Posted by Susan on August 17, 1997 at 01:43:16:
In reply to Re: Emma's Role at the Center of the Novel... posted by Kali on August 15, 1997 at 19:27:08
The genius here lies in Austen's
ability to subtly slide reality under our doors while she creates a ruckus outside of our
I've enjoyed all the comments on this thread, but definitely have to agree with your line above, Kali. This, I think, is the main reason why some Austenites list Emma as JA's best-written novel even though it may not be their favorite.
I, for one, have to admit to having always liked Emma in spite of her faults. I remember thinking on my first reading, "Why, you little minx, you!" as I was laughing out loud. It was easy for me to see why Knightley would fall for her, although I did not cop to it ahead of time. But then, I have always been fascinated by those who buck the system.