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... and are instead led to believe that Emma, although still cruel and immoral on her part within both film and novel, is uninhibitedly just as or even more intrusive and self-righteous than Mrs. Elton.
To make up for the absence of the omniscient narrator who utilizes free indirect discourse, the film adaptation features scenes in which Emma has daydreams or fantasies in place of her inner thoughts, which would have been provided by Emma’s narrator. Although the fantasies appropriately capture Emma’s inner thoughts and even reveal her subconscious like when she imagines Mr. Knightly marrying Jane Fairfax and she yells “but what about little Henry”, the film’s audience, much like the novel’s reader, is aware that Emma is more than worried about little Henry’s inheritance. Also, much in the way that gossip in the novel acts like a female triviality, so do the fantasies.
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