I enjoy re-reading classics every now and then, to enjoy the language and conventions of the past. Sense and Sensibility made a nice “book treat” of that sort. I saw the movie version years ago and read the book years before that, so it was nice to go back and really enjoy the writing.
I also spent some time thinking about the title. It’s easy to think of it as an either-or: Elinor is sense and Marianne is sensibility.
However, during this reading, I decided that the word “and” is what’s most important in the title.
At the beginning of the book the girls really do tend strongly to those labels, but by the end of the book each has moderated her position and evidences both sense AND sensibility. This may be something that even 9th graders learn when they read this book for school, but I don’t remember reading the book for school so I missed all of these probably obvious insights. :)
If you likewise enjoy re-reading classics, Sense and Sensibility would be a great one to add to your list! It won’t replace Jane Eyre as my all-time-favorite-classic-for-re-reading, but a little variation never hurt anyone.
What is your favorite classic to revisit?
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