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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.
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The time in which it was written gives enhancement to the story, and Ms. Austen's style of writing makes her books irresistible.
I found them to make the book even more interesting, even though I already enjoyed the story for itself.
I really enjoy reading the book. I like the dvd with Emma Thompson & Kate Winslet, but I prefer the book version of the story.Published 1 day ago by Ann O. Nymus
Have things changed from these times to now? I think not, but depends. I am enjoying reading this book with the way of speaking and writing back in the later part of the 1700s... Read morePublished 1 day ago by josephine briggs
Well presented.. Well writen.. Incredibly real for a fictiifiction novel, characters have been well rooted into the storylike. #AddtomyreccomendedlistPublished 1 day ago by smruti koli
Loved the story, the historic setting and Jane Austen. However the running commentary was very distracting and at times downright annoying. Read morePublished 4 days ago by gfay
It's pointless to criticize Jane Austin at this point, although this novel isn't quite as good as her best. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Denis M. Whitaker
It had to be 5 stars... its Jane Austen. Good version, and a good value.Published 6 days ago by Cj Kindle addict