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Austen Jane Emma New York Bantam Books 1981Emma takes place in Hartfield which is a part of Highbury England Highbury was a large and populous village but Hartfield was much quieter and secluded The story is in a time where you only married people of your own social status Therefore the story probably takes place in the Eighteenth century but there is no direct reference to the time at which the story takes place It was a romantic time where women were concerned with marrying their true loves but only if they were of their same class The importance of the village in which Emma lives is that to entertain herself she engages herself in matchmaking activities The main character of the story is Emma Woodhouse She is handsome clever and rich with a comfortable home and happy disposition seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence and very little to distress her or vex her Austen 3 Emma was the youngest of two daughters and she was spoiled by her old affectionate father Her mother had died when she was only a child and her sister Isabelle had married at an early age This made her mistress of his house from a very early period Emmas self image is very strong and she is doubly pleased with her match-making skills which turn out to be disastrous for her friend Harriet Harriet Smith is a young girl of an unknown background but she was a student at Mrs Goddards School Emma challenges herself to reform and refine Harriet She becomes to aspire to see Harriet marry a person in a higher social station Harriet is very pretty She was short plump and fair with blue eyes and light hair and a look of great sweetness Austen 20 The other main character of the story is Mr Knightley He is a sensible man of about thirty-seven He is the elder brother of Isabelles husband
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