“Sense and Sensibility was the first of Jane Austen’s novels to be published. She began to write it sometime around 1797, and she worked on it for many years before its publication in 1811. The title page said that it was written “By a Lady”, and only her immediate family knew that Jane Austen was the author. Impetuous Marianne Dashwood tumbles into a fairytale romance that goes sour, and her practical older sister Elinor copes with the family’s financial problems while hiding her own frustrated romantic hopes. The book was a success, and it even earned a profit!” -http://austen.com/novels.htm
Sense and Sensibility was a great novel- hilarious at times, and frustrating at other times. I mean, Mr. Willoughby was a jerk, Marianne, get over him already! I guess this book could be summed up as a lesson in heartbreak. Restrained on the part of Elinor and definitely not restrained on the part of Marianne. If only life could be like a book right? It’s obvious to the reader from the get-go who is a selfish jerk: Mr. Willoughby, John and Mrs. Dashwood (the heroine’s brother and sister-in-law), and Lucy. The dreamboats are: Colonel Brandon and Edward. Also see: Elinor is always right. We see all this happening, but the characters are so deeply involved in their own problems they can’t see a way out at first. Here we can borrow a good life lesson from Dr. Seuss. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” If only he were alive to help out in 1797.