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Whilst other children from their village, Jane Fairfax and Frank Weston, are sent away to be raised by wealthier relatives, Frank's surname being changed to Churchill, Emma and Isabella Woodhouse remain with their testy, selfish widowed father until Isabella marries John Knightley, whose brother is a frequent visitor to the Woodhouses, though Isabella moves to London with her spouse. Emma shamelessly match-makes former nanny Miss Taylor with Frank's father and is triumphant when they marry. Looking around for another match, she decides that Harriet Smith, an orphan who has become her companion is too good for the young farmer Martin and should aspire to be the wife of the vicar, Mr. Elton. Regardless of what Harriet thinks.
Emma Woodhouse just loves arranging other people's lives. She smooths the way for her elder sister Isabella and a childhood friend, John Knightley. Once they are married she focuses on Mr. Weston and Miss Anne Taylor who are soon married as well. Emma becomes good friends with Harriet Smith, a young woman who has spent most of her life at Mrs Goddard's school and now plans on staying helping with the younger children. Harriet has a interest in young Mr. Robert Martin, the son of a local farmer but Emma thinks she can do much better and thinks Mr. Elton, the local vicar, would be a much better catch. She convinces Harriet to reject Mr. Martin's proposal of marriage resulting in a major row with Mr. George Knightley, whose brother married her sister. He tell her in no uncertain terms exactly what he thinks of her meddling in people's lives.
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