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The Annotated Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
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Nov 21, 2011

it was amazing
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Jane Austen
“It is not everyone,' said Elinor, 'who has your passion for dead leaves.”
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen
“Elinor agreed to it all, for she did not think he deserved the compliment of rational opposition.”
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen
“Elinor could sit still no longer. She almost ran out of the room, and as soon as the door was closed, burst into tears of joy, which at first she thought would never cease.”
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen
“There is something so amiable in the prejudices of a young mind, that one is sorry to see them give way to the reception of more general opinions.”
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen
“Mrs. Jennings was a widow, with an ample jointure. She had only two daughters, both of whom she had lived to see respectably married, and she had now therefore nothing to do but to marry all the rest of the world.”
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen
“Know your own happiness. You want nothing but patience- or give it a more fascinating name, call it hope.”
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen
“It was told to me, it was in a manner forced on me by the very person herself whose prior engagement ruined all my prospects, and told me, as I thought, with triumph. This person's suspicions, therefore, I have had to oppose by endeavouring to appear indifferent where I have been most deeply interested; and it has not been only once; I have had her hopes and exultations to listen to again and again. I have known myself to be divided from Edward forever, without hearing one circumstance that could make me less desire the connection. Nothing has proved him unworthy; nor has anything declared him indifferent to me. I have had to content against the unkindness of his sister and the insolence of his mother, and have suffered the punishment of an attachment without enjoying its advantages. And all this has been going on at the time when, as you too well know, it has not been my only unhappiness. If you can think me capable of ever feeling, surely you may suppose that I have suffered now.”
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen
“Her family had of late been exceedingly fluctuating. For many years of her life she had had two sons; but the crime and annihilation of Edward a few weeks ago, had robbed her of one; the similar annihilation of Robert had left her for a fortnight without any; and now, by the resurrection of Edward, she had one again.”
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen
“I will be calm. I will be mistress of myself.”
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Margaret Drabble
“Novels, since the birth of the genre, have been full of rejected, seduced, and abandoned maidens, whose proper fate is to die...”
Margaret Drabble, Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen
“It is not time or opportunity that is to determine intimacy;—it is disposition alone. Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than enough for others.”
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen
“I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but, like everybody else, it must be in my own way.”
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen
“He listened to her with silent attention, and on her ceasing to speak, rose directly from his seat, and after saying in a voice of emotion, 'To your sister I wish all imaginable happiness; to Willoughby, that he may endeavor to deserve her,' took leave, and went away.”
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen
“A woman of seven and twenty, said Marianne, after pausing a moment, can never hope to feel or inspire affection again.”
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen
“I come here with no expectations, only to profess, now that I am at liberty to do so, that my heart is and always will be yours.”
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen
“... and because they were fond of reading, she fancied them satirical: perhaps without exactly knowing what it was to be satirical; but that did not signify. It was censure in common use, and easily given.”
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen
“Brandon is just the kind of man whom every body speaks well of, and nobody cares about; whom all are delighted to see, and nobody remembers to talk to.”
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen
“There was that constant communication which strong family affection would dictate; and though sisters, and living almost within sight of each other, they could live without disagreement between themselves, or producing coolness between their husbands.”
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Reading Progress

11/20 page 38
5.0% "She knew that what Marianne and her mother conjectured one moment, they believed the next -- that with them, to wish was to hope, and to hope was to expect."
11/20 page 38
5.0% "'Cold-hearted Elinor! Oh! worse than cold-hearted! Ashamed of being otherwise.'"
11/20 page 52
7.0% "As a house, Barton Cottage, though small, was comfortable and compact; but as a cottage it was defective, for the building was regular, the roof was tiled, the window shutters were not painted green, nor were the walls covered with honeysuckles."
11/20 page 56
8.0% "Wait, Sir John is 40 and his wife is 26? FORESHADOWING...."
11/20 page 64
9.0% "Col Brandon is THIRTY-FIVE? Jesus, I remember him as being ancient. Then again, Marianne is what, sixteen? and Winslet was twenty when they filmed it in 1995, and Rickman fifty." 4 comments
11/20 page 65
9.0% "The annotator dryly notes that the pianoforte was probably locked because otherwise the spoiled rotten Middleton brats would wreck it. Heh."
11/20 page 67
9.0% "The annotator is a total Marianne/Brandon shipper. "He actually listens to her play! This is the first indication of a possible affinity between them!....even if right now she does think he is an absolute old bachelor.""
11/20 page 67
9.0% "....she was reasonable enough to allow that a man of five and thirty might well have outlived all acuteness of feeling and every exquisite power of enjoyment."
11/20 page 68
9.0% "She had only two daughters, both of whom she had lived to see respectably married, and she had now therefore nothing to do but to marry all the rest of the world."
11/21 page 171
23.0% "'I cannot be forced into genius and eloquence.' Well, you're right there, Edward, buddy."
11/21 page 171
23.0% "Annotator: "Edward has reasons for being dejected! He's not really a dick! See page 250!""
11/21 page 175
24.0% "Huh, Thomson, Cowper and Scott were popular with Austen _and_ the Bronte girls."
11/21 page 178
24.0% "Edward, I have not changed my opinion of you since 1992. You are a STICK"
11/21 page 204
27.0% "I don't see why everyone (mistakenly, The Annotator says) thinks this was first an epistolary novel; it clearly has the hallmarks of a play (most of the action happens in one place, or even inside, emphasis on conversation, &c &c)."
11/21 page 212
29.0% "Man, Mr and Mrs Palmer are like walking advertisements for the Matrimonial Causes Act."
11/21 page 222
30.0% "Lady Middleton resigned herself to the idea of it, with all the philosophy of a well bred woman, contenting herself with merely giving her husband a gentle reprimand on the subject five or six times every day."
11/21 page 224
30.0% "Benevolent, philanthropic man! It was painful to him even to keep a third cousin to himself."
11/21 page 228
31.0% "With such a reward for her tears, the child was too wise to cease crying." 2 comments
11/21 page 228
11/21 page 244
33.0% "OMG Elinor poor darling heart"
11/21 page 253
34.0% "And Vol I ends with Elinor in extreme distress and the reader in extreme suspense! JANE YOU BITCH"
11/21 page 322
43.0% "Poor Col Brandon. He really is rather hunky."
11/21 page 328
44.0% "OMG that scene where Marianne begs Willoughby to speak to her is still wrenching"
11/21 page 332
45.0% "Poor Marianne reminds me of Dorothy Parker's quip that "it is doubtful if Hamlet would have been fun to be with day on day.""
11/21 page 338
46.0% "//sets Willoughby ON FIRE"
11/21 page 350
47.0% "'Pare un libro stampato....'"
11/21 page 361
49.0% "The Annotator: 'To refrain from mentioning something important all through dinner constitutes significant self-restraint in Mrs. Jennings's eyes.' I love this guy."
11/21 page 382
51.0% "My God this is racy backstory."
11/21 page 384
52.0% "Brandon, you are pissing me off with this "Better she die of consumption than live on as a fallen outcast" shit"
11/21 page 388
52.0% "....Brandon, you may love Marianne, but you don't know her very well if you think she's going to give up a single second of suffering."
11/21 page 410
55.0% "DESIGNING HIS OWN FANCY TOOTHPICK-CASE, I totally forgot about that one"
11/21 page 418
56.0% "//pushes John Dashwood under the hooves of a horse where he is bloodily trampled to death"
11/21 page 424
57.0% "wtf is up with the apostrophes and commas here"
11/21 page 430
58.0% "Elinor was pleased that he had called; and still more pleased that she had missed him."
11/21 page 435
59.0% "'Hence in a very brief space the author manages to skewer both this character and most people.' <333 Annotator"
11/21 page 436
59.0% "' -- no poverty of any kind, except of conversation, appeared -- but there, the deficiency was considerable.' No wonder "polite" society was terrified of this woman."
11/21 page 440
59.0% "'peculiar' and 'particular' seem to have switched meanings sometime in the early 20th? century"
11/21 page 448
60.0% "HI, EDWARD ohhhh my God"
11/21 page 462
62.0% ""I come now" - pretty sure this is the first instance of the first-person narrator, would have to check."
11/21 page 474
64.0% "End of Vol II: Lucy Steele has Fanny Dashwood eating out of her hand. Yikes."
11/21 page 488
66.0% "and Elinor goes KABOOM"
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