She 1 was
; and had , in consequence of
the youngest of
the two daughters of
a most affectionate , indulgent father 5 4
her 1 sister 's marriage , been from a very early period .
had died too long ago for
her 1 to have more than an indistinct remembrance of
her 6 caresses ; and
her 6 place had been supplied by
an excellent woman as governess 0 , who had fallen little short of
a mother 7 in affection .
Sixteen years had
Miss Taylor 0 been in
, less as
Mr. Woodhouse 5
's family 8
a governess 41 than
a friend 47 , very fond of
both daughters 4 , but particularly of
Emma 1 .
them 9 _ it was more the intimacy of
sisters 10 .
Miss Taylor 0 had ceased to hold the nominal office of
governess 11 , the mildness of
her 0 temper had hardly allowed
her 0 to impose any restraint ; and the shadow of authority being now long passed away ,
they 9 had been living together as
friend 12 and
friend 13 very mutually attached , and
Emma 1 doing just what
she 1 liked ; highly esteeming
Miss Taylor 0 's judgment , but directed chiefly by
her 1 own .
The real evils , indeed , of
Emma 1 's situation were the power of having rather too much
her 1 own way , and a disposition to think a little too well of
herself 1 ; these were the disadvantages which threatened alloy to
her 1 many enjoyments .
The danger , however , was at present so unperceived , that they did not by any means rank as misfortunes with
her 1 .
Sorrow came -- a gentle sorrow -- but not at all in the shape of any disagreeable consciousness .
Miss Taylor 0 married .
Miss Taylor 0 's loss which first brought grief .
It was on the wedding-day of
this beloved friend 0 that
Emma 1 first sat in mournful thought of any continuance .
The wedding over , and
the bride-people 14 gone , and
herself 1 were left to dine together , with no prospect of
a third 15 to cheer a long evening .
himself 5 to sleep after dinner , as usual , and
she 1 had then only to sit and think of what
she 1 had lost .
The event had every promise of happiness for .
Mr. Weston 16 was
a man of unexceptionable character , easy fortune , suitable age , and pleasant manners 48 ; and there was some satisfaction in considering with what self-denying , generous friendship
she 1 had always wished and promoted the match ; but it was a black morning 's work for
her 1 .
The want of
Miss Taylor 0 would be felt every hour of every day .
She 1 recalled
her 0 past kindness -- the kindness , the affection of sixteen years -- how
she 0 had taught and how
she 0 had played with
her 1 from five years old -- how
she 0 had devoted all
her 0 powers to attach and amuse
her 1 in health -- and how nursed
her 1 through the various illnesses of childhood .
A large debt of gratitude was owing here ; but the intercourse of the last seven years , the equal footing and perfect unreserve which had soon followed
Isabella 17 's marriage , on
their 9 being left to each other , was yet a dearer , tenderer recollection .
She 0 had been
a friend and companion such as few possessed 49 : intelligent , well-informed , useful , gentle , knowing all the ways of
the family 8 , interested in all
its 8 concerns , and peculiarly interested in
herself 1 , in every pleasure , every scheme of
hers 1 -- one to whom
she 1 could speak every thought as it arose , and who had such an affection for
her 1 as could never find fault .
she 1 to bear the change ?
-- It was true that was going only half a mile from
them 18 ; but
Emma 1 was aware that great must be the difference between
a Mrs. Weston 0 , only half a mile from
them 18 , and
a Miss Taylor 0 in
the house 2 ; and with all
her 1 advantages , natural and domestic ,
she 1 was now in great danger of suffering from intellectual solitude .
She 1 dearly loved , but
he 5 was
no companion for
her 1 19
He 5 could not meet
her 1 in conversation , rational or playful .
The evil of the actual disparity in
their 18 ages ( and
Mr. Woodhouse 5 had not married early ) was much increased by
his 5 constitution and habits ; for having been
a valetudinarian 50 all
his 5 life , without activity of mind or body ,
he 5 was
a much older man in ways than in years 51 ; and though everywhere beloved for the friendliness of
his 5 heart and
his 5 amiable temper ,
his 5 talents could not have recommended
him 5 at any time .
, though comparatively but little removed by matrimony , being settled in
London 20 , only sixteen miles off , was much beyond
her 1 daily reach ; and many a long October and November evening must be struggled through at
Hartfield 2 , before Christmas brought the next visit from
Isabella 17 and , and
, to fill
little children 22
the house 2 , and give
her 1 pleasant society again .
Highbury 24 ,
the large and populous village 52 , almost amounting to
a town 42 , to which
Hartfield 2 , in spite of
its 2 separate lawn , and shrubberies , and name , did really belong , afforded
her 1 no equals .
The Woodhouses 8 were first in consequence
there 24 .
All looked up to
them 8 .
She 1 had many acquaintance in
the place 24 , for was universally civil , but not one among
them 25 who could be accepted in lieu of
Miss Taylor 0 for even half a day .
It was a melancholy change ; and
Emma 1 could not but sigh over it , and wish for impossible things , till awoke , and made it necessary to be cheerful .
His 5 spirits required support .
He 5 was
a nervous man 53 , easily depressed ; fond of
, and hating to part with
every body that
was used to 26
them 26 ; hating change of every kind .
Matrimony , as the origin of change , was always disagreeable ; and
he 5 was by no means yet reconciled to 's marrying , nor could ever speak of
her 17 but with compassion , though it had been entirely a match of affection , when
he 5 was now obliged to part with
Miss Taylor 0 too ; and from
his 5 habits of gentle selfishness , and of being never able to suppose that
other people 27 could feel differently from
himself 5 ,
he 5 was very much disposed to think
Miss Taylor 0 had done as sad a thing for
herself 0 as for
them 18 , and would have been a great deal happier if
she 0 had spent all the rest of
her 0 life at
Hartfield 2 .
Emma 1 smiled and chatted as cheerfully as
she 1 could , to keep
him 5 from such thoughts ; but when tea came , it was impossible for
him 5 not to say exactly as
he 5 had said at dinner , “ Poor
Miss Taylor 0 !
I 5 wish
she 0 were here again .
What a pity it is that
Mr. Weston 16 ever thought of
her 0 ! ”
I 1 can not agree with
you 5 ,
papa 5 ;
you 5 know
I 1 can not .
Mr. Weston 16 is such
a good-humoured , pleasant , excellent man 54 , that
he 16 thoroughly deserves
a good wife 28 ; -- and
you 5 would not have had
Miss Taylor 0 live with
us 18 for ever , and bear all
my 1 odd humours , when
she 0 might have ? ”
-- But where is the advantage of ?
This is three times as large .
you 1 have never any odd humours ,
my 5 dear . ”
“ How often
we 18 shall be going to see
them 30 , and
they 30 coming to see
us 18 !
We 18 shall be always meeting !
We 18 _ must begin ;
we 18 must go and pay wedding visit very soon . ”
My 5 dear , how am
I 5 to get so far ?
Randalls 29 is such a distance .
I 5 could not walk half so far . ”
“ No ,
papa 5 ,
nobody 31 thought of
your 5 walking .
We 18 must go in
the carriage 32 , to be sure . ”
The carriage 32 !
James 33 will not like to put the horses to for such a little way ; -- and where are the poor horses to be while
we 18 are paying
our 18 visit ? ”
“ They are to be put into
Mr. Weston 16
's stable 34
papa 5 .
You 5 know
we 18 have settled all that already .
We 18 talked it all over with
Mr. Weston 16 last night .
And as for
James 33 ,
you 5 may be very sure
he 33 will always like going to
Randalls 29 , because of 's being
there 29 .
I 1 only doubt whether
he 33 will ever take
us 18 anywhere else .
your 5 doing ,
papa 5 .
You 5 got
Hannah 35 that good place .
Nobody 36 thought of
Hannah 35 till
you 5 mentioned
her 35 --
James 33 is so obliged to
you 5 ! ”
I 5 am very glad
I 5 did think of
her 35 .
It was very lucky , for
I 5 would not have had poor
James 33 think
himself 33 slighted upon any account ; and
I 5 am sure
she 35 will make
a very good servant 43 :
she 35 is
a civil , pretty-spoken girl 55 ;
I 5 have a great opinion of
her 35 .
I 5 see
her 35 ,
she 35 always curtseys and asks
me 5 how
I 5 do , in a very pretty manner ; and when
you 1 have had
here 2 to do needlework ,
I 5 observe
she 35 always turns the lock of the door the right way and never bangs it .
I 5 am sure
she 35 will be
an excellent servant 44 ; and it will be a great comfort to poor
Miss Taylor 0 to have
somebody 37 about
her 0 that
she 0 is used to see .
James 33 goes over to see ,
you 1 know ,
she 0 will be hearing of
us 18 .
He 33 will be able to tell
her 0 how
we 18 all are . ”
Emma 1 spared no exertions to maintain this happier flow of ideas , and hoped , by the help of backgammon , to get tolerably through the evening , and be attacked by no regrets but
her 1 own .
The backgammon-table was placed ; but
a visitor 38 immediately afterwards walked in and made it unnecessary .
Mr. Knightley 38 ,
a sensible man about seven or eight-and-thirty 56 , was not only
, but particularly connected with
a very old and intimate friend of
the family 8 57
it 8 , as
the elder brother of
's husband 16
He 38 lived about a mile from
Highbury 24 , was
a frequent visitor 59 , and always welcome , and at this time more welcome than usual , as coming directly from
their 39 mutual connexions in
London 20 .
He 38 had returned to a late dinner , after some days ' absence , and now walked up to
Hartfield 2 to say that all were well in
Brunswick Square 40 .
It was a happy circumstance , and animated
Mr. Woodhouse 5 for some time .
Mr. Knightley 38 had a cheerful manner , which always did
him 5 good ; and
his 38 many inquiries after “
poor Isabella 17 ” and were answered most satisfactorily .
When this was over ,
Mr. Woodhouse 5 gratefully observed , “ It is very kind of
you 38 ,
Mr. Knightley 38 , to come out at this late hour to call upon
us 18 .
I 5 am afraid
you 38 must have had a shocking walk . ”