Funny / Emma

  • Mr. Perry, an apothecary of Highbury, acknowledges to Mr. Woodhouse that wedding-cake can be too heavy to be eaten and might disagree with many, though it seems rather against his bias of inclination. Mr. Woodhouse takes it for granted that Mr Perry himself would not touch it, yet this follows:
    There was a strange rumour in Highbury of all the little Perrys being seen with a slice of Mrs. Weston's wedding-cake in their hands: but Mr. Woodhouse would never believe it.
  • Emma feels the Coles have been getting too confident lately, considering themselves on equal footing with the first families in town. She finally feels they've crossed the line when she hears of their plans to host a party, and she cannot stand the thought of being insulted with the expectation she would attend, so she plans to put them in their place by refusing their invitation. Well, the invitations go out... and she doesn't get one. note 
  • When Emma hosts a party for Mrs. Elton, Mr. John Knightley is also present because he has just happened to bring his two eldest sons to stay with their grandpapa and aunt Emma. Mr.. John Knighley is concerned that they might be too much for her, and then there is a hilarious exchange between Emma, Mr Knightley and Mr. John Knightley, which amuses Mr. Knightley a great deal. However, narrator's sly comment at the end of the chapter takes the cake:
    Mr. Knightley seemed to be trying not to smile; and succeeded without difficulty, upon Mrs. Elton's beginning to talk to him.
  • Emma pays a visit to Mrs. and Miss Bates, during which Miss Bates eagerly insists on reading her a letter from Jane Fairfax. Miss Bates spends so long describing the contents of the letter that she never gets to the actual reading of it.
  • The archery scene in the 1996 film version: "Try not to kill my dogs."
  • At the climax, Mr. Knightley's emotions are expressed this way: Emma is low and dejected ("Frank Churchill is a villain!"). Emma never felt anything for Frank ("Frank Churchill is not so bad.") Emma loves Mr. Knightley ("Can't think of Frank Churchill right now, but he's probably a very good sort of fellow.")
  • Emma's reaction in the 2009 series to Mr. Elton's complimenting Harriet's (extremely sloppy) painting:
    Emma: "Oh, my. He really must be in love!"
  • Another one from the 2009 series is Emma's long rant over Mrs. Elton upon first meeting her. She walks from home, through the town, and back, muttering angrily to herself all the while:
    Emma: "Knightley! She calls him 'Knightley'! I've known him all my life and I don't call him that!"
  • The Lemony Narrator gets in some good snark. For instance, when Emma meditates on Harriet's good heart and thinks that "to resemble her would be more for her own welfare and happiness could be more for her own welfare than all that genius and intelligence could do," the narration quickly disperses the idea:
    Narrator: "It was rather too late in the day to set about being simple-minded and ignorant..."