The year of celebrating Sense & Sensibility at the blog My Jane Austen Book Club continues this month with my post on “Secrets in Sense & Sensibility”:
“Come, come, let’s have no secrets among friends.”
[Image: Vintage Classics cover]
Mrs. Jennings may request “no secrets among friends,” and Marianne may “abhor all concealment” (p. 53), but Sense and Sensibility is chock full of both – many secrets, much concealed – within each character, between characters, and between the author and the reader.
P. D. James, in her essay “Emma Considered as a Detective Story,” defines the detective story as one “requiring a mystery, facts which are hidden from the reader but which he or she should be able to discover by logical deduction from clues inserted in the novel with deceptive cunning but essential fairness. It is about evaluating evidence…it is concerned with bringing order out of disorder and restoring peace and tranquility to a world temporarily disrupted by the intrusions of alien influences” (James, p. 243-44)
Such is Emma, truly a mystery, where Jane Austen gives us clues and puzzles and hints along the way, whereby we the reader can solve the underlying mystery right along with Mr. Knightley, who gets awfully close, but not quite close enough, to the solution….
… Continue reading at My Jane Austen Book Club
The Giveaway: You can comment either here or on Maria Grazia’s blog to be entered into the giveaway:
Can you remember the first time you read Sense and Sensibility? What secret in the novel most surprised you?
Random drawing for one of my favorites of the numerous Jane Austen gift books: Jane Austen Speaks to Women, by Edith Lank (2000) . As usual, please, don’t forget to add your e-mail address to your comment.
The giveaway is open worldwide . Winner will be announced on June 30th.
“Elinor agreed to it all, for she did not think he deserved the compliment of rational opposition.” [Elinor in Sense & Sensibility]
The monthly S&S posts on Maria’s blog can be viewed here:
1. January: Jennifer Becton Men, Marriage and Money in Sense and Sensibility
2. February: Alexa Adams Sense and Sensibility on Film
3. March: C. Allyn Pierson Property and Inheritance Law in S &S
4. April: Beth Pattillo Lost in Sense and Sensibility
5. May: Jane Odiwe Willoughby: a rogue on trial
6. June: Deb @JASNA Vermont Secrets in Sense and Sensibility
7. July: Laurie Viera Rigler Interview with Lucy Steele
8. August: Regina Jeffers Settling for the Compromise Marriage
9. September: Lynn Shepherd The origins of S&S: Richardson, Jane Austen, Elinore & Marianne
10. October: Meredith @Austenesque Reviews Sense and Sensibility fanfiction
11. November: Vic @Jane Austen’s World Minor characters in Sense and Sensibility
12. December: Laurel Ann @Austenprose Marianne Dashwood: A passion for dead Leaves and other Sensibilities
[Copyright @2011 by Deb Barnum of Jane Austen in Vermont]
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