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Literature Review


In the novel Emma by Jane Austin, she shows a complicated mix and match relationship between all the major characters of the book namely, Emma, Miss Bates, Mr. Knightly, Harriet, Frank Churchill and Robert. The novel is completely according to Jane Austin's traditional style i.e. full of romance, courtship and its complication and a healthy dose of social mannerisms.

From the book, two passages have been required for explication, which are as follows.

"The incessant flow of Miss Bates"

“The Ball at the Crown”


The incessant flow of Miss Bates

The excerpt which merit clarification is taken from Chapter number two of the book Emma by Jane Austin. It shows a hugely prolonged dialogue, which aside from taxing the readers eyes and mind, also makes him wonder about the delivery from the speaker. Meaning, how she was able to speak so much in a continuously unrelenting cascade of words, without giving any of the addressees a chance to answer back. In the dialogue, Miss Bates is addressing all of the occupants of the room one to all. In her manner she is socializing with all of the people at once, thereby grabbing and withholding their attentions, and asserting herself as if she was the hostess or a welcoming committee. She starts by reassuring the hosts who were concerned about her journey, moving on to complimenting Mr. Weston on the décor and arrangements. She is observed to be changing conversational partners with rapid fire speed moving on from Mr. Weston to Mrs. Weston in mid-sentence as soon as she laid her eyes on her. Exchanging pleasantries with Mrs. Weston on one hand while graciously thanking Mrs. Elton for her kind offer to use her carriage for transportation she is seen to be juggling a variety of people and conversations at one time very expertly. She switches from one subject to another with fluid connectivity, discussing the carriage on one instance, her mother on the other and further linking it to Mrs. Dixon. Her name dropping habits are very evident from this conversation. Coming back to Jane, moving on to Mr. Frank, then, shifting the topic to her mother once more. She expertly weaves and dodges the conversation in such a manner that only her voice and dialogues can be heard littered with the names of important people, reinforcing her social status worthiness. Even amidst exchanging meaningless pleasantries with Miss Woodhouse she manages ...
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