Sense and Sensibility Author:Jane Austen "I never spent a pleasanter morning in my life." — "I am afraid," replied Elinor, "that the pleasantness of an employment does not always evince its propriety." — "On the contrary, nothing can be a stronger proof of it, Elinor; for if there had been any real impropriety in what I did, I should have been sensible of it at the time, for we always kn... more »ow when we are acting wrong, and with such a conviction I could have had no pleasure."
"But, my dear Marianne..."
Marianne Dashwood, who is mostly sensibility, delights in being impulsive and completely honest, come what may. Her sister Elinor, who is mostly sense, knows that discretion and the occasional polite lie make life much easier. Their beliefs are tested by their romantic entanglements with John Willoughby and Edward Ferrars, as well as by their dealings with the conniving Lucy Steele, rapacious Fanny Dashwood (their sister-in-law), silly Mrs. Jennings, and steady Colonel Brandon.
Like all of Austen's novels, Sense and Sensibility concerns the trials of making a successful marriage. And like the others, it sparkles with wit and charm.« less