“Now there would be great pleasure in her returning; everything would be a pleasure; it would be a great pleasure to know Robert Martin” (347).
I think this quote is a good example of how much Emma has changed in the novel and emphasizes her newly found maturity. It is an example of free indirect discourse in Emma’s point of view. It states that she is happy to have Harriet returning, which is evidence of true feelings towards Harriet, showing that Emma cares for her as a true friend and no longer treats her like a pawn. It also says that Emma would enjoy meeting Robert Martin. Not only does Emma wants to meet Robert Martin, but is happy about his and Harriet’s union. Emma shows no sign of being angry that she was wrong in the first place about their relationship. This quote also indicates how in love and happy Emma is by the repetition of “pleasure.” How cute! In the end, Emma truly matured and found love.