Needless to say, I loved Jane from the very first page of Pride and Prejudice. I'm from a family of a lot of girls, so the characters and their concerns seem very real to me. Add to that attraction, I loved everything British:"Masterpiece Theatre," The Rollings Stones, Twiggy, Yardley lipstick--I could go on and on.
Looking back, from where I am in my life right now, I would choose "Sense and Sensibility" as my favorite Jane Austen novel. To me, it echoed my relationship with my sisters; especially between my younger sister and myself. She and I would often say about the novel that she was the "Sense" to my "Sensibility": she was the one who went for the bad boys; for the roller coaster ride; while I played it safe in my world of prudence and sensibility.
My younger sister died six years ago. I often think about Jane Austen's novel as it pertains to her: I remember discussing it with my sister and saying that the scene in the novel where Marianne almost dies is how I would feel towards her if anything ever happened to her.
Unfortunately, my fears came true when my sister, like Marianne in the novel, had a life-threatening illness. Marianne survived; but my sister did not. I loved her with my heart and soul and I dedicate my book to her:
Nonsense and Sensibility:
A Modern Austen Variation
By Louise Hathaway
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