Posted by: rearadmiral | May 9, 2015

Happy Mother’s Day!!!/Happy Bday MP/Character sketches

Mrs. Weston is living the dream – that is, if the dream is finally getting a house and a husband of your own. (And really, what else could any woman want?) As Emma’s governess, she gained the affections of Mr. Woodhouse and the love and respect of Emma. As a new housewife, she’s moved into a place of social prominence in Highbury. Randalls, her new home, quickly becomes the center of Highbury social gatherings (we’d say that Emma’s house was the center, but Mr. Woodhouse keeps trying to feed people gruel there). Mr. Woodhouse may keep referring to her as “poor Miss Taylor,” but he seems to be the only one who doesn’t recognize the incredible change in her situation.
Mrs. Weston becomes a sort of mother-figure for Emma. Although Emma doesn’t listen to her as often as she listens to Mr. Knightley, she does turn to Mrs. Weston for all sorts of advice. Generous and wise, Mrs. Weston tends to give Emma good advice – although she also loves Emma a bit too much to see her clearly. After all, that’s what mothers are for, right? She’s got her finger on the social pulse, which allows her to give clear advice to both Frank and Emma.
As Frank’s stepmother, Mrs. Weston works hard to make Jane Fairfax feel welcome after Frank and Jane announce their engagement. We suspect that their engagement could have been a huge scandal – but Mrs. Weston manages to diffuse most of the tension before it becomes a big deal. We could think of Mrs. Weston as the sort of super-glue holding Highbury society together at the end of the novel. She’s worried about Emma and Jane and Frank and the Bateses and – well, you get the picture. Of course, she’s a bit worried about how Emma will feel about the engagement – but once that’s cleared up, Mrs. Weston seems more than willing to become Jane’s mother-in-law, as well. Now that we think about it, Mrs. Weston is a lot like a mother hen. She just can’t seem to stop taking young people under her wing!
Mrs. Weston gets married right before the novel begins.
She visits Emma almost every day.
Mrs. Weston isn’t convinced that Frank will ever visit.
When he does, she’s quick to forgive him.
At Christmas, she hosts a dinner party.
Mrs. Weston and Mr. Knightley have a conversation about Harriet and Emma.
She begins to think that Emma and Frank would make a good couple.
She believes that Mr. Knightley might like Jane; Emma disagrees.
Mrs. and Mr. Weston host a ball at the Crown.
At Donwell Abbey, she stays with Mr. Woodhouse, going over the collections there.
When the news of Frank’s engagement breaks, she’s very worried for Emma.
Mrs. Weston goes to visit Jane, getting the whole story of the engagement.
She tells Emma all about it.
The Westons have a baby.
From AiB: Can you tell I love Emma 09 and the pairing of
these two??

Chawton House Library
Chawton House Library’s May ‘Woman Writer of the Month’:
Mary Astell (1666-1731)
We would like to celebrate, and get to know better, the woman writers in our collection. Every month we will be featuring a different woman writer, bringing you the life stories, ideas and quotes that make these authors so remarkable.
Astell, the daughter of an affluent coal merchant in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, wrote extraordinarily powerful feminist texts. She is now best known for ‘A Serious Proposal to the Ladies’, which argued that women are, like men, rational creatures and therefore deserving of education. The original and compelling ideas of this book caused a stir in London in 1694, provoking debate and published response on the subject of women’s right to be educated.
Our first edition of this book is currently on display in our new state-of-the-art display cabinet which allows visitors to enjoy the treasures in our collection whilst protecting them from damage.
Come and see ‘A Serious Proposal to the Ladies’ during our opening hours – Tuesday to Friday, 2.00 pm to 4.30 pm



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