Emma is a comic novel written by Jane Austen and published in 1815. The book deals with the dangers of misunderstanding romance.
Emma Woodhouse is the main character and is described in the opening paragraph as "handsome, clever, and rich" but is also rather spoiled. Emma lives with her father, a hypochondriac obsessed with his health and that of the people around him.
Emma enjoys playing matchmaker with her friendships and relationships, but she's so focused on other people's relationships that she doesn't care to worry about her own feelings. The only person who criticizes Emma's attitude is Mr. Knightley, her neighbor and brother-in-law.
Everything will change for Emma when Miss Taylor, her governess, friend and confidant, decides to get married and Emma is left alone without being able to share her own feelings with anyone. She faces a great vital emptiness and a great dilemma: how to help others to have a life as perfect as hers.
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