Chance Challenge (Challenge 8: Real and Inspired) and I can honestly admit that I will be rooting for the sea monsters.
Elinor Dashwood and her younger sister Marianne experience a change in situation when their father dies and leaves his estate, Norwood, to their half-brother. They, along with their mother and younger sister, find themselves in reduced circumstances and they end up moving to a cottage on the estate of a distant relative. It appears to be sufficient for their needs and they settle in nicely. Elinor pines for Edward Ferrars, her sister-in law's brother, and Marianne meets the handsome and sporty Willoughby and both sisters seem headed on their way to marriage. It's quite a surprise then when Willoughby leaves town quickly and unexpectedly and Edward starts behaving with a strange reserve toward Elinor. What could be the source of trouble for these two seemingly well-matched couples?
I really didn't have a problem with Austen's writing or storytelling in this book. I understood many of the social complexities that she was attempting to highlight. And yet I found every character to be flawed just past the point where it was tolerable. I didn't want to stop reading the book before it was done but I felt that each character received more than they deserved by the end of the story. At least in Emma I am assured of a few characters worthy of respect and the eventual improvement of Emma herself. Now on to the sea monsters ...
Wishing I had re-read Persuasion instead,
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