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|I don't know which reading this has been for me
Written by Nancy Ann
(5/7/2008 11:34 p.m.)
(in terms of numbers of times) but the last time I read Emma (which I think was with the group) I was just stunned at how much I disliked her behavior and thoughts, how much and how often she lied to herself, how much disdain she had for so many people...This time, maybe a couple of years later, I still don't have a 'warm, fuzzy' feeling for Emma as a 'person'. Nor do I have a trust that her habitual tendencies of thought are somehow 'cured' by the end of the novel's time frame...but I have more sympathy for her this time through....I would even say I pitied her at times, oddly enough. She really struck me as an often-dense person who just lives in her own world of self-importance and is even rather lonely as a result. It's been a softened impression, though not necessarily a warm one. Emma would be more humorous to me if she weren't so unkind in her thoughts sometimes! I wonder how she will appear to me in another couple years? Thank you to everyone here for another fascinating experience with Emma and JA. And Julie, your additional information pieces are fascinating.
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