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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.
I am 17 years old. I read this book for school, it was required so I assure you I read the ENTIRE book. Read morePublished 2 days ago by David P. Stanley
As with most of Jane Austen's books, I found"Emma" to be witty and fun mixed with truth.
I get tired of some of the "wordy" monologues but enjoy Miss Austen's writing overall.
Jane Austen is my favorite novelist. And, Emma is one of her great novels. I could read it over and over again.Published 16 days ago by Jane Cameo
Emma Woodhouse thinks herself s matchmaker, but through the entire books, proves that blind luck was her only skill, and that she really knows very little about the art of love. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Cheryl P. Braswell