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by Jane Austen

Transformation Quotes

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Quote #10

Was it new for any thing in this world to be unequal, inconsistent, incongruous—or for chance and circumstance (as second causes) to direct the human fate? (47.41)

Actually, for Emma, it is. This is her first realization of how tangled human emotions can be.

Quote #11

I was tempted by his attentions, and allowed myself to appear pleased.— An old story, probably—a common case—and no more than has happened to hundreds of my sex before; and yet it may not be the more excusable in one who sets up as I do for Understanding. (49.17)

Emma continually re-works her representation of her feelings for Frank. With Knightley, they finally become introspective. Perhaps Knightley’s honesty inspires her own.

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