For my independent reading book I have been reading “Emma” by Jane Austen. The book is about Emma a young woman who is very bright and very beautiful and about her coming of age. She is so beautiful and so smart things are just hand it to her it’s about her being able to see things truly. There is one quote in the beginning book that spoke to me. In this part of the book Her dad and his friend are having a conversation about how she’s becoming a young woman and should find the right man. Throughout the whole Conversation they discuss how being smart is not enough for a young woman of her age and she needs to settle down. He says,
At ten years old, she had the misfortune of being able to answer questions which puzzled her sister at seventeen. (p. 29)
It spoke to me because by saying it was a misfortune she was that smart is saying she is not good for anything but her looks. Now although that is disrespect towards her. The fact is she’s never been the type to take it personally she would never get offended. She knew that most people are jealous of how she was smarter than them or prettier than them. She wouldn’t take it to heart because at the end of the day she knew she could be both an independent strong woman and have a lovely and caring man.