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《Sense and Sensibility(理智与情感)》‘Young women who have no economic or political power must attend to the serious business of contriving material security', lane Austen's sardonic humour lays bare the stratagems, the hypocrisy and the poignancy inherent in the struggles of two very different sisters to achieve respectability.
Sense and Sensibility is a delightful comedy of manners in which the sisters Elinor and Marianne represent these two qualities. Elinor's character is one of Augustan detachment, while Marianne, a fervent disciple of the Romantic Age, learns to curb her passionate nature in the interests of survival.
This book,the first of Austen's novels to be published,remains as fresh a cautionary tale today as it ever was.
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As nearly flawless as any fiction could be.
Two sisters of opposing temperaments but who share the pangs of tragic love provide the subjects for Sense and Sensibility. Elinor, practical and conventional, is the epitome of sense; Marianne, emotional and sentimental, the embodiment of sensibility. To each comes the sorrow of unhappy love: Elinor desires a man who is promised to another while Marianne loses her heart to a scoundrel who jilts her. Their mutual suffering brings a closer understanding between the two sisters--and true love finally triumphs when sense gives way to sensibility and sensibility gives way to sense.
Jane Austen was a major English novelist, whose brilliantly witty, elegantly structured satirical fiction marks the transition in English literature from 18th century neo-classicism to 19th century romanticism.
Jane Austen was born on 16 December,1775 and died on 18 July 1817.The seventh of eight children of the Reverend George Austen and his wife, Cassandra, she was educated mainly at home and never lived apart from her family.At the age of 14 she wrote her first novel, Love and Freindship (sic) and then A History of England by a partial, prejudiced and ignorant Historian, together with other very amusing juvenilia. In her early twenties Jane Austen wrote the novels that were later to be re-worked and published as Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey.
ONE Down the Rabbit-Hole
TWO The Pool of Tears
THREE A Caucus-Race and a Long Tale
FOUR The Rabbit Sends in a Little Bill
FIVE Advice from a Caterpillar
SIX Pig and Pepper
SEVEN A Mad Tea-Party
EIGHT The Queen's Croquet Ground
NINE The Mock Turtle's Story
TEN The Lobster Quadrille
ELEVEN Who Stole the Tarts?
TWELVE Alice's Evidence
Mrs Dashwood was sorry for what she had said; but it gave Elinorpleasure, as it produced a reply from Marianne so expressive ofconfidence in Willoughby and knowledge of his intentions.One morning, about a week after his leaving the country, Mariannewas prevailed on to join her sisters in their usual walk, instead ofwandering away by herself. Hitherto she had carefully avoided everycompanion in her rambles. If her sisters intended to walk on thedowns, she directly stole away towards the lanes; if they talked of thevalley, she was as speedy in climbing the hills, and could never be foundwhen the others set off. But at length she was secured by the exertionsof Elinor, who greatly disapproved such continual seclusion. Theywalked along the road through the valley, and chiefly in silence, forMarianne's mind could not be controlled, and Elinor, satisfied withgaining one point, would not then attempt more. Beyond the entranceof the valley, where the country, though still rich, was less wild andmore open, a long stretch of the road which they had travelled on firstcoming to Barton lay before them; and on reaching that point, theystopped to look around them, and examine a prospect which formedthe distance of their view from the cottage, from a spot'which they hadnever happened to reach in any of their walks before.Amongst the objects in the scene, they soon discovered an animatedone; it was a man on horseback, riding towards them. In a few minutesthey could distinguish him to be a gentleman; and in a momentafterwards Marianne rapturously exclaimed,'It is he; indeed it is; - I know it is！' - and was hastening to meet him,when Elinor cried out,'Indeed Marianne, I think you are mistaken. It is not Willoughby.The person is not tall enough for him, and has not his air.''He has, he has,' cried Marianne, 'I am sure he has！ - his air, his coat,his horse. I knew how soon he would come.'She walked eagerly on as she spoke; and Elinor, to screen Mariannefrom particularity, as she felt almost certain of its not being Willoughby,quickened her pace and kept up with her. They were soon within thirtyyards of the gentleman. Marianne looked again; her heart sunk withinher: and abruptly turning round, she was hurrying back, when as thevoices of both her sisters were raised to detain her, a third, almost aswell known as Willoughby's, joined them in begging her to stop, andshe turned round with surprise to see and welcome Edward Ferrars.
Sense and Sensibility：This selection of Carroll's works includes Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass, both containing the famous illustrations by Sir John Tenniel. No greater books for children have ever been written. The simple language, dreamlike atmosphere, and fantastical characters are as appealing to young readers today as ever they were.
Meanwhile, however, these apparently simple stories have become recognised as adult masterpieces, and extraordinary experiments, years ahead of their time, in Modernism and Surrealism. Through wordplay, parody and logical and philosophical puzzles, Carroll engenders a variety of sub-texts, teasing, ominous or melancholy. For all the surface playfulness there is meaning everywhere. The author reveals himself in glimpses.