by Jane Austen
Emma Chapter Sixteen Summary
- In which Emma beats herself up for being so, so wrong.
- How could she have imagined such an unsuitable match for Harriet?
- And how could she have missed the fact that Mr. Elton wanted her, not her friend?
- Now that Emma realizes how blind she’s been, she vows never to match-make again.
- Of course, she could set Harriet up with that new lawyer-fellow in town…
- But that would be breaking her vow. She goes to bed miserable…
- …and wakes up pretty much OK.
- Austen’s narrator writes some funny stuff here about the fickleness of youth. Check it out!
- After all, it’s not like Mr. Elton really wanted anything but her money (and rich girls are a dime a dozen).
- And Harriet? Well, she’s not really the romantic heroine type. She’ll get over it.
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