Emma Chapters 48-49 Questions and Answers
by Jane Austen

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Chapters 48-49 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. Why does Emma say that Mr. Knightley has tried to improve her and wanted her to do right “as no other creature had at all shared?”

2. Why would Emma be content if Mr. Knightley stayed single?

3. Why does Emma banish Harriet from Hartfield?

4. Why does Emma exclaim “Poor girl!” in referring to Jane Fairfax?

5. What contributed to Jane Fairfax’s burden during her secret engagement?

6. Why does Emma think Mr. Knightley is neither cheerful and not communicative when he returns from London?

7. Why does Mr. Knightley call Frank an “abominable scoundrel?”

8. Why does he refer to him as “a favorite of fortune?”

9. Why does Emma skirt the topic of Mr. Knightley’s envy?

10. What event triggered Mr. Knightley’s departure for London?

1. Emma knows very well that she is spoiled and indulged. Her father can find no fault with her, and her governess, Miss Taylor, now Mrs. Weston, never enforced any discipline or enlarged her mind to any degree. Everyone in her immediate circle yields to Emma except Mr. Knightley.

2. Emma knows she can’t control Harriet anymore. She can’t tell her not to marry whomever she chooses, and Harriet has her hopes pinned on Mr. Knightley. Emma has never been able to control him, so the best she can hope for is that he will choose neither of them, and things will remain as they were.

3. Emma is no longer Harriet’s mentor. If Harriet were to come, Emma could not restrict the conversation, and Harriet might bring up Mr. Knightley and supply all her evidence to prove he cares for her.

4. Hearing how Jane suffered at keeping her engagement a secret, Emma suspects that lying is contrary to Jane’s nature. She rightly guesses that Jane must have been deeply in love to have kept up the hurtful pretense.

5. Jane hadn’t taken Frank Churchill’s playfulness into account. Though she shows herself to be an honest, well-bred person who suffers in keeping her secret, Frank found the charade a delightful game. That would explain why he played along with Emma everytime she teased Jane about her alleged affair with her brother-in-law.

6. Emma thinks he may feel despondent because he told his brother of his plans to marry Harriet. Emma is full of conjecture here, but...

(The entire section is 584 words.)