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Course Hero Literature Instructor Russell Jaffe explains the main characters in Jane Austen's novel Emma.
|Emma Woodhouse||Miss Emma Woodhouse is a 21-year-old, single gentlewoman of means who overestimates her power to discern the hearts of others and has limited knowledge of her own heart. Read More|
|Mr. Knightley||A gentleman in his late 30s, Mr. George Knightley lives on a nearby estate and has been a close family friend of the Woodhouses for many years. He has secretly loved Emma since she was 13 years old. Read More|
|Mr. Woodhouse||Mr. Woodhouse is Emma's father. He is a hypochondriac who believes that people should stay indoors as much as possible and eat plain food in small quantities. Read More|
|Harriet Smith||Miss Harriet Smith is a woman of uncertain origin who is the illegitimate child of some wealthy person. Read More|
|Mr. Elton||Mr. Philip Elton, a handsome clergyman (vicar) in his 20s, is somewhat new to the village of Highbury. Although he has some property, he wishes to marry a woman of means. Read More|
|Frank Churchill||Mr. Frank Churchill is the son of Mr. (Captain) Weston. When he was a child, he was adopted by his deceased mother's rich brother and his wife. Read More|
|Jane Fairfax||Jane Fairfax is an orphan who was mentored and educated by Colonel and Mrs. Campbell. She is well educated and talented. She is an object of Emma's envy. Read More|
|Mrs. Weston||Mrs. Weston (the former Miss Anne Taylor) became Emma's governess and companion after Emma lost her mother at age five.|
|Mr. Weston||Mr. (Captain) Weston left the military and went into trade. While in the military, he met and married Miss Churchill, a Yorkshire woman from a great family. After they had a son, Weston's wife died, so he allowed the wealthy Churchills to raise his son, Frank, so that Frank could inherit their property.|
|Isabella Knightley||Mrs. Isabella (Woodhouse) Knightley, Emma's older sister, is married to Mr. John Knightley.|
|Mr. John Knightley||Mr. John Knightley is Emma's brother-in-law, Mr. George Knightley's younger brother, and a practicing lawyer.|
|Miss Bates||Miss Bates is a poor spinster who lives with her mother and has financially come down in the world, although she is a gentlewoman like Emma.|
|Mrs. Bates||Mrs. Bates is the mother of Miss Bates and the grandmother of Jane Fairfax. She is slightly deaf.|
|Mr. Robert Martin||Mr. Robert Martin is a farmer who is in love with Harriet Smith. A yeoman farmer who rents his land, he is not considered to be a gentleman.|
|Miss Martin||Miss Elizabeth Martin is one of Robert's sisters.|
|Mrs. Goddard||Mrs. Goddard runs the ladies' boarding school and has Harriet Smith as a pupil and parlor boarder.|
|Mrs. Elton||Mrs. Elton (the former Miss Augusta Hawkins), a social climber from Bath, is the wife of Mr. Elton. She brings money to the marriage, but she is overbearing and ill-mannered.|
|Colonel Campbell||Colonel Campbell was a friend of Jane Fairfax's late father. He and his wife take Jane under their wing and educate her from the age of nine.|
|Mrs. Dixon||Mrs. Dixon (the former Miss Campbell) is a good friend of Jane Fairfax.|
|Mr. Dixon||Mr. Dixon is the Irishman whom the Campbells' daughter marries.|
|Mr. Cole||Mr. Cole is a tradesman who has made a lot of money and is now aspiring to be gentry.|
|Mr. Perry||Mr. Perry is an apothecary—the general medical practitioner—who looks after the health of people in the village of Highbury. Mr. Woodhouse sees Mr. Perry quite often.|