They are revealing dark secrets in this scene and when Snow starts with this you can see how Emma already knows there will be a “but” and it scares her because her whole life has been that.
"We adopted you and loved you BUT we had our own baby so we are sending you back."
"I love you BUT I’m going to let you go to jail for my crime because it will help your destiny in breaking a curse because Pinocchio said so."
"You can save your son BUT you have to slay a dragon and try not to die, here’s a sword you have no experience in using."
"You could have been raised and loved by us BUT there was a curse and you breaking it was more important so we sent you away to be alone till you came to find us."
"You finally found us BUT we want to leave and go back to The Enchanted Forest where you clearly don’t find comfort."
"I was charming and sweet to you BUT I was actually two timing you and working with Cora the entire time to get the compass from you."
"We’ve finally started to mend our relationship as mother and daughter because neither of us had that BUT I didn’t get to raise you so I want to have another baby."
Emma said like two days ago to you that that she feels like an orphan and you go and say you want a second child because you messed up the first time?! Was that really the best thing to say in front of your daughter with major abandonment issues?!
All Emma does is put people before her. She fights so hard for everyone else’s happiness and not many people put her first. People give her false hope and Emma loves so deeply and each and every time she is hurt because of it.
Emma even says in episode three of season one, “Not having a happy ending is painful enough, but…giving someone unrealistic hope is far worse.” Emma has always had hope, up until the beginning of season three where her frustrations overpower her and now once again the hope of knowing her family is crashing down.
The only person who has never given her false hope is Regina. I suppose we can throw Henry in here because the hope he gave her was legit and her parents actually were Snow White and Prince Charming. So Regina and Henry are the only two people who haven’t built Emma up and then tore her down. I smell a Swan-Mills family in the making.