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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.
The story was fine, but all the side notes were distracting and spoiled things for mePublished 2 days ago by Dorothy J Stevens
Turns out, I'm a Jane Austen fan. Who knew? Free books rock. And I'm reading myself to sleep again, something I thought I'd given up forever when my eyes started aging. Read morePublished 5 days ago by LEditrix
This novel is about the love stories of sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood. The story starts off quite slow, and Austen does not use as much dialogue as I would prefer. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Kyra Walker
I won't know about the Yardley lavender eau de cologne until my daughter opens it for Christmas.Published 15 days ago by historic preservation