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Emma ❰EPUB❯ ✰ Emma Author Jane Austen – Thomashillier.co.uk Emma is a novel about youthful hubris and the perils of misconstrued romance The story takes place in the fictional village of Highbury and the surrounding estates of Hartfield Randalls and Donwell Ab Emma is a novel about youthful hubris and the perils of misconstrued romance The story takes place in the fictional village of Highbury and the surrounding estates of Hartfield Randalls and Donwell Abbey and involves the relationships among individuals in those locations consisting of or families in a country village The novel was first published in December while the author was alive with its title page listing a publication date of As in her other novels Austen explores the concerns and difficulties of genteel women living in Georgian–Regency England; she also creates a lively comedy of manners among her characters and depicts issues of marriage gender age and social status.

10 thoughts on “Emma

  1. Emily (Books with Emily Fox) Emily (Books with Emily Fox) says:

    Loved itWhy don't I read classics? I'll definitely need to read her other booksThe BBC tv show was also adorable

  2. Kai Kai says:

    “I may have lost my heart but not my self control”Personally I may have lost my self control but not my heartMy motivation to read this book stemmed from JK Rowling stating that this was one of her favourite books A few years ago I read my first Jane Austen which was Pride and Prejudice and I really enjoyed itI thought Emma couldn't be that bad it's a popular classic and its rating is good To be honest it's not bad exactly but the fact that it took me one whole month to get through it says a lot I had lots and lots of problems with this novel1 Emma Such a vain and arrogant main character I mean I know she is supposed to be an unlikeable character for literary reasons But that doesn't make it any easier2 Miss Bates Why bother wasting so much ink and paper on nonsense Numerous pages of nonsense3 They way people are Wait Let me guess That character is wait for it pleasant? The nicest person in the world? Of such sweet disposition? So generous exceptional kind satisfactory and pleasant Please save me4 The way people talk Hours could go by and Emma and her father could talk about nothing but the pig they owned and had slaughtered and what they'll make of it for dinner and how nice it was that they gave some of it to the Bates and if it was the right part of the pig they gave away or if they should have given something else but no it is all fine and pleasant and that was very generous of them and they will surely be very gracious since they gave away such fine piece of pork and won't dinner be nice and kick me on the shin pleasant5 The plotScratch 300 pages of nonsense and nervewracking pleasantness and this could have been a book I enjoyedFind of my books on Instagram

  3. Kelly Kelly says:

    This is a book about math mirrors and crystal balls and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise Village life? Sorta The lives of the idle rich? I mean sure but only partially and incidentally Romance? Barely A morality tale of the Education of Young Lady? The young lady stands for and does many important things than that These things provide the base of the novel the initial bolt of fabric the first few lines of a drawing that set the limits of the author to writing about these thousand things rather than the other million things that lie outside those lines They are the melody to which the symphony will return again and again but with variations so you’ll never uite hear it again with perfect simplicity You just have to recognize them to be able to understand the rest of the piece And that is all The melody is never the point the point is everything that comes in between each time it repeats which then dictates why the repetition is different the next time it all plays out You can’t just tune out everything that comes in between Because then you’ll miss the story about math mirrors and crystal balls I missed it the first time around and I’m sort of upset that I did because this part of the story is way engaging Let’s talk math first First time I ever wanted to do that without moaning with boredom so already points JA Austen’s work sets up fascinating euations that keep building and building on top of each other until you get one of those fantastically scary creations that cover the entire wall of a room where the genius who wrote it all out is leaping up and down exhausted all “Eureka I’ve done it” only in this case the genius can actually explain it to you in a way that makes her efforts seem worth it Once you understand the first couple operations of the euation then it’s easy to see where the next ones come from But to bring it down out of the world of the abstract what I mean is that I think Austen is absolutely brilliant at decoding every little minute detail of the duties privileges guilts obligations and routines that go into human relationships Just like how in math if you add instead of multiply in one part of an euation it screws the whole thing Austen shows us why one simple infraction of this delicate balance in relationships is such a major drama and can screw the whole thing for you Yes it’s one simple action and no matter how justified it is that you forgot one thing amongst the fifty things you’re supposed to do your answer is wrong and all the other correct work you did is completely invalidated Red mark Final You’re wrong and you know it and everyone knows it and to put this in Sorkinese you just have to stand there in your wrongness and be wrong She reveals the little town of Highbury or even really just the upper echelons of its ruling class to be a labyrinth of constant choices where there are fifteen steps that one has to go through to narrow down your options This is where its sort of about village life in that you can’t just do a straight cost benefit analysis in any direct way because you will have to deal with the conseuences of that action every day and it will materially affect your life in way that you can’t avoid like you could with a anonymous society or one in which people moved around Of course there isn’t as much action as other novels It takes so much time to get through the lead up and the aftermath of every decision and every time you skimp on any of it it comes back to bite you in the ass When Emma tries to go out to dinner depending on the situation she’s got a different set of a million uestions to answer andor tasks to complete When it’s the one where she goes over to a couple’s house who are “in trade” and therefore her social inferiors she’s got to come up with formulas that a make it okay for her to want to be invited in the first place b make it okay for her to want to refuse it then simultaneously c make it okay for her to want to accept it then d figure out a way to see to her invalid father’s comfort she has to ask him to go go through a whole thing where she tries to persuade him even though she knows he won’t and shouldn’t come then she arranges a dinner party for him while she’s out then she has to arrange that those coming will be comfortable because her father has a tendency to starve people at dinner because he thinks he’s helping them be healthy then e make sure that she’ll be received in a style that befits her she is invited to dinner while “the lesser females” the term Austen uses are only invited later in the evening then f finally practically arrange for herself to get there and get home which you would think would really be the only thing to worry about the first place Even when she’s going out to dinner with her best friends down the street she’s still got to worry about her father’s comfort the harmony of her difficult family relationships and who is conveying who by what carriage and why She has a confrontational thing with Mr Knightley outside when he comes on his horse rather than in his carriage which is made worse in that it follows up the reveal that he only used his carriage to go to the other party to convey the “lesser females” which is actually a big plot point that the whole thing turns on Mrs Weston thinks that for Knightley to be so thoughtful he must be in love with Jane but no Mr Knightley just understands math better than anyone and comes up with the right answer times than anyone as wellI think it’s interesting that its brought up several times that Emma is always “meaning to read ” or improve herself to live up to the model of Jane that is always before her the character who is perhaps only second to Mr Knightley in coming up with the right answer and even then she’s impressive about it since she’s doing it with the handicap of having made a conventionally bad decision before the opening of the action but doesn’t I entirely understand it because I think she does meticulous enough work every day to make her household and relationships function in the way that they do I mean think about it How many of these people are really suited to be living in such close uarters where they are forced into repeated contact? Almost none of them I think this really helps to explain one of the reasons why she befriends Harriet she’s outside the euation an X factor that Emma can throw in that might open up new possibilities which might allow for different and exciting things than seem currently possible with the options open to her Her whole arc with Frank Churchill is sort of the same thing in that it represents another kind of escape from how hemmed in she is He represents really the only person to whom she can really interact as an eual someone to whom she doesn’t really have any obligations other than to enjoy herself and speak in a way that is not controlled by what she should be saying or should be doing He’s not a total X factor in that he’s been mapped into the social hierarchy of the village even in his absence but the way he’s been mapped means he’s been marked out for Emma The way in which he’s thought of sort of gives her permission to think of him as belonging to her in a way that allows her to think and act selfishly in a manner that she mostly recognizes as wrong hence why she almost immediately realizes that she’s not in love with him and would never marry him but which is also a sweet relief But that’s why the two golden children can’t be together If they were the math of obligations and ties and duties and privileges would be upset in a way that would rend asunder the balance of life in a way that could never be repaired When Emma and Frank Churchill end up together you end up with the 2008 banking crisis and Occupy Wall Street Their choice to be together might have represented a choice that would have set them “free” in many ways but free to be lesser than they could be or should be It’s interesting to me that Austen had Knightley and Jane her models of what it means to make correct choices remember step back to let Frank and Emma make that choice and then we see how violently both characters freak out about having the higher better models of humanity removed from them Those two characters don’t want each other because honestly at the base of it all math motivates us math gives us reasons to get up and move and do it again Frank and Emma know they can’t do anything for each other they could only live in self satisfied ease beauty and comfort and that’s not enoughMirrors and crystal balls are the complement of this math They’re always haunting the background of all the choices that are made in the novel Austen is pretty methodical and amazing in how she’s able to make the whole novel a Hall of Mirrors that justifies the title of Emma even better than the fact that she is the main character Most of the people in the town represent what Emma is and what she is not and even importantly who she could be and who she is afraid she’ll be Austen brings this out most consciously in the comparison to Miss Bates who is not coincidentally Emma’s mortal enemy and bête noire Emma has a conversation with Harriet where the scary specter of her turning into Miss Bates is discussed and she outlines everything she feels makes her different from Miss Bates For someone who turns up her nose at people in trade and prosperous farmers she must have surprised herself by making her main point that she is rich and Miss Bates is poor and then having all other differences proceed from that I don’t think its coincidental that Miss Bates is perhaps the most memorable character from the whole novel she’s allowed to ramble on in conversations to the point where it almost seems like we’re experiencing Emma’s nightmare not an actual person Nor is it surprising that its Miss Bates she finally acts out on when she loses her shit of all the euations and all the math she’s done in sorting out her life Miss Bates is the one constant loud obnoxious reminder of the fact that not only is it possible that she’s added instead of multiplied its possible that just like Miss Bates math rather than affection will be all she has to rely on Her second nightmare mirror is Jane Fairfax and I think it’s definitely not an accident that Jane is essentially the creation of Miss Bates for most of the novel who seems to at least from Emma’s perspective be actively trying to create the creature most designed to make Emma feel insecure a person who exists to annoy her and slap her down at every turn and all in such a sweet guise that there’s no way for Emma to slay the dragon she just has to let it come at her again and again for her entire life Emma spends most of the book reacting against too and around the mirror of Jane and by whom she thinks that other people judge her although this doesn’t seem to be the caseMuch like with Frank Jane is the natural person to be classed with Emma by mathematical euation age sex education social class but unlike Frank Jane doesn’t have the potential to set Emma free Instead Emma feels further hemmed in by her almost until the point of suffocation because it seems like people are telling her that she should be the incarnation of the math which Emma hates I think that’s what the whole “one cannot love a reserved person” thing that repeats the whole novel was about Yes you should strive after the right answer as much as possible and it always has to be there in your head but you can’t let it rule you You have to be brave enough to be a person sometimes too which is all Emma’s about and all she keeps saying the whole novel Jane is the total opposite of that Mrs Elton is another mirror with an exaggerated version of Emma’s pride and classism which Emma usually ends up setting aside but its always there Harriet is some fascinatingly complex thing in her psyche where she’s simultaneously this self hating symbol of what she thinks other people think of her in that Harriet is the opposite of that and perhaps also some twisted martyr like version of what she thinks of herself Mrs Weston is an idol which could make her the same sort of suffocating symbol as Jane but she escapes from that by being in another class and age that cannot be compared to Emma and through her unconditional love Other characters also reflect to each other and therefore back onto Emma again as well The two Knightley brothers to each other and to the other men of the village Mr Weston to Mr Woodhouse and Mr Woodhouse to Mr Knightley and back again and so on in a round but it all comes back to EmmaThe book actually reminded me of the feeling that I had towards the end of Madame Bovary which was odd That was also a book about living in tight spaces which seemed to get smaller and smaller whenever you turned and where the escapes offered to you seemed to have something lacking from them I was gasping for air by the time that they got to Box Hill which is I think exactly what Austen intends But this Emma is not like that Emma That Emma ignored the math and She wasn’t breaking the rules so much as she was proposing an entirely different game Austen’s Emma commits an infraction but still recognizes the rules and the game and the players and has no desire to change them Ultimately I think the turning point is Emma realizing that she isn’t locked in the closet at all and she never was I think there’s so much deception and hidden secrets because and misunderstandings because Emma needs to realize again and again that the labyrinth she’s built for herself is of her own making and bears little to no relation to reality and it’s damn good thing that it doesn’t She has to get out of her own head and the crazy garden of fears paranoias and dreams she’s created there and realize that it doesn’t matter whether she’s the fairest of them all or not What matters is keeping intact the euation that’s lead to the right answer so often that she’s gotten careless about remembering that it still matters that she does it right even when she’s moved on to calculus and imaginary euationsI’ve always related to Emma Woodhouse than any of Austen’s other heroines and this reading did not change that feeling I still think she changes and grows in incredible amounts in ways that make sense to me and seem genuine I still want to hang out with her and I’d still love to be a fly on the wall in her therapy sessions you know if that weren’t a terrible thing to do because I feel like she would help me to express a lot of things I feel myself which she does every time I read this novel Every once in awhile I come back to the uestion of why Austen thought others wouldn’t like her I’ve decided at this point its because I think that her other heroines represent a type or statement of some kind that Austen was reacting to or working through whereas Emma I think isn’t evocative of anything so sympathetic or recognizable in the symbolic universe She seems like the most messy true to life screwed up actual person that Austen wrote about That’s not to say that the other heroines aren’t realistic they are but just that they’re tied up with these other languages and ideas and conversations in a way that Emma isn’t She’s just sort of this girl who’s trying to be a person and that’s all She’s maybe the most modern in that respect I don’t think I am expressing this well Whatever she’s still my Austen bestie That is the important point hereAnyway this is unbelievably long at this point so I’ll just offer an executive summary of my above points here Whatevs haters JA FTW 4EVA Original ReviewThis is one of the Holy Trinity of Austen yes I just made that up And in my opinion deservedly so Emma is far and away the heroine that I identify the most with of all the Austen women Jane Austen thought that nobody would like her when she wrote Emma except maybe she underestimated how many people have things in common with her She has so many deep flaws that are so easy to completely hate but she means so very well and is really a deeply caring person She just has absolutely no self awareness yet and has not matured enough to change her opinions when faced with opposition Here is where she learns how It reminded me so much of myself at a certain age and even on some level right now She's a snob she's rather a bitch at times she's condescending and not all that perceptive But I just love her anyway Perhaps because I used to or still have those characteristics and want to believe that even those people will learn and deserve love in the end even from a Mr Knightley But also I think because Austen creates her so sympathetically that it's hard not to love her This book explains motivations a lot than in the others and one gets a few sides of the story of errors towards the end of the book as everything is set completely right again I liked that that she didn't let it go but tied up all her threads to her readers' satisfaction Or at least minePS The Gwen PaltrowJeremy Northam movie? My first Austen movie Got me into the genre really I think it's fantastic and very sweet and Jeremy Northam is perfectly well cast Also you'll see Ewan McGregor with an awful haircut looking completely unattractive It's kind of funny

  4. Sean Barrs Sean Barrs says:

    Austen paints a world of excess She’s just so fucking brilliant That much so I found the need to swear The sarcasm is just oozing out of her words She doesn’t need to tell you her opinions of society she shows them to you Simply put Emma’s farther is a ridiculous prat There’s no other word for it He spends his day lounging around eating rich and expensive food and doesn’t bother to exercise his body or mental faculties The thought of visiting his recently departed governess a long time family friend is utterly deplorable I mean he can’t travel that far She lives the great distance of half a mile away; thus the only possibility is to hire a carriage This is clearly the only feasible solution to the problem He is self indulgent and spoilt and in this Austen ushers in the origins of her heroineThankfully Emma has a degree of sense She is still a little spoilt; she still has a great deal to learn but she isn’t her farther In addition the departure of her governess is an agreeable experience She has empathy Whilst she misses her friend and her teacher she is genuinely happy for her Unlike her farther seeing her friend enter a love filled marriage is an occasion for joy and celebration even if she dearly misses her company So from very early on Austen’s heroine is characterised as spoilt her upbringing demands it so but she is not without sense or a full awakening she clearly has the capabilities of leading a successful life rather than one that resembles the useless vegetable state of her farther She is a strong woman She spends her days helping her new friend Harriet; she endeavours to find her the perfect husband and sets about trying to improve her character But through this and her own naivety Emma never considers her own youth and that she too is in need of some degree of improvement Thus sweeps in the straight shooter the frank speaking Mr Knightley Emma has many reading lists who doesn’t? but she never bothers to complete them; she never finishes her own schedule her own plans She considers herself a true authority on marriage on matchmaking but her experience her credentials come from one fluke partnership Her young age breeds arrogant ignorance Because she has created one healthy marriage she immediately thinks she knows what love is about she thinks she will succeed again And as a result she makes a series of terrible mistakes Ones Mr Knightley is only too generous to point out And this is Emma’s learning curve Such irony “Were I to fall in love indeed it would be a different thing; but I have never been in love ; it is not my way or my nature; and I do not think I ever shall” Through the course of the plot she truly discovers herself Austen’s heroines are freuently deluded and Emma is deluded by her own will She has no idea what love is and in her well meant advice she freuently mistakes simple things such as gratitude and simple kindness as romantic interest Austen being the wonderfully comic writer that she is exploits this silly little misconception for the entire plot Emma does finally get over herself By the end she understands the feelings that are ready to burst forth from her own chest Emma’s excess is her indulgence in her own opinion; she naively believes herself experienced when in reality she is juvenile arrogant self absorbed but full of real potential as a human being she can do some good in this world and live for others What she needed to do and what Mr Knightly so desperately wanted to see was for her to grow up And she does happiness reigns supreme “Men of sense whatever you may choose to say do not want silly wives” I gave this five stars but is it as enjoyable as other Austen’s? Simply put it’s not This lacked a plot driver This wasn’t heading towards a clear and well defined fulfilment or resolution I would certainly and whole heartedly only recommend reading this one if you already enjoy Austen’s style Whilst this does display Austen’s rapier wit in full force the lack of narrative progress will scare most readers away This has a great deal going for it though it is terribly slow at points If you’re not already an Austen lover you should go read something else For me though I’m going to finally being reading Pride and Prejudice soon It will be very interesting to compare it to Persuasion and see which is the best

  5. Amanda Amanda says:

    My interpretation of the first 60 pages of EmmaOh my dear you musn't think of falling for him He's too crude and crassOh my dear Emma you are perfectly correct I shan't give him another thoughtOh my dear that's good because I would have to knock you flat on your arse if you were considering someone of such low birthYawn I tried but life's too short Plus I like 'em crude and crassCross posted at This Insignificant Cinder

  6. jessica jessica says:

    before she began writing this novel JA said ‘i am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like’ and sis if that aint the truthits not like i hated emma there are far worse characters out there its just that she annoyed me to no end no one likes a inconsiderateconceited busy body and to me i never got the sense that emma was truly sorry for her actions in the end which makes all of her meddling unredeemable but i appreciate mr knightleys character as hes the ONLY person who calls emma out on her poor behaviour hes the highlight of this entire novel for me hes kind considerate and notices others hes way too good for emma in my opinion sadly my lack of love for the title character prevented me from loving this but i can understand the storys popularity throughout time and the appeal of JAs writing ↠ 25 stars

  7. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    936 from 1001 Emma Jane AustenEmma by Jane Austen is a novel about youthful hubris and the perils of misconstrued romance The story takes place in the fictional village of High bury and the surrounding estates of Hart field Randalls and Donwell Abbey and involves the relationships among individuals in those locations consisting of 3 or 4 families in a country village The novel was first published in December 1815 while the author was alive with its title page listing a publication date of 1816 As in her other novels Austen explores the concerns and difficulties of genteel women living in Georgian–Regency England; she also creates a lively comedy of manners among her characters and depicts issues of marriage gender age and social statusعنوان اما؛ نویسنده جین اوستین؛ انتشاراتیها اردیبهشت، نی، نیک فرجام، پارمیس، آویدا، نظری، آهنگ فردا، آتیسا، آریاسان ادبیات؛ تاریخ خوانش دهم ماه آوریل سال 2010میلادیمترجمها خانمها و آقایان «روشن آقاخانی، نشر اردیبهشت، 1362، در 208ص»؛ «رضا رضایی، نشر نی، چاپ سوم 1388؛ در 560ص چاپ نهم 1392»؛ «آرزو خلجی مقیم، نیک فرجام، 1395، در 469ص»؛ «الهه مرادپور، پارمیس، چاپ اول 1392؛ چاپ دوم 1395، در 568ص»؛ «شقایق حسین زاده؛ ساری، آویدا، 1391، در 60ص»؛ «شعله بنی آدم، نشر نظری، 1390، در 104ص»؛ «میروحید ذن‍وبی‌؛ آهنگ فردا، 1396، در 459ص»؛ «آرمانوش باباخانیانس، تهران، آتیسا، 1396، در 496ص»؛ «امیر رمزی، آریاسان، 1396، در 459ص»؛ اما وودهاس، دختری ست خوش‌قلب، ولی خیالباف، که خیال می‌کند، همه‌ ی آدمها را می‌شناسد، و می‌تواند سرنوشت آن‌ها را رقم بزند؛ به تدریج پرده‌ ی پندار کنار می‌رود، و «اما» در جریان رخدادها، از خودفریبی، به خودشناسی می‌رسد؛ «جین آستین» در این رمان اوج هنر طنز خود را به نمایش گذاشته است؛تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 28061399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا شربیانی

  8. Lisa Lisa says:

    My dear Jane Austen I hope you don’t mind that I write to you expressing my gratitude for your brilliant handling of words And as the post office is an object of interest and admiration in your novel “Emma” I thought a letter would be the adeuate way of communicating my thoughtsI must start by confessing that I don’t like your heroine at all Obviously this sounds like a harsh judgment on a classic character like Emma Woodhouse and I wouldn’t have dared to be as honest with you as I am had I not been convinced that you dislike her even than I do For I can at least accept some of her conceited ignorance as a direct effect of the prejudice of her era whereas you had to deal with her as a contemporary It hardly helped at all that you gave her an antagonist in Mrs Elton who exceeded Emma’s vanity and narcissismI struggle to find anything justifiable in the lifestyle displayed in “Emma” and if I needed any proof that English class society was as parasitic as it was idiotic your description of the idle life of the whole set of characters is perfectly enough to make me feel happy that I have not been born a “lady” with “prospects” in England in the early 19th century If Jane Fairfax’ worst fate is to use her education to teach young children and her best luck is to be married to a character like Frank Churchill I personally see no big difference between her heaven and my hellAs for Emma’s clueless and spoiled behaviour she is the strongest case against the reasonableness of Mr KnightleyMy dear Jane Austen as you can see I didn’t care for any of your characters which I found to be dull arrogant deceitful and just plain stupid I didn’t care for the idea that bliss is marrying into a situation that gives you the right to bully others and look down on people whose family tree isn’t fashionable enough I certainly didn’t care about Emma’s meddling in her friends’ lives to the point of telling one of her friends that she would not be able to see her any if she married a certain man considered “low” I didn’t care for the “happy end” with all those marriages magically matching the couples according to their social statusWhy do you ask dear Jane Austen and rightly so did you devour the novel then if it has so little merit?I did it because it had the same effect as a well scripted soap opera I wanted to know who ended up with whom despite my shudders and I continued to follow Emma from misconception to misconception in paralysed fascination with the vulgarity of her mind It had one extremely important advantage compared to a soap opera though and that is where you may take credit my dear Jane Austen It had funny sarcastic moments and it was a delightful tribute to the beauty of the English language That is than any soap opera can achieve So thank you for thatAs I am uite a fan of your other novels’ titles combining two main ideas in alliterations I have been thinking about how to create an ABC of “Emma” using the same literary device First I thought the title must unmistakably be “Art and Arrogance” being an adeuate description of Emma’s schemes Then I thought about the awkwardness of the characters As they are constantly mistaken about each other’s intentions and feelings I settled for “Blush and Blunders” In the end though my dislike of the general worldview on display in the novel made me go for the C optionCLASS AND CLOWNERYIn my mind that is what “Emma” should be rightly called and I hope you don’t mind my being so honest with you my dear Jane Austen for just like your lovely character Mrs Elton I claim that “I am no flatterer and I will make up my own mind about things” As you know that is highly unusual and very brave but not very modest especially in a society which deals in classic literature where your novels are part of the aristocracyI will be closing my letter by expressing my infinite gratitude Without “Emma” I wouldn’t have realised how incredibly lucky I am to be able to call people from all walks of life my friends how blessed I am to have a family in which euality is the major basis for attachment in which my profession is a source of pride and happiness and steady incomeWithout Emma I might have forgotten how dull it is to be spoiled and privileged and superiorYours trulyThe devoted reader whose family tree will probably prevent you from reading the letter

  9. Anne Anne says:

    35 stars rounded up because of the narrationI've noticed a lot of people hate Emma She's spoiled by her circumstances and self absorbed in a way that only someone who hasn't really known any sort of hardships can be And I get why she isn't the heroine that anyone is really rooting for in a serious way Because if the book had ended with Emma alone with her father it wouldn't have really broken my heart But here's the thing I found as I listened to this one It wasn't really Emma that I hated it was the whole stick to your social level thinking that was soacceptedI guess I forgot that society's structure was such an ingrained part of everyone's lives during this time period that the fact that Emma dared to think her friend worthy of a certain man made her into a villainess I think we tend to focus on Robert Martin who for all intents and purposes was a nice dude and Emma discouraging Harriet to accept him because she thought he was socially above him But in reality it wasn't just that Emma who needed to be chastised for sticking her nose into Harriet's love life Although yes she should have been because stop being a nosey bitch EmmaIt was the whole if you marry a farmer we can't be seen together any thingHow was this a thing? How was this ever a thing?Ok ok Take away my disappointment in the casual way humans treated other humans who hadn't been born into the right family and weren't gentlemanly enough Or the way Emma was SO GRATEFUL that Knightly had taken the time to correct her when she didn't behave properlyAnd take away the part where Knightly blushingly confessed that he had probably been in love with her since she was 13 with their 16 year age gap that puts him at 29OHMYFUCKINGGODI get it Timesthey were a bit differentI still made The Face when I heard that one thoughAnyway Take all of that away and I honestly liked this story Emma wasn't a bad person she was just somewhat Clueless as to what the real world was like and oblivious to not only what other people needed but to what she needed as well Speaking of what she needed she needed someone to grab her father by the shoulders give him a good shake and tell him to stop acting like such a pussy Mr Woodhouse was so fucking annoying I mean he's portrayed as a lovable harmless old man butnot really She almost didn't marry because of him And everyone just bowed and scraped and let him get away with his nonsense Except Knightly's brother loved that guy Probably the only normal person in the entire fucking bookIt was good luck that they had a chicken thief in the area that scared her father into wanting a man around the house Ha I really did think that was a cute way to end the storyAnd Knightly really was a super nice guy who deserved a happy ending of his ownMy point is that while it has its problems I wasn't bored to tears with this classic story And I like that Austen wrote about people and the things that made them tick and not the weather or the scenery The issues I had with the book are the same things that make the book a classic In other words it's old And they did shit differently when this was written Not really sure what you can do about that other than be super fucking happy you weren't born back then Nadia May was a wonderful narrator and really made listening to the audiobook a very pleasant experience And as always I suggest audiobooks for those of you who aren't fans of trying to read some of these older books Getting someone to spoon feed you this old stuff can make all the difference in the world

  10. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:

    Jane Austen famously wrote I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like My initial take Truer words Jane Truer words Emma is wealthy and beautiful the ueen bee of society in her town and boss of her household since her father is a hand wringing worrywart almost paralyzed by his fears She’s prideful self satisfied and convinced she knows best not just for herself but for pretty much everyone in her circle When Emma decides she’s got a gift for matchmaking trouble soon followsButOn reread I realized that Emma is a better character than I previously gave her credit for of course Mrs Elton makes any other woman look like a saint She’s intelligent and essentially kindhearted she has almost endless patience with her exasperating father and she’s not so proud that she isn’t able to learn from her mistakes view spoilerand even take a little criticism to heart hide spoiler

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