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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.
This is a classic book, focusing on the distinction between sense (rationality) and sensibility (passionate emotion) -- which was historically a big subject at the time, especially... Read morePublished 5 days ago by M. M.
Austen created characters we all identify with. Everyone knows. Young man like Willoughby, a young woman like Marianne who lets her passions control her, and a rock steady person... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Dale McMasters
It's a Jane Austen novel - it's going to seem slow to people nowadays because they had a very different kind of life back then and spoke a more eloquent type of English. Read morePublished 20 days ago by C. Silvey
As always it seems girls were paired with middle aged men from the word go. Austen shows some character development but at the end of it all you see is how she 'falls in love' with... Read morePublished 1 month ago by tabassam ahmed
I'd never read any Jane Austen, so I decided to start with Sense and Sensibility. Though the language is not modern, I was surprised how easy it was to read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Shoshone Sally
The annotations really bring these books alive so much more than I thought they would. I thought I knew and understood Austen, but there are tons of really small details of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ashley F Miller