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Mrs. Elton Timeline and Summary
We learn Mrs. Elton’s history before she arrives: She’s the daughter of a merchant; her sister is married to a somewhat wealthy man. She brings £10,000 to her marriage with Mr. Elton. Mrs. Elton tries to establish herself as one of the members of high society. She tries to befriend Emma. Talking incessantly about her sister’s husband, Mrs. Elton annoys everyone. She decides to become Jane’s "friend." Suddenly, she no longer tries to talk to Emma all the time. Mrs. Elton forgets to pick Jane up for the Westons’ party, but then she insists that her carriage should be sent. She rejoices when her husband slights Harriet. Mrs. Elton tries to organize an expedition to Box Hill. She and Mr. Knightley get into a battle of powers over the Donwell Abbey party. Mr. Knightley wins. Her sister’s friends need a governess. Mrs. Elton insists that Jane take the position. She writes to her sister on Jane’s behalf. After Jane’s engagement is made public, Mrs. Elton believes she’s the only one who knows about it. Mrs. Elton attends Emma’s wedding and criticizes it.