Emma had no opportunity of speaking to Mr. Knightley till
after supper; but, when they were all in the ball-room again, her
eyes invited him irresistibly to come to her and be thanked. He was
warm in his reprobation of Mr. Elton’s conduct; it had been
unpardonable rudeness; and Mrs. Elton’s looks also received the due
share of censure.
"They aimed at wounding more than Harriet,“ said he. "Emma, why is it that they are your enemies?”
He looked with smiling penetration; and, on receiving no answer, added, "She
ought not to be angry with you, I suspect, whatever he may be. To
that surmise, you say nothing, of course; but confess, Emma, that you
did want him to marry Harriet.“
"I did,” replied Emma, "and they cannot forgive me.“
He shook his head; but there was a smile of indulgence with it, and he only said,
"I shall not scold you. I leave you to your own reflections.”
"Can you trust me with such flatterers? Does my vain spirit ever tell me I am wrong?“
"Not your vain spirit, but your serious spirit. If one leads you wrong, I am sure the other tells you of it.”
“I do own myself to have been completely mistaken in Mr. Elton.
There is a littleness about him which you discovered, and which I did
not: and I was fully convinced of his being in
love with Harriet. It was through a series of strange blunders!”
“And, in return for your acknowledging so much, I will do you the
justice to say, that you would have chosen for him better than he has
chosen for himself. Harriet Smith has some first-rate qualities,
which Mrs. Elton is totally without. An unpretending, single-minded,
artless girl – infinitely to be preferred by any man of sense and
taste to such a woman as Mrs. Elton. I found Harriet more
conversable than I expected.”
Emma was extremely
gratified. They were interrupted by the bustle of Mr. Weston calling
on every body to begin dancing again.
Woodhouse, Miss Otway, Miss Fairfax, what are you all doing? Come
Emma, set your companions the example. Every body is lazy! Every body
"I am ready,” said Emma, "whenever I am wanted.“
"Whom are you going to dance with?” asked Mr. Knightley.
She hesitated a moment, and then replied, "With you, if you will ask me.“
"Will you?” said he, offering his hand.
“Indeed I will. You have shown that you can dance, and you know we
are not really so much brother and sister as to make it at all
Emma Woodhouse se describe como “hermosa, lista y rica” pero también es muy curiosa, cuando su institutriz, la señorita Taylor, que era su amiga y confidente, decide casarse Emma queda sola y cree en su propio dilema de casamentera. Esta novela ha tenido tres adaptaciones cinematográficos entre ellas la adaptación tipo comedia romántica, “Clueless” como “ Ni idea” en América latina.
You know maybe I should have just said relationships since they all
turn complicated sooner or later. Anyway this overgrown note to myself
has three main types of complicated. Hopefully (if you are a writer) you’ll find this useful :)
Lets start with family:
should be easy, they are a characters first bonds, they share blood,
history, characteristics, personality. Raised together, played together,
In many cases this bond should be strong enough to stand the
test of time, but then life happens and lets say it as it is life isn’t
A good example of this are Thor and Loki (from the
Marvel Universe, based on the Norse gods of the same name). They are
raised as brothers and their bond is strong well into adulthood. Their
differences only help them it would seem, but that all changes when Loki
finds out he is adopted. Well more rescued from being adandoned on a
frozen rock. He also discovers he is not an Asgardian but a Jotun. It is
then that he starts to dislike Thor’s ease and the fact that he is the
heir while Loki himself is an outcast. He lets that fester and when he
attacks Thor the older one of the duo does not know where this dislike
comes from (he was not told of Loki’s discovery). This is the beginning
of one of the best known love-hate relationships between brothers in
modern fictional history.
Now on to friendship:
I don’t know who said friends are the family we chose ourselves, it is a lovely sentiment, but wildly optimistic.
first when you find a good match between characters that is the perfect
opportunity to have them bond, but if you want to keep it interesting
you have to introduce conflict or you will soon have tooth rotting
A good example of a complicated friendship is that
of Emma and Harriet Smith (Emma by Jane Austen). Emma, who is a bit lost
after her governess gets married, meets a girl her age from a poorer
background. Now this story is set in the early 19th century so you can’t
just be friends with everyone, add to that that there is little choice
in a small village. So Harriet is uncomplicated and fun, yet less
quickwitted and educated then Emma. This means Emma is in a way at an
advantage and she seeks to make Harriets life better by finding her a
good husband (a genuine concern if you wanted security in the early 19th
century). She however goes a little overboard and soon Harriet is so
confused she sets her sights on the man Emma loves and you guessed it
things just got difficult. On the one hand Emma can’t blame her, since
Harriet does not know how she feels, but on the other it just becomes
painfully clear how unequal they are and always have been.
And lastly, romance:
Now much has already been writing about this one, but it is such rewarding topic.
The fact is that when romance and marriage is involved and something
goes wrong the feeling of betrayal is much keener which makes for
A good example is the relationship
of Cosimo de Medici and Contessina de Bardi in Medici: masters of
Florence. They are a real couple and by renaissance Italian standards
their marriage was a roaring success. In their 49 years together he only
strayed once, which is extremely rare given that he and Contessina’s
marriage was an arranged one. He never strayed again and she had
influence beyond what could be expected at the time. Which shows that he
This of course would not have added anything to
the story and so they gave Cosimo a failed love affair before he first
met his future wife. He wasn’t over it and it clouded his marriage for
the coming 20 years. Yet he and his wife are a perfect match and so they
have found another as to work to strengthen their family, their bank
and the city of Florence. He oddly enough is the last one to notice. Yet
from day one there seems to be this pull that brings them together (as
seen from the gifs below) and proves they would have been well if he
hadn’t had his heart broken first.
This last one is from a TV series, but there is still the element of storytelling present. Which is why I picked this example.