Jane Austen Austen signed her first published novel "By a Lady".
Plot summary[ edit ] Emma Woodhouse has just attended the wedding of Miss Taylor, her lovely friend and former governessto Mr. Having introduced them, Emma takes credit for their marriage and decides that she likes matchmaking.
After she returns home to Hartfield with her father, Emma forges ahead with her new interest against the advice of her sister's brother-in-law, Mr.
Knightley, and tries to match her new friend Harriet Smith to Mr. Elton, the local vicar. First, Emma must persuade Harriet to refuse the marriage proposal from Robert Martin, a respectable, educated, and well-spoken young farmer, which Harriet does against her wishes.
Elton, a social climber, thinks Emma is in love with him and proposes to her. When Emma tells him that she had thought him attached to Harriet, he is outraged.
After Emma rejects him, Mr. Elton leaves for a stay at Bath and returns with a pretentious, nouveau-riche wife, as Mr. Harriet is heartbroken, and Emma feels ashamed about misleading her.
Weston's son, arrives for a two-week visit to his father and makes many friends. Frank was adopted by his wealthy and domineering aunt, and he has had very few opportunities to visit before. Knightley suggests to Emma that, while Frank is intelligent and engaging, he is also a shallow character.
Jane Fairfax also comes home to see her aunt, Miss Bates, and grandmother, Mrs.
Bates, for a few months, before she must go out on her own as a governess due to her family's financial situation. She is the same age as Emma and has been given an excellent education by her father's friend, Colonel Campbell.
Emma has not been as friendly with her as she might because she envies Jane's talent and is annoyed to find all, including Mrs. Elton takes Jane under her wing and announces that she will find her the ideal governess post before it is wanted.
Emma begins to feel some sympathy for Jane's predicament. Emma decides that Jane and Mr. Dixon, Colonel Campbell's new son-in-law, are mutually attracted, and that is why she has come home earlier than expected.
She shares her suspicions with Frank, who met Jane and the Campbells at a vacation spot a year earlier, and he apparently agrees with her. Suspicions are further fueled when a piano, sent by an anonymous benefactor, arrives for Jane.
Emma feels herself falling in love with Frank, but it does not last to his second visit. The Eltons treat Harriet poorly, culminating with Mr. Elton publicly snubbing Harriet at the ball given by the Westons in May.
Knightley, who had long refrained from dancing, gallantly steps in to dance with Harriet. The day after the ball, Frank brings Harriet to Hartfield; she had fainted after a rough encounter with local gypsies. Harriet is grateful, and Emma thinks this is love, not gratitude.
Weston wonders if Mr. Knightley has taken a fancy to Jane, but Emma dismisses that idea. Knightley mentions the link he sees between Jane and Frank, Emma denies them, while Frank appears to be courting her instead.
He arrives late to the gathering at Donwell in June, while Jane leaves early. Next day at Box Hilla local beauty spot, Frank and Emma continue to banter together and Emma, in jest, thoughtlessly insults Miss Bates.General content of the Austen Authors blog is owned by the administrators; blog posts, original writings, and novel excerpts are owned by and copyrighted to the individual author and, if applicable, the author's publishing company.
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