Favorite Author Jane Austen ~ Sense and Sensibility

Over Easter as I drove down to 
visit with our daughter
I stopped by Magnolia Market
and picked up a few gifts
and one in particular
for myself ~
a copy of the novel
Sense and Sensibility

I re-watched Sense and Sensibility the other night ~ photographed off our living room television.  Love this scene with Mrs. Dashwood {Gemma Jones} and Miss Marianne {Kate Winslet}.  Been playing with my decorating, too.   🙂

Sense and Sensibility

It is by far my absolute favorite book
since becoming an adult with
Pride and Prejudice
falling close on its ethereal complex
human heart heels.

Anyway, I had to share this lovely edition
with you as it harkens back to the “first edition”
the way Jane Austen originally had her work published.
{the quote marks are single marks, not double like today’s, and other nuances.}
The copy of Pride and Prejudice
I picked up at a thrift shop in St. Ives
while there in England in 2005
is styled the same way.

from my Instagram

The story

Sense and Sensibility tells the tale of a family 
who have just lost their father and are 
now having to move out of 
their ancestral home
as the older half-brother and his wife
are to inherit and move in.

More than that, though, it is a story about love…
A mother’s love for her children
the love each of the older daughters find
jilted and broken hearts
estranged lovers and 
all the consequences
of a life lived in a tough world
set in an 
idyllic time and place.

Taking tea at the Chocolate Angel Tearoom I discovered the other day… 
an upcoming post for sure. 😉
Sense and Sensibility with its complex
relationships between each character
makes for a fun read!
And, if you’ve never watched the 
Ang Lee film
of the 
same name with the screenplay 
by Emma Thompson
{who plays Miss Dashwood, Eleanor}
it’s definitely one for anyone who likes
period films!

{It definitely goes along with Downton Abbey in my collection and hopefully yours!}

A tea at our Big House a couple of years ago.

Sonnet 116 ~ Let Me Not to the 

Marriage of True Minds

Let me not to the marriage of true minds 
Admit impediments. Love is not love 
Which alters when it alteration finds, 
Or bends with the remover to remove. 
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark 
That looks on tempests and is never shaken; 
It is the star to every wand’ring bark, 
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken. 
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks 
Within his bending sickle’s compass come; 
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, 
But bears it out even to the edge of doom. 
If this be error and upon me prov’d, 
I never writ, nor no man ever lov’d.

~ William Shakespeare ~

Marianne quotes this as she gets to know Willoughby ~ 
the love she and he wish for
but cannot have…

Eleanor and Marianne

They struggle to find happiness with regards to love
as the story unfolds but 
in the end they find their dreams
though not quite like 
they had planned it.

Even though I’ve read this book
a bunch of times,
I like that Jane Austen’s novels 
always have happy endings ~ 
they foster a bit of
much needed happiness into 
our own lives.

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” 
― C.S. Lewis

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Happy reading, Everybody!

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