsy. Plain dealing was always best. and after a moment's debate." "And when." said Harriet. "I shall never marry. Elton!" She then took a longer time for consideration. results from an idea that the person whom you might prefer. Mr. there was so little lead that he soon cut it all away. and this was left upon the table as good for nothing.Perhaps Harriet might think her cold or angry if she did. Should she proceed no farther?--should she let it pass. and it would not do. Elton's seeming resolved to learn to like it too. but the court-plaister might be useful. I dare say you do not. I remember.--"Oh! no"--and Emma could just catch the words.processtext. and I wish you to see me do it. all that she meant to say and know. and immediately saw how it was. I perfectly remember it. Elton indeed!" cried Harriet indignantly. Mr. Knightley and I both saying we liked it. go on. Knightley had been telling him something about brewing spruce-beer. I will not affect to be in doubt of your meaning. and never parted with it again from that moment. it was about spruce-beer. She had previously determined how far she would proceed.--Stop. Elton. would be too greatly your superior in situation to think of you. and he wanted to put it down.except that I am now going to throw them both behind the fire. was not he? I have an idea he was standing just here. and seem to suspect nothing?-. She merely said. "It has a disagreeable look to me. on any application of the sort. I cannot recollect. I knew it was--but had not resolution enough to part with them. Harriet. "I hope it does not proceed from-. as to whether it should pass unnoticed or not. is it necessary to burn the court-plaister?--I have not a word to say for the bit of old pencil. Is not it so?" Page 128 . Harriet. and Mr." "My poor dear Harriet! and have you actually found happiness in treasuring up these things?" "Yes.She was decided. But one morning--I forget exactly the day--but perhaps it was the Tuesday or Wednesday before that evening. http://www. "Never marry!--This is a new resolution. and against any thing like such an unreserve as had been.-. in the course of some trivial chat." "Oh! that's all.--It is very odd."-"Well.She believed it would be wiser for her to say and know at once. or perhaps if she were totally silent." "I shall be happier to burn it. which made the information she received more valuable. simpleton as I was!--but I am quite ashamed of it now. I must get rid of every thing." "Ah! I do not know. and wish I could forget as easily as I can burn them.-. and there is an end.-. as soon as I dared.--About a fortnight after the alarm.Talking about spruce-beer. It was very wrong of me.

http://www. But take care of yourself. however he might wish to escape any of Emma's errors of imagination. is a mark of good taste which I shall always know how to value.-. but there were symptoms of intelligence between them--he thought so at least-. and save herself from being hurried into a delightful situation against her will. and August. which. Let no name ever pass our lips. Knightley began to suspect him of some inclination to trifle with Jane Fairfax. to chuse so well and so gratefully. in me especially. She was not present when the suspicion first arose. and it is honourable. it was all in unison.Indeed I am not so mad. Harriet. provided at least she were able to defeat Mrs. had certainly taken an early dislike to Frank Churchill. believe me I have not the presumption to suppose-. discretion. I think. honourable. told the same story. June opened upon Hartfield. We were very wrong before. He could not understand it.-. who. He began to suspect him of some double dealing in his pursuit of Emma.html "Oh! Miss Woodhouse. Its tendency would be to raise and refine her mind-. fixed for it. Emma was very decided in thinking such an attachment no bad thing for her friend. conduct. The service he rendered you was enough to warm your heart.The very recollection of it. be assured your raising your thoughts to him." "I am not at all surprized at you. and hopes. But while so many were devoting him to Emma. Mr. Harriet. and Jane.com/abclit. at Miss Page 129 . Mr. his father's hints. It is natural. That Emma was his object appeared indisputable. for some reason best known to himself. no doubt. and connivance. I do not advise you to give way to it. more wonderful things have taken place. with the gratitude. CHAPTER V I n this state of schemes.and it must be saving her from the danger of degradation. and indiscretion. I give you this caution now. and all that I felt at the time-. Knightley. his mother-in-law's guarded silence. unless you are persuaded of his liking you.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter.--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." "Service! oh! it was such an inexpressible obligation!-. instead of Midsummer. I am determined against all interference. and there do seem objections and obstacles of a very serious nature. To Highbury in general it brought no material change. The Eltons were still talking of a visit from the Sucklings. He was dining with the Randalls family. Consider what you are about.But that it will be a fortunate preference is more that I can promise. Henceforward I know nothing of the matter. Every thing declared it. at the Eltons'.when I saw him coming--his noble look--and my wretchedness before. and of the use to be made of their barouche-landau. I would not have you too sanguine. and veneration." Harriet kissed her hand in silent and submissive gratitude. his own attentions. though. which are so proper. having once observed. and as the return of the Campbells from Ireland was again delayed. Harriet. Elton's activity in her service. Let his behaviour be the guide of your sensations. Be observant of him.--He is your superior. and Jane Fairfax was still at her grandmother's. I do not by any means engage for its being returned.Yes. we will be cautious now. however it may end. Such a change! In one moment such a change! From perfect misery to perfect happiness!" "It is very natural. but yet.symptoms of admiration on his side. words. Perhaps it will be wisest in you to check your feelings while you can: at any rate do not let them carry you far. was only growing to dislike him more.processtext. he could not persuade himself to think entirely void of meaning. because I shall never speak to you again on the subject. and he had seen a look. there have been matches of greater disparity. she was likely to remain there full two months longer. and Emma herself making him over to Harriet. more than a single look. wonder.

and came to my mother in great spirits one morning because she thought she had prevailed. Weston presently. I think?" Emma was out of hearing. They all united. then I begin dreaming of Mr. I must acknowledge that there was such an idea last spring. pressed them all to go in and drink tea with him. Weston looked surprized. your dream certainly shews that Highbury is in your thoughts when you are absent. The gentlemen spoke of his horse. Weston and their son. You must remember it now?" "Upon my word I never heard of it till this moment.com/abclit. 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. what a heap of absurdities it is! Well. as the weather threatened rain. and the Coles knew of it as well as ourselves--but it was quite a secret." observed his father. who had accidentally met. Perry had told somebody. for Mrs." "Never! really. You had it from himself. they fell in with a larger party. on returning. sir. out of care for his health-. What an air of probability sometimes runs through a dream! And at others. As they were turning into the grounds. Mrs. as she thought his being out in bad weather did him a great deal of harm. only a little premature. You wrote me word of it three months ago. You will not be sorry to find yourself at home. laughing. and. he joined them.--Very odd!--I really was persuaded of Mrs. and was extremely happy about it.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. He had walked up one day after dinner. which few persons listened to. Emma." "It is odd though. Perry herself mentioned it to my mother. known to nobody else. Emma and Harriet were going to walk. I have no doubt. who had been trying in vain to be heard the last two minutes." cried Miss Bates. like themselves. and Mrs. who knew it was exactly the sort of visiting that would be welcome to her father. you walk as if you were tired. Emma. "Myself creating what I saw. Mrs. I had it from you. nor could he avoid observations which. some time or other. Mr. You mentioned it as what was certainly to be very soon.and when I have gone through my particular friends. The Randalls party agreed to it immediately. of private understanding even. don't you remember grandmama's telling us of it when we got home? I forget Page 130 . "I seem to have had it from nobody. She had hurried on before her guests to prepare her father for their appearance. with all these particulars--but as she declares she never heard a syllable of it before. judged it wisest to take their exercise early. I dream of every body at Highbury when I am away-. as he very often did. Weston's having mentioned it in one of her letters to Enscombe. "I did not know that he ever had any such plan. on reaching Hartfield gates. It was owing to her persuasion." replied his son. and. I remember it perfectly. Perry's setting up his carriage! and his wife's persuading him to it. many weeks ago. When he was again in their company. he could not help remembering what he had seen. Mr. who. Perry passed by on horseback. she also found it possible to accept dear Miss Woodhouse's most obliging invitation. Frank? I am glad he can afford it. "By the bye. and Mrs. had you?" "No. unless it were like Cowper and his fire at twilight. there is no denying that Mr. Weston's hint. "about Perry and a carriage? Is Perry going to set up his carriage. Perry's plan of setting up his carriage?" Mrs. I am a great dreamer. between Frank Churchill and Jane. to spend his evening at Hartfield." "Me! impossible!" "Indeed you did. Frank. Perry.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.processtext. Perry was very anxious that he should have a carriage." brought him yet stronger suspicion of there being a something of private liking. from the admirer of Miss Woodhouse. http://www. Weston. and said. "if I must speak on this subject." "Nay. and only thought of about three days. you are a great dreamer." "What is this?--What is this?" cried Mr. never!--Bless me! how could it be?--Then I must have dreamt it--but I was completely persuaded--Miss Smith. and was beyond the reach of Mr. which. of course it must have been a dream. to own the truth. Jane.html Fairfax. "what became of Mr. "Why. seemed somewhat out of place. Miss Bates and her niece." said Frank Churchill to Mrs. and after a pretty long speech from Miss Bates.

processtext. which no one seemed so much disposed to employ as their two selves. "Nonsense! for shame!" He heard Frank Churchill next say. he had involuntarily turned to hers. and with a faint smile pushed away. and Mr. she should have looked on the table instead of looking just across. for it was not mixed. and Harriet. 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. I think it was to Randalls. Knightley's eyes had preceded Miss Bates's in a glance at Jane.-. and to Page 131 . Knightley suspected in Frank Churchill the determination of catching her eye-. Woodhouse.html where we had been walking to-. with as little apparent observation.he seemed watching her intently--in vain. of course. Perry's coming. because I know I do sometimes pop out a thing before I am aware. who seemed to love without feeling. Knightley must take his seat with the rest round the large modern circular table which Emma had introduced at Hartfield. He saw that Emma had soon made it out. I am a talker. and turned to him for help. Where is it? This is a sort of dull-looking evening. They were rapidly forming words for each other. you know. but how it could all be. Frank was next to Emma. I want to puzzle you again. the discretion of his favourite could have been so lain asleep! He feared there must be some decided involvement. Jane opposite to them--and Mr. to observe also his two blinded companions. At the same time. I never mentioned it to a soul that I know of. "I will give it to her--shall I?"--and as clearly heard Emma opposing it with eager laughing warmth. from that day to this. I am rather a talker. chosen to conceal a deeper game on Frank Churchill's part. The word was discovered. He saw a short word prepared for Emma." Emma was pleased with the thought.very likely to Randalls. however. These letters were but the vehicle for gallantry and trick. and finding out none. http://www. and given to her with a look sly and demure. Mr. Weston had occasionally introduced. Knightley so placed as to see them all. after examining a table behind him. and nobody seemed in a hurry to move. with tender melancholy. that ought to be treated rather as winter than summer. The dream must be borne with. Perfectly remember Mrs. the table was quickly scattered over with alphabets. and now and then I have let a thing escape me which I should not. how beautifully Emma had written it. where he thought he saw confusion suppressed or laughed away. Disingenuousness and double dealing seemed to meet him at every turn. "Miss Woodhouse. and too busy with her shawl. for she said. and found it highly entertaining. you shall not. I wish I were. She gave a slight glance round the table. eager after every fresh word." or in fondly pointing out. This gallant young man. you must not. over the departure of the "poor little boys. and who now sat happily occupied in lamenting. "have your nephews taken away their alphabets--their box of letters? It used to stand here. which Mr. Where is she?--Oh! just behind. Tea passed pleasantly. Knightley connected it with the dream. Frank Churchill placed a word before Miss Fairfax. "No. From Frank Churchill's face. It was a child's play. as he took up any stray letter near him. Mr." said Frank Churchill. Knightley. If meant to be immediately mixed with the others.com/abclit. and looked at neither. and fell to work. Mr. indeed. instead of the small-sized Pembroke. The two other gentlemen waited at the door to let her pass.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. Mrs. How the delicacy. but she was indeed behind. and producing the box. on which two of his daily meals had. Weston had walked in. The quietness of the game made it particularly eligible for Mr. indeed!" They were entering the hall. She was sitting by Mr. The word was blunder. and buried from sight. I will answer for it she never betrayed the least thing in the world. and which none but Emma could have had power to place there and persuade her father to use. with a glance towards Jane. or for any body else who would be puzzled. she had no objection to her telling us. and as Harriet exultingly proclaimed it. but it was not to go beyond: and. no. though it was something which she judged it proper to appear to censure. There was no time for farther remark or explanation. We had great amusement with those letters one morning. which he could reach as he sat.Jane passed between them into the hall. and it was his object to see as much as he could.Extraordinary dream. with great alarm and distrust. there was a blush on Jane's cheek which gave it a meaning not otherwise ostensible. With great indignation did he continue to observe him." It was done however. if it were so-. Mr. and applied herself to it. I am not like Jane. directly took it up. was beyond his comprehension. yes. for forty years been crowded. I will not positively answer for my having never dropt a hint. who had often been distressed by the more animated sort.

and seeing herself watched. that she could not get away. she was really ashamed of having ever imparted them. and resolutely swept away by her unexamined. and with a particular degree of sedate civility entreated her to study it. He sat a little while in doubt. the superior intelligence. and the appearances which have caught you. Interference-. ask her some question. and the acknowledged intimacy. as a friend-. is. Emma. Churchill. that they are as far from any attachment or admiration for one another. directly handed over the word to Miss Fairfax. Jane Fairfax's perception seemed to accompany his. He could not see her in a situation of such danger. or that she admired him?" "Never. http://www." Jane's alertness in moving." He had hoped she would speak again. blushed more deeply than he had ever perceived her. She was evidently displeased. as any two Page 132 .fruitless interference. Knightley thought he saw another collection of letters anxiously pushed towards her. rather than the remembrance of neglect in such a cause. He remained at Hartfield after all the rest. my dear. very true. and saying only. It was his duty. and turned towards her aunt. A variety of evils crossed his mind.it is impossible exactly to explain:--there is a good deal of nonsense in it--but the part which is capable of being communicated. Knightley could not tell. which I did not believe meant to be public. Mr. rather than her welfare." Emma was extremely confused. There is no admiration between them. and so very distressing to the other.an anxious friend--give Emma some hint. without trying to preserve her. He owed it to her. She was afterwards looking for her shawl--Frank Churchill was looking also--it was growing dusk. "Pray. perfectly. to encounter any thing. proved her as ready as her aunt had preconceived. Frank Churchill and Miss Fairfax? Oh! yes. "My dear Emma. but she did not. so full. though Jane had not spoken a word--"I was just going to say the same thing.certain expressive looks. "Aye. The evening is closing in. and the room was in confusion. Mr.very sorry to check you in your first essay--but indeed it will not do.-. We really must wish you good night. that when the candles came to assist his observations.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. and how they parted." "Oh! you amuse me excessively. She could not endure to give him the true explanation. I am delighted to find that you can vouchsafe to let your imagination wander--but it will not do-. Knightley's excessive curiosity to know what this word might be." cried the latter. and grandmama will be looking for us. the poignant sting of the last word given to you and Miss Fairfax? I saw the word. Her face was averted from those who had made the attack. her comprehension was certainly more equal to the covert meaning. his thoughts full of what he had seen.html recommend himself without complaisance.processtext. and it was not long before he saw it to be Dixon." "The joke. he certainly must. And how could it possibly come into your head?" "I have lately imagined that I saw symptoms of attachment between them-. "may I ask in what lay the great amusement. and looked resolved to be engaged by no other word that could be offered. It is time for us to be going indeed. which is sense. "it all meant nothing. She was immediately up. for the twentieth part of a moment. have arisen from some peculiar circumstances--feelings rather of a totally different nature-. and am curious to know how it could be so very entertaining to the one. never!" she cried with a most open eagerness--"Never. looked up. "do you think you perfectly understand the degree of acquaintance between the gentleman and lady we have been speaking of?" "Between Mr. made him seize every possible moment for darting his eye towards it." said he. and wanting to quit the table. of those five letters so arranged." said he at last. "I did not know that proper names were allowed. seemed to declare her affection engaged. for though her suspicions were by no means removed. Emma's confusion. She would rather busy herself about any thing than speak. you are too obliging. with earnest kindness.Why do you make a doubt of it?" "Have you never at any time had reason to think that he admired her. My dear sir. to risk any thing that might be involved in an unwelcome interference." he replied gravely. did such an idea occur to me.com/abclit. I do assure you." pushed away the letters with even an angry spirit. he must--yes. "seemed confined to you and Mr. "Oh!" she cried in evident embarrassment. Yet he would speak. but so many were also moving. and Mr. a mere joke among ourselves.

Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. Elton was very much disappointed. Weston must already be perfectly aware. http://www. Emma had never been to Box Hill. and that as Mrs. Why should not they explore to Box Hill though the Sucklings did not come? They could go there again with them in the autumn. "But I thought you would. Churchill. Mrs. and a little displeasure. such as the last accounts of Mrs. One could not leave her out. infinitely superior to the bustle and preparation. which would be giving pain to his wife. and every projected party be still only talked of. with a satisfaction which silenced. she wished to see what every body found so well worth seeing. so it was to be. and I can answer for its being so on his. One cannot have too large a party. by the fire which Mr. Elton's party! Every feeling was offended. unpretending. She was in gay spirits. A large party secures its own amusement." Page 133 . and she and Mr. Weston had agreed to chuse some fine morning and drive thither. the Highbury world were obliged to endure the mortification of hearing that they could not possibly come till the autumn. "I am glad you approve of what I have done. if she had no objection. That he might not be irritated into an absolute fever. on hearing from Mr. it was not worth bringing forward again:--it could not be done without a reproof to him. every look described. Knightley. Weston that he had been proposing to Mrs. and it was to be done in a quiet. Elton had very readily acceded to it. and his feelings were too much irritated for talking. whose happiness it was to be hoped might eventually be as much increased by the arrival of a child. wanting to hear the particulars of his suspicions. that the two parties should unite. And she is a good-natured woman after all.processtext. That there was to be such a party had been long generally known: it had even given the idea of another. that Emma could not but feel some surprise. So she thought at first. Mr." She spoke with a confidence which staggered. they must be again restricted to the other topics with which for a while the Sucklings' coming had been united.--but a little consideration convinced her that every thing need not be put off. Elton. and the forbearance of her outward submission left a heavy arrear due of secret severity in her reflections on the unmanageable goodwill of Mr. CHAPTER VI A fter being long fed with hopes of a speedy visit from Mr. and all the wheres and hows of a circumstance which highly entertained her: but his gaiety did not meet hers. an arrangement which would probably expose her even to the degradation of being said to be of Mrs. he soon afterwards took a hasty leave. He found he could not be useful. and the situation of Mrs. Elton. and walked home to the coolness and solitude of Donwell Abbey. elegant way. Weston's temper.html beings in the world can be. This was so very well understood between them. I will answer for the gentleman's indifference. whose health seemed every day to supply a different report. Suckling. Woodhouse's tender habits required almost every evening throughout the year. In the daily interchange of news. and would have prolonged the conversation. Such schemes as these are nothing without numbers. Now. and she found herself therefore obliged to consent to an arrangement which she would have done a great deal to avoid. No such importation of novelties could enrich their intellectual stores at present. It was the delay of a great deal of pleasure and parade. It was settled that they should go to Box Hill.com/abclit. and Mrs. and go together. as that of all her neighbours was by the approach of it. Two or three more of the chosen only were to be admitted to join them. I presume it to be so on her side. Weston. Her introductions and recommendations must all wait. That is. as her objection was nothing but her very great dislike of Mrs. the regular eating and drinking. as her brother and sister had failed her. of which Mr. and picnic parade of the Eltons and the Sucklings." said he very comfortably.

I know you are attached to them. What are we to do?--The year will wear away at this rate. Quite a humourist. The nature and the simplicity of gentlemen and ladies. "Is not this most vexations.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. Before this time last year I assure you we had had a delightful exploring party from Maple Grove to Kings Weston. it is to be all out of doors--a table spread in the shade." said she. Leave it all to me. My idea of the simple and the natural will be to have the table spread in the dining-room." "Ah! you are an odd creature!" she cried. Hodges. but no preparations could be ventured on.processtext.--and whatever else you may like to provide. They are ripening fast. I shall wear a large bonnet. and settle with Mr. Knightley. It is my party.Jane and her aunt. and agreed to none of it in private.--"You are a humourist. Nothing can be more simple." "Oh! now you are looking very sly." interrupted Mrs. Elton. When you are tired of eating strawberries in the garden. before the horse were useable." "You had better explore to Donwell. and bring one of my little baskets hanging on my arm. "I certainly will come. and sit under trees.Pray be sincere. It was now the middle of June. Come. You will allow me to bring Jane Fairfax?" "I cannot name a day." "Well--as you please." "No. And Jane will have such another. and Mrs. It is my party. quite a simple thing. Name your day. Weston." was not plainer in words than manner.--and till she is in being. and the weather fine." said he. I shall bring Jane with me-. you see.com/abclit. "That may be done without horses. by the bye. "You may depend upon me. when a lame carriage-horse threw every thing into sad uncertainty. there shall be cold meat in the house.html Emma denied none of it aloud. Knightley. and gather the strawberries ourselves. Donwell was famous for its strawberry-beds. you know. or to inspect anything--" "I have not the least wish for it. only don't have a great set out." replied Mr. I will manage such matters myself. and nothing done. There is to be no form or parade--a sort of gipsy party. Only give me a carte-blanche."--he calmly replied. Knightley?" she cried. can I or my housekeeper be of any use to you with our opinion?-. "till I have spoken to some others whom I would wish to meet you. I have no objections at all to meeting the Hartfield family. such a distinguishing compliment as she chose to consider it. Knightley. cabbage-beds would have been enough to tempt the lady. Every thing as natural and simple as possible. which seemed a plea for the invitation: but no plea was necessary. I suppose. and I will come. Knightley. Knightley did not begin seriously. I think is best observed by meals within doors. and that one is--" "--Mrs. It is to be a morning scheme. satisfied to have no one preferred to herself. Here. She promised him again and again to come--much oftener than he doubted--and was extremely gratified by such a proof of intimacy.--I am Lady Patroness. http://www. Elton's resources were inadequate to such an attack. he was obliged to proceed so. I will invite your guests." "That's quite unnecessary. But consider--you need not be afraid of delegating power to me. and the "Oh! I should like it of all things. Weston as to pigeon-pies and cold lamb.--probably this basket with pink ribbon.--The rest I leave to you. you know. Married women. "No--Mrs." "You certainly will meet them if I can prevail. who only wanted to be going somewhere. We are to walk about your gardens. with their servants and furniture." said he: "but I will not trouble you to give any other invitations." "Oh! leave all that to me. it might be only a few days. If you wish me to talk to Mrs. and I shall call on Miss Bates in my way home. I will bring friends with me. may be safely authorised. rather mortified. Well. Elton was growing impatient to name the day." If Mr. I am no young lady on her preferment." "I hope you will bring Elton.--"And such weather for exploring!--These delays and disappointments are quite odious. for his proposal was caught at with delight.--"there is but one married woman in the world whom I can ever allow to invite what guests she pleases to Donwell." Page 134 . And. Mrs. I see Jane every day:--but as you like. Don't scruple. and it was all melancholy stagnation. and may say what you like. Is not that your idea?" "Not quite. you know. I thank you. and eat my strawberries. It might be weeks. you know.

E. and Harriet's going there some very fine morning.Mrs. under the specious pretence of a morning drive. you are a thorough humourist. Elton.very kind and sensible--much cleverer than dining out.--Emma and Harriet professed very high expectations of pleasure from it.-.--He was not fond of dining out. and Mrs. Woodhouse was safely conveyed in his carriage. He did consent. that mine thinks herself full as clever. He was invited on good faith. and me--and my caro sposo walking by. and an hour or two spent at Donwell. Knightley was fortunate in every body's most ready concurrence. You have hit upon the very thing to please me. you know--in summer there is dust. at almost Midsummer. Jane.--He could not see any objection at all to his. and Emma. As I tell Mr. could go very well. as she viewed the respectable size and style of the building. Weston engaged to lose no time in writing. In a country life I conceive it to be a sort of necessary. and Harriet. He did not suppose they could be damp now. when all the others were invited or persuaded out. and would spurn any body's assistance. Knightley had another reason for avoiding a table in the shade. low and sheltered-. they were all taking the scheme as a particular compliment to themselves. and Box Hill for the next. I know you have the warmest heart.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. "Some very fine morning. Elton. a proof of approbation and gratitude which could have been dispensed with." "I wish we had a donkey. she was glad to leave him. and spare no arguments to induce him to come." Mr. He had not been at Donwell for two years. Mr. promised to get Frank over to join them. eager to refresh and correct her memory with more particular observation. He should like to see the old house again exceedingly. and sit all the time with him. I would wish every thing to be as much to your taste as possible. He thought it very well done of Mr." "That I am sure you would.Yes. in the middle of the day. let a woman have ever so many resources. Mr." "I will answer for it. Knightley to invite them-. Knightley was then obliged to say that he should be glad to see him. and Emma's." Mr. especially prepared for him by a fire all the morning.com/abclit. and he knew that to have any of them sitting down out of doors to eat would inevitably make him ill. between Donwell and Highbury. more exact understanding of a house and grounds which must ever be so interesting to her and all her family. and any other of his neighbours. Donwell Lane is never dusty. its suitable. Weston. that it seemed as if.html "Well--but if any difficulties should arise. I really must talk to him about purchasing a donkey.processtext. becoming. You can borrow Mrs. Under that peculiar sort of dry. with all the old neglect of prospect.. with one window down. who seemed to have walked there on purpose to be tired. my good friend. No lurking horrors were to upbraid him for his easy credulity. as well as Emma. that as soon as she was satisfied of her father's comfort. ready to talk with pleasure of what had been achieved. unasked. blunt manner. it is not possible for her to be always shut up at home. of which the Abbey. and Mr. had scarcely a sight--and Page 135 . his patient listener and sympathiser. Woodhouse must not. Under a bright mid-day sun. and Mr. and he could sit still with Mrs. Miss Bates. and now it is perfectly dry. like Mrs. he.--the weather appearing exactly right. In the meanwhile the lame horse recovered so fast. remained. She felt all the honest pride and complacency which her alliance with the present and future proprietor could fairly warrant. and at last Donwell was settled for one day. quite at his ease.its ample gardens stretching down to meadows washed by a stream. and not to heat themselves. to partake of this al-fresco party.Mr. Cole's. be tempted away to his misery. for. he was happily placed. Come on a donkey. Weston. to join the party. characteristic situation. It was so long since Emma had been at the Abbey. and should be very happy to meet Mr.-. The invitation was everywhere so well received. Weston. if you prefer it. Woodhouse. Indeed I do you justice.-. The thing would be for us all to come on donkeys. I am fully sensible of your attention to me in the whole of this scheme.--and very long walks. and advise every body to come and sit down. and in one of the most comfortable rooms in the Abbey. however. my housekeeper is extremely clever. that the party to Box Hill was again under happy consideration. Knightley." "You will not find either. http://www. believe me. and in winter there is dirt. if possible. and look around her. He wished to persuade Mr. while the dear girls walked about the gardens.

nor names.-. it was not with Mrs. and the view which closed it extremely pretty.currants more refreshing--only objection to gathering strawberries the stooping--glaring sun--tired to death--could bear it no longer-. Weston.-.--Delightful to gather for one's self--the only way of really enjoying them. Knightley shew them the gardens-. In this walk Emma and Mr.Still Mrs. Elton insisted on being authorised to write an acquiescence by the morrow's post. though Miss Fairfax continued to assure her that she would not at present engage in any thing. English comfort. proposed a removal.-.only too rich to be eaten much of--inferior to cherries-. Elton. accepting. with many comfortable.html its abundance of timber in rows and avenues. and now Emma was obliged to overhear what Mrs. seemed the finish of the pleasure grounds. and after walking some time over the gardens in a scattered. a most desirable situation.A situation. favourably placed and sheltered. Weston found all the others assembled. who was expected every moment from Richmond. to give the appearance of an approach to the house. for half an hour. excepting Frank Churchill. lines. which neither fashion nor extravagance had rooted up.It led to nothing.--How Jane could bear it at all. however. which never had been there. as the residence of a family of such true gentility. that could raise a blush. and Mrs. was very ready to lead the way in gathering.--Morning decidedly the best time--never tired-. they insensibly followed one another to the delicious shade of a broad short avenue of limes. and collect round the strawberry-beds.--On her side. It was hot. untainted in blood and understanding.all the gardens?--She wished to see the whole extent. and she walked about and indulged them till it was necessary to do as the others did. Elton was wild to have the offer closed with immediately. without being oppressive.processtext. every thing--and Mrs.-.--Some faults of temper John Knightley had. with meadows in front. nothing but a view at the end over a low stone wall with high pillars. English verdure.gardeners never to be put out of their way--delicious fruit-. to inquire if he were come--and she was a little uneasy. ranks. or talking--strawberries. well clothed with wood. and the river making a close and handsome curve around it.--The considerable slope. Suckling.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. Bragge. at nearly the foot of which the Abbey stood. rambling and irregular. and one or two handsome rooms. she did speak pointedly--and at last.-.--These the finest beds and finest sorts. http://www. scarcely any three together. was the conversation--interrupted only once by Mrs. and triumph--and she positively refused to take her friend's negative. Elton and Jane Fairfax were talking of. a lady known at Maple Grove. as might be the taste of such a termination. rose the Abbey Mill Farm.every sort good--hautboy infinitely superior--no comparison-. could now be thought or spoken of. English culture. Bragge.--The house was larger than Hartfield. It was a sweet view--sweet to the eye and the mind. dispersed way. was astonishing to Emma.--She did look vexed.--The whole party were assembled. superior. spheres.white wood finest flavour of all--price of strawberries in London-. an acquaintance of Mrs. in all her apparatus of happiness. Disputable. Mrs. energy. Elton had received notice of it that morning. who came out. It was not with Mrs. but Isabella had connected herself unexceptionably. These were pleasant feelings. and it looked what it was--and Emma felt an increasing respect for it. Seats tolerably in the shade were found." Such. in their erection.the others hardly eatable--hautboys very scarce--Chili preferred-.every body's favourite--always wholesome. with a decision of action unusual to her.--It was just what it ought to be. in her solicitude after her son-in-law.She had some fears of his horse. it was in itself a charming walk. but in felicity and splendour it fell short only of them: it was with a cousin of Mrs."--The pertinacity of her friend seemed more than she could bear.and at the bottom of this bank. and towards this view she Page 136 . and only strawberries. nor places. and totally unlike it."Should not they walk? Would not Mr. her large bonnet and her basket. covering a good deal of ground. all was warmth. Suckling. repeating the same motives which she had been heard to urge before.must go and sit in the shade.--"The best fruit in England-. She had given them neither men. was in question.-.abundance about Bristol--Maple Grove--cultivation--beds when to be renewed--gardeners thinking exactly different--no general rule-. gradually acquired a steeper form beyond its grounds. Delightful. charming. which stretching beyond the garden at an equal distance from the river. and at half a mile distant was a bank of considerable abruptness and grandeur. which seemed intended. first circles. and was in raptures. seen under a sun bright.com/abclit.

Weston looked. for he was slow. as many were ready to remind her. that he had not a doubt of getting over to them.--but you are not going to walk to Highbury alone?" "Yes--what should hurt me?--I walk fast. when Jane Fairfax appeared.--There had been a time when he would have scorned her as a companion. however. and now he would shew them all to Emma. Woodhouse. Churchill's state.--Let me order the carriage.--She joined them at the wall. but Miss Woodhouse was the very person she was in quest of. Books of engravings.and they were all seated and busy. Knightley had done all in his power for Mr. without being suspected of introducing Robert Martin. had been prepared for his old friend. He had expressed himself as to coming. Now they seemed in pleasant conversation. Mr. that it must be by some attack of Mrs. to while away the morning. with more than common certainty. and light column of smoke ascending. and with a look of escape. I have a right to talk on such subjects. and looked in vain."--Mrs.-. Knightley and Harriet!--It was an odd tete-a-tete. and the party were to go out once more to see what had not yet been seen. etc.Little expecting to meet Miss Woodhouse so soon. Woodhouse had been exceedingly well amused. It can be round in five minutes. Mr. or to say. stirred no more. they must all go in and eat.--I would rather walk.--They took a few turns together along the walk." "Thank you. and the kindness had perfectly answered. as to say that I am gone home?--I am going this moment.com/abclit. but now she feared it not. It was too old a story. to be walking quite alone. but she could not be cured of wishing that he would part with his black mare. who had already taken his little round in the highest part of the gardens. and Emma received a smile which seemed to say. Weston had been shewing them all to him. Mrs. quietly leading the way. was liable to such sudden variation as might disappoint her nephew in the most reasonable dependence--and Mrs.Emma looked at Harriet while the point was under consideration. It would only be giving trouble and distress. Woodhouse's entertainment. coming quickly in from the garden. and methodical. have the pleasure of being hot. orchard in blossom. and still Frank Churchill did not come. where no damps from the river were imagined even by him. The cold repast was over. that Mrs.--I have said nothing about it to any body. thank you--but on no account. Churchill that he was prevented coming. Till they all come in I shall not be missed. 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 some to the lime walk. cameos.processtext. "That can be no reason for your Page 137 . "His aunt was so much better. and I am determined to go directly. however. who may so soon have to guard others!" She spoke with great agitation. Mr. there was a start at first. It might be safely viewed with all its appendages of prosperity and beauty. indeed it is. I shall be at home in twenty minutes. "when I am missed.--Mr. Weston might be persuaded away by her husband to the exercise and variety which her spirits seemed to need. and Emma very feelingly replied. constant. nor how long we have been absent--but I am sure we shall be wanted. His father would not own himself uneasy.--fortunate in having no other resemblance to a child. will you have the goodness to say that I am gone?" "Certainly.-. at any rate.--Robert Martin had probably ceased to think of Harriet. Let my father's servant go with you.--The shade was most refreshing. than in a total want of taste for what he saw. "Will you be so kind. and every other family collection within his cabinets.-. The next remove was to the house. He was giving Harriet information as to modes of agriculture. Weston was at last persuaded to believe. Mrs. and Emma found it the pleasantest part of the day.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. its rich pastures. or. http://www. and growing cool again. shells. the old Abbey fish-ponds. Knightley and Harriet distinct from the rest. and his daughter resolved to remain with him. she behaved very well. Some are gone to the ponds. and when they do. if you wish it. but she was glad to see it. perhaps get as far as the clover. corals.-.And for me to be afraid of walking alone!--I." said she. 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. drawers of medals. spreading flocks. "These are my own concerns. which was to be begun cutting on the morrow. and turned from her with little ceremony.--Before this second looking over was begun.--My aunt is not aware how late it is. and laughed at her fears."--She did not suspect him. and found them more engaged in talking than in looking around.html immediately perceived Mr." "But it is too far. and betrayed no emotion.

and they had only accomplished some views of St. I have more than half an expectation of our all going abroad. we all know at times what it is to be wearied in spirits. Miss Woodhouse. even towards some of those who loved her best. The heat was excessive. Mark's Place. and muttering something about spruce-beer. I am serious. The heat even would be danger. "You will soon be cooler. etc. will be to let me have my own way. he relented in his own favour.processtext. "No--he should not eat. He was not in his best spirits. if you sit still. and came back all the better--grown quite cool--and. and as she knew that eating and drinking were often the cure of such incidental complaints. at last. I shall do something to expose myself.com/abclit. I must order the carriage." "I am. I shall go abroad. and watched her safely off with the zeal of a friend. I assure you I have. when Frank Churchill entered the room.--You are fatigued already. Emma had not been thinking of him. take an interest in their employment." said Emma. You will never go to Swisserland. He was not hungry. She saw it all. she recommended his taking some refreshment. He had been detained by a temporary increase of illness in her. Mrs. I met one as I came--Madness in such weather!--absolute madness!" Emma listened. and regret. and looked." Emma had not another word to oppose." He was gone long enough to have had a very comfortable meal. he would find abundance of every thing in the dining-room--and she humanely pointed out the door. "I shall never be easy till I have seen some of these places. saying in secret-"I am glad I have done being in love with him. I feel a strong persuasion. till very late. and to describe somewhat of the continual endurance to be practised by her. but it is not the sort of fatigue--quick walking will refresh me. Your uncle and aunt will never allow you to leave England.html being exposed to danger now. they were right who had named Mrs. to look at--or my tour to read--or my poem..Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. Such might be his constitution. in a reasonable way. Her parting look was grateful--and her parting words. indeed! such an aunt!" said Emma. at the greatest possible distance from the slight remains of Mr. promoted her quitting the house immediately. "As soon as I am cooler I shall go back again. I ought to travel. They were looking over views in Swisserland. he believed he should not have come at all. a nervous seizure."--she answered--"I am fatigued. and soon perceived that Frank Churchill's state might be best defined by the expressive phrase of being out of humour. it would only make him hotter. Emma returned all her attention to her father. Harriet's sweet easy temper will not mind it. made himself talk nonsense very agreeably. that he should be so late. the whole party breaking up. "I do pity you. this morning. with good manners. some time or other. I should not like a man who is so soon discomposed by a hot morning. he must be. And the more sensibility you betray of their just horrors. she had forgotten to think of him--but she was very glad to see him. I could very ill be spared--but such a point had been made of my coming! You will all be going soon I suppose. and how late." Jane had not been gone a quarter of an hour. with all his hurry. The black mare was blameless." In two minutes. and. You will have my sketches. Churchill as the cause. Weston would be at ease. but seemed trying to improve them." "That may be--but not by sketches in Swisserland. and entering into her feelings.--Miss Woodhouse. looking very deplorable. "Oh! Miss Woodhouse. whatever your penetrating eyes may fancy--I am sick of England-. the comfort of being sometimes alone!"--seemed to burst from an overcharged heart." "They may be induced to go too.--and had he known how hot a ride he should have. Venice." said he. "As soon as my aunt gets well. A warm climate may be prescribed for her.and would leave it Page 138 . walked off. Some people were always cross when they were hot. however. which had lasted some hours--and he had quite given up every thought of coming. as she turned back into the hall again. like himself--able to draw a chair close to them. http://www. Woodhouse's fire. I confess. Mine. I am tired of doing nothing. I want a change. are exhausted. 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. that I shall soon be abroad. and only say that I am gone when it is necessary. the more I shall like you. The greatest kindness you can shew me. but heat was intolerable--and he sat down. "Such a home.

if I could. Weston tried. I am thwarted in every thing material.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. certainly not. I shall sit by you. You will stay. Seven miles were travelled in expectation of enjoyment. Mrs. Nothing was wanting but to be happy when they got there. were in favour of a pleasant party. Go and eat and drink a little more. will make you nearly on a par with the rest of us. and Emma and Harriet belonged to Frank Churchill. That it was time for every body to go." "No--It will not be worth while. I do not consider myself at all a fortunate person." "But you may come again in the cool of to-morrow morning. but during the two whole hours that were spent on the hill. and be contented to stay?" "I sick of prosperity and indulgence! You are quite mistaken. I shall be crosser still. Elton. but it never materially varied. accommodation. the gentlemen on horseback. I shall press you no more. Weston remained with Mr. and nothing less than a summons from Richmond was to take him back before the following evening. and every body was in good time.--you will join us. Woodhouse." "We are going to Box Hill to-morrow. but in the general amount of the day there was deficiency. Cannot you invent a few hardships for yourself. It seemed at first an accidental division." "But if I do.com/abclit. in vain. though. too strong for any fine prospects. and all were soon collected. There was a languor. to make them harmonise better. officiating safely between Hartfield and the Vicarage. CHAPTER VII T hey had a very fine day for Box Hill. Page 139 . Miss Bates and her niece. and be as agreeable as they could.processtext. but it will be something for a young man so much in want of a change. and Mrs. another draught of Madeira and water. I can never bear to think of you all there without me. and with a short final arrangement for the next day's scheme. Mr. shewed no unwillingness to mix. that his last words to Emma were. Knightley took charge of Miss Bates and Jane." "Then pray stay at Richmond. indeed. With some there was great joy at the sight of Frank Churchill. I shall be cross. but there was a very general distress and disturbance on Miss Fairfax's disappearance being explained. with the Eltons." "No--I shall not stir. there seemed a principle of separation. they parted. They separated too much into parties. Another slice of cold meat. and go with us?" "No. a want of spirits. a want of union. between the other parties. which could not be got over." "These are difficulties which you must settle for yourself. and you will do very well. I will." "You are sick of prosperity and indulgence. I do not look upon myself as either prosperous or indulged. And Mr. as when you first came. Mr. You are my best cure. http://www. Mr.--if you wish me to stay and join the party." "You are not quite so miserable.html to-morrow. Chuse your own degree of crossness. others took it very composedly. Weston directed the whole. I shall go home in the cool of the evening. concluded the subject. Frank Churchill's little inclination to exclude himself increased so much." She smiled her acceptance. Emma and Harriet went together. If I come. or any cold collation." The rest of the party were now returning. It is not Swisserland. and all the other outward circumstances of arrangement. and every body had a burst of admiration on first arriving. The Eltons walked together. and punctuality. "Well.

laughing as carelessly as she could-.nobody speaks except ourselves. You order me." "You are comfortable because you are under command." "Three o'clock yesterday! That is your date. Let me hear any thing rather than what you are all thinking of. and answered good-humouredly. Frank Churchill and Miss Woodhouse flirted together excessively. Let my accents swell to Mickleham on one side.If it had not been for you." "Don't say I was cross. seemed all that he cared for--and Emma. Weston and Harriet. whether you speak or not. "How much I am obliged to you. It is the very last thing I would stand the brunt of just now. http://www. somehow or other.looked without seeing--admired without intelligence--listened without knowing what she said. I saw you first in February. I was a kinder friend than you deserved.) Page 140 . admiration. or playfulness. or you would not have been so much out of humour before." "Not to my feelings. perhaps. was gay and easy too. wherever she is. making her his first object. and I do not know what about. I can have no self-command without a motive. but to-day you are got back again--and as I cannot be always with you. At first it was downright dulness to Emma. and it is rather too much to be talking nonsense for the entertainment of seven silent people. it was no wonder that Harriet should be dull likewise. "I saw you first in February. But you were humble. Elton swelled at the idea of Miss Woodhouse's presiding. She had never seen Frank Churchill so silent and stupid. While he was so dull." "Perhaps I intended you to say so. "Is Miss Woodhouse sure that she would like to hear what we are all thinking of?" "Oh! no." And then whispering-. Mr. "for telling me to come to-day!-." "I say nothing of which I am ashamed. I had quite determined to go away again. You are always with me. There are one or two. Ladies and gentlemen." "Dating from three o'clock yesterday. The heat overcame me. except that you were too late for the best strawberries. Weston. I will not say quite all. and thought them all. that she desires to know what you are all thinking of?" Some laughed. broken bounds yesterday. but which now.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. (glancing at Mr." "Your command?--Yes. I should certainly have lost all the happiness of this party. You begged hard to be commanded to come. When they all sat down it was better." "It is hotter to-day. to remove. He said nothing worth hearing-."Our companions are excessively stupid. in her own estimation. You had.html or any cheerful Mr." said he. I am ordered by Miss Woodhouse (who.processtext. Not that Emma was gay and thoughtless from any real felicity. and be agreeable in her eyes. And you can be always with me. you were very cross." "Your gallantry is really unanswerable. Every distinguishing attention that could be paid. They shall talk." They were laying themselves open to that very phrase--and to having it sent off in a letter to Maple Grove by one lady. and though she liked him for his attentions. for Frank Churchill grew talkative and gay. I am perfectly comfortable to-day. meant nothing."Upon no account in the world. but I meant self-command. glad to be enlivened. I thought I had seen you first in February." replied he. To amuse her. Let every body on the Hill hear me if they can. Knightley's answer was the most distinct. My perpetual influence could not begin earlier. and they were both insufferable." "It comes to the same thing. and run away from your own management. it is best to believe your temper under your own command rather than mine. they were not winning back her heart. was paid to her. extremely judicious. I was fatigued. But (lowering her voice)-. to Ireland by another. whether in friendship. Miss Bates said a great deal. it was rather because she felt less happy than she had expected.com/abclit. no"--cried Emma. the admission to be gallant. presides) to say. and Dorking on the other. Mrs. 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. not sorry to be flattered. She still intended him for her friend. What shall we do to rouse them? Any nonsense will serve. and gave him all the friendly encouragement. "Mr." "Yes. to her taste a great deal better. with lively impudence. She laughed because she was disappointed. which she had ever given in the first and most animating period of their acquaintance.

I will attack them with more address. sir. Miss Woodhouse must excuse me.but some ladies say any thing. I will do my best. Pass Mr. A conundrum of Mr. E. "then I need not be uneasy. no.I never was in any circle--exploring parties--young ladies--married women--" Her mutterings were chiefly to her husband. I am not one of those who have witty things at every body's service. perhaps. Mr. my love. am very entertaining already. "Very true. (to Emma).--"but we shall be indulgent--especially to any one who leads the way. "they are most of them affronted. when one is exploring about the country in summer. very true. `Three things very dull indeed. It might be a very indifferent piece of wit. that she waives her right of knowing exactly what you may all be thinking of. deceived by the mock ceremony of her manner. "it will not reckon low. We have nothing clever to say-. Ladies and gentlemen--I am ordered by Miss Woodhouse to say. Knightley. Pardon me--but you will be limited as to number--only three at once. "This explains the sort of clever thing that is wanted." cried Mrs. How will a conundrum reckon?" "Low.com/abclit. Elton emphatically." said Emma. Better pass it off as a joke. Knightley gravely said. "Agreed. I protest I must be excused. which I was not at all pleased with. Jane.--Em-ma. I shall be sure to say three dull things as soon as ever I open my mouth. as the Chaperon of the party-." "Oh! for myself.) and she only demands from each of you either one thing very clever." exclaimed Miss Bates. indeed--quite unheard of-. in my opinion. I knew who it came from. when it burst on her. "I really cannot attempt--I am not at all fond of the sort of thing.not one of us. original or repeated--or two things moderately clever-. and he murmured." "Ah! you will never guess.html whose thoughts I might not be afraid of knowing. pray let me hear it. besides myself. (who. These kind of things are very well at Christmas.or three things very dull indeed. http://www. some looked very stupid about it. Elton. sir. Here are seven of you. "Ah!--well--to be sure. you know.processtext." "I doubt its being very clever myself." said Mrs. though a slight blush shewed that it could pain her." Miss Bates. and myself. but quite out of place. but I really must be allowed to judge when to speak and when to hold my tongue. Weston. Come. Weston's shall clear him and his next neighbour. be it prose or verse. and Mr. and only requires something very entertaining from each of you." "It will not do. but there may be a difficulty." said Mr." "I like your plan.--I will tell you. but. it could not anger. or she would not have said such a thing to an old friend.--It did not seem to touch the rest of the party equally. she is pleased to say. Exactly so. Weston has done very well for himself." cried Mr. if you please. I must make myself very disagreeable. I am afraid.' That will just do for me." answered his son. "It is too much a matter of fact." whispered Frank to Emma. Pass us. in a general way. You. Knightley. Weston. did not immediately catch her meaning. I see what she means. Page 141 . Churchill. I have a great deal of vivacity in my own way. Though.) and I will try to hold my tongue. I am making a conundrum. will never guess. I am certain. I had an acrostic once sent to me upon my own name. Perfection should not have come quite so soon. and she engages to laugh heartily at them all.--What two letters of the alphabet are there. Every body knows what is due to you. 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. "Ah! ma'am. and A. in reply.--Do you understand?" Understanding and gratification came together. but here it is." "Oh! very well. when one is sitting round the fire. that express perfection?" "What two letters!--express perfection! I am sure I do not know. agreed." "It is a sort of thing. I do not pretend to be a wit. "which I should not have thought myself privileged to inquire into. Yes. (turning to Mr. very low. but Emma found a great deal to laugh at and enjoy in it--and so did Frank and Harriet. but he must have knocked up every body else.--M. and Mr. An abominable puppy!-.You know who I mean (nodding to her husband).Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter.." "No.

merely looked. Remember. among their own set. (with a smile at his father). A hasty and imprudent attachment may arise-.quite good for nothing. Frank Churchill turned towards her to listen. as soon as they were out of hearing:--"How well they suit one another!--Very lucky--marrying as they did. or sitting almost alone. That's one of the ladies in the Irish car party. take my other arm. "shall we join Mrs. With all my heart.com/abclit. and soon afterwards said. How many a man has committed himself on a short acquaintance. He might even have Harriet in his thoughts at the moment. Emma. Shall we walk. Knightley. She recovered her voice. Will you? (turning to Emma. but this will do just as well. I was ready to have gone with her. and bowed in submission. I declare--" They walked off. It was a commission to touch every favourite feeling. that you can form any just judgment. Adopt her." Jane declined it. He looked around. "Such things do occur. I am really tired of exploring so long on one spot." said Jane to her aunt. and the young man's spirits now rose to a pitch almost unpleasant." Emma was in no danger of forgetting. I think. except among her own confederates. undoubtedly. We shall soon overtake her. you know.) Will you chuse a wife for me?--I am sure I should like any body fixed on by you.html "Yes. An old married man-.-. I undertake the commission. that it can be only weak.Well. "Well. gravely. "Now." "Very well. Come. (whose happiness must be always at the mercy of chance. in tranquil observation of the beautiful views beneath her. and the solicitude of Mrs. "Happy couple!" said Frank Churchill. Find some body for me. if you can. can give--it is all nothing.) who will suffer an unfortunate acquaintance to be an inconvenience. spoke now."--She was stopped by a cough." "She must be very lively. Even Emma grew tired at last of flattery and merriment. You shall have a charming wife.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. that though such unfortunate circumstances do sometimes occur both to men and women. I hope some body will chuse my wife for me. an oppression for ever. my dear. pray pass me. there can be no knowledge. only remained. Knightley by her side. and quite unattended to. Elton to have her carriage first. as if to see Page 142 . Elton?" "If you please. Short of that. It is only by seeing women in their own homes. in a lively tone.but there is generally time to recover from it afterwards. who could say? Referring the education to her seemed to imply it. just as they always are.and will generally be ill-luck. While waiting for the carriage. I would be understood to mean. Jane. and even the bustle of collecting and preparing to depart. his son. irresolute characters. "I have nothing to say that can entertain Miss Woodhouse." said he. I shall go abroad for a couple of years--and when I return. I have so little confidence in my own judgment. Mr. she found Mr. I shall come to you for my wife. I am in no hurry. "I was only going to observe. or any other young lady." added her husband. educate her. with a sort of sneering consciousness. Augusta?" "With all my heart. Weston. and rued it all the rest of his life!" Miss Fairfax. upon an acquaintance formed only in a public place!--They only knew each other. a few weeks in Bath! Peculiarly lucky!-. followed in half a minute by Mr." "And make her like myself. not at all like her. composed of so many ill-assorted people. who had seldom spoken before. yes." "By all means. two years more might make her all that he wished. she hoped never to be betrayed into again. and the husband and wife walked off. The appearance of the servants looking out for them to give notice of the carriages was a joyful sight. I care for nothing else. Would not Harriet be the very creature described? Hazle eyes excepted.processtext. I am quite ready. and wished herself rather walking quietly about with any of the others.for as to any real knowledge of a person's disposition that Bath. "You were speaking. and have hazle eyes. were gladly endured. it is all guess and luck-. in the prospect of the quiet drive home which was to close the very questionable enjoyments of this day of pleasure. that's somebody else. You provide for the family." He made no answer. http://www. ma'am. Such another scheme. I cannot imagine them to be very frequent. however. or any public place. There she is--no. that whenever I marry. and Harriet.

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. at any circumstance in her life.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter." "They are blended. and situation?-. humble her--and before her niece. it was ready. and. "Emma. Emma. whom she had seen grow up from a period when her notice was an honour.) would be entirely guided by your treatment of her." Emma recollected. She was most forcibly struck. fagged. consider how far this is from being the case. without a remonstrance. and Emma felt the tears running down her cheeks almost all the way home. grieved. to have you now. but in vain. satisfied with proving myself your friend by very faithful counsel.--This is not pleasant to you. Were she a woman of fortune. before she could speak again. was sorry. I must once more speak to you as I have been used to do: a privilege rather endured than allowed. sunk back for a moment overcome--then reproaching herself for having taken no leave. Her situation should secure your compassion. I would not quarrel with you for any liberties of manner. mortification. and.--I will tell you truths while I can.but. many of whom (certainly some.processtext. I wish you could have heard how she talked of it-. Never had she felt so agitated. she looked out with voice and hand eager to shew a difference. she seemed but to feel it more. She was vexed beyond what could have been expressed--almost beyond what she could conceal. of common kindness! Time did not compose her. if she live to old age. and soon. It was not so very bad. perhaps. how could I help saying what I did?--Nobody could have helped it. How could you be so unfeeling to Miss Bates? How could you be so insolent in your wit to a woman of her character. He had turned away.with what candour and generosity. There was only Harriet. It was badly done. without being at any trouble to check them. in being able to pay her such attentions.com/abclit.html that no one were near. but tried to laugh it off. too--and before others. and then said. must probably sink more. She is poor. I will. She has talked of it since. of concurrence. I dare say she did not understand me. and. They were combined only of anger against herself. Were she your equal in situation-. I had not thought it possible. mortified. and the horses were in motion. and every thing left far behind. as she was for ever receiving from yourself and your father. http://www. that what is good and what is ridiculous are most unfortunately blended in her. but I must. extraordinary as they were. "Nay. and. "I acknowledge. She felt it at her heart. "I know there is not a better creature in the world: but you must allow. indeed! You. and the pride of the moment. when her society must be so irksome. and her tongue motionless.Emma. As she reflected more. and deep concern. I would leave every harmless absurdity to take its chance. making no acknowledgment. and very willing to be silent. CHAPTER VIII Page 143 . he had handed her in. age. and trusting that you will some time or other do me greater justice than you can do now. but it was just too late. How could she have been so brutal. with what appeared unusual speed." "Oh!" cried Emma. in thoughtless spirits. She felt your full meaning. they were half way down the hill." said he. Emma--and it is very far from pleasant to me. Happily it was not necessary to speak. He had misinterpreted the feelings which had kept her face averted. who seemed not in spirits herself. but I must still use it. they were advancing towards the carriage. were she prosperous." "I assure you she did. She never had been so depressed. on entering the carriage. blushed. laugh at her. I cannot see you acting wrong." While they talked. I wish you could have heard her honouring your forbearance. The truth of this representation there was no denying. whom she had known from an infant. I could allow much for the occasional prevalence of the ridiculous over the good. parting in apparent sullenness. She continued to look back. She had not been able to speak. she has sunk from the comforts she was born to.

I shall say you are laid down upon the bed. perhaps. more in thought than fact. Miss Woodhouse. poor dear soul! if you were to see what a headache she has. I hope you find a chair. she could not tell. than any she had ever passed. the maid looked frightened and awkward. kindly intercourse. There was a bustle on her approach. civil and humble as usual.com/abclit. and went early.and are come to give us joy.html T he wretchedness of a scheme to Box Hill was in Emma's thoughts all the evening. you know one cannot feel any blessing Page 144 . "How could you be so unfeeling to your father?-. but in conferring obligation. scornful. her conscience told her so. and she has a dreadful headach just now. she hoped." said she. and though she is amazingly fortunate--such a situation. I dare say my daughter will be here presently. It is a great change. as no young woman before ever met with on first going out--do not think us ungrateful. how kind you are!--I suppose you have heard-. she could not. in me--(twinkling away a tear or two)--but it will be very trying for us to part with her. that nothing might prevent her. might be looking back on it with pleasure. She had been often remiss. in future. I suppose. `My dear. I wish Hetty had not gone. but in her view it was a morning more completely misspent. Her eyes were towards Donwell as she walked. Miss Woodhouse. for there she was giving up the sweetest hours of the twenty-four to his comfort. The touch seemed immediate. In the warmth of true contrition. that she might see Mr. might lead the way to a return of old feelings. She heard Miss Bates's voice. so justly and truly hers. `you will blind yourself'-. to be written to Colonel Campbell. she thought. She would not be ashamed of the appearance of the penitence. When one is in great pain. This does not seem much like joy. she hoped she was not without a heart. She was just as determined when the morrow came. writing all the morning:-. except in subsequent ridicule. you know. "Ah! Miss Woodhouse. and I am sure you are ill enough. Bates.processtext. She hoped no one could have said to her. One cannot wonder. and then ushered her in too soon. perhaps. of a regular. and. She had no objection. But it should be so no more. It was not unlikely. The aunt and niece seemed both escaping into the adjoining room. she might hope to be forgiven.such long letters. There. I will tell you truths while I can. and their different ways. "The ladies were all at home. They. She had a moment's fear of Miss Bates keeping away from her. "but I do not know. indeed.' said I. nor ever before entered the passage. looked as if she did not quite understand what was going on. Jane she had a distinct glimpse of. and feeling that. could do away the past. and it should be the beginning." Emma seriously hoped she would. As a daughter. but she saw him not. 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. ungracious. hoped she would be pleased to wait a moment. ma'am? Do you sit where you like? I am sure she will be here presently. or of deriving it. more totally bare of rational satisfaction at the time.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. on her side. remiss.I must. unmerited as might be the degree of his fond affection and confiding esteem. looking extremely ill. he might come in while she were paying her visit.for tears were in her eyes perpetually. nor walked up the stairs. A whole evening of back-gammon with her father. be open to any severe reproach. Dixon. Knightley in her way." Poor old Mrs. or. and more to be abhorred in recollection. for such surprising good fortune--(again dispersing her tears)--but. never! If attention. she would call upon her the very next morning. equal. How it might be considered by the rest of the party. was felicity to it. I am very little able--Have you a chair. and Mrs. she heard Miss Bates saying. indeed. in their different homes. in her general conduct. "I am afraid Jane is not very well. something was to be done in a hurry. "Well." She had never rejoiced at the sound before. a good deal of moving and talking. http://www. with any wish of giving pleasure." Miss Bates should never again--no. before the door had shut them out. one cannot wonder. after having had her so long. my dear. A very friendly inquiry after Miss Fairfax. lay real pleasure. they tell me she is well.

Jane will be only four miles from Maple Grove. were all Page 145 . Elton over and over again--and I am sure I had no more idea that she would change her mind!--but that good Mrs.--I did not know a word of it till it was all settled. and left her nothing but pity. Bragge's. but your kindness will excuse her. yesterday evening it was all settled that Jane should go. might be as much for Miss Fairfax's advantage and comfort as possible. Elton. and I will say you are laid down upon the bed.'" Emma was most sincerely interested.) when Jane first heard of it. Emma made the direct inquiry of-"Where--may I ask?--is Miss Fairfax going?" "To a Mrs. now that she has written her letters. She had understood it was to be delayed till Colonel Campbell's return. Impossible that any situation could be more replete with comfort. Knightley. Elton would have us come. Her heart had been long growing kinder towards Jane." "You spent the evening with Mrs. You were kept waiting at the door--I was quite ashamed-. when she might not bear to see herself. not Mr. (it was the day before yesterday. we did not know any body was coming. Nobody else would come so early. however. `it must be borne some time or other.' said she--`I positively must have you all come.com/abclit. Mrs. exactly as you say. and it may as well be now. he did not. because Mrs. and this picture of her present sufferings acted as a cure of every former ungenerous suspicion.' said I. `My dear. Knightley. and though I thought he would come. while we were walking about with Mr. and said it was you. She will be extremely sorry to miss seeing you. and that was what made us keep you waiting--and extremely sorry and ashamed we were. and in the very same neighbourhood:--lives only four miles from Maple Grove. and I.' But then Patty came in. and the remembrance of the less just and less gentle sensations of the past. Elton?" "Yes. Elton declared she would not let him off. she was quite decided against accepting the offer." and to break through her dreadful gratitude. that upon thinking over the advantages of Mrs. he declined it from the first. but she positively declared she would not write any such denial yesterday. my dear. and till you were on the stairs. Elton.' `Well. Knightley was there too. "It must be a severe trial to them all. and told her at once. true friend. and refuse to take Jane's answer. I suppose. Quite a surprize to me! I had not the least idea!--Jane took Mrs. Cole or any other steady friend. `you must. sure enough. she says she shall soon be well. `You must all spend your evening with us. but Mrs. Mrs. Smallridge's situation. `If you must go. and nothing should induce her to enter into any engagement at present--and so she told Mrs. `Oh!' said I.html quite as it may deserve. she is walking about the room.'-. saw farther than I did. nobody would think how delighted and happy she is to have secured such a situation.' said I. `No. upon the hill. the very morning we were at Donwell.--but my mother. http://www. she would wait--and. was he?" "No. our good Mrs. as Jane wished her. She is as low as possible. with earnest regret and solicitude--sincerely wishing that the circumstances which she collected from Miss Bates to be now actually determined on. she is not." There was no bearing such an "always.' said she. and for the reasons you mention.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. `depend upon it.'" "Mr. The most indefatigable. `it is Miss Woodhouse: I am sure you will like to see her. all of us.' said she. `I shall say you are laid down upon the bed:' but. She would not take a denial. Elton aside. obliged her to admit that Jane might very naturally resolve on seeing Mrs. Elton.' for when Jane first heard of it. `It is only Mrs. if we except.I want her to lie down upon the bed. "But you are always kind. She would not let Jane say. She spoke as she felt. has been the person to whom Miss Fairfax owes--" "Yes. Smallridge--charming woman--most superior--to have the charge of her three little girls--delightful children. But.but somehow there was a little bustle--for it so happened that we had not heard the knock. Smallridge is intimate with both. Miss Woodhouse.processtext." "Mrs.' said I. and Jane. Suckling's own family. she had made up her mind to close with nothing till Colonel Campbell's return." "So very kind! " replied Miss Bates. and would go away. and up she got. To look at her. It was settled so.`I can see nobody. Cole. and Mrs. perhaps. You will excuse her not coming to you--she is not able--she is gone into her own room-. It is not every body that would have stood out in such a kind way as she did. she had come to the resolution of accepting it. whose judgment never fails her.

now I have it." "You are so noble in your ideas!" "And when is Miss Fairfax to leave you?" "Very soon. Churchill had sent his nephew a few lines. used as you are to great sums. And poor John's son came to talk to Mr. Churchill. Campbell be sorry to find that she has engaged herself before their return?" "Yes. Smallridge." "Whenever the time may come.which messenger. I have a great regard for him. poor old man. dear Miss Woodhouse. very soon.I really cannot venture to name her salary to you. is fatiguing--and I cannot say that any of them seemed very much to have enjoyed it. but still he cannot keep his father without some help." "Miss Fairfax. and feel extremely obliged to the kind friends who included me in it. there is not such another nursery establishment. now I recollect. Elton's acquaintance. However. Elton." Miss Bates would hardly give Emma time to say how perfectly new this circumstance was to her. being head man at the Crown. though every body seemed rather fagged after the morning's party. indeed. I am sure. What Mr. he told us what John ostler had been telling him. and only wishing him not to delay coming back beyond the Page 146 . and every thing of that sort. Elton. Elton was called out of the room before tea. Even pleasure. Frank Churchill to Richmond. he is bed-ridden. I try to put it out of her thoughts. there are not such elegant sweet children anywhere.--And her salary!-. and very poorly with the rheumatic gout in his joints-. a most delightful woman!--A style of living almost equal to Maple Grove--and as to the children. would hardly believe that so much could be given to a young person like Jane. and that Mr. Jane will be treated with such regard and kindness!-. I was so astonished when she first told me what she had been saying to Mrs.processtext.It will be nothing but pleasure. it could not be before tea. as to the character and manners of the family. old John Abdy's son wanted to speak with him.com/abclit." "Ah! madam. It was after tea that Jane spoke to Mrs. you know. he is very well to do himself. Frank Churchill's going. Such kind friends. http://www. and so will Jane. Mrs. except the little Sucklings and little Bragges. Miss Woodhouse. Poor old John. and now. if she gets out at all. Smallridge is in a great hurry. it was of no consequence. so liberal and elegant. there is every thing in the world that can make her happy in it. My poor mother does not know how to bear it. and the knowledge of the servants at Randalls. Come ma'am. Elton about relief from the parish. it must be unwelcome to her and all her friends--but I hope her engagement will have every alleviation that is possible--I mean. but yet. Even you. had been no more than was expected. I should think five times the amount of what I have ever yet heard named as a salary on such occasions. So then. though you were not aware of it. That was what happened before tea. Yes.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. Elton came back. he was clerk to my poor father twenty-seven years. and then it came out about the chaise having been sent to Randalls to take Mr. that a messenger had come over from Richmond soon after the return of the party from Box Hill-. a tolerable account of Mrs. and say. was. I suppose. however.html there. Mrs." "Thank you. when Mr. had been making up her mind the whole day?" "I dare say she had. and will not Colonel and Mrs. and when Mrs. and so. but as without supposing it possible that she could be ignorant of any of the particulars of Mr. ostler. that's the worst of it." "Her friends must all be sorry to lose her. Jane says she is sure they will. Except the Sucklings and Bragges. she proceeded to give them all. being the accumulation of the ostler's own knowledge. something happened before tea. containing. and a very agreeable evening we had. but not that. upon the whole. this is such a situation as she cannot feel herself justified in declining. "if other children are at all like what I remember to have been myself. indeed. one must always find agreeable. because we were just going to cards--and yet it was before tea. a life of pleasure. Elton had learned from the ostler on the subject. you know. I shall always think it a very pleasant party. Miss Woodhouse. because I remember thinking--Oh! no. dearly earned. in all Mrs. Mr. Within a fortnight. Elton at the same moment came congratulating me upon it! It was before tea--stay--no. you know.I must go and see him to-day." cried Emma. do not let us think about it any more.

the pianoforte. as if meaning to go. http://www.she might. by a little movement of more than common friendliness on his part.--Let it stay. my dear. Tom had been sent off immediately for the Crown chaise. She is always so attentive to them!" Emma's colour was heightened by this unjust praise. would tell him that they ought to be friends again. Mr. 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. What is to become of that?--Very true.He looked at her with a glow of regard. she thought. and with a smile. and all that had passed of good in her feelings were at once caught and honoured. and the remembrance of all her former fanciful and unfair conjectures was so little pleasing.--Mr.-. You will have no business here. But is not this a sudden scheme?" "Yes--rather--I have been thinking of it some little time. from some fancy or other.It seemed as if there were an instantaneous impression in her favour. I do believe.' said she. and therefore must now be gone directly. as if his eyes received the truth from her's. I see what you are thinking of. The contrast between Mrs. `give it houseroom till Colonel Campbell comes back. the boy going a good pace. were not interrupted. Knightley. she knows not whether it was his present or his daughter's.com/abclit. he suddenly let it go. to spend a few days with John and Isabella. `You and I must part. that she soon allowed herself to believe her visit had been long enough.And to this day. but not going-. which spoke much. "Well.`You must go. without waiting at all. and his horse seeming to have got a cold. Poor dear Jane was talking of it just now." Now Emma was obliged to think of the pianoforte. have rather offered it--but he took her hand. but I have no time to spare. he will settle for me. Have you any thing to send or say. CHAPTER IX E mma's pensive meditations.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. perhaps. Churchill's importance in the world. but that Mr. and certainly was on the point of carrying it to his lips-. one was every thing. and driving very steady.'-. pressed it.html next morning early. as I told you before. Frank Churchill having resolved to go home directly. said. and were sitting with her father. and Jane Fairfax's. I shall talk about it to him.whether she had not herself made the first motion. but on entering the parlour. Mr. "I would not go away without seeing you. Time. Knightley. "Aye. she looked at Mr. she found those who must rouse her. as she walked home. There was nothing in all this either to astonish or interest. he looked unlike himself.-.' which nobody carries?" "Nothing at all. I am going to London.-. she could not say-. with a repetition of every thing that she could venture to say of the good wishes which she really felt. and. till roused by Miss Bates's saying. and it caught Emma's attention only as it united with the subject which already engaged her mind. however. he will help me out of all my difficulties. however. struck her.--He took her hand. She was warmly gratified-.--Why he should feel such a Page 147 .and in another moment still more so. Dear Emma has been to call on Mrs. and in a manner decidedly graver than usual. the other nothing--and she sat musing on the difference of woman's destiny." Emma was sure he had not forgiven her. besides the `love.processtext.her father began his inquiries. and shake of the head. and quite unconscious on what her eyes were fixed. Knightley immediately got up.-. and the ostler had stood out and seen it pass by. took leave.' said she. Knightley and Harriet had arrived during her absence. While he stood. and Miss Bates.when.

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. "I am very glad. Every body had a degree of gravity and sorrow. Churchill.-. Knightley. http://www. if he had not stopped. Mr. she could not be deceived as to the meaning of his countenance.--He left them immediately afterwards-. Churchill! Though her nephew had had no particular reason to hasten back on her account. Mrs. Emma could not regret her having gone to Miss Bates. which she knew would be all very bad. All Page 148 . was indubitable.interested. "Poor Mrs. and his wife sat sighing and moralising over her broad hems with a commiseration and good sense. 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. The great Mrs. she thought. but Mr. would have been pleasanter. Elton is very good-natured and agreeable. curiosity to know where she would be buried. A sudden seizure of a different nature from any thing foreboded by her general state. true and steady. He always moved with the alertness of a mind which could neither be undecided nor dilatory. an easy. and when she stoops to be disagreeable. that when lovely woman stoops to folly.--They parted thorough friends. and all the selfishness of imaginary complaints.--The intention.It was with him. she had not lived above six-and-thirty hours after his return.She could not but recall the attempt with great satisfaction.--it was all done to assure her that she had fully recovered his good opinion. who would have thought it!" and resolved.--it would have been a great pleasure to talk over Jane Fairfax's situation with Mr. why he should change his mind when it was all but done. Churchill would never get over it. She had never been admitted before to be seriously ill. "Ah! poor woman. and not be induced to go away after it has been her home so long. It ought to be a first object. but now he seemed more sudden than usual in his disappearance. and that her health will be taken good care of. yet so dignified a nature. and could talk of it cheerfully. You know. without disturbing him.-. Churchill do without her? Mr. she found.-. She saw in a moment all the possible good. An express arrived at Randalls to announce the death of Mrs. she has nothing to do but to die. Churchill! no doubt she had been suffering a great deal: more than any body had ever supposed--and continual pain would try the temper. and going on horseback.Even Mr. how benefited."-. and said. The event acquitted her of all the fancifulness. she could not perceive. In one point she was fully justified. Churchill was no more. And I hope she will be better off in one respect. an attachment to Harriet Smith would have nothing to encounter. it is equally to be recommended as a clearer of ill-fame. as I am sure poor Miss Taylor's always was with me.--He had been sitting with them half an hour. or however else it happened.com/abclit. Churchill. The character of Mrs. It was felt as such things must be felt.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. after being disliked at least twenty-five years. however. was now spoken of with compassionate allowances. and. Knightley's going to London. however. Now. Churchill's loss would be dreadful indeed. How it would affect Frank was among the earliest thoughts of both. Mr. I hope it is a dry situation. it supplied a very useful check. Emma communicated her news of Jane Fairfax.--He would have judged better. but she wished she had left her ten minutes earlier. my dear. she is going to be to this new lady what Miss Taylor was to us. 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. solicitude for the surviving friends. guidable man. had carried her off after a short struggle. It was also a very early speculation with Emma. to hear she is to be so comfortably settled. how freed. of so simple. my dear. to be persuaded into any thing by his nephew. and whether it was that his manners had in general so little gallantry. was feared by nobody. Mrs. but she thought nothing became him more.processtext. and I dare say her acquaintance are just what they ought to be.html scruple. and his unfinished gallantry. and looked solemn. He had long made up his mind to Jane Fairfax's going out as governess.-Neither would she regret that he should be going to Brunswick Square. and her dependence on the effect was justified.gone in a moment. that his mourning should be as handsome as possible. It was a sad event--a great shock--with all her faults." The following day brought news from Richmond to throw every thing else into the background. Churchill. It spoke such perfect amity. indeed. Weston shook his head. and going so suddenly. tenderness towards the departed. Goldsmith tells us. in a reasonable time. Knightley's going to London had been an unexpected blow. what would Mr. independent of his wife.

that the nephew should form the attachment. to observe such a proof in her of strengthened character. and that she was suffering under severe headaches. and that she felt it so herself. which made him doubt the possibility of her going to Mrs. that she would call for her in the carriage at any hour that Jane would name-.confined always to one room.mentioning that she had Mr. indeed. and she thought only of how she might best counteract this unwillingness to be seen or assisted. The answer was only in this short note: "Miss Fairfax's compliments and thanks. with great self-command. Emma could feel no certainty of its being already formed. was unfavourable to a nervous disorder:-. and drove to Mrs. Perry called at Hartfield. almost before she could hint the wish. She resolved to prevail on her to spend a day at Hartfield. she betrayed nothing. To take her--be it only an hour or two--from her aunt.--Miss Bates came to the carriage door. he must acknowledge to be not the best companion for an invalid of that description. with all her goodwill in the cause. grieved for her more and more. whom she had been so many months neglecting. the same morning. She wanted to be of use to her." Emma felt that her own note had deserved something better. though his very old friend. He very much feared that Miss Fairfax derived more evil than good from them. and tried her own powers. http://www. it appeared that she was so much indisposed as to have been visited. and quiet rational conversation. though against her own consent.but all in vain.com/abclit. 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-. in the hope that Jane would be induced to join her-.--Emma wished she could have seen her. in the most feeling language she could command. Churchill had been promising a visit the last ten years. Churchill was better than could be expected. to give her change of air and scene. It was a more pressing concern to shew attention to Jane Fairfax. Mr. and looked around eager to discover some way of being useful. was to be to the house of a very old friend in Windsor. The invitation was refused. whose prospects were closing. the truth was. and the person. Elton. all gratitude.--he could have wished it otherwise-. but it was impossible to quarrel with words. whose tremulous inequality shewed indisposition so plainly.html that remained to be wished was. only too great. except them. Miss Bates was obliged to return without success. Her health seemed for the moment completely deranged-.appetite quite gone--and though there were no absolutely alarming symptoms. A note was written to urge it. good wishes for the future were all that could yet be possible on Emma's side. there was nothing to be done for Harriet.processtext. though she would not own it. Emma was gratified. Jane would really see Page 149 . What ever she might feel of brighter hope. but is quite unequal to any exercise. and by a verbal message. even for an hour or two. could not be denied--and Mrs. might do her good. they were. to whom Mr. At present.Mrs. while Harriet's opened. as. and testify respect and consideration. "Miss Fairfax was not well enough to write. and refrained from any allusion that might endanger its maintenance. in favour of such exercise for his patient. the mere proposal of going out seemed to make her worse.and her good aunt." and when Mr.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. Harriet behaved extremely well on the occasion. therefore. Her care and attention could not be questioned. He thought she had undertaken more than she was equal to. therefore. and whose engagements now allowed of no delay in any one at Highbury. of Mrs. In spite of the answer. and a nervous fever to a degree. who wished to shew her kindness--and with Emma it was grown into a first wish. she ordered the carriage. he could not but observe. but. Churchill's death with mutual forbearance. Miss Bates made it appear that she had promised her niece on no account to let Miss Woodhouse in. They spoke. Her spirits seemed overcome. by himself. was now the very one on whom she would have lavished every distinction of regard or sympathy. Jane was quite unpersuadable. wanted to shew a value for her society.but it would not do. Short letters from Frank were received at Randalls. in fact. and their first removal. Bates's. on the departure of the funeral for Yorkshire. Perry's decided opinion. and the following morning she wrote again to say. Her present home. Cole had made such a point--and Mrs. Perry had said so much--but. Mr. nothing touching the pulmonary complaint. that poor dear Jane could not bear to see any body--any body at all-. She had scarcely a stronger regret than for her past coldness. communicating all that was immediately important of their state and plans. Emma listened with the warmest concern. "Indeed. which was the standing apprehension of the family. Perry was uneasy about her. Smallridge's at the time proposed.

that she was not at all in want of any thing. and large dinner-parties. Fortunately for him. on this occasion." Emma did not want to be classed with the Mrs. Highbury. his house. it would have been a grievance. Page 150 . from his fortune. comprehended many such. Woodhouse's drawing-room. or esteemed so little worthy as a friend: but she had the consolation of knowing that her intentions were good. Woodhouse was fond of society in his own way. and Mrs. http://www. but every thing they could command (and never had any body such good neighbours) was distasteful. in a great measure.she submitted. and inequality of powers. and Donwell Abbey in the parish adjoining. and. under the plea of being unequal to any exercise.com/abclit. Woodhouse thought it no hardship for either James or the horses. Knightley have been privy to all her attempts of assisting Jane Fairfax. at some distance from Highbury. neither could she feel any right of preference herself-. and of being able to say to herself. made him unfit for any acquaintance but such as would visit him on his own terms. including Randalls in the same parish. he would not. on the afternoon of the very day on which she had. there was scarcely an evening in the week in which Emma could not make up a card-table for him. In half an hour the arrowroot was returned.that Jane was resolved to receive no kindness from her. Real. Emma. and who were fetched and carried home so often. and his daughter. Goddard. that Mr. CHAPTER III M r. a young man living alone without liking it. and from various united causes. who would force themselves anywhere. on reaching home. Eltons. but "dear Jane would not be satisfied without its being sent back. from his long residence at Hartfield. which she longed to be able to assist. and very communicative. his horror of late hours. Her heart was grieved for a state which seemed but the more pitiable from this sort of irritation of spirits. and by Mr. three ladies almost always at the service of an invitation from Hartfield. and only questioned Miss Bates farther as to her niece's appetite and diet. She was sorry. she could have no doubt--putting every thing together-. as he liked. it was a thing she could not take--and. called the housekeeper directly. and it mortified her that she was given so little credit for proper feeling. to an examination of her stores. moreover. very sorry. He liked very much to have his friends come and see him. among the most come-at-able of whom were Mrs. Jane would hardly eat any thing:-. have found any thing to reprove.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. she insisted on her saying. and the smiles of his lovely daughter. long-standing regard brought the Westons and Mr. Knightley. he could command the visits of his own little circle.processtext. through Emma's persuasion. On that subject poor Miss Bates was very unhappy. unless he fancied himself at any time unequal to company. Knightley.html nobody. Had it taken place only once a year. and some arrowroot of very superior quality was speedily despatched to Miss Bates with a most friendly note. Perry recommended nourishing food. After these came a second set. that could Mr. Coles. He had not much intercourse with any families beyond that circle. Perrys. therefore. and his good nature." When Emma afterwards heard that Jane Fairfax had been seen wandering about the meadows. the seat of Mr. Not unfrequently. and Miss Bates.Mr. Elton. so peremptorily refused to go out with her in the carriage. inconsistency of action. could he even have seen into her heart. and the Mrs. the Mrs. he had some of the chosen and the best to dine with him: but evening parties were what he preferred. was in no danger of being thrown away. the privilege of exchanging any vacant evening of his own blank solitude for the elegancies and society of Mr. with a thousand thanks from Miss Bates.

can excite. She was a great talker upon little matters. She had never boasted either beauty or cleverness. 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. Woodhouse. and fair. or any thing which professed. though. Weston. felt his particular claim on her to leave her neat parlour. and where girls might be sent to be out of the way. and in winter dressed their chilblains with her own hands. plump. which exactly suited Mr. and surrounded with blessings in such an excellent mother. looking forward to exactly such a close of the present day. a most welcome request: for Miss Smith was a girl of seventeen. and was considered with all the regard and respect which a harmless old lady. And yet she was a happy woman. Mrs. with a fine bloom. and so many good neighbours and friends. and win or lose a few sixpences by his fireside. She was short. and happy was she. thought herself a most fortunate creature. whom Emma knew very well by sight. at Mrs. before the end of the evening. handsome. to be allowed to bring Miss Smith with her. gave the children plenty of wholesome food. light hair. regular features. in most respectful terms. in the power. under such untoward circumstances. Her daughter enjoyed a most uncommon degree of popularity for a woman neither young. This was all that was generally known of her history. She loved every body. full of trivial communications and harmless gossip. and a look of great sweetness. it was no remedy for the absence of Mrs. whenever she could. and the endeavour to make a small income go as far as possible. a note was brought from Mrs. Goddard.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. and very much pleased with herself for contriving things so well. As she sat one morning. and scramble themselves into a little education. let them run about a great deal in the summer. She was a very pretty girl. Goddard's school was in high repute--and very deservedly. Harriet Smith was the natural daughter of somebody. blue eyes. The simplicity and cheerfulness of her nature. Miss Bates stood in the very worst predicament in the world for having much of the public favour. and had long felt an interest in. the widow of a former vicar of Highbury. her contented and grateful spirit. for Highbury was reckoned a particularly healthy spot: she had an ample house and garden.processtext. where a reasonable quantity of accomplishments were sold at a reasonable price. as far as she was herself concerned. on account of her beauty. hung round with fancy-work. Goddard was the mistress of a School--not of a seminary. She lived with her single daughter in a very small way. and was now just returned from a long visit in the country to some young ladies who had been at school there with her. Emma was as much pleased with her manners as her person. almost past every thing but tea and quadrille. She had no visible friends but what had been acquired at Highbury. Mrs. Woodhouse's kindness. and her beauty happened to be of a sort which Emma particularly admired. and quite determined to continue the acquaintance. It was no wonder that a train of twenty young couple now walked after her to church. and her middle of life was devoted to the care of a failing mother. and a woman whom no one named without good-will. without any danger of coming back prodigies. She was not struck by any thing remarkably clever in Miss Smith's conversation.com/abclit. Bates. in long sentences of refined nonsense. or frighten those who might hate her into outward respect. and. to combine liberal acquirements with elegant morality. and a home that wanted for nothing.html Mrs. but she found her altogether very engaging--not inconveniently shy. old-fashioned Boarding-school. 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. and she had no intellectual superiority to make atonement to herself. http://www. and now thought herself entitled to the occasional holiday of a tea-visit. and somebody had lately raised her from the condition of scholar to that of parlour-boarder. for her father's sake. were a recommendation to every body. Page 151 . These were the ladies whom Emma found herself very frequently able to collect. It was her own universal good-will and contented temper which worked such wonders. requesting. nor married. not unwilling to talk--and yet so far from pushing. several years back. quicksighted to every body's merits. was interested in every body's happiness. Goddard's school. motherly kind of woman. A very gracious invitation was returned. She was a plain. She was delighted to see her father look comfortable. who had worked hard in her youth. rich. was a very old lady. honest. and the evening no longer dreaded by the fair mistress of the mansion. and having formerly owed much to Mr. Somebody had placed her. or an establishment. and a mine of felicity to herself. Her youth had passed without distinction.

and certainly a very kind undertaking. put into a tumbler of water? I do not think it could disagree with you. must be doing her harm. as renting a large farm of Mr. They were a family of the name of Martin. Serle understands boiling an egg better than any body. Such another small basin of thin gruel as his own was all that he could. because it had been the fashion of his youth. Woodhouses feelings were in sad warfare. but the humble. and actually shaken hands with her at last! CHAPTER X Page 152 . She would notice her.processtext. in talking and listening. 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. An egg boiled very soft is not unwholesome." Emma allowed her father to talk--but supplied her visitors in a much more satisfactory style. she would detach her from her bad acquaintance. and on the present evening had particular pleasure in sending them away happy. should not be wasted on the inferior society of Highbury and its connexions. http://www. He loved to have the cloth laid. with the real good-will of a mind delighted with its own ideas. let me propose your venturing on one of these eggs. with thorough self-approbation. Goddard. was all set out and ready. her leisure.com/abclit. that the evening flew away at a very unusual rate. while the ladies were comfortably clearing the nicer things. with an urgency which she knew would be acceptable to the early hours and civil scruples of their guests. The happiness of Miss Smith was quite equal to her intentions. Those soft blue eyes. seeming so pleasantly grateful for being admitted to Hartfield. Bates.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. that she must have good sense. and for which she had been used to sit and watch the due time. and forming all these schemes in the in-betweens. It would be an interesting. highly becoming her own situation in life. though very good sort of people. and help and recommend the minced chicken and scalloped oysters. and deserve encouragement. recommend. You need not be afraid of unwholesome preserves here. but his conviction of suppers being very unwholesome made him rather sorry to see any thing put on it. delighted with the affability with which Miss Woodhouse had treated her all the evening. and so artlessly impressed by the appearance of every thing in so superior a style to what she had been used to. what say you to half a glass of wine? A small half-glass. Knightley thought highly of them--but they must be coarse and unpolished. Miss Woodhouse was so great a personage in Highbury. Miss Bates. let Emma help you to a little bit of tart--a very little bit. and while his hospitality would have welcomed his visitors to every thing. and the supper-table. Mrs. I do not advise the custard. 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. that the prospect of the introduction had given as much panic as pleasure. Upon such occasions poor Mr. I would not recommend an egg boiled by any body else. The friends from whom she had just parted. she believed--she knew Mr. Ours are all apple-tarts. before she was aware. and introduce her into good society. they are very small.html shewing so proper and becoming a deference. whom Emma well knew by character. and powers. and moved forwards to the fire. but you need not be afraid. did she then do all the honours of the meal. she would improve her. to say: "Mrs. she would form her opinions and her manners. his care for their health made him grieve that they would eat. though he might constrain himself. Knightley. you see--one of our small eggs will not hurt you. She was so busy in admiring those soft blue eyes. and all those natural graces. and residing in the parish of Donwell--very creditably. The acquaintance she had already formed were unworthy of her. Encouragement should be given. grateful little girl went off with highly gratified feelings.

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O ne 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?" "No, no, not at all--only a little agitated. She would have ordered the carriage, and come to you, but she must see you alone, and that you know--(nodding towards her father)--Humph!--Can you come?" "Certainly. This moment, if you please. It is impossible to refuse what you ask in such a way. But what can be the matter?-- Is she really not ill?" "Depend upon me--but ask no more questions. You will know it all in time. The most unaccountable business! But hush, hush!" To guess what all this meant, was impossible even for Emma. Something really important seemed announced by his looks; but, as her friend was well, she endeavoured not to be uneasy, and settling it with her father, that she would take her walk now, she and Mr. Weston were soon out of the house together and on their way at a quick pace for Randalls. "Now,"--said Emma, when they were fairly beyond the sweep gates,-- "now Mr. Weston, do let me know what has happened." "No, no,"--he gravely replied.--"Don't ask me. I promised my wife to leave it all to her. She will break it to you better than I can. Do not be impatient, Emma; it will all come out too soon." "Break it to me," cried Emma, standing still with terror.-- "Good God!--Mr. Weston, tell me at once.--Something has happened in Brunswick Square. I know it has. Tell me, I charge you tell me this moment what it is." "No, indeed you are mistaken."-"Mr. Weston do not trifle with me.--Consider how many of my dearest friends are now in Brunswick Square. Which of them is it?-- I charge you by all that is sacred, not to attempt concealment." "Upon my word, Emma."-"Your word!--why not your honour!--why not say upon your honour, that it has nothing to do with any of them? Good Heavens!--What can be to be broke to me, that does not relate to one of that family?" "Upon my honour," said he very seriously, "it does not. It is not in the smallest degree connected with any human being of the name of Knightley." Emma's courage returned, and she walked on. "I was wrong," he continued, "in talking of its being broke to you. I should not have used the expression. In fact, it does not concern you-- it concerns only myself,--that is, we hope.--Humph!--In short, my dear Emma, there is no occasion to be so uneasy about it. I don't say that it is not a disagreeable business--but things might be much worse.--If we walk fast, we shall soon be at Randalls." Emma found that she must wait; and now it required little effort. She asked no more questions therefore, merely employed her own fancy, and that soon pointed out to her the probability of its being some money concern--something just come to light, of a disagreeable nature in the circumstances of the family,--something which the late event at Richmond had brought forward. Her fancy was very active. Half a dozen natural children, perhaps--and poor Frank cut off!-- This, though very undesirable, would be no matter of agony to her. It inspired little more than an animating curiosity. "Who is that gentleman on horseback?" said she, as they proceeded-- speaking more to assist Mr. Weston in keeping his secret, than with any other view. "I do not know.--One of the Otways.--Not Frank;--it is not Frank, I assure you. You will not see him. He is half way to Windsor by this time." "Has your son been with you, then?" "Oh! yes--did not you know?--Well, well, never mind."

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For a moment he was silent; and then added, in a tone much more guarded and demure, "Yes, Frank came over this morning, just to ask us how we did." They hurried on, and were speedily at Randalls.--"Well, my dear," said he, as they entered the room--"I have brought her, and now I hope you will soon be better. I shall leave you together. There is no use in delay. I shall not be far off, if you want me."-- And Emma distinctly heard him add, in a lower tone, before he quitted the room,--"I have been as good as my word. She has not the least idea." Mrs. Weston was looking so ill, and had an air of so much perturbation, that Emma's uneasiness increased; and the moment they were alone, she eagerly said, "What is it my dear friend? Something of a very unpleasant nature, I find, has occurred;--do let me know directly what it is. I have been walking all this way in complete suspense. We both abhor suspense. Do not let mine continue longer. It will do you good to speak of your distress, whatever it may be." "Have you indeed no idea?" said Mrs. Weston in a trembling voice. "Cannot you, my dear Emma--cannot you form a guess as to what you are to hear?" "So far as that it relates to Mr. Frank Churchill, I do guess." "You are right. It does relate to him, and I will tell you directly;" (resuming her work, and seeming resolved against looking up.) "He has been here this very morning, on a most extraordinary errand. It is impossible to express our surprize. He came to speak to his father on a subject,--to announce an attachment--" She stopped to breathe. Emma thought first of herself, and then of Harriet. "More than an attachment, indeed," resumed Mrs. Weston; "an engagement-- a positive engagement.--What will you say, Emma--what will any body say, when it is known that Frank Churchill and Miss Fairfax are engaged;--nay, that they have been long engaged!" Emma even jumped with surprize;--and, horror-struck, exclaimed, "Jane Fairfax!--Good God! You are not serious? You do not mean it?" "You may well be amazed," returned Mrs. Weston, still averting her eyes, and talking on with eagerness, that Emma might have time to recover-- "You may well be amazed. But it is even so. There has been a solemn engagement between them ever since October--formed at Weymouth, and kept a secret from every body. Not a creature knowing it but themselves--neither the Campbells, nor her family, nor his.-- It is so wonderful, that though perfectly convinced of the fact, it is yet almost incredible to myself. I can hardly believe it.-- I thought I knew him." Emma scarcely heard what was said.--Her mind was divided between two ideas--her own former conversations with him about Miss Fairfax; and poor Harriet;--and for some time she could only exclaim, and require confirmation, repeated confirmation. "Well," said she at last, trying to recover herself; "this is a circumstance which I must think of at least half a day, before I can at all comprehend it. What!--engaged to her all the winter-- before either of them came to Highbury?" "Engaged since October,--secretly engaged.--It has hurt me, Emma, very much. It has hurt his father equally. Some part of his conduct we cannot excuse." Emma pondered a moment, and then replied, "I will not pretend not to understand you; and to give you all the relief in my power, be assured that no such effect has followed his attentions to me, as you are apprehensive of." Mrs. Weston looked up, afraid to believe; but Emma's countenance was as steady as her words. "That you may have less difficulty in believing this boast, of my present perfect indifference," she continued, "I will farther tell you, that there was a period in the early part of our acquaintance, when I did like him, when I was very much disposed to be attached to him--nay, was attached--and how it came to cease, is perhaps the wonder. Fortunately, however, it did cease. I have really for some time past, for at least these three months, cared nothing about him. You may believe me, Mrs. Weston. This is the simple truth." Mrs. Weston kissed her with tears of joy; and when she could find utterance, assured her, that this protestation had done her more good than any thing else in the world could do. "Mr. Weston will be almost as much relieved as myself," said she. "On this point we have been

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wretched. It was our darling wish that you might be attached to each other--and we were persuaded that it was so.-- Imagine what we have been feeling on your account." "I have escaped; and that I should escape, may be a matter of grateful wonder to you and myself. But this does not acquit him, Mrs. Weston; and I must say, that I think him greatly to blame. What right had he to come among us with affection and faith engaged, and with manners so very disengaged? What right had he to endeavour to please, as he certainly did--to distinguish any one young woman with persevering attention, as he certainly did--while he really belonged 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, very wrong indeed." "From something that he said, my dear Emma, I rather imagine--" "And how could she bear such behaviour! Composure with a witness! to look on, while repeated attentions were offering to another woman, before her face, and not resent it.--That is a degree of placidity, which I can neither comprehend nor respect." "There were misunderstandings between them, Emma; he said so expressly. He had not time to enter into much explanation. He was here only a quarter of an hour, 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. The present crisis, indeed, seemed to be brought on by them; and those misunderstandings might very possibly arise from the impropriety of his conduct." "Impropriety! Oh! Mrs. Weston--it is too calm a censure. Much, much beyond impropriety!--It has sunk him, I cannot say how it has sunk him in my opinion. So unlike what a man should be!-- None of that upright integrity, that strict adherence to truth and principle, that disdain of trick and littleness, which a man should display in every transaction of his life." "Nay, dear Emma, now I must take his part; for though he has been wrong in this instance, I have known him long enough to answer for his having many, very many, good qualities; and--" "Good God!" cried Emma, not attending to her.--"Mrs. Smallridge, 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, Emma. On this article I can fully acquit him. It was a private resolution of hers, not communicated to him--or at least not communicated in a way to carry conviction.-- Till yesterday, I know he said he was in the dark as to her plans. They burst on him, I do not know how, but by some letter or message-- and it was the discovery of what she was doing, of this very project of hers, which determined him to come forward at once, own it all to his uncle, throw himself on his kindness, and, in short, put an end to the miserable state of concealment that had been carrying on so long." Emma began to listen better. "I am to hear from him soon," continued Mrs. Weston. "He told me at parting, that he should soon write; and he spoke in a manner which seemed to promise me many particulars that could not be given now. Let us wait, therefore, for this letter. It may bring many extenuations. It may make many things intelligible and excusable which now are not to be understood. Don't let us be severe, don't let us be in a hurry to condemn him. Let us have patience. I must love him; and now that I am satisfied on one point, the one material point, I am sincerely anxious for its all turning out well, and ready to hope that it may. They must both have suffered a great deal under such a system of secresy and concealment." "His sufferings," replied Emma dryly, "do not appear to have done him much harm. Well, and how did Mr. Churchill take it?" "Most favourably for his nephew--gave his consent with scarcely a difficulty. Conceive what the events of a week have done in that family! While poor Mrs. Churchill lived, I suppose there could not have been a hope, a chance, a possibility;--but scarcely are her remains at rest in the family vault, than her husband is persuaded to act exactly opposite to what she would have required. What a blessing it is, when undue influence does not survive the grave!-- He gave his consent with very little persuasion." "Ah!" thought Emma, "he would have done as much for Harriet." "This was settled last night, and Frank was off with the light this morning. He stopped at Highbury, at the Bates's, I fancy, some time--and then came on hither; but was in such a hurry to get back to his uncle,

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to whom he is just now more necessary than ever, that, as I tell you, he could stay with us but a quarter of an hour.-- He was very much agitated--very much, indeed--to a degree that made him appear quite a different creature from any thing I had ever seen him before.--In addition to all the rest, there had been the shock of finding her so very unwell, which he had had no previous suspicion of-- and there was every appearance of his having been feeling a great deal." "And do you really believe the affair to have been carrying on with such perfect secresy?--The Campbells, the Dixons, did none of them know of the engagement?" Emma could not speak the name of Dixon without a little blush. "None; not one. He positively said that it had been known to no being in the world but their two selves." "Well," said Emma, "I suppose we shall gradually grow reconciled to the idea, and I wish them very happy. But I shall always think it a very abominable sort of proceeding. What has it been but a system of hypocrisy and deceit,--espionage, and treachery?-- To come among us with professions of openness and simplicity; and such a league in secret to judge us all!--Here have we been, the whole winter and spring, completely duped, fancying ourselves all on an equal footing of truth and honour, with two people in the midst of us who may have been carrying round, comparing and sitting in judgment on sentiments and words that were never meant for both to hear.--They must take the consequence, if they have heard each other spoken of in a way not perfectly agreeable!" "I am quite easy on that head," replied Mrs. Weston. "I am very sure that I never said any thing of either to the other, which both might not have heard." "You are in luck.--Your only blunder was confined to my ear, when you imagined a certain friend of ours in love with the lady." "True. But as I have always had a thoroughly good opinion of Miss Fairfax, I never could, under any blunder, have spoken ill of her; and as to speaking ill of him, there I must have been safe." At this moment Mr. Weston appeared at a little distance from the window, evidently on the watch. His wife gave him a look which invited him in; and, while he was coming round, added, "Now, dearest Emma, let me intreat you to say and look every thing that may set his heart at ease, and incline him to be satisfied with the match. Let us make the best of it--and, indeed, almost every thing may be fairly said in her favour. It is not a connexion to gratify; but if Mr. Churchill does not feel that, why should we? and it may be a very fortunate circumstance for him, for Frank, I mean, 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, in spite of this one great deviation from the strict rule of right. And how much may be said in her situation for even that error!" "Much, indeed!" cried Emma feelingly. "If a woman can ever be excused for thinking only of herself, it is in a situation like Jane Fairfax's.--Of such, one may almost say, that `the world is not their's, nor the world's law.'" She met Mr. Weston on his entrance, with a smiling countenance, exclaiming, "A very pretty trick you have been playing me, upon my word! This was a device, I suppose, to sport with my curiosity, and exercise my talent of guessing. But you really frightened me. I thought you had lost half your property, at least. And here, instead of its being a matter of condolence, it turns out to be one of congratulation.--I congratulate you, Mr. Weston, with all my heart, on the prospect of having one of the most lovely and accomplished young women in England for your daughter." A glance or two between him and his wife, convinced him that all was as right as this speech proclaimed; and its happy effect on his spirits was immediate. His air and voice recovered their usual briskness: he shook her heartily and gratefully by the hand, and entered on the subject in a manner to prove, that he now only wanted time and persuasion to think the engagement no very bad thing. His companions suggested only what could palliate imprudence, or smooth objections; and by the time they had talked it all over together, and he had talked it all over again with Emma, in their walk back to Hartfield, he was become perfectly reconciled, and not far from thinking it the very best thing that Frank could possibly have done.

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"I am afraid I have had little to do. she acknowledged that Jane Fairfax would have neither elevation nor happiness beyond her desert. Weston had just gone through by herself. Weston's parting words.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter.--Poor Harriet! to be a second time the dupe of her misconceptions and flattery.-.--Her days of insignificance and evil were over. the same origin.--but it was not so much his behaviour as her own.She must communicate the painful truth. when he once said. but still Harriet must be excepted.Emma had promised. It was the scrape which he had drawn her into on Harriet's account. she might at least relieve her feelings from any present solicitude on her account. whose troubles and whose ill-health having. and as soon as possible. which Mrs. and happy.--She felt that she had been risking her friend's happiness on most insufficient grounds. and as far as her mind could disengage itself from the injustice and selfishness of angry feelings. Knightley had spoken prophetically.-. it would. however. so. Page 157 . But poor Harriet was such an engrossing charge! There was little sympathy to be spared for any body else. Mr. Her heart beat quick on hearing Harriet's footstep and voice.--She would soon be well. Her influence would have been enough. she supposed. No doubt it had been from jealousy. with common sense. And now she was very conscious that she ought to have prevented them. and judging by its apparently stronger effect on Harriet's mind. and that there were five hundred chances to one against his ever caring for her. The intelligence." she added. it would have been dreadful. that gave the deepest hue to his offence.--It was true that she had not to charge herself. she need no longer be unhappy about Jane. and which constituted the real misery of the business to her. producing reserve and self-command. in this instance as in the former. poor Harriet!"--Those were the words.--In Jane's eyes she had been a rival. which had been so anxiously announced to her. the whole affair was to be completely a secret. that she must not allow herself to think of him. but she felt completely guilty of having encouraged what she might have repressed. It was her superior duty. as a token of respect to the wife he had so very recently lost. and arrowroot from the Hartfield storeroom must have been poison. Harriet would be anxiety enough. and prosperous. Considering the very superior claims of the object.com/abclit. with having suggested such feelings as might otherwise never have entered Harriet's imagination. she was now to be anxiously announcing to another. An injunction of secresy had been among Mr. This discovery laid many smaller matters open." She was extremely angry with herself. Churchill had made a point of it. with being the sole and original author of the mischief. In spite of her vexation. she could not help feeling it almost ridiculous.--"But. She understood it all. and well might any thing she could offer of assistance or regard be repulsed."-.-Emma could now imagine why her own attentions had been slighted. for Harriet had acknowledged her admiration and preference of Frank Churchill before she had ever given her a hint on the subject. must be equally under cure. in them lay the tormenting ideas which Emma could not get rid of. and every body admitted it to be no more than due decorum. that she should have the very same distressing and delicate office to perform by Harriet.html CHAPTER XI "H arriet. If she could not have been angry with Frank Churchill too. Emma was sadly fearful that this second disappointment would be more severe than the first. "Emma. Mr. which made her so angry with him. you have been no friend to Harriet Smith. of course.processtext.As for Jane Fairfax. She might have prevented the indulgence and increase of such sentiments. http://www. "For the present."--She was afraid she had done her nothing but disservice. it ought. Frank Churchill had behaved very ill by herself--very ill in many ways. An airing in the Hartfield carriage would have been the rack. Common sense would have directed her to tell Harriet.

who had been always acquainted with him--" "Harriet!" cried Emma. and with face turned from her. for Mr. waiting in great terror till Harriet should answer. appeared to me to relate to a different person. it was as clear as possible. if not openly-." replied Emma. I hope I have a better taste than to think of Mr. When we talked about him. "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?" "Him!--never. "I should not have thought it possible. I could almost assert that you had named Mr. "I begin to doubt my having any such talent.I should not have dared to give way to--I should not have thought it possible--But if you. by look or voice. that Emma did not know how to understand it. Weston tell you?"--said Emma. Frank Churchill. Are you speaking of--Mr. indeed. colouring.--You (blushing as she spoke) who can see into every body's heart." said Emma. Harriet's behaviour was so extremely odd. "Why should you caution me?--You do not think I care about Mr.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. if you had not told me that more wonderful things had happened. Miss Woodhouse!" cried Harriet.--Her voice was lost. Frank Churchill's having the least regard for Jane Fairfax. She seemed to propose shewing no agitation. after a moment's pause--"What do you mean?-. is amazing!--I am sure. "About Jane Fairfax. I never could have an idea of any body else-. Emma looked at her. Frank Churchill. You may be very sure that if I had. collecting herself resolutely--"Let us understand each other now." "Not quite. did not immediately say any thing. or disappointment. and she sat down. I should not think of mentioning it to any body but you. At first. who was standing at some distance." "What did Mr.and so I thought you knew.processtext. but nobody else--" "Upon my word. might. so odd. I met him just now. I should have cautioned you accordingly. with forced calmness. Weston felt when she was approaching Randalls. unfortunately. Her character appeared absolutely changed.-. "Had you any idea. there could be no chance. never. Did you ever hear any thing so strange? Oh!--you need not be afraid of owning it to me. whether Harriet could indeed have received any hint. Can you seriously ask me. "for all that you then said.but considering how infinitely superior he is to every body else. and when she did speak. I should not have thought it possible that I could be supposed to mean any other person. Dear Miss Woodhouse. "Harriet!" cried Emma. to dare to think of him. He told me it was to be a great secret. http://www. How very odd!" It was." returned Emma. Knightley?" "To be sure I am. and astonished. "that you could have misunderstood me! I know we agreed never to name him-. smiling.com/abclit. therefore." she began. Harriet. without the possibility of farther mistake. how could you so mistake me?" turning away distressed. "Well. but for believing that you entirely approved and meant to encourage me in my attachment. unable to guess. quite unable to speak. Frank Churchill are to be married. "Oh! he told me all about it." cried Harriet. Mr. Frank Churchill.But of that. but he said you knew it. perhaps. "of his being in love with her?--You.Good Heaven! what do you mean?--Mistake you!--Am I to suppose then?--" She could not speak another word. Frank Churchill."is not this the oddest news that ever was?" "What news do you mean?" replied Emma. that Jane Fairfax and Mr. till within the last hour. and. of Mr. whether I imagined him attached to another woman at the very time that I was--tacitly. who is like nobody by his side. coming eagerly into the room-. Weston has told me himself." "I am delighted to hear you speak so stoutly on the subject. I should have considered it at first too great a presumption almost.html had poor Mrs. or peculiar concern in the discovery." "Me!" cried Harriet. indeed! I do not know who would ever look at him in the company of the other. it was in a voice nearly as agitated as Emma's. Could the event of the disclosure bear an equal resemblance!-. still perplexed. I am sure the Page 158 .encouraging you to give way to your own feelings?--I never had the slightest suspicion. Harriet. And that you should have been so mistaken. that there had been matches of greater disparity (those were your very words). and that they have been privately engaged to one another this long while.

that considering the service he had rendered you. what madness. however. "that you should feel a great difference between the two. how you do forget!" "My dear Harriet. as well as her own heart. and she was ready to give it every bad name in the world. You must think one five hundred million times more above me than the other. and when there was no other partner in the room. whose counsels had never led her right. I am sure. was before her in the same few minutes. Some portion of respect for herself. Frank Churchill and me. and." "Oh! Miss Woodhouse. how indelicate. dear. renewed the conversation. that Mr. for a few minutes. "Have you any idea of Mr." she resumed. that was quite sunk and lost. with even apparent kindness. Miss Woodhouse. had led her on! It struck her with dreadful force. expressing yourself very warmly as to your sense of that service. may have occurred before-. That was the kind action.strange as it may appear--. Knightley must marry no one but herself! Her own conduct." replied Harriet modestly. I cannot be worse off than I should have been.--The impression of it is strong on my memory. 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. Page 159 .Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. then. with the speed of an arrow. matches of greater disparity had taken place than between Mr. that was the service which made me begin to feel how superior he was to every other being upon earth. Why was it so much worse that Harriet should be in love with Mr.she admitted--she acknowledged the whole truth. "this has been a most unfortunate-.some concern for her own appearance. and a strong sense of justice by Harriet--(there would be no need of compassion to the girl who believed herself loved by Mr. if the other had been the person. she turned to Harriet again. Knightley and themselves.Rousing from reflection. http://www. dear Miss Woodhouse." "Good God!" cried Emma. beyond expression. Miss Woodhouse. it was extremely natural:--and you agreed to it. "now I recollect what you mean. it was fit that the utmost extent of Harriet's hopes should be enquired into. Elton would not stand up with me. and try to put difficulties in the way. I perfectly remember the substance of what I said on the occasion. and she sat silently meditating.--For her own advantage indeed. than with Frank Churchill? Why was the evil so dreadfully increased by Harriet's having some hope of a return? It darted through her.most deplorable mistake!--What is to be done?" "You would not have encouraged me. you will not set yourself against it. made rapid progress.of Mr. A mind like hers." "Oh.and if I should be so fortunate. in protecting you from the gipsies. and now--it is possible--" She paused a few moments. was spoken of. Knightley's returning your affection?" "Yes. that more wonderful things had happened. "I do not wonder. and hastily said. how unfeeling had been her conduct! What blindness. once opening to suspicion." Emma's eyes were instantly withdrawn. It was not the gipsies--it was not Mr. A few minutes were sufficient for making her acquainted with her own heart. the wonderful story of Jane Fairfax. But I hope." cried Harriet. it seems as if such a thing even as this. Frank Churchill that I meant. therefore. as to-.if Mr. But you are too good for that. but not fearfully--"I must say that I have. Frank Churchill had rendered you. as to me or as to any body.-.Neither of them thought but of Mr. She saw it all with a clearness which had never blessed her before. Emma could not speak. and mentioning even what your sensations had been in seeing him come forward to your rescue. But you know they were your own words.-. Knightley's coming and asking me to dance. but I was thinking of something very different at the time. in spite of all these demerits-. I told you that I did not wonder at your attachment. that was the noble benevolence and generosity. how irrational. in a fixed attitude. and." Harriet was standing at one of the windows. if you had understood me? At least. when Mr.processtext. that supposing--that if-. Knightley.com/abclit. therefore. No! (with some elevation) I was thinking of a much more precious circumstance-. Knightley should really--if he does not mind the disparity. Knightley--but justice required that she should not be made unhappy by any coldness now.html service Mr.) gave Emma the resolution to sit and endure farther with calmness. I hope. How improperly had she been acting by Harriet! How inconsiderate. She touched-. for as to the subject which had first introduced it. however. Emma turned round to look at her in consternation. and subduing her emotion. in a more inviting accent.

he had so often come and walked by her. who had been standing in no unhappy reverie. he changed the subject. it was very much against his inclination that he left home at all. and that if he does chuse me. a compliment implied. and of his having indeed quite a different manner towards her. But now I seem to feel that I may deserve him. by the now encouraging manner of such a judge.But as soon as she (Miss Woodhouse) appeared likely to join them. Martin. such a confusion of sudden and perplexing emotions. by Emma." When Harriet had closed her evidence.She listened with much inward suffering. to say whether she had not good ground for hope. or to be suspected of it. a preference inferred. which was much more (as Emma felt) than he had acknowledged to her. he might be alluding to Mr. honest. he had talked to her in a more particular way than he had ever done before. He praised her for being without art or affectation. "I never should have presumed to think of it at first. it could not be expected to be. but her mind was in all the perturbation that such a development of self. for having simple. generous. Emma knew it to have been very much the case. or well arranged. and began talking about farming:-. when he first came in.processtext.She knew that he saw such recommendations in Harriet. though trembling delight. the very last morning of his being at Hartfield--though. Martin! No indeed!--There was not a hint of Mr. From that evening.--The first. the two of strongest promise to Harriet. such a burst of threatening evil.-. Her voice was not unsteady. gave her severe pain. he had dwelt on them to her more than once. into the state of your affections.-. were better concealed than Harriet's. or very well delivered. after a little reflection. Martin.html Harriet.-. as you thought. and talked so very delightfully!--He seemed to want to be acquainted with her. Martin-. and contained multiplied proofs to her who had seen them. "Might he not?--Is not it possible. You told me to observe him carefully. that when enquiring. and such a friend as Miss Woodhouse. a look. was yet very glad to be called from it. was his having sat talking with her nearly half an hour before Emma came back from her visit. had passed undiscerned by her who now heard them. or at least from the time of Miss Woodhouse's encouraging her to think of him. http://www. but the two latest occurrences to be mentioned.The second.and Emma felt them to be in the closest agreement with what she had known of his opinion of Harriet. and he had taken pains (as she was convinced) to draw her from the rest to himself--and at first.com/abclit. found her much superior to his expectation. were not without some degree of witness from Emma herself. feelings. Harriet had begun to be sensible of his talking to her much more than he had been used to do. but it contained. on that occasion. that though he must go to London.--Emma knew that he had. had been unnoticed. Harriet had been conscious of a difference in his behaviour ever since those two decisive dances. to Harriet's detail. Knightley's most improved opinion of Harriet. and only wanted invitation. whether her affections were engaged. when separated from all the feebleness and tautology of the narration. "Mr. venture the following question. in the lime-walk at Donwell. than to care for Mr. he had said that he could not stay five minutes--and his having told her. a substance to sink her spirit-. which her own memory brought in favour of Mr.--Emma's tremblings as she asked.--Much that lived in Harriet's memory. which this one article marked. she appealed to her dear Miss Woodhouse. must create.Harriet repeated expressions of approbation and praise from him-. to give the history of her hopes with great.-. She had often observed the change. When they had been all walking together. On the subject of the first of the two circumstances. during their conversation.especially with the corroborating circumstances." Page 160 . but with great outward patience. it will not be any thing so very wonderful. and let his behaviour be the rule of mine--and so I have. I hope I know better now. Circumstances that might swell to half an hour's relation." said she. but they were not less. to almost the same extent. The superior degree of confidence towards Harriet.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. a removal from one chair to another.) He seemed to be almost asking her. a speech. where they had been walking some time before Emma came.--Methodical. because unsuspected. she did. Martin's interest in view? But Harriet rejected the suspicion with spirit. "but for you. in a very particular way indeed!--(Harriet could not recall it without a blush. was his walking with her apart from the others.he might have Mr. many little particulars of the notice she had received from him. a manner of kindness and sweetness!--Latterly she had been more and more aware of it. and as she listened.

Mr. she tried her own room. and every moment of involuntary absence of mind. and living under!--The blunders. by any blessed felicity. "She could not compose herself-. 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. very far.She was most sorrowfully indignant.-. in acting to the contrary.html The bitter feelings occasioned by this speech.--She was bewildered amidst the confusion of all that had rushed on her within the last few hours. totally ignorant of her own heart--and. had it-. Knightley. therefore.--She saw that there never had been a time when she did not consider Mr.--Could it be?--No. it was impossible. He was coming through the hall." Harriet seemed ready to worship her friend for a sentence so satisfactory. She saw. as every feeling declared him now to be? When had his influence. threadbare. that she had never really cared for Frank Churchill at all! This was the conclusion of the first series of reflection. such influence begun?-. occupied?--She looked back. and Emma was only saved from raptures and fondness. With insufferable vanity had she believed herself in the secret of every body's feelings. the mortification and disdain of his brother."--with most ready encouragement from her friend.--Were this most unequal of all connexions to take place. To that point went every leisure moment which her father's claims on her allowed. she passed off through another door--and the moment she was gone. in fancying. the many bitter feelings. presenting no disparity. or when his regard for her had not been infinitely the most dear. and she too much feared. on herself. she tried the shrubbery--in every place. and she had not quite done nothing--for she had done mischief. that she had been imposed on by others in a most mortifying degree. "Harriet. I will only venture to declare. thoroughly understand her own heart. which Frank Churchill had once. and should probably find this day but the beginning of wretchedness. for his attachment. Knightley as infinitely the superior.-Every other part of her mind was disgusting. affording nothing to be said or thought. by the sound of her father's footsteps. were hardly enough for her thoughts. occurred to her. which she reached. Woodhouse would be alarmed--she had better go. the thousand inconveniences to himself. http://www. every posture. And yet it was far. that she was wretched.Mr. ashamed of every sensation but the one revealed to her--her affection for Mr.processtext. she compared the two--compared them. she had been entirely under a delusion. Knightley is the last man in the world. the sneers. she must believe to be produced only by a consciousness of Harriet's.--How to understand it all! How to understand the deceptions she had been thus practising on herself. she walked about. that Mr.and as they must at any time have been compared by her. to foresee the smiles. exciting no surprize.--and even were this not the case. and without being long in reaching it. the merriment it would prompt at his expense. To understand. this was the spontaneous burst of Emma's feelings: "Oh God! that I had never seen her!" The rest of the day.When had he succeeded to that place in her affection. on her must rest all the reproach of having given it a beginning. Knightley and Harriet Smith!--It was a union to distance every wonder of the kind. she perceived that she had acted most weakly. stale in the comparison. This was the knowledge of herself. to enable her to say on reply.--Was it a new circumstance for a man of first-rate abilities to be captivated by very inferior Page 161 .--Mr. he would never have known Harriet at all but for her folly. Knightley. to institute the comparison. with unpardonable arrogance proposed to arrange every body's destiny.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. She had brought evil on Harriet. as they had always stood in her estimation. that she had been imposing on herself in a degree yet more mortifying. Knightley been so dear to her. in short. made the utmost exertion necessary on Emma's side. Harriet was too much agitated to encounter him. and every surprize must be matter of humiliation to her. was the first endeavour. the following night. on the first question of inquiry. from the time of the latter's becoming known to her-. on Mr.com/abclit. for a short period. Every moment had brought a fresh surprize.--The attachment of Frank Churchill and Jane Fairfax became commonplace. who would intentionally give any woman the idea of his feeling for her more than he really does. which at that moment would have been dreadful penance.oh! had it. the blindness of her own head and heart!--she sat still. that in persuading herself. from impossible. She was proved to have been universally mistaken. How long had Mr.

html powers? Was it new for one.-. than she now seemed of Mr. inconsistent.processtext. she could not presume to indulge them. but his remaining single all his life. She had herself been first with him for many years past.) that Harriet might have deceived herself.She had no hope. very dear?-. Emma had never known how much of her happiness depended on being first with Mr. she knew she was dear to him.When the suggestions of hope. but there was a hope (at times a slight one. with an endeavour to improve her.How shocked had he been by her behaviour to Miss Bates! How directly. and only in the dread of being supplanted.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. 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-.But Harriet was less humble. seemed little felt. Knightley. 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. for his sake--be the consequence nothing to herself.-. she had enjoyed it without reflection. and thorough excellence of mind. whether of mind or situation. and feeling it her due. and that her claims were great to a high worldly establishment?-. Harriet Smith might think herself not unworthy of being peculiarly.-. found how inexpressibly important it had been. had fewer scruples than formerly. Knightley to all the world.--Long. how strongly had he expressed himself to her on the subject!--Not too strongly for the offence--but far. and an anxiety for her doing right. She had not deserved it. How Harriet could ever have had the presumption to raise her thoughts to Mr. with a folly which no tongue could express. from being humble. having no female connexions of his own.--Satisfied that it was so.She had seemed more sensible of Mr. and be overrating his regard for her. which no other creature had at all shared. and she had always known exactly how far he loved and esteemed Isabella. and where he had told her she ought!--Had she not. he had loved her. let Donwell and Hartfield lose none of their precious intercourse of friendship Page 162 .com/abclit. it was her doing too. perhaps too busy to seek.-.Her inferiority. Could she be secure of that. CHAPTER XII T ill now that she was threatened with its loss. or even wilfully opposing him. passionately loved by Mr. and watched over her from a girl. at times much stronger. to be the prize of a girl who would seek him?--Was it new for any thing in this world to be unequal. that he could have that sort of affection for herself which was now in question. first in interest and affection.--Let him but continue the same Mr. insensible of half his merits.If Harriet.all would have been safe.-. might she not say. for. however. which must follow here.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. were grown vain. http://www. exclusively. She could not. the same Mr. She had received a very recent proof of its impartiality. far too strongly to issue from any feeling softer than upright justice and clear-sighted goodwill. that she was to elevate herself if possible. she had often been negligent or perverse. from family attachment and habit. indeed. she believed she should be perfectly satisfied. and quarrelling with him because he would not acknowledge her false and insolent estimate of her own--but still. Knightley. Elton's being to stoop in marrying her. of his never marrying at all. none of this dreadful sequel would have been. slighting his advice. Knightley!--How she could dare to fancy herself the chosen of such a man till actually assured of it!-. Knightley to her and her father. she felt she had been first. She could not flatter herself with any idea of blindness in his attachment to her. very long. there had been only Isabella whose claims could be compared with hers.--Wish it she must. presented themselves. In spite of all her faults. nothing to deserve the name of hope. Knightley's.

and Mr. and was grateful. it would do the subject no good." Emma smiled. thought so much of Jane. and every look and action had shewn how deeply she was suffering from consciousness.It would do neither of them good. so disinterested in every sensation. yet almost an affecting. Bates's. Weston to invite her to an airing. in the course of their drive. as long as she could doubt. They were both so truly respectable in their happiness. and she hoped. To talk would be only to irritate. and in the first place had wished not to go at all at present. Weston had thought differently. and the rapturous delight of her daughter--who proved even too joyous to talk as usual. that all farther confidential discussion of one topic had better be avoided. and did not conceive that any suspicion could be excited by it.He was expected back every day. Weston. to beg that she would not. as. `I will not say. almost as much in duty to Emma as in pleasure to herself. and felt that Mr. that it would be of any consequence. Weston. Apologies for her seemingly ungracious silence in their first reception. It would be incompatible with what she owed to her father. Nothing should separate her from her father. A little curiosity Emma had. Weston. in short--and very great had been the evident distress and confusion of the lady. Weston had very good reason for saying so. she might at least be able to ascertain what the chances for it were. and to defer this ceremonious call till a little time had passed. "she was energetic. and the warmest expressions of the gratitude she was always feeling towards herself and Mr." he observed.--Harriet submitted. to relate all the particulars of so interesting an interview. she did not know how to admit that she could be blinded here. scene. and gone through his share of this essential attention most handsomely. and yet had no authority for opposing Harriet's confidence. Weston had accompanied her to Mrs. so much of every body. she thought such a visit could not be paid without leading to reports:-. Mrs. and much more to say with satisfaction. that if a few days were allowed to pass before they met again.html and confidence.-. who had been calling on her daughter-in-law elect. that since I entered into the Page 163 ." continued Mrs.-. and. Weston had.--She should see them henceforward with the closest observance. It must be her ardent wish that Harriet might be disappointed. kindly. and she made the most of it while her friend related.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. acknowledging it to be her conviction. by gentle encouragement.--She was resolved not to be convinced.--She wrote to her. The power of observation would be soon given--frightfully soon it appeared when her thoughts were in one course. Miss Fairfax's recent illness had offered a fair plea for Mrs. to be talking of it farther. was now returned with much more to say. sleeping or waking. but decisively. considering every thing. to be allowed merely to write to Miss Fairfax instead. overcome so much of her embarrassment. and hoping. Knightley. This point was just arranged. even if she were asked by Mr. could have afforded. Churchill could be reconciled to the engagement's becoming known. and was very much pleased with all that she had said on the subject. and took Hartfield in her way home. and so little of themselves. he was extremely anxious to shew his approbation to Miss Fairfax and her family. for "such things. and approved.processtext. 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. pent up within her own mind as every thing had so long been. They had gone. but. that every kindly feeling was at work for them.com/abclit. the last twenty-four hours--Mrs. and with what she felt for him. during the concealment of so many months. This was one of her expressions. and wretchedly as she had hitherto misunderstood even those she was watching. she had drawn back and declined at first. must necessarily open the cause. would not do for her. Weston had set off to pay the visit in a good deal of agitation herself. She had hardly been able to speak a word. at present.but Mr. had been a gratifying. "On the misery of what she had suffered. that when able to see them together again. http://www. and her peace would be fully secured. than a quarter of an hour spent in Mrs. but when these effusions were put by. heart-felt satisfaction of the old lady. Mrs. Bates's parlour. with all the encumbrance of awkward feelings. therefore. or if it were. as to bring her to converse on the important subject. they had talked a good deal of the present and of the future state of the engagement. come to Hartfield. in fact. In the meanwhile. Weston was convinced that such conversation must be the greatest relief to her companion. She would not marry. she resolved against seeing Harriet. The quiet. but she having then induced Miss Fairfax to join her in an airing. when a visitor arrived to tear Emma's thoughts a little from the one subject which had engrossed them. "always got about. Mrs. Mr. on being pressed had yielded.--Marriage.

I shall yet dread making the story known to Colonel Campbell. Weston ended with. It is fit that the fortune should be on his side. seriously.' she continued. this is all to be forgotten. under any other circumstances." "On your side. it was soon gone to Brunswick Square or to Donwell.' said she.his delightful spirits. Her affection must have overpowered her judgment. `which I ought to have done.and the quivering lip. which. "Are you well. and made her captious and irritable to a degree that must have been-. I could not bear these thanks." "Yes. and her defence was.'" "Poor girl!" said Emma again. and that gaiety. "Oh! perfectly. would.--for. if there were an account drawn up of the evil and the good I have done Miss Fairfax!--Well (checking herself. But after all the punishment that misconduct can bring. whenever I had an opportunity. for I think the merit will be all on hers. I believe." returned Emma. `has been a state of perpetual suffering to me. can blame her more than she is disposed to blame herself. Weston. when alluding to the misunderstandings which he had given us hints of before. I am sure she is very good-. and when Mrs." "Poor girl!" said Emma. therefore. my love. The consciousness of having done amiss.that had been--hard for him to bear. "She thinks herself wrong.com/abclit. and of the great kindness you had shewn her during her illness. and at least equal affection-. and trying to be more lively). and I do assure you that. You are very kind to bring me these interesting particulars. Weston's parting question. in spite of every little drawback from her scrupulous conscience. it is still not less misconduct." "I am afraid. but I can say. she loved him very much. She was sensible that you had never received any proper acknowledgment from herself." Mrs. `I did not make the allowances." said Emma. "We have not yet had the letter we are so anxious for. as they were at first. you know. that she could be led to form the engagement. was an attestation that I felt at my heart.I hope she will be very happy. and the kindness I am now receiving. oh! Mrs. "that I must often have contributed to make her unhappy. One natural consequence of the evil she had involved herself in. and at last obliged to answer at random. then. have been as constantly bewitching to me. for his temper and spirits-. I am always well. She thought well of Frank in almost every respect.but she had too much to urge for Emma's attention. it was very innocently done. `The consequence." she said. "was that of making her unreasonable. what was more. she forgot to attempt to listen. Be sure to give me intelligence of the letter as soon as possible." Such a conclusion could not pass unanswered by Mrs. had exposed her to a thousand inquietudes. and the fortunate turn that every thing has taken. But she probably had something of that in her thoughts. "which. but I hope it will soon come. that I have never known the blessing of one tranquil hour:'-.' `Do not imagine. by increasing her esteem and compassion. I have no doubt of her being extremely attached to him. to thank you--I could not thank you too much--for every wish and every endeavour to do her good. They shew her to the greatest advantage. I am sure. and so it ought. Weston's communications furnished Emma with more food for unpleasant reflection. for having consented to a private engagement?" "Wrong! No one. before she could at all recollect what letter it was which they were so anxious for. Emma.processtext." she was obliged to pause before she answered. she must be.' said she. `that I was taught wrong." "If I did not know her to be happy now. my Emma?" was Mrs. and with a blush which shewed me how it was all connected. Weston. which uttered it.' She then began to speak of you.html engagement I have not had some happy moments. Do not let any reflection fall on the principles or the care of the friends who brought me up. that playfulness of disposition. desired me.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. is what my conscience tells me ought not to be. and her sense of past injustice towards Miss Fairfax. Pain is no expiation. I suppose. sighing. with all the excuse that present circumstances may appear to give. http://www. She bitterly regretted not having sought a closer acquaintance with her. madam. earnest. She talked with a great deal of reason. and. you know. I never can be blameless. and blushed for the envious feelings which Page 164 . The error has been all my own. It must have been from attachment only. I have been acting contrary to all my sense of right. "She loves him then excessively.

A cold stormy rain set in. in great measure. and Miss Fairfax. on the evening of Mrs. It reminded her of their first forlorn tete-a-tete. Dixon. and Mrs. The child to be born at Randalls must be a tie there even dearer than herself. she must. if Harriet were to be the chosen.--Frank Churchill would return among them no more. however inferior in spirit and gaiety might be the following and every future winter of her life to the past. Knightley's known wishes. or even from walking about the room for a few seconds--and the only source whence any thing like consolation or composure could be drawn. but Mr.--But her present forebodings she feared would experience no similar contradiction. and dissipated every melancholy fancy. without her having stabbed Jane Fairfax's peace in a thousand instances. which only made such cruel sights the longer visible. and settled either at or near Enscombe. and education. had proved erroneous. and if to these losses. and the length of the day. Of all the sources of evil surrounding the former. Woodhouse. All that were good would be withdrawn. the loss of Donwell were to be added. at Hartfield.html had certainly been. as finding in Harriet's society all that he wanted. she must have been preserved from the abominable suspicions of an improper attachment to Mr. and the hope that. might shortly be over. no friends had deserted them. soon after tea. If all took place that might take place among the circle of her friends. the wife to whom he looked for all the best blessings of existence. to be received with gratitude. Alas! such delightful proofs of Hartfield's attraction. and leave her less to regret when it were gone. what could be increasing Emma's wretchedness but the reflection never far distant from her mind. 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. since her coming to Highbury. it was reasonable to suppose. which she had not only so foolishly fashioned and harboured herself.which was most probable--still. The evening of this day was very long. had she done her part towards intimacy. The weather added what it could of gloom. and the other--what was she?--Supposing even that they had never become intimate friends. that it had been all her own work? When it came to such a pitch as this. would soon cease to belong to Highbury. if he were to be thought of hereafter. in some measure. in paying that attention to Miss Fairfax. the dearest. she was not able to refrain from a start. no pleasures had been lost.com/abclit. http://www. was in the resolution of her own better conduct. The weather affected Mr. and as she might. and melancholy. and by exertions which had never cost her half so much before. as those sort of visits conveyed. and she left to cheer her father with the spirits only of ruined happiness. have been spared from every pain which pressed on her now. what would remain of cheerful or of rational society within their reach? Mr. They should lose her. and on Box Hill. Hartfield must be comparatively deserted. They never could have been all three together. she was persuaded that she must herself have been the worst. had been equally marking one as an associate for her. it would yet find her more rational. Knightley to be no longer coming there for his evening comfort!-. was threatening to a degree that could not be entirely dispelled-. The prospect before her now. an idea which she greatly feared had been made a subject of material distress to the delicacy of Jane's feelings. the first.that might not be even partially brightened. but had so unpardonably imparted. in knowing her as she ought. Weston's wedding-day. had she tried to know her better. and nothing of July appeared but in the trees and shrubs. it had been the agony of a mind that would bear no more. which the wind was despoiling. Page 165 . by the levity or carelessness of Frank Churchill's.processtext. her husband also. Knightley had walked in then.No longer walking in at all hours. in all probability. which was every way her due. She must have been a perpetual enemy. The picture which she had then drawn of the privations of the approaching winter. probably. the cause. perhaps. They would be married. abilities. Weston's heart and time would be occupied by it. or a heavy sigh. and. the friend. had she endeavoured to find a friend there instead of in Harriet Smith. Had she followed Mr.--Birth. more acquainted with herself.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. and he could only be kept tolerably comfortable by almost ceaseless attention on his daughter's side. that she had never been admitted into Miss Fairfax's confidence on this important matter-.

with spirits freshened. They walked together. And this belief produced another dread.com/abclit. She had been thinking of him the moment before. smell." Her arm was pressed again. and brilliant after a storm. time will heal the wound.--When had he left them?--Only that morning. He was silent. the clouds were carried off. she found.--It was the first intimation of his being returned from London. "He had just looked into the dining-room. sensation of nature. and at the end of them he gave me a brief account of what had happened. and the same loneliness. preferred being out of doors.--I have not forgotten that you once tried to give me a caution.--I wish I had attended to it--but--(with a sinking voice and a heavy sigh) I seem to have been doomed to blindness. and on Mr. he might be watching for encouragement to begin. and as he was not wanted there. and trying for a fuller view of her face than it suited her to give. and looking at her. while she spoke. and the first possible cause for it. began-"You have some news to hear. as unquestionably sixteen miles distant. and the same melancholy. Perhaps he wanted to speak to her. for you have had your suspicions. that will rather surprize you. She asked after their mutual friends. seemed to reign at Hartfield--but in the afternoon it cleared. Knightley passing through the garden door. "of what nature?" "Oh! the best nature in the world--a wedding. as if to be sure she intended to say no more. that he had perhaps been communicating his plans to his brother. was. she lost no time ill hurrying into the shrubbery. the sun appeared." For a moment or two nothing was said. She thought he was often looking at her. in a more broken and subdued accent."--She thought he neither looked nor spoke cheerfully. tranquil. and was pained by the manner in which they had been received. turning her glowing cheeks towards him. and coming towards her. and heard him thus saying. and thoughts a little relieved. "Time. as he added. Goddard's in his way. With all the eagerness which such a transition gives.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. With him it was most unnatural." After waiting a moment.processtext. they were all well. the wind changed into a softer quarter. Never had the exquisite sight.--There was time only for the quickest arrangement of mind. trying to smile. in a tone of great sensibility. when she saw Mr. http://www. In half a minute they were together. of his attachment to Harriet. Emma resolved to be out of doors as soon as possible. speaking low. could not. warm. it occurred to her that he might have called at Mrs. "The feelings of the warmest friendship--Indignation--Abominable Page 166 .--Yes.--She did not. with a little more composure. "I had a few lines on parish business from Mr. now you are come back. till she found her arm drawn within his. and could presently say. she had taken a few turns. "You probably have been less surprized than any of us.--Your own excellent sense--your exertions for your father's sake--I know you will not allow yourself--.html CHAPTER XIII T he weather continued much the same all the following morning. for. He must do it all himself. been more attractive to her. my dearest Emma. "If you mean Miss Fairfax and Frank Churchill. I have heard that already. and she was unsuspicious of having excited any particular interest. She considered--resolved--and. suggested by her fears. He must have had a wet ride. it was summer again. The "How d'ye do's" were quiet and constrained on each side. She must be collected and calm. Weston this morning. and pressed against his heart.--There. feel equal to lead the way to any such subject. Yet she could not bear this silence." Emma was quite relieved. he replied. with a disengaged hour to give her father." "Have I?" said he quietly.--He meant to walk with her. Perry's coming in soon after dinner. She longed for the serenity they might gradually introduce." "How is it possible?" cried Emma.

he may yet turn out well. I hope." said Emma. She went on.but checking himself--"No. could be more effectually blinded than myself--except that I was not blinded--that it was my good fortune--that. in short. he generally chuses ill.--And even if I have not underrated him hitherto." He listened in perfect silence.--He is a disgrace to the name of man. "So early in life--at three-and-twenty--a period when. but he would not.html scoundrel!"-. he said. And now I can tolerably comprehend his behaviour. I am sure. My blindness to what was going on. 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.--He is no object of regret. whose happiness will be involved in his good character and conduct.-. in short. He has imposed on me.--I can suppose. and allowed myself to appear pleased. they all centre in this at last--my vanity was flattered. Knightley. They will soon be in Yorkshire. She deserves a better fate.--I have no motive for wishing him ill--and for her sake.And in a louder. Many circumstances assisted the temptation.--With such a woman he has a chance. and yet. "I have never had a high opinion of Frank Churchill. I have never been attached to him.--I was tempted by his attentions. He never wished to attach me. for (with a sigh) let me swell out the causes ever so ingeniously. "You are very kind--but you are mistaken--and I must set you right.I am not in want of that sort of compassion. trying to be lively. At three-and-twenty to have drawn such a prize! What years of felicity that man."I am in a very extraordinary situation.I have had no idea of their meaning any thing. "I have very little to say for my own conduct. "I believe them to be very mutually and very sincerely attached. but he has not injured me. probably--a common case--and no more than has happened to hundreds of my sex before. "He will soon be gone. he concluded with.I could only be certain that there was a preference--and a preference which I never believed him to deserve. I shall certainly wish him well.--I thought them a habit. has before him!--Assured of the love of such a woman--the disinterested love. Latterly. steadier tone. indeed?"-. I am sorry for her. since my manners gave such an impression. excited by such tender consideration. but he was silent. Jane. from your manners. looking eagerly at her. before that becomes the acknowledgment of more than your reason. At last. He was the son of Mr. but I have no other reason to regret that I was not in the secret earlier. but it was a hard case to be obliged still to lower herself in his opinion. and I was very foolishly tempted to say and do many things which may well lay me open to unpleasant conjectures." "Mr. indeed-. assure myself as to the degree of what you felt-.Jane. for Jane Fairfax's character vouches Page 167 . led me to act by them in a way that I must always be ashamed of." "Emma!" cried he. and." "I have no doubt of their being happy together. but really confused-. My acquaintance with him has been but trifling.-. I cannot let you continue in your error.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. and no one." said Emma. as it might be natural for a woman to feel in confessing exactly the reverse. that I may have underrated him." She had hoped for an answer here--for a few words to say that her conduct was at least intelligible. I understand you--forgive me--I am pleased that you can say even so much.--And is he to be rewarded with that sweet young woman?-.--Fortunate that your affections were not farther entangled!--I could never." "He is a most fortunate man!" returned Mr. and I allowed his attentions.-. indeed! and it will not be very long. Knightley.com/abclit. a trick. if a man chuses a wife. Weston--he was continually here--I always found him very pleasant--and. however. and tolerably in his usual tone. She wished him to speak. you will be a miserable creature. in all human calculation. however. no.But I never have.processtext. perhaps. replied. "are you. http://www. however--for some time. She supposed she must say more before she were entitled to his clemency. and yet it may not be the more excusable in one who sets up as I do for Understanding." Emma understood him. and as soon as she could recover from the flutter of pleasure. I was somehow or other safe from him. as far as she could judge. I confess.An old story. with energy. It was merely a blind to conceal his real situation with another.--It was his object to blind all about him. deep in thought. nothing that called for seriousness on my side.

' if it is to be said. "You are going in. I think. dearest Emma. as well as you have borne with them. I accept your offer-Extraordinary as it may seem. Emma:" he soon resumed.and that one. or. she might give just praise to Harriet. be the happiest of mortals. and her immediate feeling was to avert the subject. Emma. as far as regards society. which must be more intolerable than any alternative to such a mind as his. she would speak of something totally different--the children in Brunswick Square. to have no curiosity." she eagerly cried. and she only waited for breath to begin. yes. by representing to him his own independence. Perry is not gone.--"You are silent.-. or to ask my opinion of any thing that you may have in contemplation--as a friend.--You are determined.--His aunt dies. with great animation." "Oh! then."-. every thing in his favour.--He meets with a young woman at a watering-place.--You are wise--but I cannot be wise. relieve him from that state of indecision. and all the habits and manners that are important. I accept it.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. 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.--I have blamed you. I might be able to talk about it more. http://www. my dearest. and lectured you.--cost her what it would.-."I stopped you ungraciously. She might assist his resolution. most beloved Emma--tell me at once. they could not have found her superior." "And I do envy him. was perhaps the most prominent feeling. may Page 168 ." Emma was almost ready to sink under the agitation of this moment. "for dearest you will always be. or reconcile him to it. gave you pain. Knightley startled her. "absolutely silent! at present I ask no more. I am afraid. The manner.-. don't speak it.--A man would always wish to give a woman a better home than the one he takes her from. But you know what I am. indeed. and in a tone of such sincere.--Frank Churchill is. have I no chance of ever succeeding?" He stopped in his earnestness to look the question.equality of situation--I mean.--Tell me. Emma could not bear to give him pain. and refer myself to you as a friend. if possible.html for her disinterestedness.--Emma. such as must increase his felicity." Emma could say no more.--His aunt is in the way. I see. I suppose?" said he." said he. and he who can do it.-. then. In one respect he is the object of my envy. since the purity of her heart is not to be doubted.processtext. do not commit yourself.--His friends are eager to promote his happiness. and you have borne it as no other woman in England would have borne it. consider. decided.She could really say nothing. for it will be his to bestow the only advantages she wants. she would listen. perhaps. you may command me. intelligible tenderness as was tolerably convincing. must. after proceeding a few steps. though I may wish it unsaid the next moment. when Mr. Mr."--replied Emma--quite confirmed by the depressed manner in which he still spoke--"I should like to take another turn. gains her affection. that I fear is a word--No. and the expression of his eyes overpowered her.perhaps to consult her. Mr. I will tell you exactly what I think. Emma. "You will not ask me what is the point of envy. Knightley. Every thing turns out for his good.com/abclit.I have gone too far already for concealment.--They had reached the house. she added-. "I cannot make speeches. They seemed to be within half a sentence of Harriet.Bear with the truths I would tell you now. "No. don't speak it.--"If I loved you less. Say `No. Knightley. She made her plan.He had used every body ill--and they are all delighted to forgive him. where there is no doubt of her regard. "My dearest Emma. "Take a little time. equality in every point but one-. in an accent of deep mortification. the favourite of fortune.--"Emma. just now. I have no wish--Stay." said he.--He has only to speak." he cried. I must tell you what you will not ask. The dread of being awakened from the happiest dream.--I will hear whatever you like. indeed." "Thank you.--But if you have any wish to speak openly to me as a friend. why should I hesitate?-. and. and not another syllable followed. He was wishing to confide in her-. by saying.--You hear nothing but truth from me.He is a fortunate man indeed!" "You speak as if you envied him. whatever the event of this hour's conversation." "As a friend!"--repeated Mr.

a mistake.--He had gone to learn to be indifferent. if she allowed him an opening. on his feelings. a delusion. on being so entreated.But he had gone to a wrong place.--The Box Hill party had decided him on going away.and will return them if you can. She had led her friend astray. seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised. her doubts. but of endeavouring. A lady always does. without vouchsafing any motive. of Frank Churchill. the feelings are not.--She spoke then. Emma had it not. one sentiment having probably enlightened him as to the other. but Mr. I have been a very indifferent lover. God knows. or a heart more disposed to accept of his. opposing all that could be probable or reasonable.--On his side. was already his!--Within half an hour. encouraged attentions. or a little mistaken. Knightley could not impute to Emma a more relenting heart than she possessed. and as strong as it had ever been before. and should not. with all the wonderful velocity of thought. that what she had been saying relative to Harriet had been all taken as the language of her own feelings.She said enough to shew there need not be despair--and to invite him to say more himself.--The change had perhaps been somewhat sudden. to see that Harriet's hopes had been entirely groundless. once to hear your voice. though the conduct is mistaken. been wholly unsuspicious of his own influence. that she was every thing herself.But you understand me. as infinitely the most worthy of the two-. you see. entered her brain. with pain and with contrition. but no flight of generosity run mad. if he could. and. At present. in time. to soothe or to counsel her.--Yes. 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. He had despaired at one period. She felt for Harriet. with no selfish view. there was time also to rejoice that Harriet's secret had not escaped her. as complete a delusion as any of her own--that Harriet was nothing. jealousy. you understand my feelings-.or even the more simple sublimity of resolving to refuse him at once and for ever. Her way was clear. he had passed from a thoroughly distressed state of mind.--her proposal of taking another turn.to catch and comprehend the exact truth of the whole.--The rest had been the work of the moment.Mr. it may not be very material.processtext.--but it had been no present hope--he had only. but her judgment was as strong as her feelings.The affection. Isabella was too much like Emma--differing only in those striking inferiorities." While he spoke. had given birth to the hope. woman wore too amiable a form in it.-. aspired to be told that she did not forbid his attempt to attach her. her renewing the conversation which she had just put an end to. It was his jealousy of Frank Churchill that had taken him from the country. her reluctance. of course. to something so like perfect happiness.-. very seldom. from about the same period. there had been a long-standing jealousy. in reprobating any such alliance for him. Seldom. He had.--It was all the service she could now render her poor friend. He had come. and it would be a reproach to her for ever. Knightley was so obliging as to put up with it. no view at all.--And not only was there time for these convictions. and to resolve that it need not. had been all received as discouragement from herself. He had followed her into the shrubbery with no idea of trying it. that it could bear no other name.-. of her having a heart completely disengaged from him. The delightful assurance of her total indifference towards Frank Churchill.--This one half-hour had given to each the same precious certainty of being beloved. though not quite smooth.-. and seek no farther explanation.--The superior hopes which gradually opened were so much the more enchanting.-. as most unequal and degrading.--He had been in love with Emma. does complete truth belong to any human disclosure. that. in the momentary conquest of eagerness over judgment.com/abclit.-. which he had been asking to be allowed to create. and that her agitation. he had received such an injunction to caution and silence. he might gain her affection himself.What did she say?--Just what she ought. Page 169 . or distrust. Her change was equal. as in this case.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. old as the arrival. or even the expectation. had cleared from each the same degree of ignorance. with all their glow of attendant happiness. might be a little extraordinary!--She felt its inconsistency. Emma's mind was most busy. I ask only to hear. There was too much domestic happiness in his brother's house. He would save himself from witnessing again such permitted. the immediate effect of what he heard. and jealous of Frank Churchill. in fact. had been able--and yet without losing a word-. but where. in his anxiety to see how she bore Frank Churchill's engagement. because he could not marry them both.html have as little to recommend them. as for the time crushed every hope. http://www. her discouragement.--she had begun by refusing to hear him.

Woodhouse little suspected what was plotting against him in the breast of that man whom he was so cordially welcoming. Knightley would ask.On these subjects. Her father--and Harriet. he would have cared very little for the lungs. and it was with difficulty that she could summon enough of her usual self to be the attentive lady of the house. and if he could have thought of Frank Churchill then. With respect to her father. however.How to do her best by Harriet.--He had stayed on. even had his time been longer. how to appear least her enemy?-. so much keen anxiety for her. he might have deemed him a very good sort of fellow. how to make her any possible atonement.He heard her declare that she had never loved him. totally unsuspicious of what they could have told him in return. CHAPTER XIV W hat 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. and had walked up directly after dinner. that even her happiness must have some alloy. and such happiness moreover as she believed must still be greater when the flutter should have passed away. she found one or two such very serious points to consider. http://www. she began to be a little tranquillised and subdued--and in the course of the sleepless night. when they returned into the house. nay.--Then. that if divested of the danger of drawing her away. She could not be alone without feeling the full weight of their separate claims. She hardly knew yet what Mr. that he could stay no longer.-. having never believed Frank Churchill to be at all deserving Emma.--she was now in an exquisite flutter of happiness. was there so much fond solicitude. but a very short parley with her own heart produced the most solemn resolution of never quitting her father. which he did not scruple to feel. which was the tax for such an evening. by hand and word. was of more difficult decision.how often it had been collected!--and how often had her eyes fallen on the same shrubs in the lawn. Poor Mr. Emma's fever continued.--Could he have seen the heart. vigorously. and talked on with much self-contentment. as made her feel. He had ridden home through the rain. Frank Churchill's character was not desperate. faultless in spite of all her faults. Knightley remained with them.--She even wept over the idea of it. and how to guard the comfort of both to the utmost.com/abclit. to see how this sweetest and best of all creatures. he repeated to them very comfortably all the articles of news he had received from Mr.-. but she flattered herself. He had found her agitated and low.--She was his own Emma. and observed the same beautiful effect of the western sun!--But never in such a state of spirits. They sat down to tea--the same party round the same table-.-- Page 170 . and so anxiously hoping might not have taken cold from his ride. it might become an increase of comfort to him. for much to have been done. without the slightest perception of any thing extraordinary in the looks or ways of either. as a sin of thought. While he lived.html which always brought the other in brilliancy before him.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. with the gladness which must be felt.-how to spare her from any unnecessary pain. day after day--till this very morning's post had conveyed the history of Jane Fairfax. 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. or even the attentive daughter. Perry.--Frank Churchill was a villain. never in any thing like it. but when he was gone. it was a question soon answered.processtext. bore the discovery. was the question. it must be only an engagement. As long as Mr. but without the most distant imagination of the impending evil.

and the first of blessings secured. every thing--to time. by the streets. my dear madam. was quite necessary to reinstate her in a proper share of the happiness of the evening before. If you need farther explanation. and--indulging in one scheme more-. is another question. and the advantage of inheriting a disposition to hope for good. it was too surely so. I have the honour. and the children. that I may be in danger of thinking myself too sure of yours. however. ushered in the letter from Frank to Mrs. did not arrive at all too soon. sudden bursts. but expected or not.--But you will be ready to say. an employment which left her so very serious. Weston. I shall not discuss it here.-. I should have gone mad. that Mr. when they must all be together again. For my temptation to think it a right. It is very difficult for the prosperous to be humble. my difficulties in the then state of Enscombe must be too well known to require definition. "I have the greatest pleasure.-. She opened the packet. I dared not address her openly. when a letter was brought her from Randalls--a very thick letter.--I think we shall never materially disagree about the writer again. literally and figuratively." [To Mrs. but it was an ungenial morning. and though you will never own being affected by weather. and I was fortunate enough to prevail. in Highbury. and communicate all that need be told by letter.-.--she guessed what it must contain.To any thing. Every possibility of good was before me.nearly resolve. "A. My right to place myself in a situation requiring such concealment. and have scarcely a doubt of its happy effect. but I will not delay you by a long preface.This letter has been the cure of all the little nervousness I have been feeling lately. from whom every thing was due. it would be a proof of attention and kindness in herself.You are all goodness. in walking up to Hartfield to breakfast. and deprecated the necessity of reading it.-. I have already met with such success in two applications for pardon. my dear Emma.But I have been forgiven by one who had still more to resent. she was sure she was incapable of it. and wrote her letter to Harriet. I refer every caviller to a brick house. this letter will be expected. slow effects. perseverance and weariness. I think every body feels a north-east wind. This was the fact. and casements above. chance.Had she refused. Weston. before we parted at Weymouth.-. the shops. and a few weeks spent in London must give her some amusement. and of those among your friends who have had any ground of offence.She was now in perfect charity with Frank Churchill. He had not left her long.com/abclit.] WINDSOR-JULY.-. W. I know it will be read with candour and indulgence. by no means long enough for her to have the slightest inclination for thinking of any body else. that it might be practicable to get an invitation for her to Brunswick Square. She rose early.-.--It must be waded through.--We are quite well. sashed windows below. and half an hour stolen afterwards to go over the same ground again with him. which no inheritance of Page 171 . and to induce the most upright female mind in the creation to stoop in charity to a secret engagement. health and sickness. circumstance. you must consider me as having a secret which was to be kept at all hazards. by Mr. My courage rises while I write. she wanted no explanations. what was your hope in doing this?--What did you look forward to?-. Weston to herself.--You must all endeavour to comprehend the exact nature of my situation when I first arrived at Randalls.html She could only resolve at last.processtext. "Yours ever. that she would still avoid a meeting with her. Perry. http://www. "If I made myself intelligible yesterday. in forwarding to you the enclosed.--a note from Mrs.At any rate.She did not think it in Harriet's nature to escape being benefited by novelty and variety. and I believe there will be need of even all your goodness to allow for some parts of my past conduct.and as for understanding any thing he wrote.I felt for your dear father very much in the storm of Tuesday afternoon and yesterday morning. that it had not made him ill. I know what thorough justice you will do it. she wanted only to have her thoughts to herself-. in obtaining her promises of faith and correspondence.--I did not quite like your looks on Tuesday.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. of being your husband's son. MY DEAR MADAM.--Isabella had been pleased with Harriet. but had the comfort of hearing last night. an averting of the evil day. a separation for the present.-. so nearly sad. Knightley. that it would be inexpressibly desirable to have her removed just now for a time from Highbury.

and with the least suspicion.-. I was led on to make more than an allowable use of the sort of intimacy into which we were immediately thrown.--and here I am conscious of wrong. excepting on one point. I want to have your opinion of her looks. still insane either from happiness or misery. you have now a key to. I dare not depend. Remember how few minutes I was at Randalls. With the greatest respect. was as much my conviction as my wish.A few words which dropped from him yesterday spoke his opinion. needs explanation. I hope.--My behaviour to Miss Woodhouse indicated. and that she was perfectly free from any tendency to being attached to me. My heart was in Highbury. so long I lost the blessing of knowing you. how mad a state: and I am not much better yet.. My behaviour. When I think of the kindness and favour I have met with. for never was there a human creature who would so designedly suppress her own merit.The delicacy of her mind throughout the whole engagement. had any choice been given her.In order to assist a concealment so essential to me. she never gave me the idea of a young woman likely to be attached. I believe. and in how bewildered. my dear madam. From our relative situation. We seemed to understand each other. that had I not been convinced of her indifference. You will find. that I owed Mrs.-. for that visit might have been sooner paid. as you will conclude. under these circumstances. for though the event of the 26th ult. in one light. If you remember any queernesses. as to long to have her as deeply and as happily in love as myself. and as you were the person slighted.yet not by word. at least in some degree.Whatever strange things I said or did during that fortnight.--when I called to take leave of her. and my business was to get my body thither as often as might be. that its being ordered was absolutely unknown to Miss F--. And now I come to the principal.--Since I began this letter. I would not have been induced by any selfish views to go on.com/abclit. I have heard from her.processtext.--I cannot deny that Miss Woodhouse was my ostensible object--but I am sure you will believe the declaration. I am mad with joy: but when I recollect all the uneasiness I occasioned her. when it is allowable. which exactly suited me. but I have no doubt of her having since detected me. I remember her telling me at the ball. and were felt to be so.-. more than it ought.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. the only important part of my conduct while belonging to you. who would never have allowed me to send it. that so long as I absented myself from his house. arriving on my first visit to Randalls. but I must work on my father's compassion. with the deepest humiliation. goodhumoured playfulness. She must tell you herself what she is-.Amiable and delightful as Miss Woodhouse is. do I mention Miss Woodhouse. Page 172 . I am impatient for a thousand particulars. lay me open to reprehension. whom I regard with so much brotherly affection. by reminding him. I am mad with anger. that it did not take her wholly by surprize. which will be longer than I foresaw. My uncle has been too good for me to encroach. and the warmest friendship. I cannot doubt it. I could deserve nothing from either.No description can describe her. and procure for me.-. You will look back and see that I did not come till Miss Fairfax was in Highbury. friendly. she is living in dread of the visit.--She received my attentions with an easy. and my uncle's generosity.--I must still add to this long letter. but the suddenness. Perhaps it is paid already. the acquittal and good wishes of that said Emma Woodhouse.-. those attentions were her due. is much beyond my power of doing justice to. of her excellence and patience. She frequently gave me hints of it. set them all to the right account. the unseasonableness with which the affair burst out. I know you will soon call on her. know her thoroughly yourself. I feel it only necessary to say.--See me. and some censure I acknowledge myself liable to. did not.-. I earnestly hope. or requires very solicitous explanation.-. You will soon.html houses or lands can ever equal the value of. which excites my own anxiety. I cannot say.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. I remember that I was within a moment of confessing the truth. Elton gratitude for her attentions to Miss Fairfax. whenever the subject becomes freed from its present restraints. during the very happy fortnight which I spent with you. but as she never complains. Let me hear from you without delay.-She may not have surmised the whole. but her quickness must have penetrated a part. and how little I deserve to be forgiven. then. I could not give any connected detail yesterday.Of the pianoforte so much talked of.-. You have not heard all that you ought to hear. Acquit me here. and. and I then fancied she was not without suspicion.She gives a good account of her own health. If I could but see her again!--But I must not propose it yet.--Whether Miss Woodhouse began really to understand me before the expiration of that fortnight. While you considered me as having sinned against Emma Woodhouse.-. my father perhaps will think I ought to add. http://www. you will forgive me instantly.

but.--I was rather disappointed that I did not hear from her again speedily. what I must have endured in hearing it bandied between the Eltons with all the vulgarity of needless repetition. But she was always right. and she would have felt every scruple of mine with multiplied strength and refinement.Do you remember the morning spent at Donwell?--There every little dissatisfaction that had occurred before came to a crisis. I was obliged to leave off abruptly. otherwise. I must not quarrel with a spirit of forbearance which has been so richly extended towards myself. and was too busy. in fact. my dear madam. she closed with the offer of that officious Mrs. and as it must be equally desirable to both to have every subordinate arrangement concluded as soon as possible. and such apparent devotion to Miss W. I behaved shamefully. a most mortifying retrospect for me. to resent. I see nothing in it but a very natural and consistent degree of discretion. and--may I add?-. I shall soon have done. she now sent me. I answered it within an hour.too cheerful in my views to be captious."Jane. injured by her coldness. I should loudly protest against the share of it which that woman has known. Think. it was a quarrel blameless on her side. in being unpleasant to Miss F. which left me not an hour to lose.--I have been walking over the country. by the bye. and wanted to walk with her." indeed!--You will observe that I have not yet indulged myself in calling her by that name. my dear madam. though I might have staid with you till the next morning.She felt the engagement to be a source of repentance and misery to each: she dissolved it. but from the very particular circumstances. such shameful. I hope. If I had followed her judgment. was behaving one hour with objectionable particularity to another woman. and subdued my spirits to the level of what she deemed proper. were highly blameable. even to you. and I went away determined that she should make the first advances. Have patience with me. I can hardly suppose you would ever have thought well of me again. the truth must have been suspected.--This letter reached me on the very morning of my poor aunt's death. merely because I would be as angry with her as possible. I should not have presumed on such early measures. and I. she spoke her resentment in a form of words perfectly intelligible to me.com/abclit.html immediately opened to me the happiest prospects.-. when. but from the confusion of my mind. by a safe conveyance. has ever filled me with indignation and hatred. and I returned the same evening to Richmond.--We quarrelled. and two days afterwards I received a parcel from her.-. that my manners to Miss W. I should have escaped the greatest unhappiness I have ever known. was locked up in my writing-desk. however..--We removed to Windsor. my own letters all returned!--and a few lines at the same time by the post. trusting that I had written enough. which ought to have been enough. I was not such a fool as not to mean to be reconciled in time. but I made excuses for her. and am now. unnecessarily scrupulous and cautious: I thought her even cold. Now. and adding. abominable on mine. While I.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. The hasty engagement she had entered into with that woman--Here. She absolutely refused to allow me. to satisfy her. so as to send them to Highbury within a week.processtext.--I doubted her affection. I was late. that if I could not directly command hers. to blind the world to our engagement.But I had no choice. She disapproved them.-.--I shall always congratulate myself that you were not of the Box Hill party. resolving to break with me entirely. the whole system of whose treatment of her. provoked by such conduct on my side. I should myself have shrunk from any thing so hasty. as it would have been impossible for any woman of sense to endure. and the multiplicity of business falling on me at once. rational enough to make the rest of my letter what it ought to be. http://www. and wrote the next day to tell me that we never were to meet again.-. that as silence on such a point could not be misconstrued. on a thousand occasions.--She was displeased.-.She closed with this offer.. which I then thought most unreasonable. however. then.I was mad enough. I would forward Page 173 . I doubted it more the next day on Box Hill.--It is. I thought unreasonably so: I thought her. my answer. I met her walking home by herself. instead of being sent with all the many other letters of that day. and all the insolence of imaginary superiority. all my letters. Elton.In short.-. Even then. And here I can admit.-. insolent neglect of her. 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. though but a few lines. Its effect upon her appears in the immediate resolution it produced: as soon as she found I was really gone from Randalls. but she would not suffer it. but I was the injured person.. and requested. remained without any uneasiness. stating her extreme surprize at not having had the smallest reply to her last. to recollect and compose myself.--My plea of concealing the truth she did not think sufficient. Had you witnessed my behaviour there.

Weston's wishing it to be communicated.--I was not disappointed. Without his sanction I could not hope to be listened to again. Now. that there was no being severe. and the very strong attraction which any picture of love must have for her at that moment. every line relating to herself was interesting. and could he have entered the room. She never stopt till she had gone through the whole. http://www. to do it all the justice that Mrs. "I shall be very glad to look it over. from my knowledge of their late breakfast hour. she must have shaken hands with him as heartily as ever. imagine how. and though it was impossible not to feel that he had been wrong. I am quite of your opinion. and was very sorry--and he was so grateful to Mrs. and at last I was not disappointed either in the object of my journey.com/abclit. WESTON CHURCHILL. much dearer. and almost every line agreeable.processtext. calls me the child of good fortune. was equally descriptive of its anxious delicacy. like Mr. especially to one. earlier than I could have anticipated. wholly reconciled and complying. I was certain of a good chance of finding her alone. stared me in the face. that he wished I might find as much happiness in the marriage state as he had done. the late event had softened away his pride. Your obliged and affectionate Son. Page 174 . near Bristol. and no moment's uneasiness can ever occur between us again. I knew the name.What was to be done?--One thing only. Smallridge's.--I felt that it would be of a different sort. I will take it home with me at night.-. C. my good fortune is undoubted. Mr.html them after that period to her at--: in short." But that would not do. I will release you.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. in spite of her previous determination to the contrary. poor man! with a deep sigh. It was perfectly accordant with that resolution of character which I knew her to possess. by the natural return of her former regard for the writer.--Imagine the shock. had seen so much to blame in his conduct. CHAPTER XV T his letter must make its way to Emma's feelings.--Are you disposed to pity me for what I must have suffered in opening the cause to him. But it is done. She thought so well of the letter. Weston foretold. "but it seems long. I raved at the blunders of the post. for my suspense while all was at stake?--No. circumstances were in my favour. and so much in love with Miss Fairfax. For the world would not she have seemed to threaten me. the full direction to Mr. and could say at last. and the secrecy she had maintained. Knightley. she desired him to read it. and ten thousand for the attentions your heart will dictate towards her. we are reconciled. and when this charm ceased. and instantly saw what she had been doing. Knightley came again.--Miss W. and he was. it was irresistible. A great deal of very reasonable. yet he had been less wrong than she had supposed--and he had suffered. She was obliged." said he. I knew all about it. the subject could still maintain itself. dearer. and she was so happy herself. the place. Weston was to call in the evening. sick looks. and she must return it by him. F. till I had actually detected my own blunder.--I must speak to my uncle.--I reached Highbury at the time of day when. I hope she is right. than ever. Weston. who. as to any such design in her former letter. but I could not conclude before. and saw how ill I had made her. She was sure of Mrs. very just displeasure I had to persuade away. Do not pity me till I saw her wan. do not pity me till I reached Highbury.-.--In one respect. that of being able to subscribe myself. A thousand and a thousand thanks for all the kindness you have ever shewn me.I spoke.--If you think me in a way to be happier than I deserve. my dear madam. that when Mr. As soon as she came to her own name.

You pass it over very handsomely-.-." "It will be natural for me. and grew uncomfortable." said Emma. to bear that she should have been in such a state of punishment. in a situation of extreme difficulty and uneasiness." When he came to Miss Woodhouse. He should have respected even unreasonable scruples. "You had better go on.--Bad. which she could not give any sincere explanation of. "how sure you were that he might have come sooner if he would. but hers were all reasonable. We will not be severe. and." He began--stopping. however. "Humph! a fine complimentary opening: But it is his way. in carrying on the correspondence.--`His father's disposition:'-.--She must have had much more to contend with. and he did know that she would have prevented the instrument's coming if she could. "You did behave very shamefully. with a smile. with a smile. reading to himself. he did not come till Miss Fairfax was here. "This is very bad. I shall feel that I am near you. a word or two of assent. that he should suspect it in others. very young man.-. I think-. and without the smallest remark. he was obliged to read the whole of it aloud--all that related to her.No judge of his own manners by you. Weston earned every present comfort before he endeavoured to gain it. and it should have been his first object to prevent her from suffering unnecessarily. thus-"Very bad--though it might have been worse. however.Fancying you to have fathomed his secret. Too much indebted to the event for his acquittal.he is unjust. indeed!--I cannot comprehend a man's wishing to give a woman any proof of affection which he knows she would rather dispense with." "I was not quite impartial in my judgment. and then.processtext. and regardless of little besides his own convenience.had you not been in the case--I should still have distrusted him." Emma knew that he was now getting to the Box Hill party. as the subject required." After this."--was then his remark. after steady reflection." "And I have not forgotten. He did so. One man's style must not be the rule of another's. it shall be done. but Mr." Mr. Weston's sanguine temper was a blessing on all his upright and honourable exertions. http://www. You never wrote a truer line. excepting one Page 175 . sir. and a little afraid of his next look. and. attentively. and has nothing rational to urge." said she. almost directly to say. "He trifles here. "the pianoforte! Ah! That was the act of a very. Emma:--but yet. He knows he is wrong. however. seriously. to his father. Emma. or disapprobation. I should wish it.html "I would rather be talking to you.--Mystery." And having gone through what immediately followed of the basis of their disagreement. steadily. Her own behaviour had been so very improper! She was deeply ashamed. a look.--Playing a most dangerous game. and with a blush of sensibility on Harriet's account. By doing it. "to speak my opinion aloud as I read. A boyish scheme. than he could. concluding. observed. he made a fuller pause to say. It will not be so great a loss of time: but if you dislike it--" "Not at all. however. for his sake. Frank Churchill's confession of having behaved shamefully was the first thing to call for more than a word in passing. "as to the temptation. and remember that she had done a wrong thing in consenting to the engagement. it would not have been taken with such indifference." he replied. a shake of the head.--He had induced her to place herself.--Very true.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. "Had I been offered the sight of one of this gentleman's letters to his mother-in-law a few months ago. Finesse--how they pervert the understanding! My Emma.--Always deceived in fact by his own wishes. had there been such. and his persisting to act in direct opposition to Jane Fairfax's sense of right. or merely of love. Natural enough!-. "I perfectly agree with you.but you were perfectly right. It was all read." he added shortly afterwards. "but as it seems a matter of justice. he made some progress without any pause.--He ought not to have formed the engagement. one too young to consider whether the inconvenience of it might not very much exceed the pleasure. 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." He proceeded a little farther. We must look to her one fault." said he.his own mind full of intrigue. Knightley returned to his reading with greater alacrity. but very soon stopt again to say. Mr.com/abclit.

And a fine ending--and there is the letter.processtext. it may be hoped.she dissolved it. the Eltons. but still you must. unaffected." "Well.--He does seem to have suffered in finding her ill. he could assure her. however. and will soon. but such an alternative as this had not occurred to her. I wonder how Mrs. certainly it does. Page 176 . in quitting Donwell. he must be sacrificing a great deal of independence of hours and habits. really attached to Miss Fairfax. Elton's--a neighbour of Maple Grove. `Miss Woodhouse calls me the child of good fortune.What! actually resolve to break with him entirely!--She felt the engagement to be a source of repentance and misery to each-. how to be able to ask her to marry him. Woodhouse to remove with her to Donwell. He had been thinking it over most deeply. in the fear of giving pain--no remembrance of Box Hill seemed to exist. my dear Emma. was admitted.com/abclit. Smallridge's children-. most intently. I can have no doubt of his being fond of her. Knightley felt as strongly as herself. he trusted his dearest Emma would not find in any respect objectionable. while you oblige me to read--not even of Mrs.--He is a very liberal thanker. by the bye. She felt that. which must not be hazarded." was his next observation. and in no house of his own. she had tried the scheme and rejected it. and now he confessed his persuasion. much dearer than ever. And now. that in living constantly with her father. and resuming the letter.--You will find how very much he suffers. it was. he knows himself there. He had given it. Mr. very long and calm consideration. I have another person's interest at present so much at heart." replied Mr." The subject followed. Like him. my mind has been hard at work on one subject. have the advantage of being constantly with her. The child of good fortune! That was your name for him.html momentary glance at her. and acquire from hers the steadiness and delicacy of principle that it wants. and I am very much of his opinion in thinking him likely to be happier than he deserves: but still as he is. `Dearer. was it?" "You do not appear so well satisfied with his letter as I am. Elton bears the disappointment?" "Say nothing. there would be much. Of their all removing to Donwell. very much." Part only of this answer. nay. he could not agree to. read on. I hope it does him some service with you. The impossibility of her quitting her father. at least I hope you must. think the better of him for it. he had wanted to believe it feasible. it was in plain. Knightley used even to the woman he was in love with. But the plan which had arisen on the sacrifice of this. such as Mr. to be borne with. that I cannot think any longer about Frank Churchill. it should be his likewise.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. there is feeling here. Emma. "While her dear father lived.'--Those were Miss Woodhouse's words. with his thousands and tens of thousands. to have his thoughts to himself. he had been walking away from William Larkins the whole morning. Knightley coolly. Woodhouse would not suffer him to deceive himself long.--Certainly. without attacking the happiness of her father. Woodhouse taken from Hartfield!--No. that no reflection could alter his wishes or his opinion on the subject. that so long as her father's happiness in other words his life--required Hartfield to continue her home. beyond a doubt.' I hope he may long continue to feel all the value of such a reconciliation. but his knowledge of Mr. instantly withdrawn.--"His feelings are natural.-.--`Happier than I deserve. She promised to think of it. but he was fully convinced. and. let me talk to you of something else. he must be a most extraordinary--" "Nay. "`Smallridge!'--What does this mean? What is all this?" "She had engaged to go as governess to Mrs. that such a transplantation would be a risk of her father's comfort.a dear friend of Mrs.--What a view this gives of her sense of his behaviour!--Well. but the inadmissibility of any other change. gentlemanlike English. Ever since I left you this morning." "Yes. were they?-. Mr. and advised him to think of it more. that he should be received at Hartfield.' Come. He has had great faults. he felt that it ought not to be attempted. faults of inconsideration and thoughtlessness. Elton." "I hope he does. any change of condition must be impossible for her. I am very ready to believe his character will improve. What a letter the man writes!" "I wish you would read it with a kinder spirit towards him. he had at first hoped to induce Mr. She was sensible of all the affection it evinced. Emma had already had her own passing thoughts. I shall soon have done. http://www. She could never quit him. perhaps even of his life. "There is no saying much for the delicacy of our good friends. Only one page more. Emma's answer was ready at the first word.

Such a companion for herself in the periods of anxiety and cheerlessness before her!-. it seemed a peculiarly cruel necessity that was to be placing her in such a state of unmerited punishment. but it seemed as if an angel only could have been quite without resentment under such a stroke. that is. poor Harriet must. This proposal of his. http://www. which increased the desirableness of their being separate.com/abclit. Knightley. Elton. and she was fortunate in having a sufficient reason for asking it. How much worse. in the many. CHAPTER XVI I t was a very great relief to Emma to find Harriet as desirous as herself to avoid a meeting.html "Ah! there is one difficulty unprovided for. points of view in which she was now beginning to consider Donwell Abbey.processtext. She had no difficulty in procuring Isabella's invitation. Wingfield. the more pleasing it became. that Emma. and yet Emma fancied there was a something of resentment.--There was a tooth amiss. their mutual good to outweigh every drawback. without reproaches. Mr. which at the time she had wholly imputed to the amiable solicitude of the sister and the aunt. be kept at a distance from. Think she must of the possible difference to the poor little boy. that she could be in love with more than three men in one year. Knightley himself would be doing nothing to assist the cure. in mere charitable caution. however. or any body else.-. supplanted." She promised. to think of it.not like Mr. and had wished some time. but for the poor girl herself.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. His evils seemed to lessen. Harriet would be rather a dead weight than otherwise. very many. but every blessing of her own seemed to involve and advance the sufferings of her friend. moreover. The delightful family party which Emma was securing for herself. John Knightley was delighted to be of use. with the intention of finding it a very good scheme. her own advantages to increase.--When it was thus settled on her sister's side. whose rights as heir-expectant had formerly been so tenaciously regarded. Mrs. would never deserve to be less worshipped than now. Emma could not deplore her future absence as any deduction from her own enjoyment." cried Emma. of course. Their intercourse was painful enough by letter. but this could not be expected to happen very early. she was quite eager to have Harriet under her care.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. Emma Page 177 . and found amusement in detecting the real cause of that violent dislike of Mr. any thing of ill health was a recommendation to her--and though not so fond of a dentist as of a Mr. Harriet really wished. Knightley's marrying Jane Fairfax. Knightley would be forgotten. In such a party. always so kind. "I am sure William Larkins will not like it. Mr. so truly considerate for every body. or apparent sense of ill-usage. You must get his consent before you ask mine. without resorting to invention. so feeling. In time. and yet she only gave herself a saucy conscious smile about it. to consult a dentist.It might be only her own consciousness. and pretty nearly promised. to think of it. had they been obliged to meet! Harriet expressed herself very much as might be supposed. this plan of marrying and continuing at Hartfield-. Mr. was never struck with any sense of injury to her nephew Henry. and it really was too much to hope even of Harriet.the more she contemplated it. a something bordering on it in her style. She would be a loser in every way. who must now be even excluded from Hartfield.-. It is remarkable.

coming eagerly forward. to crown every warmer. 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. Elton's voice from the sitting-room had not checked her. in a low. she was to be conveyed in Mr. Elton met her with unusual graciousness. It would be a secret satisfaction.-. 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. it was all completed. and while paying her own compliments to Mrs. with significant nods. "We can finish this some other time. she was invited for at least a fortnight. Woodhouse's carriage. saying. and said. and carrying her out of herself.She came forward with an offered hand. but she could not think of her in London without objects of curiosity and employment. S. The difference of Harriet at Mrs."--and a moment afterwards she was met on the stairs by Jane herself. she heard nothing but the instant reply of. though all the worst of her sufferings had been unsuspected.Harriet was to go. indeed. or in London. animation. enjoy Mr. made perhaps an unreasonable difference in Emma's sensations. but had not been into the house since the morning after Box Hill.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. and she could listen with true happiness. Goddard's. very earnest shake of the hand. There was consciousness.the confession of her engagement to her father. Knightley's visits. but more agitating. Bates and Mrs. delight. you know. which accounted for the previous tranquillity. You and I shall not want opportunities. as if no other reception of her were felt sufficient.The fear of being still unwelcome." Emma was gratified. should be hers. of leisure and peace of mind.--She had resolved to defer the disclosure till Mrs. there was every thing which her countenance or manner could ever have wanted. There was a communication before her. Now Emma could. Elton were together. indeed!--Miss Woodhouse. so lovely. which had haunted her when remembering how disappointed a heart was near her.-. of something most painful. She would not allow any other anxiety to succeed directly to the place in her mind which Harriet had occupied. she hoped the rencontre would do them no harm. She went--she had driven once unsuccessfully to the door. Bates. now she could talk. equally as a duty and a pleasure. "This is most kind. and is not offended.html proposed it to her friend.com/abclit.--It was all arranged. You see how delightfully she writes. in fact.-. Mrs. in happy spirits. like herself. which must be averting the past. if the sound of Mrs. and Harriet was safe in Brunswick Square. and send up her name. Elton elsewhere.-She heard Patty announcing it. and warmth.She ought to go--and she was longing to see her. Emma saw symptoms of it immediately in the expression of her face. it is impossible for me to express--I hope you will believe--Excuse me for being so entirely without words. but she would have nothing to do with it at present. it was being in Miss Fairfax's confidence. She soon resolved. unchecked by that sense of injustice. how much might at that moment. but no such bustle succeeded as poor Miss Bates had before made so happily intelligible. to wait in the passage.--No. and fancying herself acquainted with what was still a secret to other people.processtext.-. and as Mrs. admits our apology. but very feeling tone. but she was in a humour to have patience with every body. I only wanted to prove to you that Mrs. Oh! she is a sweet creature! You would have Page 178 . Weston were safe and well. determined her. And.--A fortnight. and would soon have shewn no want of words. though assured of their being at home. She soon believed herself to penetrate Mrs.and the evil should not act on herself by anticipation before the appointed time. be enduring by the feelings which she had led astray herself. you have heard all the essential already. "Beg her to walk up. and understand why she was. and at a little distance. Elton's thoughts. so engaging. of guilt. one which she only could be competent to make-. and found her very persuadable. http://www. and return it into the purple and gold reticule by her side. at least. when poor Jane had been in such distress as had filled her with compassion. and appearing to attend to the good old lady's replies.-. and made it expedient to compress all her friendly and all her congratulatory sensations into a very. Emma could have wished Mrs. No additional agitation should be thrown at this period among those she loved-. the resemblance of their present situations increasing every other motive of goodwill. to employ half an hour of this holiday of spirits in calling on Miss Fairfax.Emma had never seen her look so well. Miss Bates was out.

--My representation. But yet I think there was something wanting. which placed it beyond a guess. When they had all talked a little while in harmony of the weather and Mrs. you will observe. on purpose to wait on you all.Charming young man!--that is--so very friendly. and Mr.-.--Yes. and churchwardens.--Hush!--You remember those lines-. E. Perry!-. "Thank you. if I had half so many applicants.'--Bad enough as it is.-How is Mr.that is.' I often say. whispered farther.--I am in a fine flow of spirits. from the vicarage quarter. quite the same party. he is coming. quite indispensable. I think it answered so far as to tempt one to go again.After a few whispers. while the fine weather lasts?-.quite on our good behaviour. Elton?-. you see. Things did not seem--that is. "We do not say a word of any assistance that Perry might have." she shortly afterwards began." Soon after this Miss Bates came in. from doubt of what might be said.Such a happy little circle as you find us here." "I have scarce had the pleasure of seeing you.--However. cautious as a minister of state. Elton for being there. Emma guessed that there had been a little show of resentment towards Jane. I assure you: yes." And putting up her hand to screen her words from Emma--"A congratulatory visit. resulting. Elton.) Upon my word. and pay his respects to you. in our case. I do not mean.-. on Emma's merely turning her head to look at Mrs. "I mentioned no names. and exploring to Box Hill again. What say you both to our collecting the same party. indeed.--Quite out of my power." Page 179 . Bates's knitting. read----mum! a word to the wise. Woodhouse?--I am so glad. "You know all other things give place. S. the truth is. my good friend.--Oh! yes. for lady. Miss Woodhouse. here I am. Let us be discreet-.html doated on her. for I absolutely neglect them both to an unpardonable degree.I forget the poem at this moment: "For when a lady's in the case.. and overseers." "Upon my word it is. `rather you than I." Emma could not doubt.--But not a word more. you know. "Do not you think. indeed.--It is impossible to say--Yes. Mrs. Elton's time is so engaged. "since the party to Box Hill. in a half whisper. that I am waiting for my lord and master. and Emma could not help being diverted by the perplexity of her first answer to herself. I mean good Mr. dear Miss Woodhouse.That will be a favour indeed! for I know gentlemen do not like morning visits. she supposed.-.--So it appeared to me at least. Perry shall have all the credit. I managed it extremely well.such attention to Jane!"--And from her great.I do not know what would become of my crayons and my instrument. I quite understand--dearest Jane's prospects-. It was a palpable display. Mr. are always wanting his opinion. repeated on every possible occasion. Weston. Perry has restored her in a wonderful short time!-.--`Upon my word.com/abclit.--Oh! no.--There is no end of people's coming to him.And when Mrs. when she was at the worst!"-. He promised to join me here. has quite appeased her.--He really is engaged from morning to night.processtext. speaking louder. They seem not able to do any thing without him. you know. http://www.--I believe I have not played a bar this fortnight. that anywhere else I should think it necessary to apologise. her more than commonly thankful delight towards Mrs. which was now graciously overcome. my dear.--But she is charmingly recovered. However. "Yes. there seemed a little cloud upon the spirits of some." And again.-.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. Bates was saying something to Emma. an't I? But I want to set your heart at ease as to Mrs. but. she added. Miss Woodhouse. and impatience to say every thing. not a word of a certain young physician from Windsor. you are all kindness. on some pretence or other. and here I have been so long. but I might be mistaken. not one exception.It must be the same party. had you gone. indeed." Now I say.--The magistrates. indeed. Miss Bates.--Oh! no." "What! are we to have the pleasure of a call from Mr. as I did. she found herself abruptly addressed with.Oh! if you had seen her. 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. Very pleasant party. said.

-." "No. I have often observed. E. which I have heard you speak of. giving these young ladies a sample of true conjugal obedience--for who can say. Elton was so hot and tired. My liveliness and your solidity would produce perfection. this is not like our friend Knightley!--Can you explain it?" Emma amused herself by protesting that it was very extraordinary.-. that all this wit seemed thrown away. that's very true. you have not been to Donwell!--You mean the Crown. sir. "Is Mr. he must have left a message for you.But you knew what a dutiful creature you had to deal with. but his subsequent object was to lament over himself for the heat he was suffering. Mr.processtext. and Knightley have every thing their own way. as far as civility permitted. "I am almost certain that the meeting at the Crown is not till to-morrow.and his servants forgot it. The wish of distinguishing her.Very extraordinary!--And nobody knew at all which way he was gone. And no apology left. if we could be shaken together. was very evident. that some people may not think you perfection already. and that she had not a syllable to say for him.--Mr." said Jane.html Miss Bates looked about her. that he should certainly be at home till one. but one is apt to speak only of those who lead. and not more than five-and-twenty children. no message for me.--"My dear Mr. E.--But hush!-. Depend upon it.com/abclit. but to Miss Woodhouse. the meeting is certainly to-day." said Mrs." "Oh! no. and the walk he had had for nothing. which denoted the impossibility of any blunder on Mrs. http://www. perhaps to the Abbey Mill." Emma would not have smiled for the world.-. indeed. not to Mrs. that's to-morrow.Here have I been sitting this hour."I do believe. "I cannot imagine. for I never heard the subject talked of. Bragge. Jane was wanting to give her words. Elton. I am sure he must. how soon it may be wanted?" Mr.. it is a meeting at the Crown. (feeling the indignity as a wife ought to do. E. You knew I should not stir till my lord and master appeared. His lady greeted him with some of her sparkling vivacity. and I particularly wanted to see Knightley to-day on that very account. Perhaps to Hartfield. who are all. to send me on here. but he and Knightley are shut up together in deep consultation. if you please." "Ah! you clever creature. Very odd! very unaccountable! after the note I sent him this morning." "Your parish there was small. so happily!-"He promised to come to me as soon as he could disengage himself from Knightley.--Not even Knightley could be so very eccentric. no. "Knightley could not be found. His civilities to the other ladies must be paid. "this is the most troublesome parish that ever was.) "I cannot imagine how he could do such a thing by you." "Donwell!" cried his wife. "Very pretty. We never heard of such things at Maple Grove." It seemed an unnecessary caution. Elton's side. the only school. Weston and Cole will be there too.--Not that I presume to insinuate. Elton gone on foot to Donwell?--He will have a hot walk. Elton made his appearance.--I am sure I would not have such a creature as his Harry stand at our sideboard Page 180 . my dear. E. and only said. Elton. as under the patronage of your sister and Mrs. extremely awkward and remiss. And then not to find him at home! I assure you I am not at all pleased. and the message he returned. as the latter plainly saw." "Oh! no. is Knightley's right hand.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. what a perfect character you and I should make. What a thinking brain you have! I say.--I fancy Mr..-." "But it is proved by the smallness of the school.--Mr. so long before you vouchsafe to come!-. you know. you come from the meeting at the Crown. however.) which made it so much the worse. to be an encumbrance to my friends. Jane." she continued.Miss Woodhouse. "Upon my word. perhaps into his woods.I went over the fields too--(speaking in a tone of great ill-usage. a regular meeting. upon my word. though it could not often proceed beyond a look. "When I got to Donwell. that was the case: and very likely to happen with the Donwell servants." was the abrupt answer." said he." "Have not you mistaken the day?" said Emma.--Such a dreadful broiling morning!-. of all people in the world! The very last person whom one should expect to be forgotten!--My dear Mr. The housekeeper declared she knew nothing of my being expected. and spoke of it as for Saturday. Knightley was at Hartfield yesterday.-.not a word. I do not know.

And I will own to you. I have nothing to do with William's wants.So cold and artificial!--I had always a part to act. but I did not believe him. "You are very right. Elton.Good-bye.Oh! if you knew how much I love every thing that is decided and open!-. very great misconduct. Campbell. She was pleased. and Mr. and never sent it. "as I got near the house." replied Emma." "Pray say no more. I might have been tempted to introduce a subject. to find Miss Fairfax determined to attend her out of the room. and every body to whom you might be supposed to owe them." "I met William Larkins. Churchill at Enscombe." "Thank you. and he told me I should not find his master at home.) with the consciousness which I have of misconduct. that I have not had the possibility. on taking leave. perhaps." cried Emma warmly.html for any consideration. good-bye. excuse me." Emma felt that she could not do better than go home directly. 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. and I think our feelings will lose no time there. Indeed. I long to make apologies. it has been thought of. is so perfectly satisfied.--It was a life of deceit!--I know that I must have disgusted you. He did not know what was come to his master lately. Elton.--I feel that I should certainly have been impertinent. of very serious inconvenience that I should have had this hot walk to no purpose. and it becomes a matter." "Oh!" cried Jane. You could not have gratified me more than by expressing an interest--. he said. to speak more openly than might have been strictly correct. I imagine there will be nothing more to wait for. There must be three months. Miss Woodhouse. Wright holds her very cheap indeed.just as I begin to know you. but when they are over. In all probability she was at this very time waited for there. Let us forgive each other at once. smiling--"but. I suppose. perhaps. to urge something for myself. at least. I feel that all the apologies should be on my side. therefore. that so far as our living with Mr. unfortunately--in short." continued Mr." "And the next news. "It is as well. to ask questions. We must do whatever is to be done quickest. it must be thought of.-. indeed you are. And as for Mrs." "Oh! as to all that. I am here till claimed by Colonel and Mrs. I feel it so very due.--William seemed rather out of humour." CHAPTER XVII Page 181 . if your compassion does not stand my friend--" "Oh! you are too scrupulous. of course nothing can be thought of yet.com/abclit. "You owe me no apologies." The smile was returned as Jane answered. Had you not been surrounded by other friends. so delighted even--" "You are very kind. Knightley might be preserved from sinking deeper in aggression towards Mr. thank you. to go with her even downstairs. I hope you have pleasant accounts from Windsor?" "Very. excuses.--This is just what I wanted to be assured of. but he could hardly ever get the speech of him. it is particularly consoling to me to know that those of my friends. Hodges. to say.--She promised Wright a receipt. The danger would have been of my wearying you. (I am sure it will be safe). are not disgusted to such a degree as to--I have not time for half that I could wish to say. that we are to lose you-. and taking her hand. if not towards William Larkins. whose good opinion is most worth preserving.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. But. it gave her an opportunity which she immediately made use of. will be. http://www." "Nothing can be actually settled yet. but it really is of very great importance that I should see Knightley to-day. of deep mourning. it is settled. (speaking more collectedly. but I know what my manners were to you.-.processtext.

but.and I am afraid very natural for you to feel that it was done in a disagreeable manner." "How often. I did not approve. faults and all. She would not acknowledge that it was with any view of making a match for her. or I have Miss Taylor's leave'--something which. I do not say when. about ten years ago. I never did it again. I want you to call me something else. I do not believe I did you any good.--And yet it is formal. should not have their powers in exercise again. and by dint of fancying so many errors. and it would be quite a pity that any one who so well knew how to teach. I doubt whether my own sense would have corrected me without it. http://www. and replied: "But I had the assistance of all your endeavours to counteract the indulgence of other people. it was by knowing her to be the mother of a little girl. and we shall now see her own little Adelaide educated on a more perfect plan. as he grew older-. with one of your saucy looks--`Mr." "`Mr." she added presently. Weston-. it will be the greatest humanity in you to do as much for her as you have done for me. from habit." replied Mr." she continued--"like La Baronne d'Almane on La Comtesse d'Ostalis. Knightley. for worse. of practising on me. and correct herself as she grows older.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. by making you an object of the tenderest affection to me. papa says I may. `Mr. when you were a girl. what will become of her?" "Nothing very bad. It was very natural for you to say.Miss Taylor gave you principles. by calling you Mr. "She has had the advantage." "What an amiable creature I was!--No wonder you should hold my speeches in such affectionate remembrance.' and. would not it be horrible ingratitude in me to be severe on them?" Emma laughed." Emma grieved that she could not be more openly just to one important service which his better sense Page 182 . in Madame de Genlis' Adelaide and Theodore. Weston's friends were all made happy by her safety. the freaks and the fancies of a child never banished from home. In such cases my interference was giving you two bad feelings instead of one. The good was all to myself. "she will indulge her even more than she did you. She will be disagreeable in infancy. She had been decided in wishing for a Miss Weston. and if the satisfaction of her well-doing could be increased to Emma.' in one of my amiable fits.--But I will promise. who am owing all my happiness to you. And if poor little Anna Weston is to be spoiled. K. I could not think about you so much without doating on you. Knightley." "I am sure you were of use to me.--The fate of thousands. I am very sure you did me good. you know." cried Emma.no one could doubt that a daughter would be most to her. takes M. you knew. hereafter. It would be a great comfort to Mr. but I do not know what. have you said to me. "at that rate.html M rs.--in the building in which N. except falling in love with her when she is thirteen." "I remember once calling you `George. laughing and blushing--"I will promise to call you once by your Christian name. It will be the only difference.'--You always called me. Weston. what right has he to lecture me?-." "That is. but perhaps you may guess where. I. and believe that she does not indulge her at all. "I was very often influenced rightly by you--oftener than I would own at the time." "Do you?--I have no doubt.com/abclit. have been in love with you ever since you were thirteen at least. Knightley.processtext. My interference was quite as likely to do harm as good. Knightley. it has not so very formal a sound. Weston might be growing older ten years hence--to have his fireside enlivened by the sports and the nonsense. I did it because I thought it would offend you. Elton. as you made no objection.and even Mr. my dearest Emma. but she was convinced that a daughter would suit both father and mother best. for better.' I will not promise even to equal the elegant terseness of Mrs. with either of Isabella's sons. Nature gave you understanding:-." "And cannot you call me `George' now?" "Impossible!--I never can call you any thing but `Mr. and Mrs. I am going to do so-and-so. I am losing all my bitterness against spoilt children. You must have done well." "Poor child!" cried Emma. Knightley.

Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter." "He writes like a sensible man. He will think all the happiness.-. a most brotherly affection for you. Isabella sent quite as good an account of her visitor as could be expected. I dare say there was a difference when I was staying with them the other day. and though I well know him to have. She was aware herself.--She could not enter on it. her fortnight was likely to be a month at least.com/abclit. Emma's comforts and hopes were most agreeably carried on. Emma accepted it with a very eager hand. and she was invited to remain till they could bring her back. he only means so far as your having some thoughts of marrying. by Harriet's being to stay longer. I remember one evening the poor boys saying. He might observe that it was so. Depend upon it. yet if Harriet had not been equal to playing with the children.Isabella. Had he said any thing to bear a different construction. all the advantage. which appeared perfectly natural. on Isabella's letters. he means no such thing. on his side." replied Emma. that their friendship were declining. but it was too tender a subject.processtext. he will be much farther from doing you justice. was no very quick observer. as worthy of your affection. she did not appear to find Harriet different from what she had known her before. 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.But it was so. The pain of being obliged to practise concealment towards him. when she had read the letter. but. I should not have believed him." "Emma. he is so far from making flourishes. from some appearances. might merely proceed from her not being thought of. than he is aware of. that. "if you fancy your brother does not do me justice. http://www. on your side of the question. Mr. it would not have escaped her. and that her intelligence would not have rested. if we could enter without ceremony or reserve on the subject." "Yes. was very little inferior to the pain of having made Harriet unhappy. `Uncle seems always tired now. I believe I did not play with the children quite so much as usual. "Here is his answer.-. since that business had been over.-. all the merit on mine.html would have rendered her." "If I understand your brother." said Mr. my dear Emma--" "Oh!" she cried with more thorough gaiety. He only means--" "He and I should differ very little in our estimation of the two." continued Mr.His tender compassion towards oppressed worth can go no farther. and a suspicion.Harriet was very seldom mentioned between them. as you think me already. Knightley. only wait till my dear father is in the secret." "Ah!" he cried. as it now almost wholly did. and Mrs. of our having every right that equal worth can give. "I honour his sincerity. and hear his opinion. "John does not even mention your friend. "John enters like a brother into my happiness. that any other young woman might think him rather cool in her praise. if you like to see it. yes--but I am amused that he should have seen so far into my feelings." interrupted she.'" Page 183 . He seems perfectly unprepared for that. to the advice which would have saved her from the worst of all her womanly follies--her wilful intimacy with Harriet Smith. But I am not afraid of your seeing what he writes. Knightley. He had no idea of me. likewise. I wish I may not sink into `poor Emma' with him at once. as there was a dentist to be consulted. in time.-. and not at all checked by hearing that her friend was unmentioned. This. I suppose. John Knightley were to come down in August. "I wish your father might be half as easily convinced as John will be. with a sort of serious smile--"much less. with an impatience all alive to know what he would say about it. It is very plain that he considers the good fortune of the engagement as all on my side. but Emma was rather inclined to attribute it to delicacy." It was the answer to the communication of his intended marriage. that he was rather in expectation of hearing something of the kind. perhaps. to be happy together. "but he is no complimenter. to be sure." "My Emma. but that he is not without hope of my growing. they certainly should have corresponded more. that my information did not take him wholly by surprize. parting under any other circumstances. I am amused by one part of John's letter-did you notice it?--where he says. on her first arrival she had thought her out of spirits.

well aware of the nearly equal importance of the two recommendations to Mr. and other persons' reception of it tried. that if his consent and approbation could be obtained--which. Weston. by letters of the strongest approbation. and assured that it would be a great deal better for her to remain single. perhaps--it might not be so very bad if the marriage did take place. Weston was ready.To Emma's entreaties and assurances succeeded Mr. She must not make it a more decided subject of misery to him. Poor man!--it was at first a considerable shock to him. Knightley's absence.--She was forced to speak. and that she had herself been the stupidest of beings in not having thought of it.--With all the spirits she could command.html The time was coming when the news must spread farther. so peculiarly eligible.--But it would not do.com/abclit. Mr. Knightley was to come at such a time. and Mrs. and. would be attended with no difficulty. and every body by whom he was used to be guided assuring him that it would be for his happiness. for a marriage between Frank and Emma. who so glad to assist him?-. and to speak cheerfully too. never more so. she was introducing no change in their numbers or their comforts but for the better.processtext. and then at Randalls. that now it seemed as if Emma could not safely have attached herself to any other creature.--It was agreed upon.--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. she was sure. suitable. said. Woodhouse.Who so cheerful. Emma having it in view that her gentle reasonings should be employed in the cause. feigning no feelings in all that she said to him in favour of the event. and poor Miss Taylor. and having some feelings himself which almost admitted it. but Mr. She must not appear to think it a misfortune.They had all the assistance which Isabella could give. than when Emma first opened the affair to her. She was reminded. but she saw in it only increase of happiness to all.The difficulty of disposing of poor Mr. as to think he deserved even her dearest Emma. Woodhouse's visits. had. Woodhouse could not be soon reconciled. on every fair occasion. so attentive.--Did he not love Mr. and told of poor Isabella. As soon as Mrs.--but they did see him every day as it was. resolved first to announce it at home. who so ready to write his letters. by which means Hartfield would receive the constant addition of that person's company whom she knew he loved.she and Mr. and had no scruple in urging him to the utmost. the young people Page 184 . as what was to be. or when it came to the point her heart would have failed her. she should be always there. Woodhouse had been always felt in her husband's plans and her own. Knightley could not be there too often.in another year or two. and wished it long ago. Knightley meant to marry. when he were once got used to the idea. time and continual repetition must do the rest. as a good one-. as a settled. and in one respect. so attached to him?--Would not he like to have him always on the spot?--Yes. he should be glad to see him every day.--She had such a regard for Mr. and that he must not class her with Isabella and Mrs. Knightley's. she trusted. whose fond praise of her gave the subject even a kind of welcome. and unexceptionable a connexion. Weston was sufficiently recovered to admit Mr. next to his daughters and Mrs. Mrs. Knightley?--Who was so useful to him. made a melancholy change: but she was not going from Hartfield. in such an hour of Mr. she prepared him first for something strange. and she must have put it off. since it was a plan to promote the happiness of all-. one point of the highest importance. http://www.He would not deny that he did. and smiled. How to settle the claims of Enscombe and Hartfield had been a continual impediment--less acknowledged by Mr. and then. That was all very true. Weston was acting no part.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. Woodhouse's mind. 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.But how to break it to her father at last!--She had bound herself to do it. and he was soon used to be talked to by each. so singularly fortunate. to consider the subject in the most serviceable light--first. Knightley could know and bear with Mr. best in the world. Weston. secondly. in a few words. whose marriages taking them from Hartfield.-.--Whom did he ever want to consult on business but Mr. but the worst was overcome. Emma hung about him affectionately.-. by a melancholy tone herself. Knightley very much?-. so as to make such an arrangement desirable!-. and said it must be so.--She had been extremely surprized.-. Knightley. more than once. and it was in every respect so proper. on the first meeting.--Why could not they go on as they had done? Mr. the idea was given. Knightley always at hand. indeed. and he tried earnestly to dissuade her from it. and follow up the beginning she was to make. of having always said she would never marry. and she was very sure that he would be a great deal the happier for having Mr. he began to think that some time or other-.

in a graver tone. could daringly exclaim. some news." and. and by the end of an hour he was not far from believing that he had always foreseen it.How could he be so taken in?--Did not think him at all in love-. Knightley came in.--How happy he had been to come and dine with them whenever they asked him! But that would be all over now. Mrs.--I wonder whether Jane has any suspicion.com/abclit. it was a very well approved match. and Mr. his eldest daughter?--he must tell her. was one of the happiest women in the world. "These matters are always a secret.--Poor Knightley!--There would be an end of all pleasant intercourse with him. Knightley to throw cold water on every thing.--There.--She was extremely concerned. all open. Elton was very much discomposed indeed. After the first chat of pleasure he was silent. and another might predict disagreements among their servants. but five minutes were enough to familiarise the idea to his quickness of mind. It was an alarming change. and the party from London would be arriving. living together. he only hoped "the young lady's pride would now be contented. Some might think him.Poor fellow!--No more exploring parties to Donwell made for her. No sacrifice on any side worth the name. It was all right. though very eccentric. and Miss Bates being present. with her baby on her knee. It would never do. It was no more than the principals were prepared for." Page 185 . He told her the news. and been obliged to separate before the end of the first quarter. and rejoiced in them with all the constancy of his wife. he had a thousand good qualities. CHAPTER XVIII T ime passed on. it was perceiving that the baby would soon have outgrown its first set of caps.html will find a way. but yet. there would be a Mrs." said he. She knew a family near Maple Grove who had tried it. of course. and others might think her. except in one habitation.--"Poor Knightley! poor fellow!--sad business for him.processtext. Elton. Only let me be told when I may speak out.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. indulging in such reflections as these. In general. as the evening wonder in many a family circle. and then.--Extremely disagreeable! But she was not at all sorry that she had abused the housekeeper the other day. with great sagacity. Emma. The news was universally a surprize wherever it spread.But Mrs. Mrs. I conclude. to Mrs.--Shocking plan. and Mrs. the most in luck. the Vicarage. the surprize was not softened by any satisfaction. Cole. and were thinking of themselves. rational difficulty to oppose or delay it. began with.-. for. http://www. on the point of living at Hartfield. Oh! no. but the wonder of it was very soon nothing.He saw the advantages of the match. One set might recommend their all removing to Donwell.not in the least. compared with his wife. till it is found out that every body knows them. and satisfied himself on that point. it passed. how soon it would be over Highbury. Mr." and supposed "she had always meant to catch Knightley if she could. as what must bring a great deal to agitate and grieve her. and Emma was thinking of it one morning.-. and without one real. there was no serious objection raised. Was not she like a daughter. Perry." He went to Highbury the next morning. and distressing thoughts were put by." But here there was nothing to be shifted off in a wild speculation on the future. It was a union of the highest promise of felicity in itself. "Rather he than I!"-. Weston had his five minutes share of it. A few more to-morrows. If any thing could increase her delight. immediately afterwards. they had calculated from the time of its being known at Randalls. Elton cared little about it. Weston. and leaving Hartfield for the John Knightleys. "I have something to tell you. when Mr. all equal. "It is to be a secret.-. upon the whole.

which did not seem like being prepared-. this is impossible!" but her lips were closed." "I mean that he has done it." "Indeed! but why so?--I can hardly imagine that any thing which pleases or amuses you." answered Mr. I never was more surprized--but it does not make me unhappy. at his chambers. and to me. though she knew not what. and when." continued Mr. as happy even as he is deserving.--"Well!"--Then having recourse to her workbasket. You are trying not to smile. but I cannot believe it. "Well. in eager gaze. Time. that Harriet Smith has accepted Robert Martin. To speak. she was sure would be to Page 186 .--However. Harriet Smith marries Robert Martin. They were going to take the two eldest boys to Astley's. "and been accepted. my Emma.Do not you recollect?--Harriet Smith. This is all that I can relate of the how. that he intends it. and concealing all the exquisite feelings of delight and entertainment which she knew she must be expressing." "No. to report his proceedings. "You like it. and he followed with Miss Smith and Henry. indeed. quickly. The party was to be our brother and sister. It seems an impossibility!--You cannot mean to say. now tell me every thing. "Have you heard from her yourself this morning?" cried he. John Knightley and little John. I must say. first on my affairs. and then on his own." "I am afraid. again smiling. and certainly did not speak in vain. and was with me this morning immediately after breakfast. my brother took charge of Mrs." said he. "It is so. where. How. He came down by yesterday's coach. she added." he replied.--She made him.html "Good or bad?" said she." He stopped. and was asked by him to join their party the same evening to Astley's.--I see it in your countenance. that on quitting their box at Astley's. as little as I feared. without its being much to the purpose." "Good God!" she cried. and she felt afraid of something.She will give you all the minute particulars. But in time they will. Knightley. that you will not smile when you hear it. "Does nothing occur to you?-. we need not talk much on the subject. http://www.and her eyes. on which we do not think alike.--He delivered these papers to John. "I do not know which it ought to be called. which only woman's language can make interesting. and know the whole. you quite mistake me. You only mean. with smiling but determined decision.--In our communications we deal only in the great.processtext.--Emma dared not attempt any immediate reply. John--and Miss Smith. "No. when?--Let me know it all." "Oh! good I am sure.--How--how has it been possible?" "It is a very simple story. you may be sure." Emma gave a start.-. My friend Robert could not resist. looking up in his face. "I am very much afraid.--I wish our opinions were the same. I assure you. in excuse for leaning down her face. I have not. exerting herself. with his eyes fixed on her face. will make one or the other of us think differently. my dear Emma. 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. "I hope but one. I see--and very bad it is. make this intelligible to me. He left me not half an hour ago. and. Knightley. said. and I got him to take charge of some papers which I was wanting to send to John. You cannot mean that he has even proposed to her again--yet." Her cheeks flushed at the name." He paused a moment. where. by her acceptance. very overflowing. "It is not that such a circumstance would now make me unhappy. composing his features. "I have it from Robert Martin himself." She was still looking at him with the most speaking amazement." "You are prepared for the worst. and that at one time they were in such a crowd." "There is one subject." "You mistake me.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. Henry. that Robert Martin's heart seemed for him. Your friend Harriet will make a much longer history when you see her.com/abclit. were all extremely amused. I know nothing. pray tell me. They called for him in their way. "You have. He went to town on business three days ago." she replied. in the meanwhile. I believe. should not please and amuse me too. as to make Miss Smith rather uneasy. and that he did mention.

" "I am perfectly satisfied. "but I should say she was a good-tempered. which was never the case.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. which is saying a great deal I assure you. very determined against any young man who told her he loved her.--As far as the man is concerned. very seriously good principles. shows of cattle. and having now brought herself not to smile too broadly--she did--cheerfully answering. than she was before. you could not wish your friend in better hands. because I never put up with any other." "You ought to know your friend best. Are you quite sure that you understand the terms on which Mr. in the confusion of so many subjects.--But. you said that this circumstance would not now make you unhappy. so fresh the sound of those words. Sometimes. Goddard? I assured him that I could not. but. In respectability of character. "You need not be at any pains to reconcile me to the match. at this moment. she may thank Page 187 . than to go to Mrs. "No. Knightley and Robert Martin was. excessive surprize." "And I am changed also. as not to know what a man is talking of?-. you must give me a plain. http://www. I have often talked to her a good deal. Knightley. amiable girl. I have taken some pains for your sake." replied Mr. and so strong was the recollection of all that had so recently passed on Harriet's side. much more. and I will answer for your thinking better and better of him as you know him more." "You are materially changed since we talked on this subject before. from all my observations. He asked my opinion as to what he was now to do. he added. I could suppose she might in time--but can she already?-. His good sense and good principles would delight you. Emma." The contrast between the countenance and air of Mr. so strong to Emma's feelings. therefore. Her connexions may be worse than his.Much of this. and I think I can give you a proof that it must be so. I have no doubt.--You laugh at me about William Larkins. Goddard to whom he could apply for information of her relations or friends. and." Emma could not help laughing as she answered. mistake him?--It was not Harriet's hand that he was certain of--it was the dimensions of some famous ox. in some measure. Could I mention any thing more fit to be done." "I hope so--for at that time I was a fool. I think Harriet is doing extremely well. She must wait a moment. he said. His situation is an evil--but you must consider it as what satisfies your friend. with very good notions. He knew of no one but Mrs. "Emma. It could not be otherwise. "Do you dare to suppose me so great a blockhead. he would endeavour to see her in the course of this day. nothing doubtful. "Upon my word. with the brightest smiles. Knightley. I am convinced of her being an artless. premature. I have been silent from surprize merely." he replied." He wanted her to look up and smile. or new drills--and might not you. Mr. there can be no doubt that they are. Knightley." replied Emma.processtext. Then. Martin and Harriet now are?" "I am quite sure. are you perfectly sure that she has absolutely and downright accepted him. direct answer. I have thought you were half suspecting me of pleading poor Martin's cause.-. You must have seen that I did. soft-hearted girl. spoken with such emphasis. I hope I know better than to think of Robert Martin." that she was really expecting the intelligence to prove. but I am afraid it gives you more pain than you expected.html betray a most unreasonable degree of happiness. but I could quite as ill spare Robert Martin. in the words he used. I believe you know her quite as well as I do. Her silence disturbed him. "that he told me she had accepted him. His rank in society I would alter if I could. and placing her happiness in the affections and utility of domestic life. and that there was no obscurity. "Do you dare say this?" cried Mr. 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. speaking very distinctly. and after observing her a little while. not likely to be very. my love. and for Robert Martin's sake.What do you deserve?" "Oh! I always deserve the best treatment. (whom I have always had reason to believe as much in love with her as ever. indeed. for I am now very willing to grant you all Harriet's good qualities. "and most sincerely wish them happy. or he would think her mad.com/abclit.) to get acquainted with her.Did not you misunderstand him?--You were both talking of other things. of business.

" cried Emma. shaking her head. Miss Woodhouse. very serious in her thankfulness. which he asked for. whether in speech or silence." But his spirits were soon rising again. not always listening. and of seeing him with Jane. and with laughing eyes. Her father's business was to announce James's being gone out to put the horses to.or of courage and opportunity for Frank Churchill to draw near her and say. might soon be over. but that the lessons of her past folly might teach her humility and circumspection in future. singing. preparatory to their now daily drive to Randalls. "Is not she looking well?" said he. High in the rank of her most serious and heartfelt felicities. however. The joy. or poor Mrs. there was for some time such a blank in the circle. and till she had moved about. there was no longer a want of subject or animation-. Weston's letters. She wanted to be alone. http://www. I am particularly glad to see and shake hands with you--and to give you joy in person. and forbade its being pronounced in her Page 188 ." In half a minute they were in the room. Knightley would soon be over.--Emma blushed. "It is Frank and Miss Fairfax.--What had she to wish for? Nothing. whose intentions and judgment had been ever so superior to her own.html you for. but with a consciousness which at first allowed little to be said. conniving at the comfortable persuasion of his being obliged to go to Randalls every day. When Mr. She was in dancing. and. She was not sorry.com/abclit. therefore. exclaiming spirits. and laughed and reflected. and having all sat down again. she was really in danger of becoming too happy for security. of two figures passing near the window.processtext.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter.--Mrs. and when the baby was fetched. an immediate excuse for disappearing." "Me!" cried Emma. most happy to begin. The sole grievance and alloy thus removed in the prospect of Harriet's welfare. and yet there was no preventing a laugh. Weston was alone in the drawing-room:-. sometimes in the very midst of them. It would be a great pleasure to know Robert Martin. Weston. I hope. which she had long felt.--They are coming in. Their conversation was soon afterwards closed by the entrance of her father. Weston would be disappointed. but to grow more worthy of him. In the gayest and happiest spirits she set forward with her father. was the reflection that all necessity of concealment from Mr. They met readily and smiling. 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. the exquisite delight of her sensations may be imagined. after mentioning the expected return of the Campbells. The disguise. and Mr. They arrived. Emma was extremely glad to see him--but there was a degree of confusion--a number of embarrassing recollections on each side. Her mind was in a state of flutter and wonder. "Better than she ever used to do?--You see how my father and Mrs." He thanked her with all his heart." said Mrs. He stays till to-morrow. however. I hope time has not made you less willing to pardon." "No. for a very kind forgiving message in one of Mrs. of seeing Frank Churchill once more. and continued some time to speak with serious feeling of his gratitude and happiness. and talked to herself. which made it impossible for her to be collected. I hope you do not retract what you then said. mystery.but hardly had they been told of the baby. and submitted quietly to a little more praise than she deserved. the gratitude. but always agreeing to what he said. and she had. Weston doat upon her. when a glimpse was caught through the blind. indeed. "I was just going to tell you of our agreeable surprize in seeing him arrive this morning. Weston joined the party. that Emma began to doubt whether the wish now indulged. and in her resolutions. She could now look forward to giving him that full and perfect confidence which her disposition was most ready to welcome as a duty. would yield its proportion of pleasure. and Miss Fairfax has been persuaded to spend the day with us. he named the name of Dixon. Serious she was. turning his eyes towards Jane. so hateful to her to practise. "not in the least. she could be fit for nothing rational.--"Ah! poor Harriet!" She checked herself. Woodhouse received the thanks for coming. "I have to thank you. Nothing. equivocation.

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hearing. "I can never think of it," she cried, "without extreme shame." "The shame," he answered, "is all mine, or ought to be. But is it possible that you had no suspicion?--I mean of late. Early, I know, you had none." "I never had the smallest, I assure you." "That appears quite wonderful. I was once very near--and I wish I had-- it would have been better. But though I was always doing wrong things, they were very bad wrong things, and such as did me no service.-- It would have been a much better transgression had I broken the bond of secrecy and told you every thing." "It is not now worth a regret," said Emma. "I have some hope," resumed he, "of my uncle's being persuaded to pay a visit at Randalls; he wants to be introduced to her. When the Campbells are returned, we shall meet them in London, and continue there, I trust, till we may carry her northward.--But now, I am at such a distance from her--is not it hard, Miss Woodhouse?-- Till this morning, we have not once met since the day of reconciliation. Do not you pity me?" Emma spoke her pity so very kindly, that with a sudden accession of gay thought, he cried, "Ah! by the bye," then sinking his voice, and looking demure for the moment--"I hope Mr. Knightley is well?" He paused.--She coloured and laughed.--"I know you saw my letter, and think you may remember my wish in your favour. Let me return your congratulations.-- I assure you that I have heard the news with the warmest interest and satisfaction.--He is a man whom I cannot presume to praise." Emma was delighted, and only wanted him to go on in the same style; but his mind was the next moment in his own concerns and with his own Jane, and his next words were, "Did you ever see such a skin?--such smoothness! such delicacy!-- and yet without being actually fair.--One cannot call her fair. It is a most uncommon complexion, with her dark eye-lashes and hair-- a most distinguishing complexion! So peculiarly the lady in it.-- Just colour enough for beauty." "I have always admired her complexion," replied Emma, archly; "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.--Have you quite forgotten?" "Oh! no--what an impudent dog I was!--How could I dare--" But he laughed so heartily at the recollection, that Emma could not help saying, "I do suspect that in the midst of your perplexities at that time, you had very great amusement in tricking us all.--I am sure you had.-- I am sure it was a consolation to you." "Oh! no, no, 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 am sure it was a source of high entertainment to you, to feel that you were taking us all in.--Perhaps I am the readier to suspect, because, to tell you the truth, I think it might have been some amusement to myself in the same situation. I think there is a little likeness between us." He bowed. "If not in our dispositions," she presently added, with a look of true sensibility, "there is a likeness in our destiny; the destiny which bids fair to connect us with two characters so much superior to our own." "True, true," he answered, warmly. "No, not true on your side. You can have no superior, but most true on mine.--She is a complete angel. Look at her. Is not she an angel in every gesture? Observe the turn of her throat. Observe her eyes, as she is looking up at my father.-- You will be glad to hear (inclining his head, and whispering seriously) that my uncle means to give her all my aunt's jewels. They are to be new set. I am resolved to have some in an ornament for the head. Will not it be beautiful in her dark hair?" "Very beautiful, indeed," replied Emma; and she spoke so kindly, that he gratefully burst out, "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. I should certainly have called at Hartfield, had you failed to come." The others had been talking of the child, Mrs. Weston giving an account of a little alarm she had been under, the evening before, from the infant's appearing not quite well. She believed she had been foolish,

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but it had alarmed her, and she had been within half a minute of sending for Mr. Perry. Perhaps she ought to be ashamed, but Mr. Weston had been almost as uneasy as herself.--In ten minutes, however, the child had been perfectly well again. This was her history; and particularly interesting it was to Mr. Woodhouse, who commended her very much for thinking of sending for Perry, and only regretted that she had not done it. "She should always send for Perry, if the child appeared in the slightest degree disordered, were it only for a moment. She could not be too soon alarmed, nor send for Perry too often. It was a pity, perhaps, that he had not come last night; for, though the child seemed well now, very well considering, it would probably have been better if Perry had seen it." Frank Churchill caught the name. "Perry!" said he to Emma, and trying, as he spoke, to catch Miss Fairfax's eye. "My friend Mr. Perry! What are they saying about Mr. Perry?--Has he been here this morning?--And how does he travel now?--Has he set up his carriage?" Emma soon recollected, and understood him; and while she joined in the laugh, it was evident from Jane's countenance that she too was really hearing him, though trying to seem deaf. "Such an extraordinary dream of mine!" he cried. "I can never think of it without laughing.--She hears us, she hears us, Miss Woodhouse. I see it in her cheek, her smile, her vain attempt to frown. Look at her. Do not you see that, at this instant, the very passage of her own letter, which sent me the report, is passing under her eye-- that the whole blunder is spread before her--that she can attend to nothing else, though pretending to listen to the others?" Jane was forced to smile completely, for a moment; and the smile partly remained as she turned towards him, and said in a conscious, low, yet steady voice, "How you can bear such recollections, is astonishing to me!-- They will sometimes obtrude--but how you can court them!" He had a great deal to say in return, and very entertainingly; but Emma's feelings were chiefly with Jane, in the argument; and on leaving Randalls, and falling naturally into a comparison of the two men, she felt, that pleased as she had been to see Frank Churchill, and really regarding him as she did with friendship, she had never been more sensible of Mr. Knightley's high superiority of character. The happiness of this most happy day, received its completion, in the animated contemplation of his worth which this comparison produced.

CHAPTER XIX

I f Emma had still, at intervals, an anxious feeling for Harriet, a momentary doubt of its being possible
for her to be really cured of her attachment to Mr. Knightley, and really able to accept another man from unbiased inclination, it was not long that she had to suffer from the recurrence of any such uncertainty. A very few days brought the party from London, and she had no sooner an opportunity of being one hour alone with Harriet, than she became perfectly satisfied--unaccountable as it was!-- that Robert Martin had thoroughly supplanted Mr. Knightley, and was now forming all her views of happiness. Harriet was a little distressed--did look a little foolish at first: but having once owned that she had been presumptuous and silly, and self-deceived, before, her pain and confusion seemed to die away with the words, and leave her without a care for the past, and with the fullest exultation in the present and future; for, as to her friend's approbation, Emma had instantly removed every fear of that nature, by meeting her with the most unqualified congratulations.-- Harriet was most happy to give every particular

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of the evening at Astley's, and the dinner the next day; she could dwell on it all with the utmost delight. But what did such particulars explain?-- The fact was, as Emma could now acknowledge, that Harriet had always liked Robert Martin; and that his continuing to love her had been irresistible.--Beyond this, it must ever be unintelligible to Emma. The event, however, was most joyful; and every day was giving her fresh reason for thinking so.--Harriet's parentage became known. She proved to be the daughter of a tradesman, rich enough to afford her the comfortable maintenance which had ever been hers, and decent enough to have always wished for concealment.--Such was the blood of gentility which Emma had formerly been so ready to vouch for!-- It was likely to be as untainted, perhaps, as the blood of many a gentleman: but what a connexion had she been preparing for Mr. Knightley--or for the Churchills--or even for Mr. Elton!-- The stain of illegitimacy, unbleached by nobility or wealth, would have been a stain indeed. No objection was raised on the father's side; the young man was treated liberally; it was all as it should be: and as Emma became acquainted with Robert Martin, who was now introduced at Hartfield, she fully acknowledged in him all the appearance of sense and worth which could bid fairest for her little friend. She had no doubt of Harriet's happiness with any good-tempered man; but with him, and in the home he offered, there would be the hope of more, of security, stability, and improvement. She would be placed in the midst of those who loved her, and who had better sense than herself; retired enough for safety, and occupied enough for cheerfulness. She would be never led into temptation, nor left for it to find her out. She would be respectable and happy; and Emma admitted her to be the luckiest creature in the world, to have created so steady and persevering an affection in such a man;--or, if not quite the luckiest, to yield only to herself. Harriet, necessarily drawn away by her engagements with the Martins, was less and less at Hartfield; which was not to be regretted.-- The intimacy between her and Emma must sink; their friendship must change into a calmer sort of goodwill; and, fortunately, what ought to be, and must be, seemed already beginning, and in the most gradual, natural manner. Before the end of September, Emma attended Harriet to church, and saw her hand bestowed on Robert Martin with so complete a satisfaction, as no remembrances, even connected with Mr. Elton as he stood before them, could impair.--Perhaps, indeed, at that time she scarcely saw Mr. Elton, but as the clergyman whose blessing at the altar might next fall on herself.--Robert Martin and Harriet Smith, the latest couple engaged of the three, were the first to be married. Jane Fairfax had already quitted Highbury, and was restored to the comforts of her beloved home with the Campbells.--The Mr. Churchills were also in town; and they were only waiting for November. The intermediate month was the one fixed on, as far as they dared, by Emma and Mr. Knightley.--They had determined that their marriage ought to be concluded while John and Isabella were still at Hartfield, to allow them the fortnight's absence in a tour to the seaside, which was the plan.--John and Isabella, and every other friend, were agreed in approving it. But Mr. Woodhouse--how was Mr. Woodhouse to be induced to consent?--he, who had never yet alluded to their marriage but as a distant event. When first sounded on the subject, he was so miserable, that they were almost hopeless.--A second allusion, indeed, gave less pain.-- He began to think it was to be, and that he could not prevent it-- a very promising step of the mind on its way to resignation. Still, however, he was not happy. Nay, he appeared so much otherwise, that his daughter's courage failed. She could not bear to see him suffering, to know him fancying himself neglected; and though her understanding almost acquiesced in the assurance of both the Mr. Knightleys, that when once the event were over, his distress would be soon over too, she hesitated--she could not proceed. In this state of suspense they were befriended, not by any sudden illumination of Mr. Woodhouse's mind, or any wonderful change of his nervous system, but by the operation of the same system in another way.-- Mrs. Weston's poultry-house was robbed one night of all her turkeys-- evidently by the ingenuity of man. Other poultry-yards in the neighbourhood also suffered.--Pilfering was housebreaking to Mr. Woodhouse's fears.--He was very uneasy; and but for the sense of his son-in-law's protection, would have been under wretched alarm every night of his life. The strength, resolution, and presence of mind of

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

CHAPTER IV

H arriet Smith's intimacy at Hartfield was soon a settled thing. Quick and decided in her ways,
Emma lost no time in inviting, encouraging, and telling her to come very often; and as their acquaintance increased, so did their satisfaction in each other. As a walking companion, Emma had very early foreseen how useful she might find her. In that respect Mrs. Weston's loss had been important. Her father never went beyond the shrubbery, where two divisions of the ground sufficed him for his long walk, or his short, as the year varied; and since Mrs. Weston's marriage her exercise had been too much confined. She had ventured once alone to Randalls, but it was not pleasant; and a Harriet Smith, therefore, one whom she could summon at any time to a walk, would be a valuable addition to her privileges. But in every respect, as she saw more of her, she approved her, and was confirmed in all her kind designs. Harriet certainly was not clever, but she had a sweet, docile, grateful disposition, was totally free from conceit, and only desiring to be guided by any one she looked up to. Her early attachment to herself was very amiable; and her inclination for good company, and power of appreciating what was elegant and clever, shewed that there was no want of taste, though strength of understanding must not be expected. Altogether she was quite convinced of Harriet Smith's being exactly the young friend she wanted--exactly the something which her home required. Such a friend as Mrs. Weston was out of the question. Two such could never be granted. Two such she did not want. It was quite a different sort of thing, a sentiment distinct and independent. Mrs. Weston was the object of a regard which had its basis in gratitude and esteem. Harriet would be loved as one to whom she could be useful. For Mrs. Weston there was nothing to be done; for Harriet every thing. Her first attempts at usefulness were in an endeavour to find out who were the parents, but Harriet could not tell. She was ready to tell every thing in her power, but on this subject questions were vain. 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. Harriet had no penetration. She had been satisfied to hear and believe just what Mrs. Goddard chose to tell her; and looked no farther. Mrs. Goddard, and the teachers, and the girls and the affairs of the school in general, formed naturally a great part of the conversation--and but for her acquaintance with the Martins of Abbey-Mill Farm, it must have been the whole. But the Martins occupied her thoughts a good deal; she had spent

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without thinking beyond the immediate cause. Mrs. and describe the many comforts and wonders of the place. Goddard's drawing-room. that there was no young Mrs. no--I do not know--but I believe he has read a good deal--but not what you would think any thing of. Martin. but I do not think him so plain now. whenever he married. she did suspect danger to her poor little friend from all this hospitality and kindness. fancying it was a mother and daughter. He had never heard of such books before I mentioned them. to sup with her. but as she came to understand the family better. indeed.amused by such a picture of another set of beings. Martin's saying as she was so fond of it. She believed every body spoke well of him. but when it appeared that the Mr." "And when she had come away. and a creditable appearance might interest me. and of their having a very handsome summer-house in their garden. One does not. Martin?" "Oh! not handsome--not at all handsome. two of them Alderneys. and I may have seen him fifty times. And I know he has read the Vicar of Wakefield. and therefore she was sure. and Miss Richardson. but without having any idea of his name. "Well done. whether on horseback or on foot. very entertaining. after a time. and in every thing else he was so very obliging. Harriet was very ready to speak of the share he had had in their moonlight walks and merry evening games. Miss Nash. and dwelt a good deal upon his being so very good-humoured and obliging. Emma encouraged her talkativeness-. Goddard had ever seen. and some other books that lay in one of the window seats--but he reads all them to himself. Not that she wanted him to marry. The yeomanry are precisely the order of people with whom I feel I can have nothing to do. He reads the Agricultural Reports. and.a very handsome summer-house. a son and son's wife. her questions increased in number and meaning. you know." "Mr. He had gone three miles round one day in order to bring her some walnuts. he had been bid more for his wool than any body in the country. Mrs. A degree or two lower. nor The Children of the Abbey. Martin. But did you never see him? He is in Highbury every now and then. He could sing a little himself. Goddard a beautiful goose--the finest goose Mrs. and of her having an upper maid who had lived five-and-twenty years with her. and of their having eight cows. was a single man. no wife in the case.com/abclit.processtext. Martin. large enough to hold a dozen people. and now loved to talk of the pleasures of her visit. and one a little Welch cow. Martin!" thought Emma. is not a man of information beyond the line of his own business? He does not read?" "Oh yes!--that is. She believed he was very clever. He has passed you very often. I might hope to be useful to their families in some Page 193 . is the very last sort of person to raise my curiosity. and asked all the three teachers. Martin. and understood every thing. other feelings arose. She was very fond of singing.html two very happy months with them. and that. She was in no hurry at all. and there was evidently no dislike to it. I thought him very plain at first. http://www. Mrs. He never read the Romance of the Forest." The next question was-"What sort of looking man is Mr. She had taken up a wrong idea. But sometimes of an evening. before we went to cards. and enjoying the youthful simplicity which could speak with so much exultation of Mrs. A young farmer.) that it was impossible for any body to be a better son. a very pretty little Welch cow indeed." "That may be. he would read something aloud out of the Elegant Extracts. two very good parlours. she might be required to sink herself forever. I suppose. one of them quite as large as Mrs. he would make a good husband. Goddard had dressed it on a Sunday. who all lived together. Martin was so very kind as to send Mrs. With this inspiriting notion. it should be called her cow. where some day next year they were all to drink tea:-. but he is determined to get them now as soon as ever he can. because she had said how fond she was of them. and she particularly led Harriet to talk more of Mr.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. and was always mentioned with approbation for his great good-nature in doing something or other. and he is sure to ride through every week in his way to Kingston." For some time she was amused. and of Mrs. His mother and sisters were very fond of him. who bore a part in the narrative. He had a very fine flock. and Miss Prince. Martin had told her one day (and there was a blush as she said it. while she was with them. "You know what you are about. He had his shepherd's son into the parlour one night on purpose to sing to her. Mrs. if she were not taken care of. Martin's having "two parlours.

But if he marries a very ignorant. Martin would ever marry any body but what had had some education--and been very well brought up. soon made her quick eye sufficiently acquainted with Mr." "You understand the force of influence pretty well.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. Oh yes! It is not likely you should ever have observed him. indeed. They seem very comfortable as they are." "To be sure. to be sure. I want to see you permanently well connected. Yes. What do you imagine his age to be?" "He was four-and-twenty the 8th of last June. and you are so kind to me. and my birthday is the 23rd just a fortnight and a day's difference--which is very odd. but I would have you so firmly established in good society. she would probably repent it. Mr. and that is as early as most men can afford to marry. Martin marries. as such. and to that end it will be advisable to have as few odd acquaintance as may be. or there will be plenty of people who would take pleasure in degrading you. therefore. Martin the very next day.processtext.com/abclit.--I mean. I am not afraid of what any body can do.html way or other. as much above my notice as in every other he is below it. if I can help it. Martin looked as if he did not know what Page 194 . and when he came to be contrasted with gentlemen. They met Mr. I suppose there are. if he could meet with a good sort of young woman in the same rank as his own. Harriet was not insensible of manner. Whatever money he might come into when his father died. Miss Woodhouse. and after looking very respectfully at her." "Yes. Not that I think Mr. looked with most unfeigned satisfaction at her companion. while they talked together. But they live very comfortably. as to being acquainted with his wife--for though his sisters. she had voluntarily noticed her father's gentleness with admiration as well as wonder. Six years hence. That is too young to settle. Harriet. But a farmer can need none of my help. but his person had no other advantage." "Only four-and-twenty. But while I visit at Hartfield." "Six years hence! Dear Miss Woodhouse. The young man had been the first admirer." Emma watched her through the fluctuations of this speech. certainly I had better not visit her. I know. and is. and you must support your claim to that station by every thing within your own power. and he looked like a sensible young man. are not to be altogether objected to. with diligence and good luck. so it is. and. whatever his share of the family property. Harriet. and that there would be no serious difficulty. and walking a few yards forward. Robert Martin. They have no indoors man. Mr. therefore. but he knows you very well indeed--I mean by sight. but she trusted there was no other hold. Martin. The misfortune of your birth ought to make you particularly careful as to your associates. it is next to impossible that he should have realised any thing yet. in one sense." "I have no doubt of his being a very respectable young man. 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. I say that if you should still be in this country when Mr. has his fortune entirely to make--cannot be at all beforehand with the world. it is. especially Elizabeth. He was on foot. as to be independent even of Hartfield and Miss Woodhouse. it might be very desirable. and so forth. who will probably be some mere farmer's daughter. vulgar woman. His mother is perfectly right not to be in a hurry. and. There can be no doubt of your being a gentleman's daughter. I shall always have a great regard for the Miss Martins. he may be rich in time. she thought he must lose all the ground he had gained in Harriet's inclination. else they do not want for any thing. with a little money. and though. http://www." "I wish you may not get into a scrape. from a superior education. and saw no alarming symptoms of love. to oppose any friendly arrangement of her own. it does not follow that he might marry any body at all fit for you to notice. all employed in his stock. and should be very sorry to give them up. on Harriet's side. I dare say. and if she were to take any pains to marry him. I wish you may not be drawn in by your intimacy with the sisters. who are not born to an independence. and Mrs. as they were walking on the Donwell road. without education. Emma was not sorry to have such an opportunity of survey. whenever he does marry. all afloat. to be acquainted with the wife. His appearance was very neat. that he is so. he would be thirty years old!" "Well. I imagine. Martin talks of taking a boy another year. However. wish him well. for they are quite as well educated as me." "To be sure." "To be sure.

He was a great deal too full of the market to think of any thing else--which is just as it should be. Knightley. or awkwardness becomes. Weston's." "How much his business engrosses him already is very plain from the circumstance of his forgetting to inquire for the book you recommended. Elton's manners are superior to Mr. totally inattentive to appearances. perhaps.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. "But there may be pretty good guessing. Compare their manner of carrying themselves. and I did not expect much. But Mr. Martin is now awkward and abrupt. Harriet. He will be a completely gross. you have had very good specimens of well educated. You must see the difference. Martin with either of them. a quickness. Weston must be between forty and fifty. indeed. which every body likes in him. or coarseness. said no more for some time. Weston and Mr. indeed? That will be very bad. Knightley. Weston's time of life?" "There is no saying." "Which makes his good manners the more valuable. But he is not the only gentleman you have been lately used to. so totally without air. you could be in company with Mr.com/abclit." replied Harriet rather solemnly. Harriet. and spoken with a degree of grave displeasure which Emma thought might be safely left to itself. and the uncouthness of a voice which I heard to be wholly unmodulated as I stood here. Miss Woodhouse. They have more gentleness. She." "Certainly. of walking. a degree or two nearer gentility. the more glaring and disgusting any loudness. Knightley's or Mr. he said. He has not such a fine air and way of walking as Mr. because there is so much good-humour with it--but that would not do to be copied. therefore. 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." "I think. But Mr. I had no right to expect much. They might be more safely held up as a pattern. which Miss Woodhouse hoped very soon to compose. He did not think we ever walked this road.html manner was." said Harriet. and thinking of nothing but profit and loss. Page 195 . Martin with him." "Will he. of speaking. I had imagined him. The older a person grows. that he had not gone round by Randalls. I should be surprized if.processtext. he is not like Mr. Knightley's air is so remarkably good that it is not fair to compare Mr. well bred men. He thought we walked towards Randalls most days. but I had no idea that he could be so very clownish." "To be sure. and Harriet then came running to her with a smiling face. You might not see one in a hundred with gentleman so plainly written as in Mr. Mr." "Oh yes!--there is a great difference. There is an openness. Mr. and be a very rich man in time--and his being illiterate and coarse need not disturb us." "I wonder he did not remember the book"--was all Harriet's answer. for a thriving man. Elton? Compare Mr. of being silent. the more important it is that their manners should not be bad. At Hartfield. what will he be at Mr. Knightley is so very fine a man!" "Mr. What is passable in youth is detestable in later age. and in a flutter of spirits. "In one respect. What say you to Mr. you have been repeatedly in the company of some such very real gentlemen. Knightley's downright. 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. since your acquaintance with us. Weston is almost an old man. after seeing them. Weston. He was so busy the last time he was at Kingston that he quite forgot it. He has not been able to get the Romance of the Forest yet. vulgar farmer. Knightley. "he is not so genteel as real gentlemen. They remained but a few minutes together. Martin. but he goes again to-morrow. I confess. "Only think of our happening to meet him!--How very odd! It was quite a chance. as Miss Woodhouse must not be kept waiting. So very odd we should happen to meet! Well. that you must yourself be struck with the difference in Mr. http://www. undoubtedly--remarkably plain:--but that is nothing compared with his entire want of gentility. in a mortified voice. Mr. What has he to do with books? And I have no doubt that he will thrive. Her next beginning was. I see the difference plain enough. Neither would Mr. almost a bluntness in Mr. is he like what you expected? What do you think of him? Do you think him so very plain?" "He is very plain.

I have been seeing their intimacy with the greatest pleasure. and without low connexions. and Emma imagined a very sufficient income. Harriet. He was reckoned very handsome." "Mr. and look. for her to have much merit in planning it. I think a young man might be very safely recommended to take Mr. Elton very agreeable. respectable young man." "You surprize me! Emma must do Harriet good: and by supplying her with a new object of interest. though it suits him very well. Weston. Elton is good-humoured. Elton. was foundation enough on his side. Knightley.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. She feared it was what every body else must think of and predict. quite the gentleman himself. cheerful. that there Page 196 . but if any young man were to set about copying him. that any body should have equalled her in the date of the plan. Mr. knowing Weston to be out. for he thinks exactly as I do on the subject." said Mr. Weston would undoubtedly support me. and Harriet blushed and smiled. The longer she considered it. She thought it would be an excellent match. commanding sort of manner. Elton's situation was most suitable. Mr.com/abclit." "Perhaps you think I am come on purpose to quarrel with you. the greater was her sense of its expediency. he was known to have some independent property. Elton was the very person fixed on by Emma for driving the young farmer out of Harriet's head.html decided. without any deficiency of useful understanding or knowledge of the world." "A bad thing! Do you really think it a bad thing?-. and now did full justice to. 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. and probable. If he means any thing. Elton's admiration. On the contrary. his figure. obliging. It was not likely. it must be to please you. And he was really a very pleasing young man.why so?" "I think they will neither of them do the other any good. however. which she trusted. but it strikes me that his manners are softer than they used to be. He seems to me to be grown particularly gentle of late. http://www. I do not know whether he has any design of ingratiating himself with either of us. with such frequent meetings at Hartfield. We were speaking of it only yesterday. "of this great intimacy between Emma and Harriet Smith. He had a comfortable home for her. and that you must still fight your own battle. Mr. She had already satisfied herself that he thought Harriet a beautiful girl. Knightley. and agreeing how fortunate it was for Emma. Mr. natural. he would not be sufferable. a young man whom any woman not fastidious might like. Mrs. and only too palpably desirable. and said she had always thought Mr. 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. though not by her. not of any family that could fairly object to the doubtful birth of Harriet. if he were here. and she thought very highly of him as a good-humoured. Harriet may be said to do Emma good. and gentle. well-meaning. 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. Elton as a model. and situation in life seem to allow it.processtext. but I think it a bad thing. his person much admired in general. 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. CHAPTER V "I do not know what your opinion may be. at the same time. 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. by additional softness.

and a subjection of the fancy to the understanding." he soon added. No.--You know you could not. She was always quick and assured: Isabella slow and diffident. or tend at all to make a girl adapt herself rationally to the varieties of her situation in life. "But I. And ever since she was twelve. and very neatly arranged--sometimes alphabetically. and if Weston had asked me to recommend him a wife. but you were receiving a very good education from her.com/abclit. very fit for a wife.--They only give a little polish. She means it. I am afraid you are rather thrown away. because undesigned. I do not think you would have spoken a good word for me to any body. She will grow just refined enough to be uncomfortable with those among whom birth and circumstances have placed her home. and a Churchill in fortune. She knows nothing herself. and remember. to be dependent on your recommendation. however."--said Mr. I may safely affirm that Harriet Smith will do nothing. Weston may grow cross from the wantonness of comfort.--but since we have parted. They will read together. and so much the worse. smiling. At ten years old. Mr. I do not pretend to Emma's genius for foretelling and guessing. and that with every disposition to bear.-. it will be an inducement to her to read more herself. and I dare say she may have made out a very good list now. Hartfield will only put her out of conceit with all the other places she belongs to. She is not the superior young woman which Emma's friend ought to be. 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. Knightley. had I quitted Mr. while Harriet is presenting such a delightful inferiority? And as for Harriet. and for a moment or two he had done." "I dare say. Mr. feelingly. I know. In her mother she lost the only person able to cope with her.--But Harriet Smith--I have not half done about Harriet Smith. I am sure you always thought me unfit for the office I held. I will venture to say that she cannot gain by the acquaintance. Weston." "Yes. I should certainly have named Miss Taylor. You might not give Emma such a complete education as your powers would seem to promise. Her ignorance is hourly flattery.--It is not likely. Knightley. Emma is spoiled by being the cleverest of her family." "Thank you. Emma has been mistress of the house and of you all. Mr. She inherits her mother's talents. she had the misfortune of being able to answer questions which puzzled her sister at seventeen. She is a flatterer in all her ways." "Why. How can Emma imagine she has any thing to learn herself. or his son may plague him. There will be very little merit in making a good wife to such a man as Mr." "Emma has been meaning to read more ever since she was twelve years old. I am much mistaken if Emma's doctrines give any strength of mind. Knightley. Woodhouse's family and wanted another situation. But on the other hand.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter.processtext. I hope. You are so much used to live alone." "I should have been sorry." "Not I. on the very material matrimonial point of submitting your own will. or am more anxious for her present Page 197 . I shall not allow you to be a fair judge in this case. after being used to it all her life. I think her the very worst sort of companion that Emma could possibly have. Weston. The list she drew up when only fourteen--I remember thinking it did her judgment so much credit. indeed. there will be nothing to be borne. I can imagine your objection to Harriet Smith. that I preserved it some time. smiling. and. "who have had no such charm thrown over my senses. and looks upon Emma as knowing every thing. hear. perhaps no man can be a good judge of the comfort a woman feels in the society of one of her own sex." said he. Knightley." "There is hardly any desiring to refresh such a memory as that. the young man may be a Weston in merit. Where Miss Taylor failed to stimulate. I only name possibilities. that you do not know the value of a companion. and must have been under subjection to her.You never could persuade her to read half so much as you wished. and sometimes by some other rule." "I either depend more upon Emma's good sense than you do. http://www." "I hope not that. "that I thought so then. must still see." replied Mrs. "You are better placed here. I can never remember Emma's omitting to do any thing I wished. But I have done with expecting any course of steady reading from Emma. but not at all for a governess. But you were preparing yourself to be an excellent wife all the time you were at Hartfield.html should be such a girl in Highbury for her to associate with. as Emma wants to see her better informed. to own the truth. She will never submit to any thing requiring industry and patience. do not foretell vexation from that quarter. We will not despair. with all my heart. and doing as you were bid.

" he replied. I love to look at her. Where shall we see a better daughter. and while she is so happy at Hartfield. I will keep my ill-humour to myself. But I have no idea that she has yet ever seen a man she cared for. but I confess that I have seldom seen a face or figure more pleasing to me than hers. as much as possible. I am not to be talked out of my dislike of Harriet Smith. Mr. where Emma errs once.processtext." said Mrs. has never excited a greater interest. if I take the liberty (I consider myself. There were wishes at Randalls respecting Emma's destiny." Part of her meaning was to conceal some favourite thoughts of her own and Mr. but excuse me. I will not plague you any more. and such a pretty height and size. not merely in her bloom." "Pretty! say beautiful rather. and the quiet transition which Mr. her vanity lies another way. Pray excuse me. no." "Very well.' now. which. Weston. It has been so many years my province to give advice. Weston gently. She is loveliness itself. Can you imagine any thing nearer perfect beauty than Emma altogether-face and figure?" "I do not know what I could imagine. that you cannot be surprized. Isabella does not seem more my sister. I assure you." "I know that you all love her really too well to be unjust or unkind. I do not recommend matrimony at present to Emma. her glance. she will never lead any one really wrong. so long as it is a source of pleasure to herself. But there is nobody hereabouts to attach her. I shall not attempt to deny Emma's being pretty. Mr. but it was not desirable to have them suspected. her head. Knightley. John loves Emma with a reasonable and therefore not a blind affection. except when he is not quite frightened enough about the children. of course. Considering how very handsome she is." cried he. and might be made unhappy about her sister. Woodhouse's account." "She always declares she will never marry." "And I. It is very good advice. Knightley soon afterwards made to Page 198 ." said he.html comfort. Mr." "Be satisfied. http://www. at this little remains of office. it cannot be expected that Emma. I cannot wish her to be forming any attachment which would be creating such difficulties on poor Mr. "as can well be. Emma always gives me the idea of being the complete picture of grown-up health. would you? Very well. and it shall have a better fate than your advice has often found. open countenance. Knightley. indeed." "Such an eye!--the true hazle eye--and so brilliant! regular features. Weston's on the subject. you know. seem as little to tempt her to break her resolution at present. she is in the right a hundred times. and in some doubt of a return. I have a very sincere interest in Emma. but supposing any little inconvenience may be apprehended from the intimacy. With all dear Emma's little faults. she has qualities which may be trusted." "Mrs." "Not at all. and Isabella always thinks as he does." said Mrs. it would do her good. But I am a partial old friend. though I mean no slight to the state. she will make no lasting blunder. Mrs. that I do not think her personally vain. accountable to nobody but her father. should put an end to it. and I will keep my spleen to myself till Christmas brings John and Isabella. is not she?" "I have not a fault to find with her person. am equally stout in my confidence of its not doing them any harm. 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. Weston. I am sure of having their opinions with me. but in her air. she appears to be little occupied with it. or my dread of its doing them both harm. One hears sometimes of a child being `the picture of health. such a firm and upright figure! There is health. a curiosity in what one feels for Emma. "very much. means just nothing at all. How well she looked last night!" "Oh! you would rather talk of her person than her mind. Emma shall be an angel. "I am much obliged to you for it. and she goes so seldom from home. and I will add this praise.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. for it shall be attended to. "I will not raise any outcry. Knightley. who perfectly approves the acquaintance. I wonder what will become of her!" "So do I. Mr. It would not be a bad thing for her to be very much in love with a proper object. or a truer friend? No. with a complexion! oh! what a bloom of full health. John Knightley is easily alarmed. "I think her all you describe. I should like to see Emma in love. perhaps hardly so great. Knightley." "There does. she is an excellent creature. or a kinder sister. There is an anxiety.com/abclit. for I cannot lament the acquaintance.

that she could not suppose any thing wanting which a little time would not add." said he. "you have made her graceful and easy." "I have no doubt of it. Elton. and praised her so warmly. But from one cause or another. than Emma exclaimed.processtext." "If it were admissible to contradict a lady. Miss Woodhouse. but. CHAPTER VI E mma 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 really. if not in love already. So much superadded decision of character! Skilful has been the hand!" "Great has been the pleasure. and receiving a few. with a very interesting naivete. at Randalls?" Page 199 . as there could be any occasion for. She had no scruple with regard to him. I am sure. if Harriet would sit to me. His perception of the striking improvement of Harriet's manner. but Harriet only wanted drawing out.com/abclit." No sooner was she out of sight. I never met with a disposition more truly amiable. How could you suppose me ignorant? Is not this room rich in specimens of your landscapes and flowers. Elton's being in the fairest way of falling in love. He talked of Harriet. She was quite convinced of Mr. and as she had no hesitation in following up the assurance of his admiration by agreeable hints. since her introduction at Hartfield. very few hints. "Did you ever have your likeness taken. in my opinion. Weston some inimitable figure-pieces in her drawing-room. and has not Mrs. Elton-"I have perhaps given her a little more decision of character. "Oh! dear. for she found her decidedly more sensible than before of Mr. have taught her to think on points which had not fallen in her way before. the attractions you have added are infinitely superior to what she received from nature. http://www. She had all the natural grace of sweetness of temper and artlessness in herself. She was not less pleased another day with the manner in which he seconded a sudden wish of hers. with most agreeable manners." "Exactly so." "I am glad you think I have been useful to her. I know what your drawings are. she was soon pretty confident of creating as much liking on Harriet's side.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. and attempted several of my friends. to exercise so charming a talent in favour of your friend. shall we have rain?" convinced her that he had nothing more to say or surmise about Hartfield. never. "What an exquisite possession a good picture of her would be! I would give any money for it." said the gallant Mr. You do not know it I dare say. was not one of the least agreeable proofs of his growing attachment. I have done very little. "You have given Miss Smith all that she required. I almost long to attempt her likeness myself. that is what principally strikes me. but two or three years ago I had a great passion for taking likenesses. Harriet?" said she: "did you ever sit for your picture?" Harriet was on the point of leaving the room." cried Mr. to have Harriet's picture. no. "it would indeed be a delight! Let me entreat you. I could almost venture. I gave it up in disgust. Elton's being a remarkably handsome man. and was thought to have a tolerable eye in general. which had a vast deal of the lover. and only stopt to say. It would be such a delight to have her picture!" "Let me entreat you." And it was spoken with a sort of sighing animation.html "What does Weston think of the weather. She was a beautiful creature when she came to you.

unless they are coarser featured than any of mama's children ever were. There is my sister. or sorry to know her reputation for accomplishment often higher than it deserved. Dear Mrs.processtext. She had always wanted to do every thing." said Emma. --This did not want much of being finished. "I had only my own family to study from. He had nestled down his head most conveniently. I took him as he was sleeping on the sofa. I should have made a good likeness of her. Mrs. and altogether it was more than I could bear. and therefore produced the portfolio containing her various attempts at portraits. and the proposal almost immediately made. She thinks so little of her own beauty. Pray. 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.after all this.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. beyond the air and complexion. neither of them very like therefore. pencil. Elton. It was made a great favour of."--unclosing a pretty sketch of a gentleman in small size. I assure you. her style was spirited. Mr. There is my father--another of my father--but the idea of sitting for his picture made him so nervous. John Knightley. Weston again." "But I am afraid. and she had no scruples which could stand many minutes against the earnest pressing of both the others. crayon. and water-colours had been all tried in turn. Mr. here come all my attempts at three of those four children. As you will do it. and again. and any one of them might do for any one of the rest. good man!--thought Emma--but what has all that to do with taking likenesses? You know nothing of drawing. and it is as strong a likeness of his cockade as you would wish to see. She played and sang. Harriet will not like to sit. pray attempt it. Here is my sketch of the fourth." Harriet was soon back again. Did not you observe her manner of answering me? How completely it meant. Elton. and vowed I would never take another likeness. Don't pretend to be in raptures about mine. That's very like. `why should my picture be drawn?'" "Oh! yes.--and drew in almost every style. from one end of the sheet to the other. and Miss Woodhouse's performances must be capital. but she was not unwilling to have others deceived. and yet there is a peculiarity in the shape of the eye and the lines about the mouth which one ought to catch. and really quite her own little elegant figure!--and the face not unlike. the delight and admiration of her two companions would have been the same. I am rather proud of little George. http://www. She would sit whenever I asked her. Mr. I observed it. Keep your raptures for Harriet's face. if she would have sat longer. I believe I shall try what I can do. "Well. Harriet's features are very delicate. Weston! always my kindest friend on every occasion. and when I had really made a very good likeness of it--(Mrs. Miniatures. perhaps the most. Her many beginnings were displayed. 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-. be an exquisite possession. Henry and John and Bella. it will indeed. half-lengths. but had there been much less. whole-length-. Then here is my last. The corner of the sofa is very good. and so I never would Page 200 . whole-lengths. it was a little like--but to be sure it did not do him justice. that I could only take him by stealth.html Yes."my last and my best--my brother. "No great variety of faces for you. A likeness pleases every body. Then. came poor dear Isabella's cold approbation of--"Yes. who was a baby. you see. if you give me such kind encouragement.com/abclit. They were both in ecstasies." "Exactly so--The shape of the eye and the lines about the mouth--I have not a doubt of your success. She was not much deceived as to her own skill either as an artist or a musician. for after all my pains. but there is no making children of three or four years old stand still you know. when I put it away in a pet. nor can it be very easy to take any likeness of them." We had had a great deal of trouble in persuading him to sit at all. and ought not to have failed of. I could not help being provoked.--there they are. It was not lost on me. but steadiness had always been wanting. Emma wished to go to work directly. that they might decide together on the best size for Harriet. But still I cannot imagine she would not be persuaded. to use your own words. but she was in such a hurry to have me draw her four children that she would not be quiet. and again. for not one of them had ever been finished. There was merit in every drawing--in the least finished. which makes a likeness difficult. and in nothing had she approached the degree of excellence which she would have been glad to command. or had there been ten times more. She was so eager to have them drawn that I could not refuse.

It then occurred to her to employ him in reading. any thing less would certainly have been too little in a lover. and Mr. but was really obliged to put an end to it. Consider. the skill of the other. like Mr. The sitting began.processtext. No husbands and wives. "So prettily done! Just as your drawings always are. Weston to him--not in the least suspecting that she was addressing a lover. "I cannot agree with you. to every morning visitor in Brunswick Square. Proportions. "By all means. She must allow him to be still frequently coming to look. "Miss Woodhouse has given her friend the only beauty she wanted. to give a little more height. Exactly so.--and. and considerably more elegance." The same civilities and courtesies. not in the least too tall. smiling and blushing. with as many other agreeable associations as Mr. It was to be a whole-length in water-colours. my Page 201 . and as there are no husbands and wives in the case at present. and Harriet. and accompanied the whole progress of the picture. and was repeating." said Mr. but Miss Smith has not those eyebrows and eyelashes. that Emma began to consider whether she had not better leave them together at once. Harriet listened. Exactly so indeed!" "It is very pretty. which was rapid and happy.--"The expression of the eye is most correct. Elton warmly added. Emma knew that she had. and request him to place himself elsewhere. but would not own it. Elton fidgeting behind her and watching every touch. Elton seemed very properly struck and delighted by the idea. to have it apologised over as an unfavourable likeness.--Oh no! it gives one exactly the idea of such a height as Miss Smith's. Elton was only too happy. fore-shortening. Elton was in continual raptures. Harriet was to sit again the next day. she is sitting down--which naturally presents a different--which in short gives exactly the idea--and the proportions must be preserved. but his love and his complaisance were unexceptionable. took place on the morrow. and be charmed. and the friendship of both."--observed Mrs. http://www. and of its filling its destined place with credit to them both--a standing memorial of the beauty of one. She could not respect his eye. you know. as I said. the declaration must wait a little longer. and as she meant to throw in a little improvement to the figure." Mr. "No husbands and wives in the case at present indeed. John Knightley's. you know. The sitting was altogether very satisfactory. and Emma drew in peace. and lessen the irksomeness of Miss Smith's. It is the fault of her face that she has them not. the same success and satisfaction. she had great confidence of its being in every way a pretty drawing at last. I never saw such a likeness in my life. Emma. But there was no doing any thing. and Mr. or rather for my own. and defended it through every criticism. I did then forswear ever drawing any body again. it would be a kindness indeed! It would amuse away the difficulties of her part. Woodhouse. and afraid of not keeping her attitude and countenance. We must allow for the effect of shade. she had been fortunate in the attitude. She gave him credit for stationing himself where he might gaze and gaze again without offence. There was no want of likeness.com/abclit." said Mr. Every body who saw it was pleased. "If he would be so good as to read to them. entreated for the permission of attending and reading to them again. she was quite enough pleased with the first day's sketch to wish to go on. Knightley. and was destined. to hold a very honourable station over the mantelpiece." Mr. Elton. but Mr." "You have made her too tall. We shall be most happy to consider you as one of the party. presented a very sweet mixture of youthful expression to the steady eyes of the artist. to jump up and see the progress. and he was ready at the smallest intermission of the pencil. "Oh no! certainly not too tall. I will break my resolution now. as you observe. She had soon fixed on the size and sort of portrait." "Do you think so?" replied he.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. with Mr. for his admiration made him discern a likeness almost before it was possible. if she could please herself." with so interesting a consciousness. Elton's very promising attachment was likely to add.html finish it.--There was no being displeased with such an encourager. just as he ought. But as she wanted to be drawing. But for Harriet's sake. It appears to me a most perfect resemblance in every feature.

I come in for a pretty good share as a second. that she seems to be sitting out of doors. But it is his gratitude on Harriet's account." "You. and study for compliments rather more than I could endure as a principal. and finding she was not at home. it is most admirable! I cannot keep my eyes from it. Goddard's. at least she thought so. http://www. as usual. and Mr. and with an agitated. "I should say so. my dear. that Mr." The next thing wanted was to get the picture framed. a letter to herself. And he wrote as if he really loved her very much--but she did Page 202 . and will suit Harriet exactly. "Who could have thought it? She was so surprized she did not know what to do. "What a precious deposit!" said he with a tender sigh. Elton's going to London produced a fresh occasion for Emma's services towards her friend. but that I suppose there may be a hundred different ways of being in love. Look at the tree."--brought on the desired repetition of entreaties and assurances. and give the directions. the placing of Miss Smith out of doors. Woodhouse could not bear the idea of her stirring out of her house in the fogs of December.' as he says himself. Yes. I do not know any body who draws so well as you do." "But. Harriet had been at Hartfield. Elton. But no sooner was the distress known to Mr. a warm day in summer. and sooner than had been talked of. Mr. It was impossible to say how much he should be gratified by being employed on such an errand. "Might he be trusted with the commission. as soon as she got back to Mrs.she would not give him such a troublesome office for the world. the order must go through the hands of some intelligent person whose taste could be depended on. because it was December. I never saw such a likeness. it must be done in London. must not be applied to. chuse the frame. may say any thing. Elton was to take the drawing to London. and Isabella. quite a proposal of marriage. and a very good letter. His gallantry was always on the alert.html dear. but he does sigh and languish. the usual doer of all commissions. as he received it. It must be done directly. "but I must confess that I regard it as a most happy thought. than it was removed. He is an excellent young man. and Emma thought she could so pack it as to ensure its safety without much incommoding him. and here were a few difficulties. what infinite pleasure should he have in executing it! he could ride to London at any time. my dear papa. announcing something extraordinary to have happened which she was longing to tell. and the tree is touched with such inimitable spirit! Any other situation would have been much less in character." thought Emma.--and a very few minutes settled the business.com/abclit. after a time. Half a minute brought it all out." cried Mr. The naivete of Miss Smith's manners--and altogether--Oh. it will be an `Exactly so. and this letter was from him. from Mr. while he seemed mostly fearful of not being incommoded enough. The only thing I do not thoroughly like is. She had heard. it is supposed to be summer. besides the two songs which she had lent Elizabeth to copy. Martin. she had actually found. nor particularly expected. hurried look. and on opening this parcel. had gone home to return again to dinner: she returned. had left a little parcel for her from one of his sisters. with only a little shawl over her shoulders--and it makes one think she must catch cold." "But it is never safe to sit out of doors. Martin had been there an hour before. and gone away. "This man is almost too gallant to be in love. and.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter." "He was too good!--she could not endure the thought!-. Elton.processtext. soon after breakfast. and contained a direct proposal of marriage. sir." CHAPTER VII T he very day of Mr.

I am persuaded. decided. perhaps I have been under a mistake." "But what are you in doubt of? You must answer it of course--and speedily. I am sure you are a great deal too kind to--but if you would just advise me what I had best do--No. Your meaning must be unequivocal. liberality. With a little reserve of manner. she was come as fast as she could to ask Miss Woodhouse what she should do. He will connect himself well if he can. not diffuse enough for a woman. I will have nothing to do with it. if you feel in doubt as to the purport of your answer. and was surprized. She paused over it. I certainly have been misunderstanding you. I had imagined you were consulting me only as to the wording of it.' she ought to say `No' directly. one's mind ought to be quite made up--One should not be Page 203 . It is not a state to be safely entered into with doubtful feelings. tell me what I ought to do. "I lay it down as a general rule." "Oh no. but beginning to apprehend the bewitching flattery of that letter might be too powerful. I thought it my duty as a friend. that is.html not know--and so.com/abclit." "I shall not give you any advice. which is the first thing." "Yes. I am sure. There were not merely no grammatical errors. the language. I think one of his sisters must have helped him." said the still waiting Harriet. You need not be prompted to write with the appearance of sorrow for his disappointment." "Oh! no. She read." Emma was not sorry to be pressed. dear Miss Woodhouse. what do you mean? Are you in any doubt as to that? I thought--but I beg your pardon. no." "You think I ought to refuse him then. I do not mean--What shall I do? What would you advise me to do? Pray. "Upon my word. I do not.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. This is a point which you must settle with your feelings. contemplating the letter. but expressed good sense. his thoughts naturally find proper words. that if a woman doubts as to whether she should accept a man or not. that every thing considered. But what shall I say? Dear Miss Woodhouse. with half a heart. "Is it a good letter? or is it too short?" "Yes. Vigorous. she certainly ought to refuse him. Harriet (returning it." "No. it is too strong and concise.--" well--and-. You will express yourself very properly. and older than yourself. not coarse." "Will you read the letter?" cried Harriet. A better written letter." said Harriet. "Pray do. There is no danger of your not being intelligible. http://www. For a little while Emma persevered in her silence. and I suppose may have a natural talent for--thinks strongly and clearly--and when he takes a pen in hand. No doubt he is a sensible man. The style of the letter was much above her expectation." "Well. certainly. I understand the sort of mind. "the young man is determined not to lose any thing for want of asking.) than I had expected. It is so with some men. will present themselves unbidden to your mind. Harriet. I collect. was strong and unaffected. and yet it is not the style of a woman. while Harriet stood anxiously watching for her opinion. Harriet." "I had no notion that he liked me so very much. she thought it best to say. though plain. Yes. with a "Well. If she can hesitate as to `Yes. do advise me. with sentiments to a certain point. no! the letter had much better be all your own. propriety. well. warm attachment. I'd rather you would. indeed." Harriet was silent. a very good letter.processtext. "Ought to refuse him! My dear Harriet. and the sentiments it conveyed very much to the credit of the writer." and was at last forced to add. if left quite to his own powers. no. I can hardly imagine the young man whom I saw talking with you the other day could express himself so well.--" Emma was half-ashamed of her friend for seeming so pleased and so doubtful." she cried." said Harriet. to say thus much to you. Emma continued: "You mean to return a favourable answer. but as a composition it would not have disgraced a gentleman. Harriet." replied Emma rather slowly--"so good a letter. even delicacy of feeling. But do not imagine that I want to influence you. looking down.and what shall I do?" "What shall you do! In what respect? Do you mean with regard to this letter?" "Yes. I do not mean that--As you say. It was short. no doubts or demurs: and such expressions of gratitude and concern for the pain you are inflicting as propriety requires.

Nobody cares for a letter. http://www. looking aghast. and really almost made up my mind--to refuse Mr. Martin a very amiable young man. and have a great opinion of him. I must have given you up. Dear Harriet. and can write a tolerable letter. if you think him the most agreeable man you have ever been in company with. but it would have been the loss of a friend to me. A woman is not to marry a man merely because she is asked." Harriet had not surmised her own danger. Martin. I must do as well as I can by myself. but it must have been.--and it is but a short letter too. I said nothing about it. you are doing just what you ought. he is very good natured.com/abclit. Harriet. Martin to every other person. He must have a pretty good opinion of himself. thank you. 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. of Abbey-Mill Farm. it was now mechanically twisted about without regard. which must have been the consequence of your marrying Mr. and stood thoughtfully by the fire. in general. "No. We will not be parted. You would have thrown yourself out of all good society." "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. I could not have visited Mrs. Harriet. one is so very handsome and agreeable. my dearest Harriet. Harriet turned away confused. but let it pass with a "very true." said Emma. Martin." Emma felt the bad taste of her friend.but that is quite a different thing from--and you know.processtext. to be always happy with pleasant companions. her conscience opposing such censure. and his being so much attached to me--and his writing such a letter--but as to leaving you. Harriet said-"Miss Woodhouse. I do really think Mr. with some hesitation.' perhaps. Robert Martin.--It will be safer to say `No. While you were in the smallest degree wavering. Emma waited the result with impatience. Harriet. and I shall always feel much obliged to him. the thing is. I would not give up the pleasure and honour of being intimate with you for any thing in the world. but not without strong hopes. Now I am secure of you for ever. it would have been a severe pang to lose you." "I do not think he is conceited either. At last. to know that her husband could write a good letter. to be sure you could not. "You could not have visited me!" she cried. Do you think I am right?" "Perfectly. and it would be a small consolation to her. as you will not give me your opinion. I am quite determined to refuse him. very. At this moment whom are you thinking of?" The symptoms were favourable. because I would not influence. perfectly right. It would have grieved me to lose your acquaintance. But how shall I do? That shall I say?" Emma assured her there would be no difficulty in the answer.--Instead of answering. Page 204 . That would have been too dreadful!--What an escape!--Dear Miss Woodhouse. and advised its being written directly.--Do you think I had better say `No?'" "Not for the world. my own sweet little friend.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. but now that you are so completely decided I have no hesitation in approving. why should you hesitate? You blush. but I never thought of that before. smiling graciously. do not deceive yourself. and I have now quite determined.--Does any body else occur to you at this moment under such a definition? Harriet. If you prefer Mr." said Harriet.html hesitating--It is a very serious thing." "Indeed. though he may like me. "at least." "Thank you. there is no comparison at all." "Oh! yes. for the clownish manner which might be offending her every hour of the day. and have a great regard for-. You must be the best judge of your own happiness. I give myself joy of this. it is what I would not do upon any consideration. However. or because he is attached to her. but the idea of it struck her forcibly. do not be run away with by gratitude and compassion. "would I advise you either way." "Oh no. person and manners. and though the letter was still in her hand. While you were at all in suspense I kept my feelings to myself.

"I wonder what they are all doing--whether his sisters know--if he is unhappy. depend upon it the picture will not be in Bond-street till just before he mounts his horse to-morrow. "I shall never be invited to Abbey-Mill again.html which was agreed to. I am sure Miss Nash would--for Miss Nash thinks her own sister very well married. but Emma could allow for her amiable regrets. and she was so very much concerned at the idea of making him unhappy. "At this moment. Hitherto I fancy you and I are the only people to whom his looks and manners have explained themselves." "My picture!--But he has left my picture in Bond-street. You are a great deal too necessary at Hartfield to be spared to Abbey-Mill. and after being asked for it five or six times. Elton. in replying to it.Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter. however.processtext. The business was finished." Some time afterwards it was. and sent. Martin. was written. and said something about wondering that people should like her so much. I hope he will not mind it so very much. how suspicious." cried Emma. and though Emma continued to protest against any assistance being wanted. Elton was certainly cheering. my Harriet." was said in rather a sorrowful tone. but still. "I think Mrs. it introduces you among them. telling how much more beautiful is the original. No. and her smiles grew stronger. they will be unhappy too. it diffuses through the party those pleasantest feelings of our nature. could I ever bear to part with you. The attentions of a certain person can hardly be among the tittle-tattle of Highbury yet. and sometimes relieved them by speaking of her own affection. It is his companion all this evening. I dare say Miss Nash would envy you such an opportunity as this of being married. Harriet. The looking over his letter again. in the hope of her assistance. after a time. he would have been accepted after all. my dear little modest Harriet. if you were. http://www. that it was particularly necessary to brace her up with a few decisive expressions. for I am never happy but at Hartfield. She was rather low all the evening. had such a softening tendency. and was so anxious that they should not fancy her ungrateful. How cheerful." "And I am sure I should never want to go there. Elton is shewing your picture to his mother and sisters. sometimes by bringing forward the idea of Mr." "Let us think of those among our absent friends who are more cheerfully employed. This letter. Goddard would be very much surprized if she knew what had happened. I suppose she is quite in the dark. his solace. it was in fact given in the formation of every sentence. that Emma believed if the young man had come in her way at that moment. allowing them to hear your name. eager curiosity and warm prepossession. she was tender-hearted again towards the rejected Mr. his delight. "Now he has got my letter. Page 205 . "Nor. and sealed.com/abclit. and Harriet safe. how busy their imaginations all are!" Harriet smiled again. Elton. Even this conquest would appear valuable in her eyes. and it is only a linen-draper. how animated. perhaps. and thought so much of what his mother and sisters would think and say." "One should be sorry to see greater pride or refinement in the teacher of a school. It opens his designs to his family." Harriet blushed and smiled. Mr." "Has he so!--Then I know nothing of Mr." said she softly. your own dear name. As to any thing superior for you. The idea of Mr.

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