by Jane Austen
Emma Chapter Forty-Eight Summary
- Emma spends a good deal more time (and a good portion of this chapter) re-thinking everything that has happened in the past few months.
- Now that she might lose Mr. Knightley, Emma understands how much he means to her.
- It’s unthinkable that he might not have her first in his affections, as he has for so long!
- Moreover, Harriet wouldn’t even realize what a good man she had.
- How can you move from liking Mr. Elton to liking Mr. Knightley? It’s like comparing cheez-whiz to caviar. (OK, maybe you like cheez-whiz. Who are we to judge? But you get our point.)
- Emma allows herself to mope all day.
- Luckily, Mrs. Weston comes to call.
- She’s just been to see her future daughter-in-law.
- She tells Emma that Jane was initially very ashamed and awkward, but she eventually told Mrs. Weston all about her love for Frank.
- Emma immediately pities Jane.
- It’s clear that Frank doesn’t know – or doesn’t care – how much damage a secret engagement could do to his reputation. Jane, however, cares deeply.
- Emma regrets her actions for the past few months all over again.
- Honestly, the only thing separating Emma’s fate from Jane’s is money.
- Emma spends some time thinking about how horrible Jane’s position must have been.
- It begins to rain.
- (It always rains in novels when life sucks.)
- Alone again, Emma thinks about how everyone will soon leave her.
- Mrs. Weston is having a baby, which means that she won’t come over nearly as often and that her attention will always be elsewhere.
- Jane and Frank will soon leave.
- And Harriet…and Mr. Knightley…
- For the first time, we see Emma regretting the fact that she’s left alone with a crotchety father.
- She can see her future mapped out for her.
- Day after day after day exactly the same – alone.
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