Emma, by Jane Austen, is a vel about youthful hubris and the perils of misconstrued romance. The vel was first published in December 1815. As in her other vels, Austen explores the concerns and difficulties of genteel women living in Georgian-Regency England; she also creates a lively comedy of manners among her characters. Before she began the vel, Austen wrote, I am going to take a heroine whom one but myself will much like. In the first sentence she introduces the title character as Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich. Emma is spoiled, headstrong, and self-satisfied; she greatly overestimates her own matchmaking abilities; she is blind to the dangers of meddling in other people's lives; and her imagination and perceptions often lead her astray.