Second time through I've decided to add a star. The thing about this book is that you have to sit through the first two parts to get to the third part where it's all worth it. And that's a lot to ask, considering that there is only one likable character in the whole thing (Mr. Knightley, of course). Even Jane Austen knew that Emma would be hard to deal with. But the third volume brings everything together so nicely as to almost erase the impression that the first two volumes leave behind. I definitely don't see how anyone could call this novel Austen's masterpiece, though, when Pride and Prejudice is clearly sitting over in the other corner being superior in every way.