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Chapters 27-29 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. Why isn’t Emma satisfied with Harriet’s praise for her musicianship?

2. Why does Frank think he shouldn’t go to the Bates’ house to view the pianoforte?

3. How is Mr. Woodhouse’s name brought into Miss Bates’ monologue?

4. What does Emma notice that alters her opinion of Jane Fairfax?

5. Why does Frank say he wants to hold another ball?

6. What does Emma perceive about Frank’s nature when they are sizing up the rooms at Randalls?

7. How does Frank assure Mr. Woodhouse that no one will catch cold at the Crown Inn?

8. What does Mr. Woodhouse think of Frank?

9. Why does Emma protest calling in Miss Bates?

10. What is Frank’s response to Emma?

Answers
1. Emma knows Harriet is easily led and prone to pander to Emma, telling her more what she wants to hear than what is true in order to preserve the friendship.

2. Frank thinks if there’s something wrong with the instrument, he won’t be able to pretend liking to hear it. Emma is just as certain that he can be as “insincere as your neighbors, when it is necessary.” She thinks Frank fully capable of false flattery.

3. Miss Bates knows Mr. Woodhouse’s peculiarities well. She let slip that she served her company baked apples that had been twice-baked and, knowing Mr. Woodhouse’s belief that they should be baked three times, asks Emma not to tell him about it.

4. While Frank keeps up a steady stream of teasing, Emma sees a smile flicker across Jane’s face. She is certain...

(The entire section is 512 words.)