Let's get to it then.
These chapters were all various stages of Emma realizing she loves Knightley.
-Emma realizes she loves Knightley
-Emma meets up with Harriet, who says she loves Knightley
-Emma thinks Knightley likes Harriet
-Emma cries and wishes Knightley would stay single forever
-Emma randomly meets Knightley on a walk, its awkward, Knightley is adorable, they decide to get married, Emma smiles again
-Emma has to break it to Harriet
-Emma goes back to hanging out with Knightley after shipping Harriet off to spend time with her sister in London
-Emma can't leave her poor papa, so maybe she won't marry Knightley after all
-Take that back! Knightley figures it out! He'll come and live at Emma's house until her dad dies! Smiles all around (except Harriet, poor dear.)
-Harriet gets engaged to Mr. Martin (finally) and Emma is happy to be with Knightley and at peace with herself.
Emma, Emma, Emma, Knightley, Knightley, Knightley, blah, blah, blah
To be perfectly honest, these last chapters are so filled with character soul-searching that, while the reader is happy for the character, you can't help but think "Yes, We know you like him! Yeah, we got that you've been blind! Okay, that's great Emma, we've sort of seen this the whole time! Move along dear, and hurry up, he's not yours yet!" and then later "Oh stop fussing Emma its really not that big of a deal! Harriet's too much of a ninny to snatch Knightley, YOU HAVE NO COMPETITION! What are you worried about?!?!?!?!?!?!" Ugh. Emotion. Though let's not forget Knightley is 16 years older than Emma.
But really, Knightley (and all Jane Austen guys) is absolutely adorable:
|I mean, look at him!!!!|
And...."I cannot make speeches Emma." YES YOU CAN
ANYWAY, I guess I have to actually discuss what I read now.......
Even though I complain about Emma's soul searching, I really do think it was good for her character. She becomes a lot more humble, a lot more sincere towards Harriet (if that's possible), and a lot more caring and thoughtful towards people's feelings in general. Its great for her, and its probably in the best interest of everyone around her. I was really just interested in her anxiety over Harriet after her walk in the garden with Knightley:
"How to do her best by Harriet, was of more difficult decision;---how to spare her from any unnecessary pain; how to maker her any possible atonement; how to appear least her enemy?----On these subjects, her perplexity and distress were very great---and her mind had to pass again and again through every bitter reproach and sorrowful regret that had ever surrounded it." pg 376
Since it is the last week.....
Aren't they just adorable!? I mean! HE RODE THROUGH THE RAIN
On that note, here's an article on the decline of chivalry.
Since I focused so much on the action leading up to them finally getting married, here's the very last paragraph of the book, that talks about the wedding itself:
"The wedding was very much like other weddings, where the parties have no taste for finery or parade; and Mrs. Elton from the particulars detailed by her husband [implying that she wasn't invited!!!!!!], thought it all extremely shabby, and very inferior to her own.---"Very little white satin, very plain lace veils, a most pitiful business!----Selina would stare when she heard of it."---But, in spite of those deficiencies, the wishes, the hopes, the confidence, the predictions of the small band of true friends who witnessed the ceremony, were fully answered in the perfect happiness of the union.
FINIS" pg 421
The End, thank you to whoever actually read this, hope you enjoyed it; I really enjoyed posting all the pictures and video from the movies.....And once again, I have succeeded in making a reference to one Emma movie or another in every. single. post. Gold star for me.