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Emma.  By Jane Austin.  An Excerpt:

"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.

She was the youngest of the two daughters of a most affectionate,

indulgent father; and had, in consequence of her sister's marriage, been

mistress of his house from a very early period. Her mother had died

too long ago for her to have more than an indistinct remembrance of

her caresses; and her place had been supplied by an excellent woman as

governess, who had fallen little short of a mother in affection.

Sixteen years had Miss Taylor been in Mr. Woodhouse's family, less

as a governess than a friend, very fond of both daughters, but particularly

of Emma. Between them it was more the intimacy of sisters. Even

before Miss Taylor had ceased to hold the nominal ofce of governess,

the mildness of her temper had hardly allowed..."


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