Is love a fancy, or a feeling, or a Ferrars?
Definitely a Ferrars. :)
Unfortunately I missed marking the bicentennial of Jane Austen's first published novel back in 2011. I believe that Sense and Sensibility was my first experience of that lady's fictional prowess in written form. I had seen Pride and Prejudice at the tender age of eight or nine, and the 1995 adaptation of Sense and Sensibility not long after. Trying valiantly to hold back tears, (as I didn't like to cry during stories) I asked "Marianne doesn't--die, does she?"
Jane Austen has been slandered as a great feministic propagandist of the 19th century; however I find it ironic that her novels contain little more than the stories of young ladies living at home until they are married. Lizzy Bennet, Eleanor Dashwood, and Catherine Moreland aren't much interested in changing the world or championing women's rights. All they want is a happy family, a good husband, and enough money to make a living. What is often seen as Austen's feministic "career" is ridiculous; women can write books, and writing is a biblical and perfectly feminine occupation. And her women's rights advocates disguised as stifled daughters longing for freedom? Sorry. I can't find any indication of that being the case. These young ladies know their life business, and each story focuses on their longing to be a woman, not on a wish to e like a man.
I've always had a certain connection to Sense and Sensibility. Suffice it to say, I've taken the Jane Austen Character Quiz twice, and each time I come up as most like Eleanor Dashwood. I would have to agree with the results, though of course I'm not a carbon copy.
There's a bit of profanity here and there.
It's been a few years since I've read Austen's works, except for Northanger Abbey, which is almost an annual favorite. I had forgotten her writing syntax, and found it quite interesting. Austen relies on narration to carry her story rather than conversation. Oftentimes a whole chapter will pass with a lot of important events accomplished, but scarcely a word between one character and another. This is good writing, and a skill every author should practice, because modern plots are often carried out solely with conversation instead.
Well-written, and a worth-while story on how to view life: with Sense or Sensibility.
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If it's been a while, rediscover Austen this summer with her classic about two sisters exploring the meaning of love.