English verdure, English culture, English comfort,

Category: Places | Type: Discussion | Title: Emma (in Context) | Author: Jane Austen | Vol: Volume III | Ch: Chapter VI

A hymn to pastoral Englishness, to English "culture" (in the sense of indigenous plants, geology, and cultivation), in the tradition of poems by Thomson and Cowper.

As with Emma's looking out of Ford's shop onto the village street, this is a quiet turning-point in her gazing warmly upon a specific scene whose center of gravity is not herself. She is only an observer. She quietly comes to an appreciation of Martin's Abbey Mill Farm bordering Knightley's land and through the landscape the bond between the two men. 

And, at last, it's spring.


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