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Summary Chapter 40

Harriet tells Emma she is no longer smitten with Mr. Elton. She is no longer jealous of Mrs. Elton. She’d rather not see them. She vows to destroy little keepsakes she had to remind her of Mr. Elton.
 
Emma feels ashamed, remembering it was her who caused all of this to happen.
 
Harriet burns the mementos. Emma asks about her interest in Mr. Churchill, but Harriet says she will never marry. It turns out it is because Harriet is in love with a man who she believes is too superior to marry. Emma advises Harriet to be more cautious and see if the man returns her interest, but she shouldn't give up because sometimes love can overcome obstacles.
 
Jane Austen