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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.
In this classic novel by Jane Austen, you'll learn to love Elinor and Marianne in Sense and Sensibility.
The culture of the 1800s is very different from current culture and there were many times that the notes gave me a greater understanding of various situations.
The story resolves a bit too quickly and neatly, and it ends far too abruptly, but, again, it is the same with all her story-lines.
I liked the twists and turns, plenty to look forward to and keep your interest. Didn't have to be pride and prejudice to be good.Published 5 days ago by Misha
I was disappointed in that it was so very similar to other Jane Austen stories. Formulaic.Published 11 days ago by Judy
Not much to add as this is a classic story, but glad I saw the movie first so I could understand some of the language written in the book, ( a little hard to understand some of the... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Penny Nelson
Trying to catch up on reading classics. Kept reader in suspense with the different romances.Published 21 days ago by doglover333