Posted by Gayle on August 06, 1998 at 21:39:45:
Hello fellow citizens of RoP. This is the first time I've ventured over to this board. I have remained on P&P2, Persuasion, L&T mainly, although I am a big fan of all of JA's books and most of the film adaptations.
Earlier this week, my husband received an old paperback book entitled How to Become Ridiculously Well-Read in One Evening which is a collection of literary encapsulations compiled and edited by E. O. Parrott, published by Penguin back in 1985. I was delighted to find very witty writings (encapsulations) on all of JA's six novels except for Northanger Abbey. I posted the poems of Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice on their respective boards. Folks seem to like them, so I promised to post them all and am here to do that now. I hope all of you will excuse my intrusion and I do hope you enjoy this little poem about one of our favorite books. This poem is written by Joyce Johnson
Sense and Sensibility
This is the tale of Marianne,
Who fell in love with one young man,
So handsome, witty, warm and strong.
She thought that he could do no wrong.
Thus, when he went away and wed
An heiress who was rich, instead,
It ruined all her dreams romantic,
And drove the poor girl nearly frantic.
She carried on, and would not smile
Upon a colonel, who the while
Had loved her with a strong affection.
What this girl wanted was Perfection,
But he spoke no impassion'd verse,
He seemed so old -- and what was worse --
He wore a flannel waistcoat.
Her sister, who had much more sense,
Although her feelings were intense
When she felt left upon the shelf,
Had kept them strictly to herself.
Meanwhile she cared for Marianne,
And in due course the girl began
To see the imbecility
Her sister, too, got back her man
And much rejoiced when Marianne
Began to look upon the colonel
With feelings more than just fraternal,
For she had known, right from the start,
That there can beat a constant heart
Beneath a flannel waistcoat.
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