Laura Parkinson (stormfeather) wrote,
Laura Parkinson

Parasha: Sense and Sensibility November 5th reading

I like the note that Barton cottage is "defective" as a cottage because it's too big (it has garrets ffs), well-repaired, etc. Although the author doesn't say it, I suspect that Marianne is a bit disappointed!

I like how Mrs. Dashwood is planning to renovate the place that she's only renting, although I suppose that was more common at the time. I'd love to see a present day landlord's reaction, though, if they walked into a house they were renting out to find major reconstruction had happened!

"till all these alterations could be made from the savings of an income of five hundred a year by a woman who never saved in her life"... Heh. I enjoy Austen's humor, usually. Gentle like this, not really hidden, but just subtle enough that you can miss it if you're not paying attention.

And we are introduced to the Middletons, an odd but strangely endearing mix of positives and negatives, especially on his part. And incidentally we meet their older son, and it's refreshing I suppose to see that children (and the admiration thereof) are the same, now or then!

We also meet Lady Middleton's mother and Colonel Brandon for the first time, and I must admit that my mental view of the later is forever colored after having seen the movie version, in which he was played by Alan Rickman. But at least not too strongly, since I'd read the book multiple times before that!

And Colonel Brandon is practically ancient to the younger girls, being "on the wrong side of five and thirty"... ouch! Where's my cane, damnit?

Vocabulary/setting: Jointure (in regards to Mrs. Jennings' wealth) - this, if I'm remembering correctly, was one of the things that was provided for in marriage agreements when a couple of this class wed, especially for if the husband pre-deceased the wife (as happened here). Jointure was the money that the widow would receive upon her husband's death, Pin money I believe was money that it was stipulated he'd have to provide for her amusements or what have you during his life, and there was one other which I forget off-hand which provided for any children of the union upon the father's death. At least, that's what I remember from my annotated version of Pride and Prejudice.

Good grief, the discussion with Marianne about Colonel Brandon's age shows her in one of her most ridiculous lights. Yeesh.

It seems a bit odd to think of someone just leaving a gun lying around on the ground where anyone could come upon it! Although I guess there wasn't much choice available, in this case. But it's just odd, given our gun-leery culture!

And enter Willoughby, who quite literally sweeps Marianne off her feet. Well, okay, maybe not literally since she was already off her feet, but he does pick her up and carry her!

Remember, we're covering Chapters 10-13 on Monday!
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