Emma Chapters 46-47 Questions and Answers
by Jane Austen

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Chapters 46-47 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. What is Mrs. Weston’s response to the secret engagement?

2. What is Emma’s response?

3. What is Emma’s concern for the family that was to employ Jane?

4. Why does Emma blush when the name Dixon is uttered?

5. What is Emma referring to with her quote, “the world is not their’s, nor the world’s law?”

6. Why do Mr. Knightley’s prophetic words, “Emma, you have been no friend to Harriet Smith” haunt her?

7. What other mistake did Emma make when she assumed Harriet and she were talking about Frank Churchill, not Mr. Knightley?

8. What two incidents convince Harriet that Mr. Knightley has singled her out for his affections?

9. How does Emma interpret Mr. Knightley’s inquiring as to the state of Harriet’s affections?

10. What are Emma’s regrets about Robert Martin?

Answers
1. Mr. and Mrs. Weston have made no secret that they wished Frank would marry Emma. Mrs. Weston says part of his behavior cannot be excused, because she watched him flirt with Emma for the past six months. Such duplicity is difficult to forgive, even if Frank Churchill is her stepson.

2. To avoid hurting Mrs. Weston any more, Emma tells her that early in their acquaintance, she was attracted to Frank, but for the past three months has been immune to him.

3. Emma cannot believe Jane would leave the family without a governess, but Mrs. Weston swears Jane was sincere when she accepted the position, and that when Frank heard of her plans, he decided to come forward and tell his uncle the truth.

4. Emma reviews all her transgressions toward Jane and feels ashamed. She had suspected an affair with Jane and her married brother-in-law Mr. Dixon and taunted her with it in veiled accusations. Emma guessed Jane had a secret lover, but it was Frank, not Dixon.

5. Emma finds the greatest offense with this secret engagement is not the duplicity or selfishness, but the audacity this young couple has in flaunting the social conventions that govern society. For this, Emma cannot forgive them.

6. Emma is beginning to feel that she has risked Harriet’s happiness on “insufficient grounds.” There never was more than a slim chance that Frank Churchill would consider Harriet a marriage prospect. She can dismiss Jane Fairfax and the bother she caused, because Jane will soon be out of her hair. But Harriet is still a...

(The entire section is 607 words.)