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and resolved, that his mourning should be as handsome as possible; and his wife sat sighing and moralising over her broad hems23 with a commiseration24 and good sense, true and steady. How it would affect Frank was among the earliest thoughts of both. It was also a very early speculation25 with Emma. The character of Mrs. Churchill, the grief of her husband--her mind glanced over them both with awe26 and compassion--and then rested with lightened feelings on how Frank might be affected27 by the event, how benefited, how freed. She saw in a moment all the possible good. Now, an attachment28 to Harriet Smith would have nothing to encounter. Mr. Churchill, independent of his wife, was feared by nobody; an easy, guidable man, to be persuaded into any thing by his nephew. All that remained to be wished was, that the nephew should form the attachment, as, with all her goodwill29 in the cause, Emma could feel no certainty of its being already formed.Harriet behaved extremely well on the occasion, with great self-command. What ever she might feel of brighter hope, she betrayed nothing. Emma wasgratified, to observe such a proof in her of strengthened character, and refrained from any allusion30 that might endanger its maintenance. They spoke, therefore, of Mrs. Churchill;s death with mutual31 forbearance.Short letters from Frank were received at Randalls, communicating all that was immediately important of their state and plans. Mr. Churchill was better than could be expected; and their first removal, on the departure of the funeral for Yorkshire, was to be to the house of a very old friend in Windsor, to whom Mr. Churchill had been promising32 a visit the last ten years. At present, there was nothing to be done for Harriet; good wishes for the future were all that could yet be possible on Emma;s side.It was a more pressing concern to shew attention to Jane Fairfax, whose prospects33 were closing, while Harriet;s opened, and whose engagements now allowed of no delay in any one at Highbury, who wished to shew her kindness--and with Emma it was grown into a first wish. She had scarcely a stronger regret than for her past coldness; and the person, whom she had been so many months neglecting, was now the very one on whom she would have lavished34 every distinction of regard or sympathy. She wanted to be of use to her; wanted to shew a value for her society, and testify respect and consideration. She resolved to prevail on her to spend a day at Hartfield. A note was written to urge it. The invitation was refused, and by a verbal message. 2021-05-07 11:29:01