- Emma is spoiled and selfish. She sees only what she wants to see and does as she pleases. Then again, when everyone dotes on you, how could you not have such a big head?! Thankfully, Mr. Knightley does not hold back and tells her like it really is. Hmm...I wonder if opposites will attract in the end?
- Emma is meddlesome beyond belief. I still can't believe that she talked Harriet into turning down Mr. Martin's marriage proposal! Yep, her friend who is obviously keen on Mr. Martin gets a letter from him asking her to marry him. And what does Emma advise? She urges her to answer 'no'. She thinks that Harriet (whose family history is unknown) is too good for the Martin family and that she can get a better marriage proposal (perhaps a Mr. Elton). Ack! I wanted to shake some sense into Emma - how could she do this to her friend?!?! And, Harriet - you know you love Mr. Martin, why did you say no?!! Talk about frustrating!
- Mr. Knightley tells Emma off when he finds out that she has helped Harriet turn down his friend's marriage proposal. He tells her she is wrong and leaves her questioning what she has done (if only for a minute). I was so happy that someone confronted her about her meddling ways and told her that she had screwed up multiple lives with her ridiculous ideas. Hurrah for Knightley!!
- Reading Emma's thoughts that Mr. Elton is fond of Harriet made me laugh so much. He's pretty obvious in his affection for Emma, but she is too blinded by her determination to see what is right in front of her. And the thought only crosses her mind when Knightley mentions that he's noticed how keen Elton is on her. Emma dismisses his idea rather quickly, but the thought settles and leaves her feeling rather queasy. And then Harriet gets ill, misses the party they are all attending, Emma notices Elton noticing her...and then the carriage ride happens. Yep, he tells her he loves in her the carriage and that he knows she feels the same. Emma is shocked and upset by this news. She turns down Mr. Elton, which pretty much ends their acquaintanceship. He gets so upset that he leaves town straightaway. Next thing you know, he turns up engaged to another women (who gets 10,000 pounds a year). Talk about a man after money!
- Poor Harriet! All she can do now is talk about Mr. Elton and how handsome, kind, etc. he was. Emma wishes her to stop talking this nonsense, but realizes that she needs to mend her broken heart (especially as it was all due to Emma's meddlesome ways). But lo and behold, Harriet begins to mend more than her heart, she reignites her friendship with the Martin family once more. Hmm... I wonder if Harriet will finally follow her heart instead of Emma's whims?
- Jane Fairfax is beautiful, talented, good, and just an all around great person - or at least that is according to everyone who knows her. Yep, Emma has competition in town, now that Jane has decided to spend some time with her aunts - the Bates. An arch-nemesis will definitely bring some drama to this story - love it!
- Frank Churchill is the son of Emma's BFF Mrs. Weston's husband. Apparently, he was raised by another family, because his father couldn't handle a son. Now they are all older and they've kept in touch. Churchill is always promising to visit his father and new wife, but somehow can never make the trip. And then, he's suddenly there. Hmm...is it a coincidence that his trip was around the same time as Jane's?
- Emma and Churchill become fast friends, or so he makes it seem that way. They gossip about Jane and how much they dislike her. Then again, he does manage to visit Jane quite often and bring her up in conversation quite a bit. Hmm...and didn't he go to London for a day (supposedly to get his haircut, but I'm thinking he went to purchase a pianoforte for a certain young lady with the surname, Fairfax). I don't find him trustworthy at all and wish that Emma hadn't confided her true feelings about Jane to him. I wonder if that will come and bite her in the arse later.
- Emma's father is a hypochondriac who hardly leaves home, so everyone visits him. Her sister and family come to stay for the holidays and all you hear about is what food they should eat, how they shouldn't go out, and how his doctor is better than his daughter's. Yeah, he's a bit of a buzzkill at times. I think Emma is great at handling her father and enjoy their father-daughter bond. Of course, I don't think its fair for Emma to never be invited places just because everyone knows her father will say no. He hates leaving the house, especially if its raining, snowing, etc. So, when The Cole's have a dinner party, Emma is eager to attend. Reluctantly, her father allows her to go. It is at the party that we see Emma act jealously with regard to Jane. She doesn't like that Mrs. Weston is convinced that Knightley likes Jane. She tells Emma that he was the one who sent his carriage to bring the Bates to the dinner party, that he is always asking or talking about Jane, and that he must be the one who sent the mysterious pianoforte to Jane. Emma is shocked at the idea of Knightley and Jane. She tries to make Mrs. Weston see her way and convince her that Knightley has no interest in Jane. Emma is unsettled at the idea of a married Knightley. Hmm...I wonder why? Could Emma have a space in her heart for Knightley? I must admit that I enjoyed seeing some of Emma's insecurities and meanness played out at this party. It helped show us just how much more Emma has to grow.
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