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Frank Churchill Timeline and Summary
Mr. and Mrs. Weston receive letters from Frank promising a visit, but he doesn’t come. He finally shows up, pleasing everyone with his nice manners. Emma begins to fall in love with Frank. At Mrs. Cole’s dinner party, Emma and Frank make fun of Jane Fairfax. Frank and Emma plan a ball. Frank goes to the Bates house to hear Jane play on the piano. Before the ball, Frank has to return to his aunt’s house. He moves around with his aunt for awhile. When he returns, the Westons hold a ball. He seems changed, however – more distant than Emma remembered. Frank arrives late (and angry) to Mr. Knightley’s party. He met Jane and fought with her on the road. Flirting with Emma at the Box Hill party because he’s angry at Jane, Frank loses control of himself. Mrs. Churchill sends for Frank; she dies shortly after this. Frank confesses that he’s been engaged to Jane to his uncle. He returns to Highbury to ask Jane to honor their engagement. Frank tells his father about the secret engagement. Emma is the first to know about the engagement; she and Frank reconcile and agree to be good friends.