Emma (Jane Austen)

In a word: Classic

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I can’t believe it has taken me 23 years to finally crack a Jane Austen book, but I’m so glad I finally did. I have grown up loving Jane Austen stories (primarily the Colin Firth version of Pride and Prejudice), but this year was the first time I officially started reading her writing. And goodness. She is incredible and timeless.

I fell in love with the Emma story by watching the BBC movie (if you haven’t seen it, you are seriously missing out), so I had a pretty good handle on the plot points going in, but I was swept away in the beauty of the text. It took me forever to read the book because every page was packed full of vivid descriptions and witty banter. I seriously wanted to copy down every line of conversation between Emma and Mr. Knightly. Lindsey can attest to this–I constantly stopped my reading to text her yet another clever quote I had stumbled upon. I do think that I enjoyed reading the book more because I knew the story; because I didn’t have to work hard to figure out what was going on, I was able to savor the writing.

If you haven’t read Emma, you should. It is so worth the time it takes. If you don’t have the time to read it, you should at least find a copy of the BBC movie because Mr. Knightly is perfection. I’ve included a few of my favorite gems below.

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“Til [men] do fall in love with well-informed minds instead of handsome faces, a girl with such loveliness as Harriet, has a certainty of being admired and sought after..”

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“Vanity working on a weak head produces every sort of mischief.”

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“Men of sense, whatever you may choose to say, do not want silly wives.”

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“What is right to be done cannot be done too soon.”

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“Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised, or a little mistaken.”

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“If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.” (all the heart eyes)

 

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