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Mrs. Elton in America

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Diana Birchall, who successfully took Mrs. Elton?s side in her In Defense of Mrs. Elton, here reprinted, tells more of her story: The Courtship of Mrs. Elton and the adventurous Mrs. Elton in America finish The Compleat Mrs. Elton trilogy.
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Apr 18, 2010 Meredith (Austenesque Reviews) rated it really liked it
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In Emma, Mrs. Augusta Elton is portrayed as vulgar, ill-mannered, pretentious, and obnoxious. However, a lot of what see of Mrs. Elton is through the eyes of Emma Woodhouse, and she may have been a little too prejudiced and eager to find fault. True, Mrs. Elton does tend to think a little too highly of herself and her manners are not very genteel, but she does possess some good qualities, such as her good intentions towards Jane Fairfax and her overtures of friendship with Emma. Jane Austen is v ...more
Aug 07, 2008 Laurel rated it it was amazing
Austen’s “insufferable woman” storms the American Colonies!

In Jane Austen’s novel Emma, her over confident heroine Emma Woodhouse may make all manner of misapplyments in her assessment of character, but in her appraisal of Mrs. Elton as an “insufferable woman”, she need not be corrected. Austen’s characterization of the social climbing, vulgar and officious Augusta Elton may be one of her most monumentally satiric achievements. Of all the supporting characters in Emma, Mrs. Elton never failed to
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