The danger, however, was at present so unperceived, that they did not by any means rank as misfortunes with her. Her flirtations with Frank Churchill satisfy her vanity, but they also expose her to embarrassment and hurt and mislead Mr. The first error, and the worst, lay at her door. It was foolish, it was wrong, to take so active a part in bringing any two people together.
It was adventuring too far, assuming too much, making light of what ought to be serious—a trick of what ought to be simple. She was quite concerned and ashamed, and resolved to do such things no more.
Elton proposes in Chapter 16, revealing to her that she was wrong in thinking him attached to Harriet. Though Emma is never totally cured of her impulse to make matches for others, here she rightly diagnoses what is wrong with her matchmaking. Courtship should be serious and simple; it should flow naturally from spontaneous affinities and affection between two people.
In the novel, courtship rarely follows these guidelines. At the end of the novel, Mr. She was vexed beyond what could have been expressed—almost beyond what she could conceal. Never had she felt so agitated, so mortified, grieved, at any circumstance in her life.
She was most forcibly struck. The truth of his representation there was no denying. She felt it at her heart.
How could she have been so brutal, 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, of concurrence, of common kindness! This quotation comes at the end of Chapter After being reprimanded by Mr. Knightley for insulting Miss Bates at the Box Hill picnic, a deluge of remorse comes over Emma as she realizes the cruelty of her behavior. Her increasing self-knowledge is thus weighted, because it will bring her to or separate her from true love.
A few minutes were sufficient for making her acquainted with her own heart. A mind like hers, once opening to suspicion, made rapid progress; she touched, she admitted, she acknowledged the whole truth. Why was it so much worse that Harriet should be in love with Mr. Knightley than with Frank Churchill? It darted through her with the speed of an arrow that Mr.
Knightley must marry no one but herself! Once her perceptiveness and ability to see beyond appearances are finally directed appropriately after her realization that Frank and Jane are engaged , she makes a swift leap forward in her own self-understanding. However, Emma does not come to the realization that she loves Knightley on her own; only her jealousy of Harriet brings her there.
The relationship between Emma and Knightley, though based on their private history together, takes shape only in the context of the surrounding web of social relationships. Seldom, very seldom does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised, or a little mistaken; but where, as in this case, though the conduct is mistaken, the feelings are not, it may not be very material.
This quotation, which follows Emma and Mr. The novel is filled with disguises and mistakes. Some are more reprehensible than others, and some are more avoidable than others. The remedy for such imperfect communication, according to this quotation, is the genuine emotion of the human heart.