Emma is the title character of the book and in the beginning is mainly concerned with matchmaking. She considers it her duty to find a wife for Mr. Elton and a husband for Harriet, neither of which she accomplishes.
Out of vanity, encouraged by the promptings of Mr and Mrs Weston, Emma has persuaded herself that Frank, whom she has never met, might be the perfect partner for her. When he finally turns up he proves handsome and humorous and intelligent.
A few amusing confidences shared with smooth Frank Churchill, and she presumes it is the real thing. Austen does not tell us this, as George Eliot would eloquently tell us: Even better is her self-deception about the man whom she does love.
She could see nothing but evil in it. It would be a great disappointment to Mr. John Knightley; consequently to Isabella. Knightley must never marry. Little Henry must remain the heir of Donwell. How natural, then, that when our heroine does realise what love is, it is as a nasty shock.
Why is the idea of Harriet marrying Mr Knightley so unacceptable? Knightley must marry no one but herself! Now, suddenly and for the first time, Emma understands the plot of her own story.
Which is why those who condemn the novel by saying that its heroine is a snob miss the point. Of course she is. Austen has the integrity to make Emma snobbish even when she is in the right.
But her enlightenment is also affronted dignity: Those who condemn the novel by saying that its heroine is a snob miss the point. Knightley is quite the gentleman. I like him very much. Actually to discover that Mr.
Knightley is a gentleman! I doubt whether he will return the compliment, and discover her to be a lady. The magnificently ghastly Mrs Elton makes herself known through her voice and, in Emma, Austen discovers new and unprecedented ways of making a human voice live in print.
Some of her techniques foresee the ingenuities of modernism. These the finest beds and finest sorts. Morning decidedly the best time—never tired—every sort good—hautboy infinitely superior—no comparison—the others hardly eatable—hautboys very scarce—Chili preferred—white wood finest flavour of all—price of strawberries in London—abundance about Bristol—Maple Grove—cultivation—beds when to be renewed—gardeners thinking exactly different—no general rule—gardeners never to be put out of their way—delicious fruit—only too rich to be eaten much of—inferior to cherries—currants more refreshing—only objection to gathering strawberries the stooping—glaring sun—tired to death—could bear it no longer—must go and sit in the shade.
Here is just a little sample, as Miss Bates arrives for the ball at the Crown Inn. I made her take her shawl—for the evenings are not warm—her large new shawl— Mrs. Bought at Weymouth, you know—Mr.
There were three others, Jane says, which they hesitated about some time. Colonel Campbell rather preferred an olive.Emma does not have one specific foil, but the implicit distinctions made between her and the other women in the novel offer us a context within which to evaluate her character.
Jane is similar to Emma in most ways, but she does not have Emma’s financial independence, so her difficulties underscore Emma’s privileged nature.
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