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Emma Chapters 20 & 21
Emma Volume II, Chapters XX & XXI: Quotes, Questions, and Discussion
September 6, 2016
12:43 PM
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Welcome to the Wednesday Read Along!

So, exciting happenings in Highbury indeed. Miss Fairfax has arrived, to make Emma jealous with her true accomplishments and annoy her with her reserve. We get to hear a lot about Miss Fairfax in this chapter, and what’s not to like? She had a rough start in life, and it was only thanks to Colonel and Mrs Campbell that she received a gentlewoman’s education.

But can Emma see her merit? Or is she behaving like a spoilt child?

Speaking of which, Mrs Elton is about to arrive in Highbury too. What a treat for the inhabitants of this lucky little village 😉

Would love to hear your thoughts, please share them!

September 7, 2016
8:56 AM
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I’m going to go with the spoilt child, Joana. 🙂 If she could be in some way better than Jane in talent and abilities, I think Emma would like her better.  I do have a hard time believing Emma is as old as she is.  She keeps striking me as much younger.

I find it interesting again, with Jane’s arrival, we are presented with a character that appears to be all that is sweet and good and proper, but in truth is not quite as good as she appears. I love how Jane Austen does this so often! 

I do love Miss Baits. I would not like to spend more than a few moments with her — oh my ears and brain would hurt if it were any long a period of time 😉 — but I do enjoy her character!  She just rambles on and jumps from one thing to the next and is perpetually (and excessively) pleasant.

September 7, 2016
11:15 AM

I’m going to have to disagree about Jane Fairfax. Emma has tried to be her friend, and Jane has always been too reserved. Part of being a friend is building up trust and sharing confidences. People are always saying that Jane is shy. That may be true, but she could have made a bigger effort to be a friend to Emma. It seems to me that Emma can be a good friend, even to people who are below her station like Harriet and Mrs. Weston. She may be a bit snobby about her relationship with Mr. Elton, but she isn’t snobby with female friendships. Jane obviously has a great friendship with Miss Campbell, so she’s capable of being a true friend to someone her age. I think she dislikes Emma, and it seems quite unjust to me. I could also argue that Jane’s given Frank the idea that Emma is cold and heartless, the type of woman who wouldn’t feel a thing when Frank uses her. I’m not saying Emma is all that better. I just think it goes both ways.

September 9, 2016
4:12 AM
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Sorry I’m so late to the game! It’s been a crazy couple of weeks!


Can I agree with Leenie and Rebecca? Emma is a bit petulant about Jane Fairfax, but Jane doesn’t do anything to further the friendship. There are women who just don’t like each other, maybe especially when everyone else assumes they should. Could this be the case for Jane and Emma?

Can hardly wait to meet Mrs. E!!!