Jane Austen

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Emma: Chapter 52 Summary & Analysis

Harriet agrees to go to London, as she wishes to consult a dentist. Emma is grateful for the postponement of a painful meeting between the two. She then decides to call on Jane. They do not speak openly of the secret engagement because of Mrs. Elton’s presence, but the visit is passed with mutual consciousness, warmth, and feeling. As Jane walks Emma out, they each apologize and establish their good will for the other.
Emma and Jane finally become friends, as each feels she has misbehaved towards the other and is humbled by the other’s generosity. In their mutual happiness, they are also full of mutual good will. Emma is finally able to fully and selflessly appreciate Jane’s merit, and Jane also seems aware of Emma’s kindness.
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