Emma script
Emma (1996)
Synopsis: In this adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel, pretty socialite Emma Woodhouse (Gwyneth Paltrow) entertains herself by playing matchmaker for those around her. Her latest "project" is Harriet Smith, an unpretentious debutant, while Emma herself receives the attentions of the dashing Frank Churchill (Ewan McGregor). However, Emma's attempts at matchmaking cause more problems than solutions and may ultimately jeopardize her own chance at love and happiness.

MR KNIGHTLEY:

You must be happy that she settled so well.

EMMA:

Indeed! One matter of joy in this is that I made the match myself. People

said Mr Weston would never marry again, and what a triumph!

MR KNIGHTLEY:

Triumph! You made a lucky guess!

EMMA:

Have you never known a triumph from a lucky guess? Had I not promoted Mr

Weston's visits, and given encouragement where encouragement was needed, we

might not have had a wedding today.

MR WOODHOUSE:

Then please, my dear, encourage nowhere else. Marriage is so disrupting to

one's social circle.

EMMA:

Only one more, papa. When Mr Elton joined their hands today, he looked very

much like he would like the same kind of office performed for him.

MR KNIGHTLEY:

*sigh*

MR WOODHOUSE:

Invite him for dinner. That is kindness enough.

MR KNIGHTLEY:

Mr Elton is a man of twenty-six. He knows how to take care of himself.

EMMA:

One does not like to generalize about so many people all at once, Mr

Knightley, but you may be sure that men know nothing of their hearts,

whether they be six and twenty, or six and eighty. Except you, of course,

father. No, Mr Elton will be the next person to benefit from my help.

MR KNIGHTLEY:

Poor Miss Taylor indeed! 'Tis Mr Elton which deserves our pity.

SCENE 3-PARTY AT HARTFIELD

EMMA:

Mr Elton! Welcome to our party!

MR ELTON:

Yes, Miss Woodhouse, thank you indeed for including me. A party is a party,

but a party on a summers eve...

EMMA:

It relieves my mind very much that you are here, for there is someone new

in our group. Her name is Harriet Smith, and she is a former pupil of Mrs

Goddard. I had never met Miss Smith before this evening, and am already

struck by her charm. I wonder if I might ask you to make certain she is at

ease throughout the evening.

MR ELTON:

If helping Miss Smith would help Miss Woodhouse, then I am happy to be of

service.

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Douglas McGrath

Douglas McGrath was born on February 2, 1958 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a writer and actor, known for Emma (1996), Bullets Over Broadway (1994) and Infamous (2006). He has been married to Jane Read Martin since June 3, 1995. They have one child. more…

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