Austen, who published six timelessly great novels between 18, never married and never exhibited much of a romantic life. Blake announced in his 1996 review of the film , not stopping to wonder whether Austen would accept his proposal.
While other Austen heroines view marriage as a financial necessity, Emma expresses no interest or desire to marry for the majority of the novel.
Emma is also a unique Austen heroine because of her lack of romantic sensibilities.
While Marianne Dashwood of “Sense and Sensibility,” Anne Elliot of “Persuasion,” and Jane Bennet of “Pride and Prejudice” have each of their actions qualified by their love, Emma is remarkable self-possessed and views love only from a detached and almost masculine standpoint.
Since his wife had no fortune, it is imperative that one of the girls marries well in order to support the others on his death.
However, Jane Austen's opening line 'It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife' is a sentence filled with irony and playfulness.