Best Mistress of a Home
Miss Emma Woodhouse, Emma
Emma's mother died when she was very young, and she has been mistress of Hartfield ever since. Despite a father who requires almost constant supervision, Emma oversees the distribution of food and clothing to needy neighbors, and visits them regularly. She also makes sure others are provided for, saying, "I hope I am not often deficient in what is owing to guests." Elegant and rich, Emma knows how to act as the perfect hostess on any occasion.
Miss Elinor Dashwood, Sense and Sensibility
As the sensible daughter, Elinor has taken it upon herself to organise the household during the Dashwood women's much reduced circumstances. Keeping account of household records, she makes sure her mother and sisters stay within the boundaries of their budget. One simply knows that as Edward's wife, she will make the most of their small income even while creating a cozy and welcoming home.