usage of the word "sensible"
Posted by Bonny on April 14, 1998 at 04:58:20:
Sorry if this is the wrong place to ask this, indeed it doesn't have so very much to do with "Life and Times" as with one particular novel, NA, but it does relate to the meaning of hte word at the time NA was written. So, I understand the distinction between sense and sensibility as drawn by JA in S&S, but, "sensible" it's derived from sense right, but does it relate to sense-reason-rationality or sensibility-feeling-emotion. Just want to make sure it's the former in the particular instances I am concerned with:
"a sensible man like Mr Allen"
"administering to the vanity of others which a sensible person would always wish to avoid"
I must admit that these sentences make much more sense to me if "sensible" is read as I have been reading it. If not I shall have to revise long-held views.
Also "if my daughters are silly I hope always to be sensible of it"
- please help!! megan mcguiness 18:54:50 4/14/98 (1)
- Woah, there! Caroline 19:54:19 4/14/98 (0)
- sensible agt3 18:29:54 4/14/98 (0)
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