First I would like to extend my apologies for not posting yesterday but I think my very late night before was catching up with me. You all deserve and explanation and here it is. I will be combining chapters 40-55 in my last post. :) A lot I know. But hope you enjoy this post dears.
Summaries and Key Quotes:
|Mr. Woodhouse worries about them arriving safely.|
11) Mr. and Mrs. John Knightley (Emma's sister and brother-in-law) arrive at Hartfield for Christmas a little after Mr. Elton returns from London. This chapter mostly conveys a description of the John Knighleys and Mr. Woodhouses fears about their trip.
12) Mr. Knightley comes to dinner at Hartfield and both he and Emma make up for the harsh and angry words exchanged while they discussed Harriet and Mr. Martin. Emma wishes to know that he (Mr. Martin) was not made too unhappy but Mr. Knightley is convinced that he is.
(Mr. Knightley dines at Hartfield)
"What a comfort it is, that we think alike about our nephews and nieces. As to men and women, our opinions are sometimes very different; but with regard to these children, I observe we never disagree."
"If you were as much guided by nature in your estimate of men and women, and as little under the power of fancy and whim in your dealings with them, as you are where these children are concerned, we might always think alike."
"To be sure--our discordancies must always arise from my being in the wrong."
"Yes," said he, smiling--"and reason good. I was sixteen years old when you were born." (Emma and Mr. Knightley)
In general their evenings were less engaged with friends than their mornings; but one complete dinner engagement, and out of the house too, there was no avoiding, though at Christmas. Mr. Weston would take no denial; they must all dine at Randalls one day;--even Mr. Woodhouse was persuaded to think it a possible thing in preference to a division of the party.
How they were all to be conveyed, he would have made a difficulty if he could, but as his son and daughter's carriage and horses were actually at Hartfield, he was not able to make more than a simple question on that head; it hardly amounted to a doubt; nor did it occupy Emma long to convince him that they might in one of the carriages find room for Harriet also.
|John and Emma|
15) Emma departs from Randalls only to realize that her escort home is Mr. Elton! Half way to his own home when Emma is shocked by Mr. Elton purposing to her!
|I wonder what she is thinking? :)|
"Miss Smith!--message to Miss Smith!--What could she possibly mean!"-- And he repeated her words with such assurance of accent, such boastful pretence of amazement, that she could not help replying with quickness,
"Mr. Elton, this is the most extraordinary conduct! and I can account for it only in one way; you are not yourself, or you could not speak either to me, or of Harriet, in such a manner. Command yourself enough to say no more, and I will endeavour to forget it." (Mr. Elton and Emma)
16) Some of Emma's thoughts in regard to Mr. Elton. She realizes she made a horrible mistake and grieves over it even more when Mr. Elton does not show himself. But she relieved by the gentleman's silence.
17) The John Knightleys depart from Hartfield and in a note to Mr. Woodhouse Emma learns Mr. Elton is to go to Bath! Emma therefore must tell Harriet of the great mistake. Harriet blames no one and Emma blames herself.
|Think of something!|
20) Gives more of the history of Jane Fairfax's life. She arrives in Highbury. Emma meets her and takes a disliking to her perhaps for the reason that she does not give a satisfactory description of Frank Churchill whom she saw in Weymouth. And that is so reserved.
I did not see anything that might lead to anyone starting a comment-war. :)
Thank you for your patience and the next post is coming soon.
God Bless you all!