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For Emma, raised to think well of herself, has such a high opinion of her own worth that it blinds her to the opinions of others. The story revolves around a comedy of errors: Emma befriends Harriet Smith, a young woman of unknown parentage, and attempts to remake her in her own image. Ignoring the gaping difference in their respective fortunes and stations in life, Emma convinces herself and her friend that Harriet should look as high as Emma herself might for a husband--and she zeroes in on an ambitious vicar as the perfect match. At the same time, she reads too much into a flirtation with Frank Churchill, the newly arrived son of family friends, and thoughtlessly starts a rumor about poor but beautiful Jane Fairfax, the beloved niece of two genteelly impoverished elderly ladies in the village. As Emma's fantastically misguided schemes threaten to surge out of control, the voice of reason is provided by Mr. Knightly, the Woodhouse's longtime friend and neighbor. Though Austen herself described Emma as "a heroine whom no one but myself will much like," she endowed her creation with enough charm to see her through her most egregious behavior, and the saving grace of being able to learn from her mistakes. By the end of the novel Harriet, Frank, and Jane are all properly accounted for, Emma is wiser (though certainly not sadder), and the reader has had the satisfaction of enjoying Jane Austen at the height of her powers. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
And all is well that ends well: Harriet marries Mr. Martin and Emma Mr. Knightley.
Although it does take patience to get through some of the less exciting parts of the book, it is a very enjoyable book to read.
Emma combines witty humor and a fun cast of characters that makes for very enjoyable reading.
A bit hard to read, but interesting. Author uses words that aren't in my Kindle dictionary. Also French phrases I don't understand.Published 5 days ago by Brenda Carter
Delightful story of vanity, misunderstanding, and love. Emma Woodhouse may have her faults, but despite her inability to see into others' hearts and her meddlesome ways, one can't... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Dramabum
It is slow, but once you are into it, it is a great story.Published 7 days ago by Jennifer Mitchell
I was unable to read this Kindle download - as the text was too faint. I returned it and have downloaded an different editionPublished 15 days ago by Kathleen Hughes
Before she began the novel, Austen wrote, "I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like." Boy, she nailed that one. Read morePublished 27 days ago by R. Ekker
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