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Written by Nina RG
(2/17/2011 12:33 p.m.)
Emma is the self-professed queen of match-making at Highbury. Having foreseen the Miss Taylor-Mr Weston connection, she decides that Harriet must marry Mr Elton rather than Robert Martin, and that Jane Fairfax is in love with her best friend's husband, Mr Dixon.
When it comes to Frank Churchill, "[s]he (Emma) was his object, and everybody must perceive it" (26) and Emma likes the idea, though she does not mean to marry him, or anybody else.
But it is not just Emma who sees the signs of romance everywhere:
Mr and Mrs Weston also see Frank and Emma as future husband and wife (can't find the reference right now, but it's in the text somewhere).
Based on Chapters 7, 8 and 10, Miss Nash of Mrs Goddard's school would no doubt have said yes had Mr Elton proposed to her. She talks about Mr Elton, admires his yellow curtains (10) and at the end of Ch. 8 Harriet informs Emma of what Miss Nash has told her about Mr Perry seeing Mr Elton on his way to London (not the best sentence I ever made, but there you are...) and the paragraph ends with this:
In Chapter 21 Miss Bates lets on that there have been rumours around Highbury about Mr Elton and Miss Woodhouse.
In Chapter 26, Mrs Weston suspects that Mr Knightley might have feelings for Jane Fairfax, though Emma denies this.
In Chapter 27, Harriet tells Emma that Robert Martin had dinner with the Coxes "last Saturday" and that "[t]hey talked a great deal about him, especially Anne Cox. I do not know what she meant, but she asked me if I thought I should go and stay there again next summer (...) She said he was very agreeable the day he dined there. He sat by her at dinner. Miss Nash thinks either of the Coxes would be very glad to marry him." (27)
Did I miss any romantic aspirations?
So, is there something in the water at Highbury since people enjoy match-making so much? Is it because marriage was so important to most women that they see the signs of romance all around them? Or is it simply that they all share Emma's view: "It is the greatest amusement in the world!" (1)
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