Note from Monica: This is one of my favorite scenes in this first set. I find it funny because our protagonist, Emma, is nowhere to be found, and Mr. Knightley is instead talking about her with Mrs. Weston. It’s kind of an odd storytelling device, but also extremely effective in helping us further understand Emma’s relationships with these “adult” figures in her life. For my books, I imagine this happening at a bar, where Emma wouldn’t be allowed. Jace and Annabeth would have been old friends due to their connection to the Woodhouses, and due to living close by each other.

“I do not know what your opinion may be, Mrs. Weston,” said Mr. Knightley, “of this great intimacy between Emma and Harriet Smith, but I think it a bad thing.”

Harriet and Emma have been hanging out for some time before this scene happens; Knightley has had a chance to observe them, to interact with Harriet in this span. In my books, I need an inciting incident that causes him to form an opinion of Harriet and her influence on Emma.

“A bad thing! Do you really think it a bad thing?—why so?”

“I think they will neither of them do the other any good.”

“You surprize me! Emma must do Harriet good:

Mrs. Weston thinks very highly of Emma and could even be said to be like-minded in the sense that she agrees with Emma, that Emma is ready to take on protege. It makes sense as Emma is sort of a product of Mrs. Weston’s values, so she feels she’s done a good job and that Harriet will benefit from the relationship.
and by supplying her with a new object of interest, Harriet may be said to do Emma good.
Mrs. Weston knows that her marriage has been hard on Emma, and she’s proud of her for keeping herself distracted.
I have been seeing their intimacy with the greatest pleasure. How very differently we feel!—Not think they will do each other any good! This will certainly be the beginning of one of our quarrels about Emma, Mr. Knightley.”
This alludes to the idea that they actually have these discussions about Emma a lot—why? Probably because they both care about her, but more because they both feel responsible for her well-being in some way. They are both older and wiser and want to impart their knowledge on Emma, making her a better person as she grows up.

“Perhaps you think I am come on purpose to quarrel with you, knowing Weston to be out, and that you must still fight your own battle.”

“Mr. Weston would undoubtedly support me, if he were here, for he thinks exactly as I do on the subject. We were speaking of it only yesterday, and agreeing how fortunate it was for Emma, that there should be such a girl in Highbury for her to associate with.

I could see Mr. Weston not really being invested in this subject and simply agreeing with his wife. I’m interested in the idea that Mrs. Weston thinks Harriet is on equal ground for Emma, alluded to with the phrase “such a girl in Highbury.” After Emma already complained in an earlier chapter that she had no equal, this is an interestingly different perspective than the vibe we get from Mr. Knightley later regarding Harriet.
Mr. Knightley, I shall not allow you to be a fair judge in this case. You are so much used to live alone, that you do not know the value of a companion; and perhaps no man can be a good judge of the comfort a woman feels in the society of one of her own sex, after being used to it all her life. I can imagine your objection to Harriet Smith. She is not the superior young woman which Emma’s friend ought to be. But on the other hand, as Emma wants to see her better informed, it will be an inducement to her to read more herself. They will read together. She means it, I know.”
So she doesn’t think Harriet is good enough for Emma, but thinks Harriet will force Emma to lead by example—and in doing so, become a better person, closer to what they want her to be.

“Emma has been meaning to read more ever since she was twelve years old. I have seen a great many lists of her drawing up at various times of books that she meant to read regularly through—and very good lists they were—very well chosen, and very neatly arranged—sometimes alphabetically, and sometimes by some other rule. The list she drew up when only fourteen—I remember thinking it did her judgment so much credit, that I preserved it some time; and I dare say she may have made out a very good list now. But I have done with expecting any course of steady reading from Emma. She will never submit to any thing requiring industry and patience, and a subjection of the fancy to the understanding. Where Miss Taylor failed to stimulate, I may safely affirm that Harriet Smith will do nothing.—You never could persuade her to read half so much as you wished.—You know you could not.”

Emma is highborn, but doesn’t do anything with it. She’s not very studious and instead spends her time on social activities, even though she’s capable of getting more done. She often makes plans to be better, but never actually follows through on her grande schemes.

“I dare say,” replied Mrs. Weston, smiling, “that I thought so then;—but since we have parted, I can never remember Emma’s omitting to do any thing I wished.”

“There is hardly any desiring to refresh such a memory as that,”—said Mr. Knightley, feelingly; and for a moment or two he had done. “But I,” he soon added, “who have had no such charm thrown over my senses, must still see, hear, and remember. Emma is spoiled by being the cleverest of her family. At ten years old, she had the misfortune of being able to answer questions which puzzled her sister at seventeen. She was always quick and assured: Isabella slow and diffident. And ever since she was twelve, Emma has been mistress of the house and of you all. In her mother she lost the only person able to cope with her. She inherits her mother’s talents, and must have been under subjection to her.”

It’s interesting that Mr. Knightley knew Emma’s mother once upon a time—he was 16 when Emma was born, and her mother died shortly after. I find it curious that he keeps comparing her to Isabella, Emma always winning of course. And I’m also so curious about her mom, seeing as she had all of Emma’s charm. I’d love to explore this more through diaries or some other device.

“I should have been sorry, Mr. Knightley, to be dependent on your recommendation, had I quitted Mr. Woodhouse’s family and wanted another situation; I do not think you would have spoken a good word for me to any body. I am sure you always thought me unfit for the office I held.”

The women in this book do this often—fishing for compliments, I guess? Or at least with Mr. Knightley, fishing for true meaning.

“Yes,” said he, smiling. “You are better placed here; very fit for a wife, but not at all for a governess. But you were preparing yourself to be an excellent wife all the time you were at Hartfield. You might not give Emma such a complete education as your powers would seem to promise; but you were receiving a very good education from her, on the very material matrimonial point of submitting your own will, and doing as you were bid; and if Weston had asked me to recommend him a wife, I should certainly have named Miss Taylor.”

He’s really blunt, and not just with Emma, I’m now realizing. But with everyone!

“Thank you. There will be very little merit in making a good wife to such a man as Mr. Weston.”

A little confused by what she means by this. I think (judging from the next section) that she means Mr. Weston is easygoing and easy to be a wife to.

“Why, to own the truth, I am afraid you are rather thrown away, and that with every disposition to bear, there will be nothing to be borne. We will not despair, however. Weston may grow cross from the wantonness of comfort, or his son may plague him.”

“I hope not that.—It is not likely. No, Mr. Knightley, do not foretel vexation from that quarter.”

“Not I, indeed. I only name possibilities. I do not pretend to Emma’s genius for foretelling and guessing.

And we’re back to Emma. Why hasn’t anyone told Mr. Knightley he’s in love with her yet? Talk about obsession—can’t spend more than a few minutes talking about someone else’s life before switching back to the object of his affection! In my books, I know that I need to bring this in earlier than it comes to head in Emma. They need to have those thoughts percolating on both sides, but dismiss them. And the rest of the cast needs to be in on it, but just watching, waiting for something to happen.
I hope, with all my heart, the young man may be a Weston in merit, and a Churchill in fortune.
They are talking about Frank Churchill here—and it seems like Mrs. Weston has some anxiety over the problems her stepson could cause for Mr. Weston. Makes sense, because their story is a sad one.
—But Harriet Smith—I have not half done about Harriet Smith. I think her the very worst sort of companion that Emma could possibly have. She knows nothing herself, and looks upon Emma as knowing every thing. She is a flatterer in all her ways; and so much the worse, because undesigned. Her ignorance is hourly flattery. How can Emma imagine she has any thing to learn herself, while Harriet is presenting such a delightful inferiority?
Mr. Knightley seems to easily spot Emma’s faults and wants to convince her she needs fixing—not completely sure how I feel about that.
And as for Harriet, I will venture to say that she cannot gain by the acquaintance. Hartfield will only put her out of conceit with all the other places she belongs to.
This makes me think that Knightley is more of a realist who cares quite a bit about class and being proper. I want to include a note for this when Emma tries to puff Harriet up—Jace can say something about how Harriet will never really be popular girl material, because she’s not Emma.
She will grow just refined enough to be uncomfortable with those among whom birth and circumstances have placed her home. I am much mistaken if Emma’s doctrines give any strength of mind, or tend at all to make a girl adapt herself rationally to the varieties of her situation in life.—They only give a little polish.”

“I either depend more upon Emma’s good sense than you do, or am more anxious for her present comfort;

This is more likely the reason Mrs. Weston supports the friendship—because Knightley’s points are actually pretty logical. Mrs. Weston has a soft spot for Emma.
for I cannot lament the acquaintance. How well she looked last night!”

“Oh! you would rather talk of her person than her mind, would you? Very well; I shall not attempt to deny Emma’s being pretty.”

Hahaha, okay. No one was really asking, but way to come out with it.

“Pretty! say beautiful rather. Can you imagine any thing nearer perfect beauty than Emma altogether—face and figure?”

“I do not know what I could imagine, but I confess that I have seldom seen a face or figure more pleasing to me than her’s.

So he thinks she’s hot and blames it on the fact that they are friends instead of attraction. I guess this isn’t as big a deal for this Mr. Knightley, since he is much older than Emma and isn’t necessarily expected to see her that way. It would be (a bit) like saying someone’s teenage son is handsome. Still, he does say she has a good face AND good figure, which borders on sexual attraction. (I wouldn’t be talking about some teenage boy’s muscles or abs.)
But I am a partial old friend.”

“Such an eye!—the true hazle eye—and so brilliant! regular features, open countenance, with a complexion! oh! what a bloom of full health, and such a pretty height and size; such a firm and upright figure! There is health, not merely in her bloom, but in her air, her head, her glance. One hears sometimes of a child being ‘the picture of health;’ now, Emma always gives me the idea of being the complete picture of grown-up health. She is loveliness itself. Mr. Knightley, is not she?”

“I have not a fault to find with her person,” he replied. “I think her all you describe. I love to look at her; and I will add this praise, that I do not think her personally vain.

This is getting so awkward!
Considering how very handsome she is, she appears to be little occupied with it; her vanity lies another way.
He thinks her vanity lies in the idea that she’s smarter than everyone. And he’s right! I’ll have to remember this—Emma is very pretty, but her real conceit is that she thinks she’s very, very smart.
Mrs. Weston, I am not to be talked out of my dislike of her intimacy with Harriet Smith, or my dread of its doing them both harm.”

“And I, Mr. Knightley, am equally stout in my confidence of its not doing them any harm. With all dear Emma’s little faults, she is an excellent creature. Where shall we see a better daughter, or a kinder sister, or a truer friend? No, no; she has qualities which may be trusted; she will never lead any one really wrong; she will make no lasting blunder; where Emma errs once, she is in the right a hundred times.”

I like this idea—Emma’s instincts often serve her well. When they don’t, it’s almost always a huge blunder (as we see later in the book). Emma Approved really nailed this one, now that I think about it.

“Very well; I will not plague you any more. Emma shall be an angel, and I will keep my spleen to myself till Christmas brings John and Isabella. John loves Emma with a reasonable and therefore not a blind affection, and Isabella always thinks as he does; except when he is not quite frightened enough about the children. I am sure of having their opinions with me.”

I find it fascinating that Jace is trying to rally opinions to his side. He’s sure that his brother will side with him, and that then Emma’s sister, who could talk some sense into her, will persuade her to sever ties with Harriet? Maybe? Jace is actively campaigning against this friendship, which I think could be an interesting plot to include in the series.

“I know that you all love her really too well to be unjust or unkind; but excuse me, Mr. Knightley, if I take the liberty (I consider myself, you know, as having somewhat of the privilege of speech that Emma’s mother might have had) the liberty of hinting that I do not think any possible good can arise from Harriet Smith’s intimacy being made a matter of much discussion among you. Pray excuse me; but supposing any little inconvenience may be apprehended from the intimacy, it cannot be expected that Emma, accountable to nobody but her father, who perfectly approves the acquaintance, should put an end to it, so long as it is a source of pleasure to herself. It has been so many years my province to give advice, that you cannot be surprized, Mr. Knightley, at this little remains of office.”

“Not at all,” cried he; “I am much obliged to you for it. It is very good advice, and it shall have a better fate than your advice has often found; for it shall be attended to.”

Oh good, he’s not a completely obsessed idiot over Emma. He listens to reason. And he’s right, it is good advice! I like Mrs. Weston’s sweet nature at advising him. She’s such a natural mother hen.

“Mrs. John Knightley is easily alarmed, and might be made unhappy about her sister.”

Isabella seems delicate.

“Be satisfied,” said he, “I will not raise any outcry. I will keep my ill-humour to myself. I have a very sincere interest in Emma. Isabella does not seem more my sister; has never excited a greater interest; perhaps hardly so great. There is an anxiety, a curiosity in what one feels for Emma. I wonder what will become of her!”

I can’t stop laughing at how little he likes Isabella, almost like he can’t see what his brother could possibly see in her as a choice for a wife. At the same time, he approaches the subject like she’s his daughter, or in my books, his little sister. He clearly cares deeply for her and is enjoying watching her grow up and change.

“So do I,” said Mrs. Weston gently; “very much.”

“She always declares she will never marry, which, of course, means just nothing at all. But I have no idea that she has yet ever seen a man she cared for. It would not be a bad thing for her to be very much in love with a proper object. I should like to see Emma in love, and in some doubt of a return; it would do her good.

I love how he wants to see Emma taken down a peg! He is so entertainingly obsessed with her. He just keeps going on and on, engaging Mrs. Weston over and over again on the topic of Emma.
But there is nobody hereabouts to attach her; and she goes so seldom from home.”

“There does, indeed, seem as little to tempt her to break her resolution, at present,” said Mrs. Weston, “as can well be; and while she is so happy at Hartfield, I cannot wish her to be forming any attachment which would be creating such difficulties, on poor Mr. Woodhouse’s account. I do not recommend matrimony at present to Emma,

Mrs. Weston is really sweet to think of dear old daddy losing his little girl.
though I mean no slight to the state I assure you.”

Part of her meaning was to conceal some favourite thoughts of her own and Mr. Weston’s on the subject, as much as possible. There were wishes at Randalls respecting Emma’s destiny, but it was not desirable to have them suspected;

I’m assuming she’s talking about her stepson, Frank Churchill—which may be why she totally neglects Knightley’s perseverating on Emma for an entire chapter
and the quiet transition which Mr. Knightley soon afterwards made to “What does Weston think of the weather; shall we have rain?”
Why is the transition quiet—because he was fishing for Mrs. Weston’s thoughts on who Emma should marry? She basically says that there’s no one she can think of who Emma would attach herself to, which includes Knightley, who seems like an obvious pairing.
convinced her that he had nothing more to say or surmise about Hartfield.

Notes From Monica:
1. Harriet and Emma have been hanging out for some time before this scene happens; Knightley has had a chance to observe them, to interact with Harriet in this span. In my books, I need an inciting incident that causes him to form an opinion of Harriet and her influence on Emma.
2. Mrs. Weston thinks very highly of Emma and could even be said to be like-minded in the sense that she agrees with Emma, that Emma is ready to take on protege. It makes sense as Emma is sort of a product of Mrs. Weston's values, so she feels she's done a good job and that Harriet will benefit from the relationship.
3. Mrs. Weston knows that her marriage has been hard on Emma, and she's proud of her for keeping herself distracted.
4. This alludes to the idea that they actually have these discussions about Emma a lot—why? Probably because they both care about her, but more because they both feel responsible for her well-being in some way. They are both older and wiser and want to impart their knowledge on Emma, making her a better person as she grows up.
5. I could see Mr. Weston not really being invested in this subject and simply agreeing with his wife. I'm interested in the idea that Mrs. Weston thinks Harriet is on equal ground for Emma, alluded to with the phrase "such a girl in Highbury." After Emma already complained in an earlier chapter that she had no equal, this is an interestingly different perspective than the vibe we get from Mr. Knightley later regarding Harriet.
6. So she doesn't think Harriet is good enough for Emma, but thinks Harriet will force Emma to lead by example—and in doing so, become a better person, closer to what they want her to be.
7. Emma is highborn, but doesn't do anything with it. She's not very studious and instead spends her time on social activities, even though she's capable of getting more done. She often makes plans to be better, but never actually follows through on her grande schemes.
8. It's interesting that Mr. Knightley knew Emma's mother once upon a time—he was 16 when Emma was born, and her mother died shortly after. I find it curious that he keeps comparing her to Isabella, Emma always winning of course. And I'm also so curious about her mom, seeing as she had all of Emma's charm. I'd love to explore this more through diaries or some other device.
9. The women in this book do this often—fishing for compliments, I guess? Or at least with Mr. Knightley, fishing for true meaning.
10. He's really blunt, and not just with Emma, I'm now realizing. But with everyone!
11. A little confused by what she means by this. I think (judging from the next section) that she means Mr. Weston is easygoing and easy to be a wife to.
12. And we're back to Emma. Why hasn't anyone told Mr. Knightley he's in love with her yet? Talk about obsession—can't spend more than a few minutes talking about someone else's life before switching back to the object of his affection! In my books, I know that I need to bring this in earlier than it comes to head in Emma. They need to have those thoughts percolating on both sides, but dismiss them. And the rest of the cast needs to be in on it, but just watching, waiting for something to happen.
13. They are talking about Frank Churchill here—and it seems like Mrs. Weston has some anxiety over the problems her stepson could cause for Mr. Weston. Makes sense, because their story is a sad one.
14. Mr. Knightley seems to easily spot Emma's faults and wants to convince her she needs fixing—not completely sure how I feel about that.
15. This makes me think that Knightley is more of a realist who cares quite a bit about class and being proper. I want to include a note for this when Emma tries to puff Harriet up—Jace can say something about how Harriet will never really be popular girl material, because she's not Emma.
16. This is more likely the reason Mrs. Weston supports the friendship—because Knightley's points are actually pretty logical. Mrs. Weston has a soft spot for Emma.
17. Hahaha, okay. No one was really asking, but way to come out with it.
18. So he thinks she's hot and blames it on the fact that they are friends instead of attraction. I guess this isn't as big a deal for this Mr. Knightley, since he is much older than Emma and isn't necessarily expected to see her that way. It would be (a bit) like saying someone's teenage son is handsome. Still, he does say she has a good face AND good figure, which borders on sexual attraction. (I wouldn't be talking about some teenage boy's muscles or abs.)
19. This is getting so awkward!
20. He thinks her vanity lies in the idea that she's smarter than everyone. And he's right! I'll have to remember this—Emma is very pretty, but her real conceit is that she thinks she's very, very smart.
21. I like this idea—Emma's instincts often serve her well. When they don't, it's almost always a huge blunder (as we see later in the book). Emma Approved really nailed this one, now that I think about it.
22. I find it fascinating that Jace is trying to rally opinions to his side. He's sure that his brother will side with him, and that then Emma's sister, who could talk some sense into her, will persuade her to sever ties with Harriet? Maybe? Jace is actively campaigning against this friendship, which I think could be an interesting plot to include in the series.
23. Oh good, he's not a completely obsessed idiot over Emma. He listens to reason. And he's right, it is good advice! I like Mrs. Weston's sweet nature at advising him. She's such a natural mother hen.
24. Isabella seems delicate.
25. I can't stop laughing at how little he likes Isabella, almost like he can't see what his brother could possibly see in her as a choice for a wife. At the same time, he approaches the subject like she's his daughter, or in my books, his little sister. He clearly cares deeply for her and is enjoying watching her grow up and change.
26. I love how he wants to see Emma taken down a peg! He is so entertainingly obsessed with her. He just keeps going on and on, engaging Mrs. Weston over and over again on the topic of Emma.
27. Mrs. Weston is really sweet to think of dear old daddy losing his little girl.
28. I'm assuming she's talking about her stepson, Frank Churchill—which may be why she totally neglects Knightley's perseverating on Emma for an entire chapter
29. Why is the transition quiet—because he was fishing for Mrs. Weston's thoughts on who Emma should marry? She basically says that there's no one she can think of who Emma would attach herself to, which includes Knightley, who seems like an obvious pairing.
30. Harriet and Emma have been hanging out for some time before this scene happens; Knightley has had a chance to observe them, to interact with Harriet in this span. In my books, I need an inciting incident that causes him to form an opinion of Harriet and her influence on Emma.
31. Mrs. Weston thinks very highly of Emma and could even be said to be like-minded in the sense that she agrees with Emma, that Emma is ready to take on protege. It makes sense as Emma is sort of a product of Mrs. Weston’s values, so she feels she’s done a good job and that Harriet will benefit from the relationship.
32. Mrs. Weston knows that her marriage has been hard on Emma, and she’s proud of her for keeping herself distracted.
33. This alludes to the idea that they actually have these discussions about Emma a lot—why? Probably because they both care about her, but more because they both feel responsible for her well-being in some way. They are both older and wiser and want to impart their knowledge on Emma, making her a better person as she grows up.
34. I could see Mr. Weston not really being invested in this subject and simply agreeing with his wife. I’m interested in the idea that Mrs. Weston thinks Harriet is on equal ground for Emma, alluded to with the phrase “such a girl in Highbury.” After Emma already complained in an earlier chapter that she had no equal, this is an interestingly different perspective than the vibe we get from Mr. Knightley later regarding Harriet.
35. So she doesn’t think Harriet is good enough for Emma, but thinks Harriet will force Emma to lead by example—and in doing so, become a better person, closer to what they want her to be.
36. Emma is highborn, but doesn’t do anything with it. She’s not very studious and instead spends her time on social activities, even though she’s capable of getting more done. She often makes plans to be better, but never actually follows through on her grande schemes.
37. It’s interesting that Mr. Knightley knew Emma’s mother once upon a time—he was 16 when Emma was born, and her mother died shortly after. I find it curious that he keeps comparing her to Isabella, Emma always winning of course. And I’m also so curious about her mom, seeing as she had all of Emma’s charm. I’d love to explore this more through diaries or some other device.
38. The women in this book do this often—fishing for compliments, I guess? Or at least with Mr. Knightley, fishing for true meaning.
39. He’s really blunt, and not just with Emma, I’m now realizing. But with everyone!
40. A little confused by what she means by this. I think (judging from the next section) that she means Mr. Weston is easygoing and easy to be a wife to.
41. And we’re back to Emma. Why hasn’t anyone told Mr. Knightley he’s in love with her yet? Talk about obsession—can’t spend more than a few minutes talking about someone else’s life before switching back to the object of his affection! In my books, I know that I need to bring this in earlier than it comes to head in Emma. They need to have those thoughts percolating on both sides, but dismiss them. And the rest of the cast needs to be in on it, but just watching, waiting for something to happen.
42. They are talking about Frank Churchill here—and it seems like Mrs. Weston has some anxiety over the problems her stepson could cause for Mr. Weston. Makes sense, because their story is a sad one.
43. Mr. Knightley seems to easily spot Emma’s faults and wants to convince her she needs fixing—not completely sure how I feel about that.
44. This makes me think that Knightley is more of a realist who cares quite a bit about class and being proper. I want to include a note for this when Emma tries to puff Harriet up—Jace can say something about how Harriet will never really be popular girl material, because she’s not Emma.
45. This is more likely the reason Mrs. Weston supports the friendship—because Knightley’s points are actually pretty logical. Mrs. Weston has a soft spot for Emma.
46. Hahaha, okay. No one was really asking, but way to come out with it.
47. So he thinks she’s hot and blames it on the fact that they are friends instead of attraction. I guess this isn’t as big a deal for this Mr. Knightley, since he is much older than Emma and isn’t necessarily expected to see her that way. It would be (a bit) like saying someone’s teenage son is handsome. Still, he does say she has a good face AND good figure, which borders on sexual attraction. (I wouldn’t be talking about some teenage boy’s muscles or abs.)
48. This is getting so awkward!
49. He thinks her vanity lies in the idea that she’s smarter than everyone. And he’s right! I’ll have to remember this—Emma is very pretty, but her real conceit is that she thinks she’s very, very smart.
50. I like this idea—Emma’s instincts often serve her well. When they don’t, it’s almost always a huge blunder (as we see later in the book). Emma Approved really nailed this one, now that I think about it.
51. I find it fascinating that Jace is trying to rally opinions to his side. He’s sure that his brother will side with him, and that then Emma’s sister, who could talk some sense into her, will persuade her to sever ties with Harriet? Maybe? Jace is actively campaigning against this friendship, which I think could be an interesting plot to include in the series.
52. Oh good, he’s not a completely obsessed idiot over Emma. He listens to reason. And he’s right, it is good advice! I like Mrs. Weston’s sweet nature at advising him. She’s such a natural mother hen.
53. Isabella seems delicate.
54. I can’t stop laughing at how little he likes Isabella, almost like he can’t see what his brother could possibly see in her as a choice for a wife. At the same time, he approaches the subject like she’s his daughter, or in my books, his little sister. He clearly cares deeply for her and is enjoying watching her grow up and change.
55. I love how he wants to see Emma taken down a peg! He is so entertainingly obsessed with her. He just keeps going on and on, engaging Mrs. Weston over and over again on the topic of Emma.
56. Mrs. Weston is really sweet to think of dear old daddy losing his little girl.
57. I’m assuming she’s talking about her stepson, Frank Churchill—which may be why she totally neglects Knightley’s perseverating on Emma for an entire chapter
58. Why is the transition quiet—because he was fishing for Mrs. Weston’s thoughts on who Emma should marry? She basically says that there’s no one she can think of who Emma would attach herself to, which includes Knightley, who seems like an obvious pairing.

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