Mrs Elton: The wedding was charming, if a little gauche

The final paragraph of Emma is devoted to a poke at Mrs Elton. Not only is she not invited to the wedding (not a “true friend”) she entirely misses the point that the couples happiness is more important than “finery or parade.”

The wedding was very much like other weddings, where the parties have no taste for finery or parade; and Mrs. Elton, from the particulars detailed by her husband, thought it all extremely shabby, and very inferior to her own.—“Very little white satin, very few lace veils; a most pitiful business!—Selina would stare when she heard of it.”—But, in spite of these deficiencies, the wishes, the hopes, the confidence, the predictions of the small band of true friends who witnessed the ceremony, were fully answered in the perfect happiness of the union.”

Jane Austen, Emma, C55

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Video and Audio from Emma 1996

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