| Quote #7
If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more. But you know what I am.—You hear nothing but truth from me. (49.36)
Knightley’s proposal is true to form. He promises nothing but honesty – which is something Emma is now more than willing to take.
| Quote #8
It was a clear thing he was less in love than he had been. Absence, with the conviction probably of her indifference, had produced this very natural and very desirable effect. (37.3)
For once, Emma’s confidence in her knowledge of people’s hearts pays off. It’s interesting that it’s only Frank whom she knows so well – they’re actually more alike than she might like to think.
| Quote #9
Till now that she was threatened with its loss, Emma had never known how much of her happiness depended on being first with Mr. Knightley, first in interest and affection. (48.1)
Social hierarchies might seem shallow, but they give us a good grasp on how Austen articulates emotional connections, as well. Emma’s desire to be first in a party becomes the only way that she can express her love for Knightley.