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Friday, June 22, 2012

Winners Of The Emma Giveaway!

Emma Moleskine Journal Jane Austen Regency Gifts For her

Jane Austen Emma Prose One Half of the World...Necklace

I am very pleased to announce that the winner of the moleskine notebook is Payton W. and the winner of the pendent is Karis M.  I will be e-mailing these two ladies shortly.  Thanks to everyone who entered - I recieved 93 entries!

Yours truly,



Friday, June 15, 2012

Emma Week Tag Answers and Emma Game Answers


Here are my answers to the tag questions.

Did you read the book or watch an adaption first?  I watched the 1997 Beckinsale Emma and then I read the book.


How many times have you read Emma?  More than I can count!


Your favorite adaption is?  2009.


Does Emma’s matchmaking ‘skills’ annoy you?  Not in the book so much but in Emma 2009 they do.


List three minor characters you like in the story.  Mr Woodhouse, Isabella Knightley, baby Emma


Which character is the most annoying of the three? Mrs. Elton, Mr. Elton or Miss Bates?  Mrs Elton definitely.


Have you seen any Emma spinoffs? (meaning modern adaptions like the original story)  No and I don't really want to.


The perfect sum-up of Mr. Knightley is?  The perfect gentleman


Described what you think of Emma herself in three words or less.  Meddling, clueless, lovely.


Harriet Smith receives a proposal from ____?  Robert Martin


Your most enjoyed scene is?  Book - the proposal.  2009 Movie - The Crown Ball


The villain is?  Mr Elton or Frank Churchill


Jane Fairfax is engaged to be married to ____?  Frank Churchill


Miss Taylor was Emma’s ____?  Governess

Here are the answers to the Emma games.


Mame Dwoooshue - Emma Woodhouse
Tarhdilef - Hartfield
Ylenkghti - Knightley
Sism Tbaes - Miss Bates
Darnllas - Randalls
Rbuyghhi - Highbury
Mssi Yalrot - Miss Taylor
Hte Deisaes - The Seaside
Tloen - Elton
Xbo Lilh - Box Hill

"Yes—a good deal nearer." - Mr Knightley
"That sweet, amiable Jane Fairfax!" - Mr Knightley
"A bad thing! Do you really think it a bad thing?—why so?" - Mrs Weston
Where shall we see a better daughter, or a kinder sister, or a truer friend? - Mrs Weston
"You will get nothing to the purpose from Miss Bates," said Emma. "She will be all delight and gratitude, but she will tell you nothing. She will not even listen to your questions. I see no advantage in consulting Miss Bates." - Emma
He called her 'Augusta.' How delightful!" - Harriet
we are a very quiet set of people, I believe; more disposed to stay at home than engage in schemes of pleasure." - Emma
"You are so noble in your ideas!" - Miss Bates
"I mentioned no names, you will observe.—Oh! no; cautious as a minister of state. I managed it extremely well." - Mrs Elton
"I cannot separate Miss Fairfax and her complexion." - Frank Churchill


Yours truly,




Keep Calm and Quote Emma Winners

I'm happy to say that I recieved fifteen Keep Calm posters and I can assure you that my choice was a hard one to make.  I will begin with the runners up and end with the first place entry.

2nd runner up - made by Emilie Claire

1st runner up - made by Lianne

3rd place - made by Miss Elizabeth

2nd place - made by Melody

1st place - made by Marissa

Congratulations, Marissa!  Here is your button.


Yours truly,



Jane Austen's Emma Week Recap

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Emma Week has been quite wonderful!  Before I go on, I just want to give a BIG thanks to Abi for thinking up of this event in the first place, being a huge help when we were brainstorming and keeping the Emma Week posts coming (we're planning something else Emma-ish over the next few days :)

Here's a recap of the posts throughout Emma Week.


All in all, it was a fun, Emma-filled week.  How did you like it?

Yours truly,



Thursday, June 14, 2012

Emma Comparisons: Part 4

Scenery


1996

Miss Woodhouse:  Nothing much to say about the scenery except that the archery scene was nice.
Melody:  Scenery. Hmm. Not something I usually take much notice of, unless it is unusual in some way, and I do not think this was.
Miss Elizabeth:  There is very nice scenery in this version of Emma. The colors are bright and nice to look at.

2009

Miss Woodhouse:  The Seaside.  Need I say more?  Well I don't but I will.  The scenery is lovely.  There I've said it.
Melody:  The scenery in this one was more memorable, I think. Box Hill was very good, and I just liked the colorfulness and brightness of the scenery.
Miss Elizabeth:  Like the 1996 Emma, the scenery is very nice. The colors are also bright and nice to look at, but I think the picture quality in this version is better.

Preference

Miss Woodhouse:  I'm beginning to think [for me] these preferences are pointless.  Almost everything from Emma 2009 is my favorite and this is no exception.
Melody:  2009. It was more interesting.
Miss Elizabeth:  2009 Scenery. Since it is a more recent adaptation, the picture quality would be better than an adaptation that is 13 years older.

Costumes


1996

Miss Woodhouse:  Emma's costumes are very flimsy and shall I say, boring?  There wasn't really anything special about them and her shoes were definitely not Regency.  I actually liked Mrs Elton's dresses but the other characters were only so-so.
Melody:  Well… they were okay. Some of them were rather too modern though, and just not very impressive in general. And if hair is included in costumes, I did not like Emma’s hair most of the time. The skinned rat look isn’t really my style. ;-)
Miss Elizabeth:  The costumes in this Emma are great to look at. I did notice that the waist line on some of the gowns looked a little low for the era, but other than that, the costumes looked fairly accurate. Though I wasn't too fond of a mob cap that Harriet wore during one scene: mob caps were worn by spinsters or married women, so Harriet wearing one wouldn't make any sense. I wasn't too fond of most of the hairstyles in this version of Emma.

2009

Miss Woodhouse:  These costumes have a 'lived in' appearance.  They don't look perfect and pressed with no wrinkles or anything like that.  They look like real dresses that Jane Austen could have worn.  I love Emma's turquoise dress!
Melody:  LOVED the costumes in this one. Of course, I didn’t love all of them, but a great deal; several of the dresses I would want to wear myself, which is high praise indeed. They were aiming for more colorful and bright than most period films, but nothing really struck me as historically inaccurate, so it’s okay. Besides, it just goes with the movie. Also, there were not as many low necklines as in a lot of Jane Austen films. I’m not saying there weren’t any…but there weren’t as many as, say, Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility (1995).
Miss Elizabeth:  The costumes in this Emma are different than other Regency era movies, but I don't have much of a reason to think that they are grossly inaccurate. Emma wears a lot of jumpers and long sleeved undershirts in this adaptation of Emma. Some of the hairstyles in this Emma I didn't care for, but they were better than the 1996 Emma

Preference

Miss Woodhouse:  Emma 2009.  The costumes look more natural.
Melody:  2009, any day.
Miss Elizabeth:  2009. Both the gowns and hairstyles were better in the 2009 version.

Music

1996


Courtesy of Miss Laurie

Miss Woodhouse:  The music for this adaption is bouncy and lighthearted.  It follows the same theme throughout, only producing small variations but I like continuation like that.  My favorites are 'Mr Elton's Rejection', 'Main Titles' and 'Proposal' but I love them all.
Melody:  The soundtrack was nice. I don’t really think it was Rachel Portman (the composer) at her best—I prefer Nicholas Nickleby or Miss Potter (even though she wasn’t the main composer of that one). It seems a little too repetitive to me, like it’s just two or three songs with several variations. Well, one could say that about the 2009 soundtrack too… but for some reason the 1996 version just seems more that way. The variations were less varied, I guess… heeh
Miss Elizabeth:  The music for this version was good! It was very upbeat and nice to listen to. Some songs were slower moving, but others were faster. There are only a couple of dance songs: the song that plays when Mr. Elton snubs Harriet has to be my favorite. 

2009








Courtesy of Miss Laurie

Miss Woodhouse:  Another big hit with me!  It doesn't follow one theme as much as Emma 1996 does, but enough to bind the music together.  My favorites are 'The Last Dance', 'Clifftops', and 'Most Ardently In Love'.
Melody:   I think this is a lovely soundtrack. The main titles are so happy and bright and joyful. It sounds simply like a soundtrack and not like something fitting to the time period, but that’s how most of them are. Anyways, a good word for the music might be ‘refreshing’—something nice to listen to if you need to be cheered up, or to match a cheerful mood if you already have one. And ‘The Last Dance’ is gorgeous (as is ‘The Seaside,’ which is similar).
Miss Elizabeth:  Love, love, love this soundtrack! A lot of the songs are catchy and great to listen to! There are more serious songs in this version than the 1996 version, but they are balanced out with songs that are sweet.

Preference

Miss Woodhouse:  They are both lovely, but I prefer Emma 2009.
Melody:  2009. (Are you perhaps rolling your eyes and calling me monotonous?) I do like the 1996 soundtrack well enough, but somehow I don’t find it as enjoyable as 2009.
Miss Elizabeth:  It's a very close call... But 2009.

Accuracy to the book

1996

Miss Woodhouse:  This film felt very rushed for time.  It slowed down near the end somewhat which was good.  It combines the strawberries and Box Hill together but overall it does quite well bringing into account that they only had two hours to fit the whole story in.
Melody:  Heh. Well, they didn’t really change the story line to speak of—but in general it was not very accurate to the book. It seemed like it was trying to be more appealing to modern audiences—that is, the Austenism has been, in part, extracted. It’s a bright romantic comedy, but it does not have the Jane Austen feel. That is my opinion.
Miss Elizabeth:  I guess the 1996 version didn't vary too much from the book, but I did feel like it went through the story too fast. All the scenes seemed to really breeze by and then all of a sudden it was over. I felt like you didn't get enough time to absorb the story.

2009

Miss Woodhouse:  While Emma 2009 didn't use as many quotes from the book as I would have liked, it followed the events in the book very well and also kept the light-hearted tone of the book.
Melody:  I’m not saying this version matches the book perfectly—but I think it’s reeeeeally good. For one thing, it’s a mini-series. It is four hours long. This is a good thing—it means we get the whole story. Every Jane Austen adaptation should have the whole story. Plus, it just gets the feeling of Emma.
Miss Elizabeth:  The 2009 version was close to the book. Though some of the dialogue wasn't directly quoted from Jane Austen, it still sounded like it was from her. And with four hours to tell the entire story, the story didn't go by too fast and you really get to understand the characters.

Preference

Miss Woodhouse:  Usually a miniseries is better than a feature film and this is no exception.  Emma 2009 follows the book better (naturally) and keeps more true to the tone.
Melody:  Guess what? 2009. Yes, again.
Miss Elizabeth:  2009.

Overall

1996

Miss Woodhouse:  This version of Emma was lighthearted with just enough comedy and romance.
Melody:  I like this movie, when I’m in the right mood. It’s fun, it’s funny, and I do like having multiple adaptations of the same book to watch. It doesn’t do anything to disgrace the name of Jane Austen, fortunately, but it doesn’t really represent her very well, either.
Miss Elizabeth:   This is still a good version of Emma (even though my criticisms were a bit harsh at times) and it is a good version to watch if you want the overall gist of Emma, but it does have it's faults. The main problem is that it is too rushed so many of the scenes feel rushed(course I could also be spoiled from the 2009 version being four hours long).

2009

Miss Woodhouse:  The best adaption of Emma!  It gave me a new appreciation for the book (and especially Mr Knightley!)
Melody:  I LOVE this movie. I like it ALMOST as well as P&P 1995, which is my favorite Jane Austen movie, and probably my favorite movie of all time (Miss Woodhouse, pray do not kill me). It is simply delightful. Well-acted, well written, nicely filmed, everything is lovely, and BBC, will you please impress me again and make a good adaptation of Mansfield Park now? Thank you. Much obliged.
Miss Elizabeth:  This is THE Emma. It is very well acted and casted and it had four hours to tell the story fully. We also get a good sense of each of the characters. Sure, some of the body language can be a little modern, but it's such a small issue that it almost doesn't matter.

Preference

Miss Woodhouse:  Emma 2009.  Were you surprised?
Melody:  2009. The first time I saw this when it played on TV back in early 2010, I wasn’t so sure about it. Then I watched it a second time. And a third. And a fourth. And each time I saw it, the more I loved it. Now I have seen it… heh… shall I tell you? Eleven times, and counting. Anyways, it seems to be a common thing to not like this version as well until you’ve seen it twice or more. (Especially if you’ve never read the book before.) So if you’ve only seen it once and don’t understand why it’s so wonderful… well, you may still have a chance to find out. And if you’ve never seen it, see it! Especially if you consider yourself a Jane Austen fan… it is simply a requirement.
Miss Elizabeth:  The Emma that I prefer is the 2009 version. It was better acted, had more time to tell the story fully, and had better cast members. I still like the 1996 version, but it's not as good as the 2009 version.

Yours truly,


The Grand And Glorious Giveaway!

Emma Moleskine Journal Jane Austen Regency Gifts For her

and

Jane Austen Emma Prose One Half of the World...Necklace

Dorothy Jane and Bianca have graciously agreed to let me use their products for a giveaway - a moleskine notebook and a pendent.  I will choose one person to win the notebook and one to win the pendent.  Please leave your e-mail in your comment (if you want to avoid spam, use this format - elinorandemma[at]hotmail[dot]ca.)  The notebook can only be sent to residents of the US, so if you live outside the US please indicate that in your comment so that you won't be entered in the random draw for the notebook.  Good luck!

Yours truly,



Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Jane Fairfax


Here's another piece of fan-fiction I wrote.  Enjoy!

***


Jane Fairfax sat in the drawing room playing the Campbell’s fine pianoforte.  “That sounds delightful, Jane,” said Miss Campbell lazily and she played with her glittering bracelets and necklace.

“Thank you, Miss Campbell,” Jane said and resumed her playing, a small smile playing around her lips.  She was used to Miss Campbell’s ways and although Miss Campbell played well herself, she had often laughingly remarked that Jane was much better than she.  Miss Campbell bore Jane no ill will especially as she was about to contract a very eligible match.

“Mr Dixon shall be coming today, Jane,” said Miss Campbell, “Mama wants us to put on a duet for him although I can’t imagine why.  I shall give up music entirely once I am married.”

“Are you sure he means to propose?” Jane asked gently.

“Of course he means to propose.  He’s shown me so many marked attentions; I’m sure even you with all your reserve and quietness have noticed them.”

Jane bent over the pianoforte again, only nodding to show she had heard her companion’s remark.  

***

Mr Dixon came punctually and properly applauded Jane and Miss Campbell’s duet.  Indeed, everything Mr Dixon did was proper and well regulated.  He made no improper remark, was the proper gentleman, and paid proper compliments.

Miss Campbell’s prediction came true.  Mr Dixon, very properly asked permission to speak to Miss Campbell – alone.  His request was properly accepted and they entered into a proper engagement.  It was all very proper.

Miss Campbell was not in constant ecstasies, she was not in raptures at the turn of events.  She accepted her good fortune properly and politely.  The wedding was to take place some months from the day of the proposal for a splendid trousseau was to be gotten up and everything done in the properest and most expensive manner.

Jane was quite left out of these arrangements.  She was not ignored, but neither was her advice asked for or her presence sought.  She was used to this and her opinion was asked for several times as to the making of this or that dress or bonnet.  She was content.

***

The Campbells came home one night from a dinner party with news of new acquaintance they had just made. “Mr Frank Churchill, a very agreeable young man-was very civil to them and most attentive” Jane would normally have accompanied them, but she had had a headache and therefore stayed home.  She felt little interest in the stranger for agreeable young men were to be met with everywhere in Weymouth and she supposed that she would never see him.  She was wrong.

***

Two weeks passed.  “Jane,” Miss Campbell said eagerly as she came into the sitting room that the two girls shared, “Mama and Papa have agreed to take us on a boating excursion!  I am so excited.  Mr Dixon will come with us and Mr Frank Churchill.  You will get a chance to see him at last.  I suppose you’ve been wild with curiosity.  He is so handsome.”  She stopped short and blushed.

Jane smiled and said she would be happy to go.

The day for the excursion came.  Jane saw Frank Churchill and her opinion of him was most favourable.  He was tall with dark brown hair and arresting blue eyes.  Miss Campbell was right.  He was very handsome.

Jane leaned against the railing, drinking in the sun’s reflection on the rippling water when it began to fade.  She looked up and saw the sun disappearing and storm clouds rolling in at an alarming rate.

“Oh dear,” Miss Campbell said fretfully, “It’s going to rain and my new dress shall be ruined.”

“Not if we hurry back directly,” Frank Churchill said in a cheerful voice.  “Allow me to assist you to the small cabin where you will stay quite dry.”  Miss Campbell thanked him in a simpering voice which did not escape Mr Dixon’s notice.

“Oh, Frederick, do go and escort Jane to our cabin,” Miss Campbell said fretfully as Mr Dixon hovered around her.
A large crashing wave broke near the deck, sending a fine mist all over Jane Fairfax.  She gasped from the shock of the cold water and then felt a warm cloak descend over her shoulders.  It was Mr Dixon.  “Thank you, sir,” she said modestly.

Another wave was headed toward the boat.  Jane turned to leave and bumped into Mr Dixon who was standing directly behind her.   She was slightly off balance just as the wave crashed with all its might into the boat.  She fell down and was coming dangerously near to the roaring waves when she felt strong hands grasp the back of her dress and haul her to safety.  It was Mr Dixon.
“Thank you so much, sir,” she said gratefully, “Had it not been for you...”  Jane felt everyone’s gaze upon her and she lowered her eyes.  Frank Churchill was regarding her curiously.

***

The doorbell rang and the butler opened it.  A card was laid upon the tray.

Mr Frank Churchill

It was brought to the sitting room.  Jane was seated there.  She glanced at the card and instantly told the butler to let the young man come up.

“I am afraid that all the Campbells and Mr Dixon have gone out for a drive.  I decided to stay at home.”

“That is quite all right,” Frank Churchill said, “It was really you I wanted to see.”

“Me?” she asked, quite amazed.  

“Yes.  You see, I know all about the Campbells, but hardly anything about you.  Are you enjoying Weymouth?”

“Yes, very.  It is so...diverting.  I like it very much.”

Frank Churchill smiled.  “Mrs Campbell has told me that you are very talented in the musical capacity.  I would like to hear you play if I have a chance.”

“I do enjoy music and Miss Campbell and I often play duets.”

Frank nodded.  “I have detained you for long enough, Miss Fairfax.  I shall be going now.”

“Thank you for calling.”

***

Frank Churchill walked along the street, brow furrowed in thought.  Colonel Campbell had informed him that Jane was to be a governess.  Though he would not think of broaching such a subject in her presence, he could not help but think of it. Jane Fairfax was a lovely girl – anyone could see that.  It was indeed a pity that such elegance and beauty should be wasted on a few children who would leave her thin and wasted away.  It was a bad business indeed.

***

Jane Fairfax and Frank Churchill continued, quite inadvertently, to see more and more of each other.  It seemed as though they were always thrown together.  Jane found herself liking Frank more and more and he was becoming attracted to her too.

Frank was invited to a dinner party at the Campbells and afterwards he secured a promise from Jane – she would play for them.  Miss Campbell was about to join her but Frank was quite insistent that only Miss Fairfax would play.  “For,” said he, “Although your playing must be delightful, I would like to form a true judgement of Miss Fairfax’s musical ability.”  He joined her at the pianoforte.


***

One bright, clear morning, Miss Campbell changed her name to Mrs Dixon and the happy couple set off for Ireland.  “Write to me, Jane...” was the new Mrs Dixon’s parting remark and Jane promised to do so.

It seemed as if Jane would be left quite forlorn for the next day Colonel Campbell brought news that Frank Churchill’s aunt, Mrs Churchill was extremely ill and required him home as soon as possible.  “Although if you ask me,” he said, “It is all an excuse.  Mrs Churchill is the one of the best people for making excuses and pretending herself ill.”

Jane merely nodded.  She had entertained hopes...but no, it was impossible.  Frank Churchill would never...could never...think of her in the way she wanted him to.

***

Frank called the next day to say goodbye.  The Campbells were once again out.  Jane made their apologies.  “I am not sure when they will be back.  Will you be able to wait?”

“No, I will not, but Miss Fairfax...Jane, if I may...I have again really only come to see you.  In fact, I planned my visit to correspond with the Campbell’s going for a walk because I have something to ask you.”

“Yes?” Jane said, scarcely breathing.

He kneeled down.  “Will you marry me?”

For a moment Jane was speechless.  Then she spoke.  “Yes, Frank, I will.”

***

“We must tell all our relations!” Jane said.  It was a few moments after the proposal.  She was bursting with the news and felt she must tell someone.

Frank was suddenly serious.  “Oh, Jane.  I didn’t think of this before but I am afraid that we must keep our engagement secret.”  His face was downcast. 

“Why?”  

“If my aunt was to know, she would forbid it and probably cut me off, thus leaving me with nothing to support you with.”

“But I don’t care about the money.”

“But I do Jane.  I want to take care of you properly.  We must wait.”

“If it really means that much to you...”

“It does Jane.  Do not worry.  We can secretly exchange letters and might be able to meet sometime.  Colonel Campbell and I have become good friends.”

Jane brightened at the thought.  “We will keep the engagement a secret,” she finally said, “For as long as is needed.”

***

Five months passed.  The Campbells and Jane were invited by the Dixons to Ireland for a few months.

“I will write back today and say that we are all pleased to accept.”

“Mrs Campbell...” Jane began.

“Yes?”

“I have not been feeling very well for several weeks, you know and I think that it would be better for me to decline.  The boat ride would, I think, not be good for me.”

Mrs Campbell looked disappointed.  “Are you quite sure?”

“Quite.  Perhaps I could go to my aunt and grandmother’s place in Highbury?  I am sure the air would agree with me.”

“A capital idea!” said Colonel Campbell and the business was settled.

***


Jane, of course, did not divulge her real reason for wanting to go to Highbury.  Frank had written her a small note, telling her that he would soon be visiting his father in Highbury and asked her if she would be able to come too.  Now she would be able to write back and tell him that she would be arriving in good time.  The engagement must still be kept secret but what a joy it would be to see him again.


Yours truly,



Emma Comparisons: Part 3

Knightley Fightley


1996

Miss Woodhouse:   I liked the setting of the argument.  One Jane Austen book said that it was reminiscent of the old Greer Garson Pride and Prejudice where Darcy tries to teach her how to shoot an arrow, while they exchange barbed words.  The argument used lots of quotes from the book.
Melody:   The scene where Mr. Knightley and Emma argue about Harriet and Robert Martin is a key scene in the story. It shows a lot about both characters, while being quite funny at the same time. 1996 did not quite get it, though it was funny, it just… Emma was too prim and composed or something, and Mr. Knightley seemed more irritated at Emma in general than actually being upset for Robert and Harriet. And the archery thing… I’m not a fan of archery in Regency films. Seems to belong better in Victorian. I realize that it’s supposed to have significance since Emma plays matchmaker (or ‘cupid’), but that annoys me too, and I won’t go rambling off onto a rabbit trail if I can help it.
Miss Elizabeth:  It was interesting to see Emma and Mr. Knightley doing archery during their fight. I've noticed that whenever Emma made a point, she aimed very badly, but Mr. Knightley did quite well (well, because let's face it, he was right). However, for Gwyneth Paltrow during that scene, it seemed like she was just saying the lines.

2009

Miss Woodhouse:  This time, the Knightley Fightley was indoors, like the book said.  Emma goes around busily putting flowers into vases while Mr Knightley follws her around and tries to make her see sense.
Melody:   I. Love. This. Scene. It’s… brilliant. It’s perfect (or would be, if the quotes matched the book just a tad more). It’s lively. It is SO Emma and Mr. Knightley (at the beginning of the story). Not to mention it’s very quotable. I won’t list all the reasons why I like it, because that would just be way too long…
Miss Elizabeth:  Compared to the 1996 fight, this is a much longer scene. Because the scene is longer, we get to fully understand why Emma and Mr. Knightley think the way they do. Both Emma and Mr. Knightley expressed their emotions well throughout the scene.

Preference

Miss Woodhouse:  They are both pretty much the same, but I tend toward the 2009 adaption.  It's more true to the book.
Melody:  2009, all the way. Though the “Try not to kill my dogs” line WAS funny, I’ll concede. (And I will refrain from mentioning that Jane Austen does not actually need to have other witticisms added to her dialogue…)
Miss Elizabeth:  2009. Since there was more time devoted to the fight, anyone could understand what Emma and Mr. Knightley are thinking as they are laying out their points during the fight.

Mr Elton's Proposal


1996

Miss Woodhouse:  I don't really remember anything out of the ordinary in this scene.  It was pretty much like the book.
Melody:  It’s good. Very well done, indeed.
Miss Elizabeth:  This was a very quick scene and seemed pretty rushed. One second, Emma and Mr. Elton are getting in the carriage, and the next, Mr. Elton is proposing! Plus, there was too much movement in the carriage: Emma and Mr. Elton kept switching seats, which was a little bit much. Plus Emma was shouting too much!



2009


Miss Woodhouse:  Ditto the 1996 proposal except Emma's facial expressions are hilarious.
Melody:   This scene is marvelous. I love it. Emma’s facial expressions—amazing. Mr Elton’s scornfulness—haha. Wow.
Miss Elizabeth:  This proposal was much more well paced. It was a longer scene and didn't feel rushed. The acting was believable (Emma didn't have to shout all the time).

Preference

Miss Woodhouse:  They are about the same but once again I'll choose the '09 adaption for the sake of Emma's expressions.
Melody:  Hmm, well, the scripts for that scene were both very good and accurate to the book, but I prefer the acting of Romola Garai and Blake Ritson in 2009.
Miss Elizabeth:  2009 -- it wasn't rushed and it was better acted.

Emma and Harriet's Friendship 


1996

Miss Woodhouse:  This portrayal of the Emma/Harriet friendship was true to the book.  Emma and Harriet were friends, but Emma was obviously superior to Harriet.
Melody:  Hmm… there is something wanting. I might like the portrayal better if I liked this Harriet better. In general, Emma’s whole matchmaking bit in this version was a bit too… artificial or something. It’s hard to describe, but neither of these characters seemed as true to the ones in the book, therefore their friendship didn’t, either.
Miss Elizabeth:  Harriet's and Emma's relationship is much more formal than very good friends. I suppose it's because Emma is higher up in class than Harriet, but Emma still seemed a little cold at times. She also came off as snooty when her and Harriet were together.

2009

Miss Woodhouse:  Emma and Harriet's friendship is portrayed differently, but, I believe it is still correct.  Emma and Harriet have a one on one basis for all their little chats and I believe that the director correctly showed the friendship between two young girls.
Melody:  I very much liked Emma and Harriet’s friendship in this one. I can’t really think of much more to say about it without turning this into an essay… and I’m not particularly fond of writing essays, anyway.
Miss Elizabeth:  Harriet and Emma are more like friends in this version than the other version. They meet each other much more informally than the 1996 version... Like friends would greet each other.

Preference

Miss Woodhouse:  It's very hard to choose one since they're both so good but I think Emma 1996 is the best.
Melody:  Romola Garai and Louise Dylan from 2009. (Heh, I haven’t chosen any from 1996 yet, have I? I knew how it would be…)
Miss Elizabeth:  Definitely the 2009 version -- their friendship seemed more like a friendship than the 1996 version.

Emma/Knightley Dance


1996

Miss Woodhouse:  I watched this on Youtube to refresh my memory and I didn't notice anything spectacular.  The music is the same as the Lizzy/Darcy dance in Pride and Prejudice 1995.  They did leave in the 'Brother and sister' line which the 2009 version took out. 
Melody:  Aww. It was sweet. I liked that they included the “brother and sister” bit, even though it wasn’t quite like the book. It only showed the beginning of the dance, though, which was a little sad. Trivia: this dance is a version of Mr. Beveridge’s Maggot (that is the name of the dance—I know it sounds weird, but that’s what it’s called), which amuses me because that’s also what was used for Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth’s dance in Pride and Prejudice (1995).
Miss Elizabeth:  The plus for this scene in this version is the brother/sister line, which Emma 2009 left out. The actual dance shows everyone on the dance floor dancing. We see Emma and Mr. Knightley dancing, but they are not the main focus in this scene.

2009

Miss Woodhouse:  Utterly magical.  The music, the dancing, everything.  One blogger said that the dancing looked too choreographed and it does at first but then when the camera gets closer on Emma and Mr Knightley, you forget all that.
Melody:  Do not speak to me of this dance unless you wish me to go on all day! Seriously, I think this is my favorite scene in any Jane Austen adaptation. It’s sooooo lovely, sweet, romantic, and just beautiful. I’ve seen some people complain that you know Mr. Knightley and Emma will end up together from watching this scene—but, um, if you haven’t already guessed that by this point in the story… haha. Anyways. It’s so perfectly Mr. Knightley, and so perfectly Emma, and the song—I didn’t mention the song yet, did I? I LOVE THAT SONG. And the dance itself is so delicate and lovely. And it’s just such a happy scene in general… it always leaves me feeling happy inside, and I either sigh or giggle in a very silly fashion when it is over. I can’t help it. Sometimes I do both. You see, if I catch a sigh escaping me it generally makes me giggle—and if I try to repress the sigh, that makes me giggle too. And now I am chattering on quite nonsensically. But while thinking of this marvelous scene, I suppose nothing can be done in a rational manner.
Miss Elizabeth:  What? How could you take out the brother/sister line? Everyone who has read Emma knows that line! But even with the omission of that line, the scene was still very sweet. We get to see close up (literally) of Emma and Mr. Knightley dancing, which I think shows their developing feelings for each other.

Preference

Miss Woodhouse:  Emma 2009.  It is the most romantic dance I've ever seen.
Melody:  Ha, I think there’s hardly any comparison here. Especially since the 1996 version doesn’t show the whole dance. Anyways, 2009. INDUBITABLY. One of the best scenes in the movie (and there are so many good ones!); bravo to BBC, I say. They understand. Oh, but I do have one complaint to make. They didn’t include the brother-and-sister-no-indeed quote. ERRMMM. That’s one of my favorite parts in Emma!
Miss Elizabeth:  2009. Sure, they took out the brother/sister line, but I like how we get to see Emma's and Mr. Knightley's relationship develop.

Badly Done Indeed!


1996

Miss Woodhouse:  Jeremy Northam did an excellent job with the Badly Done scene.  Whatever his other faults in his playing Mr Knightley he really nailed this scene.  Gwenyth also did a great job.
Melody:  This is such a touching scene in the book, and I think this movie actually got it pretty well. I liked Mr. Knightley’s manner—he seemed to be admonishing Emma very sensitively, and not yelling or getting angry. It was his most heartfelt way as well as what influenced Emma the most, and made her fully realize how she had been wrong, rather than just being annoyed that Mr. Knightley was scolding her.
Miss Elizabeth:  I'm sorry, but Mr. Knightley was too kind to Emma at the end of the scene. At the end of this scene after reprimanding her, Mr. Knightley tells Emma that he told her all that he told her because he cares for her. That did not happen in the book: if it did, Emma would have been a little more confident in Mr. Knightley being in love with her.

2009

Miss Woodhouse:  Very good but it didn't feel the same as the '96 adaption.
Melody:  This one was well done, too. However, it did not match the book as well as I would have liked. For one thing, Emma did not turn away from Mr. Knightley—in the book when she did that, you know, he could not see her face, and therefore had no idea what her emotions were. And, he was a bit too yell-ish. He was upset at what had happened, yes, and disappointed in Emma; but he was rather more tender in the book.
Miss Elizabeth:  In the 2009 scene, you can tell how much Emma angered Mr. Knightley. Sure, maybe Mr. Knightley shouted a little more than what I pictured in the book, but nevertheless, this scene was well acted.

Preference

Miss Woodhouse:  The 1996 adaption.  For some reason it was much better than the '09 adaption.
Melody:  Well, neither one was like the book enough to quite satisfy me—when Emma gets into the carriage and it starts driving away, and then she wants to turn back and make Mr. Knightley understand how truly sorry she is, but it’s too late—that part is so moving in the book, and it’s not in either of the movies. Anyways, I’m actually going to have to give it to 1996 this time. Are you shocked? 2009 did a pretty good job with Emma, but Mr. Knightley wasn’t quite what I liked to see in that scene.
Miss Elizabeth:  2009. I still can't get over Mr. Knightley telling Emma why he told her all that at the end of the 1996 scene.

Proposal


1996

Miss Woodhouse:  It was sweet but they left out the 'If I loved you less' line!  It does have some romantic lines and a kiss at the end, but...well...
Melody:  It was quite sweet and romantic. Actually, it was a little too sweet and romantic, and made me burst out laughing a couple times—especially if I was watching it with someone else. Anyways, it wasn’t close enough to the book, though. Chapter 49 of Emma is my favorite chapter in any Jane Austen novel, and does NOT need changing. (Or, to quote a dear friend of mine who has a real talent with the caps-lock, “THEY SLAUGHTERED CHAPTAH FORTY-NINE. GRRRRRRRR.” Heehee.)
Miss Elizabeth:  There are some differences from the book with this proposal, such as Emma frequently changing the subject during Mr. Knightley's proposal. It's a bit mushy, so if you're like me and don't like mushy romantic scenes, be warned :-P

2009

Miss Woodhouse:  *Sniff*  This was the only Emma proposal scene that brought on an attack of gushy fangirl tears (or any tears for that matter) - Emma's realizing that Mr Knightley loves her, he realizing that she loves him, their little chat at the end...perfection.
Melody:  Awww. I LOVE this scene. It cannot boast being word-for-word identical to the book, but it is close enough so that I am satisfied. Emma and Mr. Knightley just act so perfectly in this scene… it’s amazing. Especially Mr. Knightley. The proposal scene in Emma is just amazing in general, partly because Jane Austen sets it up so well, with Mr. Knightley thinking Emma has been disappointed in her (supposed) love for Frank, and Emma thinking that Mr. Knightley cares for Harriet…it’s delightful.  
Miss Elizabeth:  This proposal scene is closer to the book. I felt that everything was more explained in this version of the proposal, like how badly Frank Churchill used Emma. And, it's not too mushy!

Preference

Miss Woodhouse:  Team 2009! (again)
Melody:  2009. It really gets the feel that the book has, and is just so sweet without being…well…silly-cheesy. It’s realistically sweet, as it were.
Miss Elizabeth:  I much prefer the 2009 scene. It's sweet and not too mushy

Ending


1996

Miss Woodhouse:  I'm usually a sucker for period dramas that end in weddings (Sense and Sensibility 1995, Little Dorrit, Bleak House, Pride and Prejudice 1995) but this one missed the mark for me.  I mean, the ending was fine, but not exactly how I would like.  Call me picky if you want.  I did like that they included the Mrs Elton quote "Shocking lack of lace veils, etc"
Melody:  I love movies that end in weddings, and when it’s a Jane Austen movie ending in a wedding, well, not many things can be more perfect than that. Althoooough… they kiss in front of everyone, and That Did Not Happen back then. It would have been Highly Inappropriate. Anyways, it was a good ending for the movie, and had a happy feeling, etc., etc.
Miss Elizabeth:  This version of Emma ends with the wedding of Mr. Knightley and Emma and Mrs. Elton remarks on the lack of satin at the wedding. It was a nice ending overall.

2009

Miss Woodhouse:  Breathtaking, moving, wonderful.  I loved the conversation that Emma and her father have, John's remarks as the carriage drives away, Emma's seaside surprise, and their heartfelt contentment as they stand, looking over the ocean.  Did you notice that the music for that scene is "The Last Dance"?
Melody:  As much as I love it when the movies end in weddings, I think this one made up for not ending in a wedding. It is gorgeous. There is no feeling like the one I have when I finish this movie, and it’s just the perfect ending. The song playing is similar to The Last Dance, but it’s a variation so suitable for the ending, and adds a great deal to the loveliness. Mr. Knightley and Emma go riding off in the carriage, and he’s holding her hand…awww…and then he takes her to the seaside for their honeymoon, somewhere she has always wanted to go, as a surprise. It ends with them standing looking out over the ocean and… sighhhhhhh. (This movie makes me quite nonsensical and fangirl-ish, you know, which is, in fact, not generally my way.)
Miss Elizabeth:  The wedding is skipped over and the audience is to assume that Emma and Mr. Knightley got married since they are setting off for their honeymoon. The place that Mr. Knightley takes Emma to is the seaside which Emma never seen before. It is a very sweet ending, though the seaside isn't mentioned in the book.

Preference

Miss Woodhouse:  I like The Wedding and The Seaside, but The Seaside wins.  Indubitably. 
Melody:  2009. Again. Well, I’m not trying to be boring…
Miss Elizabeth:  Even though they skipped the wedding, I still prefer the 2009 scene.

Yours truly,



Emma On The Web


I'm going to be sharing several Emma-related links in this post.  I hope you find something to your liking!

Reviews of Emma 1996 and 2009

Miss Dashwood (1996 and 2009)
Abilaine (1996 and 2009)
Melody (1996 and 2009)
Miss Woodhouse (1996 and 2009)
Maria Elisabeth (1996 and 2009)
Hayden (1996 and 2009)
Miss Elizabeth (1996 and 2009)

Screencaps


Emma (The Book)


Miscellaneous 

Austen Efforts Emma 1996 and 2009 Pages
Hartfield: A site devoted to Emma 1996

Yours truly,



The Matchmaking Miss


Here's a diverting little piece of Emma fan-fiction.  It's a short-short story prequel to Emma.

***


Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly seventeen years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.

She was the youngest of two daughters and the eldest one being married and gone, she remained under the care of a gentlewoman – Miss Ann Taylor.  Miss Taylor was only a governess in name; between her and Emma, there was more the intimacy of sisters.

Emma had been reading her book for at least two minutes and the exertion was proving too much for her.  She could not; indeed it was quite impossible to set her mind on anything when the day was so fine.  “Miss Taylor, have we not read enough for today?” she asked good-naturedly and without a doubt what Miss Taylor’s answer would be.  It came just as she expected.

“Oh, Emma, we have just started…”

“But the day is so fine…we can walk down Broadway-lane.  You know how much we both love that walk,” Emma countered.

“Yes, well, I suppose we can return to our books when we come back.”  Miss Taylor noticed Emma’s mischievous look.  “We will return to them,” Miss Taylor said sternly, trying to hide a smile.  

Emma smiled knowingly but said “Of course, Miss Taylor.  I have no doubt of it.”

“Are you going out, Emma?” Mr Woodhouse called from his comfortable chair by the fire.

“Yes, papa.  We shall not be gone long but the day is too beautiful to miss.”

“I am sure I heard thunder, Emma.  You had better stay home.  It will probably rain.”

Emma and Miss Taylor exchanged smiles.  “Do not worry, sir,” Miss Taylor said, “We shall not be gone longer than twenty minutes at most.  I shall take good care of Emma.”

“Make sure you take umbrellas and wrap up warmly…” Mr Woodhouse started to say, but they were already almost gone from the room.

“Do not worry, papa.  We shall not catch cold.”

***

Miss Taylor and Emma set off at a brisk pace.  Broadway-lane was one of their favorite walks.  It was relatively close to Hartfield and Highbury and had soft grass and shady trees on either side of the path.  They chatted together as they walked.  “Oh look,” Emma said, “There is Randalls.”

“It is a lovely house,” Miss Taylor returned, “I do wish it was inhabited.  The Carltons never come to Highbury so it would be much better to have a settled family living there.”  Emma nodded her agreement.

Suddenly a loud clap of thunder was heard.  “Oh,” Emma said disappointedly, “Papa was right.  There is the end of our walk.”

“We had better hurry back to the house before we are soaked through.”

“Ladies!”  Emma and Miss Taylor both turned to see who was calling them.  It was Mr Weston.  Mr Weston was an amiable gentleman of middle years.  He came towards them, holding out two umbrellas.  “I borrowed these from Farmer Mitchell.  I noticed your predicament and came directly over.”
“Thank you, sir,” Emma said gratefully as she took one of the umbrellas.  As Mr Weston was about to hand Miss Taylor the other, she playfully said “Come, come, Mr Weston.  I am sure there is room under that umbrella for both of you.  You will be sadly wet through if you do not have some shelter also.”  Mr Weston said she was quite right and asked Miss Taylor if she didn’t mind sharing her umbrella with him.  “No objection at all,” Miss Taylor said, smiling.  They were soon both situated under the umbrella and Emma trailed behind, her mind busy at work.

“They seem very well matched,” she thought to herself, “I am sure I never saw a better pair.  They are so well suited that I believe it could lead to something more serious than a mere shared umbrella.  Everyone has said that Mr Weston would never marry again so what a triumph it would be to contrive a match between him and dear Miss Taylor.  It could be done.  At the end of this walk, I shall ask him to come in and dry himself off and maybe stay for dinner.”  Thus ran Emma’s train off thoughts all the way to Hartfield.

“Will you not stay for dinner, Mr Weston?” Emma asked graciously.

“I would be very happy to,” Mr Weston said, his jovial face beaming.

***

Dinner was a very enjoyable meal.  After Mr Woodhouse was talked out of his fears of Emma’s catching a cold – no easy task – he was quite quiet and said nothing more than his fears that Mr Weston would have a bad time going home with all the dirt and wet.  Mr Weston assured him it was inconsequential.

“It was very lucky that we met just at that moment,” Emma said, smiling, “Was it not Miss Taylor?  I am sure that I would never have thought of inquiring at Farmer Mitchell’s for umbrellas?”
“It was nothing,” Mr Weston said, “I was more than happy to be of service.”  He smiled at Miss Taylor and she returned it.

***
Over the next few months, Emma watched the progress of the friendship between Mr Weston and Miss Taylor with the greatest satisfaction.  “I would so love to have Miss Taylor settled in a comfortable home,” she thought to herself one day, “Although I should miss her very much.  However, if she really and truly loved him, I could and would make such a sacrifice.”

The household was thrown into a flutter the next day because the Knightley family was coming down from London to visit.  Mr Woodhouse was worried about their trip.  “I am sure that Mr John Knightley’s carriage is draftier than ours.  One time I went out riding in it and I was chilled when I came back in the house.  Do you remember it Emma?”  Emma could not remember it.  “Do not worry papa,” she said, “Isabella is as careful as you are.  She will make sure the children are bundled up warmly.”


The Knightley’s arrived.  Mr Woodhouse was full of anxious cares that their travels did not go well.  Emma and Isabella did their best to allay those fears but had little success.  Mr John Knightley on the most part, ignored Mr Woodhouse’s worries and the children, John, Henry and Bella, ran around boisterously.  Then Mr Knightley came in.

“Uncle George!  Uncle George!” the boys and Bella called out in delight.  Mr Knightley laughed and then tossed them up into the air.  The squealed delightedly until he stopped.  Then a chorus of requests for more tosses filled the room.  “Your uncle is tired,” Isabella said gently.

The children were soon put to bed and the adults settled down to a leisurely dinner.

***

“Emma,” Isabella said.  It was the day after they had arrived and the sisters were sitting beside each other – one was embroidering, the other watching her children fondly.  “Would you undertake the task of doing my, John, and the children’s portraits?”

Emma set down her book and gave her sister undivided attention.  “My dear Isabella,” she said, “I would be happy to take your family’s portrait.  I wonder we have not thought of it before.  But are you sure that I am the right one for the task?  A professional…”

“John and I have discussed it and we feel sure that you would be best.  I have seen several of your likenesses.  They are very good.”

“Not half as good as I would like.  However, it is my own fault as Mr Knightley is always telling me.  I do not practice my small talent as much as I ought.  But if you think I could do it, then I will be happy to do it.”

***

The sitting began the next day.  Isabella was the first one who would benefit from Emma’s handiwork.  Miss Taylor, by her own request, sat and read to them.  After two hours of work, Emma decided that she had made a good enough start and the painting was left off until the morrow.  She was satisfied enough with the work to wish to continue it the next day, and Miss Taylor promised to read to them.

The next day, Isabella began to become impatient.  “I hope we will be done soon…I do so want the children’s portraits to be taken before we leave.”  Emma was silent and concentrated on her work.  She knew that Isabella was sometimes irrational where her children were concerned.  She resolved to finish the picture as soon as possible.

It was finished and everyone admired it just as they ought although Emma was not altogether pleased with the finished product.  Because she had hurried through it, it was not as well done as she would have liked.  Isabella was anxious for her to begin the children.  Emma was somewhat concerned for children never sat still for prolonged periods of time.  She dashed off a pencil and watercolor sketch of them and then sighed over the result.  “It is nigh impossible to tell one from the other,” she said to herself, “I do hope that John’s portrait goes better.” She resolved to take her time on that one for she knew Isabella would be most particular about it, and John Knightley was always difficult to please.

***

John’s portrait was begun directly.  It was to be a full-length in watercolors.  Emma took pains with it.  She refined and corrected the painting and overall it was the longest she had ever taken with a painting.  Near the end John did begin to fuss, but for most of the portrait he was relatively good humored. 
“Very prettily done, my dear,” said Mr Woodhouse as he gazed on the finished product, “I never knew anyone with such a talent for likenesses.  I remember your mother would often sit in this very room and sketch apples and peaches.”

Isabella was the first to find fault with it.  “Emma, I regret to say this, but you have not captured John’s air, you have made him less handsome and more clownish in his looks.”

Emma stayed calm.  “But besides that, Isabella, is it not a good likeness?”

“I really cannot separate the two.  Perhaps you should try again.”

“You will be leaving tomorrow.  I cannot possibly do another one.  You will want to take the portraits, of course.”

“I don’t know…perhaps we had rather not.  I don’t like John’s portrait and although mine is tolerable, the children did not sit well and overall the portraits…well…”

“Then they will stay here,” Emma said, a trifle sharply.

“Yes, well…maybe it would be better…at least for awhile…”

***

The Knightleys left.  Emma took out her drawings again and then flung them down in a passion.  “I shall never draw anyone again…especially when there are husbands and wives concerned.  I know that Isabella wanted better portraits, but what was I to do when she rushed me through her sitting, the children were not quiet and still and she found too many faults with John’s picture, although I must say it is the best one I have ever done.  No – I will give up drawing and turn to a more pleasant pursuit; matchmaking.”


Emma began inviting Mr Weston over to Hartfield much more regularly.  Although he would have been content just playing backgammon with her father, she drew him into her and Miss Taylor’s conversations and they both found out that he was an entertaining talker…full of useful information and funny anecdotes.  Emma was convinced that her friend could not do better.

***

Three years passed.  Emma invited Mr Weston, Mr Elton – the village vicar – and Mr Knightley over for dinner.  They had a pleasant meal and Mr Weston then said he had something to say that everyone would like to hear.  A hush descended over the table. 

“Today I have finally settled it all with Mr Carlton and Randalls Park is now mine.”  Everyone gave their congratulations.  Mr Weston had had his heart set on owning Randalls for several years and it was a cause for celebration.  “I shall now be able to settle,” said he, “As I have been longing to do these past two years.”
“He says that he will be able to settle,” Emma thought as dessert was brought to the table, “Is that a subtle hint to say that he will now be looking for a wife?  He smiled especially at Miss Taylor as he gave the good news and I have a feeling that things must come to a crisis soon.”  Her thoughts were interrupted by Mr Weston.  “When I have Randalls fixed up in such a way that I will not be ashamed to have visitors, I should like you, Miss Woodhouse, to be among the first.”

“Thank you very much, Mr Weston, I shall look forward to it with great pleasure.”

***

Two months later, Emma received a verbal invitation to come to dinner party at Randalls.  Her father and Miss Taylor were also invited and although the former would not go, Emma thought she detected a slight blush on the cheeks of the latter when she agreed to go.

The dinner party went very well.  Emma had the happiness of seeing Miss Taylor and Mr Weston in an animated discussion on the d├ęcor of the room.  “Things are moving along very well,” Emma thought, “Discussing decoration plans is plainly saying ‘I would have these rooms decorated in the style you want, Miss Taylor, for you will soon be their mistress’.”  Emma smiled to herself and resolved that if possible, she would leave the two only as soon as possible.

The opportunity presented itself the very next day.  Emma invited Mr Weston for tea.  After tea, Mr Woodhouse took his daily walk, assured that Emma would entertain his guest.  Under some trifling excuse, Emma left the room.  She went up to her room, read for fifteen minutes and then could bear it no longer.  She went down to the drawing room.


Mr Weston and Miss Taylor both looked embarrassed, too happy for words, and bursting with a secret all at the same time.  Emma knew instantly that all her efforts had been successful.
“Dear Miss Woodhouse,” Mr Weston said, “We are engaged.”  Miss Taylor blushed, smiled, and laughed a little.  

“Dear, dear Miss Taylor,” Emma exclaimed, embracing ‘dear, dear Miss Taylor’, “I am so happy for you.  And you too Mr Weston,” she added, “I believe you are quite perfect for each other.”

“As soon as your father comes in, we shall break the happy news to him,” Mr Weston said.

Emma merely nodded, holding back a smile for she knew what her father’s view of matrimony was.

Mr Woodhouse was told and though he was shocked at first, he gradually, over the next few weeks became accustomed to the idea and all he could say was that was a sad business indeed and that Miss Taylor was one of the most unfortunate people.

However, the hopes and dreams of Mr Weston and Miss Taylor were gratified when they were the chief participants in the ceremony that bound them together and fulfilled one of Emma’s dearest wishes.



Yours truly,



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