by Jane Austen
Emma Chapter Fifty-Three Summary
- Mrs. Weston has a baby girl (Anna).
- Emma’s delighted.
- As she tells Mr. Knightley, Mrs. Weston will have a chance to try again with a new girl.
- Of course, Mr. Knightley has to say some things about how loveable Emma is now.
- Even he admits, though, that she was a pretty spoiled kid.
- By now, we’re sure that many of you are starting to think that Mr. Knightley sounds a lot like Mr. Big. (For those of you who don’t watch Sex in the City, Big is a man with no apparent real name.) Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered here. Big’s first name is John. Knightley’s first name is George.
- As Emma declares, however, she’ll never call him anything but Mr. Knightley.
- (We’re not really sure why. George is a perfectly nice name.)
- Mr. Knightley receives a letter from his brother congratulating him about the engagement.
- It’s clear that Mr. John Knightley thinks that Mr. Knightley is getting the short end of the stick.
- Surprisingly, Emma agrees. She’s lucky to have Mr. Knightley.
- There’s one last problem: how should Emma tell her father?
- She plans to enlist the Westons’ help, but finally she manages to gather up enough courage to tell Mr. Woodhouse on her own.
- He’s devastated, naturally.
- But he does like Mr. Knightley more than anyone (except Emma, of course).
- And he does like to have him around all the time.
- Perhaps this won’t be as devastating as he originally thought.
- Fortunately, the Westons are very excited about the news.
- Mr. Weston (who is, we’ve figured out, probably a bigger gossip than Miss Bates) tells the entire town.
- Mrs. Elton foresees a disastrous future for them.
- If she hates something, it must be a good sign!