Jane Austen’s Emma — Journal Prompt #4

characters talking about themselves in 3rd person POV in Jane Austen's Emma

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In the following quote: “Mr. Woodhouse was almost as much interested in the business as the girls, and tried very often to recollect something worth their putting in. ‘So many clever riddles as there used to be when he was young–he wondered he could not remember them! but hoped he should in time.’” Mr. Woodhouse appears to be talking about himself in the third person point of view. What’s strange about that? Can you find three other instances, in the novel Emma, in which a character seems to speak of themselves, using the third person point of view? Quote these (and give their page numbers) and offer an explanation for why you think Jane Austen wrote these segments using third person POV.


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