S&S Saturday– Viper in My Bosom

You can view previous discussions about Sense and Sensibility here: https://rosefairbanks.com/category/s-s-saturday/ Last time I posted about Sense and Sensibility, I compared Marianne meeting Willoughby to the "Second Thoughts" moment in a Three-Act Structure. The next plot point in the diagram is the climax of Act One. Conveniently, Jane Austen's novel is broken down into three … Continue reading S&S Saturday– Viper in My Bosom

S&S Saturday– Willoughby, Willoughby, Willoughby

In my last post, I addressed the Dashwood girls leaving of Norland. I referenced the three-act story structure and said it was this leaving which is the inciting moment. What follows next, according to the structure, is second thoughts. What could possibly move Marianne from feeling as though leaving Norland was an abomination to thinking … Continue reading S&S Saturday– Willoughby, Willoughby, Willoughby

S&S Saturday– Leaving Norland

It's not until Chapter Six that the Dashwood ladies leave Norland, their home of about ten years, and make their way in the world without the benefit of a husband and father. In terms of story structuring, this is the inciting moment. The women leave and nothing will ever be the same again. Every story … Continue reading S&S Saturday– Leaving Norland

Theme Thursday– Opening lines

I bet you know a few of Jane Austen's opening lines. Critics will tell you the first sentence of a novel is crucial, even in a world where readers are browsing in the book stores and picking up books at random less and less. Today's online buyer will typically select the genre and category before … Continue reading Theme Thursday– Opening lines

Friday Feeling–Frequent Pharmacy Shopper

I am a frequent pharmacy shopper. Mr. Woodhouse would be so proud of me! Do I win a prize? We're not quite to the middle of the month and so far I've spent $447 in 8 trips at Walgreens. That doesn't include the trips in which my medicine was not ready yet. Truthfully, not all … Continue reading Friday Feeling–Frequent Pharmacy Shopper

S&S Saturday– Mrs. Dashwood’s imagination

In Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Darcy says a lady's imagination is very rapid. It goes from admiration to love to matrimony. It seems Mrs. Dashwood might fit this mold.   The contempt which she had, very early in their acquaintance, felt for her daughter-in-law, was very much increased by the farther knowledge of her character, … Continue reading S&S Saturday– Mrs. Dashwood’s imagination

Tea Time Tattle–Edward’s love for Elinor

I have previously defended why Elinor is best suited to marry Edward, and not Colonel Brandon. In this post, I want to explore the nature of Edward’s feelings for Elinor as they began while he was engaged to another woman. At the end of the book, we are finally given an accounting for how he … Continue reading Tea Time Tattle–Edward’s love for Elinor