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Harriet Smith Timeline and Summary
Harriet is presented to Emma at a party. Emma decides to promote Harriet into better society. Harriet spends all her time at Hartfield. Emma convinces Harriet to fall in love with Mr. Elton. She paints Harriet’s picture (with Elton watching). Mr. Elton writes a riddle for Harriet’s riddle-book. Harriet gets sick. Mr. Elton proposes to Emma instead of Harriet. Mourning the loss of her love, Harriet mopes for weeks. And weeks. She becomes convinced that Mr. Elton is perfect. Harriet runs into Mr. Robert Martin in a store, which sends her pulse racing. She visits the Martins and has a lovely time. At a dance, Mr. Elton slights her. Mr. Knightley rescues her and asks her to dance. Harriet gets attacked by some gypsies. Frank Churchill saves her. Confessing to Emma that she’s fallen in love again, Harriet decides that she really can reach for the stars when it comes to marriage. It turns out, however, that she loves Mr. Knightley. Emma sends her away from Hartfield. After Emma and Mr. Knightley get engaged, Harriet goes to London to visit Isabella. She meets Mr. Martin there. They get engaged.