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Thank you so much to everyone who attended our Bridget Jones's Diary meeting! It was so wonderful to talk with you all again! I hope you all had a wonderful time!
Originally titled Elinor and Marianne, Sense and Sensibility is the story of two sisters. They are completely opposite in temper and we watch them navigate their lives after the death of their father. Elinor, full of sense and obligation, is the reserved one who keeps the family together during this transition of being uprooted whilst in mourning. Marianne, on the other hand, is much more outwardly emotive and lets her sensibilities run wild while being open to everything and everyone. Each of the girls follow their own path towards what they believe to be what they want. And though they try their hardest to adjust, the way they deal with the obstacles, such as love, obsessively nosy relatives, and society, will ultimately define them. In this novel, we get another glimpse into the middle class where the family money, land, and titles are passed down to the male relative and what can happen when you have to rely on unreliable family.
It is debated whether Austen, herself, when thinking of love, favoured Sense or Sensibility. It is mentioned in some way in all of her novels. We see almost every female character have this exact struggle within themselves whether it is a matter of love or in knowing oneself. Is it better to have good sense and follow one's head or to have expressive sensibilities and follow one's heart?
Since this will be a virtual event, 'There is no need to stand upon ceremony' at Barton Park, but we do ask that you please have your RSVP updated by the day of the meeting!
We will also choose our next book at this meeting.
Looking forward to seeing you there!