By Jane Austen
Emma Woodhouse is a prosperous, beautiful, and punctiliously self-deluded younger lady who has "lived on the earth with little or no to misery or vex her."
Jane Austen workouts her flavor for slicing social commentary and her expertise for making an investment likely trivial occasions with profound ethical importance as Emma traverses a steady satire of provincial balls and drawing rooms, alongside the way in which encountering the candy Harriet Smith, the chatty and tedious pass over Bates, and her absurd father Mr. Woodhouse–a memorable gallery of Austen's best personages. considering herself impervious to romance of any sort, Emma attempts to rearrange a filthy rich marriage for terrible Harriet, yet refuses to acknowledge her personal emotions for the gallant Mr. Knightley. What ensues is a pleasant sequence of scheming escapades within which each social machination and little bit of "tittle-tattle" is steeped in Austen's scrumptious irony. eventually, Emma discovers that "Perfect happiness, even in reminiscence, isn't really common."
Virginia Woolf referred to as Jane Austen "the such a lot excellent artist between women," and Emma Woodhouse is arguably her such a lot ideal construction. even though Austen came across her heroine to be somebody whom "no one yet myself will a lot like," Emma is her so much cleverly woven, riotously comedic, and interesting novel of manners.
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Extra resources for Emma (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Jane Austen goes out of her way to foreground Emma舗s formidable endowment of personal and intellectual force and charm. When Harriet Smith is first introduced at Hartfield, Emma at once takes to her very good looks and to her deference and artless simplicity and falls to plotting an imagined future for Harriet that will elevate her place in the society of Highbury. 舡 It will certainly be for Emma 舠an interesting ... 舡 Newly energized by the prospect of having something in the way of purposefulness to occupy her, Emma turns to organizing the supper table.
Women舗s usual occupations of eye, and hand, and mind will be as open to me then as they are now; or with no important variation. If I draw less, I shall read more; if I give up music, I shall take to carpet-work舡 (p. 77). Of course she does not know herself in any acceptable sense, and the parody fuses high comedy with pathos. The lameness of her protestations about self-sufficiency is accentuated by the circumstance that the detestable Mrs. Elton is also given to prating about her 舠resources,舡 both mental and otherwise.
I Yet the evil of the actual disparity in their ages ... was much increased by his constitution and habits; for having been a valetudinarian all his life, without activity of mind or body, he was a much older man in ways than in years; and though every where beloved for the friendliness of his heart and his amiable temper, his talents could not have recommended him at any time (pp. 4-5). Although Emma dearly loves her father, they don舗t have interests or resources in common. Emma loves talk, the back and forth of conversation, the playfulness of wit and the bite of argument; her father is somewhere else.