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message 1: by Heather (new)

Heather (pheather) What did Jane Austen mean be naming book Sense & Sensibility?

Who has sense? Who has sensibility?

message 2: by Irene (new)

Irene | 4 comments Elinor has "sense". She can be relied on to think when all around her are running in circles and letting the "sensibilities" rule them. Marianne is extremely emotional; does not control her feelings. In the Emma Thompson film adaptation of S & S there is a scene that beautifully illustrates what S & S is. Filmed from above it takes place in a small hallway. Mrs. Dashwood, Marianne and young Margaret are all bursting into tears and they go to their respective rooms slamming the doors. Elinor looks at them aghast and then sits on the stairs to have her cup of tea. She has the sense to sit and think while the others are almost out of control with their emotions, feelings, or "sensibilities".

message 3: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen | 20 comments I agree with Irene. Elinor clearly has more sense while Marianne has sensability. She focuses solely on emotions and doesn't use her head at times while Elinor is responsible and controlled. However, by the very end, both girls become more like eachother. Elinor breaks down when Edward finally reveals that he is not married to Lucy and he deeply loves her. Marianne, though still emotionaly, realizes her past flaws of the heart and smartly ends up with COlonel Brandon who truly loves her. I feel like Jane knows that a character can't be completely one-sided. All her novels are full of characters who are realistic....and real people definately evolve with time.

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