Check out my Sense and Sensibility book summary and review  that I created to help you understand the basics of this great book.Sense and Sensibility is a 1995 film directed by Ang Lee, starring Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant and Robert Hardy, winner of the Golden Globe for Best Drama of 1995 and the Golden Bear. Gold at the 1996 Berlin Film Festival. The film also won the Oscar for Best Non-Original Screenplay in 1996 (the award goes to Emma Thompson). The film is based on the novel of the same name by Jane Austen. In the soundtrack, Jane Eaglen sings in two songs.

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 Sense and Sensibility book summary

 Mrs. Dashwood and her daughters Elinor, Marianne and Margaret are impoverished due to the death of Mr. Dashwood. Their property, Norland, passes to John Dashwood, son of Mr. Dashwood's first marriage. Although John promised his father that he would take care of his stepmother and half-sisters,

 his wife Fanny, a deeply selfish woman, easily convinces him not to give them his father's inheritance. Dashwood women are treated as "unwelcome" guests in their own home and are soon forced to find a new home.

Simultaneously with these facts, Elinor falls in love with Fanny's brother, Edward Ferrars, a quiet, modest and kind man. Edward does not aspire to lead a good life pursuing a political career, as his mother and sister would like.

Either way, Edward's luck is tied to his maternal decisions. Elinor knows that Mrs. Ferrars wants her son to marry a high-ranking woman and therefore she is under no illusion that she is making her dream come true.

Mrs. Dashwood and her daughters soon leave Norland to move to Barton Cottage. The owner of the cottage is Sir John Middleton, a distant cousin of theirs, who offers it to him at a special price. Sir John lives in Barton Park, along with his mother-in-law, Mrs Jennigs, and his home is frequented by Colonel Brandon, 35, an old friend of Sir John's.

Mrs Jennings, who is a very jovial old lady and a lover of gossip, soon decides that Colonel Brandon must have fallen in love with Marianne, who instead considers the officer a hardened bachelor, elderly and sick, unable to fall in love with anyone. or to inspire love in someone.

As Marianne walks with Margaret (her her younger sister) around Barton Cottage, she is surprised by the rain. She slips on the wet grass and sprains her ankle. She is immediately saved by John Willoughby, an attractive young man passing by. Marianne is fascinated by the young man's gallant demeanor as she brings his home and her family is equally fascinated.

After this incident, Willoughby begins to visit Marianne every day. The two become very close and therefore Elinor and Mrs. Dashwood suspect they are secretly engaged, but Mrs. Dashwood's sentimental nature forbids them from following Elinor's advice to explicitly ask Marianne to explain her relationship with Willoughby. . The young girl in love is incredulous when, suddenly, Willoughby decides to leave for London on business and announces that he won't be back for a year.

Even more visitors arrive, this time destined for Barton Park. They are the daughter and son-in-law of Lady Middleton and Lucy Steele, a distant cousin, who confides in Elinor that she has been secretly engaged to Edward Ferrars for five years. Elinor, who is dating Lucy, realizes that Edward's engagement dates back to a time in her life when he was young and very influential.

Elinor and Marianne spend the winter at Mrs Jennigs' home in London. Marianne writes to Willoughby, but her letters remain unanswered. The expected meeting will finally take place during a party, in which the young man treats both sisters with coldness and lack of courtesy.

The next day, in response to a last letter from Marianne, a cold message finally arrives from Willoughby, informing her that he is her boyfriend and is about to marry Miss Gray, a woman of very rich but inferior birth. Marianne confesses to Elinor that she and Willoughby had never been engaged, but that she loves him and he has led her to believe she is reciprocated.

 Colonel Brandon also reveals to Elinor that Willoughby had also seduced his adopted daughter, Berth Williams, but that he abandoned her as soon as she found out she was pregnant, thus losing the substantial inheritance of her aunt, who discovered she defeated him. A few days later,

Mrs. Jennigs informs Elinor that Mrs. Ferrars has discovered Edward's secret engagement to Lucy and that, after Edward's refusal to break the engagement, her mother disinherited him. Elinor and Marianne feel sorry for Edward and believe it is honorable for a man to keep his promises,

 even if it means being tied to a woman who will never make him happy. Colonel Brandon, knowing how difficult it can be to start a new life when he is hampered, offers Edward the parish of Delaford, although he knows very little about it, asking Elinor to speak to Edward as his friend.

Marianne, returning from London, falls seriously ill after a walk in the rain and Colonel Brandon, after saving her from her, leaves to fetch her mother and take her to her. Marianne recovers from her illness and the Dashwoods return to Barton Cottage.

The Dashwood family learns that Lucy has married Ferrars. However, the following day comes an unexpected visit from Edward himself, which reveals that his brother Robert was married to Lucy. Edward also says he was trapped in an engagement to a woman he hadn't loved for a long time and who,

maliciously, broke the engagement only to marry his brother Robert, who got rich by inheriting Edward's lost fortune in honor. of him. Edward asks Elinor to marry him and she accepts. Marianne, now mature, decides to marry Colonel Brandon, preferring to her passion the respect she feels for him. In the novel but also in the film, after the wedding, Marianne will understand that she loves the colonel more than she loved Willoughby.

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