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by Jane Austen

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.