Emma: A Fragment of a Story


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(4.2 stars; 7 reviews)

Miss Mabel Wilcox, the owner of a newly opened girl's boarding school, meets the wealthy Mr. Conway Fitzgibbon, who drops off his frail daughter to be educated there. When background checks are made, it is discovered that no well-to-do family by the name of Fitzgibbon exists! Supposed Matilda Fitzgibbon is a pseudo-heiress - a fake! What is Miss Wilcox to do?

Published posthumously and prefaced by Charlotte Brontë's editor, W. M. Thackeray, these two chapters are the only existing fragments of Emma, the novel Brontë worked on until her untimely death. Since then, it has been "completed" twice by other authors - Summary by Mary Kay (0 hr 43 min)

Chapters

Preface: The Last Sketch 10:16 Read by Oxenhandler
Chapter I 11:31 Read by Beth Thomas
Chapter II 21:33 Read by Beth Thomas

Reviews

Such a shame

(5 stars)

It's heartbreaking to know that Charlotte never had the chance to finish this. Just from these two chapters I am drawn in, it's reminiscent of Jane Eyre and Villette in turns of character and intrigue and it's horrifying to know I will never get the finish thing as she meant it to be. Thackerays preface is perfect and 100% does Charlotte justice