Emma: A Novel. In Three Volumes, Volume 1

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John Murray, 1816 - England
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Page 1 - EMMA Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence ; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.
Page 5 - Taylor in the house; and with all her advantages, natural and domestic, she was now in great danger of suffering from intellectual solitude. She dearly loved her father, but he was no companion for her. He could not meet her in conversation, rational or playful. The evil of the actual disparity in their ages (and Mr Woodhouse had not married early) was much increased by his constitution and habits; for having been a valetudinarian all his life, without activity of mind or body, he was a much older...
Page 41 - She was a very pretty girl, and her beauty happened to be of a sort which Emma particularly admired. She was short, plump and fair, with a fine bloom, blue eyes, light hair, regular features, and a look of great sweetness...
Page 2 - The real evils indeed of Emma's situation were the power of having rather too much her own way, and a disposition to think a little too well of herself ; these were the disadvantages which threatened alloy to her many enjoyments.
Page 225 - Wingfield says it is entirely a mistake to suppose the place unhealthy ; and I am sure he may be depended on, for he thoroughly understands the nature of the air and his own brother and family have been there repeatedly.
Page 19 - Weston were to marry her,' and saying it again to yourself every now and then afterwards, why do you talk of success? Where is your merit? What are you proud of? You made a lucky guess; and that is all that can be said.
Page 294 - The first error and the worst lay at her door. It was foolish, it was wrong, to take so active a part in bringing any two people together. It was adventuring too far, assuming too much, making light of what ought to be serious, a trick of what ought to be simple. She was quite concerned and ashamed, and resolved to do such things no more. 'Here have I,' said she, 'actually talked poor Harriet into being very much attached to this man.
Page 253 - Churchill, which always interested her. She had frequently thought— especially since his father's marriage with Miss Taylor— that if she were to marry, he was the very person to suit her in age, character, and condition.

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