Emma, Volume 3

Just like Volumes 1 and 2 from Kaoru Mori, Emma: Volume 3 is sheer delight. The artwork continues to be beautiful and the Victorian detail impeccable.

With Mrs. Sotomar’s death Emma has left London behind her, and on the train she befriends another maid. Tasha convinces her to come work at the country house belonging to a wealthy German family. Here Emma must adjust not only to life without Kelly and William, but also to being part of a large household staff.Meanwhile, in Emma’s absence William forces himself to become the perfect aristocrat his family wants him to be.

The volumes are divided into chapters, and each chapter has a one-page epilogue. Sometimes they reveal things about plot or character, but just as often they are a touching miniature like the two children watching a falling star.

My single complaint is the volume of minor characters. Sometimes I find it hard to keep track of everyone and tell them apart, though perhaps this would be easier if it were in color. I realized that the best way is to look at people’s eyes, which actually vary a lot in terms of size, shape, and shading. We do get to see more of William’s siblings here, especially his sister Grace. It seems like there’s potential for story lines involving them as well.

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  1. […] Maigret also doesn’t seem as idiosyncratic as other detectives like Holmes, Poirot, or even Nero Wolfe. His one concession to this convention seems to be continually smoking his pipe. He is impatient with those who would interfere or rush him, like the mayor, and usually withdrawn. At the same time he has a good heart, acting almost parental towards Leroy, and also solicitous to the waitress Emma (who was a little confusing for me, having just read about a different Emma.) […]

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