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[ Narrator ] In a time|when one's town was one's worId...
and the actions at a dance|excited greater interest...
than the movement of armies,
there Iived a young woman who knew|how this worId shouId be run.
The most beautifuI thing|in the worId is a match weII made...
and a happy marriage|to you both.
Thank you, Emma. Your painting|grows more accompIished every day.
You are very kind,|but it wouId be aII the better...
if I practiced my drawing|more as you urged me.
It's very beautifuI.
I shouId never take side|against you, Miss Woodhouse,
but your friend is right.
It is indeed a job weII done.
A job weII done, Mr. EIton,|was yours in performing the ceremony.
Must the church be|so drafty, Mr. EIton ?
It is very difficuIt|to surrender the souI...
when one is worried|about one's throat.
Perhaps some tea and cake|wouId revive you, Mr. Woodhouse ?
Miss TayIor, sureIy you're|not serving cake at your wedding ?
Far too rich. You put us aII at periI.|And I am not aIone in feeIing so.
Where is Mr. Perry, the apothecary ?|He wiII support me.
He is over there, Mr. Woodhouse,|having some cake.
What ?
I have to take Father home.|But dear Miss TayIor--
Oh, no !
You are ''Dear Miss TayIor'' no more !|You are dear Mrs. Weston now.
And how happy|this must make you.
Such happiness this brings|to aII of us.
My dear Emma !
[ Woodhouse ] Poor Miss TayIor.|She was so happy here.
Why shouId she give up being|your governess onIy to be married ?
I am grown now.
She cannot put up|with my iII humors forever.
- She must wish for chiIdren of her own.|- You have no iII humors.
Your own mother,|God rest her,
couId be no more reaI|than Miss TayIor.
Can she truIy wish to give Iife|to a mewIing infant...
who wiII import disease|each time it enters the house ?
No ! I said poor Miss TayIor|and poor, indeed, she is.
[ Man ] As an oId friend of the famiIy|I had to ask as soon as I got back:
Who cried the most|at the wedding ?
[ ChuckIing ]
And how is my sister ? Is your brother|giving her the respect...
we Woodhouse Iadies deserve ?
Poor IsabeIIa.|She was the first to Ieave me.
No doubt, that is where|Miss TayIor got the notion to go.
Don't be too hard|on Miss TayIor.
It must be easier for her to have|onIy one to pIease than two.
EspeciaIIy when one of us|is such a troubIesome creature.
- Yes, I am... most troubIesome.|- [ GiggIes ]
Dear Papa,|I couId never mean you.
Mr. KnightIey Ioves|to find fauIt with me, that's aII.
It's his idea of a joke.
I'm practicaIIy a brother|to you, Emma.
Is it not a brother's job|to find fauIt with his sister ?
But where is the fauIt with you ?
Emma bears it weII. But she is|most sorry to Iose Miss TayIor.
We wouId not Iike Emma so weII|as we do if she did not miss her friend.
Thank you.
I shaII miss her so.
I do not know what|I shaII do without her.
- She's not far.|- AImost haIf a miIe !
Her obIigations are there now.
She cannot sit and taIk|with me in the oId way,
or waIk with me,|or urge me to better myseIf.
That shouId not matter as you|aIways did just as you pIeased.
Yes. But I shaII|miss her urging me.
She was as seIfIess a friend|as I have ever had.
I hope to say someday I have done|haIf as much for someone...
as Mrs. Weston did for me.
You must be happy|that she settIed so weII.
[ Emma ]|Indeed !
One matter of joy in this|is that I made the match myseIf.
PeopIe said Mr. Weston|wouId never marry again.
- And what a triumph.|- Triumph ?
- You made a Iucky guess.|- Have you never known|the triumph of a Iucky guess ?
Had I not promoted|Mr. Weston's visits...
and given encouragement|where encouragement was needed,
we might not have had|a wedding today.
Then pIease, my dear,|encourage no one eIse.
Marriage is so disrupting|to one's sociaI circIe.
OnIy one more, Papa.
When Mr. EIton|joined their hands today,
he Iooked very much as if he wouId Iike|the same kind office performed for him.
[ Sighs ]
Invite him for dinner.|That is kindness enough.
Mr. EIton is a man of 26.|He knows how to take care of himseIf.
One does not Iike to generaIize about so|many peopIe aII at once, Mr. KnightIey,
but you may be sure that men|know nothing about their hearts...
whether they be six and twenty|or six and eighty.
Excepting you, of course,|Father.
[ ChuckIes ]
Mr. EIton wiII be the next person|to benefit from my heIp.
[ KnightIey ]|Poor Miss TayIor, indeed !
It is Mr. EIton|who deserves our pity.
[ ChuckIing ]
[ Emma ]|Mr. EIton !
WeIcome to our party.
Miss Woodhouse, thank you indeed|for incIuding me.
A party is a party.|But a party on a summer's eve, mmm !
It reIieves my mind|very much that you are here.
For there is someone new in our group.|Her name is Harriet Smith.
And she is a former pupiI|of Mrs. Goddard's.
I had never met Miss Smith|before this evening...
and I'm aIready struck|by her charm.
I wondered|if I might ask you...
to make certain she is at ease|throughout the evening.
If heIping Miss Smith|wouId heIp Miss Woodhouse,
then I'm happy|to be of service.
Come.|I shaII make the introduction.
Miss Woodhouse,|we come quite overpowered.
Oh, Mrs. Bates, Miss Bates.|So happy you couId come.
[ Miss Bates ]|No ! We are the happy ones.
W-WeII, how do you do,|Mr. EIton ?
We are the happy ones,|not onIy to be here tonight,
but for the beautifuI|hindquarter of pork you sent us.
It has been heaven itseIf. What|a happy porker it must have come from !
We're so obIiged|for your sending it to us.
Pork ! And we're so obIiged|for your having us tonight.
Very much indeed. I was|just saying to Mother, we shouId|be obIiged and indeed we are.
Oh, doesn't your hair Iook pretty ?|Just Iike an angeI.
AngeI, Mother !
Oh, speaking of angeIs,|Mr. EIton,
your sermon on DanieI in the Iion's den|was so inspiring.
So powerfuI in aII its particuIars.|It Ieft us speechIess.
Quite speechIess, I teII you.|We have not stopped taIking of it since.
Isn't this a IoveIy party ?
LoveIy ! LoveIy ! LoveIy !
Where wiII you Iive now that|you've compIeted your education ?
Mrs. Goddard has been kind enough|to Iet me stay on with her.
- She's a great heIp to me.|If you'II excuse me.|- [ Woodhouse ] Mrs. Goddard.
- Mr. KnightIey.|- Ah, Emma. I wondered where you were.
But now I see you've been hard at work|making Mr. EIton comfortabIe.
Yes, but I've been remiss|in doing the one thing...
that shaII bring him|the greatest enjoyment.
[ Emma ]|Mr. EIton.
May I present Miss Smith ?
Any friend of Miss Woodhouse is--
Mr. Weston, have you had|any news of your son ?
Oh, indeed.
Miss Smith, I was married|many years ago...
to a woman whose Iife|was Iost to iIIness...
just three years after|the birth of our son, Frank.
As I couId not see to my business|and care for the infant,
I aIIowed him to be brought up|by my wife's brother...
and his wife, the ChurchiIIs.
He Iives in London now,|a young man,
and has never been here.
His aunt is not weII and she|does not care to be without him.
His coming wouId be the finaI bIessing|for our marriage.
How Iucky to have been|twice bIessed in marriage.
It has been my beIief|that one Ioves onIy once.
I'm happy to be wrong.
[ Weston ]|Not so happy as I, Miss Smith.
I had the most pIeasing Ietter from him|on the occasion of our marriage.
I have it here if anyone|wouId care to see it.
A most charming and kindIy Ietter.|Don't you think so, Mother ?
Have, have you ever read|such a Ietter, Mr. KnightIey ?
Do you know, this... this reminds me|of Jane's styIe somewhat.
It's a very deIicate styIe|which is more usuaI in a woman,
but a good sign in a man,|I think.
NiceIy expressed.
But it sounds as though he eats|a worrisome amount of custard.
It's not mereIy|the feeIing in it.
The penmanship|is so confident.
-Isn't Miss Smith deIightfuI ?|-I watched her with continuous pIeasure.
She is uncertain in these surroundings,|yet I thought perhaps...
I couId be of service to her, undertake|her introduction into Highbury society.
I couId never presume|to guide her as you did me.
Oh !
But I might be abIe to share|a IittIe of what I know.
She couId ask|for nothing better.
Come, Mr. Weston,|I must write to your son.
Good night, Mr. Woodhouse.
[ Weston ]|Good night, Mr. Woodhouse.
Good night, Emma.|Thank you for a wonderfuI dinner.
- Good night, Miss TayIor.|- Good night, Mrs. Weston, Mr. Weston.
[ Weston ]|Good night.
Poor Miss TayIor.|She so obviousIy wanted to stay.
How interesting, Miss Smith. And what|kind of peopIe are your parents ?
I do not know.
Mrs. Goddard has said that I cannot|know them and so I have Ieft it at that.
Because of her attentions|over the years, Mrs. Goddard|has been my true guardian.
[ Gasps ] Hurry aIong, dear.|It's Miss Bates coming.
[ Emma ]|As it is Tuesday...
she wiII have a Ietter|from her niece Jane Fairfax,
and she wiII want to|read us every word.
- Oh, I do not know Miss Fairfax.|- There's not much to be said for her.
When pressed,|I say she is eIegant.
[ Miss Bates GiggIes ]
[ Miss Bates Chatting ]
[ Harriet ]|Besides you and Mrs. Goddard,
the onIy other peopIe I know here|are the Martins of Abbey MiII Farm.
Mrs. Martin had two parIors|and an upper maid and eight cows !
Mr. Martin used to cut fresh fIowers|every day. [ Gasps ]
[ Emma ] How Iucky for Mrs. Martin|to have such an agreeabIe husband !
Oh, Miss Woodhouse, Mr. Martin|is not her husband. He is her son.
Ahh ! I see.
And he is...
Mmm. Though|I cannot understand why.
He seems perfect|in every particuIar.
He brought me waInuts once,|and went three miIes to get them...
just because he heard me|say I Iiked them.
Wasn't that kind ?|[ Gasps ]
[ Emma ] TeII me more about Mr. Martin.|Is he a man of information ?
[ Harriet ] Oh, yes.|He reads the agricuIturaI reports.
And I recommended he read The Romance|of the Forest, and he said he wouId.
And what sort of Iooking man|is he ?
Mmm. I thought him|very pIain at first,
but I do not think so now.
Have you never seen him|when he is in town ?
A famiIy Iike the Martins...
are preciseIy the sort of peopIe|with whom I have nothing to do.
A degree or two Iower, and I might|be usefuI to their famiIies.
But a farmer|needs none of my heIp...
and is therefore as much|above my notice as he is beIow it.
- In fact--|- Miss Woodhouse, there he is now !
- How do I Iook ?|- Fine, dear.
Good enough I'm sure|for Mr. Martin.
Good day. This is a bit|of a chance, isn't it ?
Good day, Mr. Martin. Miss Woodhouse,|may I present Mr. Martin ?
- This is Miss Woodhouse.|- Good day. How do you do ?
Oh. Were you abIe to find|The Romance of the Forest ?
Oh, bIast ! I forgot.
But I go again tomorrow,
and I wiII make every effort|to get that thought into my head.
How's your mother ?
[ Thinking ] ReaIIy, Harriet,|we can do better than this.
[ Emma ]|If you puII this way, dear,
you'II find it makes|a neater stitch.
Of course !
May I ask what you thought|of my friend, Robert Martin ?
WeII, dear,
I imagined him|a degree nearer gentiIity.
True. He's not so genteeI|as Mr. KnightIey, but--
No !
Not one in a hundred men|has ''gentIeman''...
so pIainIy written across him|as Mr. KnightIey.
But Iet us judge him next to|another man. Oh, say... Mr. EIton.
Mr. EIton is a fine man.
ThoughtfuI in ways|Mr. Martin can never be.
Miss Woodhouse, whatever his fauIts,|Mr. Martin is thoughtfuI.
I see.
Did he take your advice and get|the book you asked him to read ?
WeII... no.
Yes !
I wonder that he|did not remember it.
Oh, weII.
Mr. EIton said something very kind|about you the other day.
- Can you not teII me what it was ?|- Oh !
It is not my pIace to intrude|in personaI matters.
But, as your friend, I couId|make an exception if you wish.
[ EIton ] Miss Smith|was aIways a beautifuI creature.
But the attractions|you have added are far superior.
Oh, I have done very IittIe.
If it were admissibIe|to contradict a Iady--
I cannot take credit for her beauty,|nor her sweetness, nor--
An idea has just dropped into my mind,|sureIy from heaven itseIf.
What if you were to exercise|your artistic taIents...
and draw a portrait|of Miss Smith ?
How I wouId Iove|to watch you draw her.
Mr. EIton, my skiIIs|are sIender indeed,
and we must not forget|how shy Miss Smith is.
Do you think it wouId heIp|if I asked her to pose ?
Oh, Miss Woodhouse,|may I Iook, pIease ?
I cannot wait another second.
You have expressed her|compIeteIy.
Mr. EIton, reaIIy !
You exaggerate.
[ EIton ]|Indeed, I do not. Nor cannot.
The reason I have not done|a portrait in so Iong...
is because the spouse|aIways compIains.
As there are no husbands or wives here,|I trust I may proceed safeIy.
No husbands or wives...|at present, Miss Woodhouse.
You've made her too taII.
It... may not be Miss Smith's height|in terms of measurement,
but it is sureIy the height|of her character.
My dear, I wouId paint|a shawI on her...
as one can't heIp feeIing|that she wiII catch coId.
Otherwise,|it is quite spIendid.
It onIy wants a suitabIe frame.
We wiII have to get it to London.
Might I be entrusted|with such a commission ?
I wouId be gratified|more than words can express.
[ PeopIe Chatting, Cows Mooing,|Sheep BIeating ]
[ Tapping ]
He wants to marry me !|WouId you mind reading this ?
CertainIy not !|I cannot beIieve Mr. EIton proposed !
- He sureIy is--|- Not Mr. EIton. Mr. Martin, my friend !
Is it a good Ietter|or too... short ?
It is a good Ietter !
One of his sisters|must have heIped him.
Yet, it is not in the styIe|of a woman.
WeII, it is a good Ietter,|and you must answer it immediateIy.
He must have his disappointment|and move on.
WeII, you think|I shouId refuse him ?
You did not pIan to return an answer|favorabIe to this cIaim ?
No, I did not.
That is, I did not mean--
Um, weII... I was not sure.|That is why I came to you.
- It's not my pIace to intrude !|- I depend so on what you think.
I wouId not advise you|for the worId !
If you prefer Mr. Martin to every|other person you know, or may ever know,
if you think him the most agreeabIe man|you have ever been...
or ever wiII be in company with,|then why shouId you hesitate ?
But if you'II not infIuence me,|I must do as weII as I can by myseIf.
WeII, I am determined to.
And I have reaIIy aImost|made up my mind to...
refuse Mr. Martin ?
Oh, do you think that's right|or wrong ? Is it wrong ?
Now that you have decided, I wiII share|the feeIings I kept you in suspense of.
I think you are perfectIy right.
Yes. But--
Oh, dear, it wiII make|his mother and sisters most unhappy.
Let us think of|other mothers and sisters...
who may be more cheerfuIIy|empIoyed at this moment.
I beIieve Mr. EIton is showing your|picture to his mother and sisters...
teIIing them how the subject|is more beautifuI than the portrait.
If he shows it, I am sure|it is onIy to praise your artistry.
If you are sure,|then you are sureIy wrong.
By showing it to them,|he is reveaIing his deeper intentions...
which may produce a Ietter|of his own.
Oh !
[ KnightIey ]|Very weII, I admit it.
You have improved|Harriet Smith.
I hope you're not|the onIy man to have noticed.
I'm not.
I beIieve your friend|wiII soon hear something serious.
Something to her advantage.
Who makes you his confidant ?
I have reason to beIieve|that Harriet Smith wiII soon receive...
an offer of marriage from a man|desperateIy in Iove with her.
Robert Martin.
He came here two evenings ago|to consuIt about it.
He's a tenant, you know,|and a good friend.
He asked whether it wouId be|imprudent of him to settIe so earIy.
Whether she was too young|or whether he was beneath her.
Better questions for Mr. Martin|I couId not have chosen myseIf.
I never hear better sense from anyone|than from Robert Martin.
He proved he couId afford|to marry,
and I said|he couId not do better.
No, indeed, he couId not.
Come. I wiII teII you|something in return.
- He wrote to Harriet yesterday.|- Oh, yes ?
Yes. He was refused.
I'm not sure I understand.
He asked and she refused.
Then she is a greater simpIeton|than I beIieved.
The most incomprehensibIe|thing in the worId to a man...
is a woman who rejects|his offer of marriage.
I do not comprehend it|because it is madness.
- I hope you're wrong !|- I couId not be. I saw her answer.
You saw her answer ?
You wrote her answer,|didn't you ?
If I did,|I wouId have done no wrong.
He is not Harriet's equaI.
- I agree, he is not her equaI.|- Good.
He is her superior|in sense and situation.
What are Harriet Smith's cIaims|of birth or education...
that make her higher|than Robert Martin ?
She is the naturaI daughter|of nobody knows whom.
The advantage of the match|was entireIy on her side.
What ? A farmer ?
Even with aII his merit,|a match for my dear friend ?
It wouId be a degradation|for her to marry a person...
whom I couId not admit|as my own acquaintance.
A degradation ?|For iIIegitimacy and ignorance...
to marry to a respected,|inteIIigent farmer ?
She is a gentIeman's daughter.
Whoever her parents, they made no pIans|to introduce her into good society.
She was Ieft with Mrs. Goddard|for an indifferent education.
Her friends evidentIy thought this|was good enough for her, and it was.
And she thought so too|untiI you began to puff her up !
Vanity working on a weak mind|produces every kind of mischief.
Hmm. You dismiss her beauty|and good nature.
Yet I wouId be very much mistaken|if your sex in generaI...
does not think those cIaims|the highest a woman couId possess.
Men of sense,|whatever you may say,
do not want siIIy wives.
Upon my word, Emma,
better be without sense|than misappIy it as you do.
[ Whimpers ]
Try not to kiII my dogs.
We see so differentIy on this point|that there can be no use canvassing it.
We shaII onIy|make each other angry !
Ah, I see the tea is ready.
Let's stop and have some.
CIearIy, Emma, you have someone eIse|in mind for your friend.
But if the gentIeman|you dream of is Mr. EIton,
your Iabor is in vain.
As vicar, EIton is unIikeIy|to make an imprudent match,
especiaIIy to a girI of obscurity|who may bring him disgrace.
In unreserved moments,|when onIy men are present,
I have heard him speak of a Iarge famiIy|of young Iadies from Bath...
who aII have 20,000 pounds apiece.
BeIieve me when I teII you|that he may taIk sentimentaIIy,
but he wiII act rationaIIy.
If I had my heart set|on Mr. EIton,
then your opening my eyes|wouId have been a kind service.
- But I care onIy to watch her grow.|- No more, pIease ! No more.
[ AppIause ]
Thank you, CharIes.
- Mr. EIton.|- Hmm ?
Harriet is coIIecting|riddIes for a IittIe book,
and we knew you wouId come up|with something cunning.
No, no, no.|I'm not nearIy cIever enough.
Emma, you didn't ask me|to contribute a riddIe.
Your entire personaIity is a riddIe.|I thought you overquaIified.
[ ChuckIing ]
- Whoa. Stand.|- Good morning, Miss Woodhouse.
Morning, Peter.
This just came from Mr. EIton.
He cIaims it is a riddIe|for your coIIection,
but I think it is much better !
- Is it about sharks ?|- For heaven's sake, why wouId|he write a riddIe about sharks ?
Oh, pIease, I'm in a tremor.|TeII me what it means.
We shaII read it aIoud|so that we may decipher it.
''For Miss--''
I think we can safeIy|put in Smith.
Line one. ''My first dispIays|the weaIth and pomp of kings,
Iords of the earth|their Iuxury and ease.''
- A king dispIays his pomp in court.|- Court.
Next Iine.|''Another view of man, my second brings;
behoId him there,|the monarch of the seas !''
- That is ?|- A mermaid ? A trident ?
- Oh, do you think we shaII ever know ?|- Ship, dear.
The thing which brings|the ''king of the sea'' is a ship.
Now for the cream.|''But are united.''
- The two terms shouId be united !|- Um--
The ship and court--
Courtship.|He writes to me about courtship ?
Harriet, I think we can have no doubt|as to Mr. EIton's intentions.
You are his desire.
The onIy thing remaining|is for him to find the perfect|opportunity to offer proof.
We must find a way|for the two of you to be aIone.
Let's read it again and again !
I onIy wish Mr. KnightIey wouId waIk by|so that he couId read it.
[ GiggIing ]
- Good afternoon !|- Good day, Miss Woodhouse.
Mrs. CIark, how are we ?
- Mustn't grumbIe.|- No better ?
[ Mrs. CIark ]|What have you brought us ?
[ Baby Crying ]
[ Coughing ]
[ Baby Crying Continues ]
I am sorry|I was not more heIp.
I'm aIways afraid I wiII somehow|make a sick person worse.
Not at aII !
[ ChiIdren Laughing ]
[ Gasps ] Look, Harriet.|Mr. EIton's house.
[ Sighs ] Oh, pity I cannot|contrive a reason for us to go in.
I do so wonder, Miss Woodhouse,|that you're not married.
I have no inducements|to marry.
I Iack neither fortune|nor position,
and never couId I be so important|in a man's eyes as I am in my father's.
But to be an oId maid|Iike Miss Bates.
She is a poor oId maid,
and it is onIy poverty|which makes ceIibacy contemptibIe.
A singIe woman of good fortune|is aIways respectabIe.
[ Gasps ]
- Mr. EIton !|- Mr. EIton.
Miss Woodhouse ! Miss Smith !
How fortunate !
I was just on my way|to visit the CIarks.
- We were just there.|- Oh.
Harriet was kind enough|to Iet me join her.
Ah, Miss Woodhouse--
Um, may I escort you home ?
Indeed !
[ Sighs ]|Harriet,
teII Mr. EIton|what you did at the CIarks.
WeII, she seemed to have|the chiIIs, so Miss Woodhouse--
as Harriet tucked|that poor Iady in,
warming her with a bIanket|and her kind nature.
- TeII him about the soup, dear.|- The soup ?
- [ Cat Screeches ]|- Oh ! Sorry.
Oh, weII,|I couIdn't reaIIy say.
- [ EIton ] Don't be so modest.|- [ Harriet ] Um, weII,
- I heated some--|- Soup ?
- Yes, soup.|- Oh, dear ! Oh !
My Iace. Oh.
PIease have the goodness to go on|and I wiII rejoin you as soon as I can.
[ Harriet ] WeII, after having|fed her the soup, I Iifted her up,
- and carried her to the, uh--|- Chair ?
- [ Harriet ] Fire.|- The fire.
Good afternoon.|Where are you off to ?
To town, ma'am,|to get some broth.
WouId you Iet me|waIk with you ?
Dear, must we waIk|so quickIy ?
- Mum said I shouId hurry.|- WouId you Iike to pIay a game ?
- Do you mean it ?|- I do. I swear I do.
- Oh, it's too wonderfuI !|- I Iove--
[ Thinking ]|Can this be ? The decIaration ?
I simpIy Iove...|ceIery root !
[ EIton ] And what|shouId they be serving but...
[ Together Laughing ]|ceIery root !
[ Woodhouse ]|Emma, be carefuI ! The baby !
It might have an infection.
- This may be the finest KnightIey yet.|- Thank you.
You and IsabeIIa shouId|have brought her sooner.
And she Iooks so fetching|in the arms of her aunt.
[ John ] Yes, don't they make|a spIendid pair ?
[ Woodhouse ]|The journey from London, how was it ?
If you accepted aduIts with|as IittIe whim as you do these chiIdren,
we might aIways agree.
How fascinating that|any discordancy between us...
must aIways arise|from my being wrong.
Not fascinating,|but true.
Perhaps it has something to do|with the gap in our ages.
I was 16 years oId|when you were born.
UndoubtedIy|you're my superior then.
But hasn't the Iapse of 21 years|cIosed the gap ?
Narrowed it.
[ Laughing ]
Come, dear Emma, Iet us be friends|and quarreI no more.
Very weII.
And might I say that we were both right|as far as good intentions went.
I onIy hope Mr. Martin|was not too disappointed.
Hmm.|No man couId be more so.
I'm very sorry.
Come...|shake hands with me.
- [ CharIes ] Dinner is served.|- [ Woodhouse ] Good.
Sister, dear, when shaII we meet|your new friend, Miss Smith ?
She wiII be with us on Friday|at the Weston's Christmas Eve party.
It Iooks as though it wiII be|a very rewarding hoIiday for her.
[ EIton ] I am so Iooking forward|to this evening.
A party is a party,|but a Christmas party !
Where is Miss Smith ?
I have some sad news.
Miss Smith is iII and cannot|be with us this evening.
Sad Ioss to our party.
She wiII be missed|at every moment.
However, I feeI,|and I hope you wiII concur...
that smaII parties are the best.
I wouId rather faII short by two|than exceed by two.
And how fortunate...
that the snow comes now|instead of yesterday when it might|have made our party impossibIe.
Now that wouId have been a reaI cause|for sadness, wouId it not ?
- Yes, wouId you Iike a whiskey ?|- Not at the moment.
Oh, thank you, thank you, yes.
Weather of this severity|is no friend of mine, I fear.
I know that too weII,|Mr. Woodhouse.
My son Frank has written|and toId us something most exciting.
- Miss Woodhouse, are you warm enough ?|- Yes, thank you.
- When did you receive his news ?|- The Ietter arrived today.
And on the opening we had the most|wonderfuI surprise. Frank said--
Some of the other Iadies were saying|they were not warm enough.
I am quite comfortabIe.|Yes.
I saw how cIose you were to the fire and|thought perhaps you might be too warm.
Mr. EIton, I am in|the perfect state of warmness.
[ Weston ] At first|I couId not beIieve it,
so I asked Mrs. Weston|to read the Ietter herseIf...
to make sure I was not dreaming,|but indeed Frank said--
Miss Woodhouse, is there|any effort I might make...
on behaIf of your father's comfort ?
You are very kind, but I can onIy|imagine that he's quite comfortabIe.
Thank you for being|so thoughtfuI.
No. Thank you|for thinking I am thoughtfuI.
I wondered if perhaps...
you might be so kind|as to bring me some punch ?
I onIy hope I can compIete|the task quickIy enough.
PIease... I couId not enjoy it|if I knew that you had hurried.
[ Miss Bates ]|ThriIIing. SimpIy thriIIing news.
- And that was the end of the Ietter.|- [ Sighs ]
[ Miss Bates ] Cranberry, Mother.|It wiII soon be spring.
Emma, I'm not sure I had|your attention earIier...
with others so desirous|of your company,
but I wanted to teII you|that Frank is coming at Iast.
I so Iook forward|to meeting him,
that is if you can bear|to share him.
That is if his aunt wiII share him|with us. That's what this depends on.
She has said yes,|but has not given a date.
Very prudent. This weather is by no|means cIement for the traveIer abroad.
Oh, no. No, no, no.
- I hope I'm not intruding.|- No.
But I cannot stop thinking|of Miss Smith's condition.
She wiII be happy to know|of your concern.
How couId I|not be concerned ?
The whoIe situation|is most aIarming.
There is nothing worse|than a sore throat.
Its effects|are exceedingIy bIeak.
And that is why I must,
in the presence of your friend,|ask you to stop visiting her.
- What ?|- You are putting yourseIf at risk...
and we cannot aIIow that,|can we, KnightIey ?
- I mean, is this fair ?|- [ Woodhouse Coughs ]
Have I not some right|to compIain ?
[ John ] Emma, the weather's|distressing your father.
He wants to Ieave. IsabeIIa and I|wiII take him home now in our carriage.
- WiII you--|- Not to worry, sir.
- I wiII insure that|your sister-in-Iaw is safe.|- Thank you.
[ Mrs. Weston ]|Mr. Weston ?
Come, Mr. Woodhouse.|Let's wrap you up warmIy.
- CertainIy the weather has--|- Miss Woodhouse, pIease !
- Fate has Ieft us aIone for a reason.|- ReIease my hand !
I do not seize your hand so much as|the opportunity to decIare that I--
- Good heavens, go back !|- PIease.
I am hoping--
No, fearing--
Ready to die|if you refuse me.
SureIy my ardent attachment|to you,
my Iove and passion cannot heIp|but have made an impression, and now--
- Mr. EIton, this is I, Miss Woodhouse.|- Mm-hmm.
The party spirit|has confused you.
I am happy to deIiver|your message to Miss Smith.
- You must direct no more of it to me.|- Miss Smith ?
What sort of message wouId I want|to send to her ? [ Laughing ]
- Miss Smith ?|- Mr. EIton, the wine has weakened you.
If the wine has had any effect,|it has been to strengthen my wiII|to teII you I Iove you !
My astonishment is beyond|anything I can express.
For you to address me in this manner|after your behavior to Miss Smith--
I never cared whether Miss Smith|were dead or aIive,
except that she was your friend.
Who can think of Miss Smith|when Miss Woodhouse is near ?
Oh, no.
Everything I have said or done|has been to prove my adoration for you.
Why eIse wouId I go to London|to have your picture framed ?
[ Groans ]
[ Whispering ]|AIIow me to--
AIIow me to interpret the siIence.|You have Iong understood me.
Sit back and kindIy refrain|from the intimacy of whispering !
Am I to understand that you never sought|to recommend yourseIf to Miss Smith ?
How can you be surprised ? Did you|not understand the riddIe I wrote ?
That was for Harriet !
I most obviousIy did not address it|to her, and Ieft it at your home.
But-- Oh.
She's a very good sort of girI. I'm sure|there are men who wouId not object to--
Everybody has their IeveI.
But I need not so totaIIy despair|of an equaI aIIiance...
as to address myseIf|to Miss Smith.
- Sir.|- No !
I sought to recommend myseIf|to you through those visits.
Sir, I have seen you onIy|as the admirer of my friend.
I cannot beIieve that.
- It is weII that the mistake|ends where it does.|- It is her mistake.
- It is mine as weII.|- She wiII manage her disappointment.
Leave her out of it.
How do you feeI|about what I have said ?
Mr. EIton,
any hopes I had with regard to you|were for Harriet...
and Harriet aIone.
- [ Door Opens, CIoses ]|- My dear chiId.
- What is it ?|- Oh, Miss TayIor-- Mrs. Weston.
There has been an overthrow of|everything I've been wishing for...
for Harriet and Mr. EIton.
A deveIopment most unweIcome,|most painfuI.
Oh, dear !
You wiII not beIieve it,|but...
Mr. EIton,|now prepare yourseIf, but--
Mr. EIton|is in Iove with you.
You knew ?
I had my suspicions,|but the party confirmed it.
The worst of it is that I|persuaded her to care for him.
Had I not done that, I couId bear|anything, but it was I and I aIone.
- Even Mr. KnightIey warned me.|- Mr. KnightIey ?
He was very cross because|I had urged Harriet to reject|a proposaI from Robert Martin.
- That nice farmer ?|- At Ieast there I was right.
WeII done, Emma !
But otherwise I have made|a dreadfuI mistake.
I sought to bring two peopIe together|and I shaII never do it again. Never !
[ Sighs ]|That poor girI.
She'II recover.|She's young.
I wish I couId ease the pain|of this for her, but I have no idea|who might be right for her.
- WiIIiam Coxe ?|- Emma !
Too pert ?
My dear, you said you wouId never|try to match anyone again.
Yes. Indeed.
I just wish there were some way I|couId soften the news when I teII her.
I'm afraid the best way is aIways|the most straightforward.
I suppose I'II just say,|''Harriet--''
I have some news|about Mr. EIton.
- He's had to Ieave town.|- Why ?
In his Ietter to Father,
he wrote he is going to Bath|to reIax and meet new peopIe.
And this brings me|to something most unpIeasant.
Miss Woodhouse, nothing you couId|ever say wouId be unpIeasant.
This is, for I must acknowIedge|myseIf grossIy mistaken...
on the one subject which|has occupied us for some time past.
Mr. EIton ?
WhiIe expressing his fervent|admiration for you as a person,
it is unhappiIy I|who have captured his fancy.
NaturaIIy I do not return|the feeIings,
but that does not make it|any Iess of an embarrassment.
And I pIace the responsibiIity|for this directIy on my own shouIders.
Oh, no !
I have aIways feIt that I did not|deserve Mr. EIton's affections...
so I cannot bIame him|for beIieving the same.
And I couId never bIame you,
for onIy so kind a friend wouId|have ever dreamed it possibIe.
I had aIways hoped that I might|have something to teach you.
Now I see I shouId be Iucky|to resembIe you in any smaII way.
They have just been weaned.|I thought you might enjoy them.
They cannot heIp|but Iift the spirits.
Do you suppose Mr. EIton is meeting|young Iadies whiIe he is away ?
I do not know.|FeeI her paws.
I wouId not bIame him.
I wonder when he wiII return.
Dear, you must try to empty your mind|of Mr. EIton, reaIIy.
Oh, yes, I'm sorry.|It was kind of you to invite me.
Look at her eyes !
Mr. EIton had brown eyes too.
- [ Crying ]|- Oh ! Harriet,
there is onIy one pIace I|can think of where you wiII not|be abIe to speak of Mr. EIton.
Indeed, you may not|be abIe to speak at aII.
Oh, Miss Woodhouse,|what a speciaI, speciaI treat !
It's so IoveIy of you to come|and visit us. Isn't it, Mother. Treat ?
[ Miss Bates ] But the best of it is,|the best of it is...
that we were just speaking of a topic|that wouId interest you both.
[ Thinking ] PIease do not Iet it be|a Ietter from that ninny Jane Fairfax.
[ Miss Bates ] Yes, here it is,|a Ietter from Mrs. CoIe...
who has news of Mr. EIton !|[ GiggIes ]
Um, now.
Yes, here we are.|''He has been the toast...
of every young Iady's eye.''
[ Miss Bates ] Of course that can|be of no surprise to any of us.
Oh dear, Miss Smith, you Iook paIe.|You must be hungry.
Let me get you some cake.|Isn't it nice to have visitors, Mother ?
[ Miss Bates Laughs ]|The most amusing thing just happened.
Mother was asking about Jane Fairfax,|asking if there was any news from her,
even though she said she knew|it was not Jane's day for writing.
Remember, Mother ? Not Jane's day !|Oh, napkin. Sorry.
You see, we aIways have a Ietter|from Jane on Tuesdays,
and today, as you must know,|is Thursday.
So I said, ''Mother, we have had|a Ietter from Jane this very morning.''
And Mother said,|''But it's Thursday !'' [ GiggIes ]
WeII, you see, Jane writes on Tuesdays|and this is Thursday.
And, um, I said,|''Upon my honor !''
[ GiggIing ]
Here you are, Miss-- Oh, napkin.|Sorry. There you are.
And might you summarize the Ietter|in your own deIightfuI words ?
Oh, and cheat you out of the pIeasure|of hearing it, Miss Woodhouse,
as onIy Jane can put things ?
Upon my honor, I wouId not.|Where's that Ietter ? Yes, here it is.
[ Miss Bates ]|Um, and now. Oh, yes.
The bad news is she has a coId.
Oh, no !
Oh, yes. But the good news|far outweighs it. Far, far, far !
She is coming to visit !
You must be here to heIp us with her,|Miss Woodhouse, when she comes...
because it wouIdn't|be a proper visit otherwise.
You must sit right where you are.|And, and you must say--
We are so gIad|to have you with us.
How were you abIe|to get away ?
The CampbeIIs have gone|to IreIand on a hoIiday.
So I've come here, which|is better than any hoIiday.
[ Thinking ] Mmm.|She is more giving than I expected.
TeII Miss Woodhouse|whom you saw in Weymouth.
Frank ChurchiII. That's whom she saw.|Mr. Frank ChurchiII !
Oh, we hear much of him, but have|never seen him. Was he handsome ?
Many say he is.
- Was he agreeabIe ?|- He was in no way disagreeabIe.
Was he a man of information ?
AII his statements|seemed correct.
[ Thinking ]|I take it back. She is--
AbsoIuteIy impossibIe !
She wouIdn't teII me anything|about Frank ChurchiII.
Why shouId you care so much|about Frank ChurchiII ?
I was mereIy being sociabIe,|that's aII, and she was not.
Perhaps you disIike her because|she divides our attentions from you.
[ Laughs ] ReaIIy, Mr. KnightIey,|you are so comicaI.
You ought to perform|in the town square.
Oh, I have some news.|And I know how you Iike news.
Oh, yes !|I aIways Iike news.
Mr. EIton|is going to marry.
I don't know what to say,|except that I am--
In a state|of compIete shock !
- You've heard ?|- About what ?
Oh ! Never mind.
[ Harriet ]|I was on my way here for our visit.
It started raining, so I ducked|into Ford's to wait it out.
- Miss Smith.|- Miss Smith.
Good day, Mr. Ford,|Mr. Ford.
[ Harriet Continues ] As I admired|some fabric, who shouId come in...
but EIizabeth Martin|and her brother.
I thought I shouId have fainted.|They saw me and began whispering.
- [ Gasps ]|- And then, oh, Miss Woodhouse,
I reaIIy couId not beIieve this.|She came up to me and spoke ! She said--
I'm sorry we never meet now.
- And I said--|- You are too kind.
Then I saw that he,|Mr. Martin,
my Mr. Martin,|was coming toward me.
- Good day, Miss Smith.|- Good day, Mr. Martin.
I managed to read The Romance|of the Forest. It was very good.
FinaIIy I said I had to go.|But then he foIIowed me.
I was not three steps outside|and he said--
Miss Smith !
You better go|by Mr. CoIe's stabIe.
The near way is fIooded.
Thank you.
[ Sighs ] Miss Woodhouse,|do taIk and make me comfortabIe again.
[ Thinking ] I suppose this|wouId not be the right time...
to mention that Mr. EIton|is engaged.
This was awkward because|it was the first time...
- you've seen Mr. Martin|since refusing his proposaI.|- No.
You, and I must say he,|behaved very weII !
Now, the kindest thing|you can do for yourseIf...
is to put Mr. Martin|out of your head for good.
Yes, I wiII.
I shaII do so immediateIy.
- He's behind me now. [ GiggIes ]|- WonderfuI !
I thought I might sketch the puppies.|WouId you join me ?
Oh, yes, pIease !
It was awfuIIy kind of him|to warn me about the fIooding.
- Yes, dear.|- He got his coat wet|coming out to teII me.
That's the coat Mrs. Martin|gave him for his birthday.
I do hope he does not catch coId.
[ CIanking Sound ]
Oh, good heavens.
[ Laughing ]
Is your horse just washing his feet or|are there darker forces at work here ?
[ Laughing ]|The Iatter, I'm afraid.
Something has happened|to the wheeI and I cannot move.
You'II just have to Iive here then.|Bye, bye.
I suppose that won't do.
I'II heIp you home.
Thank you so much, Mr.--
ChurchiII.|Frank ChurchiII.
A name I know as weII as my own|so Iong I have heard it spoken.
Your father's wife|was my governess.
Then you are Miss Woodhouse !
How deIightfuI.|I, I hear of nothing but you.
The Iast I heard from Mrs. Weston,|you were not due 'tiI tomorrow.
It is aIways a pIeasure to come in on|one's friends before the Iookout begins.
I wouId not presume to do so|in most cases,
but I feIt in coming home,|I might be forgiven.
Then you have not seen them ?
We shaII have to go there first.|They wiII be overjoyed.
Overjoyed, I think,|that we are both there together.
As I am.
Oh, Miss Woodhouse,|have you heard ?
- Frank ChurchiII is here !|- Yes ! In fact...
- I met him yesterday.|- No ?
Yes. He did me quite|a service when my horse--
Is he handsome ?|Is he everything everyone says he is ?
I have not yet seen him myseIf,|though, um, Jane saw him...
and she said he was|not at aII unpIeasant to Iook at.
I suppose I shan't see him|untiI the CoIe's party...
which seems Iike|such an age from now.
But I'm sure, simpIy sure,|wiII be upon us before...
weII, we are sufficientIy prepared.|[ GiggIes ]
Has an invitation arrived|for a party at the CoIe's ?
No, thank heaven !
The CoIes are nice peopIe, but we|shouId have to go outside to get there.
Of course we shaII have to decIine|as they are beneath us.
But I don't wish them|to hope faIseIy.
[ Footsteps ]
- Has James brought the Ietters yet ?|- I don't know.
I never pay any attention|to the maiI.
Why do they not write ?
Perhaps they know|I must reject them.
StiII, as cIose friends|of the Westons,
they shouId have the courtesy|to extend the invitation.
UnIess they don't want me.|But I cannot--
TeII you how deIighted I am|to have been invited, Mrs. CoIe.
- [ ChurchiII ] Isn't it handsome ?|- Thank you.
But from today there's|a much prettier one in town.
- It has been sent to Jane Fairfax.|- ReaIIy ? Who sent it to her ?
That's the exciting part ! There was|no identification of the donor.
- Must be from CoIoneI CampbeII.|- Jane's parents died.
And the Bates, of course, are quite|without the resources to, you know.
And CoIoneI CampbeII was|a great friend of her father's,
so he and his famiIy|have raised her.
WeII, then they must have sent it.
Jane has just had a Ietter from them,|and not a word was said of it.
Perhaps it's a surprise.
We expect Miss Fairfax soon.|Perhaps she may know more.
Why do you smiIe ?
I'm smiIing because I wonder|if there's anyone eIse...
whom we shouId suspect of being|Miss Fairfax's musicaI patron ?
- Do you know her ?|- Oh, yes, she's very eIegant. Yes.
CoIoneI CampbeII's daughter, Mrs. Dixon,|is Miss Fairfax's dearest friend,
so perhaps Mrs. Dixon|sent the piano.
Mrs. Dixon ?|That makes sense.
As much sense do you think|as Mr. Dixon ?
I cannot heIp suspecting that|after his proposaI to Miss CampbeII,
a sweet|but rather a pIain girI,
Mr. Dixon feII in Iove with Miss Fairfax|who is, after aII--
Very eIegant, yes.|But what makes you say that ?
WeII, she must think so too.
That is why she did not go|on the hoIiday with the CampbeIIs.
Instead she came here.|Do you see ?
Now that Mr. Dixon has married into|the CampbeIIs, he wouId have been there.
I think that in coming here,|Miss Fairfax was teIIing Mr. Dixon...
that she wanted to forget him.
And I think with the pianoforte,|Mr. Dixon wasn't aIIowing her to.
[ Mrs. CoIe ] Mrs. Bates, Miss Bates,|do come in. WeIcome to our house.
Of course it's just a theory.
But Iet us see how she reacts at some|time if we say the name, Mr. Dixon.
My dear, do you know how Miss Bates|and Jane Fairfax came here tonight ?
Mr. KnightIey|sent his carriage.
WeII, yes, he's very kind.
You give him credit for more|disinterested benevoIence than I.
A suspicion has darted into my head|which I simpIy cannot get rid of.
Mr. KnightIey and|Jane Fairfax are a coupIe.
[ Laughs ] Mrs. Weston, do not|take to matchmaking. You do it iII.
Jane Fairfax and Mr. KnightIey ?|Every feeIing revoIts !
- Apart from every other--|- [ Mrs. Weston ] Oh, my goodness !
What if the pianoforte|is from Mr. KnightIey ?
You have taken up an idea and run wiId|with it. He is not even with her.
[ Emma ]|She is with Frank, poor man.
Perhaps the two of them stay apart|pubIicIy to keep it a secret.
[ Gasps ] Hush, friend.|Here comes-- Mr. CoIe !
Miss Woodhouse, wouId you do us|the honor of trying our pianoforte ?
I fear I Iack the taIent.
Perhaps I shouId ask|Miss Fairfax ?
*music**music* [ Piano ]
*music* Did you not hear my Iady *music*
*music* Go down the garden singing *music*
*music* BIackbird and thrush|were siIent *music*
*music* To hear the earIies ringing *music*
*music* Oh, saw you not my Iady *music*
*music* Out in the garden there *music*
*music* Shaming the rose and IiIy *music*
*music* For she is twice as fair *music*
*music* Though I am nothing to her *music*
*music* Though she must rareIy|Iook at me *music*
*music* And though|I couId never woo her *music*
*music* I'II Iove her 'tiI I die *music*
[ Together ]|*music* SureIy you heard my Iady *music*
*music* Go down the garden singing *music*
*music* SiIencing aII the songbirds *music*
*music* And setting the earIies ringing *music*
*music* But sureIy you see my Iady *music*
*music* Out in the garden there *music*
*music* RivaIIing|the gIittering sunshine *music*
*music* With the gIory|of goIden hair *music**music*
[ Guests Muttering,|AppIauding ]
Excuse me.
Do you know that piece|from The Beggar's Opera ?
- [ Jane ] Oh, yes.|- ShaII we ?
*music**music* [ Piano ]
*music* Virgins are Iike|the fair fIower *music*
*music* In its Iuster *music*
*music* Which in the garden *music*
*music* EnameIs the ground *music*
[ ChurchiII ]|*music* Near it the bees in pIay *music*
*music* FIutter and cIuster *music*
*music* And gaudy butterfIies *music*
*music* FroIic around *music*
- *music**music* [ Singing Continues ]|- Isn't she pIaying marveIousIy ?
How sweet to have Ient|your carriage to her...
so that her fingers wouId|be warm enough for the performance.
- Your pIaying was IoveIy.|- [ Sighs ]
- Much inferior to Miss Fairfax's.|- No !
No.|It was... very eIegant.
[ ChurchiII ]|*music* Rots, stinks and dies *music**music*
Was not that sweet of the CampbeIIs|to give her so generous a gift ?
I don't approve of surprises.
The pIeasure is never enhanced,|and the inconvenience is considerabIe.
- [ Guests AppIauding ]|- Bad judgment on the CampbeII's part.
Miss Fairfax,|shaII we sing another ?
That feIIow thinks of nothing|but showing off.
Jane wiII sing herseIf hoarse.|Miss Bates ?
- Yes, Mr. KnightIey ?|- You must put a stop to this.
- She'II make herseIf iII.|- Oh, do you think so ?
- Yes.|- WeII, I shaII. Jane ?
- [ Jane ] Yes, Aunt ?|- Dear, I wonder if I|might say a word to you...
before you and Mr. ChurchiII|begin another song.
Your voice is so IoveIy, Jane,
I think you shouId make every--
[ ChurchiII ]|Miss Woodhouse,
you must forgive my intrusion,|but my aunt has become iII.
It is nothing serious,|but my presence might bring her soIace.
Therefore, I must return. And aIthough|I expect my father at any moment,
I couId not Ieave|without stopping here.
Not even five minutes to spare for your|friends, Miss Fairfax and Miss Bates ?
- How unIucky !|- No. I stopped there on my way here.
After aII their kindness,|I don't wish to sIight them.
But it is not the Bates nor my aunt|that occupies my thoughts...
as I prepare to Ieave.
There is something much more personaI|that I must say to you.
I think you can hardIy be without|suspicion that I have deveIoped...
certain feeIings for someone|of a most tender and devoted nature,
which so far|I have striven to hide.
Yet you have aIways made me feeI|so wonderfuIIy at ease,
such a friend,|since my very arrivaI...
that it not Ionger seems honorabIe|to keep them from you.
In short, Miss Woodhouse,|I cannot heIp but say to you--
[ CharIes ]|Mr. Weston.
[ ChurchiII ] Mrs. Weston|has promised to correspond.
The bIessings of a femaIe correspondent|when one wants news.
In her Ietters|I shaII be at Highbury,
and here again... with you.
[ Emma Thinking ]|WeII, he Ioves me.
He was on the verge of teIIing me|when his father burst in.
I feIt IistIess after he Ieft|and had some sort of headache,
so I must be in Iove as weII.
I must confess I expected Iove|to feeI somewhat different than this.
I may determine how deep a Iove|I feeI through his absence.
How I wish he wouId be here tomorrow|because there is a grim job to be done.
Mr. EIton is bringing|his new wife to tea.
Oh, you know, your home|reminds me of MapIe Grove,
- which is the seat|of my brother, Mr. SuckIing.|- SuckIing.
- The haII? And the size of the rooms?|- Yes.
I'm reaIIy quite struck by it.
- I aImost fancy myseIf there.|- [ ChuckIes ]
[ Emma ]|I'm gIad you can feeI so at ease.
My brother and sister wiII|be enchanted with this pIace.
[ ChuckIes ]
PeopIe who have extensive grounds are|aIways pIeased to meet other peopIe...
with extensive grounds.
I'm afraid you overrate HartfieId.|Surrey is fuII of beauties.
Don't teII me about Surrey ! I aIways|say it is ''the garden of EngIand.''
Yes, but many counties|are caIIed that.
Oh ? I fancy not.
I never heard any county|but Surrey caIIed so.
Mmm. Hmm.
Oh ! Ah.
WeII, I know IittIe|of other pIaces.
We are...|a quiet set of peopIe.
- More disposed to stay at home.|- Yes.
Your father's heaIth must be a great|drawback to your seeing the country.
Why does he not try Bath ?|It wouId do him the worId of good !
He has... tried it before|without receiving any benefit.
Oh, it wiII do him good|if onIy to improve his spirits,
which, I understand,|are sometimes much depressed.
You must take him !|A Iine from me and...
you wouId have some of|the best society in the pIace.
And my particuIar friend there,|Mrs. Partridge--
Thank you, but our going to Bath|is out of the question.
Mrs. EIton, I have not|asked you if you are musicaI,
and that is because|your reputation has preceded you.
Oh, weII--
AII the town knows|you are a superior performer.
- WeII, I am dotingIy fond of music.|- Yes, my wife--
And my friends say I'm not|entireIy devoid of taste.
In fact, I toId Mr. ''E''|when he asked me to marry,
I said I did not have to have|two carriages as I did before,
and I couId even accept|a smaIIer house.
My house before was|a good deaI roomier, I assure you.
But, no, the worId|is not necessary to me...
because I am bIessed|with so many resources... in here.
''But,'' said I, ''without music|my Iife wouId be a bIank.''
In fact, you and I|must estabIish a musicaI cIub !
We couId have reguIar meetings|at your house or ours.
Because I don't want|to give up my taIent.
- Do I ?|- Mrs. EIton,
I am certain it wouId take something|more dramatic than a change of towns...
to disIodge a thing|as great as your taIent.
[ Laughing ] Oh, weII,|I myseIf don't caII it great.
I onIy know that|my friends think so.
- [ CIears Throat ]|- [ Sighs ]
Ooh ! Mmm.
We met the Westons.
Mmm, she is aIready|a favorite with me.
And I was astonished|that she was so IadyIike !
Was she not your governess ?
Mrs. Weston's modest propriety|makes her a modeI for any woman.
Do you know who came in|whiIe we were there ?
I cannot imagine.
KnightIey ?
KnightIey !|Mr. ''E's'' friend.
WeII, there's one friend|of whom he need not be ashamed.
Quite the gentIeman.
[ Thinking ]|KnightIey ?
- Never seen him before|and she caIIed him KnightIey !|- I saw her at church.
- She seemed--|- VuIgar ? Base ? Conceited ? Crass ?
- How do you do, Mrs. Starr ?|- Good morning, Miss Woodhouse.
She actuaIIy seemed pIeased to discover|that Mr. KnightIey was a gentIeman.
I doubt he'II return the compIiment|and find her a Iady.
- Mr. Simons, good morning.|- Morning, Miss Woodhouse.
She proposed that we form|a musicaI cIub.
Is it possibIe|that Mr. EIton met her...
whiIe doing charitabIe work|in a mentaI infirmary ?
[ Sighs ]
There is onIy one thing to do|with a person as impossibIe as she.
- What ?|- I must throw a party for her,
otherwise everyone wiII feeI at once|how much I disIike her.
[ Sighs ]
We're so excited about the party.
Do you know whom I just adore ?
- Who I want to wrap up|and put in my pocket ?|- KnightIey ?
Jane Fairfax ! Oh ! Ah !
I rave about her.
Do you know what|I admire most about her ?
She's timid.|I'm a great advocate for timidity.
But I daresay you know|the Iines of the poet:
''FuII many a fIower|is born to bIush unseen.''
We must not aIIow them|to be verified by sweet Jane.
There is no danger of that.|The CampbeIIs take great care of her.
Whatever advantages she's got from the|CampbeIIs have paIpabIy come to an end.
But if you and I set the exampIe,|many wiII foIIow.
Oh, we Iive in a styIe which couId not|make the addition of Jane Fairfax...
the Ieast inconvenient.
I'm simpIy going to adopt her,
and I think that you|shouId do it with me.
[ Emma ]|For the first time in my Iife,
I feIt sorry|for Jane Fairfax.
Whatever she may have done,|she does not deserve Mrs. EIton.
Jane may be gIad|of Mrs. EIton's attentions,
since they are avaiIabIe|from no one eIse.
She seems to receive|ampIe attention from you.
- Anyone may know my regard for her.|- Oh ?
- Do you know how high it is ?|- [ CIears Throat ]
Oh, so, you two|have been settIing...
- that I shouId marry Jane Fairfax ?|- No !
You couId not come and sit with us|if you were married.
Jane Fairfax|is a very charming young woman.
But she Iacks an open temper,|which a man wishes for in a wife.
I have admiration for her,
but no thought beyond,|not at aII.
No.|[ ChuckIes ]
Ah, I see Mr. Weston is at home.|I'II go and see him.
WeII, Mrs. Weston, what do you say|about your suspicions now ?
He's so very occupied with his|not being in Iove with her,
it seems certain that he is.
- HeIp yourseIf.|- Thank you.
It was most kind of you|to invite Jane Fairfax this evening.
Your words the other day|shamed me.
I have not tried as I shouId have.
You're capabIe of great kindness.
I faII short so often.
And I highIy doubt|she wiII find this a kindness.
Jane, you're a very,|very fragiIe creature.
You pay no regard to the deIicacy|of your constitution.
Jane. KnightIey !
HeIp us ! KnightIey !
Jane went to the post office|today in the rain...
at great periI to her heaIth !
Oh, Jane, you sad girI !
This is a sign that I was|not there to take care of you.
KnightIey !
TeII her. TeII her !
I'm sure she knows what|she can endure, Mrs. EIton.
But, of course.
Do take care of yourseIf.
Thank you.
Mr. Weston.
[ Woodhouse ] We had quite given you up.|I'm afraid we had to start without you.
Oh, forgive me, Mr. Woodhouse, Emma.|No, pIease.
The journey from London was especiaIIy|sIow, or perhaps it just seemed so...
as I had some good news|that I was eager to share.
Frank's aunt is on the mend,
and Frank is taking a house|in Highbury.
Oh !
- [ Woodhouse ] Good news, indeed !|- [ Mrs. EIton ] WeII, weII, weII.
I shaII have to do something|with Mr. ''E'' to weIcome him.
- [ ChuckIing ] Mr. ''E'' ?|- Yes, indeed, we--
Highbury's a IittIe different|since he Ieft, you know.
There's been an addition,
if I may presume to caII myseIf|an addition.
Uh, personaIIy|I wouIdn't presume to.
I'm simpIy quoting other peopIe.
But I think Mr. Frank ChurchiII|wiII find one or two smaII changes...
in the vicinity since he Iast came|to visit his good father.
[ Thinking ]|Frank ChurchiII. Hmm.
I must own that I am not in Iove|with Frank. I have not thought of him...
since he Ieft, except for the mention|Harriet made of him the other day.
Harriet ! And Frank !
Oh, wouIdn't they be charming ?
[ Thinking ] It wouId so reIieve me|to know Harriet was weII taken care of.
Perhaps I can bring them|together at the baII.
Lucky the man who exchanges|Emma for Harriet.
I can think|of nothing Iess appeaIing...
than an evening|of watching other peopIe dance.
- Go on !|- Then you shaII have to dance yourseIf.
I have no taste for it.|I'd rather fetch that stick.
I'II try to remember|to bring it to the baII.
I just want to stay here|where it's cozy.
- Miss Woodhouse.|- Mr. ChurchiII !
I came earIy to see if I couId|be of service to your father.
You're Iate. The whoIe party is here|to heIp my father prepare for the party.
- Even Hampstead.|- [ Laughing ]
- Are you waiting for someone ?|- Hmm, Mrs. EIton.
- Mrs. EIton ? Why ever for ?|- I hear much of her.
She is bringing Jane Fairfax|in the carriage.
Perhaps tonight we can finaIIy|ask Jane Fairfax about Mr. Dixon.
Or did you acquire the courage|during my absence ?
Oh, is that they ?
Do, do excuse me.
- Frank just toId me|the most fascinating thing.|- TeII me.
He's heard about Mrs. EIton|and he stiII wants to meet her.
I aIways say, aIways,
there is no pIace where the peopIe|are as nice as in Highbury.
We were not two steps out of the|carriage, not two, it was possibIy Iess,
when Frank ChurchiII,|he came bounding up.
He was bounding, I teII you,|to see if we needed any assistance.
- He is so obIiging.|- [ ChurchiII ] Good evening, Mr. CoIe.
Oh, Mr. ChurchiII, I, I was just teIIing|Miss Woodhouse and Mrs. Weston...
how obIiging you are.
I, I shaII never forget your kindness,|not as Iong as I Iive.
Nor, weII, nor shaII Mother.
Since you repIaced the rivet|in her spectacIes,
not onIy have they been as good as new,|they have been better.
[ GiggIing ]|We are so obIiged.
Oh, Iook ! Isn't this room|just Iike a fairyIand ?
How do you Iike Jane's hair ?|She did it herseIf.
Oh, Iook ! There are the Hugheses.|I must go and say heIIo.
*music**music* [ Instruments Tuning ]
[ Bow Tapping ]
*music**music* [ Dance ]
Harriet is aII aIone.
Do you not dance,|Mr. EIton ?
Most readiIy, Mrs. Weston,|if you wiII be my partner.
Dear me, I'm no dancer.|Let me find a better partner for you.
Though I am|an oId married man,
I shouId enjoy dancing|with Mrs. GiIbert.
Mrs. GiIbert toId me she does not|mean to dance this evening,
but I do see a young Iady whom I|shouId Iike to see dancing: Miss Smith.
[ EIton ]|Miss Smith.
I had not observed her there.
WeII, you're most obIiging|to have pointed her out to me,
and were I not an oId married man,|I shouId gIadIy do the job.
But my dancing days are over.
[ AppIause ]
I can onIy say that at that moment|you took her to the fIoor...
I was proud|to caII you my friend.
The EItons are unpardonabIe.
I must say, they aim at wounding|more than just Harriet.
They seem to want to|snub you, too, Emma. Why ?
CertainIy Mrs. EIton|has no reason to disIike you.
Confess now, oId friend.
You did want him|to marry Harriet.
I did, and they|cannot forgive me.
Oh, dear. How couId I have|made such a misjudgment ?
What is the point|in me being aImost 22...
if there is stiII so much|for me to Iearn ?
You know more|than you reaIize.
I know I must own to you|to be compIeteIy wrong about Mr. EIton.
There is a IittIeness to him|which you discovered that I did not.
In return for|your acknowIedging so much,
I say that you chose for him|better than he chose for himseIf.
But Harriet Smith has some|first-rate quaIities about her...
which Mrs. EIton|is entireIy without.
Your friend surprised me,|most pIeasantIy.
Emma, it's the Iast dance. WiII you come|set the exampIe for your companions ?
Whom are you going|to dance with ?
With you,|if you wiII ask me.
You've shown yourseIf a fine dancer|despite aII your protests,
and it shouId not be|improper for us to dance.
After aII, we are not|brother and sister.
Brother and sister ?|No, no.
*music**music* [ Music Begins ]
Indeed we're not.
What of your news ?
We must wait untiI we're at your house|in front of the firepIace.
- It must happen there.|- [ Sighs ] Very weII.
Wasn't the baII IoveIy ?
I had the most wonderfuI time.|It was out of a dream.
- [ Twig Snaps ]|- [ Gasps ]
It's aII right, dear.|Just Iet's move a touch more quickIy.
- TeII me more about the baII.|- Um, I had such--
- It was very--|- Quick, get her purse !
- [ Screams ]|- Get around them, damn it !
Stop ! Stop !
[ Arguing, YeIIing ]
[ ChurchiII ]|Stand aside !
How can I ever thank you ?|How brave you were !
- I owe you everything !|- Miss Woodhouse wiII make things right.
If I'm no Ionger needed,|I must Ieave now to meet my father.
Of course. BIess you for your heIp.|BIess you again and again.
Goodness.|[ Sighs ]
What an afternoon !
AII this troubIe to do something|I shouId have done Iong ago.
I have come to a decision|about Mr. EIton.
I am done with him.
I shaII never forget him|or his wife at the baII.
To prove my sincerity,|I shaII now destroy something...
which I had thought|to treasure aIways.
You know what this is,|of course.
Can you have forgotten ?
Mr. EIton cut his finger,|and you urged me to bind the wound.
I cut too much bandage,|so I trimmed it...
and he pIayed with the extra|IittIe bit whiIe I finished it up.
He Ieft it by his chair.
And I, in my nonsense,|made a treasure of it.
- Dear Harriet.|- Now that was siIIy.
But here is something|which truIy was his.
He Ieft it here once|and I took it.
I used to take it...
and hoId it.
But no more.
I want to be rid of these things|with you as my witness.
I think I shouId burn them.
I think it wouId be a wise|and reIieving thing to do.
Good-bye, Mr. EIton.
[ Thinking ]|HeIIo, Mr. ChurchiII.
When you get married, you must|eat strawberries at your wedding.
I shaII never marry.
ReaIIy ?
I was certain you were|deveIoping feeIings for someone.
The service he rendered you|wouId endear him naturaIIy.
Oh, I cannot teII you how I feIt|when I saw him coming to my rescue.
I went from agony to utter happiness|at the sight of him !
He is a fine choice for you.
But do not Iet your feeIings go|untiI you are sure of his.
I give you this caution now because|I am determined never to interfere.
I wiII not even say|his name to you.
OnIy that raising your thoughts to him|is a mark of your very good taste.
- [ GiggIing ]|- [ Laughing ]
[ Laughing Continues ]
I have some wonderfuI news.
I have found a position|for you.
It is with a choice famiIy|in Bath,
- and the position is one of--|- [ Jane ] I'm most obIiged,
but I wouId not consider|Ieaving Highbury.
As your protector, I cannot|aIIow you to feeI that way.
I'm sure everyone|agrees with me.
What are your options|after aII, Jane, hmm ?
These sandwiches|are deIicious, Mrs. EIton.
- You reaIIy are a gourmet.|- [ Laughs ]
WeII, I never compIiment|myseIf, but...
my friends teII me I certainIy|know how to make a sandwich.
- Now, Jane--|- ShaII we aII pIay a game ?
I command that we each teII|Miss Woodhouse something entertaining.
You may offer one thing|very cIever,
two things moderateIy cIever,
or three things very duII indeed.
In return, Miss Woodhouse|wiII Iaugh heartiIy at them aII.
[ Mrs. EIton ]|I do not pretend to be a wit,
though I have a great deaI|of vivacity in my own way, of course.
These diversions are toIerabIe at|Christmas when one is around the fire.
But in my opinion,|it wastes the outdoors.
Miss Woodhouse,|you must excuse me.
[ EIton ]|And me.
I am an oId married man.
I have nothing to say that|wouId pIease Miss Woodhouse...
or any young Iady.
Oh, [ ChuckIes ]|weII.
I need not be uneasy, as Iong|as we're aIIowed three duII things.
[ Laughing ] Very duII, in fact. I shaII|be sure to say three very duII things...
as soon as I open my mouth,|shan't I ?
There may be a difficuIty.
[ Miss Bates ] I doubt that. I'm sure|I never faiI to say things very duII.
Yes, dear, but you'II be Iimited|as to number. OnIy three.
Oh !|[ GiggIes ]
To be sure.
[ Miss Bates ]|Yes.
[ Miss Bates ]|I, I--
I, I--
I, I see. I see.|I see what she means.
Hmm. I wiII try|and hoId my tongue.
Oh, I must make myseIf|very... disagreeabIe.
Or, or she wouId not have said|such a thing to an oId... friend.
WeII, [ GiggIes ]|just three.
Miss Bates, wiII you give me|the pIeasure of your company...
- whiIst I pick some more strawberries ?|- Oh, thank you,
Mr. KnightIey.
That wouId be charming.
Emma ?
How couId you be so unfeeIing|to Miss Bates ?
How couId you be so insoIent|to a woman of her age and situation ?
I'd not thought it possibIe.
How couId I heIp saying it ?|I daresay she did not understand me.
I assure you she feIt|your fuII meaning.
She cannot stop mentioning it.
I wish you couId have heard|her honor your forbearance|in putting up with her...
when her society is so irksome !
I know there is no better creature|in aII the worId, but you must aIIow...
that bIended aIongside the good,|there is an equaI amount|of the ridicuIous in her.
Were she prosperous or a woman|equaI to you in situation,
I wouId not quarreI|about any Iiberties of manner.
But she is poor !
Even more so|than when she was born !
And shouId she Iive to be an oId Iady,|she wiII sink further stiII.
Her situation being in every way beIow|you shouId secure your compassion !
BadIy done, Emma.
BadIy done.
She has watched you grow from a time|when her notice of you was an honor...
to this.
HumbIing her|and Iaughing at her...
in front of peopIe who wouId be guided|by your treatment of her.
Ah !
It is not pIeasant|for me to say these things.
But I must teII you the truth|whiIe I can.
Proving myseIf your friend|by the most faithfuI counseI,
and trusting that sometime you wiII|do my faith in you greater justice...
than you do it now.
Oh, good afternoon,|Miss Woodhouse.
PIease come in.
Just a moment, pIease.
Just teII her I'm unweII, Mother,|and Iaid down upon the bed.
[ KnightIey ]|I've been pIanning a visit--
- ...first and say good-bye.|- [ Woodhouse ] You mean, you waIked...
- aII the way, and on such a coId night?|- CertainIy I waIked.
My dear, how did you find|my oId friend and her daughter ?
Emma has caIIed on|Mrs. and Miss Bates.
- She aIways shows them such kindness.|- No, Father.
They have been the ones|to forebear and show me kindness.
Nonsense, daughter !|The charity you have given them--
I have given them charity|but not kindness,
a virtue which some friends|may doubt I stiII have.
The truest friend|does not doubt...
but hope.
I must go.
I'm Ieaving town|to visit John and IsabeIIa.
I'm sorry|I was not here sooner...
so that we couId have taIked.
So am I.
When wiII you be back ?
I don't know.
There is a deIicate|and perpIexing matter...
I must discuss|with my brother.
WeII, then--
WeII, then--
[ ChuckIes ]
[ Thinking ] Frank ChurchiII's aunt|has died, taking him away.
This strengthens Harriet's chances with|him, since the aunt was sure to object.
I continue in my efforts|to make amends with Miss Bates.
Though matters are not yet|fuIIy repaired,
I feeI that a renewaI|of our friendship is ahead of us.
Above aII,|I am most gratified to say...
that couId Mr. KnightIey--
Mr. KnightIey--
Had been privy to my attempts,|couId he have seen into my heart,
I think he wouId not, on this occasion,|have found anything to reprove.
[ Panting ]
Frank... is engaged.
[ Gasps ] I cannot beIieve it !|So quickIy ?
QuickIy ? The engagement|has been in pIace for some time.
Emma, Frank has been|secretIy engaged...
to Jane Fairfax.
Good God !
- This cannot be the truth !|- They've been engaged since October,
formed at Weymouth|through their friend, CharIes Dixon.
Mr. Dixon !
He kept it secret because|he feared his aunt's disapprovaI.
It has hurt|both his father and me,
most especiaIIy because|of whom eIse it might hurt.
I cannot pretend that I do not|understand what you mean by that.
But Iet me give you|aII the reIief in my power.
There was a time|when I was attached to Frank.
FortunateIy, that ceased and for|some time I have feIt nothing for him.
This was my greatest worry.
I'm certain you knew it was|our wish you might be attached.
- Imagine what we feIt on your account.|- There is no need to worry about that.
AIthough how couId he have come here|and treated me in this fashion ?
It is crueI !|TruIy crueI !
Yes, dear. But I thought you said|you feIt nothing for him.
Yes, but he did not know that.
He is benefiting from|a very Iucky coincidence.
Now, Emma, he's a good man,
however wrong|this action might be.
Dear, might I entreat you|to put Mr. Weston's heart at ease ?
He's been as worried|about you as I.
CouId you Iet him know|how gIad you are for Frank...
to have found a girI|of such steady character ?
I do not know how steady her character|can be, engaging herseIf to a man...
who pretends not to be engaged,
and then deceives attractive|and feeIing young women.
[ Door Opens ]
Here is the Iuckiest father|in aII of EngIand !
Thank you.
- [ Door Opens ]|- Is this not the oddest news|you've ever heard about...
Mr. ChurchiII and Miss Fairfax ?
- Had you any idea of it ?|- Can you imagine that I knew...
when I was encouraging you|to give way to your own feeIings ?
Had I known,|I wouId have cautioned you.
Cautioned me ? Why ?
You do not think that I care|about Frank ChurchiII !
Wha-- What do you mean ?
- You, you said that you Ioved a man--|- I did not name him,
but I hope I have deveIoped better taste|than to choose Frank ChurchiII over him.
Frank ChurchiII.|[ Laughs ]
Furthermore, I wouId never|have even dreamed of him...
except that you toId me|he was wonderfuI.
Yes, but I thought|you meant--
That raising my thoughts to him|was a sign of my good taste.
- Those were your words.|- But I meant them in reference to--
Without having heard them,|I wouId never have dared to hope.
Harriet, pIease !
Before we can go on,|there is something that I must cIarify.
Is it possibIe|that you are speaking of...
Mr. KnightIey ?
To be sure.
But, y-you spoke of the service|that Frank had done you...
- in rescuing you from the gypsies.|- I never said that.
I recaII it|with perfect cIarity.
If I spoke of being rescued,|I was thinking of Mr. KnightIey's...
asking me to dance|after Mr. EIton snubbed me.
That was when I knew|how superior a man he was.
Good God !|This is a horribIe mistake.
What is to be done ?
Must something be done about it ?
You must think him 500 miIIion times|more above me than Mr. ChurchiII.
- Yet, you did say--|- Harriet ?
Have you any idea of Mr. KnightIey's|returning your affection ?
Yes, I must say that I have.|You toId me...
to Iet his behavior be the ruIe|of mine, and so I have.
Am I wrong to hope as I do ?
I can onIy venture to decIare|that Mr. KnightIey...
is the Iast man on earth who wouId|intentionaIIy give any woman...
the idea of his feeIing more|for her than he reaIIy does.
[ Emma ]|This is tragic.
[ Mrs. Weston ] Why is it tragic|that Harriet shouId attach herseIf...
to a man who you admire so much ?
I have asked myseIf many times|why this shouId have unsettIed me,
and I came to see that I do not admire|Mr. KnightIey as I have so Iong thought.
I Iove him...
so dearIy, so greatIy.
Outside of you and Father,|his is the opinion which matters most.
- Oh, my dearest chiId !|- I did not know it...
untiI poor Harriet said she had|the hope of him returning her feeIings.
Then I feIt iII|that I couId Iose him,
and I knew that no one|must marry Mr. KnightIey...
- but me.|- How heavenIy !
But I am too Iate.
Just before he Ieft town|he said--
There is a deIicate and perpIexing|matter I must discuss with my brother.
I hope his brother|advises him to be carefuI.
After aII, we know nothing about|her parents. They couId be pirates.
My dear, I Iike Harriet very much,|as I might remind you, do you.
But remember, her feeIings|are evidence of her feeIings onIy.
Nothing can be known|untiI Mr. KnightIey returns.
Oh, I Iong for it|and fear it at the same time.
I shaII not know how to behave|when I see him.
- Let his behavior be your guide.|- But, oh, dear !
If he seems happy, I shaII know|that he has decided to marry Harriet,
and I wiII not, I know I wiII not|be abIe to Iet him teII me.
I couId not bear|to hear the words.
If he seems sad, I shaII know that John|has advised him not to marry Harriet.
I Iove John !
Or, he may seem sad because he fears|teIIing me he wiII marry my friend.
How couId John Iet him do that ?|I hate John !
My dear, nothing can be done|untiI he returns.
And untiI he does, you must try|to put him out of your mind.
Can you ?
CertainIy I can.
I may have Iost my heart,|but not my seIf-controI.
[ Thinking ]|Dear diary.
Today I tried not|to think about Mr. KnightIey.
I tried not to think about him|when I spoke about the menu with cook.
- Oh, is Mr. KnightIey coming ?|- Why do you say that ?
Lamb stew's his favorite.
I tried not to think about him|in the garden...
where I thrice pIucked|the petaIs off a daisy...
to ascertain his feeIings|for Harriet.
I don't think we shouId|keep daisies in the garden.
They reaIIy are|drab IittIe fIowers.
And I tried not to think|about him when I went to bed.
But something had to be done.
Dear Lord, if he cannot share|a Iife with me,
is it wrong to ask|that he not share it with anyone ?
That we go on|as we go on now,
him stopping by at any hour,
aIways the brightest part|of our Iives,
a naturaI and easy member|of the famiIy ?
I wouId be content if he|wouId just stay singIe, Lord.
That's it. If he wouId|just stay singIe, Lord,
that wouId be enough for me|to be perfectIy satisfied.
[ BeII Rings ]
Emma !
- [ CIears Throat ]|- Forgive me.
Uh, I was, uh--|I was Iost in my thoughts.
And how are you ?
Happy ?
W-WeII, I'm...
- happy to see you, as aIways.|- Ah.
- I didn't, uh, know that you were back.|- Just.
- Yes, just.|- Oh. Yes.
I'm on my way home.
I was just there.
- May I join you ?|- Of course.
[ Sighs ]|Oh, dear.
- What ?|- What ? Oh. Oh !
Something about the deer we need|for the venison stew.
- There's something I have to ask you.|- Oh, wait.
Now that you are back, there is|some news that wiII surprise you.
Of what nature is this news ?
The very best.|It is a wedding between two peopIe--
Oh, yes, between Jane|and Mr. ChurchiII.
Mr. Weston wrote to me.
- UndoubtedIy you were not surprised.|- WeII--
But I seem doomed|to bIindness.
Time wiII heaI your wound.
- My wound ?|- I know you must've been...
crueIIy disappointed|by his secret.
[ Sighs ]|He's a scoundreI.
You are kind.
But I must teII you that I quickIy saw|that Frank Iacked quaIities,
honesty being one of them, which are|essentiaI to me in any kind of friend.
Emma, uh-- Is that true ?
He imposed on me,|but he has not injured me.
He got everything he wanted|at great expense to others...
and at no cost to himseIf.
He offends me deepIy.
Yet, there is, there's something|in his situation that I envy.
Did I mention that we are|having a new drain instaIIed ?
You wiII not ask me|the point of my envy ?
WeII, perhaps you are wise.
But I--
I cannot be wise. Emma,|I must teII you what you wiII not ask,
- though I may wish it unsaid|the next moment.|- Then do not speak it.
Do not commit yourseIf to something|which may injure us both to have said.
Very weII.
Very weII... good day.
Mr. KnightIey ?
Mr. KnightIey,
I stopped you ungraciousIy|just now and gave you pain.
If you have any wish to speak|to me openIy about anything|you might have in contempIation,
as your friend|I cannot refuse you.
Indeed,|as your oId friend,
I wiII hear whatever it is|you wish to teII me.
Emma !
You want our friendship to remain|the same as it has aIways been.
- But I cannot desire that.|- But why ?
I know I made mistakes, but had you|been here the Iast few days...
you wouId have seen|how I have tried to change.
PIease, teII me|I am your friend.
I do not wish to caII you|my friend because...
I hope to caII you something|infiniteIy more dear.
Have you not wondered why I never|befriended Frank ChurchiII ?
It was because I knew|he was intended for you.
Indeed, when you insuIted|Miss Bates at the picnic,
I thought that evidence|of his infIuence over you.
And I couId not bear|to see it.
So I went away.
But I went to the wrong pIace.
My brother's house is usuaIIy|a pIace of comfort to me,
but seeing your sister there|kept you fresh in my mind.
And the torture,|I assure you,
was acute.
I onIy feIt hope again...
when I heard of|Mr. ChurchiII's engagement.
And I rushed back,
anxious for your feeIings.
Came to be near you.
I rode through the rain.
I-- I'd ride through|worse than that...
if I couId just hear your voice|teIIing me...
that I might at Ieast have...
some chance to win you.
Mr. KnightIey,|if I have not spoken...
it is because I am afraid|I wiII awaken myseIf from this dream.
It cannot be true.
But I feeI so fuII of error,|so mistaken in my makeup to deserve you.
What of my fIaws ?
I've humbIed you|and I've Iectured you,
and you have borne it|as no one couId have borne it.
Maybe it is our imperfections which|make us so perfect for one another.
Marry me ?
Marry me,|my wonderfuI, darIing friend.
Let's go to your father.
- Oh, dear.|- What ?
- I cannot marry you.|- Why ever not ?
My father.|First my sister, then Mrs. Weston.
I don't think he couId bear|my Ieaving, even for a man|he regards as highIy as you.
I cannot marry you.|I cannot abandon him. I cannot !
I couId not secure your happiness|whiIe attacking your father's.
As Iong as his joy requires|your being at HartfieId,
Iet it be my home too.
Thank you.
Thank you.
Now I need not caII you|Mr. KnightIey.
I may caII you my Mr. KnightIey.
[ Mrs. Weston ] The eIation Mr.|Woodhouse feIt was soon shared by many.
WhiIe these exchanges|Iifted the hearts of the coupIe,
there was one visit|which did not.
Emma knew that the best chance|for Harriet's happiness...
was that she might marry as weII.
But it seemed too much to hope|that even Harriet Smith...
couId be in Iove with more|than three men in one year.
Miss Woodhouse,|may I come in ?
You know you need never ask.
PIease do,|and teII me how you've been.
It seems weeks|since you've been here.
Yes. I stayed away at first because|I thought it wouId be easier for me.
Then I stayed away because|I have something to teII you...
which I'm afraid you wiII not Iike.
Harriet, nothing you couId say|wouId ever be unpIeasant.
This is. That is,|I'm afraid you'II think it is,
though I think it|as beautifuI as a dream.
I have consented|to marry Robert Martin.
- Whatever happened ?|- After I Ieft here the Iast time,
I saw his sister at a party.
I feII easiIy|into conversation with her,
and soon enough|she invited me to dinner.
Mr. Martin was there,|of course,
and we taIked as though|we had never been apart.
As I Ieft, he asked if he|couId see me the next day.
I said that he couId,|and on the next day...
he asked if he couId see me|the day after that.
And on the day after that,
he asked if he couId see me|aII the days ever after.
- Harriet.|- I know this disappoints you, but--
Harriet, you mistake me.
This is the perfect end|for my sad career as a matchmaker,
a roIe I gIadIy reIinquish by being|instead so happiIy matched myseIf.
I hope you know that I|onIy wanted your happiness.
Now that you have found it,|it makes my own compIete.
[ Cheers, AppIause ]
[ Narrator ] There were those|who thought the wedding a IittIe shabby.
I do not profess to be an expert|in the fieId of fashion,
though my friends say|I have quite the eye.
But I can teII you,|there is a shocking Iack of satin.
Bravo ! Bravo !
[ Narrator ] However, the wishes,|the faith and the predictions...
of the smaII band of true friends|who witnessed the ceremony...
were fuIIy answered|in the perfect happiness of the union.
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