Jane began to write Emma in January of 1814 and completed it by March of 1815. The novel concerns itself with the matchmaking efforts of one Emma Woodhouse a somewhat precocious twenty-year-old resident of the village of Highbury, who  imagines herself to be innately gifted in effecting desirous love matches. It  is a comedic novel about the perils of misconstrued romance.  Whilst Emma is determined never to marry herself, she immediately decides to find Harriet Smith, a local girl, a fitting partner.  She sets about turning Harriet into a gentlewoman, and refine her tastes, especially in men. Convincing Harriet to dump young farmer beau, Robert Martin, and set her sights on the town’s clergyman, Mr. Elton, little does Emma know that Mr. Elton has already set his sights on …Emma.  Then a handsome gentleman in the shape of Frank Churchill arrives on the scene. Watch this charming version starring Kate Beckinsale, who recently stole our hearts with her starring role in Love and Friendship, another Austen work.

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