It is a truth universally acknowledged that a reader in possession of Austen novels must be in want of a podcast. Hosts Catrina and Elle are lit majors who love reading these books through a modern and historic lens.
Frank Churchill Stirs Up Drama
Emma Chapters 39-43
There is some drama in Highbury! First, Harriet gets the crap scared out of her. Then Mr. Knightley catches Frank Churchill in a lie. Frank angers Jane Fairfax in front of everyone. Mrs. Elton does exactly what Jane asked her not to do and Jane is so mad she leaves a party. Then Frank shows up and is a real jerkface. But in the end, it is Emma who is the real bully.
This week Elle and Catrina agree that the entire book should have been written from Mr. Knightley's point of view because that man knows how to pay attention to what is going on around him.
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Let's have a ball!
Emma Chapters 34 - 38
This week Emma tries, once again, to "be a better friend" to Jane Fairfax. She must host a dinner for the new Mrs. Elton. During this dinner, we find out that Frank Churchill is coming back to Highbury! This means they can finally have the ball!
Elle and Catrina start to get excited about where the story is going. Finally, there is some action, flirting, and mystery. What's more, Mr. Knightley does something really nice, and Emma legit compliments him for it! That's what we call progress!
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Mrs. Elton's Pompous Personality
Emma Chapters 29-33
This week Frank and Emma conspire to have a ball. But, of course, things don't exactly go according to plan. Suddenly Mrs. Churchill is ill and cannot be without Frank. So, he must leave and the ball must be cancelled. Wait... was that an almost proposal?! Don't worry you'll forget all about it when Mrs. Elton finally shows up!
Elle has some opinions about Frank's true intentions. Catrina latches on to the truth that Austen wrote about men and their messes.
So Much Piano Drama
Emma Chapters 25 - 28
Someone has purchased Jane Fairfax a pianoforte and it has caused quite a stir. Emma attends a party and hears that a mystery person has gifted Jane with a pianoforte, which is quite a gift. Nearly everyone believes that it is from the Campbells, but Emma suspects otherwise. After all, there are the Dixon's to consider.
Catrina and Elle discuss this mysterious gift and all the excitement is has sparked in Highbury. Also, Elle has a theory about who actually purchased the piano - and it will certainly come to a surprise for Ms Woodhouse.
Jane Fairfax and Frank Churchill Arrive in Highbury
Emma Chapters 19-24
Listeners, we finally meet Jane Fairfax! What's more, we also finally meet Frank Churchill! Now we can start to understand all the memes.
Elle and Catrina discuss how the introduction of these new characters changes things around Highbury. Emma starts to suspect that Jane isn't visiting for the reasons she is claiming and tries to get information to confirm her suspicions. All the while, Elle and Catrina start to suspect that Frank Churchill will shake things up in this small town.
Also, Mr. Elton gets married, Harriet has an awkward meeting with the Martins, and both hosts would like to kill Ms. Bates and Mr. Woodhouse for talking so long about pork.
When Matchmaking Goes Awry
Emma Chapters 14-18
It's Christmas time in Highbury and the Woodhouse family, Knightley's in tow, are going to spend Christmas Eve with the Weston's at Randalls. Despite the complaining of snow and cold, everyone has a splendid time - until Emma manages to be left alone in a carriage with Mr. Elton.
Elle and Catrina discuss the family dynamic, Mr. Elton's unwanted confession, and Emma's small semblance of growth. But, most importantly, they talk about the most ridiculous argument between Emma and Knightley in the book (so far).
Book Club on the Go
Great review and banter! I enjoy the analysis of the book, historical connections, and insights. It’s like I’m participating in a book club that fits on my time.
A fun analysis podcast for any fans of Austen or period dramas! Loving the insight I’m getting for one of my favorite books!