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Emma e-text contains the full text of Emma by Jane Austen.
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The conservative mode of Austen and Heckerling is not exclusive. Both Emma and Cher exert a certain expression of individual will that is socially accepted, though not socially governed. They are constructs of their societies, but strive for a compromise between the expectations of their surroundings and their own desires. Emma achieves a measure of freedom and independence in marriage. In union with George Knightley, Emma will retain her social standing and wealth, and be in a position to fulfil her social responsibility and exercise her position in the Highbury community. Emma’s triumph is slightly amplified by Knightley’s decision to move in with the Woodhouses: a small concession to a quietly emerging feminist movement, in an otherwise paternal, hegemonic text. Cher’s triumph of individuality lies in the general social acceptance of herself, without seeking conformation. Her individuality is not compromised by her relationship with Josh.