Emma (5-85)

Okay, am I missing something?  My mom had trouble reading Jane Austen, but I’m not having any trouble at all.  I know Mom has read Pride & Prejudice, but I’m not sure if she’s read Emma.

I’d already been familiar with this section of the book from watching the movie (starring Gwyneth Paltrow) over the summer.  But I still find Emma to be shallow, yet vibrant and manipulative at the same time.  Don’t ask, I don’t know.  I obviously can’t make up my mind.  She defends Harriet and her choices, claiming she had nothing to do with Harriet’s refusal of Mr. Martin, but at the same time, it’s obvious that she had some influence.

Mr. Knightley, though.  God, I hate him.  He’s really good at jumping to conclusions.  Judging Harriet when he doesn’t even know her.  And Isabella is another story altogether (it took me like half of the section to figure out that she was married to Knightley).  Anyway, Isabella may be married and out on her own, but she doesn’t seem to have a clue about anything.  She’s so naïve, all of her husbands insults go over her head.  The only person who seems to match his intellect is Emma.  Which really isn’t saying anything at all, because Knightley doesn’t see her that way.  He disapproves of her relationship with Harriet for no apparent reason.  I don’t like him at all.

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