Sense & Sensibility

Author: Jane Austen

Publisher: Fingerprint Publishers

Genre: Classic, Romance

Ratings: ⭐️⭐️⭐️


Sense & Sensibility is the story of two sisters, one emotionally reserved and proper and the other emotionally volatile, as they struggle with life and relationships following death of their father.

After her husband’s death, Mrs. Dashwood with her three daughters move from their home at Norland to Barton Cottage. Elinor is sad to leave because she has become attached to Edward Ferrars, the brother-in-law of her half-brother John. At Barton Park, Elinor and Marianne meet new acquaintances. John Willoughby and Marianne courts openly, and together the two flaunt their attachment to one another. One fine day, Willoughby announces his departure to London, leaving Marianne lovesick and miserable. The Middleton’s guest, Lucy Steel informs Elinor about her secret engagement with Mr. Ferrars.

The novel follows, Elinor and Marianne travel London, living at Mrs. Jennings’ residence, knowing more about their felicitous relationships.

Quietness of manner was no longer uninteresting when she knew his heart to be warm and his temper affectionate.


NUTs and BOLTs

  • The novel has a large cast of characters, each with unique personality and varied level of likeability.
  • The Dashwood sisters have a refined taste and are far more discerning in regards to men.
  • Though the sisters have their values, faults, and approach to life; they help and look out for each other.
  • Elinor’s approach of being sensible is shown extreme. Somewhere, the balance has to be met.
  • Marianne is too self-righteous and annoying. She turns a new leaf in the end, but it comes to late to like her.
  • Mrs. Jennings’s characterization is hilarious.
  • Unlike other Austen reads, the obsession with money is vividly shown.
  • The romance is fickle and self involved.

Persuasion

Author: Jane Austen

Publisher: Amazon Classic (Kindle Version)

Genre: Classic, Fiction, Romance

Ratings: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5


Frederick aka Captain Wentworth and Anne Elliot first fell in love when she was nigh teen, but he had no money, and her family objected, persuaded her to refuse him.

You are never sure of a good impression being durable, everbody may sway it. Let those who would be happy be firm.

The Elliot’s are a respected, landowning family at Kellynch, with three daughters. The youngest is married to a wealthy man, Charles Mangrove. The lavish overspend has brought the Elliot’s into a great debt, to which they decide to relocate themselves to a house in Bath, leaving their mansion to well-mannered Navy people.

Prior to moving to Bath with her father and sister, Anne visits her younger sister’s place at Uppercross. Anne finds the Musgrove family absolutely delightful and marvels the bustling household.

A recent and regular visitor at Uppercross is Captain Wentworth, a friend to Mr. Musgrove. Shortly, the Musgrove family and Captain make a trip to Lyme to their friend’s place. There Anne meets a good-looking gentleman, later to be known as Mr. Elliot, one of his cousins.

After Christmas, Anne joins her family in Bath. She is then formally introduced to her cousin, she reacquaints herself with an old school friend who makes her learn a hidden past, and the Crofts arrive with news of two engagement. Anne is overjoyed to know that Captain Wentworth is not promised to Lousia!


NUTs and BOLTs

  • The first half of the book has an autumnal feel, when Anne’s hopes and she herself is disregarded and mistreated by almost everyone around her. Then the slow, gradual return of joy and hope is seen in Anne’s life.
  • The writing is simple and quite. Even the declaration of love is done in a subdued form.
  • Austen has created the pain-in-ass characters with great perception.

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Yes. We certainly do not forget you as soon as you forget us. It is, perhaps, our fate rather than our merit. We cannot help ourselves. We live at home, quite, confined, and our feelings prey upon us. You are forced on exertion. You have always a profession, pursuits, business of some sort or other, to take you back into the world immediately, and continual occupation and change soon weaken impressions.

Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen

Publisher: Amazon Classic

Genre: Classic Literature, Fiction, Romance

Ratings: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Mrs. Bennet is desperate to see all her five daughters married to secure the family’s future happiness and security, as on their father’s death, the house would be inherited by a distant cousin.

The rich young gentlemen cause great stir in the village of Longbourn, the village where the Bennets’ reside. On one such fancy evening, Mr. Bingley is taken with Jane, the eldest and beautiful Bennet sister. While Mr. Darcy on his first encounter with the clever Elizabeth, is less pleased. However, on the subsequent meets he finds himself increasingly attracted to Elizabeth’s charm and intelligence.

Meanwhile, the Bennet girls become friendly with the militia officers, is where they meet Mr. Wickham. Wickham has an inclination towards Elizabeth. He narrates on how Mr. Darcy cheated him out an inheritance.

Earlier in the winter, Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy leave for London. Mr. Collin, the cousin announces his engagement with Elizabeth’s friend.

People alter so much, that there is always something new to observe on them for ever.

In spring, as promised Elizabeth visits Charlotte, her friend’s place. One day there, Mr. Darcy makes a shocking proposal of marriage, which Elizabeth bluntly refuses. She blames him for steering Mr. Bingley away from Jane and, ill-treating Mr. Wickham.  Mr. Darcy leaves that moment, later sending a letter to Elizabeth.

The letter causes Elizabeth to reevaluate her feelings for Mr. Darcy.

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NUTs and BOLTs

  • The depiction of the social background, makes it easier to understand and relate to the character.
  • It is dialogue driven.
  • The desperation of marriage of hunt is serious & seriously shown.

P.S. i’m unable to get the NUTs and BOLTs 😖

Just one thing: sit with a dictionary. 😂

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