Word games can also be intended to deceive, rather than clarify. As Mr. Knightley suspiciously observes the word games that Frank plays with Emma and Jane, he becomes convinced that it is but a cover for a much deeper game of deception and intrigue that the young man plays with the two ladies’ hearts.
Letters Quotes in Emma
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Letters Symbol Timeline in Emma
The timeline below shows where the symbol Letters appears in Emma. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...at Hartfield flustered and pleased; she has received a marriage proposal from Mr. Martin by letter and come to seek Emma’s advice. Emma is surprised by how well-written the letter is... (full context)
...Churchill, and Emma replies that the expectation of his visit has ended in nothing. Frank’s letter is praised again, and Mr. John Knightley and Isabella speculate about the relationship between Mr.... (full context)
...can—and should—always do his duty through vigor and resolution. Mr. Knightley declares that Frank’s fancy letters are excuses from doing what is right. He finds them disgusting and anticipates that their... (full context)
...gossip about the town, mentioning the Coles, flattering Mr. Elton, and finally bringing up a letter from her niece Jane Fairfax. Orphaned at a young age, Jane lives with her guardians... (full context)
...Knightley talks with Jane, solicitously scolding her for walking through the rain to fetch her letters. Jane blushes but insists that she enjoys her walks and values letters of friendship. Mrs.... (full context)
...continues to impose her services on Jane. After failing to get her way with the letters, she insists on helping Jane attain a governess position. Jane, however, informs her that she... (full context)
...a day of business and travel. Mr. Weston, however, happily announces that he bears a letter from Frank. The letter announces his impending visit, to the delight of Mrs. Weston, the... (full context)
Mrs. Weston begs her to postpone judgment until Frank can explain everything by letter. She insists that Frank, too, has suffered from misunderstandings between him and Jane. Upon learning... (full context)
...love as she is, Emma finds herself sympathetic to Frank’s own blunder-filled love story. The letter leaves her with a much-improved impression of him, and she shares it with Mr. Knightley. (full context)