Greetings from Professor Hawkins. Today, March 29, 2015, marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen finishing writing her novel Emma. She was 39 years old. The book was published nine months later in December 1815. When she began the novel, Austen said, “I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like.” Indeed, Emma is sometimes difficult to like because she is rich, privileged, spoiled, headstrong, and meddlesome.
But as readers, we learn to love Emma because through the course of the novel she does grow and change. And as in any good book, we can sometimes see our own failings in those of the characters. We hope others will forgive us for being imperfect in the same way that Emma is forgiven for being imperfect. We are also happy to see that despite her shortcomings, Emma makes a very happy life for herself in the end.
All you BabyLit readers out there will have to contain your emotions when you learn BabyLit Emma: An Emotions Primer will be available this fall. Are you excited? Happy? Amused? These are some of the emotions baby chicks will learn about in this playful new primer.
So until next time, keep your squawking to a minimum.
Sincerely, Professor Hawkins