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Written by Barb JA
(9/6/2009 8:21 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Sensible?, penned by Carol J.
Margaret, the other sister, was a good-humoured, well-disposed girl; but as she had already imbibed a good deal of Marianne's romance, without having much of her sense;
With the title as it is, Austen must have meant to use those specific words to describe Marianne for a reason.
I admit I did get my definitions from a current 2007 Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus. The only definitions of "sensible" regarding "feeling" were - b perceptible by the senses c great enough to be perceived.
I have read of the idea of "sensibility" as BarbaraB says above. It is not something I've studied- just by reading the critiques contained in my copies of the book S&S.
Here are a few quotes from the Henry Hitchings afterword in my B&N Collectors library edition from 2003
But Austen has just told us that Marianne has sense. So does Marianne have common sense? restraint (snort) and social responsibility?
One more quote from Hitchings- speaking about 18th century new theory
Here are a couple of quote's from the introduction by Peter Conrad in my copy of 1992 Everyman's Library edition
Sense and Sensibility are not antagonistic but interdependent... 'Sense' generates 'sensibility' and ramifies into variant terms like 'sensitivity' or 'sentimentality' each extending and qualifying the original meaning.
I tend to agree with the idea that sense cannot be the opposite of sensibility, just because that makes more sense :-) to me.
Just one more quote from Peter Conrad to stew over...
I'm here to be enlightened about this book I love. If anyone can expand on the meanings of the words during that time it would surely help my understanding.
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