In some of Janeʼs novels she used illness to sometimes further her plot. In Northanger Abbey, Catherine goes to Bath because Mr. Allen has a “gouty constitution”. Later, she learns that Mrs. Tilney died of a “sudden and short” illness which causes her imagination to run wild. Later Mr. Tilney explains Mrs. Tilney had a long running condition that ended her life. In Sense and Sensibility, we remember Marianne taking a walk in the garden, ending up with pneumonia. And who could forget Mr. Woodhouse in Emma and his hypochondria?
And speaking of Emma, I hope you were all able to see the ﬁlm before Covid 19 took over our lives. It was very well done. It is a ﬁne line in playing Emma as to whether the actor chooses to play her “snotty” or slightly naive as to her actions. Anya Taylor-Joy plays her just right. Of course, the costumes are fabulous. If you would like to take a better look, check out the website Curatorʼs Curio,https://curatorscurio.com/ . Scroll down to Movie Costumes: Emma 2020.