A character shrouded in mystery, Emma is a beautiful young girl to whom Stephen is greatly attracted. She is shown as an example of femininity, the perfect type of woman, and a muse for an artist. Not many details about her personality or character are provided in the novel so the real Emma remains undiscovered. For many years Emma remains his secret beloved and Stephen even dedicates her his first poem, which wasn’t successful. It can be said that Emma is a positive and friendly girl yet Stephen finds it complicated to talk with her. He elaborates shyness and awkwardness when the girl is around never confesses what he feels.
Emma Clery in the Essays