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Words of a Bibliophile

"It's only words, and words are all I have, to take your heart away." —Bee Gees

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Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen A story of two sisters with their different temperaments and complicated love stories. The emotional Marianne falls madly in love with a rascal while her more composed older sister Elinor finds herself attached to a man who's already engaged. Secrets and surprises provides a lot of humor and irony to the story, which I enjoyed (the mind games between Elinor and her rival in love, Lucy Steele, is exceptional). Side characters such as rowdy Mrs. Jennings and rude Mr. Palmer also adds to the comedy. However, I feel that Austen is too lenient towards several male characters: the scoundrel Willoughby is obviously forgiven quite easily, and the weak Edward Ferrars is hardly chided for hiding his engagement. Edward's dishonesty and inconstancy makes it hard for me to consider him as a hero. He makes a stark contrast to the real hero of the story: Colonel Brandon, an old, dull fellow but true gentleman in word and deed.