I never realized that the Box Hill escapade didn't come until this late in the novel. I think though in a way it was Emma's final mistake.... final downfall.... and never did she fall so far.
"Badly done Emma!" Thank you Mr. Knightley! Say it like it is!
You can see Emma's true repentance for her rudeness and inconsideration.
Also in these last few chapters you can see her showing more friendship and pity for Jane Fairfax (about time Emma!). The mystery around Jane grows. :)
Mr. Knightley is also showing himself very in tune to what is going on around him with certain characters. As always, though Emma thinks she knows what's going but really she doesn't.... and Mr. Knightley does.
I noticed so much foreshadowing to what's going to happen in the next couple chapters in these last few as well. If you're paying attention you can see who likes who... it also helps if I already know what is going to happen though I suppose. ;)
So now discussion questions!
- What does Emma think of Churchill? What does Knightley think? Account for their different interpretations.
- What wrong does Emma commit at Box Hill? What is this significance of this event in the larger setting of the novel?
- Discuss Knightley's rebuke of Emma's behavior. and it's role in Emma's development.
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