Sunday, December 26, 2010

Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility

I've decided to try something new here. In this blogpost I am going to discuss a book that have I read a while back and I quite liked it. Those among you who enjoy reading will hopefully also enjoy reading this. :) The book is Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.

First of all, here is a thorough summary of the novel. This summary pretty much gives it all away, so spoiler alert! Since it's quite long, I'm not going to post it all here, at the bottom you will find a link that will take you to the complete summary, and a discussion of the theme.

Mr. and Mrs. Dashwood live at Norland with their three daughters Elinor, Marianne and Margaret. Mr. Dashwood also has a son – John Dashwood – from his first marriage. When Mr. Dashwood passes away, the estate is inherited by John Dashwood. On his deathbed, Mr. Dashwood asks his son to take care of his wife and daughters, but John Dashwood’s wife, Fanny Dashwood, convinces him that he isn’t obligated to give them anything. They soon move into Norland.

Elinor, the eldest daughter, seems to be getting along quite well with Edward Ferrars, Fanny’s brother, but Fanny doesn’t want the two to get married. Mrs. Dashwood is offered a new affordable home by her cousin Sir John Middleton on his estate and decides to take it.

There, they are warmly welcomed by Sir John Middleton and often dine with him in his house at Barton Park. They also meet the 35-year-old Colonel Brandon, who soon appears to be attracted to Marianne. She, however, doesn’t feel the same way.

When Marianne slips when she was out for a walk, the handsome John Willoughby comes to her rescue, who is visiting his rich aunt. Marianne and Willoughby get along really well, which makes Mrs. Dashwood and Elinor expect they are secretly engaged. After a while, Willoughby declares that he has to go to London for business and might stay away for a long time. Marianne is devastated by this announcement.

Shortly after Willoughby’s departure, Edward Ferrars arrives at their house, but seems unhappy which makes Elinor believe he doesn’t love her anymore.

Cousins of Lady Middleton, Anne and Lucy Steele also visit Barton Park. When Sir John informs Lucy about Elinor’s attachment to Edward, she claims she has secretly been engaged with Edward for 4 years. At first, Elinor was angry with Edward, but then she realized he was still very young at the time. Elinor hoped he had made a mistake and doesn’t love Lucy anymore.

Elinor and Marianne are then invited by Mrs. Jennings, Sir John Middleton’s mother-in-law, to accompany her to London and spend the winter there. Marianne hopes to see Willoughby and is therefore delighted by this offer. Willoughby, however, doesn’t answer any of her letters. She soon finds out he was disinherited by his aunt because he is the father of Miss Williams’ illegitimate child. She’s the daughter of Colonel Williams. That’s why he is now engaged to the wealthy Miss Grey.

If you want to know more, continue reading here. Feel free to leave a comment to tell me what you think. ;)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

My Winter Wonderland

This blog post is for all those who have never seen snow, especially for my friend Balqis. It might be freakishly cold right now, the snow makes it all worth while. :)

Here are some pictures I took from my garden:

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

O Inspiration, Where Art Thou?

Lately I've been having a hard time finding the time to write on my blog. And even when I have the time, I usually don't know what to talk about anymore. I guess I'm feeling a little uninspired because I'm getting the feeling that nobody even reads this anymore... I used to get at least 1 comment on my posts, and I loved that. But if I'm not getting any responses or feedback, what's the use of continueing? Perhaps it's also a bit my fault, because I'm not that interactive anymore when it comes to visiting other blogs. I used to respond to a lot of posts on different blogs, but lately I haven't done that anymore. I will take this up again, and hopefully I will get some more visitors that actually read this blog.

So if you are reading this, please do respond. If you have a blog, do you ever get bored with writing on it? Or do you sometimes lack the inspiration to post something new? Please let me know. :)