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A Completing of The Watsons
A Completing of The Watsons | Rose Servitova
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"A gift for Austen fans everywhere - full of wit, informed imagination and palpable affection for Austen's characters." Natalie Jenner, author of The Jane Austen Society "Very satisfying, sometimes moving and often laugh-out-loud hilarious." The Jane Austen Regency World Magazine Can she honour her family and stay true to herself? Emma Watson returns to her family home after fourteen years with her wealthy and indulgent aunt. Now more refined than her siblings, Emma is shocked by her sisters' flagrant and desperate attempts to ensnare a husband. To the surprise of the neighbourhood, Emma immediately attracts the attention of eligible suitors - notably the socially awkward Lord Osborne, heir to Osborne Castle - who could provide her with a home and high status if she is left with neither after her father's death. Soon Emma finds herself navigating a world of unfamiliar social mores, making missteps that could affect the rest of her life. How can she make amends for the wrongs she is seen to have committed without betraying her own sense of what is right? Jane Austen commenced writing The Watsons over two hundred years ago, putting it aside unfinished, never to return and complete it. Now, Rose Servitova, author of acclaimed humour title, The Longbourn Letters: The Correspondence between Mr Collins and Mr Bennet has finished Austen's manuscript in a manner true to Austen's style and wit.
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#pemberlittens #thewataonsreadalong. Thanks to all those that read The Watson‘s either the incomplete Jane Austen, this completing by Rose Servitova or another completing. I loved it and think it is my favorite of Austen‘s incomplete works. This books starts off so strong with many great characters. I feel Servitova did a good job with the completing. She maintained all the characters personalities and had them behave in ways that were 👇

MicrobeMom consistent with Austen‘s other writings and her early depictions of the characters. A few nit picky things about this version, the writing was not as expansion or explanatory as Austen‘s. So characters and their storylines were left lacking or incomplete, the Edward‘s just disappear, what happens with Miss Edward‘s and Robert, what about Miss Osborne and Lord Osborne, and Mr. Musgrave and Lady Osborne. Not mention Mr. Watson. Why was dying then 2mo
MicrobeMom Just depressed. I have no doubt Austen would have made it a much longer novel with these characters and story lines more well developed. With that said, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It was fun, well written, and ends in a very pleasing way. Thank you all again! And I looks forward to the next #pemberlittens read! 2mo
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Ruthiella Thanks for hosting! ❤️😃 I enjoyed the read along, though I agree, Austen would have created a more developed, better finessed final version. 2mo
TheBookHippie I agree, Jane would have had more in-depth characters. It does make me a bit somber about it. Such a loss. Thank you for hosting! My library book needed back early so I had to speed read the last bit! 2mo
julieclair I agree @TheBookHippie , a real loss that Austen couldn‘t finish it. At first, I had not planned to read the completed version, but I‘m glad I did. Thanks for doing such a great job hosting, @MicrobeMom ! 2mo
eeclayton Thanks for hosting @MicrobeMom Although I read a different completion, I enjoyed your daily posts 😊 2mo
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#pemberlittens #thewatsonsreadalong #theend Emma and Mr. Howard final get to talk about everything. She tells him about Penelope‘s lies, he tells her about Sis scandal and his delay in seeing her. The conversation ends in a proposal of marriage. My. Howard and Emma court where it is decide that Emma will start a school the poor children of the village. The book ends with Mr. Watsons marriage!

I am sorry for the delay in posting. I am

MicrobeMom Away with any good cell service and WiFi! I will post my overall book review next week when return. 2mo
sprainedbrain I didn‘t read a completed one, but I‘ve loved following you, and I‘m glad Emma ended up where I was hoping for her. ❤️ 2mo
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julieclair I totally enjoyed this book. I love a good happy ending! 2mo
BarkingMadRun I loved this ending, I was cheering for it the whole time! 2mo
Ruthiella It was a very satisfying ending! ❤️ 2mo
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#pemberlittens #thewatsonsreadalong #chapter27 So everyone rushes up to see Mr. Watson. He apologizes for not better providing for his daughters, but after finding out Elizabeth is to marry and Emma has 1500 lbs, he makes them aware that he is not dying. He has just been depressed? ! And wants to marry Mrs. Ellingham which he can now do! 🤷‍♀️ whaaa….

Yes for some reason I kept picturing Mr. Watson as Olivander.

Ruthiella This was a rather surprising turn of events! 2mo
julieclair This was totally unexpected! So, he really isn‘t sick at all? It‘s depression, but the prospect of marrying has cured it? Wow! 2mo
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#pemberlitten #thewatsonsreadalong #chapter26 Ok, so I finished this morning, but I will only post one chapter a day! So Elizabeth returns with the glow of an engaged woman. She and Emma catch up on all she has missed. She encourages Emma to rethink becoming a governess when Mr. Howard shows up with a letter from his sister recommending Emma. Elizabeth goes to visit Mr Watson and Emma and Mr. Howard talk of her plans. Elizabeth returns in👇👇

MicrobeMom A rush insist that Mr. Watson wants to see Mr. Howard and he is quite upset. They all rush upstairs. 2mo
BarkingMadRun I finished last week, I couldn‘t stop reading! Poor Mr Watson! 2mo
Ruthiella I‘ve also already finished. I had to know! 😆 2mo
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#pemberlittens #thewatsonsreadalong #chapter25 It is getting very hard not to just finish this book.

Elizabeth is due to return in 2 days when Emma gets a detailed letter. Elizabeth no longer wants to marry anyone but Mr. Shaw. She tells him he has ruined her for the other men. He is shocked and then proposes. She accepts. Everyone is shocked. When the couple returns from Vienna, there will be a home for Emma.

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#pemberlittens #thewatsonsreadalong #chapter24 Emma finally received her letter from Aunt O‘Brien. The aunt is appalled with Emma‘s plan to become a governess. She talked her in-debt Captain husband into giving Emma 1500 from her estate which comes to about 50 a year. This is not enough for Emma to live on but it is something. The Aunt offers to help Emma become a ladies companion which she quickly rejects. There is hope for Emma.

Ruthiella Reading the Lucy Worsley book about Austen‘s life really made me realize how important that little bit of an independent income could be to an unmarried woman! 2mo
julieclair Emma must feel so relieved. At least now she has some options. But I am still very disappointed in her aunt, who really should have taken better care of Emma financially when she decided to marry again. (edited) 2mo
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#pemberlittens #thewataonsreadalong #chapter23 The doctor visits Mr. Watson who is quite lucid for the first time in weeks. Mr. Watson is going off about Mr. Howard and Lady Osborne embarrassing Emma. We find out there has been an engagement but it is NOT to Mr. Howard but to Tom Musgrave!! The rumors where untrue and Mr. Howard was mistaken for Tom Musgrave. He has weaseled his way in with the Osborne. We all know it wasn‘t Mr. Howard!

Ruthiella I‘m glad it wasn‘t Mr. Howard but this resolution seemed to come out of nowhere? 😳 2mo
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#pemberlittens #thewatsonsreadalong #chapter22 Sorry for the delayed post! I was traveling yesterday. Mr. Watson is dying and things are very depressing at Stanton. Elizabeth has not returned, and Emma‘s aunt has not replied to her letter. Margaret continues to spread gossip about Mr. Howard and Lady Osborne. Mr. Tomlinson keeps inflaming the drama with his sermons. Emma decides to show kindness and visit Mrs. Blake‘s. She also 👇👇

MicrobeMom Write a letter to Mr. Howard giving her support and her Southern Hemisphere star map. Emma is a true gem! 2mo
BarkingMadRun I love Emma! Poor Mr Watson! And the gossip is crazy, I still refuse to believe it! 2mo
julieclair Emma is a wonderful role model. Despite her personal worries and sadness, she remains kind to others. 2mo
MoonWitch94 Emma 😍 2mo
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#pemberlittens #thewatsonsreadalong #chapter21 Most of the chapter is devoted to a letter from Elizabeth. Mr. Shaw is on the mend and more tame since his stabbing. He and Elizabeth spend many hours talking , and they clearly love each other. But she and Emma do not believe he will marry. Penelope is distressed by her delay to Bath because of Mr. Shaw‘s assault. She is the worst! But now they will be on there way soon which means Elizabeth 👇

MicrobeMom needs land a husband soon and doesn‘t know which of her 2 suitors it will be. 2mo
Ruthiella Yes! That was pretty clear to me back when they met! 😂 2mo
julieclair It‘s adorable that Elizabeth is so clueless to the fact that she loves Mr. Shaw! And also so weird that she doesn‘t seem to care which one of the other 2 suitors proposes to her, just as long as she is engaged before leaving Chichester. Things were so very different back then. 2mo
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#pemberlittens #thewatsonsreadalong #chapter20 Mrs. Blake comes to visit. She is sweet and compassionate and agrees to write Emma a governess recommendation. Margaret returns home with some juicy gossip. Everyone thinks Mr. Howard and Lady Osborne are lovers because she saw them embrace at night! 🙄 Margaret visited 6 houses before returning home and told them all. Mr. Tomlinson gives a sermon proclaiming the evils of Mr. Howard and Lady👇👇

MicrobeMom Osborne. Emma finds him despicable but is depressed and feels used. She is anxiously awaiting the letter from her aunt. 2mo
BarkingMadRun I just can‘t believe that Mr Howard would do something so out of character! I hope I‘m right! Poor Emma! 2mo
julieclair Ugh. Margaret. Going out of her way to spread malicious gossip. And I agree with @BarkingMadRun , this is so out of character for Mr. Howard. I refuse to believe it. 2mo
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#pemberlittens #thewatsonsreadalong #chapter19 Emma spent a quiet Christmas with her dad. A huge storm hits limiting travel and the post. When the post does arrive she receives a long letter from Elizabeth describing her three suitors: one is ugly, one is boring, and one is Mr. Shaw. More shockingly we learn if Mr.Howard‘s reaction to Emma is because of Penelope spreading lies. Penelope‘s told him at the hunting breakfast that Elizabeth 👇👇

MicrobeMom Was leading him but was really only interested in Lord Osborne and that she told her sisters all his secrets. Emma is very hurt and angry. But Elizabeth is determined to be married and support Emma. The next day another letter arrives saying that Mr. Shaw has been stabbed and is near death. She must extend her stay. 2mo
BarkingMadRun This chapter made me so angry! Her sister is awful! Poor Emma! I love how Elizabeth wants to take care of her, at least she has one nice sister! 2mo
Ruthiella @BarkingMadRun I know! Thank goodness for Elizabeth! 2mo
julieclair I cannot believe how awful Penelope was. Poor Emma. As for Elizabeth, surely she will nurse Mr. Shaw back to health, and they will fall in love! 😍 (edited) 2mo
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#pemberlittens #thewatsonsreadalong #chapter18. Margaret is useless and not helping Emma care for their father. She is making plans to stay with friend over Christmas and justifies leaving Emma alone in that it will save the household money. Mr. Tomlinson visits spreading the word that his sermon vilifying female authors has been published. Emma‘s father is in dire straights. He is is very poor and the doctor suggests that he is near the end👇

MicrobeMom Mr. Tomlinson returns the next day to see if Emma has read the article and she is initially annoyed. But when he suggests she should teach about the evils of women writers, Emma has her own thoughts. She will become a governess to ease the burden on her family, and she sets her plan in motion. 2mo
julieclair I am proud of her for taking control of her own life, even though it means a lowering of her social rank. How strange to think that becoming a governess will disappoint her friends and family, but they would have been totally fine with her marrying a man she did not love. 2mo
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#pemberlittens #thewatsonreadalong #chapter17 Robert arrives and reams Emma out for not marrying Lord Osborne. He suggests she is selfish, that she is a burden for return after 15 years, that she will end up in a workhouse, and that she was not smart enough to handle the whole situation. I find Albert unbearably cruel and unhelpful. He only cares about himself. I get Emma needs to marry, but this chapter was quite upsetting!

Ruthiella Robert is a terrible older brother! 2mo
BarkingMadRun Ugh I hate Robert! 2mo
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#pemberlittens #thewatsonsreadalong #chapter16
Emma is in a panic as to what to do but she has no time. Lord Osborne arrives with much confidence and maybe arrogance. He proposes and Emma declines. He is shocked but very respectful. I actually felt bad for him. Robert is not going to be happy.

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#pemberlittens #thewatsonsreadalong #chapter15 oh there could have been so many memes today, but I had to go with this one. So time is passing and it is almost Christmas. Margaret is attending balls and getting all the gossip while Emma tends her father who is doing very poorly. Miss Edwards and Cpt. Hunter are on the outs and Miss Osborne and the Captain are in. Mrs. Edwards and Miss Edwards visit Emma to share the news and encourage her 👇👇

MicrobeMom brother Sam to visit when next in town. Looks like Sam is in. Elizabeth write to say she will snag on of three men for a husband but hopefully it is Mr. Shaw who she now sees in a new light. Sam returns home for a very short visit and encourages Emma to marry Lord Osborne. Emma assure him that is not a possibility. Robert the other brother then write that he has given someone his consent to marry her. I wonder who? 🤔 2mo
TheBookHippie 🎯 perfect synopsis! 2mo
Ruthiella It‘s so frustrating how everyone expects Emma to sacrifice her happiness for them! 2mo
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#pemberlittens #thewatsonsrealong #chapter14 We are at the 1/2 way point and things are not looking good for Emma getting a husband. Mrs. Ellingham leaves as does Penelope, her husband, and the Nashes. They also take Elizabeth with them to try and get her a husband. This leaves Emma at home with Margaret and to care for her father. Before they all leave she visit Mr. Howard and Mrs. Blake. Mr. Howard is clearly avoiding Emma. She lets them 👇

MicrobeMom Know that she cannot continue Charles‘ lessons and must care for her father. All are understanding except Lord Osborne. He is upset she will not be around and seems to give up on seeing her. Mr. Watsons falls into poor health and Emma spend all her time caring for her and moping. I would mope too if I were her. Mr. Howard needs to get his stuff together and make this right. 2mo
Ruthiella Lord Osborn‘s behavior and attitude are infuriating! 😣 2mo
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#pemberlittens #thewatsonsreadalong #Chapter13 Mrs. Ellingham is leaving. All the sisters go to Osborne Castle for the pre-hunt breakfast. Mr. Tomlinson goes on a long boring chauvinistic tirade about women not being authors.

Everyone quickly retreats to the lounge, Emma tries very hard to get Mr. Howard. She only succeeds is getting pulled away to look at Lord Osborne‘s guns. When she returns, Mr. Howard is quiet cold to her. 👇

MicrobeMom She spend the night crying and fretting. Elizabeth does a good job of making light of it suggesting both Mr. Howard and Lord Osborne are excellent s matches. Emma is. It having it and only wants Mr. Howard. Pretty sure he stepping aside for Lord Osborne to please Lady Osborne. 2mo
BarkingMadRun What a bonehead! 2mo
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Ruthiella But why‘s he mad at Emma then? 2mo
MicrobeMom @Ruthiella True, but I‘m not sure he is mad at her. I think she might be misinterpreting things. At least that is my hope. 2mo
Ruthiella @MicrobeMom You‘re right. We only have her impressions… 2mo
TheBookHippie @BarkingMadRun my sentiments exactly!!! 2mo
TheBookHippie @Ruthiella I forget that too. 2mo
julieclair We just knew that Lord Osborne would do something to mess up Emma and Mr. Howard‘s budding romance. It sure didn‘t take him long. 😒 2mo
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#pemberlittens #thewatsonsreadalong #chapter12 One day after lessons Mr. Howard is not there to walk Emma home. She over hears him talking with Lady Osborne and is jealous. As she rushes to leave, Mr. Howard catches up to her and tells her Lady Osbornes‘ story. Long story short the original Lord Osborne was quite abusive to Lady Osborne and his son. This story totally invokes sympathy for both Lady and the current Lord Osborne.

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#pemberlittens #thewatsonsreadalong #Chapter11 This is a sweet chapter that brings Emma and Mr. Howard together. Emma visits Charles on Tuesday and Wednesdays. Mr. Howard pays her lots of attention and walks her home everyday. Their conversation is easy, engaging, and fun. Emma thinks “… she came to know that ‘home‘ was not a place, but a feeling and a belonging.” There is a lot of talk of the stars. He is my #1!

BarkingMadRun I love this chapter so much! I‘m worried it will take a turn before it ends well 🤣 3mo
MicrobeMom @BarkingMadRun I have no doubt that Lord Osborne is going to shake things up and it will not be good!! 3mo
Ruthiella @BarkingMadRun @MicrobeMom I was thinking the same thing! Surely this is all too good to be true! 😬😂 3mo
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#pemberlittens #thewatsonsreadalong #chapter10 All is well at Stanton. After reading Mr.Watson endless awful novels, Mrs. Ellingham‘s attentions have cause him to feel well enough join the family from time to time. This was her plan. There is lots of evening fun with Penelope, Dr. Harding, and the Shaw‘s.

Emma begins her tutoring session with Charles. She is impressed with Mr. Howard‘s house and ground given to him by Lord Osborne. 👇👇

MicrobeMom Charles is a typical 10 year old boy and has a hard time concentrating but the lesson goes week. Mr. Howard walks Emma back to Stanton and the have easy conversation until the good bye which leave Mr. Howard confused. Everyone loves the Shaw‘s except Elizabeth does not seem fond of Mr. Shaw. They routinely have playful banter and while I am not for Elizabeth‘s feelings, Mr. Shaw is captivated. 3mo
MicrobeMom I will say at this point the writing his definitively different from Austen‘s. Less formal and more modern, but I am thoroughly enjoying it! 3mo
Ruthiella Yes, I think the writing here is also quite different from Austen. But like you, I am enjoying the story. It seems pretty telegraphed now how it will all pan out, but we‘ve 1/2 the book yet to go, so I may be surprised! 😃 3mo
julieclair No one can match Austen‘s wry wit, and the phrasing of the speech is much more modern. But taken on its own, the writing is just fine, and I, too, am enjoying the story. 2mo
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#pemberlittens #thewatsonsreadalong #chapter9 It‘s the night of the ball. Mr. Watson is unhappy being such with Mrs. Ellingham and her awful novels. But he will suffer for his girls. When the ladies arrive, the Osborne are already there much to the chagrin of Mr. Musgrave who is not yet dress. Lord Osborne see Emma and immediately engages her for the 1st 2 dances. Lord O is clearly awkward but Emma does a great job of bringing him out by 👇👇

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#pemberlittens #thewatsonsreadalong #chlapter9 It is the night of the ball. Mr. Watson is not happy being such with Mrs. Ellingham and her awful novels. But he will suffer for his girls. The ladies arrive to the Edwards‘ and the Osbornes are already there. Much to the chagrin of Mr. Musgrave who is not dressed. Lord Osborne spots Emma and engages her for the 1st 2 dance. During these dance he is socially awkward but Emma does a great job 👇👇

MicrobeMom Talking about outdoorsy stuff. But is clearly spoiled and used to getting his way. He insist that Emma, her sisters, and the Shaw‘s come for breakfast before a hunt. Then leaves. There is tea and Emma gets to dance with Mr. Hunter. She talks to Mrs Blake and insist on teaching Charles French. 3mo
MicrobeMom Of getting to talk about outdoorsy stuff. He is spoiled and used to getting his way. Which comes out when he insists Emma, her sisters, and the Shaw attend some breakfast before a hunt. He then leave and is not see the rest of the night. There is tea, dancing and conversation with Mr. Hunters. Come to find out Charles is not learning French. Emma volunteers to be his tutor. Emma the teacher!! 3mo
MicrobeMom *Mr. Howard not Hunter… wrote this late last night. 3mo
julieclair I imagine that teaching Charles French might also allow a Emma to see Mr. Howard! 2mo
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#pemberlittens #thewatsonsreadalong #chapter8 Penelope, old husband, niece and nephew come to visit. Also an old friend of Mr. Watson‘s, Mrs. Ellingham is to come as well. An invite to another ball at the Edward‘s is sent and there is debate as to who can go. Margaret insist it must be her. Penelope calls out Margaret over her crush on Mr. Musgrave and Margaret makes a scene That everyone ignores. 😂😂 Penelope contrives to have all the 👇👇

MicrobeMom The sisters attend the ball by having Mrs. Ellingham watch their father. There is much discussed about this. When Mrs. Ellingham comes, she is amazing and sweet. She Insists they attend the ball. They day of the ball, there is a lot of hustle and bustle with Margaret being miserable. Elizabeth is incredibly witty remarking on who ever marries her is in for some trouble but will relieve them if there‘s! 3mo
Ruthiella Yes! I thought that quip from Elizabeth was quite sharp! 😂 3mo
julieclair Margaret is so annoying! 2mo
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#pemberlittens #thewatsonsreadalong #Chapter7 Maragaret continues to be a spoiled brat. Elizabeth informs Emma that Penelope will be visiting with her new husband Dr. Harding and his niece and nephew. Margaret throws a fit when Elizabeth lets Emma use the carriage to visit Miss Edwards. Emma and Miss Edwards are having a nice visit when Mr. Musgrave unexpectedly shows up. He sits with the ladies without chaperone and questions Emma on her 👇👇

MicrobeMom Father‘s health and her sister‘s marriage. Mrs. Edwards comes in and isn‘t happy. She tells Mr. Musgrave he should arrive unannounced with unchaperoned ladies. He stated he had to in Lord Osbornes order to find out Mr. Watson‘s health. She is not buying it and properly reams him out. He quickly takes his leave. Emma wishes she had a person like Mrs. Edwards in her live and reminisces about her aunt. 3mo
TheBookHippie “ you‘re load of crap…” 🤣🤣💯 3mo
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BarkingMadRun Accurate 🤣🤣🤣 3mo
julieclair That meme! 😂👍 3mo
julieclair Wait… Penelope gets married and no one knew about it? What‘s up with that? 3mo
Ruthiella I loved Mrs. Edwards dressing Tom M. down! You go girl! 👍😂 3mo
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#pemberlittens #thewatsonsreadalong #chapter6 Today I finished Austen‘s incomplete edition and so much happened. Emma and Elizabeth grow close and develop a good routine caring for their father. Then everything gets upended by the return of Margaret and the visit of brother Robert and his wife Jane. Jane is very uppity and expects them to put on airs. Though she says the opposite. Margaret is totally fake and a complete brat. She and Jane👇

MicrobeMom Argue and Jane did not want to rerun Margaret to Stanton regardless of Margaret‘s Dee sure to see Emma. Robert goes off on Emma about Aunt Turner and her stupidity of not giving money to take care Emma and marrying the Irish soldier. Apparently is was her responsibility to provide for Emma not him or his father. Emma starts crying. Then there is a meal follow by a visit from Mr. Musgrave. They play cards and Margaret thinks he is there for her, 3mo
MicrobeMom But he is clearly there to talk up Lord Osborne to Emma. Mr. Musgrave leave with a invite to diner the next night which he turns down. Margaret is sure that he will return to see her the next day and he doesn‘t. 3mo
MicrobeMom But he is clearly there to talk up Lord Osborne to Emma. Mr. Musgrave leave but with an invite to dine the next night which he refuses. Margaret thinks he will come a way to see her and he doesn‘t. Robert and Jane leave a couple of days later and invite Emma to join them. Everyone thinks their company is far superior to Margaret‘s even Elizabeth. While they are probably right Emma stays and hides from Margaret by locking herself up with her da 3mo
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ravenlee Margaret reminds me of Miss Steele (I think her name‘s Anne) from S&S, Lucy‘s twit of a sister who‘s so obsessed with beaux. And Robert and Jane have so much of John and Fanny about them, too. 3mo
Ruthiella @ravenlee I agree, there are shades of other Austen “types”. I think Elizabeth also has a bit of Lizzie Bennet about her-she calls ‘em like she sees ‘em. 3mo
Sparklemn And the sickly father similar to Emma Woodhouse's (from “Emma“). 3mo
Ruthiella @Sparklemn Yes! Only not quite so self absorbed (or rich!). 😂 3mo
julieclair I felt so sorry for Emma when Robert was going on about how unfair it was that she had returned to her family with no income. And how she was burdening the family budget when everyone had expected she would be able to help out financially. 3mo
Sparklemn @julieclair That was truly awful 3mo
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#pemberlittens #thewatsonsreadalong #chapter5 today was a short one. I read through the Lord Osborne visit.

Emma and Elizabeth are spending a quiet day at home. Mr. Watsons is ill. There is to be no visitors until Lord Osborne and Mr. Musgrave arrival and Tom finagles their way in.

Lord Osborne carries on a very awkward conservation with Emma as Tom entertains Elizabeth. They discuss half boots and the sturdiness for walking country roads👇👇

MicrobeMom And all women should ride even though Emma does not. Lord Osborne feels if there is a will there is way. Emma puts him in her place letting him know that when you are a women with a small income there is not always away. The visit is ended by Mr. Watson demanding his meal. He is also not impressed by Lord Osborne‘s visit. 3mo
julieclair Lord Osborne‘s attempts at conversation were cringe-worthy! 😬 3mo
Sparklemn @julieclair I thought so, too. Eeks. 3mo
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#pemberlittens #thewatsonsreadalong #chapter4 the chapters very much match today, so I will only do one post. Started with the Osborne‘s leaving the ball and Emma return home to her father and sister.

Emma really enjoyed her time at the ball. The Edwards‘ are not happy with Miss Edwards and her dance partners of choice (all soldiers). The next morning many visitors that find Mary not that beautiful. Her carriage does not arrive but Mr.👇

MicrobeMom Musgrave arrives with news that Elizabeth cannot pick her up but he is happy to take her home. Emma doesn‘t want to go with Tom. She resists, he fights back, and Mrs. Edwards offers her carriage. Emma goes home with Miss Edwards much to Mr. Musgrave frustration. Emma tell Elizabeth all about the ball and how she was not impressed with Miss Osborne or Mr. Musgrave. Her dad returns from visitation having met Mr. Howard. 3mo
julieclair I was proud of Emma for her determination in resisting Tom Musgrave‘s offer. Also pleased that Mrs. Edwards picked up on what was going on, and offered her carriage. 3mo
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#pemberlittens #thewatsonsreadalong #chapter3 Oh so many new great characters. The ball starts and Miss Edwards actually show some personality warning Emma against Mr. Musgrave and Mr. Tomlinson (a complete over by talkative bore).Emma dances with some soldiers when the Osborne‘s arrive with Mr. Howard, Mrs. Blake and her son Charles. Literally the whole ball stops for their arrival. It is clear the Osborne‘s‘ you know what does not stink.👇👇

MicrobeMom Miss Osborne promised her 1st 2 dancesto 10yo Charles but then rudely stands him up. Emma to the rescue. He is adorable and having the best time dancing with Emma who he thinks is very pretty indeed. This draws a lot of attention. After tea, Emma promises her first two dance to Mr. Howard but both Mr. Musgrave and Lord Osborne is interested. She enjoys her dances with Mr. Howard but the Osborne‘s who are not want to stay long 🙄, must leave👇 3mo
MicrobeMom But the entire Osborne clan must say goodbye to Emma. Miss Osborne is quite cold but everyone else is warm. The evening is over for Mr. Musgrave as he disappears after the Osborne‘s leave. 3mo
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BarkingMadRun I‘m Team Howard right now, we will see how I feel going forward 🤣 3mo
julieclair Emma is causing quite the stir. Fresh meat, lol! Since Charles is unfortunately not old enough, I‘m rooting for Mr. Howard as her suitor. 3mo
TheBookHippie @julieclair FRESH MEAT 🤣🤣🤣🤣 3mo
i.besteph Hi, sorry to have taken your time but I‘m going to skip this read along. I can‘t find a copy,so I‘ll probably read it some time later. Thanks 🥰 (edited) 3mo
Sparklemn Team Howard all the way! 3mo
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#pemberlittens #thewatsonsreadalong #chapter2 Elizabeth reveals that their brother Sam is in love with Miss Edwards but he is just a lowly surgeon and they are looking “higher up”. We meet the Edwards‘s. Mrs. and Miss seem quite uptight and boring and Mr. has diarrhea of the mouth. There is a dispute as to who Emma looks like Sam or Elizabeth. They comment on her aunt that has raised her‘s new marriage. She has chosen poorly in an Irish 👇👇

MicrobeMom Captain who doesn‘t want her to move to Ireland them without them. Hence, how she ends up back home. This leads to a conversation of making good matches both in 1st and 2nd marriages. Then there is a long boring afternoon with little conversation. Finally tea breaks the monotony. 3mo
julieclair It is always amazing to me how truly important marriages were during those times. How “impossible” it was to live as an unmarried woman, and how little control women had over their own futures. 3mo
MicrobeMom @julieclair it is so true. I keep wondering how many of this high class me we just complete sh**s! I also wonder how many were actually abusive! 3mo
Sparklemn I always find it funny how marrying a “surgeon” in those times was such a scandal. (edited) 3mo
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I‘m ready to take this one on with @MicrobeMom

MicrobeMom I am already enjoying it! So much in the 1st chapter!! 3mo
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#pemberlittens #thewatsonsreadalong #Chapter1 As Emma and Elizabeth ride to the Edwards‘ so that Emma can attend a ball, we learn that Emma has just returned to the Watsons. She was raised by her Aunt. Elizabeth is quick to spill all the tea on the rake Tom Musgrave, how she wanted to marry Purvis but her sister Penelope ruined it for her. That Tom‘s affections have gone from Elizabeth to Penelope to Margaret, but he is so charming. We find

MicrobeMom Out that Penelope is scheming to marry an old rich man that is her friend uncle. Emma declares she cannot believe it and would rather be a teacher than marry without affection. Elizabeth sets her straight. 3mo
MicrobeMom Elizabeth goes on the suggest that Emma‘s attitude is above her station. Emma vows to change. The sisters all se vastly different. Penelope seems like a love to hate her kind a girl while Margaret will be the meek. Elizabeth is bond to be a “spinster”! I am already hooked. 3mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig I'm reading/listening to Penguins Classics. There are no Chapters. I had to go find another copy that had Chapters. 3mo
eeclayton I'm reading the Project Gutenberg ebook, which is completed by one L. Oulton. 3mo
Sparklemn @MicrobeMom I was so confused at first about who Penelope was when Emma said she was nervous about meeting her. I thought Penelope was just a friend of Elizabeth‘s until I realized Emma had been away for years. 3mo
julieclair @MicrobeMom I‘m hooked too! I decided to order a kindle copy of the version you are reading. Like @Crinoline_Laphroaig , the first version I tried (ebook from the library) had no chapters. 3mo
MicrobeMom @eeclayton how is it so far? 3mo
MicrobeMom @Crinoline_Laphroaig yes my original copy is the same. I am reading the completed version first and then go to the original. So, I know where to stop. But it is hard without the chapters. 3mo
MicrobeMom @Sparklemn the completed version I think helps lay it out a little better. But I cannot decide if I will love or hate Penelope. 3mo
MicrobeMom @julieclair yay! I am really enjoying the completed version so far! 3mo
DebinHawaii I may have to go for the e-book of completed version too (I was just being cheap with a library e-book of the original while I made up my mind) since I appear to have unintentionally finished the unfinished story last night because of course…no chapters! 🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️😆 3mo
julieclair @DebinHawaii Now you can enjoy the wonderful feeling of being ahead of schedule on your assignments! 😀😂 3mo
DebinHawaii @julieclair Well that will certainly be a first! 🤣🤣🤣 3mo
eeclayton @MicrobeMom I'm enjoying it, but the chapter breaks seem to be different from yours. 3mo
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#pemberlittens Today is the day we start our Chapter a day read along of The Watsons! I‘m super excited. Look for my chapter 1 update soon!

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Yay! The #pemberlittens The Watson‘s read along. As this was never finished by Austen herself, I will be reading a completed version (tagged book) and the original for the first 5 chapters. This version has earn great reviews. Even if you are just easing the original, join in! Iwant to keep the read to the month of July. So when my book comes in, I will post the chapter breakdown. If you wish to be tagged in my daily posts let me know!

BarkingMadRun I‘m in for both, I‘ll look into that completed book! 3mo
sprainedbrain Yes please! 3mo
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Ruthiella Yes, please tag me! 😊 3mo
peanutnine My library has a different completed version that I'll be reading but I'm curious to see the differences! 3mo
LeahBergen Yes, please! 3mo
ravenlee Please tag me! My copy has all of 50 pages of The Watsons, but I‘m excited. 3mo
Deblovestoread 🙋‍♀️ will look for that edition. Thank you. 3mo
staci.reads Please tag me. Thanks! 3mo
MoonWitch94 Yes, please tag me! 3mo
Christyco125 Yes, please. I‘m only doing the original this time but I‘d like to see how story “ends” 3mo
AllDebooks Yes please tag me x 3mo
Librarybelle Yay! I think my copy only has the original, so I will stick to that. 3mo
mollyrotondo Yes please tag me! Thank you! 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly Please tag me! 3mo
nanuska_153 I will only do the originals but please tag me! 3mo
mklong Sounds fun, please tag me! 3mo
julieclair Yes, please tag me! 3mo
Sparklemn I will join in for the original since I already own it. Like others have said, I'll follow the rest of the discussion to see how it turns out! 3mo
batsy Yes, please tag me. My version has the original so I'll be reading that. Thank you! 3mo
eeclayton Please tag me. Thanks 😊 3mo
AnneCecilie I‘ll read the original, but please tag me 3mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig Yes Please Tag Me. 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Do tag me, thanks 3mo
myellenbee Yes tag me too! 3mo
i.besteph Yes please tag me! 3mo
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