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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.
Of course I love Jane Austen- who doesn't. The characters are well developed and the writing is a witty comment on the human condition. Read morePublished 3 days ago by ellen foster
Can you beat Austen?
the thing about THIS version is the narrator is quite good. THAT is why I purchased THIS version. Read more
Although Jane Austen is great, I never liked this book, even the 'annotated version.' Shapard's other annotated Austen books are great. Read morePublished 6 days ago by jane
This book is decidedly not my favorite Austen novel. It starts off in a very confusing manner, introducing multiple characters, several of whom promptly kick-the-bucket. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Audiobook Bandit
The first of Austen's published novels, Sense and Sensibility is less fluid and less conversational than Pride and Prejudice or Persuasion, but it is a worthy read, and shows real... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Lawrence Winterfield
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 23 days ago by Susan Bass