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A Romantic Mystery Novel

Things are rarely quite as they seem in an Austen novel and so it is with Sense and Sensibility, that most anti-romantic of novels with its mocking of Marianne’s romantic philosophy and romantic conventions (the flying apart of Elinor and Edward when he is finally free to make his declaration), the hitching of the girls to the drippy Edward and the decrepit Colonel (in an arranged marriage), the minutiae of Elinor’s domestic cares and the strong emphasis placed on familial bonds at the close; the modern reader can scarcely suppress D. H. Lawrence’s suspicion that ‘this old maid’ is perhaps taking subconscious revenge for being denied romantic fulfilment.

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