Emma is quite an anomaly for her time her glasses something a person of her station would never have afforded is symbolic of her character traits as well. She can read is educated somewhat is reserved and even naturally refined though this is often misread as quiet or shy. She is shy as well however and speaks little of herself or indeed at all. Orphaned she started life on her own as a flower girl someone who sells flowers that they could find underfoot near the flower sellers stalls. No living was remotely possible on what even a successful flower girl could make and most of them turned to prostitution as soon as they were remotely old enough. Kelly Stownar rescued Emma from this fate or worse by taking her in as a maidofallwork. Mrs. Stownar taught Emma all she needed to know to have a trade in life and survive.