Sense and Sensibility: Episode 10, Chapters 47-50

In this episode, we read the final chapters of Sense and Sensibility. We talk about Elinor being the ‘moral spokesperson’ for the book, why Marianne marries Colonel Brandon, how Edward is less dashing than both Willoughby and Brandon, the social and financial gap between Elinor and Marianne after their marriages, and Lucy’s marriage to Robert. … Read more Sense and Sensibility: Episode 10, Chapters 47-50

Sense and Sensibility: Episode 9, Chapters 42-46

In this episode, we read Chapters 42 to 46 of Sense and Sensibility. We talk about how Marianne’s illness is presented (including the un-dramatic way in which she gets sick, and the lack of emotional response), what Colonel Brandon could be doing all day, how Mrs Dashwood is pushing Colonel Brandon and Marianne together, and … Read more Sense and Sensibility: Episode 9, Chapters 42-46

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 … Read more Sense and Sensibility: Episode 7, Chapters 32-36

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. … Read more Sense and Sensibility: Episode 6, Chapters 26-31

Sense and Sensibility: Episode 5, Chapters 21-25

In this episode, we read Chapters 21 to 25 of Sense and Sensibility. We talk about Jane Austen’s use of compound sentences, Lady Middleton’s concern with gentility, the verbal fencing match between Elinor and Lucy, Elinor’s emotions, and Mrs Jennings’ invitation to Elinor and Marianne. We discuss Lucy and Anne Steele, and then Ellen talks … Read more Sense and Sensibility: Episode 5, Chapters 21-25

Sense and Sensibility: Episode 4, Chapters 16-20

In this episode, we read Chapters 16 to 20 of Sense and Sensibility. We talk about how Marianne indulges her feelings, whether Jane Austen knew what Marianne and Willoughby talked about before he left, the clearer picture we get of Edward in these chapters, and Edward’s invisible servant. The characters we discuss are Mr and … Read more Sense and Sensibility: Episode 4, Chapters 16-20

Sense and Sensibility: Episode 3, Chapters 12-15

In this episode, we read Chapters 12 to 15 of Sense and Sensibility. We talk about Margaret’s contribution to the plot, how Elinor and Marianne’s debate on sense vs sensibility moves from the theoretical to the practical, the linking of propriety with morality, how the mystery subplot is quite unusual in Jane Austen, and the … Read more Sense and Sensibility: Episode 3, Chapters 12-15

Sense and Sensibility: Episode 1, Chapters 1-5

In this episode, we read the first five chapters of Sense and Sensibility. We give a brief publishing history, and talk about the themes of sense and sensibility, the lack of dialogue in the first chapter, how much money the Dashwoods have, the emphasis on caring about the arts, how very young the girls are, … Read more Sense and Sensibility: Episode 1, Chapters 1-5