Dear readers, I have finally finished Emma, after about five weeks reading it. What a wonderful five weeks it’s been! Emma is an amazing book with realistic, believable characters.

My mother inherited this copy of Emma from Nonnie, and I inherited it from my mother. It’s a multi-generational paperback.
I received this annotated edition of Emma for Christmas. Its kind of like a study Bible, but Jane Austen. It contains the text of the novel and a bunch of notes on cultural context, words that have changed meanings etc. I read the actual novel out of the multi-generational paperback but every so often stopped to read all the notes out of the annotated edition on the section I had just read. Yes, I like to make things complicated.

This is the review of Emma that I wrote for the Goodreads App.


“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 very little to distress or vex her.”

Emma Woodhouse is a really hard person for me to like, she’s self centered, controlling, and interfering. I’ve had a complicated relationship with her over the past month or so. Sometimes I got really tired of hearing about everything that happened after it had gone through the “Emma filter”. Emma decides what she wants to be true, and then in her mind everything that happens points to her being right. In all honesty I think that is what makes the novel so wonderful. The reader feels like they can’t trust Emma’s take on things and has to assess situations for themselves and make their own judgment. It’s a book that one can’t just read passively. Jane doesn’t hand-feed her readers information about what kind of people her characters are. instead readers have to observe and try to figure things out as the story unfolds.

There is one chapter that is written from Mr. Knightly’s perspective. It was a nice little break from Emma’s wild mind.

Speaking of Mr. Knightly, I thought he was a pretty great guy. He was smart, nice, and usually right about things. I always liked it when he and Emma would argue.

I also liked Mr. Knightly’s brother, Me. John Knightly. He likes to complain about going to social events, just like me.

Sadly this was my last Jane Austen book. It’s been such a sweet season of my life reading all her books for the first time. I’ll be excited to read them multiple times throughout my life and see how they affect me in unique ways at different ages. Emma was my second favorite Jane Austen book, topped only by Sense and Sensibility.

2 responses to “Emma”

  1. When I reread a favorite book I sometimes skip read uninteresting sub characters. I’m glad you took your time with Emma. Thanks to Mr. Knightley we eventually see how it all comes together.
    Mrs. Elton is the icing on the cake to show Emma her sobbery while she is oblivious to her own.
    I first thought Miss Bates was a filler character to show us Emma’s false kindness. Until “only three words” and “badly done”. Again Mr. Knightley explains and allows us to feel heartbroken for Miss Bates while maybe beginning to feel a little sympathetic to Emma.
    I can relate to Mr. Woodhouse, I’m always cold. ❤️


  2. […] #2-Emma. This was a very close second to S&S and I had to really ponder which order they should be in. I think Emma is the best developed of all of Jane’s characters. My love of the book Emma was of a different sort than my love of S&S. It was a more quiet appreciation. As I read the book I would think “I see what Jane is doing here. Wow!” The feeling I experienced was more amazement at how well written the book was rather than blind passion. […]


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