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07-27-2003, 01:00 AM
how can u say such things!? emma is magnificent! tsk tsk

05-24-2005, 06:07 PM
Emma is only boring if you are expecting to be titillated by larger movements of character and narrative than are typical of an early nineteenth century novel. This is Austen's most substantial work and, though it may look like the much less skillful P&P or S&S, it is in fact a very moving and important commentary on the morals and mores of 18th century rural England that were being eroded by the new century and its industrial revolution and increasing urbanization. Emma herself is Austen's most complete heroine. The first paragraph contains everything you need to know about her potential. The rest of the novel is about her realizing it, redeemed by the love of Knightley, at times her most severe judge. Emma rewards close study not only by revealing how good a writer Austen really was, but also by illuminating how any society can only function when we treat each other with care and respect. Achieving that is hard and serious work. But study the detail of how characters deal with each other, (who behaves badly or well and why), and you will find the point. Here's a hint....the crisis is the Box Hill picnic. Enjoy! And if you didn't get it the first time - read it again.