Mr Elton

Mr Elton is the local minister of the town of Highbury. He is allowed to marry, and Emma decides that he should be the intended husband for her friend Harriet. However, Mr. Elton has set his sights much higher, and is wooing Emma. He finally proposes to Emma and Emma is horrified, realizing that all her plans for Harriet were for naught. Mr. Elton promptly runs off to Bath to find a rich (but obnoxious) woman to bring home as a wife. His subsequent rude behavior makes Emma realize that he never was a suitable match for her friend. I.e. he's not as "foolish" as Mr. Collins in Pride & Prejudice.

1996 Emma
Mr. Elton is played well here, the fine line between appealing at first and selfish later on. He's not an open boor throughout the story - if he was, why would Emma have latched onto him so strongly? Instead he's an "OK" character that she only sees one side of while he is courting her.

This is where Mr. Elton is first coming to the party given by Emma.

Mr Elton

Mr. Elton tries to propose to Emma.

Mr Elton

Mr. Elton proudly brings his new wife to a party.

Mr Elton

I like this touch, it appears Mr. Elton does honestly care for his new wife. He's feeding her strawberries at the picnic.

Mr Elton

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