How true that saying is for Emma! One would think that a doting husband, comfortable home, many amenities and a beautiful little girl would be enough, but NO. Emma wants a more handsome husband, better clothes, and adventure. Time and time again Emma shows us that whatever she has is just not good enough, and as a result, she gets deeper and deeper into her quagmire of deceit and debt.
What really made me slap my head in disbelief, however, was when Emma spent most of Part II, Chapter 10 musing about how perfect things had been when she was single, living with her father. How perfect the summer evenings were. The galloping colts were so idyllic. The bumblebees “struck against her window like rebounding balls of gold.” “What happiness there had been at that time, what freedom, what hope!”
Emma – you are crazy! You weren’t happy then, you aren’t happy now, and golly, I’m guessing you won’t be happy in Part III. Don’t you just want to tell her to “stop and smell the roses?!”