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An unfinished novel by J. Austen, written some time between 1804 and 1807.

The story largely concerns the unremitting efforts of Emma Watson's three sisters to get themselves married. Emma, a pretty, sensible girl, has been brought up by a well‐to‐do aunt. She returns to her family, who live in genteel poverty in a Surrey village, where she is surrounded by people in every way inferior to herself. Even her good‐natured sister Elizabeth is as intent on a good match as her unpleasant sisters Margaret and Penelope. The other principal characters are Lady Osborne, handsome and dignified; her son, Lord Osborne, a fine but cold young man; Mr Howard, a gentlemanly clergyman; and Tom Musgrave, a cruel and hardened flirt. The author left no hint as to the future course of events.

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Jane Austen (1775—1817) novelist

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