9. CHAPTER IX
"Well, I always shall think that you play quite as well as she does,
or that if there is any difference nobody would ever find it out.
Mr. Cole said how much taste you had; and Mr. Frank Churchill talked
a great deal about your taste, and that he valued taste much more
"Ah! but Jane Fairfax has them both, Harriet."
"Are you sure? I saw she had execution, but I did not know she had
any taste. Nobody talked about it. And I hate Italian singing.--
There is no understanding a word of it. Besides, if she does play
so very well, you know, it is no more than she is obliged to do,
because she will have to teach. The Coxes were wondering last night
whether she would get into any great family. How did you think the
"Just as they always do--very vulgar."
"They told me something," said Harriet rather hesitatingly;"
but it is nothing of any consequence."
Emma was obliged to ask what they had told her, though fearful
of its producing Mr. Elton.
"They told me---that Mr. Martin dined with them last Saturday."
"He came to their father upon some business, and he asked him
to stay to dinner."
"They talked a great deal about him, especially Anne Cox.
I do not know what she meant, but she asked me if I thought I
should go and stay there again next summer."
"She meant to be impertinently curious, just as such an Anne Cox
"She said he was very agreeable the day he dined there. He sat
by her at dinner. Miss Nash thinks either of the Coxes would
be very glad to marry him."