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Emma Woodhouse

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...

Mr. Knightley

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...

Harriet Smith

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...

Frank Churchill

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...

Jane Fairfax

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...

Mr. Woodhouse

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...

Mrs. Elton

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...

Mr. Elton

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

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

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

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

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 Knightley

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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