History Characters / Emma

31st Oct '16 9:05:43 PM LadyNorbert
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%% * IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy

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%% * IWantMyBelovedToBeHappyIWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: When she believes that Mr. Knightley may actually have fallen for Harriet, she's deeply depressed since it's caused her to realize that she's in love with him. But she comes to the conclusion that, if that's the person who will make him happy, she'll do her best to accept it.



* WealthyPhilanthropist: Emma is a rich young lady and she is very compassionate to the poor. She visits them personally and assists them as best as she can. She also sends food and gifts to Mrs and Miss Bates, two ladies from a clergyman's family who fell into harder times.

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* WealthyPhilanthropist: Emma is a rich young lady and she is very compassionate to the poor. She visits them personally and assists them as best as she can. She also sends food and gifts to Mrs Mrs. and Miss Bates, two ladies from a clergyman's family who fell into harder times.



* AffectionateNickname: Once their feelings for each other are confirmed, he gives our heroine the pet name of "my Emma." She, in turn, can never call him anything but "Mr. Knightley," but it's implied that she means it to be this trope.



* OddFriendship: With Emma. Mr. Knightley in particular think it will be no good for either.

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* OddFriendship: With Emma. Mr. Knightley in particular think thinks it will be no good for either.either, though he does eventually acknowledge that Emma has helped to improve Harriet in some ways.



* SecondLove: She's Mr. Weston's second wife. He's very satisfied with his lot in life, and he seems to adore her. His first wife is said to have been unreasonable and haughty.

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* SecondLove: She's Mr. Weston's second wife. He's very satisfied with his lot in life, and he seems to adore dote upon her. His first wife is said to have been unreasonable and haughty.



* RomanticFalseLead: Has a bit of a strong flirtation with Emma when he first arrives on the scene.



* HappilyAdopted: PlayedWith. He's not absolutely dissatisfied with his new family; he especially likes his uncle, and he certainly doesn't dislike being the heir of very nice fortune. However, his aunt is a difficult and whimsical woman who influences important decisions. He also dislikes their secluded upper-upper class life style.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Well, he's not exactly a jerk, but he is a very fickle, self-absorbed, and thoughtless young man who [[spoiler: entertains himself by toying with his secret fiancée's feelings and openly flirting with another woman in front of her supposedly so nobody will suspect his true inclinations]]. But when he realizes how much he's hurt her, he immediately repents, throws caution to the winds, and decides to run with the relationship come what may.

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* HappilyAdopted: PlayedWith. He's not absolutely dissatisfied with his new family; he especially likes his uncle, and he certainly doesn't dislike being the heir of very nice fortune. However, his aunt is a difficult and whimsical woman who influences important decisions. He also dislikes their secluded upper-upper class life style.
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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Well, he's not exactly a jerk, but he is a very fickle, self-absorbed, and thoughtless young man who [[spoiler: entertains himself by toying with his secret fiancée's feelings and openly flirting with another woman in front of her supposedly so nobody will suspect his true inclinations]]. But when he realizes how much he's hurt her, he immediately repents, throws caution to the winds, and decides to run with the relationship come what may.



* RomanticFalseLead: Has a bit of a strong flirtation with Emma when he first arrives on the scene.



!Isabella Knightley

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!Isabella KnightleyKnightley, nee Woodhouse



* HappilyMarried: A paragon of feminine happiness. She adores her husband and lives for her five children.

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* HappilyMarried: A paragon of feminine happiness.happiness, to quote from the narrative. She adores her husband and lives for her five children.



* {{Cheerful Child}}ren]]: They are very endearing. They love playing with their Uncle Knightley, they enjoy Aunt Emma's stories, and they delight their grandpapa.

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* {{Cheerful Child}}ren]]: Child}}ren: They are very endearing. They love playing with their Uncle Knightley, they enjoy Aunt Emma's stories, and they delight their grandpapa.



* MassiveNumberedSiblings: There is five of little Knightleys, and the youngest is a baby, so there might be more of them coming.

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* MassiveNumberedSiblings: There is are five of little Knightleys, and the youngest is a baby, so there might be more of them coming.
31st Oct '16 8:55:59 PM LadyNorbert
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* BrilliantButLazy: She is somewhat good at just about everything--music, drawing, embroidery--but never studied far enough along to truly be ''excellent'' at any of them, having lost interest.
* DaddysGirl: Mr Woodhouse absolutely adores her, and she returns his affection. She takes exemplary care of his physical health, but even moreso of his emotional well-being.

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* BrilliantButLazy: She is somewhat good at just about everything--music, everything, such as music, drawing, embroidery--but and embroidery, but never studied far enough along to truly be ''excellent'' at any of them, having lost interest.
* DaddysGirl: Mr Woodhouse absolutely adores her, and she returns his affection. She takes exemplary care of his physical health, but even moreso health and is highly mindful of his emotional well-being.well-being, doing her best never to allow him to be worried or distressed.



* MissingMom: Mrs Woodhouse died when Emma was very little and she barely remembers her. Miss Taylor, her governess, substituted her mother emotionally.
* [[MrImagination Miss Imagination]]: She has a vivid imagination. She sees romance everywhere.

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* MissingMom: Mrs Mrs. Woodhouse died when Emma was very little and she barely remembers her. Miss Taylor, her governess, substituted her mother emotionally.
* [[MrImagination Miss Imagination]]: She has a vivid imagination. She imagination and sees romance everywhere.



* SpoiledSweet: Emma Woodhouse is an UnbuiltTrope. She is a young woman of landed gentry in the position to behave like a RichBitch; she is spoiled by her doting father and her loving governess, but she also has a happy disposition, loves her family and friends, and treats servants and people of lower social standings really well. She is charitable to the poor, but doesn't have romantic ideas about them. Notably, she lacks the naivety and cheerfulness asociated with the archetype. Quite realistically, she cannot be sweet to everone: she doesn't like Jane Fairfax and really dislikes the insufferable Mrs Elton, but tries to be polite to them. She finds some of her neighbours tiresome, but treats them with compassion and respect. She rarely slips and is rude or unkind, but whenever that happens, she repents deeply.

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* SpoiledSweet: Emma Woodhouse is an UnbuiltTrope. She is a young woman of landed gentry in the position to behave like a RichBitch; she is spoiled by her doting father and her loving governess, but she also has a happy disposition, loves her family and friends, and treats servants and people of lower social standings really well. She is charitable to the poor, but doesn't have romantic ideas about them. Notably, she lacks the naivety and cheerfulness asociated associated with the archetype. Quite realistically, she cannot be sweet to everone: everyone: she doesn't like Jane Fairfax and really dislikes the insufferable Mrs Elton, but tries to be polite to them. She finds some of her neighbours tiresome, but treats them with compassion and respect. She rarely slips and is rude or unkind, but whenever that happens, she repents deeply.



* CoolUncle: His brother John's sons adore him.



* TheJailBaitWait: He tells Emma that he's been in love with her since she was thirteen, at which time he was in his mid-twenties. Given that Regency marriages could easily have a ''fifteen'' year old bride, it's more surprising that he waited as long as he did to make his feelings known.

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* TheJailBaitWait: He tells Emma that he's been in love with her since she was thirteen, at which time he was in his mid-twenties. Given that Regency marriages could easily have a ''fifteen'' year old ''fifteen''-year-old bride, it's more surprising that he waited as long as he did to make his feelings known.



* OnlySaneMan: He behaves far more maturely and rationally than anyone else in Highbury--while there are other ''intelligent'' characters, like Emma, Mr. Knightly is much more sensible.

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* OnlySaneMan: He behaves far more maturely and rationally than anyone else in Highbury--while Highbury; while there are other ''intelligent'' characters, like Emma, Mr. Knightly Knightley is much more sensible.



* HeartwarmingOrphan: Emma considers her story to be sympathetic and assumes that gentleman callers will as well, though Emma assumes there's far more going on in Harriet's backstory. than there actually is.

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* HeartwarmingOrphan: Emma considers her story to be sympathetic and assumes that gentleman callers will as well, though Emma assumes there's far more going on in Harriet's backstory. backstory than there actually is.



* OddFriendship: With Emma. Mr Knightley in particular think it will be no good for either.

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* OddFriendship: With Emma. Mr Mr. Knightley in particular think it will be no good for either.



* SmittenTeenageGirl: She (in turns) has three infatuations in total. First is Robert Martin [[spoiler:who she eventually marries]], second is Mr. Elton, and third is Mr. Knightley.

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* SmittenTeenageGirl: She (in turns) has three infatuations in total. First is Robert Martin [[spoiler:who [[spoiler:whom she eventually marries]], second is Mr. Elton, and third is Mr. Knightley.



!Anne Weston nee Taylor

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!Anne Weston Weston, nee TaylorTaylor
* BabiesEverAfter: By the end of the book, she has given birth to her first child, Anna.



* HappilyMarried: Mr and Mrs Weston are very happy together. Everybody can see it, except for Mr Woodhouse, who wishes Miss Taylor had never gotten married and stayed at Hartfield with him and Emma.

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* HappilyMarried: Mr Mr. and Mrs Mrs. Weston are very happy together. Everybody can see it, except for Mr Mr. Woodhouse, who wishes Miss Taylor had never gotten married and stayed at Hartfield with him and Emma.



* GoldDigger: Male example. Mr Knightley saw that in him when he tells Emma that Elton eagerly talked about his sisters being intimate with wealthy ladies.

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* GoldDigger: Male example. Mr Mr. Knightley saw that in him when he tells Emma that Elton eagerly talked about his sisters being intimate with wealthy ladies.



* SmallNameBigEgo: He's the local vicar, so he counts as a gentleman, but he's neither very rich nor very important. [[spoiler: Yet he considers himself a worthy suitor of the richest and most prominent young woman in the neighborhood. Emma is frankly insulted by his proposal.]]

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* SmallNameBigEgo: He's the local vicar, so he counts as a gentleman, but he's neither very rich nor very important. [[spoiler: Yet Despite this, he considers himself a worthy suitor of the richest and most prominent young woman in the neighborhood. Emma is frankly insulted by his proposal.]]



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Well, he's not exactly a jerk, but he is a very fickle, self-absorbed, and thoughtless young man who [[spoiler: entertains himself by toying with his secret fiance's feelings and openly flirting with another woman in front of her supposedly so nobody will suspect his true inclinaions]]. But when he realizes how much he's hurt her, he immediately repents, throws caution to the winds, and decides to run with the relationship come what may.
* LadykillerInLove: A Regency variation: we have no evidence that he's had any relationships prior to the story, but he's clearly an accomplished flirt and enjoys the company of beautiful ladies. [[spoiler: All the time he's madly in love with Jane Fairfax]]

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Well, he's not exactly a jerk, but he is a very fickle, self-absorbed, and thoughtless young man who [[spoiler: entertains himself by toying with his secret fiance's fiancée's feelings and openly flirting with another woman in front of her supposedly so nobody will suspect his true inclinaions]].inclinations]]. But when he realizes how much he's hurt her, he immediately repents, throws caution to the winds, and decides to run with the relationship come what may.
* LadykillerInLove: A Regency variation: we have no evidence that he's had any relationships prior to the story, but he's clearly an accomplished flirt and enjoys the company of beautiful ladies. [[spoiler: All the time he's madly in love with Jane Fairfax]]Fairfax.]]



* EnglishRose: She has delicate, porcelain-like complexion and she's an elegant beauty. She's devoted to her family, both her aunt and grandmother, and also she's a dear daughter to her adoptive family, the Campbells.
* HappilyAdopted: Her parents both died when she was a girl, and her father's friend Colonel Campbell wished to help her; over time, as she became his daughter's cherished playmate, she grew increasingly regarded as a member of the Campbell family. The narrator says she never knew anything but kindness from her guardians and they provided her with an excellent education. Jane herself always speaks very highly and affectionately of them.
* OrphansOrdeal: She's an orphaned girl, but luckily, she had some loving family left: her mother's sister and mother love her deeply, and her father's friend felt he should help her. He and his wife took her as their own, and she knew nothing but kindness from them and received an excellent education from them.

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* EnglishRose: She has a delicate, porcelain-like complexion and she's an elegant beauty. She's devoted to her family, both her aunt and grandmother, and also she's a dear daughter to her adoptive family, the Campbells.
* HappilyAdopted: Her parents both died when she was a little girl, and her father's friend Colonel Campbell wished to help her; over time, as she became his daughter's cherished playmate, she grew increasingly regarded as a member of the Campbell family. The narrator says she never knew anything but kindness from her guardians and they provided her with an excellent education. Jane herself always speaks very highly and affectionately of them.
* OrphansOrdeal: She's an orphaned girl, but luckily, she had has some loving family left: her mother's sister and mother love her deeply, and her father's friend felt he should help her. He and his wife took her as their own, and she knew nothing but kindness from them and received an excellent education from them.



* UnwantedAssistance: Her general attitude towards [[spoiler:Mrs. Elton]] who tries to take her under her wing.

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* UnwantedAssistance: Her general attitude towards [[spoiler:Mrs. Elton]] Elton]], who tries to take her under her wing.



!Mr Woodhouse

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!Mr !Mr. Woodhouse



* DotingParent: He absolutely adores Emma, not seeing a single fault in her. He also loves his eldest daughter Isabella and her five children.

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* DotingParent: He absolutely adores Emma, not seeing a single fault in her. He also loves his eldest daughter Isabella [[DotingGrandparent and her five children.children]], and is particularly proud that she named her eldest son (Henry) after him.




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* PlayingSick: It's heavily implied that a lot of people think he's a hypochondriac, but they tolerate it because he's such a NiceGuy, as noted above. Austen herself noted that he dies two years after the end of the book, so at least ''some'' of his conditions were legitimate.



* TheCaretaker: She takes care of her elderly mother Mrs. Bates.

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* TheCaretaker: She takes care of her elderly mother mother, Mrs. Bates.



* MotorMouth: She chitchats constantly and according to Mr Woodhouse, she talks a little too fast. Her gossip is mostly accurate, and more important than it appears to be.

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* MotorMouth: She chitchats constantly and according to Mr Mr. Woodhouse, she talks a little too fast. Her gossip is mostly accurate, and more important than it appears to be.



* DaddysGirl: Her father loves her dearly, though he's closer to Emma who is his caretaker.

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* DaddysGirl: Her father loves her dearly, though he's closer to Emma Emma, who is his caretaker.



* [[CheerfulChild Cheerful Children]]: They are very endearing. They love playing with their Uncle Knightley, they enjoy Aunt Emma's stories, and they delight their grandpapa.

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* [[CheerfulChild Cheerful Children]]: {{Cheerful Child}}ren]]: They are very endearing. They love playing with their Uncle Knightley, they enjoy Aunt Emma's stories, and they delight their grandpapa.



* FamilyThemeNaming: All five children are named after one of their immediate relatives. Henry is named for Mr. Woodhouse, John is named for his father, Bella is named for her mother, George is named for Uncle Knightley, and Emma is of course named for Aunt Emma.



* TheMentor: Subverted. She ''attempts'' to be a mentor for Jane Fairfax, but Jane doesn't reciprocate. She also fancies herself ''Lady Patroness'' of Highbury and thinks she could and should mentor even the most respectable residents.

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* TheMentor: Subverted. She ''attempts'' ItsAllAboutMe: In almost every conversation we see her having, she manages to be a mentor for Jane Fairfax, but Jane doesn't reciprocate. She also fancies turn the subject to herself ''Lady Patroness'' of Highbury and thinks she could and should mentor even the most respectable residents.in some way.



* RichBitch: With far less social tact than Emma. She keeps boasting about her wealthy brother-in-law, his mansion house, his gardens, his carriages, his servants etc.
* SmallNameBigEgo: She was one of the richest and most consequential people in her home town and seems incapable of realizing that that doesn't hold true in Highbury.

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* TheMentor: Subverted. She ''attempts'' to be a mentor for Jane Fairfax, but Jane doesn't reciprocate. She also fancies herself "Lady Patroness" of Highbury and thinks she could and should mentor even the most respectable residents.
* RichBitch: With far less social tact than Emma. She keeps boasting about her wealthy brother-in-law, his mansion house, his gardens, his carriages, his servants servants, etc.
* SmallNameBigEgo: She was one of the richest and most consequential people in her home town hometown and seems incapable of realizing that that doesn't hold true in Highbury.



* NiceGuy: He's very sweet to Harriet when she spends a few weeks with his family.



* OddFriendship: With Mr. Knightley. He's described as a gentleman farmer and Mr Knightley appreciates having him as his tenant a lot. Mr Martin trusts Mr. Knightley and asks for his advice in romantic things.

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* NiceGuy: He's very sweet to Harriet when she spends a few weeks with his family.
* OddFriendship: With Mr. Knightley. He's described as a gentleman farmer and Mr Mr. Knightley appreciates having him as his tenant a lot.tenant. Mr Martin trusts Mr. Knightley and asks for his advice in romantic things.



* ImpoverishedPatrician: She used to be a respectable wife of a clergyman, but lost pretty much everything after the late Mr. Bates died.

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* ImpoverishedPatrician: She used to be a the respectable wife of a clergyman, but lost pretty much everything after the late Mr. Bates died.
25th Sep '16 6:07:32 PM BobTanaka
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* NiceToTheWaiter: It doesn't come up much, but she shows real affection for her servants. When Harriet goes to visit the Martins, for instance, Emma spends the time with a retired servant who lives nearby.
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* LadykillerInLove: A Regency variation: we have no evidence that he's had any relationships prior to the story, but he's clearly an accomplished flirt and enjoys the company of beautiful ladies. [[spoiler: All the time he's madly in love with Jane Fairfax]]
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* SmallNameBigEgo: She was one of the richest and most consequential people in her home town and seems incapable of realizing that that doesn't hold true in Highbury.
23rd Sep '16 7:53:21 PM BobTanaka
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* BitchInSheepsClothing: A male example. At first everyone finds him very agreeable and he comes across as a very friendly, gentlemanly, if rather silly young man. Midway through, he's revealed to being a gold digging {{Jerkass}} and thoroughgoing snob who only affects good manners for people he considers important.
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* [[invoked]] StopHelpingMe: Her general attitude towards [[spoiler:Mrs. Elton]] who tries to take her under her wing.

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* [[invoked]] StopHelpingMe: UnwantedAssistance: Her general attitude towards [[spoiler:Mrs. Elton]] who tries to take her under her wing.
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* OddFriendship: With Harriet. They are neither social nor intellectual equals. Emma wants to educate Harriet, and amuses herself by trying to finding her a proper match. She genuinely likes her, though, and Harriet is more for her than just a project. Meanwhile, Harriet is awed that the highly regarded and very beautiful Miss Woodhouse takes an interest with her.
** Somewhat deconstructed in that Emma eventually realizes that, despite her affection for Harriet, the friendship has done neither of them any good and only made Harriet's life more complicated and difficult than it needed to be.

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* OddFriendship: With Harriet. They are neither social nor intellectual equals. Emma wants to educate Harriet, and amuses herself by trying to finding her a proper match. She genuinely likes her, though, and Harriet is more for her than just a project. Meanwhile, Harriet is awed that the highly regarded and very beautiful Miss Woodhouse takes an interest with her.
** Somewhat deconstructed in that
her. Emma eventually realizes that, despite her affection for Harriet, the friendship has done neither of them any good and only made Harriet's life more complicated and difficult than it needed to be.
30th May '16 8:27:06 PM eowynjedi
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* BrilliantButLazy: She is somewhat good at just about everything--music, drawing, embroidery--but never studied far enough along to truly be ''excellent'' at any of them, having lost interest.



* WealthyPhilanthropist: Emma is a rich young lady and she is very compassionate to the poor. She visits the poor personally and assists them as best as she can. She also sends food and gifts to Mrs and Miss Bates, two ladies from a clergyman's family who fell into harder times.

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* WealthyPhilanthropist: Emma is a rich young lady and she is very compassionate to the poor. She visits the poor them personally and assists them as best as she can. She also sends food and gifts to Mrs and Miss Bates, two ladies from a clergyman's family who fell into harder times.



* GentlemanSnarker: He can be sarcastic and ironic, but he always stays a perfect gentleman, even to overbearing people like the Eltons.

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* GentlemanSnarker: He can be sarcastic and ironic, but he always stays a perfect gentleman, even to overbearing people like the Eltons. Instead, most of his sarcasm is reserved for people he's known long enough that they wouldn't take it badly, like Emma.



%% * HeartwarmingOrphan

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%% * HeartwarmingOrphanHeartwarmingOrphan: Emma considers her story to be sympathetic and assumes that gentleman callers will as well, though Emma assumes there's far more going on in Harriet's backstory. than there actually is.



* CoolBigSis: Although she was supposedly a mother-figure, she was more like a friend and sister to Emma because they adored each other so much. This in turn resulted in Emma not really having a lot of parental discipline growing up.



%% * ParentsAsPeople

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%% * ParentsAsPeople
ParentsAsPeople: He had to give up his son to wealthier relatives, being unable to raise a child for most of his youth. While Mr. Weston is exceedingly proud of Frank and talks about him at every opportunity, he wasn't able to give him much fatherly guidance.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Well, he's not exactly a jerk, but he is a very fickle, self-absorbed, and thoughtless young man who [[spoiler: entertains himself by toying with his secret fiance's feelings and openly flirting with another woman in front of her.]] But when he realizes how much he's hurt her, he immediately repents, throws caution to the winds, and decides to run with the relationship come what may.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Well, he's not exactly a jerk, but he is a very fickle, self-absorbed, and thoughtless young man who [[spoiler: entertains himself by toying with his secret fiance's feelings and openly flirting with another woman in front of her.]] her supposedly so nobody will suspect his true inclinaions]]. But when he realizes how much he's hurt her, he immediately repents, throws caution to the winds, and decides to run with the relationship come what may. may.
* LonelyRichKid: He's extremely eager to join Highbury society, as the Churchills live in a secluded estate and he hasn't had much chance for socializing with his peers.




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* SarcasmBlind: Though she dearly loves her husband, she doesn't seem to realize how sarcastic he often is.
7th May '16 5:00:44 PM BobTanaka
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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Well, he's not exactly a jerk, but he is a very fickle, self-absorbed, and thoughtless young man who [[spoiler: entertains himself by toying with his secret fiance's feelings and openly flirting with another woman in front of her.]] But when he realizes how much he's hurt her, he immediately repents, throws caution to the winds, and decides to run with the relationship come what may.
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