My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’ve read this book three times now, and every time I somehow manage to have forgotten how easy it is to hate so many of the characters – but especially Lucy Steele. I don’t think it really occurred to me until my most recent reading just how calculated her cruelty to Elinor is. The other characters go on about Lucy’s lack of learning, and while that may be true, she really is more intelligent than they give her credit for. So, in retrospect, Lucy has moved from my “hate” category to my “love to hate” category. (Fanny Dashwood, however, I will continue to hate on forever and ever.)
I also appreciated this time around how believable Marianne is. She’s sixteen years old – and Austen did a great job getting that point across. Marianne’s feelings for Willoughby and responses to various situations were very realistic. I feel like teens reading this will be able to identify with her.
I won’t go into too much detail on the ending, just in case someone reading this hasn’t read the book or seen the movie (how…?), but no matter how many times I read this book, it’s golden every time.
Sense and Sensibility isn’t my favorite of Jane Austen’s novels, but I still consider it a solid read.