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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 is fine, but on the Kindle version there's annotations all throughout that appear mid stream, often before the indicator, the anachronism of most of which served to break... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Cheayo
I love Jane Austen and this is as much a joy to read as Pride and Prejudice. I'd rather the story didn't end as it did as it makes women look rather weak and simple minded, lacking... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Bradley W. Bleck
I like these Jane Austen books but find if I know there has been a movie made of it I need to watch it after reading the book, it helps me understand the what's what and who's who... Read morePublished 5 days ago by paula
Too hard to read. Did not finish. Story is good but her writing is too confusing. She takes two pages to say something that could be done in a paragraph.Published 5 days ago by Judy Sweeko
Beautiful edition, holds up to wear and tear. The footnotes are helpful, and it has the same pagination as the paperback Penguin. No complaints.Published 7 days ago by Peter
I enjoyed the book, Pride & Predjudice is my favorite just like a lot of people, but it was good. I could see the same theme though, I think alot of the stories kind of follow... Read morePublished 11 days ago by KRM