Emma

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Mr. Woodhouse Character Analysis

Emma’s father and the Woodhouse patriarch. Mr. Woodhouse is a rather silly, excessively nervous, and frail old man who dotes on his daughter. He hates change and possesses a narrow-minded and even selfish outlook on changes like his oldest daughter’s marriage, which he views as a tragedy depriving him of familiar and beloved company. However, Emma and his close friends not only humor, but also comfort him in all of his foibles.
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Mr. Woodhouse Character Timeline in Emma

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Woodhouse appears in Emma. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...of good fortune and pleasant manners, depriving Emma of her constant companion. Her elderly father, Mr. Woodhouse , is even more distressed by Miss Taylor’s departure, as he hates change of every... (full context)
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Mr. Woodhouse , who hates change so much he even dislikes marriage, begs Emma to put off... (full context)
Chapter 3
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Mr. Woodhouse enjoys small evening parties that Emma arranges with their neighborhood friends, preferring them to large... (full context)
Chapter 9
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Mr. Woodhouse and Emma discuss the visit of Isabella’s family at Christmas. During the course of the... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...nervous disposition. Mr. John Knightley is respectable and gentlemanly, but reserved and often impatient with Mr. Woodhouse and his daughter’s sensitivity. (full context)
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Isabella commiserates with Mr. Woodhouse ’s grief over Mrs. Weston’s departure. Emma and Mr. John Knightley gently moderate their dramatization... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Mr. Woodhouse and Isabella debate the merits of their favored physicians, Mr. Perry and Mr. Wingfield respectively.... (full context)
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Mr. Woodhouse recommends that Isabella and Mrs. Mr. John Knightley switch their vacation spot according to Mr.... (full context)
Chapter 15
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Mr. John Knightley announces that the heavy snow will soon make it impossible to travel. Mr. Woodhouse and Isabella are horrified at the prospect of traversing through the storm. The party quickly... (full context)
Chapter 17
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Mr. John Knightley and Isabella depart from Hartfield, despite Mr. Woodhouse ’s attempt to persuade “poor Isabella” to remain behind. The narrator reflects that “poor Isabella,”... (full context)
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Mr. Elton sends a very formal, cold letter to Mr. Woodhouse —completely ignoring any address to Emma—announcing his departure for several weeks to Bath. Grateful for... (full context)
Chapter 21
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...discover that her distaste remains intact. The Bateses bursts into the room to thank the Woodhouses for a gift of pork and report that Mr. Elton is going to be married... (full context)
Chapter 25
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Mr. Woodhouse frets over the prospect of leaving his house for a dinner party. Emma insists that... (full context)
Chapter 29
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...ten couples, measure out the dimensions of various rooms, and decide on the Crown Inn. Mr. Woodhouse frets over the dangers of catching colds at inns, but Emma assuages his fears. (full context)
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...real grace. She feels Harriet, for all her lack of refinement, is much her superior. Mr. Woodhouse , however, only complacently observes that Mrs. Elton seems a nice young lady. He remarks... (full context)
Chapter 37
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...the Westons and Frank himself. Mr. Weston can finally hold the ball with certainty, and Mr. Woodhouse resigns himself to the evils of such excitement. (full context)
Chapter 39
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...that she will not actively involve herself. News of the episode speeds throughout Highbury, alarming Mr. Woodhouse , but the gypsies soon take off. The gossip subsides into an exciting story Emma... (full context)
Chapter 45
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...soon to visit the John Knightleys in London, and he wants to say goodbye. When Mr. Woodhouse mentions Emma’s visit to the Bateses, Mr. Knightley perceives Emma’s intentions with warm gratification. He... (full context)
Chapter 50
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Emma worries about breaking the news to Mr. Woodhouse and Harriet. Emma decides that she will not marry until her father dies. She then... (full context)
Chapter 51
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...to Jane. Mr. Knightley then proposes to move into Hartfield, in order to avoid disturbing Mr. Woodhouse with his daughter’s marriage. Emma is moved by such a sacrifice on his part, and... (full context)
Chapter 53
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...London. Emma anxiously breaks the news of their engagement to her father. Though initially distressed, Mr. Woodhouse eventually accepts it as a settled and even good affair with the help of Mr.... (full context)
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...death before their wedding in November. Emma and Mr. Knightley hope to marry in October. Mr. Woodhouse ’s misery threaten these prospects, but when Mrs. Weston’s poultry-house is robbed, he comes to... (full context)