By Austen, Jane; Doody, Margaret Anne; Kinsley, James; Lamont, Claire
In her first released novel, Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen offers us with the delicate photos of 2 contrasting yet both compelling heroines. For good Elinor Dashwood and her impetuous more youthful sister Marianne the possibility of marrying the boys they love appears to be like distant. In an international governed through cash and self-interest, the Dashwood sisters have neither fortune nor connections. involved for others and for social proprieties, Elinor is ill-equipped to compete with self-centered fortune-hunters like Lucy Steele, whereas Marianne's loyal trust within the fact of her personal emotions makes her extra dangerously liable to the designs of unscrupulous men.
via her heroines' parallel stories of affection, loss, and desire, Jane Austen deals a robust research of the ways that women's lives have been formed through the claustrophobic society during which that they had to outlive. This revised version includes new notes, appendices, chronology, and bibliography
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He was not an ill-disposed young man, unless to be rather cold hearted, and rather selfish, is to be ill-disposed: but he was, in general, well respected; for he conducted himself with propriety in the Volume I Chapter I 5 discharge of his ordinary duties. Had he married a more amiable woman, he might have been made still more respectable than he was:—he might even have been made amiable himself; for he was very young when he married, and very fond of his wife. But Mrs. John Dashwood was a strong caricature of himself;—more narrow-minded and selfish.
He did not know what he was talking of, I dare say; ten to one but he was light-headed at the time. ' 'He did not stipulate for any particular sum, my dear Fanny; he only requested me, in general terms, to assist them, and make their situation more comfortable than it was in his power to do. Perhaps it would have been as well if he had left it wholly to myself. He could hardly suppose I should neglect them. But as he required the promise, I could not do less than give it: at least I thought so at the time.
But / require no such proof (p. 61). Mrs Dashwood is of course wrong. But so too is Elinor. Marianne and Willoughby do correspond, and they are not engaged. (And young people may even stand at an altar, and yet not be about to be married—see MP, p. ) Supposed certainties— like Elinor's 'He must and does love her' (p. 61)—should be doubted and the doubts may then be overthrown in their turn. ),j[ane Austen: New Perspectives (Women and Literature, NS 3; New York: Holmes and Meier, 1983), 142-52.
Sense and sensibility by Austen, Jane; Doody, Margaret Anne; Kinsley, James; Lamont, Claire