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  •  this is the core of Emma's problems (3+ / 0-)
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    I believe that if Emma had steady, real challenges, she would be in some respects happier.  So much of the problem is that she is bored, and she lacks the discipline (and some of the talent) of Jane Fairfax so does not apply herself.

    by chloris creator on Sun Nov 10, 2013 at 06:20:39 AM PST

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    •  I've seen Iago diagnosed with ennui; (5+ / 0-)

      but his heart full of hate led to a different ending.

      I agree that "steady, real challenges" might have been salutary - if Emma had applied persistent effort. Austen shows at some length how lackadaisical Emma is with her art, and glances at her quitting piano, too.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Sun Nov 10, 2013 at 12:16:35 PM PST

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