Emma eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 469 pages of information about Emma.

        `Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
          `And waste its fragrance on the desert air.’

We must not allow them to be verified in sweet Jane Fairfax.”

“I cannot think there is any danger of it,” was Emma’s calm answer—­ “and when you are better acquainted with Miss Fairfax’s situation and understand what her home has been, with Colonel and Mrs. Campbell, I have no idea that you will suppose her talents can be unknown.”

“Oh! but dear Miss Woodhouse, she is now in such retirement, such obscurity, so thrown away.—­Whatever advantages she may have enjoyed with the Campbells are so palpably at an end!  And I think she feels it.  I am sure she does.  She is very timid and silent.  One can see that she feels the want of encouragement.  I like her the better for it.  I must confess it is a recommendation to me.  I am a great advocate for timidity—­and I am sure one does not often meet with it.—­But in those who are at all inferior, it is extremely prepossessing.  Oh!  I assure you, Jane Fairfax is a very delightful character, and interests me more than I can express.”

“You appear to feel a great deal—­but I am not aware how you or any of Miss Fairfax’s acquaintance here, any of those who have known her longer than yourself, can shew her any other attention than”—­

“My dear Miss Woodhouse, a vast deal may be done by those who dare to act.  You and I need not be afraid.  If we set the example, many will follow it as far as they can; though all have not our situations. We have carriages to fetch and convey her home, and we live in a style which could not make the addition of Jane Fairfax, at any time, the least inconvenient.—­I should be extremely displeased if Wright were to send us up such a dinner, as could make me regret having asked more than Jane Fairfax to partake of it.  I have no idea of that sort of thing.  It is not likely that I should, considering what I have been used to.  My greatest danger, perhaps, in housekeeping, may be quite the other way, in doing too much, and being too careless of expense.  Maple Grove will probably be my model more than it ought to be—­ for we do not at all affect to equal my brother, Mr. Suckling, in income.—­However, my resolution is taken as to noticing Jane Fairfax.—­ I shall certainly have her very often at my house, shall introduce her wherever I can, shall have musical parties to draw out her talents, and shall be constantly on the watch for an eligible situation.  My acquaintance is so very extensive, that I have little doubt of hearing of something to suit her shortly.—­I shall introduce her, of course, very particularly to my brother and sister when they come to us.  I am sure they will like her extremely; and when she gets a little acquainted with them, her fears will completely wear off, for there really is nothing in the manners of either but what is highly conciliating.—­I shall have her very often indeed while they are with me, and I dare say we shall sometimes find a seat for her in the barouche-landau in some of our exploring parties.”

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