A resident of the village of Highbury, persuaded that she herself won’t marry, prosperous 21-year old Emma Woodhouse, entertains herself with matchmaking. For instance, she tries to spot an eligible match for Harriet Smith, her new friend. In spite of the fact Harriet’s parentage is evident, Emma is assured that Harriet really deserves to be a gentleman’s wife and then sets her pal’s sight on the village vicar, Mr. Elton. At the same time, Emma tries to convince Harriet to reject Robert Martin’s proposal. It’s a successful farmer for whom Harriet has real feelings.
Harriet gets infatuated with Mr. Elton under the direct encouragement of Emma. However, Emma’s plans fail, because Elton makes it clear that his true affection is for Emma and not Harriet. Then, Emma realizes that her strong obsession with making a match for Harriet has totally blinded her to the real nature of the situation. Meanwhile, Emma’s treasured friend and simultaneously brother-in-law, Mr. Knightley watches Emma’s vigorous matchmaking efforts critically. He’s convinced that Mr. Martin appears to be a worthy young person, whom Harriet would be lucky to stay with. He and Emma argue regarding Emma’s interference.
Elton, rejected by Emma and offended by her shocking insinuation that Harriet is his equal, has nothing to do but to leave for the town of Bath, where he immediately marries a young woman. Finally, Emma’s left to comfort Harriet and to think about the character of an upcoming visitor.
Frank Churchill, Mr. Weston’s son has made up his mind to pay visit to his dad in Highury after having been brought up by his uncle and aunt in London. In fact, Emma doesn’t know anything about Frank. That man has long been deterred from seeing his dad by his aunt’s diseases as well as complaints. Mr. Knightley is quite suspicious of the young person, especially after Frank returns to London in order to have his hair cut. However, Emma finds Frank delightful enough and then notices that his charms are geared towards her. In spite of the fact, she is going to discourage these charms, Emma suddenly finds herself flattered and then engages in a further flirtation with the young person.
Jane Fairfax is greeted by Emma with less enthusiasm. Jane’s another addition to the Highbury set. It’s apparent that Jane is accomplished and beautiful, though Emma doesn’t like her. Perhaps, you might have already guessed why. She’s just jealous of Jane.
A resident of the village of Highbury, persuaded that she herself won’t marry, prosperous 21-year old Emma Woodhouse, entertains herself with matchmaking. For instance, she tries to spot an eligible match for Harriet Smith, her new friend.