My throw back nazi-feminism refused to let me even acknowledge it was worth the time to read it, I had this idea of Jane based on my idea of the times she lived in.
But then I bought this Sony Reader and I went to a public domain site that lets you download free books and there was Jane on the list. I decided I might as well give it a go. Also, I watched the movie Becoming Jane and realized that Jane isn't exactly who I thought she was in the first place.
Then I went to Portland and spent several hours traveling and just sitting while Katy worked Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. So I read Sense & Sensibility.
The story revolves around Elinor and Marianne, two
daughters of Mr. Dashwood by his second wife. They have a younger sister,
Margaret, and an older half-brother named John. When their father dies, the
family estate passes to John, and the Dashwood women are left in reduced
circumstances. The novel follows the Dashwood sisters to their new home, a
cottage on a distant relative's property, where they experience both romance and
heartbreak. The contrast between the sisters' characters is eventually resolved
as they each find love and lasting happiness. Through the events in the novel,
Elinor and Marianne find a balance between sense (or pure logic) and sensibility
(or pure emotion) in life and love.
Despite my best efforts I truly enjoyed this book. I found myself racing through chapters and wondering what was going to happen next. I gasped in places (especially the end) and felt frustrated in others when what I was clearly seeing wasn't occurring to these girls!
I enjoyed it immensely and even went on to Pride & Prejudice.