as a social document how did jane austen reveal the provincial life in the 19th century in england?

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Like all of Austin's novels, Emma has to do with marriage, social class and mobility within this rigid class structure. The story Emma takes place among the provincial gentry of Highbury, England. Thus, we get to see the dynamic of society in a more rural setting. Emma has the luxury of being wealthy and not forced into immediate marriage. Her matchmaking abilities are put to the test in the context of a more pastoral setting.