History Literature / SenseAndSensibility

1st Nov '17 10:34:05 AM XFllo
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* AgeGapAlgebra: Discussed a lot when Colonel Brandon falls in love with Marianne Dashwood. He is 35 and she is 17, and she is a bit offended that he thinks of her that way and thinks that he's old enough to be her father. Her sister Elinor thinks that it is a significant gap, but says a woman of 27 and a man of 35 might be quite happy together. Near the end of the novel, Colonel is still very much in love with her, and the narrator says he had "little to do but to calculate the disproportion between thirty-six and seventeen".

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* AgeGapAlgebra: Discussed a lot when Colonel Brandon falls in love with Marianne Dashwood. He is 35 and she is 17, and she is a bit offended that he thinks of her that way and thinks that he's too old enough to be her father.for any love or marriage. Her sister Elinor thinks that it is a significant gap, but says a woman of 27 and a man of 35 might be quite happy together. Near the end of the novel, Colonel is still very much in love with her, and the narrator says he had "little to do but to calculate the disproportion between thirty-six and seventeen".seventeen".
* AgeGapRomance: Colonel Brandon, 35, falls in love with young Marianne Dashwood, 17. She thinks that he is extremely old and a bit offended that he thinks of her that way, and barely considers him a family friend. When her mother starts supporting the relationship, she acknowledges the age difference, but thinks it might be a good thing that he's older and that his principles are steady and fixed. After being disappointed with her FirstLove, Marianne eventually marries him.
1st Sep '17 7:41:05 AM XFllo
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* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Marianne to Elinor, although Elinor has much more affection for Marianne than the trope implies. Their youngest sister, Margaret, is rarely annoying -- and indeed has so little presence in the story that her existence is often forgotten; she does, however, have one moment of fulfilling the trope. When Mrs. Jennings asks for information about Elinor's LoveInterest, Margaret innocently obliges.

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* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: AgeGapAlgebra: Discussed a lot when Colonel Brandon falls in love with Marianne Dashwood. He is 35 and she is 17, and she is a bit offended that he thinks of her that way and thinks that he's old enough to be her father. Her sister Elinor thinks that it is a significant gap, but says a woman of 27 and a man of 35 might be quite happy together. Near the end of the novel, Colonel is still very much in love with her, and the narrator says he had "little to do but to calculate the disproportion between thirty-six and seventeen".
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling:
** Marianne is sometimes annoying
to Elinor, although especially as Marianne exaggerates everything, but Elinor has much more affection for Marianne than the trope implies. implies.
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Their youngest sister, Margaret, is rarely annoying -- and indeed has so little presence in the story that her existence is often forgotten; she does, however, have one moment of fulfilling the trope. When Mrs. Jennings asks for information about Elinor's LoveInterest, Margaret innocently obliges.
27th Aug '17 6:27:34 AM eowynjedi
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* LeaveTheTwoLovebirdsAlone: Marianne makes a point of leaving Elinor alone with Edward as often as she can and can't understand why one or both of them will always leave when she does.



* TheMatchmaker: Mrs. Jennings, being a widow with two married daughters, now has nothing better to do than marry off the rest of the world.



* MistakenForRomance: Brandon and Elinor tend to gravitate towards each other at social functions, so much that numerous characters believe them to be in love. Elinor would suspect that he fancied her if she didn't know that he was in love with Marianne, but there's no attraction on either side--it's just that they're usually the only two people with some sense.



* NosyNeighbor: Mrs. Jennings, though generally in a good-natured fashion.

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* NosyNeighbor: Sir John Middleton and his mother-in-law Mrs. Jennings, though generally Jennings take an overly eager interest in a good-natured fashion.the love lives of their young friends. It's trying on the Dashwoods, but Elinor bears with it because they're both generous and well-intentioned.
19th Aug '17 11:51:23 AM eowynjedi
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* ExcessiveMourning: Mrs. Dashwood and Marianne keep their grief going in an incessant feedback loop at the beginning of the novel, bringing up keepsakes and memories in what seems a deliberate effort to keep their mourning raw and unchecked. This leaves the task of actually ''running'' the household and dealing with their loss of property to Elinor.



* LastNameBasis: Colonel Brandon's first name is never revealed.

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* LastNameBasis: LastNameBasis:
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Colonel Brandon's first name is never revealed.



* SpoiledBrat: Lady Middleton's children are described as this.

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* SpoiledBrat: Lady Middleton's children are described as this. They're overindulged nd uncontrollable, and the reasons are illustrated in one scene where Annamaria scratches herself on a needle and starts crying--her mother and the Miss Steeles immediately begin pampering her, coddling her, and giving her sweets, which she perceives as a reward for her bawling.
14th Jun '17 7:20:36 AM Lymantria
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The 1995 film cast Creator/EmmaThompson as Elinor and Creator/KateWinslet as Marianne; a 2008 [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] MiniSeries, which drew heavy inspiration from the film and is comparable in quality, cast Creator/HattieMorahan as Elinor and Creator/CharityWakefield as Marianne. The BBC also previously adapted the book into television miniseries in 1971 and 1981. There is also a [[TheOtherwoods Tamil-language Indian film]] based on the book and 1995 film, starring Creator/AishwaryaRai and available in the US under the title ''I Have Found It''. In 2010, Creator/{{Marvel}} Illustrated produced a ComicBookAdaptation, script by Creator/NancyButler, art and covers by Creator/SonnyLiew.

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The 1995 film cast Creator/EmmaThompson as Elinor and Creator/KateWinslet as Marianne; a 2008 [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] MiniSeries, which drew heavy inspiration from the film and is comparable in quality, cast Creator/HattieMorahan as Elinor and Creator/CharityWakefield as Marianne. The BBC also previously adapted the book into television miniseries in 1971 and 1981. There is also a [[TheOtherwoods [[UsefulNotes/TheOtherwoods Tamil-language Indian film]] based on the book and 1995 film, starring Creator/AishwaryaRai and available in the US under the title ''I Have Found It''. In 2010, Creator/{{Marvel}} Illustrated produced a ComicBookAdaptation, script by Creator/NancyButler, art and covers by Creator/SonnyLiew.
31st May '17 2:46:51 AM IDontExist
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* PlatonicLifePartners: Elinor Dashwood and Colonel Brandon. Though everyone believes they are [[OfficialCouple more than that]].
24th Apr '17 5:44:14 AM XFllo
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* GenreSavvy: Elinor is quick at correctly identifying everyone's role in the {{Love Triangle}}s around her. She deduces that Lucy is a ClingyJealousGirl probably faster than the reader could at that point.
16th Dec '16 9:45:36 AM LadyNorbert
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* IceQueen: Lady Middleton and Fanny Ferrars Dashwood -- it's their mutual coldness that attracts them to pursue a friendship with one another. Later, Willoughby indicates that his wife Sophia is one of these as well, although the reader gets no direct confirmation because she's never seen.



* IllGirl: Marianne, after some time moping about in a damp garden.
* InformedAttribute[=/=]DesignatedLoveInterest: There are only a very few instances of Elinor and Edward's relationship being shown to the reader before it's explained that Elinor has fallen in love with him. In fact, he isn't even introduced on the page before the narrative is explaining that Elinor's mother has observed an attachment growing between her daughter and the young man, and there's never a very concise explanation for why Elinor falls for him. In truth, the novel does a better job of showing the reader her relationship with Colonel Brandon, which makes it somewhat more understandable why a lot of the other characters ship the two of them. Both major film versions [[AdaptationExpansion go to great lengths to set up a more believable romance]] between Edward and Elinor.



* ItsAllAboutMe:
** Marianne is deeply self-absorbed, considering ''her'' feelings (whether positive or negative) absolutely irrepressible and in the process disregarding common politeness and the feelings of others; when circumstances force Elinor to confess that she too has been unhappy, Marianne breaks down in tears of remorse, forcing Elinor to comfort her ''again'', and continues to wallow in her own unhappiness -- with added guilt, now -- rather than provide emotional support for Elinor. It takes near-death to smarten her up. Granted, she's a teenager, but it's a major contrast with Elinor, who's 19 at the start of the novel, and displays more responsibility and consideration for others than many people much older than her.
** All of the Ferrars family, with the exception of Edward, are deeply self-absorbed and will do just about anything to avoid being of use to anyone else. The narration notes that his mother seems to have a strange fear of being reproached for being too good-natured.


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* IceQueen: Lady Middleton and Fanny Ferrars Dashwood -- it's their mutual coldness that attracts them to pursue a friendship with one another. Later, Willoughby indicates that his wife Sophia is one of these as well, although the reader gets no direct confirmation because she's never seen.
* IllGirl: Marianne, after some time moping about in a damp garden.
* InformedAttribute[=/=]DesignatedLoveInterest: There are only a very few instances of Elinor and Edward's relationship being shown to the reader before it's explained that Elinor has fallen in love with him. In fact, he isn't even introduced on the page before the narrative is explaining that Elinor's mother has observed an attachment growing between her daughter and the young man, and there's never a very concise explanation for why Elinor falls for him. In truth, the novel does a better job of showing the reader her relationship with Colonel Brandon, which makes it somewhat more understandable why a lot of the other characters ship the two of them. Both major film versions [[AdaptationExpansion go to great lengths to set up a more believable romance]] between Edward and Elinor.
* ItsAllAboutMe:
** Marianne is deeply self-absorbed, considering ''her'' feelings (whether positive or negative) absolutely irrepressible and in the process disregarding common politeness and the feelings of others; when circumstances force Elinor to confess that she too has been unhappy, Marianne breaks down in tears of remorse, forcing Elinor to comfort her ''again'', and continues to wallow in her own unhappiness -- with added guilt, now -- rather than provide emotional support for Elinor. It takes near-death to smarten her up. Granted, she's a teenager, but it's a major contrast with Elinor, who's 19 at the start of the novel, and displays more responsibility and consideration for others than many people much older than her.
** All of the Ferrars family, with the exception of Edward, are deeply self-absorbed and will do just about anything to avoid being of use to anyone else. The narration notes that his mother seems to have a strange fear of being reproached for being too good-natured.
28th Oct '16 9:44:04 PM LadyNorbert
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* CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds: Disjoining Edward and Lucy so Edward and Elinor can be together. Then [[PairTheSpares pairing up]] Lucy with Edward's brother and Marianne with Brandon.

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* CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds: Disjoining Edward and Lucy so Edward and Elinor can be together. Then together, then [[PairTheSpares pairing up]] Lucy with Edward's brother and Marianne with Brandon.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: When Fanny Dashwood notices her mother, Mrs. Ferrars, sneering at Elinor's artwork, Fanny ventures to compliment it. Even the narrator states "Perhaps Fanny thought for a moment that her mother had been quite rude enough."
* ExactWords: Fanny convinces John to weasel out of his promise to his father by emphasizing that his father never asked him to do anything ''specific'' for the Dashwood sisters: just to "help them." He soon considers helping them move the furniture to be a reasonable fulfillment of the promise.
* [[FirstGirlWins First Guy Wins]]: Colonel Brandon.
* FirstNameBasis: A big deal in Georgian times. When Elinor overhears Willoughby calling Marianne by her Christian name, she takes it as a sign that they're either engaged or as good as.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: When Fanny Dashwood notices her mother, Mrs. Ferrars, sneering at Elinor's artwork, Fanny ventures to compliment it. Even the narrator states states, "Perhaps Fanny thought for a moment that her mother had been quite rude enough."
* ExactWords: Fanny convinces John to weasel out of his promise to his father by emphasizing that his father never asked him to do anything ''specific'' for the Dashwood sisters: his sisters, just to "help them." He soon considers helping them move the furniture to be a reasonable fulfillment of the promise.promise, and is chagrined to find that he's not actually able to do it because all their things have to be sent by water.
* [[FirstGirlWins First Guy Wins]]: Colonel Brandon.
Brandon saw Marianne before Willoughby ever arrived in Devonshire.
* FirstNameBasis: A big deal in Georgian times. When Elinor overhears Willoughby calling Marianne by her Christian name, she takes it as a sign that they're either engaged or as good as. It's also noted in the narration that when the Steele sisters stay with the Dashwood, Fanny calls Lucy by her Christian name as an indication of how attached she is to her.



** Edward is sensible, well-mannered, and well-educated. His brother Robert is a self-absorbed fop.



* GenreSavvy: Elinor is quick at correctly identifying everyone's role in the LoveTriangle[=s=] around her. She deduces that Lucy is a ClingyJealousGirl probably faster than the reader could at that point.

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* GenreSavvy: Elinor is quick at correctly identifying everyone's role in the LoveTriangle[=s=] {{Love Triangle}}s around her. She deduces that Lucy is a ClingyJealousGirl probably faster than the reader could at that point.



** Marianne is deeply self-absorbed, considering ''her'' feelings (whether positive or negative) absolutely irrepressible and in the process disregarding common politeness and the feelings of others; when circumstances force Elinor to confess that she too has been unhappy, Marianne breaks down in tears of remorse, forcing Elinor to comfort her ''again'', and continues to wallow in her own unhappiness -- with added guilt, now -- rather than provide emotional support for Elinor. It takes near-death to smarten her up. Granted, she's a teenager, but it's a major contrast with Elinor, who's 19 and displays more responsibility and consideration for others than many people much older than her.
** All of the Ferrars family, with the exception of Edward, are deeply self-absorbed and will do just about anything to avoid being of use to anyone else.

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** Marianne is deeply self-absorbed, considering ''her'' feelings (whether positive or negative) absolutely irrepressible and in the process disregarding common politeness and the feelings of others; when circumstances force Elinor to confess that she too has been unhappy, Marianne breaks down in tears of remorse, forcing Elinor to comfort her ''again'', and continues to wallow in her own unhappiness -- with added guilt, now -- rather than provide emotional support for Elinor. It takes near-death to smarten her up. Granted, she's a teenager, but it's a major contrast with Elinor, who's 19 at the start of the novel, and displays more responsibility and consideration for others than many people much older than her.
** All of the Ferrars family, with the exception of Edward, are deeply self-absorbed and will do just about anything to avoid being of use to anyone else. The narration notes that his mother seems to have a strange fear of being reproached for being too good-natured.



** Elinor. Though it's more I Want My Beloved to Behave in a Morally Upright Manner; after several conversations with Lucy, Elinor is perfectly certain that Edward will ''not'' be happy if he marries Lucy, due to Lucy's poor character and shallow, selfish personality. However, breaking an engagement was a very serious breach of trust in that time, so he still needs to go through with it. [[spoiler: She still gets him.]]

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** Elinor. Though it's more I Want My Beloved to Behave in a Morally Upright Manner; after several conversations with Lucy, Elinor is perfectly certain that Edward will ''not'' be happy if he marries Lucy, due to Lucy's poor character and shallow, selfish personality. However, breaking an engagement was a very serious breach of trust in that time, so he still needs to go through with it. [[spoiler: She still gets him.him in the end.]]



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Willoughby at one point attempts to portray himself as this. [[spoiler:It doesn't work]].

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Willoughby at one point attempts to portray himself as this. [[spoiler:It doesn't work]].work.]]



** Lady Middleton averts this only barely. Her first name - Mary - is used all of once in the entire book, by her mother.



* TheNotLoveInterest: Colonel Brandon and Elinor, who half the cast eventually start shipping as much as Brandon/Marianne. Even Elinor admits to herself that she can understand the logic of their belief.

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* TheNotLoveInterest: Colonel Brandon and Elinor, who half the cast eventually start shipping as much as Brandon/Marianne. Even Elinor admits to herself that she can understand where they get the logic of their belief.idea.



* TheOathBreaker: Lucy's jilting her fiancé is treated with all the gravity that the era would regard it, even though Edward wants out.

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* TheOathBreaker: Lucy's jilting her fiancé is treated with all the gravity that with which the era would regard it, even though Edward wants out.



* OnlySaneMan: Elinor, as are most Creator/JaneAusten heroines.

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* OnlySaneMan: Elinor, as are like most Creator/JaneAusten heroines.



* SiblingYinYang; Repeatedly.

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* SiblingYinYang; SiblingYinYang: Repeatedly.
28th Oct '16 8:28:22 AM Leahnansidhe
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** Lucy Steele may be BookDumb, but she's a clever, focused social climber who knows how to keep a secret. Her older sister Nancy is an airhead.

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** Lucy Steele may be BookDumb, but she's a clever, focused social climber who knows how to keep a secret. Her older sister Nancy Anne is an airhead.
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