EmmaeBook - 2008
"Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition...had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her."
The celebrated opening of Jane Austen's Emma introduces readers to a supremely self-assured and accomplished young woman who believes herself immune to romance. By turns brilliant and foolish, self-aware and self-deluding, Emma "leaps from error to error," writes Margaret Drabble in her incisive Introduction, wreaking comic havoc in the lives of those around her. The mature flowering of Austen's singular and prolific genius, Emma is the compelling story of a woman seeking her true nature and finding true love in the process.
With an Introduction by Margaret Drabble
and an Afterword by Sabrina Jeffries
From the Paperback edition.
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'I never have been in love; it is not my way, or my nature; and I do not think I ever shall.'
Mr. Knightley, in fact, was one of the few people who could see faults in Emma Woodhouse and the only one who ever told her of them. . . .
" I lay it down as a general rule, Harriet, that if a woman doubts as to whether to accept a man or not, she certainly ought to refuse him." - Emma to Harriet
“Perhaps it is our imperfections that make us so perfect for one another!”
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