Knightly. Doing just what she liked; highly esteeming Miss Tailor’s judgment, but directed chiefly by her own. ” (1) ; Classifications Enema’s high Status allows her to judge based on societal position. Feeling obliged to “refine” Harriet, she disapproves Mr.. Martin’s request for Harries hand in marriage. “Highborn in spite of its separate lawns and name afforded her no equals. ” (3) “You banished to Beamlike Farm! You confined to the society of the illiterate and vulgar all your life! (47) o Emma jealous of Jane Fairfax civility because it is atypical of a lower class woman. ; Deluded o Emma is deluded in her assumptions as she applies her intelligence to matchmaking. Emma is convinced that Elton is perfect for Harriet, hen he is obviously admiring Emma. Her delusions further hinder her own introspection for she is clueless to the nature of love and is convinced. “She was quite convinced Mr.. Elton being in the fairest way of falling love, if not in love already. ” (28) Ill.
Affluent Females & Concern with Social Position ; Mrs.. Elton o Enema’s characteristics are exaggerated to create a caricature in Mrs.. Elton, who strives to prove how she has triumphed in marrying Mr.. Elton, and attempts to compete with Emma as MO SST fortunate woman in Highborn. V- “manners which had been formed in a bad school. (28) ; Mrs.. Churchill Mrs.. Churchill is uptight about her family)ads respectable social position and disk favors those of the lower class. She was at once offended when her sister married.
SSH also disapproved of Frank Churchill being with Jane Fairfax, which resulted in them having to keep their engagement a secret until Mrs.. C hurling’s death. “full of pride and importance [that resulted in her] infinite mortification” (15) Similarly, Enema’s concern with social class initially prevents Harriet from mar Wing Mr.. Martin. IV. Less Socially Established Females as Foil to Emma ;Jane Fairfax Jane contrasts Emma as she is an orphan, lacks Enema’s social status, and must become a governess or marry “up” for financial security.
Yet, Jane, like Emma, not only has a fortunate appearance, but is also blessed with the talents of a more affluent woman. Her mannerisms clash with her status and with Enema’s. “Emma was particularly struck with the very appearance and manners Jan e Fairfax was very elegant ” (139) “[Enema’s] playing just good enough to be praised, butane Fairfax is much h beyond it. ” (191) o Austin rescues Jane from her social class and brings her to a to a deserving el el when she marries Frank. When she considered what all this elegance was destined to, what she was g ongoing to sink from (120) ; Harriet Smith a As Harriet is far from Enema’s class, and of an unknown heritage for most of the novel, Emma prefers someone who will raise Harriers level in society, while Harriet would rather marry Mr.. Martin for love. O Though Emma may have unknowingly attempted to spoil Harriet, she remains a model of sincerity. Miss Bates a Miss Bates is the reason why women in 19th century England needed to get married, as SSH e is the object of pity in
Highborn as she becomes increasingly poor, a fact that cannot be helped. “Miss Bates stood in the very worst predicament in the world she had no intellectual superiority to frighten those who might hate her into outward respect. ” (13) While Emma feels no pressure to get married, Miss Bates demonstrates the c uniqueness of remaining unmarried when one does not have the financial support of a sizeable inheritance or a pr evitable job.