Posted by Laraine on July 17, 1997 at 14:11:10:
In reply to Re: Emma Woodhouse... posted by Kathy F. on July 17, 1997 at 12:46:46
"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."
] To me, the novel seems to be about the things which occur to Emma that do distress and vex her. At first, the things that vex her are mostly based on her misperceptions of others--Mr. Elton, Mr. Martin, Miss Fairfax, Mr. Frank Churchill. At the end, she realizes that she was wrong, and her vexations become based on her own past actions (based on the former misperceptions). So the opening of the novel seems to set in place that what was true before the novel began is going to change dramatically before the end.
] (btw, I'm not saying that this is the only point, just the only point that I am arguing now.)
] Kathy :-)
Point well taken, Kathy--
Do you think the novel is mostly (not completely, of course) a maturation story?