by Jane Austen
Emma Chapter Forty-Nine Summary
- Let us just interject a quick note:
- Please read this chapter! Please! OK, we’re begging now. Please!
- Ahem. We’ll begin again:
- In the afternoon, the weather clears.
- Emma wanders in the garden, thinking about her sad, sad future.
- Suddenly, Mr. Knightley appears.
- He’s returned from London.
- He’s heard about Jane and Frank’s marriage.
- Assuming that Emma still loves Frank, he gently begins to console her.
- It takes awhile for Emma to figure out what’s happening, but when she catches on, she corrects him.
- Mr. Knightley is silent for a few minutes, and then begins to talk about how happy Frank’s life is. At 23, Frank found the woman of his dreams.
- Mr. Knightley declares that he envies Frank – and he asks Emma if she wants to know why.
- Convinced that Mr. Knightley is about to reveal his feelings for Harriet, Emma tries to shut him up.
- Mr. Knightley looks deeply hurt, but he agrees that Emma must be right.
- Emma immediately feels sorry.
- Wouldn’t a true friend want to help Mr. Knightley, even if it were at her own expense?
- She asks Mr. Knightley – as a friend – to tell her what he meant.
- Mr. Knightley confesses that he loves Emma.
- He just wants to know that he could someday have the chance to make her love him.
- Love birds start singing. Bands start playing.
- Not really. But Emma’s pretty happy. And she tells Mr. Knightley that she loves him.
- Now they’re both really happy. For several pages.
- They agree to get married.
- Of course.
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