by Jane Austen
Emma Chapter Twenty-Nine Summary
- Our narrator spends a good chunk of time reflecting upon dancing and its effects on young people. It’s actually quite funny – we recommend you check it out!
- The upshot of this meditation is that Frank decides to have a ball of his own.
- Emma heads over to Randalls to help Frank plan the ball.
- There’s only one problem: Randalls is a pretty small house. In fact, they might only be able to fit three couples in one room. And who ever heard of a dance with just six people?
- Frank and Emma spend the morning pacing around the rooms at Randalls. Surprisingly, the rooms don’t seem to be getting any bigger.
- Mr. Weston wants to fit everybody in the house, anyway.
- Mrs. Weston isn’t so sure.
- They all stand around, perplexed.
- A brilliant idea! Frank proposes that the Westons rent out the local pub (the Crown) and have their dance in the upper rooms.
- Later that day, Frank and Emma share their idea with Emma’s father.
- Mr. Woodhouse is aghast, astonished, and argumentative.
- A public house? He’s never even been in a public house. Who knows what sort of diseases might be lurking in the corners of its rooms?
- Emma thinks that Frank’s idea is a brilliant one.
- She works with Frank to convince her father that the Crown might actually be safer than Randalls for a large group of people.
- Finally, Mr. Woodhouse comes around to Emma’s way of thinking. Emma does have a way with words!
- Emma joins the Westons at the Crown to plan the party.
- It’s a bit dirty, but it’s nice and big.
- Mr. Weston paces through the halls. Mrs. Weston and Emma decide where to have dinner.
- Frank remains excited about everything.
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