Readalong Wednesday: Emma Chapters 42 & 43

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What could be simpler than a picnic at Box Hill? I love this little image from the Emma movie, showing how complicated it would have been to have a picnic during the Regency Era. It wasn’t simple at all, and Mrs. Elton’s desire for a relaxing day trip comes back to haunt her as everything begins to deteriorate. Not only is it unbearably hot, but Mr. Frank Churchill is in an obnoxious mood, Jane Fairfax just wants to escape, and Emma can’t seem to ever say the right thing.

We have talked a lot throughout these discussions about Emma’s character, and at the end of these chapters, she gets a real tongue-lashing from Mr. Knightley. I’m wondering whether you think she deserves it or not.

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2 Responses to Readalong Wednesday: Emma Chapters 42 & 43

  1. The Box Hill picnic is one of my favorite scenes in Emma. “How could she have been so brutal . . . to Miss Bates! . . . And how suffer him to leave her without saying one word of common kindness!” It is Emma’s awakening. No matter how absurd, chattering or boorish she may be, even Miss Bates deserves to be treated with some dignity. Her low situation makes her deserving of even kinder treatment, which makes Emma’s sharp remark particularly cruel.

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