History Literature / Emma

15th Apr '17 9:30:07 PM eowynjedi
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* BritishStuffiness: When John and Isabella Knightley visit, the brothers shake hands and exchange a simple "how d'ye do" which, according to the narrator, is the classic English mode of almost entirely concealing brotherly affection that would have them drop everything the instant the other needed help.



* NoveauRiche: As in Austen's other novels, there's a distinction made between the respectable SelfMadeMan and then this irritating sort. Mrs. Elton's continual boasting about her wealth and her sister's very wealthy marriage never ends. Contrast with Mr. Weston, who has no inherited wealth but much more likable.



* OldMaid: Miss Bates.

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* OldMaid: Miss Bates.Bates never married, and there's no indication that there was ever anyone she might have married.
25th Nov '16 1:57:03 PM XFllo
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* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: Being a young woman of the landed gentry, Emma has no active profession, nor any means of acquiring one. She manages her father's household, but beyond that, she really doesn't have anything to occupy her time and this allows her too much leisure to try and rearrange other people's lives. Still, as noted above, she's also NonIdleRich.
25th Nov '16 1:46:43 PM XFllo
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** Mr. Perry, Mr. and Mrs. Cole (although [[LastNameBasis we never learn any of their first names]]), and the Rev. Philip Elton could also qualify nowadays, since Perry, Cole, and Elton have all become first names in recent decades.
31st Oct '16 8:37:22 PM LadyNorbert
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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.

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** The name Woodhouse suggests that the family is very wealthy. As well as that, Additionally, 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 tense relationship. Like Emma however, it places her as an ideal English woman.



* NiceToTheWaiter: Emma and her father evince real fondness for and interest in their servants. At one point Emma even goes to visit one who has retired. By contrast, Mrs. Elton can't even remember her (presumably far fewer) servants' names.

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* NiceToTheWaiter: Emma and her father evince real fondness for and interest in their servants.servants; Mr. Woodhouse is particularly attached to his driver, James, and his cook, Serle. At one point Emma even goes to visit one who has retired. By contrast, Mrs. Elton can't even remember her (presumably far fewer) servants' names.



* ObliviousToLove: [[spoiler:Emma is oblivious to Mr. Knightley's feelings for her and her own feelings for him until (she believes) it might be too late.]]

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* ObliviousToLove: [[spoiler:Emma is oblivious to Mr. Knightley's feelings for her her, and her own feelings for him him, until (she believes) it might be too late.]]



--> '''Emma:''': 'Jane Fairfax and Jane Fairfax.' Heavens! Let me not suppose that she dares go about, Emma Woodhouse-ing me!

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--> '''Emma:''': 'Jane Fairfax and Jane Fairfax.' Heavens! Let me not suppose that she dares go about, about Emma Woodhouse-ing me!



* RewatchBonus: Well, Reread Bonus. It's a lot easier to pick up on the clues regarding [[spoiler:Frank and Jane's secret engagement]] on a second reading. It's also easier to see through the entire riddle poem mess the second time around, as well as [[spoiler:catch the hints that Mr. Knightley is in love with Emma]].



** Mrs. Elton, who ratchets the trope right UpToEleven. She constantly boasts with her gowns, house, carriage, wealthy relatives and so on. And she snubs people who are of the same, if not higher, position in the society, but she fancies herself superior. For example, she wonders, aloud in front of Emma how surprised she was to find Mrs. Weston ladylike.
%% * RichIdiotWithNoDayJob

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** Mrs. Elton, who ratchets the trope right UpToEleven. She constantly boasts with her gowns, house, carriage, wealthy relatives and so on. And she snubs people who are of the same, if not higher, position in the society, but she fancies herself superior. For example, she wonders, aloud in front of remarks to Emma how surprised she was to find Mrs. Weston ladylike.
%% * RichIdiotWithNoDayJobRichIdiotWithNoDayJob: Being a young woman of the landed gentry, Emma has no active profession, nor any means of acquiring one. She manages her father's household, but beyond that, she really doesn't have anything to occupy her time and this allows her too much leisure to try and rearrange other people's lives. Still, as noted above, she's also NonIdleRich.



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

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



** 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. Of course, [[spoiler: he's desperately in love with Emma.]]

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** People in town ship Mr. Knightley and Jane Fairfax. Mrs. Weston mentioned mentions it first, first to Emma, and Mr. Knightley, very much annoyed, heard hears the gossip from Mr. Cole. Of course, [[spoiler: he's desperately in love with Emma.]]



* TwoFirstNames: Anyone in the Martin family: Robert Martin and Elizabeth Martin. [[spoiler:By the end of the novel, this includes Harriet Martin.]]
* WallsOfText: A lot of Miss Bates' dialogue. What is interesting is that her gossip is harmless and often provides valuable insight, which other characters miss because they think she's just a batty old woman and they're used to tuning him out.

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* TwoFirstNames: Anyone in the Martin family: family, including Robert Martin and Elizabeth Martin. [[spoiler:By the end of the novel, this includes Harriet Martin.]]
** Mr. Perry, Mr. and Mrs. Cole (although [[LastNameBasis we never learn any of their first names]]), and the Rev. Philip Elton could also qualify nowadays, since Perry, Cole, and Elton have all become first names in recent decades.
* WallsOfText: A lot of Miss Bates' dialogue. What is interesting is that her gossip is harmless and often provides valuable insight, which other characters miss because they think she's just a batty old woman and they're used to tuning him her out.



* 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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* WrongGuyFirst: Emma thinks she's in love with Frank Churchill, but when she discovers her true feelings for another 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.
5th Oct '16 6:23:34 PM LadyNorbert
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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:
-->What did she say? Just what she ought of course. A Lady always does.

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* DiscretionShot: The Georgian novel version. [[spoiler:In the scene where Mr Knightly Mr. Knightley 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:
-->What did she say? Just what she ought of course. A Lady lady always does.



** Jane Fairfax was brought up in London and had lessons with the best masters, fulfilling her 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.

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** Jane Fairfax was brought up in London and had lessons with the best masters, fulfilling her potential. Everybody admires her dedication to music and urges her to play for them. Of course, unlike Emma, she may expected to have to depend on her talents to ensure her survival as a governess in the future.



* ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou: [[spoiler:Emma towards Mr. 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.]]

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* ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou: [[spoiler:Emma towards Mr. Knightley. Arguably, it goes the other way as well - Mr Mr. Knightley likes giving Emma advice, but ultimately enjoys the fact that she has her own mind and opinions.]]



* JerkassHasAPoint: Mr. Elton is a GoldDigger, an egotist and everything - bad ''but'' he's right, Emma did lead him on. Unintentionally, to be sure, but her willful blindness just makes it worse.

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* JerkassHasAPoint: Mr. Elton is a GoldDigger, an egotist and everything - bad - ''but'' he's right, Emma did lead him on. Unintentionally, to be sure, but her willful blindness just makes it worse.



* 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, while she - as ever - remains oblivious.]]
* 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, [[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).

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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, especially on a second reading, while she - as ever - remains oblivious.]]
* 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 Mr. Knightley, [[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).



** 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.

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** Frank Churchill. Flirting with Emma in front of his financee, fiancée, 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 knows 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.novel, though his letter to Mrs. Weston does show some of his thoughts and his regret.



** During the dinner party at the Coles, Frank Churchill casts a long look at Miss Fairfax. When Emma notices, he says Miss Fairfax has a strange hairdo and that he couldn't help himself and had to stare. [[spoiler:However, it was a loving and longing look. They are secretly engaged.]]
** 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 were in a relationship.]]

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** During the dinner party at the Coles, Frank Churchill casts a long look at Miss Fairfax. When Emma notices, he says Miss Fairfax has a strange hairdo and that he couldn't help himself and had to stare. [[spoiler:However, it was a loving and longing look.{{longing look}}. They are secretly engaged.]]
** 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 appeared to court be courting Emma. [[spoiler:Mr. Knightley is the only one who correctly suspected that Franck Frank Churchill and Jane Fairfax were in a relationship.]]



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

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



** Mr. Knightley fits the trope perfectly. He's a magistrate and takes care of legal issues of the parish, he manages his estate exceptionally well and is extremely respected by everybody.

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** Mr. Knightley fits the trope perfectly. He's a magistrate and takes care of legal issues of the parish, he manages his estate exceptionally well well, and is he's extremely respected by everybody.



* 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, and by the end she resolves to draw back slightly and allow Harriet to make her own decisions.

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* OddFriendship: Emma and Harriet. Partially {{Deconstructed}} {{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, and by the end she resolves to draw back slightly and allow Harriet to make her own decisions.



* 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.
* RescueRomance: Emma believes Harriet has fallen for Frank Churchill after he had rescued her from the gypsies, but instead she falls for [[spoiler:''Mr. Knightley'' after ''he'' "rescues" her by asking her to dance when she is snubbed by Mr Elton.]]

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* PreppyName: The early 19th century equivalent. "Augusta" Elton is names named 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.
* RescueRomance: Emma believes Harriet has fallen for Frank Churchill after he had rescued her from the gypsies, but instead she falls for [[spoiler:''Mr. Knightley'' after ''he'' "rescues" her by asking her to dance when she is snubbed by Mr Mr. Elton.]]



** Many people - most notably Mr and Mrs Weston - seem to ship Emma and Frank.

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** Many people - most notably Mr Mr. and Mrs Mrs. Weston - seem to ship Emma and Frank.



* TwoFirstNames: Anyone in the Martin family: Robert Martin and Elizabeth Martin. [[spoiler:Later on, 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, which other characters miss because they think she's just a batty old woman.

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* TwoFirstNames: Anyone in the Martin family: Robert Martin and Elizabeth Martin. [[spoiler:Later on, [[spoiler:By the end of the novel, this includes Harriet Martin as well.Martin.]]
* WallsOfText: A lot of Miss Bates' dialogue. What is interesting is that her gossip is harmless and often provides valuable insight, which other characters miss because they think she's just a batty old woman.woman and they're used to tuning him out.



* WrongGenreSavvy: Subtly done with Emma. She encourages Harriet in her reading of ''The Romance of the Forest'', a Gothic novel by Ann Radcliffe, which stars a girl of obscure origins who is ultimately revealed to be Nobly Born. Emma clearly thinks Harriet belongs in a similar story, when in actuality [[spoiler:Harriet is the bastard of a tradesman, who leaves her quite comfortably off economically but does nothing to raise her social status]].

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* WrongGenreSavvy: Subtly done with Emma. She encourages Harriet in her reading of ''The Romance of the Forest'', a Gothic novel by Ann Radcliffe, which stars a girl of obscure origins who is ultimately revealed to be Nobly Born.nobly born. Emma clearly thinks Harriet belongs in a similar story, when in actuality [[spoiler:Harriet is the bastard of a tradesman, who leaves her quite comfortably off economically but does nothing to raise her social status]].
25th Sep '16 6:11:02 PM BobTanaka
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* NiceToTheWaiter: Emma and her father evince real fondness for and interest in their servants. At one point Emma even goes to visit one who has retired. By contrast, Mrs. Elton can't even remember her (presumably far fewer) servants' names.
23rd Sep '16 6:34:02 PM BobTanaka
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* BitchInSheepsClothing: Mr. Elton is a male version of this trope. He seems like a polite, gentlemanly (if slightly empty-headed) young man up until he [[spoiler: declares his love for Emma]], after which he is increasingly shown to be a callous jerk and a thorough snob. His character isn't improved by his RichBitch wife.
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.
4th Jun '16 8:41:49 AM jennifercalendar
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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:
4th Jun '16 8:40:59 AM jennifercalendar
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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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