WELCOME TO THE 2nd DISCUSSION!
How are you liking S&S so far?? I hope you are just eating it up! I keep reading the volumes in one or two sittings and then waiting the rest of the week for the discussion so that I’m not ahead!
I noticed that y’all led your own discussion for the 1st one so I won’t include too many tough questions because I’m sure that you have had some crazy reactions to the many twists and turns Volume 2 has led us through!
Again, thank you so much for being here, I appreciate everyone and every comment posted!
- Virtually at the heart (of the novel) Marianne muffles a scream in response to the letter from Willoughby. At losing their respective loves, Marianne screams (although muffled) while Elinor suffers in silence, but they both do suffer emotionally. What are the causes that lead both women to suffer? And what does Marianne’s muffling of her own scream indicate about her character in comparison to the first half of the novel and then the second half?
- One of my favorite lines is in chapter 23 about Elinor. “She was stronger alone, and her own good sense so well supported her, that her firmness was as unshaken, her appearance of cheerfulness as invariable, as with regrets so poignant and so fresh, it was possible for them to be.” I admire Elinor’s strength so much throughout the novel (so far). Name a character and a trait they have that you admire.
- Why do you think Lucy shared this quite intimate confidence about her and Edward to Elinor?
- Both Elinor and Marianne are very close opposites. However, they both are similar in one aspect: protective over each other and their family. How do the sisters react to their protective instincts? (hint: though they are similar in this one instance, they react quite differently)
- I couldn’t help but swoon after Colonel Brandon, in chapter 27, says, “to your sister I wish all imaginable happiness; to Willoughby that he may endeavor to deserve her.” Just out of curiosity, which Austen man are you rooting for in S&S?
- How did you react to Willoughby’s letter in chapter 29? Tell me all of your thoughts!
- Have your feelings toward Marianne changed after this hard blow?
- What is one of your favorite humor moments/quotes in Volume 2 that Austen includes? (I know; this one is hard there are so many!)
- How did you react to the “inset story”, the one Colonel Brandon tells in chapter 31?
- Curiosity question #2: In chapter 32, my dislike for Lucy Steele grew and I wanted to smack her. Did you feel the same?
- Curiosity question #3: It is revealed that John Dashwood does in fact have some guilt about his sisters and their well-being. He also mentions that he believes Elinor and Colonel Brandon to be married soon. Thoughts? Desires? More thoughts? 😉