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Allusion in Emma

Allusion Examples in Emma:

Volume I - Chapter IV

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"Vicar of Wakefield..."   (Volume I - Chapter IV)

Written by Oliver Goldsmith, The Vicar of Wakefield was one of the most popular and often-read Victorian novels. 

"Elegant Extracts..."   (Volume I - Chapter IV)

The Elegant Extracts of Prose and the Elegant Extracts of Verse were books compiled by Vicesimus Knox, an educator who encouraged education for both males and females—an enlightened view in Austen's day.

"Kitty, a fair but frozen maid..."   (Volume I - Chapter IX)

The phrase "Kitty, a fair but frozen maid" refers to a riddle composed by the actor David Garrick (1717-1779).


"Neptune..."   (Volume I - Chapter IX)

According to ancient Roman mythology, Neptune was the god of the sea. In Greek mythology, Neptune was known as Poseidon.

"severe Philippics..."   (Volume I - Chapter XII)

Philipic is by its nature severe because it means any bitter verbal attack on someone. The name derives from speeches by Demosthenes, a Greek philosopher, against Philip I of Macedon, a kingdom to the north of Greece, whom he hated as an enemy of Greece.

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