| Quote #4
[…] 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!
| Quote #5
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.
| Quote #6
Can you trust me with such flatterers?—Does my vain spirit ever tell me I am wrong? (38.47)
Emma’s banter with Knightley reveals that she does, indeed, know how misguided her own reflections can be – even if she refuses to take her conscience seriously.