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Category: Education | Type: Historical | Title: Emma (in Context) | Author: Jane Austen | Vol: Volume I | Ch: Chapter V

Lists born of good intentions. Emma has not read much, has been educated at home, where she dominated Miss Taylor, and can learn little from her father, who we've been told doesn't read. That leaves her only with experience itself and inevitable blunders. 

Whether or not Emma is diligent, the question remains as to just how effective reading can be in "improving" us morally. (Austen explains her own position with respect to fiction in Northanger Abbey.)

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