Posted by Tiffany on December 12, 19100 at 21:53:00:
Sense and Sensibility
It was a difficult time for the Dashwood women. Lacking money and the means to make it, and without any relations thoughtful enough to die and leave them some, they were now unattractive marriage prospects for the well-to-do men and boys who might otherwise have been interested. The best they could do was try to find somewhere to live on their meager budget; somewhere they could live in modest comfort and p the time sewing, and playing the pianoforte, and criticizing each other's décolletage until they had the good sense to die. They found such a place.
Now perhaps we should acquaint ourselves a little better with these poor creatures. Mrs. Dashwood was a lovely lady who was bringing up three very lovely girls; all of them had hair of gold, like their mother, the youngest one in curls. Elinor, the eldest--and, by happy coincidence, the oldest--was a sensible nineteen year old. The middle daughter, Marianne, was seventeen and had her mother's impetuous nature; she had also been endowed by nature with a magnificent bosom that seemed always to be glistening with dew and heaving with youthful ardor. Lastly there was the youngest, Margaret, a rowdy twelve year old without the slightest idea what was going on, and whose silly childhood antics were a great source of relief to her wretched sisters and mother, who might have slit their own miserable throats if Margaret hadn't made them giggle so.
But not all had been so bleak in the weeks before the put-upon Dashwood women were exiled from Norland Park: Fanny's brother, Mr. Edward Ferrars, had dropped by on one of the pointless meandering journeys of the idle rich. Elinor's interest in him appeared to be reciprocated. Mr. Ferrars was of a shy and quiet disposition; he was so abundantly bestowed with all the various virtues that one could barely stand him, and his speech was so polite and deferential as to make no sense whatsoever. He was the very sort of milksop to appeal to Elinor, who graciously forgave his being the likely heir to a vast fortune.
Elinor's mother and sisters were confident that Mr. Ferrars would sooner or later propose marriage, but he expressed no views on the subject despite the fact that his warm regard for Elinor was easily discerned: he had been so forward as to once have let the back of his hand brush against her elbow...
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