A review of Jane Austens “Sense and Sensibility”.
… upper-class family, but their selfish brother John gains control of the family money upon the death of their father. John takes the family home, and as a result, the girls cannot find decent housing, until their cousin Sir John Middleton offers them a cottage on his estate.
Elinor becomes enamoured of the stoic Edward Ferrars, a coupling that the emotional Marianne finds distressing. Upon hearing Edward read, Marianne comments “Oh! Mama, how spiritless, how tame was Edwards 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 that have frequently almost driven me wild, pronounced with such impenetrable calmness, such dreadful indifference! ” Ultimately, Edward admits that he is secretly engaged to a childhood sweetheart, but Elinor “sensibly” takes him back after his fiancé breaks up with him.
In contrast, Marianne becomes enamoured with Mr. Willoughby, who is more dashing and romantic. Ultimately, however, the scoundrel, Willoughby tires of her, and leaves her. Marianne then gives up her romantic fantasies and marries a middle-aged, boring man.
Interestingly, Sense and …