History Literature / Emma

14th Jun '16 1:11:49 AM PaulA
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* WrongGuyFirst: Emma thinks she's in love with Frank Churchill, but when she discovers her true feelings for another she realises she never really loved Frank. Meanwhile, she persuades Harriet that her first love wasn't good enough for her, so Harriet sets her sights on various unattainable men before gratefully accepting her first love's proposal again.
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* DiscretionShot: The Georgian novel version. [[Spoiler: In the scene where Mr Knightly confesses his love to Emma, Austen uses her narrative technique to tell us what Emma thinks of what he's saying, but without actually reporting the words. When it's time for Emma to speak in turn, we get this gem:]]

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* DiscretionShot: The Georgian novel version. [[Spoiler: In [[spoiler:In the scene where Mr Knightly confesses his love to Emma, Emma]], Austen uses her narrative technique to tell us what Emma thinks of what he's saying, but without actually reporting the words. When it's time for Emma to speak in turn, we get this gem:]]gem:
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* DiscretionShot: The Georgian novel version. [[Spoiler: In the scene where Mr Knightly confesses his love to Emma, Austen uses her narrative technique to tell us what Emma thinks of what he's saying, but without actually reporting the words. When it's time for Emma to speak in turn, we get this gem:

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* DiscretionShot: The Georgian novel version. [[Spoiler: In the scene where Mr Knightly confesses his love to Emma, Austen uses her narrative technique to tell us what Emma thinks of what he's saying, but without actually reporting the words. When it's time for Emma to speak in turn, we get this gem:gem:]]
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--> [[Spoiler:'''What did she say? Just what she ought of course. A Lady always does.''']]

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--> [[Spoiler:'''What -->What did she say? Just what she ought of course. A Lady always does.''']]



* LoveDodecahedron: Emma ships Harriet and Mr. Elton, even though Mr. Elton wants to marry Emma and there is mutual attraction between Harriet and Robert Martin. Mr. Elton ends up marrying Augusta Hawkins. Emma finds herself attracted to Frank Churchill, [[spoiler: even though he is secretly engaged to Jane Fairfax]], and she is [[spoiler:totally [[ObliviousToLove oblivious of the fact that Mr. Knightley is in love with her.]] She believes that Harriet also has feelings for Frank Churchill, but then realises that Harriet instead believes herself in love with Mr Knightley, [[GreenEyedEpihpany prompting her own epiphany]].]] Mrs. Weston, Mr. Cole, and others also suspect something is going on between Mr. Knightley and Jane Fairfax, while Emma suspects something between Jane Fairfax and her foster sister's current husband, Mr. Dixon. Nothing gets a Love Dodecahedron going like the out-of-control imaginations of matchmakers - although everything ends up fine in the end (remarkably).

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* LoveDodecahedron: Emma ships Harriet and Mr. Elton, even though Mr. Elton wants to marry Emma and there is mutual attraction between Harriet and Robert Martin. Mr. Elton ends up marrying Augusta Hawkins. Emma finds herself attracted to Frank Churchill, [[spoiler: even though he is secretly engaged to Jane Fairfax]], and she is [[spoiler:totally [[ObliviousToLove oblivious of the fact that Mr. Knightley is in love with her.]] She believes that Harriet also has feelings for Frank Churchill, but then realises that Harriet instead believes herself in love with Mr Knightley, [[GreenEyedEpihpany [[GreenEyedEpiphany prompting her own epiphany]].]] Mrs. Weston, Mr. Cole, and others also suspect something is going on between Mr. Knightley and Jane Fairfax, while Emma suspects something between Jane Fairfax and her foster sister's current husband, Mr. Dixon. Nothing gets a Love Dodecahedron going like the out-of-control imaginations of matchmakers - although everything ends up fine in the end (remarkably).



* TwoFirstNames: Anyone in the Martin family: Robert Martin and Elizabeth Martin.[[Spoiler: Later Harriet Martin as well.]]

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* TwoFirstNames: Anyone in the Martin family: Robert Martin and Elizabeth Martin.[[Spoiler: Later [[spoiler:Later on, Harriet Martin as well.]]
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--> [Spoiler: '''What did she say? Just what she ought of course. A Lady always does.''']]

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--> [Spoiler: '''What [[Spoiler:'''What did she say? Just what she ought of course. A Lady always does.''']]
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Notably adapted as the film ''Film/{{Clueless}}'' and, in the current trend of LiteraryMashUps, as ''[[http://www.amazon.com/Emma-Werewolves-Austens-Blood-curdling-Lycanthropy/dp/1926712099 Emma and the Werewolves]]''. There are also several straight [[Film/{{Emma}} adaptations]] worth watching. A musical with songs by Paul Gordon was also produced in the last 2000s. Marvel Illustrated produced a ComicBookAdaptation in 2011, script by Nancy Butler, art and covers by Janet Lee (Return of the Dapper Men). It is also receiving a VlogSeries Update in ''WebVideo/EmmaApproved''.

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Notably adapted as the film ''Film/{{Clueless}}'' and, in the current trend of LiteraryMashUps, as ''[[http://www.amazon.com/Emma-Werewolves-Austens-Blood-curdling-Lycanthropy/dp/1926712099 Emma and the Werewolves]]''. There are also several straight [[Film/{{Emma}} adaptations]] worth watching. A musical with songs by Paul Gordon was also produced in the last 2000s. Marvel Illustrated produced a ComicBookAdaptation in 2011, script by Nancy Butler, art and covers by Janet Lee (Return of the Dapper Men). It is has also receiving received a VlogSeries Update in ''WebVideo/EmmaApproved''.
''WebVideo/EmmaApproved'', in the vein of the other series ''WebVideo/TheLizzieBennetDiaries''.









* AnAesop: {{Shipping}} is evil; [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped don't do it]].

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* AnAesop: {{Shipping}} is evil; [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped don't do it]].



* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Jane, to Emma. Emma is an accomplished young lady, but she could have achieved much more had she been more diligent in her reading, painting or playing the piano and singing. Jane Fairfax knows she's destined to be a governess, so she's more hard-working. Her performance in music is extraordinary.

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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Jane, to Emma. Emma is an accomplished young lady, but she could have achieved much more had she been more diligent in her reading, painting or playing the piano and singing. Jane Fairfax knows she's destined to be a governess, so she's more hard-working. Her she works harder and accordingly, her performance in music is extraordinary. extraordinary.



* BewareTheSillyOnes: Miss Bates. Her long monologues, apparently about nothing, often reveal secrets that no one realises because they don't pay her proper attention.



** Hartfield, a house which belongs to the Woodhouses. It's smaller than Donwell, but it has a nice park, a farm attached to it, and it's modern and elegant, decorated and furnished with Emma's taste.
* BreakTheHaughty: Happens to Emma. She is a very endearing character -- open, sweet, generous, witty, energetic, a loyal friend and a devoted daughter; she is also what by modern standards might fairly be called a snob. Mr. Knightley guides her and calls her on her bad behaviour sometimes.

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** Hartfield, a house which belongs to the Woodhouses. It's smaller than Donwell, Donwell Abbey - just a "notch" in the estate - but it has a nice park, a farm attached to it, and it's modern and elegant, decorated and furnished with Emma's taste.
* BreakTheHaughty: Happens to Emma. She is a very endearing character -- open, sweet, generous, witty, energetic, a loyal friend and a devoted daughter; she is also what by modern standards might fairly be called a snob. Mr. Knightley guides her and calls her on her bad behaviour sometimes.sometimes and by the end of the novel she's much better.



* BumblingDad: Emma's father. Mostly because he's a very old gentleman, though it's implied he has always been domestic. His wife was much stronger and more reasonable figure.

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* BumblingDad: Emma's father. Mostly because he's a very old gentleman, though it's implied he has always been domestic. His wife was a much stronger and more reasonable figure.



* ChildhoodFriendRomance: [[spoiler:Emma and Mr. Knightley. They have known each other Emma's entire life.]]

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* ChildhoodFriendRomance: [[spoiler:Emma [[spoiler: Emma and Mr. Knightley. They have known each other Emma's entire life.]]



* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: Emma takes care of her father and is the mistress of Hartfield, but ... And this purpose becomes shipping, among other things.

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* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: Emma takes care of her father and is the mistress of Hartfield, but ... And this but gets bored. Her purpose in life becomes shipping, among other things.attempting to matchmake in the village, which (nearly always) ends disastrously.
* DiscretionShot: The Georgian novel version. [[Spoiler: In the scene where Mr Knightly confesses his love to Emma, Austen uses her narrative technique to tell us what Emma thinks of what he's saying, but without actually reporting the words. When it's time for Emma to speak in turn, we get this gem:
--> [Spoiler: '''What did she say? Just what she ought of course. A Lady always does.''']]



** Mrs. Weston (formerly Miss Taylor) is Emma's childhood governess, and not much less inclined than Mr. Woodhouse to think her anything but flawless

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** Mrs. Weston (formerly Miss Taylor) is Emma's childhood governess, and not much less inclined than Mr. Woodhouse to think her anything but flawlessflawless.



** Jane Fairfax was brought up in London and had lessons with the best masters, reaching her top performance. Everybody admires her dedication to music and urges her to play for them.

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** Jane Fairfax was brought up in London and had lessons with the best masters, reaching fulfilling her top performance.potential. Everybody admires her dedication to music and urges her to play for them. Of course, unlike Emma, she may have to depend on her talents to ensure her survival as a governess in the future.
* TheEndingChangesEverything: Once you know exactly who feels what for who, much of the earlier dialogue in the novel takes on a very different tone.



* GoldDigger: Mr. Elton. He wanted to marry well and knew he could, being a man with a respectable position and good income as a parson.
* GratuitousForeignLanguage: Mrs. Elton, who uses what was then a tired old Italian catchphrase to refer to her husband. She even gets the phrase wrong, showing her to be not just small-minded and behind the times but also badly educated. Though the mispronunciation of the Italian phrase may be a mistake on the publisher's part rather than the character's. The argument is that Mr. Elton would have corrected his wife at the first opportunity after her misusing the phrase and that she would have been too embarrassed to use the correct pronunciation.

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* GoldDigger: Mr. Elton. He wanted to marry well and knew he could, being a man with a respectable position and good income as a parson.
parson. Emma puts a spanner in his plans at first though.
* GratuitousForeignLanguage: Mrs. Elton, who uses what was then a tired old Italian catchphrase to refer to her husband. She even gets the phrase wrong, showing her herself to be not just small-minded and behind the times but also badly educated. educated.
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Though some critics instead believe the mispronunciation of the Italian phrase may be a mistake on the publisher's part rather than the character's. The argument is that Mr. Elton would have corrected his wife at the first opportunity after her misusing the phrase phrase, and that she would have been too embarrassed to use the correct pronunciation.



* HypocriticalHumor: Mrs. Elton says she much prefers old-fashioned politeness to "modern ease", even though her own manners go far beyond ease and well into over-familiarity.

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* HypocriticalHumor: Mrs. Elton says she much prefers old-fashioned politeness to "modern ease", even though her own manners go far beyond ease and well into over-familiarity. She's not exactly the most self-aware character though...



* IllGirl: Jane Fairfax's health is not robust. Jane Austen said to her family [[spoiler:that she died of tuberculosis a few years after the end of the book.]]
* ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou: [[spoiler:Emma towards Mr. Knightley]]
* IronicName: ''Frank'' Churchill. This guy is nothing but frank, honest and sincere with everybody.

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* IllGirl: Jane Fairfax's health is not robust. Jane Austen said to her family [[spoiler:that she died of either tuberculosis or childbirth a few years after the end of the book.]]
* ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou: [[spoiler:Emma towards Mr. Knightley]]
Knightley. Arguably, it goes the other way as well - Mr Knightley likes giving Emma advice, but ultimately enjoys the fact that she has her own mind and opinions.]]
* IronicName: ''Frank'' Churchill. This guy is nothing anything but frank, honest and sincere with everybody.everybody.
** As the character who expresses the most desire to leave England, there's an added play on "Frank" = "French", to mark him out as [[ValuesDissonance untrustworthy]].



* LikeBrotherAndSister: [[spoiler:Emma says that she and Mr. Knightley are ''not'' close enough to being brother and sister to make it improper for them to dance, and he agrees wholeheartedly. His heartache over Emma's suggestion can be easily perceived.]]
* LoveDodecahedron: Emma ships Harriet and Mr. Elton, even though Mr. Elton wants her and there is mutual attraction between Harriet and Robert Martin. Mr. Elton ends up marrying Augusta Hawkins. Emma finds herself attracted to Frank Churchill, [[spoiler: even though he is secretly engaged to Jane Fairfax]], and she is [[spoiler:totally [[ObliviousToLove oblivious of the fact that Mr. Knightley is in love with her]] but painfully aware that Harriet is in love with Mr. Knightley, despite earlier thinking Harriet was in love with Frank Churchill.]] Mrs. Weston, Mr. Cole, and others also suspect something between Mr. Knightley and Jane Fairfax, while Emma suspects something between Jane Fairfax and her foster sister's current husband, Mr. Dixon. Nothing gets a Love Dodecahedron going like the out-of-control imaginations of matchmakers.

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* LikeBrotherAndSister: [[spoiler:Emma says that she and Mr. Knightley are ''not'' close enough to being brother and sister to make it improper for them to dance, and he agrees wholeheartedly. His heartache over Emma's suggestion can be easily perceived.perceived, while she - as ever - remains oblivious.]]
* LoveDodecahedron: Emma ships Harriet and Mr. Elton, even though Mr. Elton wants her to marry Emma and there is mutual attraction between Harriet and Robert Martin. Mr. Elton ends up marrying Augusta Hawkins. Emma finds herself attracted to Frank Churchill, [[spoiler: even though he is secretly engaged to Jane Fairfax]], and she is [[spoiler:totally [[ObliviousToLove oblivious of the fact that Mr. Knightley is in love with her]] but painfully aware her.]] She believes that Harriet is also has feelings for Frank Churchill, but then realises that Harriet instead believes herself in love with Mr. Mr Knightley, despite earlier thinking Harriet was in love with Frank Churchill.[[GreenEyedEpihpany prompting her own epiphany]].]] Mrs. Weston, Mr. Cole, and others also suspect something is going on between Mr. Knightley and Jane Fairfax, while Emma suspects something between Jane Fairfax and her foster sister's current husband, Mr. Dixon. Nothing gets a Love Dodecahedron going like the out-of-control imaginations of matchmakers.matchmakers - although everything ends up fine in the end (remarkably).



* [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]]: Emma. Seriously, derailing a relationship by filling the poor girl's head with distractions because she doesn't like the man? Because he isn't genteel enough for Miss Woodhouse?
* MassiveNumberedSiblings: John and Isabella's five children. And the couple is still very young, so they might have more.

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* [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]]: ManipulativeBastard:
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Emma. Seriously, derailing a relationship by filling the poor girl's head with distractions because she doesn't like the man? Because he isn't genteel enough for Miss Woodhouse?
Woodhouse's friend? At least she realises this late in the novel.
** Frank Churchill. Flirting with Emma in front of his financee, who has to keep their relationship hidden and play off the offers of a position of a Governess while waiting for him. He has no way of knowing how seriously - or not - Emma takes his flirting, but knowd perfectly well how much it must be hurting Jane. Unlike Emma (likely in part because we never see inside his head), he doesn't redeem himself much by the end of the novel.
* MassiveNumberedSiblings: John and Isabella's five children.children, in stark contrast to the two Woodhouse sisters and two Knightley brothers. And the couple is still very young, so they might have more.



** Mr. Knightley noticed significant glances which Frank Churchill directed at Miss Fairfax while he dined with them and Emma was not present. He thought the looks were inappropriate because Frank Churchill seemed to court Emma. [[spoiler:Mr. Knightley is the only one who correctly suspected that Franck Churchill and Jane Fairfax share a relationship.]]

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** Mr. Knightley noticed significant glances which Frank Churchill directed at Miss Fairfax while he dined with them and Emma was not present. He thought the looks were inappropriate because Frank Churchill seemed to court Emma. [[spoiler:Mr. Knightley is the only one who correctly suspected that Franck Churchill and Jane Fairfax share were in a relationship.]]



** The name Woodhouse suggests that the family is very wealthy.

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** The name Woodhouse suggests that the family is very wealthy. As well as that, the original "Emma Woodhouse" was the matriarch of the family of a famous Royalist martyr, signifying her as the prime example of British femininity.
** Jane Fairfax is a Jane with a fair face. In contrast to Emma, her surname is the same as a famous English Civil War general - adding another dimension to their fraught relationship. Like Emma however, it places her as an ideal English woman.
** "Frank" is anything but.



** Jane Fairfax is a Jane with a fair face.

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** Harriet's surname is "Smith" - like Emma and Jane Fairfax she is a Jane with a fair face.very English but in contrast to them, almost anonymous (Smith being the most common surname in England).



* OddFriendship: Emma and Harriet. Partially {{Deconstructed}} in that Emma eventually realizes that her friendship with Harriet has only made Harriet's life more complicated and difficult than it needed to be.

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* OddFriendship: Emma and Harriet. Partially {{Deconstructed}} in that Emma eventually realizes that her friendship with Harriet has only made Harriet's life more complicated and difficult than it needed to be. be, and by the end she resolves to draw back slightly and allow Harriet to make her own decisions.
* OldMaid: Miss Bates.



** Mrs. Weston is very intelligent, useful and gentle, and she sees things as a reasonable woman. However, she's sometimes blinded by her affection to Emma or Frank.

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** Mrs. Weston is very intelligent, useful and gentle, and she sees things as a reasonable woman. However, she's sometimes blinded by her affection to for Emma or Frank.



* PreppyName: The early 19th century equivalent. "Augusta" Elton is names after the wife of George III, and her sister "Selina" after a Countess. As the daughters of a Bristol merchant, these are pretentious names which demonstrate their own snobbish natures.



** The main character is a subversion in that she is in the position to behave like one, but is actually a really good person who uses her wealth and power reasonably. Some actresses play her as being much more snobby than she ever was in the book.

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** The main character is a subversion in that she is in the position to behave like one, but is actually a really good person who uses her wealth and power reasonably. Moments when she does come across badly generally aren't a result of her upbringing or wealth, as much as her thoughtlessness and naivety. Some actresses play her as being much more snobby than she ever was in the book.



* SheepInSheepsClothing: Jane Fairfax, who is nothing more than a ShrinkingViolet dealing with her lack of resources and her issues with ParentalAbandonment. Untill she meets a friend... who becomes more than a friend... but she can't say it because his family isn't supportive... and he must cover it up so that no one can ever guess it. A girl is on the scene who isn't interested in him too deeply and resents Jane for being the person everyone wants her to be: great and harmless cover, right ? Untill he starts being ''too'' flirty, using ''mean'' leads and Jane, instead of going ClingyJealousGirl and snaping... elegantly steps back and politely asks him to give her every artefact of their romance back so she can burn it and move on.

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* SheepInSheepsClothing: Jane Fairfax, who is nothing more than a ShrinkingViolet dealing with her lack of resources and her issues with ParentalAbandonment. Untill [[spoiler: Until she meets a friend... who becomes more than a friend... but she can't say it anything because his family isn't supportive... and he must cover it up so that no one can ever guess it. guesses. A girl is on the scene who isn't interested in him too deeply and resents Jane for being the person everyone wants her to be: great and harmless cover, right ? Untill right? Until he starts being ''too'' flirty, using ''mean'' leads and Jane, instead of going ClingyJealousGirl and snaping... snapping... elegantly steps back and politely asks him to give her every artefact artifact of their romance back so she can burn it and move on. on.]]



** Emma -- first for Captain Weston and Miss Taylor, then for Harriet and Mr. Elton, then for Harriet and Frank. Only the first one works out.
** People in town ship Mr. Knightley and Jane Fairfax. Mrs. Weston mentioned it first, and Mr. Knightley, very much annoyed, heard the gossip from Mr. Cole.
** Many people - most notably Mr. Weston - seem to ship Emma and Frank.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Mr. Woodhouse is really fond of gruel, as is his daughter Isabella. He recommends it to everyone and it's his ComfortFood.
* TwoFirstNames: Anyone in the Martin family: Robert Martin and Elizabeth Martin.
* WallsOfText: A lot of Miss Bates' dialogue. What is interesting is that her gossip is harmless and often provides valuable insight.

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** Emma -- first for her sister and John Knightley, then for Captain Weston and Miss Taylor, then for Harriet and Mr. Elton, then for Harriet and Frank. Only the first one works two work out.
** People in town ship Mr. Knightley and Jane Fairfax. Mrs. Weston mentioned it first, and Mr. Knightley, very much annoyed, heard the gossip from Mr. Cole. \n Of course, [[spoiler: he's desperately in love with Emma.]]
** Many people - most notably Mr. Mr and Mrs Weston - seem to ship Emma and Frank.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Mr. Woodhouse is really fond of thin water gruel, as is his daughter Isabella. He recommends it to everyone and it's his ComfortFood.
* TwoFirstNames: Anyone in the Martin family: Robert Martin and Elizabeth Martin.
Martin.[[Spoiler: Later Harriet Martin as well.]]
* WallsOfText: A lot of Miss Bates' dialogue. What is interesting is that her gossip is harmless and often provides valuable insight.insight, which other characters miss because they think she's just a batty old woman.



** [[spoiler: Jane's reaction to Frank when she sees him openly flirting with Emma right in front of her.]]

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** [[spoiler: Jane's reaction to Frank when she sees him openly flirting with Emma right in front of her. It almost leads to the end of their engagement.]]
7th May '16 6:12:55 PM BobTanaka
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* OddFriendship: Emma and Harriet.

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* OddFriendship: Emma and Harriet. Partially {{Deconstructed}} in that Emma eventually realizes that her friendship with Harriet has only made Harriet's life more complicated and difficult than it needed to be.
7th May '16 5:03:06 PM BobTanaka
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** Frank Churchill has this reaction off-stage when he realizes [[spoiler: that Jane intends to break off their engagement over his behavior.]]
19th Apr '16 12:42:47 AM XFllo
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->"''With insufferable vanity had she believed herself in the secret of every body's feelings; with unpardonable arrogance [[FanPreferredCouple proposed to arrange everybody's destiny]]. She was proved to have been [[ShipSinking universally mistaken]]; and she had not quite done nothing for she had done [[{{Shipping}} mischief]].''"

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->"''With insufferable vanity had she believed herself in the secret of every body's feelings; with unpardonable arrogance [[FanPreferredCouple proposed to arrange everybody's destiny]].destiny. She was proved to have been [[ShipSinking universally mistaken]]; and she had not quite done nothing for she had done [[{{Shipping}} mischief]].''"
18th Apr '16 4:01:51 PM ProfessorDetective
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->"''With insufferable vanity had she believed herself in the secret of every body's feelings; with unpardonable arrogance [[FanPreferredCouple proposed to arrange every body's destiny]]. She was proved to have been [[ShipSinking universally mistaken]]; and she had not quite done nothing for she had done [[{{Shipping}} mischief]].''"

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->"''With insufferable vanity had she believed herself in the secret of every body's feelings; with unpardonable arrogance [[FanPreferredCouple proposed to arrange every body's everybody's destiny]]. She was proved to have been [[ShipSinking universally mistaken]]; and she had not quite done nothing for she had done [[{{Shipping}} mischief]].''"
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