The end result of Jane Austen's genius, a gleaming comedy of affection and marriage
Beautiful, shrewdpermanent, rich—and single—Emma Woodhouse is completely content material together with her lifestyles and sees little need for both love or marriage. not anything, in spite of the fact that, delights her greater than interfering within the romantic lives of others. but if she ignores the warnings of her buddy Mr. Knightley and makes an attempt to rearrange an appropriate fit for her protegee Harriet Smith, her rigorously laid plans quickly resolve and feature outcomes that she by no means anticipated. With its imperfect yet captivating heroine and its witty and sophisticated exploration of relationships, Emma is usually obvious as Jane Austen's such a lot perfect work.
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He did communicate yesterday—that is, he wrote, and used to be refused. ” This was once obliged to be repeated ahead of it can be believed; and Mr. Knightley truly seemed pink with shock and displeasure, as he stood up, in tall indignation, and said,— “Then she is a better simpleton than I ever believed her. what's the silly woman approximately? ” “Oh, to be sure,” cried Emma, “it is often incomprehensible to a guy lady may still ever refuse a proposal of marriage. a guy regularly imagines a lady to be prepared for any physique who asks her. ” “Nonsense! a guy doesn't think such a factor. yet what's the that means of this? Harriet Smith refuse Robert Martin! insanity, whether it is so; yet i am hoping you're fallacious. ” “I observed her resolution; not anything should be clearer. ” “You observed her solution! you wrote her resolution too. Emma, this can be your doing. You persuaded her to refuse him. ” “And if I did, (which, although, i'm faraway from allowing,) I are not believe that I had performed fallacious. Mr. Martin is a really decent younger guy, yet i can't admit him to be Harriet’s equivalent; and am relatively shocked, certainly, that he must have ventured to deal with her. by way of your account, he does appear to have had a few scruples. it's a pity that they have been ever obtained over. ” “Not Harriet’s equivalent! ” exclaimed Mr. Knightley, loudly and warmly; and with calmer asperity extra, a number of moments afterwards, “No, he's not her equivalent, certainly, for he's as a lot her more desirable in experience as in scenario. Emma, your infatuation approximately that woman blinds you. What are Harriet Smith’s claims, both of beginning, nature, or schooling, to any connection better than Robert Martin? She is the usual daughter of not anyone is aware whom, with most likely no settled provision in any respect, and positively no decent family members. She is understood in basic terms as parlour-boarder at a standard institution. She isn't a wise woman, nor a lady of any info. She has been taught not anything valuable, and is just too younger and too uncomplicated to have bought any factor herself. At her age she will be able to don't have any adventure; and, along with her little wit, isn't very most probably ever to have any which could avail her. She is lovely, and she or he is sweet tempered, and that's all. My in simple terms scruple in advising the fit was once on his account, as being underneath his deserts, and a nasty connection for him. I felt that, as to fortune, almost certainly he may perhaps do far better; and that, as to a rational spouse or invaluable helpmate, he couldn't do worse. yet i couldn't cause in an effort to a guy in love, and was once prepared to belief to there being no damage in her; to her having that kind of disposition which, in stable arms like his, should be simply led aright, and switch out rather well. the good thing about the fit I felt to be all on her part; and had now not the smallest doubt (nor have I now) that there will be a normal cry-out upon her severe solid success. Even your pride I made convinced of. It crossed my brain instantly that you'd no longer remorse your friend’s leaving Highbury, for the sake of her being settled so good. I be mindful announcing to myself, ‘Even Emma, with all her partiality for Harriet, will imagine this a great fit.