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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?
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 this means that Jane is not perfect and probably deserving of Frank’s pointed hints that she had an affair with her married brother-in-law.
5. Frank flatters Emma with his comments on her dancing. He is sure she is better than Jane Fairfax in that department, and he w
ants to dazzle viewers with the spectacle of them dancing together again.
6. Emma observes that Frank is twisting her opinions around to suit his own. She thinks that if they were to marry, this would bother her, but since theirs is a harmless romance—a one-sided one at that—she doesn’t mind his self-centered¬ness.
7. Frank posits that because the room at Crown Inn is so much larger than the one at Randalls, no one need open a window for air. Mr. Woodhouse is shocked that anyone could even think of opening a window anywhere under any circumstance.
8. Lowering his voice, Mr. Woodhouse tells Mrs. Weston that Frank is thoughtless. He berates him for opening doors, exposing everyone to draught. He declares that Frank Churchill is “not quite the thing,” indicating his suspicion and disapproval.
9. Emma mocks the spinster lady, because she is a windy talker about small subjects. Emma is sure that if Miss Bates is called in, she won’t even hear the question, let alone have anything of value to contribute.
10. Frank insists that he finds Miss Bates amusing and that he is fond of hearing her talk. His remark must strike Emma as unbelievable since she finds Miss Bates tiresome.
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