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Summary Chapter 17

Mr. Woodhouse glumly has to say goodbye to Isabella and her family, lamenting her fate that she herself is happy in.
Mr. Elton sends his regrets that he won't be able to drop by, for he will be visiting friends in Bath. Emma is glad he won't be there.
Emma tells Harriet that she was mistaken about Mr. Elton's affections. Harriet is upset, blaming herself for being too lowly for a man like Mr. Elton. Emma tries to distract Harriet from this disappointment.
Eventually, they do have to face Mr. Elton. Harriet suffers because he is admired at her school, and so she hears about him a lot. Emma feels she needs a cure for the wound she has caused.
Jane Austen