Sense and Sensibility: Episode 7, Chapters 32-36

In this episode, we read Chapters 32 to 36 of Sense and Sensibility. We talk about how this is a transitional section, and yet contains some of the funniest scenes in the book. We consider the different styles of the intertwined plots (the ‘Marianne plot’, the ‘Elinor plot’ and the ‘moral story’), talk about the comic scenes with Robert Ferrars and with John Dashwood, and the emotional – but also funny – scene with Edward. We also talk about primogeniture and family obligations.

We discuss Mrs Dashwood, and Ellen talks about the London locations in the book (see also this map Harriet has put together). Harriet reviews how the popular culture versions deal with these chapters.

Map of locations:

Google map of the places mentioned in Sense and Sensibility, including approximate locations of the houses. Zoom in to see the London locations.

Colour coding:

  • Red is the Dashwood/Ferrars families
  • Purple is the Jennings/Middleton/Palmer families
  • Dark blue is Brandon
  • Light blue is Willoughby
  • Orange is the Steeles
  • Brown is real locations

Things we mention:


Film and television adaptations of the book:

Modernisations of the book:

Creative commons music used:

1 thought on “<em>Sense and Sensibility</em>: Episode 7, Chapters 32-36”

  1. I’m late to the game. I thoroughly love the podcast. Thank you! I have to say, though, that honestly I think C.Brandon is the one, not Marianne, who is marrying beneath him. I’m with Harriet in that I find Marianne very trying. Brandon is so above her in world view and understanding, she is lucky to have him. That being said, I hope that she had a change of heart and hopefully, for C. Brandon’s sake, a coming of age epiphany. One of her objections about him in the first place was that she believed one can’t have a grand love and then love again but perhaps she realized after the Willoughby debacle, that it is possible to continue living and to find love. Anyway, I know Ellen was annoyed that E and Mrs. D pushed Marianne onto C. Brandon and I was too but for the opposite reason— Brandon, you are the true H of the book. Find someone who deserves you!! ?


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