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Oh! Mama, how spiritless, how tame was Edward's manner in reading to us last night! I felt for my sister most severely. Yet she bore it with so much composure, she seemed scarcely to notice it. I could hardly keep my seat. To hear those beautiful lines which have frequently almost driven me wild, pronounced with such impenetrable calmness, such dreadful indifference!Soon however, Marianne meets a man who measures up to her ideal: Mr. Willoughby, a new neighbor. So swept away by passion is Marianne that her behavior begins to border on the scandalous. Then Willoughby abandons her; meanwhile, Elinor's growing affection for Edward suffers a check when he admits he is secretly engaged to a childhood sweetheart. How each of the sisters reacts to their romantic misfortunes, and the lessons they draw before coming finally to the requisite happy ending forms the heart of the novel. Though Marianne's disregard for social conventions and willingness to consider the world well-lost for love may appeal to modern readers, it is Elinor whom Austen herself most evidently admired; a truly happy marriage, she shows us, exists only where sense and sensibility meet and mix in proper measure. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Most great Austen novels feature women encountering terrible familial or legal circumstances which it is their business to overcome ("Emma" may be the sole exception). Read morePublished 1 day ago by Susan Bass
I liked Austen well enough when I was a young girl. But I must admit that, in my old(er) age, I don't enjoy her books half as much as I did way back then. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Atty Tude
This was a good book. There were typos from the footnotes that they put in that made it hard to read at moments.Published 8 days ago by Smileszanne
I was familiar with Sense and Sensibility from the wonderful movie, but wanted to read the book as well. Read morePublished 10 days ago by MJ Maisto
There are many editorial mistakes throughout this version of the book which made reading it difficult. It needs some serious editingPublished 12 days ago by Barbara Garter
well written historical fiction.. dilemmas and problems.problems faced by the upper strata of English society in the 18th centuryPublished 20 days ago by grace g murray