by Jane Austen
Emma Foolishness and Folly Quotes
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[…] she walked on, amusing herself in the consideration of the blunders which often arise from a partial knowledge of circumstances, of the mistakes which people of high pretensions to judgment are for ever falling into […] (13.21)
Emma’s judgment of Mr. Knightley returns to her with a vengeance by the end of the novel!
It was foolish, it was wrong, to take so active a part in bringing any two people together. It was adventuring too far, assuming too much, making light of what ought to be serious, a trick of what ought to be simple. (16.10)
Emma’s moralizing, while accurate, only lasts as long as she remembers to keep her imagination in check.