Sense and SensibilityBook - 2003
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Jane Austen 's first published novel, Sense and Sensibility is a wonderfully entertaining tale of flirtation and folly that revolves around two starkly different sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood. While Elinor is thoughtful, considerate, and calm, her younger sister is emotional and wildly romantic. Both are looking for a husband, but neither Elinor's reason nor Marianne's passion can lead them to perfect happiness--as Marianne falls for an unscrupulous rascal and Elinor becomes attached to a man who's already engaged.Startling secrets, unexpected twists, and heartless betrayals interrupt the marriage games that follow. Filled with satiric wit and subtle characterizations, Sense and Sensibility teaches that true love requires a balance of reason and emotion. Laura Engel received her BA from Bryn Mawr College and her MA and PhD from Columbia University. She has taught in independent schools in New York city and is now a visiting assistant professor of English at Macalester College. Her previous publications include essays on the novelists A. S. Byatt and Edna O'Brien. Her forthcoming book is a biography of three eighteenth-century British actresses.
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"...The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love."
--Marianne pg. 18
"Thunderbolts and Daggers! what a reproof would she have given me! her taste, her opinions --- I believe they are better known to me than my own-- and I am sure they are dearer."
--Willoughby pg. 334
"How horrid all this is!" said he. "Such weather makes everything and everybody disgusting. Dullness is a much produced within doors as without, by rain. It makes one detest all one's acquaintance. What the devil does Sir John mean by not having a billiard room in his house? How few people know what comfort is! Sir John is as stupid as the weather."
-- Mr. Palmer pg. 115
"When he was present, she had no eyes for anyone else. Everything he did was right. Everything he said was clever. If their evenings at the Park were concluded with cards, he cheated himself and all the rest of the party to get her a good hand. If dancing formed the amusement of the night, they were partners for half the time and, when obliged to separate for a couple of dances, were careful to stand together and scarcely spoke a word to anybody else. Such conduct made them of course most exceedingly laughed at; but ridicule could not shame, and seemed hardly to provoke them."
-- pg. 57
"His person and air were equal to what her fancy had ever drawn for the hero of a favorite story..."
-- pg. 46
"At first sight, his address is certainly not striking; and his person can hardly be called handsome, till the expression of his eyes, which are uncommonly good, and the general sweetness of his countenance are perceived. At present, I know him so well that I think him really handsome; or, at least, almost so."
-- Elinor pg. 21
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