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Sense and Sensibility Week

Miss Georgiana Darcy

Two hundred years ago, plus a week, Sense and Sensibility was published, and now Miss Georgiana Darcy is hosting a blog event to commemorate the occasion. She posted a great list of resources and is planning activities and excitement all week.  If you love Jane Austen, come join in the fun!

Here’s yesterday’s list of questions:

1: When did you first read Sense and Sensibility? Have you reread it since? About a quarter century ago, give or take a few years.  Now I`m inspired to reread it, with my mind full of pictures from the film adaptations.

  
2: When did you first watch Sense and Sensibility? Which adaptation was it?  Last year we watched the 1995 version and last month we watched the 2008 version.

3: If you have watched/heard of more than one adaptation which one was your favorite? I loved the 2008 one, but I’ve really forgotten a lot about the 1995 production although I enjoyed it too.  I can’t say I have a favorite.  The beginning of the 2008 version was not suitable for our family, so we skipped that part, but I don’t think we really missed anything.

  
4: Which three S&S characters drive you crazy? Fanny Dashwood and Lucy Steele are both astonishingly manipulative, self-centered, and cruel.  Willoughby is bad, too, but not as calculating all the time.  Mrs. Dashwood, the mother, is also a very foolish woman and makes me cringe. Since I have to limit it to three, I’ll drop Willoughby.  After all, he just makes me angry, but the other three drive me crazy.  (Mind you, so does Marianne, at times.)

5: Which heroine are you most like: Elinor or Marianne?  Elinor, absolutely. 

6: Who would be most enjoyable: (or bearable) Mr. Palmer or Mrs. Palmer? I cannot remember either one of them well enough to decide, since I have not yet reread the book far enough.

7: What would be your reaction if you saw a re-write of Sense and Sensibility where it was Elinor who married Colonel Brandon?  She certainly deserves him, but her heart was lost to Edward.  So if she married Colonel Brandon, I would think she was marrying for money…and then her ‘prudence’ would seem too mercenary for words.

8: Where does Sense and Sensibility rank in your list of favorite Austen novels? Right after Pride and Prejudice.

As I’ve said, I’m rereading Sense and Sensibility.  I’ve also enjoyed the analysis in A Jane Austen Education, and plan to find out what Peter Leithart says in Miniatures and Morals, his wonderful Austen study guide.

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3 Comments

  1. JoAnn says:

    I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I have never read or seen the movie. 🙁 though I did watch the Pride & Prejudice movie on my homeschool mom’s retreat, and I really liked that one. Sarah has the Sense & Sensibility movie, guess I should watch it sometime. 🙂

  2. Jenn4him says:

    Love the books, love the movies, love, love love the time period! This is a great way to celebrate them.

  3. Laraba says:

    I adore Pride and Prejudice but haven’t really gone crazy over any other of Austen’s books. S&S IS good, I know, but I find Marianne frustrating. I should probably reread it soon. I positively dislike Emma because Emma drives me crazy!

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