November 15th - She Was Stronger Alone

Who among us has never fallen in love? It’s a very small number. Perhaps, that is why romance is such a popular topic for literature. No one can weave a more romantic tale than Jane Austen.

Sense and Sensibility is the story of young love, pining, heartbreak, more pining, scandal and even a little pining. There are vices and virtues to all that unrequited love. How do you act when you love someone who doesn’t love you back? What happens when someone you love turns out to be vastly different than what you thought them to be? Everyone has had thoughts of that whirl-wind romance. It’s full of passion and intrigue. A dashing hero meets a fair and lovely damsel. Sparks fly! The conversation lasted two minutes, maybe three minutes. Everything we said in total agreement, it’s a dream and…well, you get the picture.

Then there are those slow burn relationships. It’s a side look here, a brush of the hand there, a specific word or turn of phrase that causes a blush. It’s the will they, won’t they. It’s the relationship where you stay up till 3 in the morning reading the fanfiction because Oh My God! JUST KISS ALREADY!

Which would you rather read? Which would you rather have?

Elinor and Marianne Dashwood are forced to leave the only home they’ve known after the death of their father. Their half brother and his wife will soon take over the Dashwood estate. The only benefit from this turn of events is the coming of Mr. Edward Ferrars. Elinor holds a high regard for him, but what does he feel for her? She can hardly ask, especially after being forced to move away to Devonshire. There, Marianne is rescued by the dashing Mr. John Willoughby. Everyone is taken with the young suitor, except for Colonel Brandon. What does he know about Willoughby? And what secret is Edward Ferrars hiding from everyone?

If only I could know is heart….

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