Lessons From Jane Austen in The Art Of Matchmaking

She is no Elizabeth Bennet.

But then, Jane Austen hardly expected her new heroine to be admired. In regards to Emma Woodhouse, Austen remarked, “I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like.”

Spoiled Emma. Pretentious Emma. Dearest, most beloved Emma fails time and time again in her matchmaking ventures. Through these missteps, she learned a great deal. . . and so can her readers.

The Art Of Matchmaking: Truths Every Matchmaker Knows

Many a fantasy has stripped reality of charm.

Such is the case with matchmaking Emma Woodhouse. Her expectations in the way of romance leaves her thoroughly disenchanted. The couple she carefully orchestrated fall away in strife. So burdened was she by these defeats that in Chapter 16 she claims, “It was wrong, to take so active a part in bringing any two people together.”

Had Emma taken to heart these matchmaking truths, she and her matches would have faired far better.

This final installment lends insight to unassuming lies on may believe when bringing good people together.

The Art of Matchmaking: Dos & Don’ts

Emma Woodhouse repeatedly mismatched.

In fact, she arguably has few — if any —successful relationships to her credit. Still, she is worthy of analysis. For whose failures better to learn from than a heroine of sincere heart and unprecedented ambition?

This installment shares dos and don’ts to abide by in the art of matchmaking.