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Meet the Cast
Almost 21, witty, and altogether charming, Emma Woodhouse has never learned to follow anybody’s guidance but her own. She lives with her father in Hartfield, a gorgeous house that’s sec...
Let’s face it – no one in their right mind would ever think of Mr. Knightley as just another guy next door (except, of course, for Emma). His estate includes most of the property in Hig...
At seventeen, Harriet Smith is the star pupil of Mrs. Goddard’s academy. It makes us wonder what they taught in schools in those days. She’s the daughter of "somebody" – which is...
Ah, Frank. What can we say about him that hasn’t been said already? No, seriously. When Frank finally gets around to visiting his father, the town of Highbury already feels like they know all...
Since we just talked about Frank, we might as well start where we left off: why does Jane stick with him? They’re secretly engaged when Jane arrives in Highbury – but Jane doesn’t...
If you’ve ever had a great-aunt who always makes you wear sweaters (even in summer) and never lets you go outside to play, then you probably know something about Mr. Woodhouse. Mr. Woodhouse...
We’ve got to admit, Mrs. Elton may be one of our favorite characters of all time. The woman is RIDICULOUS. The first thing we learn about her is that she’s got ten thousand pounds in th...
If "Who’s going to marry Harriet?" were a gameshow, Mr. Elton would be contestant #1. Just don’t tell him that. He’s convinced that he can marry Emma. After all, he’s handso...
Robert Martin is climbing the social ladder – but not in the creepy way that Mrs. Elton is. Although he’s a farmer, Robert manages to earn Mr. Knightley’s respect and confidence....
Miss Bates becomes a sort of horror story in the novel. Well, maybe that’s not exactly fair. After all, Miss Bates is sweet, generous, kind, and thoughtful. She might like gossip a bit too mu...
Mrs. Weston is living the dream – that is, if the dream is finally getting a house and a husband of your own. (And really, what else could any woman want?) As Emma’s governess, she gained the a...
Mr. Weston, a former army captain, has finally managed to earn enough to buy his own land and marry the woman of his dreams. He’s learned the hard way that money can buy love: his first wife,...
Mr. John Knightley
Mr. John Knightley is Mr. Knightley’s younger brother (we can tell because only the eldest son gets exclusive use of the Knightley last name). It’s a bit strange, we know, but that̵...
Isabella’s actually a pretty minor character in Emma, which is interesting, because Austen goes to a lot of trouble to describe her as the perfect woman. She’s a doting mother, a devote...
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