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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.
This particular edition has some beautiful watercolour illustrations that can be enlarged on a Kindle Fire that are a lovely addition to the book.
The time in which it was written gives enhancement to the story, and Ms. Austen's style of writing makes her books irresistible.
I liked this classic very much and I am very glad I finally got around to reading it. The customs manners and way of speaking in ordinary conversations during that period of time... Read morePublished 26 minutes ago by Norman York
I think this is my favourite of Jane Austen's books. It's very interesting to read given that today's society seems to have swung towards the sensibility side of the equation... Read morePublished 6 hours ago by Debbie Starr
Some of the side notes helped define the laws and the time and frame meanings of words no longer used in the same way currently and some of the comments were amusing. Read morePublished 10 hours ago by jwils
Everyone must read this novel,or any other novel by Jane Austin. Excellent classic, true literary language. Watch the movie after the book!Published 11 hours ago by Lingua28
Wonderful classic Jane Austen novel. Great author who is masterful at character development.Published 12 hours ago by Patsy Green
I love the classics. I first read this book about 40 years and was thrilled to see it listed as a free download. Read morePublished 12 hours ago by dahliagrower1