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Philip Elton is a character in Emma. He is a vicar in the prosperous village of Highbury.

Character traits[]

Mr. Elton is a good-looking, seemingly well mannered, and ambitious young vicar. Emma wants him to marry Harriet; however he aspires to secure Emma's hand in marriage in order to gain her dowry.

Mr. Elton displays his mercenary nature by quickly marrying another woman of means after Emma's rejection.

Emma[]

He mistook Emma's hospitality as encouragement and assumed she was aware of his intentions. His hope caused him to behave imprudent like insisting that she shouldn't visit her sick friend and risk getting an infection and sit down between her and Mrs. Weston without being invited.

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