"It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage. A man always imagines a woman to be ready for any body who asks her." Emma, 1816
The story of Emma Woodhouse a clever, wealthy and entitled young lady prone to interfering in the romantic lives of her acquaintances with often unplanned consequences. Emma is one of Jane Austen's favourite heroines, she cannot help but plan and plot to achieve what she thinks is best for all her friends whether they wish her to or not. Emma will not accept guidance or criticism from Mr. Knightley concerning her actions in love, until she finally realises her own true feelings. Through this novel Jane Austen describes the gossipy, close-knit middle-class country life in Regency England.
A Wordsworth Classics with introduction, notes and illustrations
Paperback 358 pages
Complete and Unabridged