Emma Chapters 19-21 Questions and Answers

Jane Austen

Chapters 19-21 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. Why doesn’t Emma visit Mrs. and Miss Bates more often?

2. Why does the visit backfire?

3. What catches Emma’s attention most while Miss Bates is speaking?

4. What fuels her suspicions?

5. At age eighteen, Jane is ready to make her way in the world as a governess; why hasn’t she?

6. Why does Mr. Knightley think Emma does not like Jane?

7. How does Emma try to coax Jane Fairfax into gossiping with her?

8. Why is Mr. Woodhouse certain that Jane Fairfax spent a pleasant evening?

9. How does Mr. Knightley turn that assumption to his advantage?

10. How does Mr. Martin show his regard for Harriet?

Answers
1. Mrs. and Miss Bates are charitable women who are called upon by those in need. Emma finds them tiresome and a visit there would put her in danger of associating with needy people who are beneath her.

2. Miss Bates opens the conversation with news of her friends, the Coles, who are friends with Mr. Elton and have heard from him in Bath. Miss Bates jabbers incessantly about Mr. Elton’s visit there. Emma is forced to respond to prevent Harriet from getting a word in.

3. She suspects an affair is going on between Jane Fairfax and her brother-in-law, Mr. Dixon.

4. Jane is a beautiful and accomplished young woman whereas Mrs. Dixon is plain.

5. Having given her all the advantages of education and musical training, she turned into an elegant, accomplished young woman. Her doting stepparents cannot bear to part with her.

6. He tells Emma that she sees in her “the really accomplished young woman, which she wanted to be thought of herself.”

7. Emma knows that Jane is acquainted with Frank and that both were in Weymouth at the same time. When she asks details about him, Jane responds politely, but is noncommittal in her answers.

8. Blind to his daughter’s faults, he is certain Jane found the evening agreeable because she had Emma.

9. He counters that Emma must have had an agreeable evening, too, because she had Jane.

10. Though Harriet flatly refused his marriage proposal, Robert Martin shows true gentility by greeting Harriet politely and expressing his genuine interest in her well-being. His final words express concern when he suggests she take a detour to avoid rain puddles.