Novel Named Emma (Jane Austen)
The story begins with 21 year old, Emma Woodhouse struggling with the loss of her governess of 16 years and a truly dear friend, Miss Taylor. Miss Taylor recently wedded Mr. Weston and moved half a mile away from the Woodhouses' residence at Hartfield.
Emma believes that she is able to match any two people whom she deems compatible.
But, what isolates Emma is not her sense superiority, but her longing to feel superior; she is not able to be apart of a relationship where she is not placed first (Thaden).
Lack of moral relativity, even in the best of characters, shows how much intellectual depth was missing from the society at that time of the century. Emma paints an ugly picture of nineteenth century Britain in terms of liberty and intellectual capacity in the general population.
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