Emma: Episode 2, Chapters 6-10

In this episode, we read chapters 6 to 10 of Emma. We talk about the hints Jane Austen gives us about Emma’s blunders, Emma’s manipulation of Harriet after Mr Martin’s proposal, the argument between Emma and Mr Knightley, Harriet’s riddle book, Emma’s and Mr Elton’s respective views of his place in the social hierarchy, and Emma’s lack of need to get married. (There was also a lengthy discussion of ‘Kitty, a fair but frozen maid’, which we ended up editing out, and just pointing to Lona Manning’s article and blog posts on the subject.)

We discuss the Martin family (specifically, Mr Martin and his mother), and in the historical section Ellen talks about vicars and parish business. Harriet talks about the 1996 Miramax film adaptation of Emma.

Things we mention:

General discussion:

Character discussion:

Graph: Percentage of female bakers, butchers, farmers and innkeepers in various age groups as shown in the census of 1851

Historical discussion:

Popular culture discussion:

  • Main version considered:
    • Miramax, Emma (1996) – starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeremy Northam
  • Other versions mentioned
    • BBC, Emma (1972) – starring Doran Godwin and John Carson
    • ITV, Emma (1996) – starring Kate Beckinsale and Mark Strong

Listener feedback:

Creative commons music used:

2 thoughts on “<em>Emma</em>: Episode 2, Chapters 6-10”

  1. Dear Ellen and Harriet,

    There is one thought I have since the first times I read Emma and Pride and Prejudice and I’m wondering what do you think about it.
    I see Emma as a female version of Mr. Darcy. I don’t see it as a 100% match, but certainly I see a lot of similarities on how they are and how the character/personality evolves in the novel. They are both wealthy and raise up in good principle, in essence they are good but they have a high opinion of themselves. But both of them reflect and reconsider their behavior upon circumstances. I even see a certain similarity in the way they interact with Harriet/Bingley.
    Have you come across this line of thought before?

    Thank you for your podcast, I look forward to every episode. I enjoy a lot your views and comments on the novels but also the insight on the way of leaving on the period. Is so difficult to gather some information that I find very valuable the work you are doing here.

    Kind regards,

  2. Thank you for your podcasts. I love how you do them and the interaction between the both of you. It’s pitched at a level I understand but always contains information that I previously didn’t know. Thank you for your time and efforts.


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