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I really hated the character of Emma when I first tried to read this. But a few years later I persevered and ended up really loving the book.
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Page 5 - 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 107 - And then their uncle comes in, and tosses them up to the ceiling in a very frightful way.' ' But they like it, papa ; there is nothing they like so much. It is such enjoyment to them, that if their uncle did not lay down the rule of their taking turns, whichever began would never give way to the other.' ' Well, I cannot understand it.' ' That is the case with us all, papa. One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.
Page 114 - ... marrying, I shall be very well off, with all the children of a sister I love so much to care about. There will be enough of them, in all probability, to supply every sort of sensation that declining life can need. There will be enough for every hope and every fear ; and though my attachment to none can equal that of a parent, it suits my ideas of comfort better than what is warmer and blinder. My nephews and nieces : I shall often have a niece with me.
Page 26 - Miss Bates stood in the very worst predicament in the world for having much of the public favour; and she had no intellectual superiority to make atonement to herself, or frighten those who might hate her, into outward respect.
Page 92 - Harriet at present, the only mental provision she was making for the evening of life, was the collecting and transcribing all the riddles of every sort that she could meet with, into a thin quarto of hot-pressed paper, made up by her friend, and ornamented with cyphers and trophies.
Page 113 - ... a very narrow income has a tendency to contract the mind, and sour the temper. Those who can barely live, -and who live perforce in a very small, and generally very inferior, society, may well be illiberal and cross.
Page 113 - If I know myself, Harriet, mine is an active, busy mind, with a great many independent resources; and I do not perceive why I should be more in want of employment at forty or fifty than one-and-twenty. Woman's usual occupations of eye, and hand, and mind, will be as open to me then as they are now, or with no important variation. If I draw less, I shall read more; if I give up music, I shall take to carpet-work. And as for objects of interest, objects for the affections, which is...
Page 177 - She had taken up the idea, she supposed, and made everything bend to it. His manners, however, must have been unmarked, wavering, dubious, or she could not have been so misled. The picture! How eager he had been about the picture! — and the charade! and an hundred other circumstances ; how clearly they had seemed to point at Harriet! To be sure, the charade, with its "ready wit"— but then, the "soft eyes" — in fact it suited neither; it was a jumble without taste or truth.
Page 176 - The hair was curled, and the maid sent away, and Emma sat down to think and be miserable.— It was a wretched business indeed!— Such an overthrow of every thing she had been wishing for!— Such a development of every thing most unwelcome!— Such a blow for Harriet!— that was the worst of all.