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Mr. Knightley Timeline and Summary
Mr. Knightley and Mrs. Weston get together to talk about Emma. Knightley’s convinced that Harriet is bad for Emma. He’s got a few "elder brother-ly" critiques of Emma – she’s never finished anything she’s started. Mr. Knightley’s convinced that its proportions are all wrong in Emma’s portrait of Harriet. Mr. Knightley comes to Hartfield when Harriet is out, excited to tell Emma that a handsome, responsible, upstanding man is interested in Harriet. Outraged at Harriet’s stupidity in refusing Mr. Martin, Mr. Knightley argues with Emma. A huge spat ensues. Mr. Knightley scoffs when Emma says that Harriet is setting her sights on Mr. Elton. As Knightley notes, Elton is too much of a money-grubber to ever marry a Nobody. Mr. Knightley and Mr. John Knightley get a little brother bonding time in when Mr. John visits from London. Emma and Mr. Knightley argue about Frank Churchill. She like the thought of him; he thinks Frank is a spineless wimp. Mr. Knightley likes Jane a lot – and tells Emma all about it. He declares that sending Jane a piano was a silly plan – convincing Emma that he doesn’t love Jane. Mr. Knightley has sent an entire bushel of apples – in fact, his very last bushel – over to the Bates house when he found out that Jane liked apples. At the Westons’ party, he dances with Harriet. Mr. Knightley also tells Emma that he was astonished to find out how lovely and simple Harriet actually is. Mr. Knightley becomes convinced that Frank’s relationship with Jane Fairfax (or at least to Jane Fairfax) is more than meets the eye. Mr. Knightley proposes a trip to Donwell Abbey (his estate). He and Mrs. Elton fight over who will organize it. He wins. Emma notices that Mr. Knightley singles Harriet out and walks with her during the party. At Box Hill, he chastises Emma for speaking so cruelly to Miss Bates. After the party, he makes a sudden decision to travel to London and visit his brother. Mr. Knightley returns and meets Emma in the garden. He means to console her about Frank. When he finds out she doesn’t love Frank, he asks her to love him. She says she already does. They get engaged. Mr. Knightley and Emma worry about how to tell Mr. Woodhouse. She wants to wait until he dies to get married. Mr. Knightley offers to move into Hartfield, instead. Emma and Mr. Knightley get married.