- I was right about the mystery behind the pianoforte. It was Churchill!! I knew he was smitten with Jane. I just didn't know that they were secretly engaged!! Talk about keeping secrets! No wonder she was always so cold toward Emma - all Churchill ever did was flirt with her. Cripes! No wonder his bad behavior made her question his commitment and mad her sick with worry. Poor Jane! Of course, she should never have gone along with such secrecy. I know love is blind, but c'mon!
- I thought it was sweet how worried the Weston's were about Emma's reaction to Churchill's engagement to Jane. They really did want her to be their daughter-in-law. Too sweet! They certainly are dear friends to the Woodhouse family. I was happy when they had a baby of their own to dote on.
- Those dreadful Eltons - ugh! How anyone can stand being around them is beyond me? They were an insufferable pair. I was glad to find out that Emma wasn't the only one who didn't care for them. I'm assuming Jane must have tuned Mrs. E out whenever she visited her - how else could she deal with her on such a frequent basis?
- Poor Harriet! To be snubbed so publicly by Mr. E! That awful man! I'm so happy Knightley was there to rescue her - hurrah for Knightley!! I was so happy when she burned her "Elton" reminders at Emma's. Of course, I couldn't help but laugh a little when we found out what she kept from him. Then again, she thought she was in love, so I can excuse her foolishness. As for her new love interest - I can't believe how wrong Emma was (again!). She is just never right about these things. Imagining that Harriet was in love with Churchill, when it was pretty obvious she was crushing on Knightley. How did Emma not see that? I'm just happy that she didn't object to Harriet's marriage to Mr. Martin in the end; and that Harriet finally got the man she always loved.
- Poor Miss Bates! Emma making fun of her in front of all their friends! I felt so badly for her. I couldn't believe Emma would do such a thing! I was glad when Knightley called her out for it.
- Knightley and Emma! I just knew there would be a wedding for those two. No wonder he disliked Churchill so much! I'm happy he was forthright with Emma in the end and told her how he felt. She'd been feeling the same way toward him, so I just knew that she would be over the moon when he finally confessed his true feelings. I loved when she finally realized why she abhorred the idea of Jane and Knightley as a couple - jealous, much! It was wonderful to see how much he loved Emma - deciding to move in with her and her father, instead of her moving in with him at Donwell Abbey. And I just love how well he seemed to know Emma and vice versa. They were truly a perfect match!
I'll definitely be reading more of Austen in the coming year. I'm thinking Sense and Sensibility or Mansfield Park should be next. What do you think?
Hope you are having a wonderful holiday!! Happy reading!!