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Written by Carol J.
(9/6/2009 3:57 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Sensibility, penned by BarbaraB
Yes, after previously reading S&S and having watched the two of the adaptations, I agree that JA was not using the word "sensible" as we would use it today. Marianne was not what I would call "sensible". Maybe "sensitive" or "emotional" would be better adjectives for our time. I think JA was trying to convey that Marianne relied on her feelings--her senses.
Honestly, the first time I read S&S, I didn't like Marianne. Since I identified more closely with Elinor, I found Marianne to be shallow and immature. In fact, I felt that way about a number of the characters. Did JA seize upon an aspect of her culture to make a point? But we will have opportunity to discuss that more at a later date...
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