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Emma
Emma | Jane Austen, James Kinsley, Adela Pinch
'I wonder what will become of her!' So speculate the friends and neighbours of Emma Woodhouse, the lovely, lively, wilful,and fallible heroine of Jane Austen's fourth published novel. Confident that she knows best, Emma schemes to find a suitable husband for her pliant friend Harriet, only to discover that she understands the feelings of others as little as she does her own heart. As Emma puzzles and blunders her way through the mysteries of her social world, Austen evokes for her readers a cast of unforgettable characters and a detailed portrait of a small town undergoing historical transition. Written with matchless wit and irony, judged by many to be her finest novel, Emma has been adapted many times for film and television. This new edition shows how Austen brilliantly turns the everyday into the exceptional. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
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Cathythoughts
Emma | Jane Austen
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Guess what is the first big girls book I‘ll be giving to my new Granddaughter, Emma 🥰. If I‘m in and out of Litsy , it‘s because I‘ll be minding this little doll .. happy days

Tamra Ohhhhhh sweet!! Enjoy every minute! 💕💕 4d
CBee Oh my!! Congratulations ♥️♥️♥️ 4d
elkeOriginal Congrats! 4d
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Cathythoughts @Tamra will do 😄 4d
Cathythoughts @CBee Thanks 💕 4d
AmyG She is beautiful! Enjoy every minute. I don‘t have to tell you how fast it goes. 4d
Cathythoughts @AmyG Thanks X it goes way too fast. I‘m enjoying every minute 👍💕 4d
Simona Sweet baby girl❤️ Enjoy! 4d
Cathythoughts @Simona Thankyou ❤️ 4d
vivastory Congrats 👏👏 4d
TrishB Beautiful ❤️ enjoy x 4d
Cathythoughts @vivastory Thanks 😊 4d
Cathythoughts @TrishB Thanks Trish X ❤️ 4d
youneverarrived Precious 💕💕 4d
readordierachel So sweet ❤ It must be such a joy 4d
Suzze 💘💘 4d
LeahBergen Oh, she‘s just gorgeous, Cathy!! 💞💞💞 4d
emmaturi Congratulations! 4d
marleed Oh congratulations, welcome to the world beautiful Emma! 4d
BookNAround What a beautiful baby. Congratulations grandma! 4d
JennyM So precious 🥰 4d
quietjenn What a lovely reason to be away from social media! 💜 4d
Leftcoastzen Awwww! Adorable! Congratulations! 4d
Cathythoughts @Suzze 💕💕💕 4d
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Thanks Leah 💕 4d
Cathythoughts @emmaturi Thankyou ! 4d
Cathythoughts @marleed Thanks 🙏💕 4d
Cathythoughts @JennyM Thanks Jenny ❤️ 4d
Cathythoughts @quietjenn It is !! ❤️❤️❤️ 4d
MaureenMc So beautiful! 🥰 4d
Cathythoughts @MaureenMc Thankyou 💕🥰 4d
Cortg Congratulations! How wonderful. 4d
andrew61 Lovely photo Cathy, enjoy your precious grandchild. 4d
BarbaraBB What a loving picture. Enjoy dear Cathy 🤍 4d
Cathythoughts @Cortg Thankyou X 4d
Cathythoughts @andrew61 Thanks Andrew 4d
Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB Thanks Barbara 💕 4d
Megabooks Congratulations! Enjoy your grandma time. She‘s beautiful! 💕💕 4d
sprainedbrain ❤️❤️❤️ 4d
Cathythoughts @Megabooks @sprainedbrain Thanks ❤️ she‘s only 4 weeks , she should start to smile by about 6 weeks … we can‘t wait to see her smile 😊 3d
batsy Awww... Enjoy all of the moments with her 💕 3d
kspenmoll What a beauty and a gift! Congrats! 🎊 3d
Cathythoughts @batsy Thanks Suba 🥰 3d
Cathythoughts @kspenmoll Thankyou 🥰🥰🥰 3d
Ddzmini Congratulations 🎊🎉🎈🤗 3d
Tera66 Congratulations 🎊 💗 3d
Reggie Oh my gosh, this pic is so precious!!! 1d
Cathythoughts @Ddzmini Thankyou ❤️ 1d
Cathythoughts @Tera66 Thanks so much💕 1d
Cathythoughts @Reggie Thanks Reggie, she‘s adorable 🥰 1d
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asterese
Emma | Jane Austen
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I realized that it helps me to watch the film adaptations before picking up Miss Jane Austen's books. Having watched Emma. (2020) over and over last year, the book was easier to read and understand. I had a better appreciation for the style of writing, and I think this may be one of my favorites among her novels (S&S being at the top of my list).

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asterese
Emma | Jane Austen
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I've never read this many books in a year in my entire life. 👀 2021 was really something else. I wonder how 2022 will turn out. 🤔

Emma is my in-between book. Started it a few days before the end of 2021, and I'm halfway through it, 3 days into the new year.

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Ddzmini
Emma | Jane Austin
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Here is some pictures from my journey through “I he Lost Book Store” 📖🤗🤨 yea I added books to my library 📚

EKonrad Looove that place! It‘s so cool! 😊 1mo
Soubhiville 😲 it looks dreamy! Where is it? 1mo
Ddzmini @EKonrad it is I‘m back in Hawaii but we are coming out for Christmas so I‘m going back 🤗 1mo
Ddzmini @Soubhiville it is beautiful and it‘s all plants and books I didn‘t get to explore long so I‘m hoping they will be open when I come back out to my Daughters 🤗📖 1mo
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MoonWitch94
Emma | Jane Austen
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https://www.wsj.com/amp/articles/jane-austen-tom-lefroy-kipling-emma-persuasion-...

Hey #pemberlittens check out this article! While I knew of Jane's relationship with Tom Lefroy, this article was very interesting. Jane fell in love at Christmas....how magical! Shame it didn't end up with a happy ending. #Emma #Persuasion

RaeLovesToRead I remember watching Becoming Jane when it came out and being devastated at the end. My friend was like "you knew she didn't get married, Rae!" but I didn't know and thought they would end up living happily ever after ??? 2mo
sprainedbrain I‘m torn between 😂 at that ‘breaking news from 1795‘ and 😥 again for Jane. ❤️ 2mo
MoonWitch94 @RaeLovesToRead I know! I loved that movie & I cried so hard. @sprainedbrain Right? I laughed at the headline, which made me read the article. 2mo
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Centique
Emma | Jane Austen, James Kinsley, Adela Pinch
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In an attempt to make lockdown weekends more interesting my daughter and I had an English themed afternoon, watched Emma and drank Pimms and ate cucumber sandwiches. This adaptation of Emma was really good I thought - a great way to introduce a teenager to Austen. I‘m not sure our Pimms cocktails were authentic though! We mixed it with lemonade and mint and sliced strawberries- let me know if you‘re a Pimms drinker how you would do it?

CarolynM That sounds delightful! Pimms is delicious but dangerous🥴 It's been a while since I made it, but I used to put in slices of orange, lemon and apple and bruised lemon balm leaves. 3mo
wanderinglynn For the traditional, along with mint (or borage) and strawberries, I add orange slices and cucumber. You can also try it with carbonated lemonade or Sprite/7UP/lemon-lime soda, Ginger ale or ginger beer, or lemon juice (with our without sugar). Pimm‘s is great in that it‘s easy to try different flavors. I‘m also a fan of the blackberry & elderflower Pimm‘s and the cherry Pimm‘s punch. 3mo
LeahBergen That sounds like a lovely day! 3mo
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Centique @CarolynM @wanderinglynn excellent! I am screenshotting those ideas so I can try them! 3mo
Cathythoughts That sounds perfect 👌🏻 I‘d love to see the movie 3mo
TrishB Orange, cucumber and strawberries 😁 that sounds like a fab day! 3mo
TrishB I love that you had cucumber sandwiches! You‘ll be ready for Buckingham Palace! 3mo
Centique @LeahBergen @Cathythoughts thank you lovely ladies 😘 3mo
Centique @TrishB orange would be fantastic I reckon 😍 Yes although my cucumber sandwiches were not very dainty! 3mo
MaureenMc Wish I could have joined you! 😁 3mo
Reggie This sounds lovely. And I had no idea what Pimms was. I had to Google it. Lol nice. 3mo
Centique @MaureenMc me too! 3mo
Centique @Reggie we used to be so English leaning in our sensibilities here that id hear of all the English delicacies and imagine them long before I ever saw them in a shop! This was so different to what I‘d imagined. Almost has a cola taste to it. I‘m going to enjoy experimenting! 3mo
Rissreads I love Pimms too! Orange in it is good too! 3w
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mjtwo
Emma | Jane Austin
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25-6 Oct 2021 (audiobook)
Narrated by Emma Thompson.
I cannot help but picture Gwyneth when listening to or reading Emma. They seem to have many similarities - spouting a lot of well-meaning but potentially harmful rubbish, failing to appreciate their own privilege and being a little snide but remaining somewhat endearing in spite of all.
I do like Knightley. I appreciate him censuring Emma‘s behaviour towards Miss Bates and his kindness to all.

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BarkingMadRun
Emma | Jane Austen
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Hallmark did a cute movie based loosely on Emma, the high school is even name Austen. So fun! #pemberlittens

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Teresereading
Emma | Jane Austen
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My own watch party last night as my partner has been away. The BBC adaptation in 4 parts. Loved it - though the picnic scene was excruciating Emma and Frank behaving so dreadfully.
#PemberLittens

LitStephanie I have never seen that one. I will have to try it! 5mo
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sprainedbrain
Emma | Jane Austen
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A bonus/rescheduled/final watch party for the 2020 Emma film has just been scheduled for tonight (Thursday) at 6 pm Central US time.

Tagging those who had mentioned before they wanted to see it, just in case you want to try again (or watch it again lol) but anyone is welcome. No sign-up, just comment here if you want me to send the invite to you. 😃

@SarahBookInterrupted your link has been sent.😄

Graciouswarriorprincess @sprainedbrain Yes! Please include me. akallas@loyola.edu. Thanks 6mo
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melissajayne I would love an invite 6mo
SarahBookInterrupted Thank you so much! Can‘t wait to watch it. 6mo
sprainedbrain @melissajayne I just sent one to you! 6mo
melissajayne Had a bit of a rough day and I totally forgot; see you Saturday 6mo
sprainedbrain @melissajayne it doesn‘t start for another half hour, but I get it if you aren‘t up to it. 🤗 6mo
melissajayne @sprainedbrain I have a copy so I can watch it on my own later 6mo
SarahBookInterrupted That was so fun. Thank you again @sprainedbrain I will join in for persuasions watch parties for sure! And I now have a new favourite Mr.Knightly. 🥰 6mo
sprainedbrain @SarahBookInterrupted Johnny Flynn is just dreamy! 🥰 If you haven‘t heard the song he did for it, you should check it out: Queen Bee https://youtu.be/NGq_5xVB6p8 ❤️ 6mo
SarahBookInterrupted @sprainedbrain I just listened to it. Lovely. I just watched some interviews too. I think he should keep his shaggy hair in the film. 6mo
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janeycanuck
Emma | Jane Austen
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I think I may be the only person who liked Emma even less upon a reread. And I mean both the character and the book. I can‘t see myself rereading this one again whereas I can with all of Austen‘s other works, including most people‘s least fav, Mansfield Park.

#Pemberlittens

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nanuska_153
Emma | Jane Austin
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Late with this #Pemberlittens

Emma is probably the most imperfect of Austen's heroines and her views on class really haven't aged well. I understand why Mr Knightley acts that way with Emma, but he does too much mansplaining for my taste. Still, did I stay yesterday reading until 3am despite the fact that I have to work today and that I had read the book numerous times so I knew what was going to happen?: Yes, of course I did!

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sprainedbrain
Emma | Jane Austen
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I‘ve enjoyed the watch parties so far this month! While 2020 remains my favorite, I LOVED Aisha (thanks @I.be.Stef ) and had fun with the others.

Above are the remaining dates—more info/sign up at the link below. For those already signed up, look for an emailed Zoom link the day before each party.🥳

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1qAcf0mGw4fGosx6wAEuwf7VZKFyDHbut_phJFyGs...

Everyone welcome, #PemberLittens or not!

I.be.Stef I‘m glad you liked it! It was fun watching Aisha with you ♥️♥️ 6mo
Chrissyreadit @I.be.Stef @sprainedbrain I really enjoyed it too. I have to decide about Wednesday 6mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @sprainedbrain so sorry but my google spreadsheet isn‘t working. My email is akallas@loyola.edu 6mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess @sprainedbrain can you sign me up for 7/17 at 3 pm and 7/24 at 6 pm. Thanks 6mo
melissajayne I‘m so sorry I forgot about yesterday 6mo
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Emma | Jane Austin
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sprainedbrain
Emma | Jane Austen
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Tomorrow evening at 8 pm US Central is our first watch party for the excellent 1996 Emma. 😊

Zoom links have been sent, but there is still time to join us—everyone is welcome.

#PemberLittens

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nanuska_153
Emma | Jane Austen, James Kinsley, Adela Pinch
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Emma's reaction to Mr Elton holding her hand in the carriage and asking her to marry him

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nanuska_153
Emma | Jane Austen, James Kinsley, Adela Pinch
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"The real evils, indeed, of Emma's situation were the power of having too much her own way,and a disposition to think a little too well of herself; these were the disadvantages which threatened alloy to her many enjoyments.The danger, however, was at present so unperceived, that they did not by any means rank as misfortunes with her"

My brain immediately imaging Emma as Cher in what will always be the best adaptation of a book #Pemberlittens

eeclayton Agreed! 😁 7mo
LitStephanie It is the best Emma adaptation I have ever seen. 7mo
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sprainedbrain
Emma | Jane Austen
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Tomorrow is July, and we are kicking off a month of Emma watch parties with my favorite! ❤️

Invites have been sent to those who are signed up for tomorrow‘s watch party. There is still time to sign up—we‘re starting the party at 6 pm Central US time. Everyone is welcome, #PemberLittens or not. 😉

mklong Boo! I totally forgot that I have an HOA Board meeting tonight! Y‘all have fun, and spare a thought for your friend who is fielding complaints about non-recyclables in the recycle bin and discussing whether we should get a lock for the hose, instead of watching Johnny Flynn 😫 7mo
sprainedbrain @mklong oh bummer! 7mo
johncadams Got this for nonbinary parent's day from my daughter. We watched it together and just loved it. 7mo
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sprainedbrain @johncadams it‘s so good! Definitely my favorite adaptation of Emma. ❤️ 7mo
johncadams @sprainedbrain I just loved the Paltrow version but they are so different that we can enjoy both! 7mo
sprainedbrain @johncadams absolutely! 7mo
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Liatrek
Emma | Jane Austen
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I ended up finishing Emma with this free audio book and absolutely loved it. I think because I got interested in Emma because I loved Clueless that I have a soft spot for story. #pemberlittens @sprainedbrain

sprainedbrain Oh that looks awesome! What a great collection of narrators. ❤️ 7mo
Ruthiella Clueless is one of my favorite movies of all time! 😀❤️ 7mo
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sprainedbrain
Emma | Jane Austen
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I think I‘ve got dates and times that should work for everyone who filled out the form, and with allll of these Emma adaptations, there are a LOT of watch parties to choose from!

First party is this Thursday, and I‘m very excited that it‘s my favorite (2020). 😍

Everyone is welcome to join us! Sign up here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1qAcf0mGw4fGosx6wAEuwf7VZKFyDHbut_phJFyGs...

#PemberLittens

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SarahBookInterrupted Hi, so I never attended the watch parties because I assumed I can‘t because of the time zone. I live in Senegal. But the Emma 2020, I‘ve never seen and want too, so can you tell me the time zone the watch parties are in? If it does work this time, I‘ll be back in Canada this summer so I might be able to catch something then. 7mo
sprainedbrain @SarahBookInterrupted the times that are on the form are my time (Central US), but we have people in BST, CEST, and GMT this time (among many others). I try to pick times that work for people all over the world. I think you‘re GMT, right? Have a look at the calendar tab on the sign up sheet and see if any of the times I have will work. We‘d love to have you join us! 7mo
SarahBookInterrupted That‘s great I‘m only 5 hours ahead. I‘ll give it a try for Emma 2020 7mo
jenniferw88 I've signed up for a couple of the 3pm ones. Playing the 17th date by ear as I know it'll be a late night for me, and unsure whether I'll be up to it. (Day after the infusion which makes me very sleepy!) 7mo
I.be.Stef Signed up and can‘t wait! 🥳🙌🏽 7mo
Marmie7 I signed up for the Emma 2020 version. I'm in the PNW, so 2 hrs behind. 7mo
Teresereading I will have a look and see what‘s possible for AEST 7mo
LitStephanie @sprainedbrain I signed up for Wed. July 13 Clueless but that will depend on the wifi in my vacation cabin and if I can actually figure out how to use Zoom on my tablet. So if no one else signs up for that one, please cancel and I'll catch the Saturday viewing. Thanks for all your work on this! 7mo
SarahBookInterrupted It‘s my first time signing and I thought I was signed for Emma 2020 for last night but I didn‘t get a zoom invite so I‘m assuming I did something wrong. Sorry. 6mo
sprainedbrain @SarahBookInterrupted oh no! I sent the email with the link to you and Christine on Monday 7/26… I used the email address that you put on the sign-up form. I didn‘t get any emails back that it was an invalid address. Did it accidentally go to spam or something? Very sorry! 6mo
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rjsthumbelina
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I really thought that this would be my favorite of Austen's books, until the last quarter of the book happened! I still enjoyed it, but hated the way Austen chose to resolve the story. It seemed a little like she got tired of writing it, and so she thought she'd just let Emma have her man and be done. Not gonna lie, the gossipy nature of the first half or so was so fun to me #pemberlittens

TheBookHippie 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 I agree! 7mo
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mom2bugnbee
Emma | Jane Austen
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Thanks to @sprainedbrain for another great hosting of the latest #Pemberlittens read! I'd never read Emma (nor seen any adaptation except Clueless)! My least favorite Austen thus far, but my least favorite Austen still gets ⭐⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐.

Looking forward to watching the Anya Taylor Joy version now!

HeatherBookNerd I do like Jane Austen, but Emma wears me out. You just have to endure her nonsense far too long. 7mo
mom2bugnbee @HeatherBookNerd She was... a lot. ☺ 7mo
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batsy
Emma | Jane Austen, James Kinsley, Adela Pinch
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This chapter-a-day deep immersion into Emma allowed me to appreciate facets I overlooked before. In the past, I could only remember that I found Emma slightly aggravating, & thus I avoided revisiting it often. This time though I loved seeing how Austen charts Emma's growth, the way the plot serves to enhance understanding of character, & the detailed way social ties & obligation shape & mold a person. It's also, as far as novels go, quite perfect!

batsy Thank you @sprainedbrain and #pemberlittens for a lovely group read, as always 🌻 7mo
Cathythoughts Lovely review & picture 💫I must post up mine too. 7mo
nathandrake1997 Brilliant review ❤️ Also, one chapter per day sounds like a great idea for classics ❤️ Also, it's about time I finally start reading Jane Austen! Is EMMA a good starting point? 7mo
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Lesliereads “quite perfect”😍 7mo
Smarkies I liked Emma to begin with but gained so much more with this reread especially the social class understanding. 7mo
SamAnne Great review. @nathandrake1997 Emma is my favorite. The humor, wit and developed characters. Other prefer Pride and Prejudice! 7mo
LeahBergen Lovely review! And yes, I appreciated Emma much more on this read, too. 7mo
sprainedbrain Awesome review, as usual! ❤️ 7mo
nathandrake1997 @SamAnne Thanks 😄 I'll start with EMMA 😄 7mo
batsy @nathandrake1997 Thank you! And yes! I think you can start anywhere with Austen and Emma is a great one, or P&P, or Persuasion. I love them all but Mansfield Park is my least fave, so I don't recommend MP to start with but it's purely a personal preference 🙂 7mo
batsy @Lesliereads It is just such a well-constructed novel ❤️ 7mo
batsy @Smarkies Yes, me too. Also the way class really shapes their social networks. 7mo
rubyslippersreads Perfect review and lovely cover. I get so much more reading a chapter-a-day (although I already liked Emma). 7mo
rubyslippersreads @Smarkies That‘s exactly how I felt. 7mo
batsy @rubyslippersreads Thank you 💜 7mo
Centique What a beautiful edition and a beautiful review! It‘s about time I revisited this one. Like you I found her annoying originally - but I have a different perspective these days ☺️ 7mo
batsy @Centique Thank you! The reread was a wonderful way to get to know the book better. I was surprised by how much more I liked it this time around 🙂 7mo
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Mrs_B
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I think I can be a bit Emma sometimes!
This book felt almost a comedy to me and I loved listening to it on my commute in the mornings. Mrs Bates‘ positivity is a good way to start the day!!!
Thank you @sprainedbrain for posting every day and to all the #pemberlittens for the great insights!

sprainedbrain ❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
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OriginalCyn620
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I know this isn‘t a lot of people‘s favorite Jane Austen, but I‘ve always enjoyed it! The characters are great and I love seeing Emma‘s growth throughout the book.

Thank you @sprainedbrain for the funny and spot-on daily summaries, and for making this such a great group! ❤️
#PemberLittens

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AnneCecilie
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This is my third time reading Emma and with this chapter a day reading I noticed things I haven‘t noticed before.

I feel like Emma is like most 21 yr olds, you think you know everything in the world. And then her views also reflect that the book was first published in 1816.

Mrs Eton is really something. Miss Bates as well, but unlike Mrs E there‘s nothing evil in Miss Bates.

How does Austen do it? Always creating these amazing characters?

AnneCecilie #PemberLittens. Thanks for organizing this buddy read @sprainedbrain 7mo
sprainedbrain Austen was just sooo good at writing people! 🥰 7mo
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Andrea313
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Coming to the end of Emma, I wonder if my fellow #PemberLittens feel that any of these characterizations ring true? As a firm Cap, I accept my counterpart; I often find myself nodding in agreement with his feelings. 😂
https://bookriot.com/which-emma-character-are-you/

sprainedbrain I‘m Emma. 😬 7mo
Andrea313 @sprainedbrain 😬 But does it seem right? I mean, Emma has a good quality or two... 😉 7mo
sprainedbrain Not so much, but maybe I‘m not seeing myself correctly. 😂 7mo
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Andrea313 @sprainedbrain You might just need a Virgo/Knightley to make things plain to you. 😂 7mo
sprainedbrain That‘s probably it. 😂 7mo
LeahBergen Mr. Elton?? What the fuh? 🤣🤣 I think I‘d take Emma, @sprainedbrain 🤣 7mo
sprainedbrain @LeahBergen ok I take back my grumble and will accept Emma. 😅 7mo
batsy Oh god! Frank Churchill!! Leos are forever getting a raw deal by astrologers 😂 7mo
batsy @LeahBergen Oh nooo 🤣 7mo
janeycanuck Mrs Elton?! I demand a recount. 7mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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I'd always seen Emma‘s father as just eccentric character but then I read this article:
https://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/20/opinion/jane-austens-guide-to-alzheimers.html... "Emma is parenting her parent and has been doing so for quite some time."

And maybe it spoke to me because I know how draining taking care of parent. But it changed my Perspective on Emma.
#Pemberlittens @sprainedbrain #emmaeveryday

Crinoline_Laphroaig @I.be.Stef this is the article I referred to a few days ago. 7mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @GingerAntics @4thhouseontheleft thanks for calling out the problematic parts. I think books we've read in the past we tend to remember the parts we liked best. Emma was never my favorite Austen but I always think of it fondly because of the ending. Knightley willing to give up his home because he doesn't want to make Emma‘s father unhappy. But you both made some very valid points. And it's something I will keep in mind when talking about Emma. 7mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @sprainedbrain Thank you for being a fabulous hostess. Emma would approve. 7mo
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GingerAntics Emma has definitely been parenting her father her entire adult life, and I get the impression that Anne Taylor was mothering Mr. Woodhouse just as much as she was mothering Isabella and Emma when they were children. His reaction to her marrying and moving one house over essentially seems to suggest that. 7mo
GingerAntics As I‘ve continued to process this book, and rewatched the miniseries, I‘m a little concerned with the abusive/dysfunctional relationships. Mr. Elton uses rape language, blaming Emma for him thinking she was interested in him (there is a paper online about that - someone‘s thesis I believe). George Knightly isn‘t the most functional character either. He infantilises Emma, but then wants to marry her. I don‘t get it. 7mo
GingerAntics I did appreciate the gesture of him choosing to live at her house until her father dies. I liked the part of the miniseries where he jokes he‘ll walk back and forth a few times a day to keep up his exercise (I don‘t remember if that was in the book or not). Certainly, Emma and George both have their issues. Hopefully they can navigate some kind of healthy relationship, because their “friendship” is pretty messed up. 7mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @GingerAntics and now you can say you've tried Austen and never have to read again. 😉 7mo
GingerAntics @Crinoline_Laphroaig apparently I read her before… apparently I took an antihero class that read Emma. I can‘t remember if that was the week I was out of class for a family funeral or what, but I don‘t even remember having a conversation about Emma. 7mo
GingerAntics @Crinoline_Laphroaig I even went into my Amazon account and checked. Sure enough, I bought a copy of Emma in January of 2016. I get why they make us read a book a week per class (I think), but you don‘t remember ANY of it after it‘s over. It‘s just a mad dash to get everything in your head long enough to participate in the discussion. I even asked a friend if she remembered it. She hated it, apparently. 7mo
GingerAntics @Crinoline_Laphroaig I‘m not going to lie… I‘ve heard suggestions that I might like other books by her more. I don‘t know why, but I‘m tempted. 7mo
I.be.Stef @Crinoline_Laphroaig I just got to reading it. What a beautiful perspective! I was moved by the article. It depicts Emma in a whole new light. I‘m not sure if Austen intended to show Emma that way but I like the novel even more now. Thanks for tagging me! (edited) 7mo
I.be.Stef PS the link isn‘t clickable. I googled it and found it. Maybe you need to click enter for it to be highlighted? It may be easy to click it from the post then. 7mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @GingerAntics Pride and Prejudice will always be my favorite, I am looking forward to Persuasion in August. I read it as a teenager and was 'Meh' but I reread a few years ago and my older eyes enjoyed it. I'm curious to see what group thinks. 7mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @I.be.Stef your welcome! If anyone else has trouble with link just Google the title Jane Austen's Guide to Alzheimer‘s and it pops up. 7mo
Lcsmcat This is a great article. Thanks for sharing! I never thought about Alzheimer‘s specifically, but Emma‘s care giving of her father always impressed in me that she wasn‘t selfish. This gives it that much more weight. 7mo
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sprainedbrain
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I‘ve said before that Emma is my least favorite Austen novel (which never meant I didn‘t like it, since I obviously like them all), but the chapter-a-day reread has changed my mind—Emma is currently ranked 4th of the 6 in my affections.😉

I loved the wit and humor, social commentary, watching Emma‘s growth, every single time Miss Bates appeared, hating on Mrs. E & her caro sposo, falling for Knightley, & almost everything else.

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sprainedbrain This book is chock full of really great characters, and a great example of why Jane Austen is GOAT—this lady could write, y‘all!

I also really enjoyed having an excuse to look at images from the gorgeous 2020 movie every day, but that‘s really a me issue. Thanks to all of the #PemberLittens who read along, and a huge thank you for all of the excellent posts and discussions! ❤️❤️❤️
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Bookwormjillk When we‘re done I should set up a poll where everyone ranks their favorites. Thanks again for hosting. I can‘t believe we only have one left! 7mo
sprainedbrain @Bookwormjillk yes, definitely do a poll! And for those that reread, maybe see if our opinions changed after reread too. 7mo
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AmyG Beautiful edition. 7mo
Andrea313 I'm with you on having said Emma is my least favorite...which doesn't mean much because I love all of Austen! But I think this read bumped it up above Northanger for me. Which two got demoted for you? 7mo
BookBr That‘s a gorgeous edition! I wish I‘d been in on the whole read! 7mo
sprainedbrain @Andrea313 oh I adore Northanger! My current ranking is Persuasion & Pride & Prejudice tied for first, then Northanger, Emma, Sense & Sensibility, and Mansfield Park. 7mo
sprainedbrain @BookBr you should join us for Persuasion! 😉 7mo
Andrea313 @sprainedbrain Persuasion and P&P are constantly vying for my top spot as well! I have a feeling Persuasion might win out after this #ChapterADay read; I've been looking forward to it so much! 7mo
I.be.Stef Thanks for hosting @sprainedbrain !I‘ve never read Austen‘s works before until I joined you and the #Pemberlittens. I constantly have to rearrange my top 3 every time I read an Austen novel. (It just keeps getting better! 🤷🏽‍♀️😆) I can‘t believe we have only one more to go….that‘s crazy! 🙌🏽💯 (edited) 7mo
RaeLovesToRead Beautiful edition! (And what a cute little nose ❤) 7mo
sprainedbrain @RaeLovesToRead she knocked it right down immediately after this photo. 😹 7mo
Clare-Dragonfly Thank you for hosting! 🥰 I‘m so glad I finally read Emma all the way through! 7mo
LeahBergen I enjoyed Emma so much more on this reread! And I‘m totally with you: my bottom two are Sense and Sensibility and Mansfield Park. 7mo
quietjenn Thanks for being our fearless leader, Jenni! I so enjoyed reading this with y'all and while I'm going to rank until we've read them all (except Mansfield Park is definitely last 😬), but Emma is currently vying for the top spot. 7mo
janeycanuck Thank you for leading us again! Emma actually has gone down for me with chapter-a-day. I found it somewhat hard to follow, disjointed and confusing! Which is not what I remember at all so I might need to reread again soon. It had to be me that was the problem… (and by me, I mean the pandemic - we were deep in a terrible third wave) 7mo
rubyslippersreads I loved Emma before, but feel I got more out of it this time by reading a chapter a day. Thanks, Jenni, for being the fearless leader of the #PemberLittens. 😺 7mo
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Emma | Jane Austen
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Ch 55 (the last one!): Emma is happy that Harriet is truly happy with Mr. Martin, & the last couple engaged become the first couple married in September. Jane & Frank are in London to be married in November, & the combo of John & Isabella being at Hartfield & a convenient rash of turkey thefts lead Mr. Woodhouse to be cool with Emma & Knightley marrying in October. Mrs E. thinks it was a shabby wedding, everyone else disagrees.🥰

sprainedbrain Thank you so much to all of my chapter-a-day friends! I have loved all of the comments and discussions so much. ❤️ 7mo
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DivineDiana Thank you so much for hosting! I enjoyed the read! And... your chapter reviews and memes even more!!! 👏🏻👍🏻😂 7mo
Cathythoughts Thankyou Jenni for everything 👍🏻❤️ I loved Emma 7mo
TheBookHippie Thank you SOOOO much! I can‘t believe I read this again 😂😂😂 I enjoyed the reading togetherness and all your content and all the laughter!!! I still loathe Emma 😅 but I enjoyed the loathing this go round 36 years after I read it the first time 🙃 7mo
sprainedbrain @TheBookHippie I‘m so glad you joined us, loathing or not. 😉 Are you going to do Persuasion?! 7mo
TheBookHippie @sprainedbrain ABSOLUTELY I‘m currently debating which one to purchase 😂😅 7mo
MicrobeMom This was a great reread! I have a love hate relationship with Emma. She is such a snob but so funny. How it ends with Harriet in the end is horrible! But I did really enjoy this book and it many witticisms! 7mo
OriginalCyn620 Convenient rash of turkey thefts 🤣🤣🤣 7mo
OriginalCyn620 And thank you so much Jenni for your organization and hilarious memes and summaries! I have thoroughly enjoyed this group and look forward to Persuasion next! 🤗💕 @sprainedbrain 7mo
Teresereading Emma has always been my least favourite Austen, but I really gained a lot from a slow reading. There are many gems cleverly hidden in the text and dialogue 7mo
Teresereading Looking forward to a Persuasion ❤️ 7mo
Daisey Thanks Jenni for hosting and the fun daily posts! Emma remains my least favorite Austen, but I truly enjoyed the reread and wonderful posts in this group. 7mo
batsy Thank you so much for organising and leading the discussions and all of the fun posts ❤️ 7mo
mom2bugnbee Thanks so much, as always! Looking forward to Persuasion, another Austen I've never read. 7mo
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"But, in spite of these deficiencies, the wishes, the hopes, the confidence, the predictions of the small band of true friends who witnessed the ceremony, were fully answered in the perfect happiness of the union."

And with that last line it's time to put Emma back on the shelf. I have some thoughts about #emmaeveryday I'll be posting later.
@sprainedbrain #Pemberlittens

kspenmoll Lovely photo 7mo
sprainedbrain Gorgeous! 😍 7mo
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eeclayton
Emma | Jane Austen
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Each chapter-a-day re-read has given me valuable insight but I think it has changed my opinion about this book the most.

I'm still not quite Team Emma, but this time I was able to appreciate Austen's excellent writing and read between the lines much more.

As usual, thank you Jenni @sprainedbrain for hosting and thanks fellow #PemberLittens for your commentary ❤️

Ast_Arslan I have just the same edition... with the italian flag 😂❤ 7mo
sprainedbrain Same here! My opinion has changed significantly on this one. Thank you for being a pemberlitten! ❤️ 7mo
eeclayton @Ast_Arslan Oh! So that's why there's a flag! 😁 7mo
Ast_Arslan @eeclayton 😁 yeah 👍🏻🤟🏻❤ 7mo
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Andrea313
Emma | Jane Austin
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I know I've said it before, but even though I personally fail to connect with Emma as a character, Austen's skill as a writer is so apparent in this book. She has created a total world and timeless characters and even though I often wish Emma's growth and change of heart came sooner, it is very real and believable. Thanks to all the #PemberLittens for your insights and humor, and thanks to our fearless leader @sprainedbrain for keeping us going!

sprainedbrain Thank you for being a pemberlitten! I‘ve loved all of your posts for this one. ❤️ 7mo
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Bookwormjillk
Emma | Jane Austen
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I‘m always a little sad when we finish a #PemberLittens chapter a day book, but really glad to have read one of my favorite books with such a great group. I love the small town and all of the CHARACTERS in this book. I really feel like this is Jane Austen at her best. Thank you @sprainedbrain for your daily recaps and hilarious observations.

I remain #TeamEmma

TheBookHippie It looks so pretty with the flowers!!! 7mo
sprainedbrain Gorgeous photo, great review, and thank you for participating! All of the discussions and posts make this so fun. ❤️ 7mo
Bookwormjillk @TheBookHippie it‘s the copy you sent me! 7mo
TheBookHippie @Bookwormjillk I recognize it 🤍 I‘m impressed you matched flowers to it! Looks so pretty! 7mo
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Emma | Jane Austen
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#PemberLittens reminder!

Anyone interested in some Emma watch parties in July? If so, please fill out this form so that I can try to accommodate you… form will be open through Sunday 6/27, and then I will get to work scheduling.

https://forms.gle/CfsAd7zDuhYv1BuV6

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HOTPock3tt
Emma | Jane Austen
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It‘s been a long time since a book gave me such warm, fuzzy feelings! ♥️ It started a bit slow for me, but by the middle I was completely hooked and I loved the ending . Such fun characters and lots of humor. Thanks @Wife for giving me this wonderful cover! And thanks to @sprainedbrain for hosting the pemberlittens and watch parties!

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Emma | Jane Austen
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Ch 54: Just as Harriet is due back from London, Mr. Knightley breaks the news that Harriet & Robert Martin are engaged… but Emma no longer thinks Mr. Martin beneath Harriet, & this of course solves the Harriet discomfort, so YAY! Emma visits the Westons & finds Frank & Jane there. Frank is obviously very fond of Jane, but still can‘t help teasing her. 🙄 Emma is quite pleased with herself, because Knightley > Frank for sure.

sprainedbrain I know lots of you have finished (so have I lol) but I‘m sticking it out and will post the last chapter summary tomorrow. 🥰 7mo
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TheBookHippie 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼♥️♥️♥️♥️ 7mo
Smarkies Definitely Knightley>Frank 🤣🤣🤣 7mo
HOTPock3tt I‘m lmao at this meme!😂😂😂😂 7mo
MaureenMc 😂 7mo
batsy 😂😂 7mo
JamieArc 😆😆 7mo
Bookwormjillk Poor Miss Bates 7mo
OriginalCyn620 😂😂😂 7mo
MicrobeMom 😂😂🤣🤣 7mo
TheAromaofBooks I'd really forgotten how fast Emma gets on the “oh good, Harriet can just be my lower-class acquaintance instead of my bff“ train! 😬 But this meme is perfection! 7mo
sprainedbrain @TheAromaofBooks Yes, poor Harriet gets demoted pretty fast… but I think she will be much happier with Mr. Martin and his sisters. 😉 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Right?? I think they will be a lot less obsessed with “improving“ her life 😂 7mo
janeycanuck @TheAromaofBooks In a year, their relationship will be nothing more the a courteous nod as they pass each other in Highbury….. 7mo
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Emma | Jane Austen
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I think Emma could hold her own against Lizzie Bennet in a war of wits. 😂 #pemberlittens

sprainedbrain I giggled through that whole part! 😂 7mo
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4thhouseontheleft
Emma | Jane Austen
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On rereading Emma, it stays firm as one of my favorite Austen novels! The beautiful writing, wit, and comedic interludes are all on point. The relationship between Emma and her father highlights Emma‘s positive traits, and I love the family dynamic. Yes, Emma can be elitist, spoiled, and not the most intelligent of Austen‘s heroines, but she grows and changes and recognizes her mistakes, and I love her for that!
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Palimpsest
Emma | Jane Austen
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P&P and Emma are my two favorite Austen novels. Sadly, the joy of rereading it with the pemberlittens was eclipsed by negative comments, mostly stating that Emma is an insufferable snob, which I disagree with by doing a close reading of her situation of being motherless and remembering her class. I still love Emma and the 2020 film. It was the last movie I saw in the theater on 3/9/2020 and has a special place in my heart, as does this novel.

BiblioLitten Noooo!! I love Emma💜 7mo
Palimpsest @BiblioLitten 😊I wish more people would understand that this is classified as a Bildungsroman and that the reader is supposed to watch her character change and grow for the better. 7mo
4thhouseontheleft They are my two favorites as well! I wasn‘t able to follow the hashtag as much for the Emma readalong, so didn‘t see much negativity. 😞 7mo
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Lcsmcat I‘m with you. Emma grows so much, and she is more isolated socially than most Austen characters so she does make social mistakes. But she learns from them and becomes more self-aware by the end. 7mo
rubyslippersreads I love Emma too, and this time around I really felt the pain of her changing and growing. 7mo
sprainedbrain Oh my. I‘m sorry the reread was not a good experience. 7mo
Palimpsest @sprainedbrain I didn‘t mean it that way exactly. Everyone has their own favorite novels and opinions and I get that. I just really love it and to see Emma consistently bashed kind of bothered me. I do see Emma‘s faults, but I love how Austen is so wonderful at having the characters read each other‘s nuanced word or action. It was fun to see Frank‘s shenanigans this time around. I‘ll still probably reread Persuasion. 😊 7mo
sprainedbrain I totally get what you‘re saying, and there has been quite a lot of that for the last couple of books. I can say that I definitely loved Emma (the book and the character) more this time through! I do hope you‘ll join for Persuasion. I‘m ridiculously excited about that one. ❤️ 7mo
batsy This reread really made me appreciate the effort that went into characterisation & plot, & how Emma's growth is charted along the way. Also think it's so much more accomplished than what I gave it credit for before ... All of Austen's strengths from previous novels are focused here in one near-perfect book. 7mo
Chrissyreadit I agree that Emma is a perfect example of growth and one of my favorite books. Comparatively I think it was an example of potential for the wealthy class, vs a mocking of them as portrayed in other books. I‘m really enjoying Jane Fairfax now and it is a very satisfying read after Emma. 6mo
Palimpsest @Chrissyreadit I didn‘t join in reading Jane Fairfax, but I want to read it at some point. Glad to hear that it is enjoyable! 6mo
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Knightley breaks the news that Robert Martin and Harriet Smith are getting married, and Emma is very surprised but also, it solves all her problems so 🤷‍♀️. She runs into Frank and Jane at the Westons, and she and Frank fall back into their irreverent, teasing ways. How do you feel about the Frank/Jane match, #PemberLittens? Is her calm seriousness balanced by his recklessly lighthearted manner, or did she just wind up with a thoughtless a-hole?

SamAnne Maybe Frank has grown to be a better person? Nah… 😉 7mo
eeclayton I feel sorry for Jane Fairfax. I feel like Frank is only interested in her good looks, and it might become a reverse Mr & Mrs Bennett situation. 7mo
Andrea313 @eeclayton I hadn't thought of it that way, but I love that take! I do wonder if Jane was swept away by this charming, vivacious young man but will see his antics grow tiresome over the years. Here's hoping that Frank calms down and proves worthy of her! 7mo
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SamAnne
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Loved revisiting Emma. May be my favorite Austen novel. #Pemberlittens. And appreciated the essays in this annotated version talking about food, dance, relationships, property, games, love etc. in Austen‘s world. Great bibliography in the back that includes scholarly works, fan fiction, riffs and movies.

EvieBee Ooh. Didn‘t know this edition was annotated. Headed to bookstore. BRB. 🤓 (edited) 7mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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#Pemberlittens since Chapter a Day Readalong is part of my Daily Birthday Celebrations, I'm saving the last Chapter for tomorrow.

And @sprainedbrain I can't read Emma without wanting Strawberries. 📖🫖🍓
#emmaeveryday

Lcsmcat I love your tea set! 7mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @Lcsmcat Junk Store Finds! 7mo
Lcsmcat @Crinoline_Laphroaig They‘re the best! 7mo
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4thhouseontheleft
Emma | Jane Austen
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I‘ll be finishing up my reread of Emma today, but before posting my review, wanted to highlight one very problematic chapter from Vol. 3. While Austen I a fave author, I still have to point out the problematic portrayal of Romani in Chap 39, since discrimination and stereotypes against the Romani continues into the present day. This scene is a textbook racist trope, and I hardly ever see it discusses in Austen groups. #PemberLittens ⬇️

4thhouseontheleft I‘ve heard the 2020 movie does not handle this scene very well either. Adding another element: during the regency era, I think it was illegal to interact with the Romani. Which adds another layer to Harriet‘s fear. I‘ve also always viewed this scene as a plot device, it seems random and doesn‘t flow well with the storyline. 7mo
sprainedbrain It‘s being discussed quite a lot the last two days in Jane Austen Universe. 7mo
4thhouseontheleft @sprainedbrain yes, I saw it there! 7mo
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Clare-Dragonfly Thank you for writing about this. The scene really upset me for multiple reasons. Their fear seemed so bizarre. I wondered if Austen were spoofing something specific, or if it‘s just racism. 7mo
4thhouseontheleft @Clare-Dragonfly tbh I feel it is definitely racism. Racism against the Romani in Europe is still quite common. The laws at that time were designed to push the Romani out of the UK, so they had very little means of getting by. Statutes were designed to control, imprison, and then expel or execute them. Public sentiment did not look kindly upon the Romani. 😒 7mo
janeycanuck Yes, it‘s such an uncomfortable passage and really disappointing that modern versions are leaving it as-is. It would be nice if the original text could be revised, as well. 7mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig Thank you for posting. You're absolutely right. 7mo
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Emma | Jane Austen
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Ch 53: Mrs. Weston had her baby girl! Emma & Knightley (who has loved Emma since she was 13) can start to tell people, starting with Mr. Woodhouse. It‘s takes a village (Emma, Knightley, Isabella, Mrs. Weston) to convince him that the marriage will be ok. Of course, as soon as the news is known at Randall, it‘s known by all of Highbury, & everyone is thrilled but the Eltons, who are just nasty, horrible little people anyway. 😝

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sb3626
Emma | Jane Austen
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Emma is still one of my least favorite Jane Austen‘s. There just aren‘t any characters that I want to root for. I am glad that I got the chance to re-read it though! #pemberlittens

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Emma and Knightley have a lovely conversation that comes to a screeching halt for me when he says he started falling for her when she was 13. Even as I frantically whispered to myself, "It was a different time. It was a different time..!" I also loved getting to see them recount their history and plan for the future. After they break the big news Mr. W (it doesn't go over well), word starts to spread far and wide- much to the disgust of Mrs. E.

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TheAromaofBooks
Emma | Jane Austin
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Well I couldn't resist dashing off the last couple of chapters this morning. All in all, I enjoyed this reread a lot more than I anticipated. I think the slower pace helped me not get as aggravated with Emma and also allowed me to soak up the background characters and Austen's snark better. I also usually have mixed feelings on Knightley as the romantic hero not just because of the age difference but because it kind of feels like he is

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) “raising“ Emma to be the wife he wants - but I didn't feel as strongly about that this time. I think the slower reading also helped me to appreciate not just Knightley more, but the fact that Emma actually does have the chance to fall in love with a young, dashing man - and doesn't do so at all. Somehow, that made me more comfortable with her ultimate decision haha

Anyway, I almost didn't bother reading this one with the #PemberLittens
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) but I'm super glad that I did. Looking forward to Jane Fairfax next month!!

@sprainedbrain

Finishing this one was also my #DoubleSpin !!!
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eeclayton I feel the same way about Emma+Knightley. The Fanny+Edmund relationship was more disturbing for me. 7mo
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TheAromaofBooks @eeclayton - Yes, it's funny because I don't remember being particularly bothered by F/E the first time I read Mansfield Park, but this time around it made me much more uncomfortable. But I had the opposite experience with E/K - maybe because, despite her faults, Emma does seem much more emotionally mature than Fanny. 7mo
5feet.of.fury That cover is gorgeous! 7mo
deeannloso I love all of Austen‘s books. Northanger Abbey and Persuasion are a bit slow though. 7mo
Clare-Dragonfly Interesting—this was my first time reading this book and I definitely didn‘t feel like Knightley was raising Emma to be the wife he wants! I thought the way he put his criticisms she could always take them or leave them, and if she‘d followed her first instinct and ignored them, they probably would have drifted apart. But because she was smart and mature enough to admit when he was right, they became closer. 7mo
TheAromaofBooks @5feet.of.fury - Thank you!! It's a Chiltern edition - not only is it beautiful, it's just a joy to handle & read!! 😍 7mo
TheAromaofBooks @deeannloso - One of the things I love about Austen is that even though she really didn't (comparatively) write that many books, everyone has their own favorites for different reasons. I love Sense & Sensibility the most, I think. 7mo
TheAromaofBooks @Clare-Dragonfly - I think you're right! The first time I read this I think I was struck by their major age difference, which meant his lecturing sometimes came across as a little paternalistic to me. But this time around I was more aware of the genuine friendship between them, where Knightley's reprimands were from one friend to another. 7mo
Littlewolf1 That‘s a beautiful copy 7mo
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Emma | Jane Austen
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Ch 52: Emma ships Harriet off to her sister, is free to socialize without danger of awkward encounter. She‘s off to a see Jane, & is surprised it‘s so quiet when she arrives (Miss Bates was out talking to other people), then annoyed that Mrs. E. (who thinks she‘s the only one privy to Jane‘s engagement) is there, then amused that Mr. E. walked to Donwell & found no (lovestruck) Knightley. Jane & Frank will be married in 3 months!

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TheBookHippie Phew… 7mo
4thhouseontheleft Mrs Elton was really on a roll in this chapter 🙄 7mo
LitStephanie @4thhouseontheleft she was so annoying! So transparent and petty! 7mo
I.be.Stef @4thhouseontheleft @LitStephanie I couldn‘t agree more! I couldn‘t help laughing at how she kept talking in “subtleties”, proud of being “in the know” 😂🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️ 7mo
Bookwormjillk Mrs Elton 🙄 indeed. 7mo
4thhouseontheleft @I.be.Stef her “whisper” asides fo Jane had me laughing and cringing at the same time. I don‘t know how Emma and Jane kept a straight face. Lots of etiquette training I guess! 🤣 7mo
I.be.Stef @4thhouseontheleft hahaha I guesso! 😂 7mo
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staci.reads
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#pemberlittens I love Emma! ❤ It may be my favorite Austen novel (until I read P&P again). There are a good number of people who dislike this one and dislike Emma because in their opinion she is spoiled and snobby. I don't find her any more concerned with class and position than any other of Austen's characters, but I am intrigued that the very qualities some readers dislike her for are the same qualities our beloved Mr. Darcy displays in P&P ⬇️

staci.reads I believe she is Austen's female equivalent to Darcy. I see many parallels between the books. Mrs. Elton is the female equivalent of Mr. Collins, socially inappropriate, pompous, completely unaware of what people think of her, and won't stop talking about the manor she is loosely connected to (ie Rosings v. Maple Grove). Mr. Woodhouse is an equivalent to Mrs. Bennet, constantly complaining about health/nerves & not taken seriously by daughter. ⬇️ 7mo
staci.reads Harriet is similar to Bingley, loyal sidekick and guided by their friend with the stronger personality, even to the point of being talked out of being in love with the person they are in love with (Robert Martin / Jane Bennett). 7mo
staci.reads I'm not sure what it is about the novel Emma that makes people react so differently than they do to P&P, but it intrigues me. And I will remain. #TeamEmma 😁 7mo
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Lcsmcat I never thought of Emma as a female Darcy. Interesting idea. I‘m Team Emma too, but for me it‘s because she‘s young and socially isolated/inexperienced. She has less exposure to the world than Fanny Price! And her care of her father shows her to be unselfish and kind. 7mo
sprainedbrain I LOVE this review, and all of the connections you make to P&P. 👏🏻👏🏻 7mo
Chrissyreadit I love this review - I love Emma ❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
quietjenn I find the myriad of reactions to Emma fascinating. I think this may actually be my favorite Austen novel (at least until we get to Persuasion). 7mo
Sparklemn Great observations by all of you! 7mo
tenar Great review! I watched the latest film adaptation last night and had this story on the brain. Your point of view makes me want to read it again! 7mo
Palimpsest Fantastic review. P&P and Emma are my two favorites, but never made these associations. I‘m glad you mentioned class as well because I feel Emma is unfairly judged for something that, for lack of a better word, was unfortunately normal in this time period and I think that is what leads some people to call her a snob. I think she was spoiled and given her way by Mrs. Weston and her father and has some faults, but I‘m team Emma. 7mo
CarolynM Brilliant review, I had never thought of those connections with P&P, but you are absolutely right. I've always thought of Emma as a cautionary tale, especially for the young and experienced - what you see happening is not necessarily what is really going on. 7mo
Bookwormjillk Love this. I‘m #TeamEmma too, but never made these connections. 7mo
AnneCecilie Love this review. I never made the parallels to P&P, so this gave me something to think about 7mo
batsy Great review! Those are interesting parallels and so apt. I used to be irritated by Emma but I think it's because she's a character that forces us to turn the mirror on ourselves 🙂 This time around I'm appreciating how formally perfect this book is as a novel...Austen doesn't make a single misstep, imo. 7mo
SamAnne Total #TeamEmma. It is my favorite. 7mo
staci.reads @Lcsmcat I agree. A lot of her thinking can be racked up to immature and inexperienced. It really is a coming of age story. 7mo
staci.reads @sprainedbrain @Chrissyreadit Thank you. I felt a need to defend my girl 😂. I've just always found it interesting that we find Darcy's journey from prideful and overbearing endearing, while Emma's nearly identical arc annoys so many people 🤷‍♀️ The feminist in me gets a little snarky about it 😁. 7mo
staci.reads @quietjenn I find the variety of reactions interesting too. And yes, Persuasion is a delight 🥰 7mo
staci.reads @tenar I didn't care much for the most recent movie adaptation. I really prefer the 1996 version. 7mo
staci.reads @Palimpsest Thank you. I agree, not only historically does her attention to class and position check out, but even within the book, every character makes references to class. It makes me think of Darcy's quote "As a child...I was given good principles, but left to follow them in pride and conceit...I was spoilt by my parents...allowed, encouraged, almost taught me to be selfish and overbearing; to care for none beyond my own family circle; to thinkto Such I was, from eight to eight and twenty; and such I might still have been but for you, dearest, loveliest Elizabeth! 7mo
staci.reads @CarolynM Thanks! I like that- a cautionary tale of perception vs. reality. 7mo
staci.reads @AnneCecilie @Bookwormjillk Thanks! Maybe I see some of myself in Emma, and that's why I feel compelled to defend her 😅 7mo
staci.reads @batsy I agree, the book's structure is flawless. I have always been in awe of Austen's talent for characterization. Somehow, even though she wrote these novels over 230 years ago, I still recognize the characters as people that could/do exist now. 7mo
Chrissyreadit @staci.reads I agree with you women have been taught to excuse behavior in males they do not condone in females. I love how Austen weaves an evolution in Emma with secondary characters whose importance makes them all primary characters. The feminist in me spends most of the day being snarky 🙌👋 7mo
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