When the visit was returned, Emma made up her mind. She could then see more and judge better. From Harriet’s happening not to be at Hartfield, and her father’s being present to engage Mr. Elton, she had a quarter of an hour of the lady’s conversation to herself and could composedly attend to her; and the quarter of an hour quite convinced her that Mrs. Elton was a vain woman, extremely well satisfied with herself, and thinking much of her own importance; that she meant to shine an be very superior; but with manners that had been formed in a bad school — pert and familiar; that all her notions were drawn from one set of people and one style of living; that if not foolish, she was ignorant; and that her society would certainly do Mr. Elton no good.

Emma, Jane Austen

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