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The Novel

  • 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.
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  • 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 Knightley 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.
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  • 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.
  • There's a subtle hint early on that Mrs. Bates' deafness might be just a little selective when Miss Bates says that she sometimes has to repeat herself two or three times, but Mrs. Bates can always hear Jane just fine.
  • 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.")
  • 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..."
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  • Mr. Weston and Mrs. Elton get into a conversation at one point. It consists largely of them wrestling the subject back to their own pet interests whenever it's their turn to talk—as soon as Mr. Weston speaks he starts talking about his son, and Mrs. Elton always brings it back to her rich sister.
  • Mrs. Weston says that Mr. Knightley's way of dealing with Miss Bates' chatter would probably be just to keep talking over it in a a louder voice. Later on, we see him pay a call to the Bates' home, and this is exactly what he does.

1996 film

  • The archery scene: "Try not to kill my dogs."

2009 series

  • Emma's reaction to Mr. Elton's complimenting Harriet's (extremely sloppy) painting:
    Emma: "Oh, my. He really must be in love!"
  • Mr. Knightley remarks that Mr. Elton is so full of himself it's a wonder he can stay on the horse.
  • 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 general reaction to old Mrs. Churchill's death. John Knightley coldly but accurately points out that nobody liked her while she was alive, and he doesn't know why they should have to be sad; his wife makes a token disagreement but says it is very interesting. The Westons and Emma, meanwhile, try very hard to react properly and fail utterly.
    Emma: I am so very happy at this... dreadful news!
  • Just one scene after she ecstatically accepts his proposal, Emma bursts into Knightley's office, sobbing that she can never marry him in spite of her feelings, and runs away, leaving him bewildered.
  • This Gilligan Cut:
    Emma: (discussing the Box Hill party) "It shall be an intimate gathering and we shall only invite people we like!"
    Cut to:
    Mrs. Elton: "Box Hill! What marvelous idea!"
  • When Harriet melodramatically declares that she resolves never to marry, Emma offers this wry observation:
    Emma: "Oh! This is a new philosophy."
  • After Mr. Elton reveals that he never loved Harriet, who does he marry? Someone who looks exactly like her.


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