Day 11 & 12 Sense and Sensibility, Chapters 45-50

March 26, 2008 at 6:35 pm | Posted in Sense and Sensibility | 3 Comments
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I’d be curious to see if there were any who could resist the urge to finish the book after reaching the end of Day 11. It ended in such a way that I just HAD to keep going. I had no choice in the matter.

When our chapter first begins, Elinor is still stunned by Willoughby’s confession. She’s so confused about it–his motivations, his intentions, his actions. Elinor can’t really rationalize Willoughby except to come to the conclusion that he’s utterly and totally selfish and that he’s always thinking of himself above all else. Of course, all people are selfish in one way or another at times. But Willoughby never rests from his. The chapter also sees the arrival of Mrs. Dashwood. In the following chapters, Marianne recovers day by day and is restored (mostly) to her former self. However, there have been some big changes. It’s the sadder-but-wiser woman routine for Marianne who is not repenting of some of her foolish mistakes. I hesitate to call them foolish. It’s not that Marianne was a “bad” person. She just lived in the moment, everything had a freshness and vitality, a passion for her. It wasn’t that her choices were so completely wrong, it’s just that she invested so much of herself without thinking about the future, about the consequences. She was impulsive instead of pensive.

Anyway, point being Marianne is better. And all three Dashwood women are revived and happy. Marianne is eventually informed of Willoughby’s confession. And she’s made her peace with it all. Which is a very good thing. I’d hate for her to spend one more minute of her life thinking about what could have been. Marianne even realizes that IF the two had ended up married, that they would have made each other miserable. He’d never be content without money. And she’d sooner or later have discovered his former liasons. (Who knows he might have kept on having dalliances on the side.)

Chapter 47 ends with someone reporting that Lucy Steele has married Mr. Ferrars.

If you’ve gotten that far, maybe you’ll realize why I just couldn’t stop myself from finishing. So if you’ve not read the final chapters. Stop here.

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Chapter 48

In these final chapters, Elinor has the best and worst of times. Hearing that Mr. Ferrars is married is so painful to her. The idea of Edward being stuck with Lucy the rest of his life. The thought that he’ll never ever ever be hers so hard to bear. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. An unexpected visitor brings the best of news.

Edward is there. At the door. In their house. He brings news that Lucy has married, but he’s not the groom. It is his brother, Robert. Elinor can’t take it–she’s overwhelmed and stunned. She flees the room she’s so overcome with emotion.

Chapter 49 sees a full disclosure of the events. It also sees Edward and Elinor together at last. Colonel Brandon hasn’t forgotten Marianne either. He’s still just as much in love with her as he ever was.

Chapter 50 essentially sees happy endings for almost everyone. Edward makes a reconciliation with his mother, he is able to get the living and the parsonage, Elinor and Edward do get married, and Colonel Brandon and Marianne are together as well.

I must say it took a lot of work for both sisters to get their happy endings, but in some ways it was worth it.

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  1. […] Wednesday March 26th: Chapters 45-47 […]

  2. I will now admit that I finished the book exactly 20 days ago. I know, I should have been more patient but as soon as Willoughby disappointed Marianne I knew I had to finish it before the urge to watch it online via Netflix won the battle. I really enjoyed this book! Thanks Becky!

  3. I enjoyed Northanger Abbey last year, but I found S&S tedious, a string of conversation after conversation about love, marriage, money, and class. Lots and lots of talking. Then more talking. It won’t stop me from trying Persuasion or Emma, though. Thanks, Becky.


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