Summary Chapter 42
Mr. and Mrs. Suckling, relations of Mrs. Elton, are unable to visit until Autumn. Mrs. Elton is disappointed. However, she decides not to put off her plans. She decides to have her party and go to Box Hill anyway.
Emma had wanted to go to Box Hill, having never been there. She is displeased when Mr. Weston invites Mrs. Elton’s party to join theirs. She cannot object, however, without a reproof from him and paining Mrs. Weston. However, the plans don’t seem to move forward, despite Mrs. Elton’s fervor.
Mr. Knightley invites her to his estate Donwell, but he wishes to invite the guests to the party and not leave that to her. He rejects some of Mrs. Elton’s ideas because he wants Mr. Woodhouse and Emma to come. Mr. Woodhouse is very concerned about his health and would not come if the party was set up the way Mrs. Elton proposed.
Mr. Knightley’s invitation is well accepted. It is rare, so people think it is a compliment to them. Mr. Weston invites Frank without Mr. Knightley’s permission, but Mr. Knightley agrees.
Emma finds the Knightley home a testament of pure gentility. Her sister made a good match marrying John Knightley.
Mrs. Elton has found a position for Jane, but Jane declines it.
Mr. Knightley and Harriet have a pleasant conversation, which pleases Emma.
Mrs. Weston is worried when Frank fails to come.
Jane runs into Emma after leaving the company of her friends. She asks Emma to tell everyone she went home. She refuses Emma’s offer of an escort or a carriage. She seems agitated. She just wants to be alone.
Frank finally arrives, saying his aunt’ illness had delayed him. He seems a bit ill-tempered. Emma is glad that she does not love him, for she wouldn’t want to love a man who is easily put out of sorts. He wishes to leave England. He is tired of prosperity and indulgence.
He does not wish to go to Box Hill the next day, but he later changes his mind.