Below is a paragraph from a classic English novel Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. Since Austen’s time, most English speakers and writers prefer shorter, more concise sentences. The passage below contains only two periods, and the first is followed by a conjunction to begin the next sentence! (That’s 154 words!) Rewrite the passage, breaking the clauses up into individual sentences to make reading it clearer and more comprehensible.Supported by the conviction of having done nothing to merit her present unhappiness, and consoled by the belief that Edward had done nothing to forfeit her esteem, she thought she could even now, under the first smart of the heavy blow, command herself enough to guard every suspicion of the truth from her mother and sisters. And so well was she able to answer her own expectations, that when she joined them at dinner only two hours after she had first suffered the extinction of all her dearest hopes, no one would have supposed from the appearance of the sisters, that Elinor was mourning in secret over obstacles which must divide her for ever from the object of her love, and that Marianne was internally dwelling on the perfections of a man, of whose whole heart she felt thoroughly possessed, and whom she expected to see in every carriage which drove near their house.
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