WELCOME TO THE 1ST DISCUSSION!
Hello everyone! I hope you can forgive me for being so slow with this discussion post! It’s been quite a busy month so far. I haven’t had time to read much, write on my blog, or talk with y’all on IG. I’m so very sorry and hope that you can forgive me!
I hope that you are enjoying Emma so far. I’m very ashamed because I have just barely started! I have so many books I need to read for this month and I’m just super stressed out. Have no fear, I will catch up soon! Thank you so much for joining in the fun with me for yet another month. This makes THREE months together now and I can’t wait to see what Jane has in store for us in April!
Emma, published in 1815, has been described as a “mystery story without a murder”. The eponymous heroine is the charming (but perhaps too clever for her own good) Emma Woodhouse, who manages to deceive herself in a number of ways (including as to who is really the object of her own affections), even though she (and the reader) are often in possession of evidence pointing toward the truth. She overcomes self-delusion during the course of her novel, like many ladies in Austen’s novels. The book describes a year in the life of the village of Highbury and its vicinity, portraying many of the various inhabitants.
- In what ways is Emma trapped in the beginning of the novel?
- Why isn’t Mr. Woodhouse a good companion for Emma?
- Explain the relationship between Emma and Miss Taylor. How was Miss Taylor a suitable friend and an unsuitable friend for Emma? Why isn’t Harriet Smith a good companion for Emma?
- What fantasy does Emma build for Harriet Smith? How? What clues seem to support Emma’s matchmaking efforts?
- What were your first thoughts on the novel? Emma herself? Other characters? Volume 1 as a whole?
- Why does Harriet say that being an “old maid” would be “dreadful?” How does her view provide insight into the regard given single women of the Regency period? Were they respected? Why or why not? How are older, single females regarded in our society today? Why?
- How is Emma Woodhouse characterized in the novel’s opening sentence?
- Mr. Knightley says, “Emma is spoiled by being the cleverest of her family” (p. 31). What does he mean? In what ways might Emma’s intelligence be a hindrance?
- Which character(s) do you like the most so far? The least? Are there some that you can’t make up your mind about? Why?
- Tell us your feelings about the characters.
You may answer as many questions as you like or just run with your thoughts! Either way, I’m looking forward to reading what you thought of Volume 1!