Emma by Jane Austen

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Love is a fickle thing, as Emma by Jane Austen shows us. It might catch you unawares or unfold slowly until, before you know it, you’re in deep. Still, there are some that try to bring it about. Sometimes, it’s because they see a spark between two people and thing they should be together. But just as often, it might just be a romantic notion that two people are meant for (or perfect for) each other. Emma Woodhouse is the latter. While she makes a successful introduction between two people (her governess Miss Taylor and Mr. Weston), she fancies herself as a matchmaker.

Besides the usual Austenian themes of love, wealth, and class, Emma helps give us insight into ourselves. How do we really come to decisions, especially when those decisions concern other people? Do we know the whole story? Do we know what they really want? Or are we just taking our best guess? Sometimes, the decisions we make (especially those that concern others) have profoundly negative effects. Emma by Jane Austen is, like most of her other works, beloved for its complexity and relatable themes.

Emma learns this the hard way (as the best lessons are often learned). She tries her hand at several matches after her initial success, but they do not lead to the romance she expects. Instead, some romances that blossomed of their own accord are almost broken up.

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