Overview: Emma Woodhouse would seem to be a very modern woman, complete with the disinclination towards marriage. The thing is, this book is just about two hundred years old. But hey, does that really matter? Emma just wants to play matchmaker. Besides, her former governess has just married, and moved out of Hartfield. But, there’s this pretty, young woman living at Mrs. Goddard’s. She might be fun for an experiment.
Story Telling: We have a classical love story. And one of the first coming-of-age novels that ever existed.
Dislikes: Emma isn’t really a bad person, even at the beginning of the story, but her starting personality just rubbed me the wrong way. Both Mr. and Mrs. Elton were just wrong. No matter how influential, or wealthy, you are, you don’t get to over-run another’s get-together. Plus, if you make the mistake of who is returning your affections, you own up to it. Belittling the innocent is petty at the best, and cruel at the worst. But, what makes Mr. Elton so bad is that he is a preacher. What a hypocrite.
Frank Churchill was pretty sneaky with it came to his aunt.
Likes: George Knightley is one of the best parts of this novel. More on him later.
Robert Martin was tenacious when it came to Harriet Smith.
Jane held a firm personality, and she’s pretty well described as an introvert.
Isabella doesn’t have much screen-time, so to speak, though with her similarities to Mr. Woodhouse, this is a good thing. She was willing to help her sister out of a big mistake.
Favorite Character: George Knightley always tried to bring out the best that Emma could be. It appeared to be a thankless job at times, especially considering how Emma was raised.
Favorite Quote: When Mr. Woodhouse is lamenting on whether the boys will have to go home, Mr. Knightley has the best answer. ““No,” cried Mr. Knightley, “that need not be the consequence. Let them be sent to Donwell. I shall certainly be at leisure.””
Favorite Scene: It’s when Emma tries to make amends to Jane.
Conclusion: This is a great coming of age story. Emma had a lot of growing up to do, and it shows how hard she worked at it.