Why does Emma say that she will never marry in Jane Austen's Emma?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

Though Emma discusses her reasons for never marrying in a couple of places throughout Austen's novel, a neat encapsulation of it occurs in Chapter 31, or Chapter XIII of Volume II. Emma is contemplating the various ways that Frank Churchill might propose to her following his departure from Highbury in response to a summons from the Churchills. The ball has to be cancelled. Emma is bereft of the pleasant attentions of the handsome and charming Frank. Most of all, she is certain he was on the verge of declaring his devotion when Mr. Weston came to the door to fetch him back home for a speedy return to the Churchills.

In Chapter 30, Emma's response to Frank's first try at revealing his feelings,

(The entire section contains 374 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team