Emma’s development from a clever girl into an intelligent woman includes a growing appreciation for tenderness and sensitivity to others. Here she notes the charm of tenderness.

”There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart,’ said she afterwards to herself.’

 

Source: Jane Austen, Emma, intro. by Penelope Fitzgerald (Oxford: Oxford World’s Classics, 1999), p. 247

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