Sense and Sensibility: Episode 6, Chapters 26-31

In this episode, we read Chapters 26 to 31 of Sense and Sensibility. We talk about how unsatisfying Ellen found several of these chapters, the role of gossip, the similarity between Elinor’s and Marianne’s situations, the importance of reputation, and whether the turnaround in our perception of Mrs Jennings was planned for by Jane Austen.

We discuss the character of Marianne, then Harriet’s partner, Michael, talks about duelling in Regency England. Harriet talks about how the adaptations present these sections, and how the modernisations update the Willoughby-Colonel Brandon-Marianne stories.

Things we mention:


  • Claire Tomalin, Jane Austen: A Life (1997)
  • Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night (1935) – it is in this book that Lord Peter Wimsey comments on duelling with pistols rather than swords
  • The Regency novels of Georgette Heyer (1902-1974)

Adaptations of the book:

Modernisations of the book:

Creative commons music used:

1 thought on “<em>Sense and Sensibility</em>: Episode 6, Chapters 26-31”

  1. I loved the discussion on duelling, thank you. It’s a fascinating topic. And if you watch Harrow you’d know we still duel in modern day Australia!
    Have you ever watched the duel in a movie called Impromptu? It’s about the writer George Sand and the composer Chopin and their relationship.
    At one point Chopin is in a duel and he faints because he’s so sensitive ? Sand, who has been secretly watching, then runs in, grabs the gun and fights the duel for him.
    It’s hysterically funny and the actors do a great job. The look on actress Judy Davis’ face is part fear, part love and part sheer exasperation that her lover can’t manage something as simple as shooting a gun.


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