The story of two teenage girls with romantic troubles, caused by unreliable men they have dark secrets, but who doesn t , in 1790 s England, calm Elinor Dashwood 19, and her younger sibling , by a couple of years, the emotional, Marianne, 17 When their father is no longer living, all the family, including the mother, Mrs Dashwood and third sister, Margaret, 13, must vacate their mansion, in Sussex, Norland Park, a large estate, which many generations of the quiet, respectable Dashwoods, have resided Only men can inherit this property says the law, then, a rich uncle, they received it originally from, insisted in his will this provision , and relatives can be greedy John Dashwood , their half brother, has little family feelings and his cold heart wife, Fanny, none, take over Breaking his promise to his dying father, to help his sisters and stepmother, financially, selfish Fanny, persuades him, with not too much effort, that these women can survive, very well, without any assistance, she tells her wealthy husband And money is money, and promises just words otherwise, the couple s child, poor little Harry , would starve Sir John Middleton, a kindly cousin, of the mother s, offers the Dashwood s, a small cottage, low rent, to live, close to his big house Desperately wanting to leave the hostile environment of their former home, they relocate there, in far away, Devonshire, by Allenham village Being very pretty women, the sisters, soon attract admirers, the shy Mr Edward Ferrars, the eldest brother of Fanny, who likes Elinor, unlike his sister, Miss Dashwood, thinks, but she can never be sure, he doesn t speak much On a rainy day the two girls, imprudently are walking outside, over the country hills, they enjoy exploring the beautiful area, but the weather becomes too much, running, for shelter, Marianne takes a tumble, hurts her leg, and unable to go any further and still some distance, from Barton Cottage What to do Elinor can t get her home Mr John Willoughby, hunting with his dog, in the rain, comes along and carries Marianne back to the cottage The amazed mother, Margaret and the whole family are speechless Handsome, charming, well spoken, Mr Willoughby, visits the injured girl every day, to see that everything s all right But he doesn t fool anybody the youngest sister falls madly in love and he appears also, to experience the same emotion He s a good , fun loving friend, of Sir John s, well known and liked in the neighborhood, with a rich old relative he wisely sees, often, nearby, Mrs Smith The perfect man, has a rival, Colonel Brandon, than ten years older, at 35, with a huge house, a lonely , honorable gentleman, but Marianne has eyes only for Mr Willoughby a secret libertine And Mr Ferrars has a fiancee, he never mentions Even the Colonel, might have skeletons, in his closet A great book by the incomparable Jane Austen, her likes will never arise again, years go by, relentlessly, customs and technology changes the Earth, either for better or worse, but there will always be her words. RE READ January 30, 2019 Do you ever notice how Colonel Brandon is a man, who steps up and takes care of things like a man Edward is kind of useless, I think Marianne got the real prize here.Also fascinating just how much Austen is saying in this novel She s saying A LOT and and becomes clear to me on every re read The scene where Willoughby shows up to confess to Elinor when Marianne is ill was particularly striking to me this time What does this say about bad people and the nature of their bad acts How does Elinor respond It s also really fascinating what Austen is saying about Marianne in this book How illness and heartbreak change her and reshape her into a stronger, less selfish person But at the same time, Austen does not condemn Marianne for her strong feelings and her runaway heart in the first 2 3 of the book In fact, it is esteemed a bit And is Marianne really selfish That could be debated six ways to Sunday The book is very complex There is a lot to think about.RE READ September 6, 2015This is one of my all time favorite books I like it even than I do Pride and Prejudice.Everyone goes crazy over Lizzie Bennett and idolizes her, but my role model will always be Elinor Dashwood She is a great sister, a trustworthy confidante, someone who always acts with honor and compassion She is smart, fiscally responsible, stoic, and strong I admire her so much and wish I could be like her in real life.I hate John Dashwood and want to punch him in the throat Fucker It surprises me each time that he is the most hated character for me in the novel.Everyone hates on Marianne, but I like her So she s a silly teenager That s okay She certainly learns and grows than anyone else in the whole novel She has a good heart and loves her sister dearly I adore the scenes where she stands up for Elinor The loving sister relationship is one of the best things about this novel Nothing melts my heart than good sibling relationships And Elinor and Marianne have each other s backs 100% Even though their personalities couldn t be different, their love and compassion for each other knows no bounds.Austen is genuinely funny I was snickering at some of her writing She s an amazing author She gets some jabs in there Elinor agreed to it all, for she did not think he deserved the compliment of rational opposition.The most hilarious line in the novelIt is not everyone, said Elinor, who has your passion for dead leaves The only man who was attractive to me was Colonel Brandon He was the only male who had me drawing little hearts in my notebook I can t be bothered with Edward I don t think he acted very honorably Although I always tear up at the end when Elinor is so overcome with emotion that she runs from the room Elinor could sit no longer She almost ran from the room, and as soon as the door was closed, burst into tears of joy, which at first she thought would never cease.OMG My heart is breaking so much 3 If anyone deserves a happy ending, it s her Elinor was to be the comforter of others in her own distresses, no less than in theirsShe never burdens others with her problems, but is always there to comfort and listen to anyone else The way she deals with Lucy Steele She s a saint to put up with that, OMG She s beyond amazing view spoiler Marianne restored to life, health, friends, and to her doting mother, was an idea to fill her heart with sensations of exquisite comfort, and expand it in fervent gratitude but it led to no outward demonstrations of joy, no words, no smiles. hide spoiler The Story Centres On The Personalities Of The Two Sisters, Whose Contrasting Temperaments Are Examined As They Undergo Comparable Experiences In The Loss Of The Men They Love, It Rejoices Also In A Wealth Of Minor Characters Such As The Comic Mrs Jennings And Sir John And Lady Middleton, Drawn With Consummate Satiric Skill Jane Austen s first published work, Sense and Sensibility, published in 1811, is straightforward than most of her later works The story focuses on two sisters, ages 17 and 19, and how their romantic interests and relationships epitomize their different approaches to life The older sister Elinor embodies sense, good judgment and discretion.Her sister Marianne is emotional and volatile, following her heart with a supreme disregard for what society might and does think.Elinor is pretty much always right.Marianne s parade gets rained on, in ways than one.Although at most points in this novel Austen seems to be saying very clearly that Elinor s approach of being sensible is superior to Marianne s sensibility, every once in a while the story suggests that maybe being sensible all the time isn t the best idea, and there needs to be some balance between the two extremes view spoiler For example, if Edward hadn t been reasonably certain that Elinor wasn t in love with him, he probably wouldn t have spent so much time with her when he wasn t free to court her hide spoiler Sense and Sensibility, Jane AustenSense and Sensibility is a novel by Jane Austen, published in 1811 Henry Dashwood, his second wife, and their three daughters live for many years with Henry s wealthy bachelor uncle That uncle decides, in late life, to will the use and income only of his property first to Henry, then to Henry s first son John Dashwood by his first marriage , so that the property should pass intact to John s three year old son Harry The uncle dies, but Henry lives just a year after that and he is unable in such short time to save enough money for his wife Mrs Dashwood, and their daughters, Elinor, Marianne and Margaret, who are left only a small income On his deathbed, Mr Henry Dashwood extracts a promise from his son John to take care of his half sisters But before Henry is long in the grave, John s greedy wife, Fanny, persuades her husband to renege on the promise, appealing to his concerns about diminishing his own son Harry s inheritance despite the fact that John is independently wealthy thanks to his inheritance from his mother and his wife s dowry Henry Dashwood s love for his second family is also used by Fanny to arouse her husband s jealousy and convince him not to help his sisters economically 6 2001 2006 1379 830 9646404863 19 1384 407 9643128199 1390 344 9786001760198 1393 806 9789643808914 1366 460 1391 424 9789642201570 1363 412 1363 412 1371 1374 1795 1792 1797 Sense and Sensibility is dense with inactivity. 940 Sense and Sensibility, Jane AustenSense and Sensibility is a novel by Jane Austen, published in 1811 It was published anonymously By A Lady appears on the title page where the author s name might have been The novel follows the three Dashwood sisters as they move with their widowed mother from the estate on which they grew up, Norland Park, to their new home, Barton Cottage The four women must move to a meagre cottage on the property of a distant relative, where they experience love, romance, and heartbreak The novel is likely set in southwest England, London and Sussex between 1792 and 1797 2001 2006 1363 460 1363 412 1385 407 1386 9643128199 1389 1390 344 9786001760198 1795 1792 1797 This is the third Jane Austen book I ve read and it s by far my favorite I love the story, love the heroines, love the MEN I just love everything about this There was so much happening that it never felt slow or boring and the SUSPENSE and REVELATIONS at the end of the book were so fantastically done AGH JUST SO GOOD.TIME TO GO WATCH THE MOVIE.Reread mid Jan to early Feb 2016 for AustentatiousSTILL MY FAVORITE Here is this book in a nutshell Marianne and Elinor O, why are we not married yet Hot Guy 1 Let s get married Elinor Yes, let s Hot Guy 1 Nah, forget it Elinor pines Old Guy Let s get married Marianne No, let s not Hot Guy 2 Let s get married Marianne Yes, let s Hot Guy 2 Nah, forget it Marianne pines Hot Guy 1 Hey, let s get married Elinor Hark Now I may stop pining Marianne This sucks I am way hotter than her Old Guy Let s get married Marianne Yeah, I guess. Money It s all about the money I mean, why else would you marry someone In Sense and Sensibility there are three major factors beyond the usual considerations of appearance, personality and character conduct when looking for a marriage in 19th century England Indeed, what the Dashwood sisters look for well Elinor really because she has refined tastes and is far discerning in regards to men is a man s opinion on literature and his understanding of natural beauty What most people look for is far removed from the realms of sentiment they just look for money The Dashwood sisters are wiserThe I know of the world, the I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love I require so much..If I could but know his heart, everything would become easyAnd this is the problem with society, attaining money and keeping it, unfortunately, becomes the main signifier for someone s worth Austen, as per usual, is razor sharp with her wit here There are so many ironic moments involving fortune hunters and extremely greedy and selfish relatives who only appear when they think there s something to gain from their supposed loved ones Everybody is so obsessed with money, so than I ve seen in a any other Austen She always satirises the elites, though here most of them seem to seek the same thing with no regard for others.I also loved the fact that there were two heroines opposed to one Elinor and Marianne are very different people, and they interact with the world in very different ways, though they each have their values and their faults Together, they help each other and look out for each other as sisters should It s a cruel world and it s a hard world, though the Dashwood sisters have each other and their mother They exemplify true family values which contrast against the self involved and rather moronic approach of Sir John Dashwood.This made me laugh He just loves money and seems unable, like many other characters, of finding new money All their wealth comes from inheritance rather than actual incomes They seem to have vast fortunes but don t quite know how to add to them in an honest fashion He is also completely controlled by his wife At the start of the novel he seems so genuine but she twists him all too easily Perhaps he loved her so much that he was willing to neglect his family or perhaps he was already on the verge of making such a harsh decision and she gave him the slightest of nudges to send him over I don t think we ll ever know for sure The romances in here were fickle and self involved compared to her other novels It s one of the rare cases in fiction such as this where I was unaware who would actually end up with whom But that s just the nature of what Austen was trying to show here It also made the reading experience far entertaining In Pride and Prejudice, Emma and even Persuasion it was so very clear how it would all end This one, on the other hand, made things a little lively And, of course, I could only ever give it five stars because of its subtle wit, eloquence of expression and sophisticated plot How I do love Austen I ve just got Mansfield Park left to read now.
Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature, her realism and biting social commentary cementing her historical importance among scholars and critics Austen lived her entire life as part of a close knit family located on the lower fringes of the English landed
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