Love and Friendship: Jane Austen: Alma Classics
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The letter ends with the hasty marriage of Edward and Laura performed by her father, which mocks the sensibility of Austen's characters Sahney Sahney's analysis shows how Austen's views of sensibility differed from those of the romantic novels she is likely to have read in her youth. While sensibility may have been a value that was pushed upon women of Austen's time, Sahney makes the point that Austen's use of exaggerated hasty decision-making in her novels shows that Austen knows the romantic notion of sensibility is a myth.
Here Laura and Edward travel to his aunt's house in Middlesex. Edward's marriage to Laura is a surprise to his aunt and to Edward's sister Augusta.
Laura notes the "disagreeable coldness and forbidding reserve" with which Augusta greets her Austen Laura overhears a conversation between Augusta and Edward in which Augusta expresses concern about Edward's "imprudent" marriage and consequently of their father's reaction Austen A discourse ensues in which Edward and Augusta work out just how many years Edward has been defying his father. It is through Edward and Augusta's dialogue that Austen questions the motives of romantic sentimentality Southam Lady Dorothea briefly visits and Laura does not take kindly to her.
After Lady Dorothea leaves, Sir Edward unexpectedly visits. Edward says it is his "greatest boast" to have displeased his father. Again Austen mocks the romantic motives of Edward and Laura's marriage Austen Upon meeting Sophia, Laura praises Sophia's, "sensibility and feeling," as positive characteristics of her mind Austen The two women "instantly" vow to be friends forever and share their deepest secrets Austen Edward and Augustus create and "affecting scene" when they meet causing both Sophia and Laura to faint "alternately" on the couch Austen By using the words "instantly" and "alternately," Austen shows her mastery of language and the ability of these words to serve as adverbs and also to function satirically Lambdin — Laura and Edward receive a letter from Philippa saying that Sir Edward and Augusta went back to Bedfordshire abruptly after the married couple departed.
Philippa also desires to see Edward and Laura again and asks them to return after their visit with Augustus and Sophia. A few weeks later Philippa is married to a fortune-hunter and Laura and Edward remark at the imprudence and insensibility of her decision. Laura recounts how perfect and happy their stay was with Sophia and Augustus until Augustus is arrested for unpaid debts. Augustus and Sophia had also defied their parents and Augustus had run out of the money he had taken from his father's escritoire when he left to marry Sophia.
Laura describes Augustus's arrest as "treachery" and "barbarity" Austen With Augustus facing an execution in the House, Laura, Edward, and Sophia do the only thing they can do.
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They sigh and faint on the sofa. The theme of rebellion and revolution reappears throughout Austen's work and can be considered conventional Copeland After Laura, Sophia and Edward recover, Edward sets off to town to see his imprisoned friend. Laura and Sophia have a "mature deliberation" and decide to leave the house before the Officers of Justice take possession Austen After fainting, Laura decides to take Sophia and set out for London to see Augustus.
Once in London, Laura asks every person they pass "If they had seen… Edward," but can get no replies since the carriage they are riding in is moving too quickly Austen Sophia tells Laura that seeing Augustus in distress would "overpower [her] sensibility," especially since hearing of his misfortune is already shocking Austen So Laura and Sophia resolve to return to the country. Laura then tells Marianne that her mind never wandered to thoughts of her parents, who she forgot to mention had died two weeks after she left their cottage.
Sophia and Laura decide to travel to Scotland to stay with a relation of Sophia's. At first they are hesitant because Laura is unsure whether the horses will be able to make the journey; the postilion driver agrees. They resolve to change horses at the next town and continue the journey.
At an inn a few miles from Sophia's relation, they decide to stop. Not wanting to arrive unannounced, the women write an elegant letter detailing their misfortunes and desire to stay with the relative. As soon as they send the letter, they begin to step into their own carriage to follow right behind it. At that moment, another coach arrives and an elderly gentleman emerges and goes into the inn.
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Laura is overwhelmed with the feeling that this person is her grandfather so she throws herself to her knees in front of him and begs him to acknowledge their relation. He exclaims that she is in fact his granddaughter. As they are all embracing each other, a young man appears and the elderly man, Lord St.
Clair, claims he is also one of his grandchildren.
Another youth comes into the room and exclaims that he is the grandchild of Lord St. Clair writes each of the four grandchildren banknotes and immediately leaves. Clair leaves, Laura and Sophia faint. When they wake up, both the male grandchildren are gone and so are Sophia and Laura's banknotes. Sophia's cousin, Macdonald, who they first perceive as amiable and sympathetic, offers to take them to Macdonald-Hall.
They ride with Macdonald's daughter Janetta, who is to be wed to Graham, a man Macdonald has chosen, once they return to Macdonald-Hall. Laura and Sophia see through Macdonald's character and no longer perceive him as well disposed. Austen's continuous ridicule of love at first sight expresses scepticism about the spontaneous feelings and the truth or lack of truth which those feelings possess Walder Here Sophia finds banknotes in a private drawer in Macdonald's library.
Laura and Sophia plan to take a banknote or two each time they pass through the room because it would be "proper treatment for so vile a wretch" Austen However, on the day that Janetta escapes, Sophia is caught by Macdonald in the act of stealing his money. Macdonald verbally reprimands Sophia and in response she informs him of Janetta's elopement as revenge. Laura enters into the library and both women are offended by Macdonald's "ill-grounded" accusations Austen Macdonald tells the women they must leave in half an hour and Laura and Sophia agree to do so.
After walking a mile or so, they settle next to a stream to rest. Sophia expresses distress over the situation Augustus was in when they left.
On the road near where they are sitting, an accident causes a gentleman's phaeton to overturn. Laura and Sophia rush to help and discover it is Edward and Augustus on the ground bleeding. Sophia faints and Laura shrieks and runs madly about. After more than an hour, Edward regains consciousness and Laura asks what has happened since Augustus was taken to jail.
Edward said he will tell her, but after a deep sigh, dies. The women again become frenzied and finally walk to a white cottage.
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