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.

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Reasons to Detest Mr. Darcy

Never had there been such punishment for eavesdropping.

Perhaps Elizabeth Bennet had no supposition of hearing accolades pass Mr. Darcy’s lips on her behalf. Still, nothing could have prepared her for the offense.

“She is tolerable,” Mr. Darcy said, “but not handsome enough to tempt me, and I am in no humor at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men.” 

Upon its publication and henceforth, ladies have taken Mr. Darcy as a Knightley character.

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