“I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but, like everybody else, it must be in my own way.”
Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor’s warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Meanwhile Elinor, always sensitive to social convention, is struggling to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Through their parallel experience of love—and its threatened loss—the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love.
My Personal Thoughts
Sense and Sensibility is a classic story which focused on a woman’s struggles and feelings within a patriarchal society during the earlier times (late 1700’s). Heartbreak, falling in love for the first time, and moving on are the best parts of this book that Jane Austen shared to us. Initially, I was bored and could not manage to get into it which was the same as how I felt for Pride and Prejudice. But the latter proved me wrong and it happened to be an instant favourite. It was a different feeling and perception for me with this book as I was also all for enemies to lover which how Darcy and Lizzie went in P&P. For me, this was more of a sisterly love and how family is everything you will have in the end (except for Marianne and Elinor’s elder brother of course!). I was also impressed with a man’s willingness to love someone from afar and wait patiently for her to love him back.
❥ Colonel Brandon’s attitude and pure feelings
❥ Marianne being independent and strong
❥ Writing Style
❥ I felt bored initially
❥ Asshole move of Mr. Willoughby
❥ Not much butterflies in the stomach moments
Character Building: 4⭐️
Writing Style: 4⭐️
Overall, it was an interesting read with lots of messages to empower women given that it was set somewhere between 1792 and 1797 over at southwest England, London, and Sussex. Now I’m off to the next one, Emma.