Mr. Woodhouse is Emma's fidgety father. He is older and a widower of his wife that died many years ago. He raised Emma well and is high on the social ladder of Highbury. Jane Austen describes him as, "a nervous man, easily depressed; fond of everybody he was used to, hating to part with them; hating change of every kind. Matrimony, as the orgin of change, was always disagreeable" (5). Because of the way Austen characterizes Mr. Woodhouse, she lets the audience know that he is a very different character to Emma, hating everything she liked and was used to.