Emma by Jane Austen (1816)

July 1, 2011 at 7:25 pm (Classics, mainstream)

As part of my intermittent effort to read more of the classics, I picked up a complete works of Jane Austen at the used bookstore last month, and I just finished Emma today.

It was a bit long, in my opinion, but the portrayal of the different characters was engaging and in some cases too sympathetic.  I’m not sure I could willingly put up with the behavior of Miss Bates and Mr Woodhouse (one an incessant chatterbox, the other an incurable hypochondriac), but apparently I’m not as polite as the early nineteenth century English gentry tried to be.  Ah well.

For a while there, I took a real dislike to Emma, and hoped to read that she’d wind up an unhappy old maid.  No such luck; and, really, she did reform and start working on being less proud, high-handed, etc., so I suppose I don’t begrudge her the happy endings.  Much.

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