This video clip is from Fiddler on the Roof, and I’ve chosen to share a song where the girls sing about finding their “perfect match”. I thought it was very relevant to Emma because I thought it could help ignite a curiosity to examine what the other characters might be thinking. In the song, the girls are begging for what their ideal suitor would be, someone rich, handsome, smart, etc. This directly mirrors the values of Emma’s society in Highsbury, in which one is harshly judged based on status. I especially want to stress the part of the song where the two girls gang up on the third regarding her poor status and the consequent difficulty she will encounter in finding a match, because I think it can help us understand how certain characters (like Harriet) are viewed in a darker light—because society is so focused on status and wealth. In contrast, however, the girls are begging for a match, whereas Emma manipulates her friends without their pleading. I think this is also a significant factor of the book because Emma’s unwanted/poorly made matches seem to cause all the tension and action in the story.