by Jane Austen
Emma Chapter Six Summary
- How to win Mr. Elton’s heart for Harriet? Not to worry – Emma’s got a plan.
- She decides to paint Harriet’s portrait and invite Mr. Elton over to view the work-in-progress (and, of course, its model).
- Emma pulls out her oeuvre (her entire collection of artwork).
- She’s never finished a piece in her life, but everyone’s convinced that they’d be masterpieces if they were ever completed.
- She does have a pretty good portrait of her brother-in-law. It’s a bit out of proportion, but otherwise it’s great.
- Harriet and Mr. Elton admire all of Emma’s works.
- Over and over and over again.
- Now that we come to it, Mr. Elton is – well – a bit too enthusiastic about anything and everything that Emma says and does. Sense any complications to Emma’s plans? Keep reading…
- Emma’s portrait of Harriet meets with universal acclaim – although Mr. Knightley’s convinced that its proportions are all wrong. Typical, hm?
- The portrait needs a frame, but luckily Mr. Elton promptly volunteers to take it to London.
- By the time Emma’s done giving the portrait to Mr. Elton, she’s convinced that he’s a fool – but at least he’s a fool that’s in love with Harriet.
- Want to know how she knows?
- Well, why else would he ride all the way to London just to frame a portrait?
- London’s a long way away (sixteen whole miles, in fact). That’s nothing to sneeze at. Especially when traveling by horseback is the fastest way to get around.
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