Wednesday, November 30, 2011

5 Tips to a Good Life, According to Emma

“Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.”

Emma Woodhouse, from Jane Austen’s novel Emma, has decidedly stubborn opinions on how one should live one’s life.

1. Be born wealthy, but no so wealthy that one is obligated to hang out with superiors and act too cultivated. Emma enjoys reigning over her small town and acknowledges that having an income brings respectability. She maintains high standards for her behavior and education; however, she often gets distracted by other things than reading and studying.

2. Have a strong character and a witty mind. Emma enjoys sharing her opinions and influencing those around her with her wisdom and experience; to back up these actions, whether they are successful or not, she has a quick-thinking mind and a sharp tongue.

3. Avoid living a life of excess and vanity. Emma is very judgmental of individuals who seems to display “an air of foppery and nonsense.” Rationality in plans, moderation in expense, and a warmth of heart are much more important to her.

4. Always expect the best and stay positive. Emma feels that she should only deserve the best treatment from others; rebuking and condemning those who are not up to her high standards. She often attempts to share this way of life with her friends and family members.

5. Be willing to admit that sometimes your actions, no matter how well-intentioned, can bring disaster! (see #2,3,4, in fact, read the entire book Emma!)

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