Claiming that her match-making days are over,Emma helps Frank organize a dance. Elton returns with his dreadful wife, a presence which upsets Harriet and annoys everyone else, especially Emma and Frank, who share their dislike of her at the dance, where they get close. Elton snubs Harriet but George tactfully steps in to partner her, for which Emma thanks him. Next day Harriet is saved by Frank from being mugged and she tells Emma that is smitten. She sees him as out of her league but at least he has got Elton out of her system. George continues to champion Jane Fairfax, leading Emma to believe he is in love with her but he is certain that her true admirer is Frank. Written by
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I was completely mistaken in Mr. Elton. There is a littleness about him which you saw and I did not. He always was a small man, made smaller by his wife! I was convinced he was in love with Harriet. How could I have been so stupid?
I will do you the justice of saying that you would have chosen better for him than he did for himself. Miss Smith has some first-rate qualities, infinitely preferable to a sensible man than Mrs. Elton. I was surprised by our conversation.
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