Posted by Kathy F. on July 19, 1997 at 10:00:17:
In reply to Re: Emma Woodhouse... posted by Laraine on July 17, 1997 at 14:11:10
] Do you think the novel is mostly (not completely, of course) a maturation story?
Emphatically yes. The way she acts at the beginning reminds me of a little 6th-8th grader, at best--knows all, sees all, she's always right, everyone else is always wrong, etc.But at the end, her position is wonderfully the reverse, where it was needed, at least--she still was the richest woman in Highbury, etc.