Emma Chapters 6-8 Questions and Answers

Jane Austen

Chapters 6-8 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. What stands out about Emma’s portfolio of paintings?

2. From this, what is revealed about Emma?

3. What decisions are made about Harriet’s portrait?

4. Why doesn’t Mr. Woodhouse want the background to be out of doors?

5. What convinces Emma that Mr. Elton must be in love with Harriet?

6. How does Emma downplay the letter Mr. Martin sends Harriet?

7. How does Harriet react to Emma’s manipulating her emotions toward Mr. Martin?

8. What small compliment does Mr. Knightley offer Emma?

9. What does Mr. Knightley think of Mr. Martin?

10. Why is Mr. Knightley confident that Mr. Elton will not choose Harriet?

Answers
1. Though full of numerous portraits of friends and family, not one of them had been finished.

2. Emma had attempted both art and music and showed spirit and talent for both, but she lacks discipline.

3. Though she’s never finished a portrait, Emma announces that this one will be a watercolor and have a place of honor over the mantelpiece.

4. He thinks it will make the viewer uneasy that she might catch cold.

5. Though he seems too grateful to be running off to London to frame Emma’s painting, Emma convinces herself that he must be in love with Harriet because she is the subject of the portrait.

6. Emma is touched by the straightforward sentiment in the letter, but she hides this from Harriet and suggests that his sister must have helped him write it because the man she saw is too coarse and classless to have composed it himself.

7. She hesitates, blushes, turns away, and twists the letter in her hand. All of these Emma takes as symbols of her doubts about Mr. Martin and secret affection for Mr. Elton.

8. He knows Emma is fishing for compliments about how she is improving Harriet and says that Emma cured her of her school girl giggles.

9. He proclaims him an excellent young man, both as son and brother. He says that Mr. Martin possesses true gentility.

10. He tells her that though Elton may talk sentimentally, he has the good sense not to marry someone without any money. Besides, Elton has made references to a family of young women he admires who all have impressive inheritances.