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In Jane Austen's Emma the eponymous heroine is usually "handsome, smart, and rich" but she also is suffering from arrogance and self-deception. With the nice judgement of Mr Knightley, and her own personal scrutiny, Emma encounters a motion of psyche, from vanity and arrogance through the humiliation of self understanding to clearness of judgement and fulfilment in marriage. The tone of the novel and the episodes where Emma is self deceived progresses from the light comedy of Mr Elton's gallantry and the eventual mortification to the sombre depression of Emma's belief that she's ruined her own likelihood of happiness by bringing Mr Knightley and Harriet together. Although sometimes the reader will be able to laugh at her errors, as she moves gradually and uncertainly to self understanding and maturity, the reader, like Mr Knightley, involves take her seriously, for in the novel severe social and moral problems are dealt with, problems which concern her straight. While we might be 'put off' by her mistakes, and flights of illogical fancy, they are also the qualities which endear her to us. Perhaps the only personality in the novel who will take Emma is definitely Mr Knightley seriously. As the moral centre of the written book, he has can be an exemplar of good judgement and Emma's moral tutor. He has Emma's passions at heart and an authentic concern about her moral development. Not really blinded by vanity or egotism, honest in every his dealings with her, Mr Knightley exposes Emma's faults for what they are, and really helps to reader to find this. Under his influence, Emma involves a knowledge about her own errors and blunders, and lastly attains the maturity in order to find fulfilment in relationship. Though she defies him on many events, she's a "type of habit...