Thursday, July 29, 2004

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

It is hard to imagine a more different set of sisters than Marianne and Elinor Dashwood. Elinor is the eldest, very gentle and calm with a tight rein on her emotions, and the very image of "sense". Marianne, the younger, is prettier, more artistic, and a hopelessly incurable romantic with a set of leaky waterworks to boot, representing "sensibility". Elinor falls in love with Edward Ferrars, not very handsome, not very rich, but kind and gentle... and also engaged to a witch, aka Lucy Steele, an insipid leech with a high-pitched voice. Marianne is in love with John Willoughby as he is handsome, "rich", and an absolute knight in armor... who enjoys seducing young innocent women and then leaving them with ruined reputations. Then there is Colonel Brandon an upright young gentleman who loves Marianne in silent adoration, but scorned for he is not as dashing as John. What a tangled web we weave!

A very interesting romance, almost as involved as Shakespeare with lots of twists and turns and an ending not exactly predictible. Eileen Y.

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