Category Archives: Emma Woodhouse

So dreadful!

“You will be an old maid! and that’s so dreadful!”  [Harriet] “Never mind, Harriet, I shall not be a poor old maid; and it is poverty only which makes celibacy contemptible to a generous public! A single woman, with a … Continue reading

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Little minds

“Where little minds belong to rich people in authority, I think they have a knack of swelling out, till they are quite as unmanageable as great ones.” Emma on the small-minded Churchills Emma, volume 1, chapter 18

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A hundred ways

“I suppose there may be a hundred different ways of being in love.” Emma, on thinking Mr. Elton far too gallant Emma, volume 1, chapter 6 I’m taking the next week off to linger and gaze at the sea, glory … Continue reading

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Oh, danger…

“It is never safe to sit out of doors, my dear.” Mr. Woodhouse, to Emma regarding her portrait of Harriet who is so dangerously sitting outdoors! Emma, volume 1, chapter 6

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A reputation for accomplishment

“She had always wanted to do everything, and had made more progress, both in drawing and music, than many might have done with so little labour as she would ever submit to.  She played and sang — and drew in … Continue reading

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Some doubt of a return

“I have no idea that she has yet ever seen a man she cared for.  It would not be a bad thing for her to be very much in love with a proper object.  I should like to see Emma … Continue reading

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No lasting blunder

“Where shall we see a better daughter or a kinder sister or a truer friend? . . . She will make no lasting blunder; where Emma errs once, she is in the right a hundred times.” Such words of praise … Continue reading

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Loveliness itself

[Mrs. Weston]  “She is loveliness itself.  Mr. Knightley, is not she?” “I have not a fault to find with her person,” he replied.  “I think her all you describe.  I love to look at her; and I will add this … Continue reading

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Emma’s reading lists

I love this little bit: “Emma has been meaning to read more ever since she was twelve years old.  I have seen a great many  lists of her drawing up at various times of books that she meant to read … Continue reading

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Mr. Martin

“I have no doubt that he will thrive and be a very rich man in time–and his being illiterate and coarse need not disturb us.” Emma’s backhanded compliment of Robert Martin, the farmer Harriet adores Emma, volume 1, chapter 4

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