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Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever and rich, with a comfortable house and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her. With this opening sentence, a reader mig...ht seem quite justified in thinking Jane Austen to have painted herself into a corner. What could possibly happen from here? In Austen's comedic masterpiece, however, Emma fancies herself a superb judge of human character and becomes entrenched in the amorous affairs of her friends. In doing so, she remains oblivious to her own romantic possibilities, and the resulting comical misunderstandings are highly entertaining. This book is the acme of Jane Austen's work, wry and funny all at the same time.
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