Emma & Elton: Something Truly Horrid (Twisted Austen Book 1)
I was introducing her into good company, and giving her the opportunity of pleasing someone worth having; I ought not to have attempted more. But now, poor girl, her peace is cut up for some time. I have been but half a friend to her; and if she were not to feel this disappointment so very much, I am sure I have not an idea of anybody else who would be at all desirable for her--William Coxe--oh! There was just something devious about him. Emma didn't like certain things he did but she was a friend to him anyway.
But getting to read about the love slowly unfolding between Mr. Knightly and Emma was so sweet. You could tell there was something there and they were both hiding it. Until the bitter end when Mr. Knightly finally confesses his love and Emma to him. And they had their wedding. How sweet is that, Emma finally finding her own love instead of trying to find it for others.
I thought the book was really good and enjoyed it a great deal. View all 20 comments.
Emma, Jane Austen Emma, by Jane Austen, is a novel about youthful hubris and the perils of misconstrued romance. The story takes place in the fictional village of High-bury and the surrounding estates of Hart-field, Randalls, and Donwell Abbey and involves the relationships among individuals in those locations consisting of "3 or 4 families in a country village". The novel was first published in December while the author was alive, with its title page listing a publication date of As in her other novels, Austen explores the concerns and difficulties of genteel women living in Georgian—Regency England; she also creates a lively comedy of manners among her characters and depicts issues of marriage, gender, age, and social status.
View 2 comments. Emma , a young woman in Regency England lives with her rich, but eccentric widowed father Henry Woodhouse, in the rural village of Highbury, always concerned about his health hypochondriac, in the extreme , and anybody else's , Mr. Woodhouse, constantly giving unwanted advise to his amused friends and relatives, they tolerate the kindly old man.
Miss Woodhouse they're very formal, in those days , is very class conscious a bit of a snob but lovable , and will not be friends with people below Emma , a young woman in Regency England lives with her rich, but eccentric widowed father Henry Woodhouse, in the rural village of Highbury, always concerned about his health hypochondriac, in the extreme , and anybody else's , Mr. Miss Woodhouse they're very formal, in those days , is very class conscious a bit of a snob but lovable , and will not be friends with people below her perceived rank, the Woodhouse family, is the most prominent in the area, she likes matchmaking Weston, a close friend of their family, later regretted by both father and daughter, as her presence is greatly missed.
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And older sister Isabella, earlier had left to be the wife of John Knightley and moved away, she is Then Emma surprisingly chooses a protege, Harriet Smith, a seventeen year old girl with an unknown background, illegitimate? Goddard's boarding school for girls, hoping to groom the unfortunate young lady and raise her to a higher position in society. Besides the slightly spoiled Miss Woodhouse , even her friends call her by that name, will have a companion to talk to.
Woodhouse's company, lacks stimulation understandably, how much talk about illness the devoted daughter, or anyone else take? Emma believes she can discover people's emotions by watching them, know who they love, not true but that fact doesn't stop the lady from trying to marry off Harriet, thinking her own beaus, really want to marry Miss Smith instead of her, big mistakes follow, hurt feelings, embarrassing situations, ironically the clueless Emma encouraged Harriet to turn down Robert Martin, a farmer with an excellent reputation, but a lowly position in the world.
George Knightley a nearby neighbor, the older brother of John, rents the farm to Mr. Martin, he thinks very well of the young man Another neighbor , good Miss Bates a spinster, never lacks words She plays the piano quite well and sings delightfully too, better than Emma and the envious girl, becomes a rival, Miss Woodhouse has long been the local leader of society here, what there is of it The prodigal son of Mr.
Weston and his late first wife, returns, mysteriously some secrets are hidden , Frank Weston Churchill, adopted by his rich aunt and uncle. Emma and Jane are attractive to the charming gentleman , but the wise George Knightley doesn't feel he is a serious man, a bit of a fop, more interested in his appearance than anything more. A wonderful book about manners, class rank and country society of the landed gentry, in old England, that doesn't exist anymore Feb 03, Mandy rated it did not like it.
I can't do it! I can't finish it! I keep trying to get into Jane Austen's stuff and I just can't make it further than pages or so. Everything seems so predictable and sooooo long-winded. I feel like she is the 19th century John Grisham. Sorry to all the Jane Austen fans-you inspired me to try one more time and I failed! Jun 26, Lora rated it it was amazing Shelves: surprised-me , lib-read , want-to-reread , austenlandia , summer-reads , classics , favorites , r. You see, the reason why I went for Emma as my first Austen read is because my mother has seen the latest movie adaptation, and she claims it to be her very favorite.
Mind you, she hasn't read any thing of Austen's—but she loves the movie so very much that she kept pestering me to watch it I suppose I'll have to pester her to read the book now, won't I? To which I continually said that, no, no, I will not watch the movie until I've read the book; I positively hate to watch the movie adaptation before reading the book; it virtually cancels out any chance of me ever finding enough interest in reading the actual book to its completion.
So, after picking up Emma at least ten times in the past year, reading the first few chapters, only to sit it back down again, I finally —the other day—decided I wanted to read something of quality and something that is truly written well. Well, that is definitely Emma. Emma's devotion to her father is also very admirable.
And by the end, Emma seemed so much more humble and less meddling that I couldn't help but be very pleased with her character. My thoughts on Mr. Knightley are not as easily expressed; in the beginning I found him merely interesting, but somewhere in the middle he began to hold my interest as much as a mother would hold her infant if that isn't too much of an odd metaphor ; by the end he managed to surpass virtually all of the other male characters of which I've been exposed to. Granted, Mr. Knightley isn't in Emma nearly enough for my satisfaction—but when he is, the aforesaid is all too true.
I can't quite place my finger on what it is, exactly, about him that made such an impression on me—other than that I've always had a strong fascination with a true gentleman, being as that sort of thing is practically extinct in this day and age; also, I've grown very jaded with the often monotonous male characters of today. And I do believe that my reaction to Mr. Knightley has left me at a wonder as to just want my reaction will be upon meeting the famous Mr. I really think that my hesitation in reading this—as well as Austen's other works—has nothing to do with the writing, or the story, or the pacing; because, and I know this will sound strange, but, I've always loved a book that is just about people going about their daily lives and doing things—little trivial things, even—and simply living ; people say that Emma doesn't have much story and is really just people planning balls and Emma interfering in peoples' lives—but I loved all of that!
I'll take everyday living over complex plots any day. No, I think the reason for my waiting so long is that I psyched myself out of reading something like this; I kept thinking that it would be too long or too boring or too archaic or too something or another, but in reality this is the very type of thing that I love to read about. Regency, Victorian, etc. I love to read about all of the historical periods, and I'm so very glad that I stopped procrastinating. So, I enjoyed this a great deal and I've set a goal for myself to read all of Austen's works by this time next year although I kindly ask you not you hold me to it ;.
I plan to continue with her other slightly lesser known titles, and finish with what appears to me to be the most well known and highly esteemed, Pride and Prejudice. In a summary, I plan to save the best—or what is often said to be the best—for last. Expect to see it in my future reviews. I highly recommend Emma to everyone; both lovers and reluctant readers of classics. View all 30 comments.
Dec 05, Adam Dalva rated it it was amazing. Oh my goodness, did I love. At one point, toward the end, when the thing that Austen was working toward happened, I literally fell down from the couch to the rug. Emma herself is a unique creation, a headstrong, misguided, self-confident girl who we can't help but love, because she is honest. The love complications are innumerable, the humor is excellent, and the writing is spectacular.
Without the intensely crafted plot of Pride and Prejudice, say, Austen's sentences are left to carry the book, Oh my goodness, did I love. Without the intensely crafted plot of Pride and Prejudice, say, Austen's sentences are left to carry the book, something that they are more than capable of. It was interesting to read this in concert with Dostoyevsky's THE IDIOT, because they have much in common, and because there is as much truth and insight here, with additional pleasures. Austen is habitually underrated for the usual reasons, and also because the adaptations of her work showcase her facility with plot more than language.
On the page, one wants to read her fast, but one also wants to linger in the prose. View 1 comment. May 25, Luffy rated it really liked it. I'm beginning to put in more work in my hobby - my solitary one, reading - than I've put in my career. I have little to analyze here. That is because a lot of the things that can be construed, can be true of any book.
Like Sam Harris said, even a cookbook, if improperly analyzed, can yield truths that can seem profoundly benevolent. If I say that the mixture of oil and aniseed symbolizes the purity of the cookbook, that's not conductive to a balanced an I'm beginning to put in more work in my hobby - my solitary one, reading - than I've put in my career.
If I say that the mixture of oil and aniseed symbolizes the purity of the cookbook, that's not conductive to a balanced and healthy autopsy. Emma is a frivolous character, with flaws, but appears and is regarded as felicitous. Emma is a book that Jane Austen might have written in Pride and Prejudice, but the differences are markedly dissimilar enough. I am beginning to change. This book would never have got 4 stars from me in The broadening of my horizons is something private.
Suffice to say, Emma is about pleasure rather than stuffy austerity. Let's leave it at that. View all 26 comments. Jun 21, Amy rated it it was amazing. Of all of Austen's books - and I've read them all several times - I learn the most from Emma. I believe that one of Austen's goals in writing is to teach us to view the rude and ridiculous with amusement rather than disdain.
And in Emma we have the clearest and most powerful picture of what happens when we don't do this: when Emma speaks out against Miss Bates. Though rude on Emma's part, we can't help but love her for her mistake and feel her shame because we've all been there. When I feel I can't take [for example] one more family situation, one more draining phone call, one more person unloading on me, I read Emma and remind myself how to behave. Apr 30, Lizzy rated it liked it Shelves: historical-fiction , england-britain , read , stars-3 , classics-literay-fiction.
Emma simply did not move me. She was proved to have been universally mistaken. She had brought evil on Harriet, on herself, and she too much feared, on Mr. I enjoyed reading about the intentionally annoying Miss Bates and Mrs. Elton, the first incessantly chatty, the second bossy and interfering. I suffered along with Mr. Woodhouse for all his maladies, and I really liked Mr.
Knightley, and how he relates to Emma. However, I kept waiting for more. I thought the love stories lacked romance, they seemed an after thought or simply lacked deeper feelings, and I am a romantic at heart. Maybe I am being too strict in granting Emma only 3 stars, but I think it appropriate compared with my ratings of 4 stars for Persuasion and Sense and Sensibility , and 5 stars for Pride and Prejudice. Nevertheless, recommended. View all 15 comments. Jun 14, mark monday rated it it was amazing Shelves: these-fragile-lives , alpha-team , romantica , masterpiece-theatre.
Jane Austen seems to be a rather divisive figure as of late. You love her for her wit, her irony, her gentle but pointed depictions of manners and love. Or you hate her because she seems to be harking back to an age of prescribed gender roles and stultifying drawing room conversation. I am of the former camp. Emma may be one of her more divisive novels and the title character one of her more controversial creations.
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Or perhaps that should be — one of her more irritating creations. She exasperates Jane Austen seems to be a rather divisive figure as of late. She exasperates readers: people are annoyed by her as they are annoyed by people like Emma in real life. She is a snob, she is a busybody, she is high-handed and she puts her great intellect in service of manipulating the people around her; and all through this, she is utterly convinced of her strong ideals and her noble aims. But this is exactly why I love her.
I like them real, imperfect, deluded, flawed. How can a person of such superior intellect, such depth of spirit, do else but try to improve their lot? She is only trying to be of service to them, to all of the imperfect humans who cross her path! And another part of me wanted to kiss those foolish, snobby little comments off of her no-doubt lovely face. Wonderfully flawed. View all 19 comments. The story begins when Miss Taylor, her former governess and the mother figure who raised her Emma's real mother is dead marries a neighbor - Mr.
Weston - and leaves Hartfield. Emma is now left alone with her father, whom she adores and is devoted to. Seen as society's best, Emma seems to have everything she needs to be happy and satisfied: beauty, money, intelligence, class and talent. Everyone admires her and it seems she can do no wrong: except for Mr. Knightley, the brother of her sister Isabel's husband, and who also lives near Hartfield.
He's known Emma since she was a little girl and is the only one who feels free to tell her the truth, sincerely give her his opinions and advise her against her selfishness and arrogance. Austen was bold to write and name a book after a character that's not really likable - which happens in Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary see my review as well, who coincidentally was also named Emma - or at least is not instantly likable.
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We're presented to an immature and spoiled person who takes on intents of pairing up couples - perhaps even with good intentions - but ultimately playing with other people's lives. Harriet Smith, a "project" she chooses for herself is her biggest victim. Led to believe by Emma that she's better than suitor Robert Martin, Harriet turns down his marriage proposal that she was initially inclined to accept. This is the first of a series of disservices that Emma does to Miss Smith. Believing the clergyman Mr. Elton was more suited as a husband for her friend, Miss Woodhouse embarks on schemes and manipulations to play the role of a matchmaker.
Blindsided by her snobbery, she never realizes that Mr. Elton has his eyes set on her instead of her good and willing pupil. Decided to never get married herself, Emma is appalled when Mr. Elton declares his love to her and turns him down. Here, it's important to note that Austen never uses narration as means to indisputably lay out all of her character's inner feelings. Instead, she wonders about their reasons and has us trying to guess what lies beneath their actions. Why would the most prominent household in Highbury wish to never get married?
Does she believe she's too good for every man she knows or is there a fear of rejection in the mix somewhere? Could it be a fear of change? Things are shaken up and change does seem to be on its way to the village's trite life when Frank Churchill - Mr. Weston's son by his first marriage who was raised by his aunt - comes to visit his father and is introduced to Emma.
Instantly drawn to each other, they bond and it seems a marriage between the two is all the Westons can hope for the near future. We learn later, however, that this union the Westons longed for was never among Frank's designs and that he has been playing everyone all along. Austen masterfully uses Frank's duplicity and actions as a parallel to Emma's schemes and manipulations as her own intentions were never completely out in the open as well. But it isn't with satisfaction we become aware that Emma's been toyed with for we're already warming up to her ways and witnessing the beginning of her redemption at this point: it all starts with a strong reprimand from Mr.
Knightley after a malicious remark she makes to and about Miss Bates; this brings Emma to tears and she realizes not only that her line was unpleasant, but that she's been unfair to Jane Fairfax and to her good friend Harriet as well. In the end, Emma played with fire. Fortunately for her, consequences weren't as harmful as they could have been and she ended up actually growing as a person and learning from her faults. Could she have avoided mostly everything she and her friends went through? Probably yes. Would she be the person she is by the end of the book?
Probably not. Would she be mature enough to realize what was right in front of her and to make the right decision she did that ultimately changed her life? Definitely not. Rating: for Austen's ever present wit and irony and for her magistral account of Emma's inner development, 4 stars. View all 38 comments.
This was the perfect book to reread during my Christmas break. I am a devoted fan of Jane Austen's work, but even so, I find "Emma" to be particularly charming and insightful. The story of the "handsome, clever and rich" Emma Woodhouse, who is determined to be a matchmaker among her friends but is constantly making blunders, is one that always makes me smile when I read it. I especially like the descriptions of Emma's neighbors and of Highbury. Indeed, the novel is so vivid I feel as if I could This was the perfect book to reread during my Christmas break.
Elton there — and I shall return to Hartfield for a visit with Mrs. Weston and Mr. Knightley, which will be the first time I will have heard any sense spoken all day. I admit I get irritated when people write off Austen's novels as mere romances, when there is so much social commentary going on. What struck me anew as I read this book I think for my fourth time is how well the idiosyncrasies of each character are observed. So many traits remind me of people I actually know! This novel was published in , but the egos, presumptions, shrewdness and foibles of each person are just as real today.
The endless, silly chatter of Miss Bates, the duplicitous dealings of Mr. Frank Churchill and the snobby arrogance of Mr. Elton are so authentic that I frequently paused to laugh at who I was reminded of. And every time Mrs. Elton spoke, I was terrified of ever seeming like her: "self-important, presuming, familiar, ignorant and ill-bred. She had a little beauty and a little accomplishment, but so little judgment that she thought herself coming with superior knowledge of the world, to enliven and improve a country neighborhood. Knightley and the friendly counsel of Mrs. Weston to keep us grounded.
Some of my favorite lines in the book are from Mr. Knightley: "Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief. But you know what I am. You hear nothing but truth from me. I have blamed you, and lectured you, and you have borne it as no other woman in England would have borne it. Update I want to address some of the comments from GR friends.
Emma & Elton: Something Truly Horrid
I think it's true that a fair number of readers do not enjoy "Emma" as much as Jane Austen's other novels because of frustrations with the main character. Emma thinks she knows better than everyone else, she makes some foolish decisions, she is filled with self-importance and she can be vain.
All true, and yes, those are unlikable qualities. But I like Emma in spite of that, because I enjoy laughing at the situations. Emma reminds me of so many young people who do think they know everything and who refuse to take the advice of their elders. It also helps knowing that Emma does learn from her mistakes and that she is making wiser decisions by the end of the book.
Some character growth and a happy ending make me like her more. Jane Austen anticipated that Emma would be a "character whom no one but me will much like. I do understand why Emma is not be considered a favorite of the Austen heroines, but I will continue to find her amusing. Jun 10, s. However, this keen eye may not be as accurate as she would wish it to be.
Through her inaccurate impressions of those around her, and of her own feelings, the reader is able to construct a strikingly accurate and detailed portrait of the events and players at hand. Emma is a comedy of social errors that displays Austen as an expert novelist exercising her careful control over the ironies and implications of ambiguous observations. Austen has a charming method of careful show and tell at work in Emma , and stands back from any authorial instruction to allow the reader to piece the evidence together through the deductions revealed by Emma.
She is able to place events out in the open, yet lead the reader astray down a path of thinking that will turn out to be hilariously false and embarrassing for all those involved. Emma, who fancies herself quick witted and wise — which she truly is, although prone to a gross misdiagnosis of events — sets many of her friends and family up for failure and blunder by trying to position their hearts in the direction she sees best. However, these goals of hers rarely work out and, as usually explained by Mr.
Knightly, are wholly unrealistic. Take her first blunder for instance, when she tries to place a match between Harriet, a pretty yet dim girl of unknown parentage, with Mr. Elton, a handsome and handsomely wealthy bachelor with an eye for business. Austen uses these mistaken beliefs and faults to highlight the truths of her society, truths that are never fully expressed or detailed other than as the negation of these misdirected observations.
Throughout the course of the novel, Austen paints a portrait of perfection strictly through brushstrokes of imperfection. Characters are revealed primarily through their annoying faults, and often come across as exceptionally irritating at first. There is Mr. We also have Ms. Bates, who cannot stop talking to save her life, John Knightly who finds pretty much everything in poor taste, Harriet and her lovesick ways, the list goes on. Yet, despite the annoying habits of virtually every character in the book Emma must also be included, as she is quite grating and arrogant the reader will learn to love them, especially when juxtaposed with characters whose faults are truly unbecoming and unforgivable.
Elton, who arrives in the second half of the novel, is pompous, arrogant, conceited and, worst of all, passive aggressive. All the faults of characters that initially aggravate the reader will melt away under the brute force of the truly annoying characters. Plus, as Emma learns, the reader will begin to see these characters as real people, who bleed when cut and grieve when offended.
Much like the real people around us, we must learn to accept people for their good qualities, which added up, outweigh the bad ones, i. Bates may not be able to shut her mouth, but she has a good heart and cares for all those around her. Knightly scolds Emma for her insult to Ms.
Bates, Austen is using him to directly scold the reader for their ill-feelings of such a kind hearted women. We are asked to check ourselves and behave with proper respect that we expect from the characters. There is a very positive message about treating one another right that underlines this novel.
Initially, I was annoyed by Emma and took joy in watching Emma falter and fall, but eventually the real satisfaction came from watching her get back up and carry on with dignity. We are presented with a very unique vision of perfection with this novel. Even the eventual happy wedding which closes this novel is described primarily by its shortcomings, and the ways it failed to meet any quality of standards in Mrs.
Elton's eyes. This conclusion offers a perfect summation of the novel in two ways.
First, that perfection is attainable despite flaws, and that if in the end we are left with a happy instance, or a character who's positive qualities outweigh their flaws, then we have achieved the sense of perfection allotted to humans beings, a flawed species by nature. Secondly, we see that this wedding was a failure based on Mrs. Elton's opinion, a character depicted as always insisting upon their opinions, style of dress, manners, acquaintances, vacation places, former homes, etc. This insistance of 'being perfect' of hers is her ultimate flaw, and for something to not meet her expectations makes it seem all the more amiable simply for irritating her as she is sure to be a source of constant irritation to the reader as well as Emma.
Austen shows us that we should aim for what makes us happy and is fitting with our character than for what is truly perfect, a utopian notion that if actually aimed to meet, as in the case of Mrs. Elton, will only appear as snobbery and faulty. All in all, Austen shows us to embrace our flaws as what makes us unique and endearing.
Misdirection is the name of the game in Emma, and it is quite funny to watch how so many different inferences can be deduced from the same set of observations. Austen exploits the double entendre quite masterfully here. The reader must be wary when setting foot out in Highbury, as things are not always what they seem they must also have pockets full of gold as there is a bit of disdain for anyone not wealthy enough.
The characters show, as is fitting with the times, a bit of snobbery. Poor people! They will infect us with their poorness and filth! Oh what a dreadful world that I should have to have my eyes insulted by poor people! And also Emma often puts forth the belief — which is eventually overturned — that farmers are trashy illiterates. Also, this book seems to still feel relevant and translate well to modern events. Check out the movie Clueless well okay, 90's events , and you will find the plot cleverly satirized. One would do well to keep in mind that Austen meant much of this novel as satire, so when characters become too irritating or too high and mighty, it helps to realize Austen is poking for at these cliches in the world around her.
It is quite fun to laugh at these events along with Austen. I would highly recommend this to anyone, and it would make a great introduction to this wonderful author. View all 31 comments. Oct 17, Paul Bryant rated it liked it Shelves: novels. Second revived review to celebrate the th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen.
Sorry Jane, this is rather a feeble review. That's it. On the bus. The three stars is because I like reading on buses. View all 6 comments. Still not the full review, just a warm-up exercise. It makes me most uncomfortable to see An English spinster of the middle class Describe the amorous effects of "brass," Reveal so frankly and with such sobriety The economic basis of society. Auden, Letter to Lord Byron "While twelve readings of Pride and Prejudie give you twelve periods of pleasure repeated, as many readings of Emma give you tha Still not the full review, just a warm-up exercise.
Auden, Letter to Lord Byron "While twelve readings of Pride and Prejudie give you twelve periods of pleasure repeated, as many readings of Emma give you that pleasure, not repeated only, but squared and squared again with each persual, till at every fresh reading you feel anew that you never understood anything like the widening sum of its delights.
We have this incredibly privileged heroine, "handsome, clever and rich", the centre of the small Universe that is the village of Highbury, around whom society revolves so to speak, seemingly with no problems at all, unlike any other Austen heroines before or after her. But Jane Austen being Jane Austen, we are shown that having no problems is what Emma's problem is, actually. At 21 she is too old to play with dolls so she decides to take up a new hobby to kill time and turns to matchmaking instead.
Harriet Smith, a socially and intellectually inferior, but kindhearted and utterly submissive young girl is to become Emma's "live Barbie doll". She makes Harriet turn down an offer of marriage from a deserving farmer in favour of a "Ken" of her own choosing Mr. She does not give up however and with admirable or exasperating perseverance goes on to meddle in the lives of others imagining herself to have everyone figured out, while not even being aware of her own heart.
It's so fresh, so sparkly, so linguistically nimble, I would deem it impossible if I hadn't read it twice, bought three copies of it, and watched the movie far too many times to count. Well said. And it seems that these rereads of Jane Austen that I'm doing are meant to make me notice things that I hadn't noticed or not really focused on in my first readings , because this time around I hopelessly fell in love with view spoiler [Frank Churchill's and Jane Fairfax's hide spoiler ] subplot.
I adored them. He is such an idiot, but his love for her is unmistakable; and once again, though their "secret" is mostly seen as a semi-scandal of the acceptable type, the way Austen developed it I'm also referring to the interactions between the two characters feels so modern, it's impossible not to empathize. I think I wouldn't mind reading a paraquel about them, and if any of you knows of any please let me know. If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Surprisingly, none of this feels tricksy or opportunistic, though of course it might had Austen not had this particular objective unwaveringly in her sights: The Unreliable Reader.
To make matters more complex, Emma really should have known better, as she admits to her credit when her eyes are opened. Nor is Emma the only unreliable narrator. Again, the reliability angle is enriched when Frank thinks at one point that Emma does perceive his attachment to Jane. View all 3 comments. Jan 06, Apatt rated it really liked it Shelves: classics. Upon my word! After reading a couple of chapters of Emma I do declare—with all due respect—that Miss Emma Woodhouse is one silly cow.
I have sought assurance from my dear friend—the very learned Mrs. Yes, Emma Woodhouse is clueless, so much so that the wonderful movie Clueless is entirely based on her story. No, indeed, Miss Woodhouse fancies herself as some kind of cupid and does the job disastrously. It would be an interesting, and certainly a very kind undertaking; highly becoming her own situation in life, her leisure, and powers. You silly cow! Anyway, in the process, she dissuades poor Harriet from accepting a desirable marriage proposal and pursues the snobbish Mr.
Elton instead. Of course she is not quite correct, lots of people like Emma Woodhouse, even I warmed up to her toward the end of the book as Austen undoubtedly intended. Her conceitedness and snobbery is almost unbearable in the early chapters. It is only when consecutive events start to confound her that I started to really enjoy the novel. Elton and his even more ridiculous wife who appears later in the book. He is another Darcy clone: taciturn, with good looks, sensibility, kindness and wisdom to spare.
He is called Mr. Knightley on this occasion. By the end of the book I was quite sold on Emma the novel and the character. In all fairness to the poor eponymous character I was of a similarly bovine intellect at her age, and I am not sure to be able to claim to have improved significantly since. As with most of her books—on the surface—the novel seems to depict the small world and small concerns of her characters, but Austen has deeper observations to makes about the social mores and class system of her times. Only Pride and Prejudice left to reread and review. I think I quite like her stuff.
I "read" this mostly on audiobook , thank you Ms. Elizabeth Klett for her reliably pleasant and melodious narration. If you are looking for free audiobooks with beautiful, professional level narration look for titles narrated by her at Librivox. I mean, come on, it looks like they just fell out of bed and put on some baggy pants and take their greasy hair - ew - and cover it up with a backwards cap and like, we're expected to swoon? I don't think so. Tardiness is not something you can do on your own. Many, many people contributed to my tardiness. I would like to thank my parents for never giving me a ride to school, the LA city bus driver who took a chance on an unknown kid and last but not least, the wonderful crew from McDonalds who spend hours making those egg McMuffins without which I might never be tardy.
Cher, Dionne: A what? Cher: Uh-uh, no way, not even! Murray: Yes, even; he's gay! Dionne: He does like to shop, Cher. And the boy can dress. Tai: Do you think she's pretty? Cher: No, she's a full-on Monet. Tai: What's a monet? Cher: It's like a painting, see? From far away, it's OK, but up close, it's a big old mess.
Let's ask a guy. Christian, what do you think of Amber? Christian: Hagsville. Cher: See? View all 37 comments. Aug 22, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: traditional-fiction , romance , shelf. I'm pretty impressed with this busybody know-it-all. As a plot novel, it's not so much of anything. Honestly, Austen is great at this kind of zinger. It's all about the self-realizations and the gr I'm pretty impressed with this busybody know-it-all.
It's all about the self-realizations and the growth as a person. Sometimes there's marriages, too. There's always marriages. Emma is very, very good at putting the blinders on, too, so she's pretty much a master at ignoring the facts and making all of her mess-ups feel perfectly rational and reasonable. This is comedic gold for a certain type of reader. Even so, this novel is pretty fantastic. View all 13 comments. Emma is the last novel Jane Austen published before dying, and along with Mansfield Park one of her longest. For Emma, she upgraded publishers; this was published by the more prestigious John Murray, who also had Byron.
She was treated as a respected writer by Murray, and Emma got more attention than her previous books, including a review from famous boring guy Walter Scott, who called her "a gifted creature. During her lifetime she was a mildly successful, mildly respected author whose pen name was "A Lady. Emma is a terrific protagonist: complicated, carefully drawn, fully human. All that eye-rolling made me cringe. I much prefer the version with Gwyneth Paltrow. All the performances in it are so good, particularly Sophie Thompson as Miss Bates — and I must say Jeremy Northam makes a particularly fine-looking Mr.
I think the girls in the version are more interesting. This is one of the most enjoyable Austen movies for me and I have probably watched it at least five times in the last month or so. Mansfield Park…I watched the edition and I hated it, what a waste of time. It was very disappointing for me, because that was one of my favorite of the books. I can see from this post that I have a lot of film-watching to be done! Need to check out some of these! I grew up on that version and love it! I still think David Rintoul, as the stiff, snobby, untouchable Mr.
Darcy, is wonderful! Garvie is a little more perplexed, and a lot more likely to laugh it all off. Honestly, I love all three adaptations. I wish the version could have been a couple hours longer so they could have really developed the characters and the plot. Oh great, now I need to spend the weekend re-watching these! I was as good as my word and watched part of the s series while folding laundry this weekend. I can see why the newer, higher-budget versions would be favorites because the old one is almost like a play more than a movie, but the individual performances are so fun to watch.
We have so many little family jokes that came out of that production. In fact, that line was the last joke my sister ever told my mom. Jane Austen and that particular BBC production are totally intertwined in our family narrative. The version and all of those earlier BBC versions of the other Jane Austen novels had the best casting.
Lydia was well Lydia as she was supposed to be. Jane and Bingley were the cutest couple. Her off-key singing at one of the balls takes the cake. She was pious but not smarmily priggish as in the and Keira Knightley. She smiled more and they gave her the best lines of any of the others. This made her made her moral Maryisms less awkward. Mr Collins in the version was hands down the best Mr.
Collins ever. He was so delightfully unaware of how much of a nerd he really appeared. His proposal is the most laughable of all. That little circular turnaround before he begins his speech. The only place where I could fault the casting was Mr. He seemed just a little bit too biting in his sarcasm. He was overplaying it. The best Mr Bennett was in the version. He was too nice. It was a modern twist to a timeless tale and I loved it! Knightley is too severe. I love Jonny Lee Miller as Mr. Knightley in the version although it did bother me how much Romola Garai bugged her eyes out.
That version takes the time to show long conversations and that is something that I feel makes it superior to the other versions. It rushed the story along too quickly, Mr. I love the version of Persuasion. However Ciaran Hines is more realistic as a weathered naval man. But, oh my gosh, all the fast moving in the later version—in the opening scenes, how the Musgrove sisters are always running, and then the jog through the neighborhood at the end.
And Mary! I know the character is supposed to be annoying, but the performance by Amanda Hale takes the cake! I do love you or something. I want to hear words. I can watch all of them over and over! My favorite is the! Field Northanger Abbey. Persuasion is probably my favorite story, so I can forgive the kiss because I love the last scene- A little in love with the Captain Wentworth! Although, the best part is hearing the letter in the Ciarin Hinds version. I also just watched Austenland-which is very silly but made me want to go there!
Ha, we love our Jane! Just found this via Pinterest. His age, his bearing — all perfect. He does Awkward Romantic Hero in a wonderful way. I had once made a list of my top five favorite Austen adaptations. I liked all three versions very much, due to the original story. Kate Beckinsale is the perfect Lady Susan. I agree with the other poster about the scenery and music of the Keira Knightley version. Simply stunning. I think we can all relate a little bit to the main character.
Interesting, but I still thought meh, about her! Cast ages are more on point, the coastal scenery is perfect, and… just being honest, Dan Stevens? And I agree that the Persuasion is severely weakened by that atrocious kissing scene, but I do really love Rupert Penry-Jones as Wentworth. And I know many people disown me as a true Austen fan for saying this, but I pick the Pride and Prejudice when asked.
I think both adaptations are excellent and certainly both deserve much praise in different ways, but the one is just gorgeous and casted better to me Donald Sutherland as Mr. Bennet is one of my favorites! The music, scenery, costumes… all of it is beautiful! Totally anachronistic. Watched it on ovation and had to buy it. She is a fantastic actress and I was fortunate enough to see her on the stage in New York. Thanks for the tip! I am so tickled that the Sense and Sensibility is your favorite!
You hit the best ones. Oh, this is great! So, have you ever watched Bride and Prejudice? I love the singing and dance-production numbers. I just watched it again and love it just as much as ever. And have you watched Clueless as an Emma adaptation? Totally fun! I agree. Not faithful to the book necessarily but clearly created by someone who loved Austen and knew how to incorporate parts of Austen herself into the story the history of England scene is quoting work Austen herself wrote in her younger years.
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I really love the Mansfield Park. But I am not a huge fan of Fanny as she is, so I enjoy this alternative version. In the meantime, we get to examine class differences, the brutality that underlay the so-called aristocracy as they propped up their estates with slavery, the hypocrisy of all manner of social niceties that are really about trophy-hunting material and amorous.
And that is not far from what Austen herself does in the novel. Furthermore, it is a gorgeously filmed work with a lovely soundtrack. I completely agree with this list! Thank you! It felt very rushed. Both Thompson and Grant were 35 at the time playing a 19 and 23 year old respectively. Alan Rickman was 50 playing a 35 year old and was 30 years older than Kate Winslet. Just wanted to add my two cents.
Just a side note, I loved Austenland! JJ Feild was perfect as Mr. Henry Nobley. Jennifer Coolidge was hilarious. If anyone is hesitating watching it because it looks too silly, give it a try. You might be pleasantly surprised. Stumbled across this while looking for new Austen adaptations. Anne must meet him in this one instance, to give the seal to her promise of being immune to persuasion of any kind except their love.
I thought it was ridiculous seeing Anne running all over Bath, and then, once she finds him, drawing out the kissing scene like they did. The poor woman looks like a guppy out of water. Great list. I see I am the odd one out. I completely disagree about Mansfield Park.
I agree with you, I really liked that movie. I really liked the movie until then. I also liked the adaptation, but it frustrates me that none of the movies really captures the book. Regarding Pride and Prejudice I used to swear to the version, however there is something about version that resonates with me. And the music and imagery is close to perfection.
No-one has mentioned Lost in Austen which is a scream and a lovely tribute to Jane Austen at same time. So far I have only see the and adaptions though. Are there any other recommendation of other adaptions worthwhile watching. I thought it was a nicer adaption compare to the and ones. Yes the Mansfield Park is the best in terms of portraying Fannie as she was meant to be. Of the other Edmunds from the other versions. I found Blake Ritson in the version a complete drip; oozing with obsequious charm, too aware of his own good looks.
He was the same in the Emma as Mr Elton. When she refuses him he leaves the house and smashes the flowers outside the house…. I just found it unbearably awkward for him to come prancing into her house with flowers declaring his love enthusiastically then being told she changed her mind. I strongly recommend Bride and Prejudice! Admittedly I have a thing for Bollywood movies, but I love this movie. I even showed it to my sophomores after we finished reading the novel. Seen parts of the Bollywood version, Bride and Prejudice. Great dancing too.
Eliza confessed to me, though most reluctantly, the name of her lover; and when he returned to town, which was within a fortnight after myself, we met by appointment, he to defend, I to punish his conduct. Though illegal and widely criticized throughout the eighteenth century, dueling remained the customary means by which gentlemen settled questions of honor. The approach to the kiss is hoakey but the kiss itself is lovely. Also, the reveal Wentworth does for Anne more than makes up for it. Mansfield Park is not great in relation to the book. The result is a movie that is great on its own but not really a great adaptation.
The version was made when I still hated Keira. Sorry, girls. To me and I speak only for myself Anne Elliot is a stronger heroine and Wentworth and Brandon run circles around Darcy. Thanks for the lovely list!!! Screenwriters, take note. Mansfield Park The world is still waiting for a Mansfield Park adaptation that does justice to the book. Northanger Abbey Andrew Davies strikes again. Previous: My favorite posts of Next: I heard the bells on Christmas Day. Fantastic roundup, Anne!