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Chapters 16-18 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. Where does Emma give the Knightley brothers credit?

2. How does Emma convince herself not to feel anything for Mr. Elton’s open declaration of love for her?

3. What relapse does Emma suffer immediately after swearing off involvement with Harriet’s romantic life?

4. Why is Emma surprised at the contents of Mr. Elton’s note?

5. What does Emma think her father will say to this obvious omission?

6. How do Harriet’s tears affect Emma?

7. What is Emma’s promise to Harriet?

8. What further increases Emma’s discomfort at having been wrong about Mr. Elton’s affections?

9. Why does Mr. Knightley think Frank is lying about not being able to leave Enscombe?

10. What does Mr. Knightley think of the letters Frank writes, which are the object of everyone’s interest and admiration in Highbury?

Answers
1. Emma is forced to acknowledge that John Knightley first gave her the idea that Mr. Elton might be in love with her, and his brother warned her that Elton would not marry anyone without money. Both brothers saw his true nature better than she.

2. As mistress of Hartfield, Emma stands to inherit £30,000 (roughly $100,000, at that time). This fact convinces her that Mr. Elton is merely a fortune hunter.

3. Though she is sorry to have led Harriet to think Mr. Elton cared for her, she can’t stop matchmaking. She has an idea that another young man might be suitable, but dismisses him because he is a “pert young lawyer” and she couldn’t endure him.

4. Mr. Elton addresses the note to Mr. Woodhouse, and though its tone is one of respectful civility, he doesn’t mention Emma once.

5. She’s sure he will be suspicious, but he doesn’t notice the omission. Believing any journey is unhealthy, he fixes his concern on...

(The entire section is 458 words.)