Emma’s father and the Woodhouse patriarch. Mr. Woodhouse is a rather silly, excessively nervous, and frail old man who dotes on his daughter. He hates change and possesses a narrow-minded and even selfish outlook on changes like his oldest daughter’s marriage, which he views as a tragedy depriving him of familiar and beloved company. However, Emma and his close friends not only humor, but also comfort him in all of his foibles.
The Emma quotes below are all either spoken by Mr. Woodhouse or refer to Mr. Woodhouse. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:).
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...of good fortune and pleasant manners, depriving Emma of her constant companion. Her elderly father, Mr. Woodhouse , is even more distressed by Miss Taylor’s departure, as he hates change of every... (full context)
Mr. John Knightley announces that the heavy snow will soon make it impossible to travel. Mr. Woodhouse and Isabella are horrified at the prospect of traversing through the storm. The party quickly... (full context)
...real grace. She feels Harriet, for all her lack of refinement, is much her superior. Mr. Woodhouse , however, only complacently observes that Mrs. Elton seems a nice young lady. He remarks... (full context)
...that she will not actively involve herself. News of the episode speeds throughout Highbury, alarming Mr. Woodhouse , but the gypsies soon take off. The gossip subsides into an exciting story Emma... (full context)
...soon to visit the John Knightleys in London, and he wants to say goodbye. When Mr. Woodhouse mentions Emma’s visit to the Bateses, Mr. Knightley perceives Emma’s intentions with warm gratification. He... (full context)
...to Jane. Mr. Knightley then proposes to move into Hartfield, in order to avoid disturbing Mr. Woodhouse with his daughter’s marriage. Emma is moved by such a sacrifice on his part, and... (full context)
...London. Emma anxiously breaks the news of their engagement to her father. Though initially distressed, Mr. Woodhouse eventually accepts it as a settled and even good affair with the help of Mr.... (full context)
...death before their wedding in November. Emma and Mr. Knightley hope to marry in October. Mr. Woodhouse ’s misery threaten these prospects, but when Mrs. Weston’s poultry-house is robbed, he comes to... (full context)