By Helen Halstead
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Jane Austen workouts her flavor for slicing social remark and her expertise for making an investment doubtless trivial occasions with profound ethical importance as Emma traverses a steady satire of provincial balls and drawing rooms, alongside the way in which encountering the candy Harriet Smith, the chatty and tedious omit Bates, and her absurd father Mr. Woodhouse–a memorable gallery of Austen's best personages. pondering herself impervious to romance of any style, Emma attempts to rearrange a prosperous marriage for terrible Harriet, yet refuses to acknowledge her personal emotions for the gallant Mr. Knightley. What ensues is a pleasant sequence of scheming escapades during which each social machination and little bit of "tittle-tattle" is steeped in Austen's scrumptious irony. eventually, Emma discovers that "Perfect happiness, even in reminiscence, isn't really universal. "
Virginia Woolf known as Jane Austen "the such a lot ideal artist between women," and Emma Woodhouse is arguably her such a lot excellent construction. even though Austen discovered her heroine to be anyone whom "no one yet myself will a lot like," Emma is her such a lot cleverly woven, riotously comedic, and unique novel of manners.
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Kitty took a deep breath. “Mr. ” “Not a great deal. ” “No, it is a small village. ” Kitty livened at this interesting change of topic from another to herself. “Longbourn? ” Mr. Turner laughed. ” “There are five of us. Jane is the eldest. ” “Oh, yes, everyone says so. She married in the same ceremony as Lizzy. ” “So they are perfectly matched? ” “Lizzy, who married Mr. ” “Well-matched, you say? ” She looked into his grey eyes. She lowered her voice to say, “Unless you mean that Mr. ” He laughed again, and Kitty blushed at her blunder.
We donned our warmest cloaks to cross the yard in our evening finery. Two footmen lighted our way. The rafters were hung with holly and every lamp in the place had been hung upon the walls. The old people were still at table, but the young were gathered about waiting for the dance to begin. How well I understand their impatience. Elizabeth danced with Mr. Darcy’s steward, and Mr. Darcy with his good wife. A young man came forward, pushed along by his friends, and asked me to dance. A great cheering went up when I accepted.
My darling girl, just look at you! ” shrieked her mother. She kissed Elizabeth on both her cheeks. ” Mrs. Bennet’s eldest daughter came into the room. “There you are, Jane! See how well your sister looks! Not so well as you, of course; there has never been so lovely a bride as you, in the whole county. ” Elizabeth laughed as Jane demurred. Their mother interrupted, “Lizzy, Mr. Darcy will be impatient to be gone, I dare say. Both of you wait upstairs for a moment. ” “Oh, Jane,” said Elizabeth. ” “Lizzy, you will make me weep.
A Private Performance: A Sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice by Helen Halstead