Chapter 10 centres around Emma and Harriet going off to visit a poor family on the Vicarage Rd. Highbury. They admire the the old vicarage house and Emma only dreams of the day when Harriet will be mistress there. If luck should have it, they catch up with Mr. Elton, who saw them in the distance and who decides to make the same visit to the poor unfortunate family. Harriet asks Emma, will she ever marry. Emma has no intention of so doing, she is happy to stay in the same position as miss Bates. Although, she reckons that she’s nothing in common with her, apart from wanting that same status. She reckons that if Ms. Bates had a shilling she would give sixpence away to the poor. She also says that with all the talking she does about the Knightley’s, Miss Bates talks more about Jane Fairfax. They continue on about Emma’s privileged condition, that she does not have to worry about work, unlike those who are not as fortunate as her. Emma then gets rid of her bootlace in order to make an excuse to let Harriet and Elton bond together as they walk together. Emma straddles on behind and uses the excuse of chatting to a poor child whom she comes upon on the road and who walks with her. She dearly wishes that Harriet and Elton are engrossed in loving conversation as she doubtlessly catches up, and is disappointed that it’s not all to her liking. She asks if they can drop by Highbury Vicarage to get the housekeeper to give here a bootlace, as she can’t turn up at the poor people’s home limping on one foot. When they arrive there , she again stalls, and leaves the two of them standing at the window together. She’s convinced that he is taking it slowly because he loves her so much and gently does it, so to speak. So she’s rather surprised when she discovers that the conversation is once again mere mundanity.
Emma has come to the conclusion that Mr. Elton will have to get on with his own romancing, as she has to put her family first for the next ten days. Her sister, Isabella, husband, John, and oldest son Henry – called after Mr. Woodhouse, John and the three other children and the nursery-maids have all arrived from Cobham, Surry [Surrey] for the holiday period. They had to the seaside on their last holiday and hadn’t been to either Hartfield or Donwell Hall, home of the Knightley’s in a long while. There is talk about the physiques /temperaments of Isabella, who is a delicate, small, easy-going very sweet-tempered, all round loving personality and her husband, John, who is very clever and prone to having a bad temper. He apparently gets on with Emma, but there is noting outstanding about her in his eyes. The whole conversation is based on the Weston’s of Randall and the marriage of their beloved governess Ms. Taylor, who is so loved by everyone and missed so much. Papa tells the visitors that they come to see them almost every day and that he is just as nice as her. There is talk about whether he’s had any contact with the son. They thought it not right that he should have been wrenched away from his parent at a young age, as every child needs its parent.
Chapter 10 also mentions the Churchill lad. So there is lead up to his entering the picture. I only want to write about is in the book at the moment. So as to get the gist of the story-line. There is a constant theme of poverty and social issues such as parentless children, but as I said that is not what I want to concentrate on presently.
I’m really enjoying reading/listening to it directly from the video. I will also read the printed chapters. That way, I should get a firm handle on the book. Emma is such a gossiper, as too are everyone else in the book. Very intriguing. They didn’t have the telly and travel and the Internet, so I supposed they learned to survive by gossip.
I find this source of reading to be fantastic, however, I think it could be a lazy and too easy way also, so I have also made sure to read the book so as to absorb it at my own pace. I think with this format only, a lot of the contents would not register long term. It’s great though to come back to having read the book, that’s for sure.
Concerns itself with the gathering of Isabella, Papa, John, George and Emma for dinner at Hartfield. Papa would have much rather have Isabella all to himself, as he does not get to see her that often because of the autumnal sun-bathing holidays holidays she has with John and children in Sth. End
I was wondering when the reader was going to learn the names of younger children. It appears from the talk between Mr. George Knightley from Donwell Hall, who has been invited to dinner with Isabella and the Magistrate brother John, that the eight-month old baby is called Emma. We find this out when Mr. Knightley wonders whether little Emma is going to turn out like big Emma. The two of them are playing hard to get and talking to each other through the child. We learn that they both have the same interest at heart with respect of their little nieces and nephews. Mr. G. Knightley reminds Emma that he’s sixteen years her senior and he would know better than her about things because of experience. However, that does not do any good, Emma is still convinced she’ll be found to be in the right regarding Robert Martin and Harriet Smith.
At dinner there is discussion about the health of the other little girl, whom we learn is called Bella, she seems to be a sickly child. Hence one of the reasons to go to Sth. End. The father reckons the air is not good there and far better in Comer.
Isabella and John live in Brunswick Sq. London.
There is mention of food. Gruel.
Emma reminded Isabella that she forgot to ask after Mr. Perry, whom the latter never forgot her every time he came to the house.
There is talk about the Weston’s and near the end we hear about the one and only twenty-six year old Mr. Churchill. Emma tells of the excellent letter he wrote to them and will be shortly visiting the Weston’s.
It’s the 24th Dec and a party set off for Randalls to visit the newly-wed Weston’s. They comprise of Mr. Woodhouse, Isabella, who go in one carriage. Mr. Elton, Mr. John Knightley and Emma go off in another carriage. Harriet Smith had also been invited, but, alas, she got a dreadful sore throat and had to stay behind in bed to be nursed by Ms. Goddard, who was very affectionate towards her charge. Mr. Elton had bumped into Emma, as they were both en-route to visit Harriet.
Emma begins to notice inconsistencies in the behaviour of Mr. Elton, whom she feels should be not so jolly considering that his ‘beloved’ Harriet is sick and not with them. However, this ambivalent behaviour is rationalised in that it is probably the behaviour of men and nothing to do with his feelings towards Harriet.
Emma had been told by Mr. George Knightley that Mr. Elton appeared to be madly in love with her. She finds the whole situation absolutely absurd.
Mr. John Knightley thinks that a large party going off on a snowy day for five hours to a house that will only cause the five bodies to shiver even more is absolutely ridiculous. Not to mention the hassle of the two horse and carriages and the servants and all the arrangements entailed in having to make the visit to Randalls. He thinks Mr. Weston has an awful high opinion of himself to expect the party to go off to his house and leave the comfort of their own home. He would much rather be in Hartfield any day. Emma doesn’t pay to much heed to his moanings, she prefers to remain silent on the matter. The less said the better. She is too wrapped up in her thoughts about the jolly behaviour patterns of Mr. Elton, whom she thinks is not acting like a man who is missing the love of of his life. She’s puzzled.
I’ll read the book chapter to follow up on this audiobook it appears to be far too easy getting away this lightly.
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