Young and beautiful Emma Woodhouse meddles in the love lives of her friends. After convincing her companion Harriet Smith to break off her engagement to a man Emma believes to be too common, a series of misunderstandings eventually teaches Emma that she doesn't know what's best for everyone. She then finds happiness with her beloved Mr. Knightley.
Emma's governess, Miss Taylor, marries. Having introduced Miss Taylor to her husband, Emma feels overconfident about her match-making abilities. She takes the young, susceptible Harriet Smith under her wing and convinces her not to marry Robert Martin, a prosperous and intelligent farmer whom Emma doesn't think fashionable enough to marry.
A series of romantic misunderstandings takes place. Emma assumes that Elton wants to marry Harriet, but in fact Elton wants Emma. Frank Churchill also tries to court her, but Emma falls for Mr. Knightley, whom everyone believes to love Jane Fairfax.
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(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)
The forces that shape the dramatic action in Emma are described by Austen in the book’s opening paragraphs; they are the qualities possessed by Emma Woodhouse herself. In this novel, Austen turns her satiric talents to a portrait of a wealthy young woman with “a disposition to think a little too well of herself,” who has yet to acquire the sensitivity to realize that the emotional lives of her companions are not toys for her own amusement.
With an adoring, widowed father and an indulgent companion, Emma has reached early adulthood secure in the belief that she knows what is best for those around her. When her companion marries, Emma replaces her with Harriet Smith, an impressionable young girl from a local school, and quickly decides that the girl’s fiancé, a farmer, is beneath her. Persuading Harriet to break off the engagement, despite the misgivings of Emma’s admiring friend, Mr. Knightley, Emma sets in motion a chain of romantic misunderstandings that will come close to ruining Harriet’s chances for happiness. After playing with the romantic futures of several of her acquaintances, Emma at last recognizes the dangers of her interference and realizes that her own chance for happiness has existed within her grasp for some time in the person of Mr. Knightley.
Emma is one of Austen’s best novels, with some critics holding it in higher regard than Pride and Prejudice. In Emma Woodhouse, Austen has created one of her most memorable heroines, a willful, headstrong, yet fundamentally well-intentioned young woman whose intelligence and energy need the tempering of experience before she can be judged truly mature. She gains this experience through her relationship with Harriet when her manipulations backfire and she finds that Harriet believes herself to be in love with Mr. Knightley. With the force of a revelation, the truth of what she has done comes to Emma, along with the realization that she loves Knightley herself. As Austen writes, “Her own conduct, as well as her own heart, was before her in the same few minutes.” Seeing herself and her actions clearly for the first time, Emma is forced into difficult but necessary self-doubt and self-examination, a new but ultimately valuable experience for a young woman who has never before had cause to doubt her own judgment.
That Emma will learn from her mistakes is clear, and her happiness with Knightley, who has known and admired her since childhood, seems assured. Emma is Austen’s commentary on how little anyone knows about the workings of another’s heart and affections, and her heroine’s painful lesson is evidence of her creator’s wisdom.
(Critical Survey of Literature for Students)
Emma Woodhouse, a rich, clever, and beautiful young woman, has just seen her friend, companion, and former governess, Miss Taylor, married to a neighboring widower, Mr. Weston. While the match is suitable in every way, Emma cannot help sighing over her loss, for now only she and her father are left at Hartfield. Mr. Woodhouse is too old and too fond of worrying about trivialities to be a sufficient companion for his daughter.
The Woodhouses are the great family in the village of Highbury. In their small circle of friends, there are enough middle-age ladies to make up card tables for Mr. Woodhouse, but there is no young lady to be a friend and confidant to Emma. Lonely for her beloved Miss Taylor, now Mrs. Weston, Emma takes under her wing Harriet Smith, the parlor boarder at a nearby boarding school. Although not in the least brilliant, Harriet is a pretty seventeen-year-old girl with pleasing, unassuming manners and a gratifying habit of looking up to Emma as a paragon.
Harriet is the natural daughter of some unknown person; Emma, believing that the girl might be of noble family, persuades her that the society in which she has moved is not good enough for her. She encourages Harriet to give up her acquaintance with the Martin family, respectable farmers of some substance though of no fashion. Instead of thinking of Robert Martin as a husband for Harriet, Emma influences the girl to aspire to the Reverend Philip Elton, the young rector.
Emma believes from Elton’s manner that he is beginning to fall in love with Harriet, and she flatters herself on her matchmaking schemes. Her landowner neighbor George Knightley, the brother of a London lawyer married to Emma’s older sister and one of the few people who can see Emma’s faults, is concerned about her intimacy with Harriet. He warns her that no good can come of it for either Harriet or herself, and he is particularly upset when he learns that Emma has influenced Harriet to turn down Martin’s proposal of marriage. Emma herself suffers from no such qualms, for she is certain that Elton is as much in love with Harriet as Harriet—through Emma’s encouragement—is with him. Emma suffers a rude awakening when Elton, finding her alone, asks her to marry him. She suddenly realizes that what she had taken for gallantries to Harriet had been meant for herself. Elton has taken what Emma had intended as encouragement to his pursuit of Harriet as encouragement to aspire for her own hand. His presumption is bad enough, but the task of breaking the news to Harriet is much worse.
Another disappointment occurs in Emma’s circle. Frank Churchill, who has promised for months to come to see his father and new stepmother, again puts off his visit. Frank, Mr. Weston’s son by a first marriage, has taken the name of his mother’s family. Knightley believes that the young man now feels superior to his father. Emma argues with Knightley, but she finds herself secretly agreeing with him. Although the Hartfield circle is denied Frank’s company, it does acquire an addition in the person of Jane Fairfax, a niece of the garrulous Miss Bates. Jane rivals Emma in beauty and accomplishment; this is one reason why, as Knightley hints, Emma has never been friendly with her. Emma blames Jane’s reserve for their somewhat cool relationship.
Soon after Jane’s arrival, the Westons receive a letter from Frank that sets another date for his visit. This time he actually appears, and Emma finds him a handsome, well-bred young man. He frequently calls on the Woodhouses and also on the Bates family, because of a prior acquaintance with Jane. Emma, rather than Jane, is the recipient of Frank’s gallantries, however, and Emma can see that the Westons are hoping that the romance will prosper.
About this time, Jane receives the handsome but anonymous gift of a pianoforte. It is presumed to have come from wealthy friends with whom Jane, who is an orphan, has lived, but Jane seems embarrassed at the present and refuses to discuss it. After Mrs. Weston points out to Emma that Knightley seems to show great preference and concern for Jane, Emma begins to wonder if the gift has come from him. Emma cannot bear to think of Knightley’s marrying Jane; after observing them together, she concludes to her own satisfaction that he is motivated by friendship, not love.
It is now time for Frank to end his visit, and he departs with seeming reluctance. During his last call at Hartfield, he appears desirous of telling Emma something of a serious nature; but she, believing him to be on the verge of a declaration of love, does not encourage him because in her daydreams she always sees herself refusing him and their love ending in quiet friendship.
Elton returns to the village with a hastily wooed and wedded bride, a lady of small fortune, extremely bad manners, and great pretensions to elegance. Harriet, who had been talked into love by Emma, cannot be so easily talked out of it. What Emma has failed to accomplish, however, Elton’s marriage does, and Harriet at last begins to recover. Her recovery is aided by Elton’s rudeness to her at a ball. When he refuses to dance with her, Knightley, who rarely dances, offers himself as a partner, and Harriet, without Emma’s knowledge, begins to think of him instead of Elton. Emma has actually begun to think of Frank as a husband for Harriet, but she resolves to do nothing to promote the match. Through a series of misinterpretations, Emma thinks Harriet was praising Frank when she was really referring to Knightley.
The romantic entanglement is further complicated because Mrs. Weston continues to believe that Knightley is becoming attached to Jane. In his turn, Knightley sees signs of some secret agreement between Jane and Frank. His suspicions are finally justified when Frank confesses to Mr. and Mrs. Weston that he and Jane have been secretly engaged since October. The Westons’ first thought is for Emma, for they fear that their stepson’s attentions to her might have had their effect. Emma assures Mrs. Weston that she had at one time felt some slight attachment to Frank, but that time is now safely past. Her chief concerns now are that she has said things about Jane to Frank that she would not have said had she known of their engagement, and also that she has, as she believes, encouraged Harriet in another fruitless attachment.
When she goes to break the news of Frank’s engagement gently to Harriet, however, Emma finds her quite unperturbed by it; after a few minutes of talking at cross-purposes, Emma learns that it is not Frank but Knightley upon whom Harriet has now bestowed her affections. When she tells Emma that she has reasons to believe that Knightley returns her sentiments, Emma suddenly realizes the state of her own heart; she herself loves Knightley. She now wishes she had never seen Harriet. Aside from wanting to marry Knightley herself, she knows a match between him and Harriet would be an unequal one, hardly likely to bring happiness to either.
Emma’s worry over this state of affairs ends when Knightley asks her to marry him. Her complete happiness is marred only by her knowing that the marriage will upset her father, who dislikes change of any kind; she is also aware that she has unknowingly prepared Harriet for another disappointment. The first problem is solved when Emma and Knightley decide to reside at Hartfield with Mr. Woodhouse as long as he lives. Harriet’s situation remains problematic; when Knightley was paying attention to her, he was really trying to determine the real state of her affections for his young farm tenant. Consequently, Knightley is able to announce one morning that Robert Martin has again offered himself to Harriet and has been accepted. Emma is overjoyed that Harriet’s future is now assured. She can reflect that all parties concerned have married according to their stations, a prerequisite for their true happiness.
When she was young, Emma lived with her stepbrother, stepfather and mother. and was very happy, sharing a close relationship with her stepbrother (neither she nor Hal had any close friends), and as children they would play "house" and pretend to be husband and wife. However, circa 1997, Emma became distanced from Hal after a tragic incident in which her stepfather committed suicide by drowning.    The then-six year old almost died herself, after being dragged underwater.  She had called desperately for Hal, but Hal hadn't heard her (as Hal had been sleeping with Emma's mother at the time, something that Emma briefly witnessed  ), and thus didn't come to help. Emma was scarred by the experience and developed an intense aquaphobia. 
Hal left home following the incident, and Emma blamed him for abandoning the family when they needed him the most.  As a result of this, she carried a deep resentment for her brother. Afterwards, Emma's mother took her to England and raised her there. After returning home to England, her mother married a businessman named Robinson. Several years later, just before graduating from high school, Emma injured Robinson in self-defense during an alleged sexual assault on her person.  As a result of this incident, she followed in the footsteps of her brother, and left home to enroll in Oxford, where she studied artificial intelligence and complex logic.
At this point, she was extremely angered by the fact that her brother failed to protect her. Consequently, she lost all family connections and became extremely resentful. While attending Oxford, she was noted for her success in a deciphering event sponsored by British GCHQ.
On January 24, 2000, Emma, now the leader of a notorious cracker group, assisted in a signal data hacking assault on the NSA facility in Fort Meade. which suffered a total system shutdown for a 73-hour period. The result was a full review of NSA's safety measures, which in turn led to the decision to shift the data-gathering operations to an isolated location that would be safe from physical attack as well as cyber-terrorism (in other words, the start of the Arsenal Gear project). 
After the NSA attack, she was approached by the NSA for her computer genius which would be extremely useful in intelligence. Although she didn't join at first, the government leaked her the details of her brother's involvement in 2005. Having a chance to get back at her brother, she joined them. As a test of her skill she was involved as one of the key crackers (professional hackers) in an incident that is famous among hackers. In 2007. Emma leaked information about Metal Gear RAY to Philanthropy of which Hal was a member under the name E.E.  It was also suspected that she may have leaked it to frame her brother, Otacon, as part of her grudge against him.  In the aftermath, she also was responsible for designing the system architecture for the Big Shell oil-cleanup facility, which had been created under the premise that Philanthropy had caused an ecological disaster by attacking a tanker. 
As she grew up, Emma's remarkable talent for computers and technology became apparent. She was eventually recruited by the Patriots and set to work on programming GW, a highly advanced AI which would be used by the Patriots to control the flow of digital information and the imparting of "memes" between the generations. Despite working for them, Emma knew very little about the organization and its aims.
In 2009. Emma Emmerich was a hostage when the Big Shell facility developing the armed mobile fortress which would house the GW AI was captured. During her time as a hostage, the Sons of Liberty terrorist group also injected a drug (artificially synthesized phenobarbital) into her system so they could find out how to hack into GW. Although she knew that a test was going to be conducted at the Big Shell, she did not know that the terrorist leader Solidus Snake 's takeover of the Big Shell was part of the test in question. FOXHOUND operative Raiden was sent to rescue her, which Raiden did after navigating a collapsed passage, which was flooded with water, and defeating Dead Cell member Vamp. During this time, Emma held out on her own by barricading herself in the locker room. Raiden rescued her after dispatching Vamp for the second time, although she was afraid that Raiden was a member of the terrorist group and trying to trick her into being relocated. Similar to her stepbrother Otacon in 2005. Emma wet herself upon being confronted by an armed stranger. She eventually realized that Raiden was trying to save her when the latter showed her the Codec nanomachines and is not a member of the Sons of Liberty. Despite this, however, she still stubbornly refused to swim as a means to escape, due to her aquaphobia. Eventually, Raiden helped Emma to overcome her phobia, and the two of them made it back to the stable section of the Big Shell.
In order to meet with Solid Snake and Otacon, Emma had to cross a series of oil fences, since the main bridge connecting the two halves of the facility had collapsed due to Raiden's previous fight with the terrorists' Harrier. Snake and Raiden covered her progress by taking up sniper positions against Gun Cyphers and the guards. While crossing the fence, Emma encountered a mercenary that was somewhat dumbfounded upon finding a girl in the facility, but decided to let her go due to "ancient history ." As Emma neared the end of the final pipe, however, she was attacked by Vamp. Although Raiden "killed" Vamp with sniper shooting, Vamp stabbed Emma while using her as a human shield moments before getting shot. The stab wound was estimated by Snake to have pierced her intestinal tract, and be as large as the actual wound. 
Snake carried Emma to the computer room in the Shell 1 Core, where she could upload a worm cluster that would disable GW, and it was there that she was reunited with her brother. Despite the best efforts of Snake and Otacon, her bleeding wouldn't stop, as she needed abdominal surgery, something that was not available. Suffering from massive internal hemorrhaging, Otacon held his sister, trying to console her. Even when the worm's upload progress abruptly halted at ninety percent, and it seemed uncertain that it would work, Otacon kept telling her that everything was alright. Emma then told Otacon that she had become involved in Arsenal Gear's development not to hurt Otacon, but so that her brother would "look at [her] as a woman" to which Otacon responded that "[He] could never do that." As a final wish, while reaching up and taking her brother's glasses from his face, she asked her brother to call her "Emma" before passing away.After death
Moments after Emma's passing, Otacon broke down emotionally and revealed that the affair with Emma's mother had caused his own father to commit suicide (as the drowning was not an accident). As a booming voice echoed through the room's loudspeakers, warning of Arsenal Gear's eventual departure, Otacon regained composure, albeit reluctantly, and proceeded to rescue the hostages before the Big Shell's collapse, leaving his sister as the water consumed both her and the entirety of the facility. The Colonel AI later mimicked Emma's voice while speaking to Raiden during the showdown with Solidus.
In 2014. Sunny used Emma's worm cluster data that was found within the virtual library of the Nomad to perfect Naomi Hunter 's prototype virus used to eliminate all of the Patriots’ AIs. but left certain key factors in the world intact.Personality and traits
Emma Emmerich in 2009.
Although Emma wore glasses, she never actually needed them, as she did so in imitation of her brother.
Feeling as though her beloved brother had abandoned her in her youth, Emma grew up resentful of Otacon, and desired some form of revenge. She decided to do this by beating him at his own game, in this case, his aptitude for computer technology, and willingly joined the Arsenal Gear project to work as an AI developer. When accused of being a criminal by Otacon, she retorted that he was the same, having illegally modified their shared Internet account, sometime prior to the Big Shell Incident, as an example of his hacking activities. She also claimed that science was to be used for accomplishing one's own dreams, in response to Otacon's view that science should benefit the world. However, Snake, when hearing this comment from Emma, also stated that was the "line that scientists were never meant to cross," and felt she was speaking with her mind, rather than her heart.
Emma had an intense fear of bugs, as refused to pass through a sea lice -infested hallway of the Big Shell, until they were cleared away by Raiden. She also posssessed severe aquaphobia, a fear of water, due to the trauma of the accident that resulted in her stepfather Huey Emmerich's death and nearly her own. The aquaphobia was severe enough that she was unwilling to even wear a bathing suit. She also was nervous around heights, although she considered it lower on her phobia list than water. Indeed, when informed by Raiden about the height of a ladder that they needed to climb down, she briefly turned away and considered saying no about wanting to climb down.
Emma owned a parrot during the Big Shell Incident.Behind the scenes Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
Emma Emmerich concept art.
The name Emma Emmerich Danziger ( エマ・エメリッヒ・ダンジガー. Ema Emerihhi Danjigā ? ) is a reference to the scientist Dr. E.E. Danziger, from the novel Time and Again . Her first name is also the same as the EMMA pulse theory, which formed part of Solidus Snake's supposed plan for Arsenal Gear.
Upon returning to the Shell 2 Core B1 Filtration Chamber 2, with Emma in tow, if the player saves the game, Rosemary (Raiden's girlfriend) becomes jealous of the attention Raiden gives Emma, accusing Raiden of being attracted to her, with Raiden admitting finding Emma cute. If the player presses the R1 button during a Codec conversation with Emma (while she is speaking), Raiden's thoughts will say "How cute!"; Raiden also thinks the same of Rosemary.
When Emma is crossing the Strut L Oil Fence, the player can use to directional microphone to hear several different conversations:
An Emma Emmerich-look alike female volunteer soldier in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker .
At one point, if Raiden interacted with her pet parrot, it will say "Venus in Cancer." In the Japanese version, her parrot actually says "Venusian Crab", referring to a character in the movie It Conquered the World. However, the reference was lost in translation. If the player tranquilizes Emma with the M9, she can be heard to say "Venus in Cancer" in her sleep, if contacted by Codec. "Venus in Cancer" is also the zodiacal correspondence of the two of cups in Aleister Crowley's Thoth tarot deck, which is also called "Love." This may be a reference to Emma's true feelings for her brother as both "Hal" and "Venus in Cancer" are repeated frequently by her parrot.
During her explanation on what she knows of the Patriots' plans, she briefly mentions that the 26-letter alphabet could have had 30 letters at one point before the Patriots edited the other letters out. This was a subtle reference to the Japanese alphabet and the characters "La Li Lu Le Lo," which acted as the Patriots censored codename via nanomachine implants.
Like Otacon, Emma also had a poster of Policenauts in her office. In an optional Codec conversation, Raiden tells Rosemary "What kind of dork brings all this stuff to work? Must be a super freak!"
The total system shutdown at the NSA facility in Fort Meade in January 2000 was based on a real life incident. 
In Hideo Kojima 's "Grand Game Plan" for Metal Gear Solid 2. Emma would have been captured by the enemy, and Snake and Raiden would have also been tortured by Fortune and Vamp (the former seemingly dying from the injuries and the latter via sodium pentothal) after their attempt to rescue her backfired, and she would have ended up dying from the torture. In addition, she would not have been fooled by the Cyborg Ninja and deduced that it was one of Arsenal Gear's illusions. Although this was ultimately cut from the final version of the game, a similar sequence was later shown in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater involving Nikolai Stepanovich Sokolov. Naked Snake. and Yevgeny Borisovitch Volgin.
Emma Emmerich's character shares several similarities with that of Naomi Hunter.
In the Metal Gear Solid novelization by Raymond Benson, Otacon briefly referenced Emma after he and Snake first meet. 
A volunteer female soldier in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker shares a resemblance with Emma.Appearances Notes and references
"Nicknamed E. E. A specialist in computers, she designed the system architecture of the Big Shell. Afraid of water due to a traumatic childhood experience. "No, it's not like that. I like glasses. And. there's this guy I liked who used to wear them. " " ―Emma Emmerich card description