Laura Parkinson (stormfeather) wrote,
Laura Parkinson

Parasha: Sense and Sensibility November 15th reading

It's always odd to think of the novels at this time actually coming in novels, so that you have to wait however long to read the continuation of the story. Sorta like manga these days I guess, but still!

Anyhow, at least Elinor has her faults and human side, rather than being just a perfect little creature. Just because she's in love with Edward (and good grief it's hard to type that without thinking of Twilight), she's willing to cut him a lot more slack on the whole "toying with her heart and affection when he knows he's otherwise engaged" thing than I think she should.

It's also interesting to see these characters that are in such a different society in some ways and yet reacting to things the same way we would. It's such an elegant, polite society (at least for the "gentlefolk") on the surface, but you've still got the jealous women seeing someone eyeing "their man" and passive-aggressively warning them off, and the other woman trying to basically prove "oh hey, it doesn't matter to me anyhow."

Speaking of passive-aggressive... oof, yes, poor poor little Annamaria and her basket. At least Lucy's quick to pick up on a hint. Then again, said hint was about as subtle as a brick to the head.

(I would also note at this point that it can be surprisingly difficult to attempt to read through the body of a curled-up cat. Grrr.)

"'Believe me,' and Elinor spoke it with the truest sincerity, 'nothing could be farther from my intention, than to give you such an idea.'" Or "'I dare say Lucy's beau is quite as modest and pretty behaved as Miss Dashwood's.'" Little bits like that are one of the reasons I enjoy Austen. :)

Man, gotta feel for poor Colonel Brandon - walk in to have the girl he loves just run away from him into her room, and then have Mrs. Jennings rub his nose in the thought of Willoughby. At least Elinor has some delicacy!

I can't help but think she might take this delicacy a bit *too* far though in just writing to her mother, and not bothering to sit her own sister down and ask her things herself. I know the times were more reserved, but yeesh. Maybe I'm under/overestimating what would be "done" at the time, but I don't think it would be out of line for Elinor to just ask her sister what the hell is going on! I also think that if she's so fussed about not being able to break Lucy's confidence, she could at least say something along the lines of "I'm not being quiet out of my own reserve, but because I was told something in confidence that I'm not at liberty to discuss," but no, that'd be too relatively open and above-board.


(Again, sorry if these aren't needed!)

"pursuaded to give him Norland living": At the time, various church parishes were part of a "living," which was controlled usually by genteel families. These livings belonged to people/families, and could be bought, sold, etc., like other properties. Whoever owned the living could appoint whatever ordained man they liked to be the minister for the parish, which they'd sometimes do in return for money, like any other business deal. The priest who was appointed to the living would have use of the parish house, and the income of any lands attached to it, as well as a tithe from the parishioners. Said priest might also be able to be assigned to more than one living, and would often then hire out to other ordained men to take over some of their duties in these various locations. Since there were generally a lot more ordained priests than there were positions for them to hold, a lot of them would pretty much scramble for any appointment they could.

"It was late in the morning before they returned home": This would actually probably be early to mid afternoon by our own reckoning. The genteel folk of the time would usually rise somewhat late, from what I gather, and eat breakfast. "Dinner" was originally our lunch, but by this time had shifted to mid-to-late afternoon, often depending on the wealth and class of the family. (Poorer folk for instance would tend to dine earlier to save on the use of candles, which were expensive.) Supper was the last meal of the day, but was falling out of fashion for the upper class by this point, and would usually be a smaller, less formal meal of cold dishes if it appeared at all. There might be a light luncheon during the day if the gap between breakfast and dinner was great, but it hadn't yet shifted into the three "breakfast/lunch/dinner" meals at the times we have them today. Anyhow, back to the original point, "morning" at the time was generally the period up until dinner, so it would stretch a lot longer than it does today.

The remaining schedule. Be there!
Tags: books, parasha, parasha_sense_sensibility
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