<Edition>The Novels of Jane Austen. R. W. Chapman, ed. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1926</Edition>
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Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with
a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to
unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had
lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little
to distress or vex her.
She was the youngest of the two daughters of a most
affectionate, indulgent father, and had, in consequence of
her sister's marriage, been mistress of his house from
a very early period. Her mother had died too long ago
for her to have more than an indistinct remembrance of
her caresses, and her place had been supplied by an excellent
woman as governess, who had fallen little short of
a mother in affection.
Sixteen years had Miss Taylor been in Mr . . .