Book: Emma Authoress: Jane Austen
Originally released: December 1815 Genre: Literature | Classics
My summary: Emma is convinced she is a masterful matchmaker and she will stop at nothing to match her friend Harriet with a proper suitor. What follows is a comedy of errors speckled with romance and propriety.
My say: Emma (the character) is difficult to love. She is stubborn, pampered, self-centered, and capricious. I agree with Jane Austen's repeated take on Emma, "I am going to take a heroine whom no-one but myself will much like." However, her misadventures in love and miscommunication are downright comical. When she is not tripping over her self-induced romantic mayhem, she is word fencing Mr. Knightley. I found my self waiting on bated breath for Emma's scenes with him. I love how he is the only one with enough gall to openly question her motives, tactics, and behavior. Their witty banter was by far my favorite part and what made Emma an instant favorite for me.
- Miss Emma Woodhouse: Audacious Bullheaded Cheeky
- Miss Jane Fairfax: Amiss Beloved Chagrined
- Miss Harriet Smith: Addled Bending Childlike
- Mr. Knightley: Amiable Brazen Caring
- Mr. Frank Churchill: Artful Baffling Cutie
- Mr. Philip Elton: Attractive Bitter Confounded
My star rating: 5 out of 5 stars; While the attention to detail was at times difficult to bear, the witty dialogue made Emma SO very worth it.
My kiddie-o-meter: Perfectly safe for any wee ones brave enough to tackle the verbiage.
My love-o-meter: When love was finally confessed and reciprocated, I got the chills. I know now why people love Miss Austen.
My recommendation: Try it!
My favorite lines:
- "I would much rather have been merry than wise."
- "How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!"
- "What is good and what is ridiculous are most unfortunately blended in her."
- "What a blessing it is, when undue influence does not survive the grave."
- "I always deserve the best treatment, because I never put up with any other."
My final say:
- I love how they name their estates. When I buy a home I think I will name my property. Think Mr. Whimsy will agree to Hartfield or Donwell Abbey?
- Which Jane Austen novel should I try next? I'm hoping to try another light one.
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I read Emma as part of the Book Rat's Jane in June.