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.

SCENE 1 -HIGHBURY

NARRATOR:

In a time when one's town was one's town was one's world...and the actions

at a dance excited greater interest than the movement of armies, there

lived a young woman, who knew how this world should be runned.

EMMA:

The most beautiful thing in the world is a match well made, and a happy

marriage to you both.

MRS WESTON:

Oh, thank you Emma. Your painting grows more accomplished every day.

EMMA:

You are very kind, but it would be all the better if I had practiced my

drawing more, as you urged me.

MRS WESTON:

It's very beautiful.

MR ELTON:

I should never take sides against you, Miss Woodhouse, but your friend is

right. It is indeed a job well done.

EMMA:

The job well done, Mr Elton was yours in performing the ceremony.

MR WOODHOUSE:

Must the church be so drafty, Mr Elton? It is very difficult to surrender

the soul when one is worried about one's throat.

MR ELTON:

Perhaps some tea and cake would revive you, Mr Woodhouse.

MR WOODHOUSE:

Miss Taylor! Surely you are not serving cake at your wedding! Far too rich!

You put us all at peril. And I am not alone in feeling so. Where is Mr

Penning, the apothecary, he will support me.

MRS WESTON:

He's over there, Mr Woodhouse, having some cake.

MR WOODHOUSE:

What?!

EMMA:

I have to take father home, but dear Miss Taylor-Oh, no! You are dear Miss

Taylor no more! You are dear Mrs Weston now! And how happy this must make

you. Such happiness this brings to all of us.

MRS WESTON:

My dear Emma!

SCENE 2-HARTFIELD

MR WOODHOUSE:

Poor Miss Taylor! She was so happy here. Why should she give up being your

governess, only to be married?

EMMA:

I am grown now. She cannot put up with my ill humors forever. She must wish

for children of her own.

MR WOODHOUSE:

You have no ill humors. Your own mother, God rest her, could be no more

real than Miss Taylor. Can she truly wish to give life to a mewling infant

who will import disease each time it enters the house? No, I say poor Miss

Taylor, and poor indeed she is.

MR KNIGHTLEY:

As an old friend of the family, I had to ask as soon as I got back: Who

cried the most at the wedding?

(later)

EMMA:

And how is my sister? Is your brother giving her the respect we Woodhouse

ladies deserve?

MR WOODHOUSE:

Poor Isabella. She was the first to leave me. No doubt that is where Miss

Taylor got the notion to go.

MR KNIGHTLEY:

Don't be too hard on Miss Taylor. It must be easier for her to have only

one to please than two.

EMMA:

Especially when one of us is such a troublesome creature.

MR WOODHOUSE:

Yes, I am. Most troublesome.

EMMA:

Dear papa, I could never mean you! Mr Knightley loves to find fault with

me, that's all. It's his idea of a joke.

MR KNIGHTLEY:

I am practically a brother to you Emma. It is not a brother's job to find

fault with his sister?

MR WOODHOUSE:

But where is the fault with you? Emma bears it well, but she is most sorry

to lose Miss Taylor.

MR KNIGHTLEY:

We would not like Emma so well if she did not miss her friend.

MR WOODHOUSE:

Thank you.

EMMA:

I shall miss her so. I do not know what I shall do without her.

MR KNIGHTLEY:

She's not far.

MR WOODHOUSE:

Almost half a mile.

EMMA:

Her obligations are there now. She cannot sit and talk with me in the old

way, or walk with me, or urge me to better myself.

MR KNIGHTLEY:

Well, that should not matter, as you always did just as you pleased.

EMMA:

Yes, but I shall miss her urging me. She was a selfless a friend as I have

ever had, and I hope to say someday that I have done half so much for

someone as Mrs Weston did for me.

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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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