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Sense and Sensibility (version 2)

Jane Austen

This is a story of the English moneyed class and its eternal struggle for creating “sense and sensibility” in its world. A potential marriage prospect must make “sense” by bringing with it enough assets and income to permit the couple to continue to live in happy, idle leisure, complete with servants and a prestigious address. Provided one can find such a match among the eligible persons of the opposite sex, one then hopes for “sensibility”, or capacity for emotion, so that if love is not immediately to hand, it might come around later. And while these gentlemen and ladies make their hopeful pirouettes in the social eye, they must of course adhere to all the forms of civility. Jane Austen writes of the family of a gentleman named Dashwood who dies and leaves most of his fortune to his son, with the understanding that he will “look out for” his mother and three sisters. When that son marries a grasping woman who convinces him that his sisters’ funds are suitable to their needs and so require no contributions from his inherited fortune, the sisters are left to play the game of “Sense and Sensibility” in earnest. But all’s not fair in love. Carefully prepared “attachments” can and do go awry when gentlemen find other young women of greater fortunes than the Dashwood sisters. So, will they marry for love? Or money? Or perhaps, not at all? (Summary by Mark F. Smith)

This is a story of the English moneyed class and its eternal struggle for creating “sense and sensibility” in its world. A potential marriage prospect must make “sense” by bringing with it enough assets and income to permit the couple to continue to live in happy, idle leisure, complete with servants and a prestigious address. Provided one can find such a match among the eligible persons of the opposite sex, one then hopes for “sensibility”, or capacity for emotion, so that if love is not immediately to hand, it might come around later. And while these gentlemen and ladies make their hopeful pirouettes in the social eye, they must of course adhere to all the forms of civility. Jane Austen writes of the family of a gentleman named Dashwood who dies and leaves most of his fortune to his son, with the understanding that he will “look out for” his mother and three sisters. When that son marries a grasping woman who convinces him that his sisters’ funds are suitable to their needs and so require no contributions from his inherited fortune, the sisters are left to play the game of “Sense and Sensibility” in earnest. But all’s not fair in love. Carefully prepared “attachments” can and do go awry when gentlemen find other young women of greater fortunes than the Dashwood sisters. So, will they marry for love? Or money? Or perhaps, not at all? (Summary by Mark F. Smith)
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Genres:

Romance

Description:

This is a story of the English moneyed class and its eternal struggle for creating “sense and sensibility” in its world. A potential marriage prospect must make “sense” by bringing with it enough assets and income to permit the couple to continue to live in happy, idle leisure, complete with servants and a prestigious address. Provided one can find such a match among the eligible persons of the opposite sex, one then hopes for “sensibility”, or capacity for emotion, so that if love is not immediately to hand, it might come around later. And while these gentlemen and ladies make their hopeful pirouettes in the social eye, they must of course adhere to all the forms of civility. Jane Austen writes of the family of a gentleman named Dashwood who dies and leaves most of his fortune to his son, with the understanding that he will “look out for” his mother and three sisters. When that son marries a grasping woman who convinces him that his sisters’ funds are suitable to their needs and so require no contributions from his inherited fortune, the sisters are left to play the game of “Sense and Sensibility” in earnest. But all’s not fair in love. Carefully prepared “attachments” can and do go awry when gentlemen find other young women of greater fortunes than the Dashwood sisters. So, will they marry for love? Or money? Or perhaps, not at all? (Summary by Mark F. Smith)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

13h 28m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

11:33


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

13:56


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

10:59


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

13:30


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:15


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:57


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:52


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:47


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

12:29


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

14:17


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

10:20


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

11:13


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

14:08


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

10:12


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

17:03


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

14:03


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

11:36


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

10:32


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

19:07


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

15:26


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

19:27


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

19:19


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

16:23


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

14:16


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

12:59


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

17:00


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

17:00


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

09:58


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

26:19


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

20:19


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

25:34


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

16:43


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

19:54


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

18:06


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

15:56


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

20:12


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

28:25


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

19:17


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

13:09


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

16:20


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

17:06


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

12:31


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

24:14


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

37:47


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

15:08


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

20:45


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

16:04


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

09:19


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

27:35


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

17:28