Common Place Journal: Entry #1

Common Place Journal: Entry #1
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
“Elinor, this eldest daughter whose advice was so effectual, possessed a strength of understanding, and coolness of judgment, which qualified her, though only nineteen, to be the counsellor of her mother, and enabled her frequently to counteract, to the advantage of them all, that eagerness of mind in Mrs. Dashwood which must generally have led to imprudence. She had an excellent heart; her disposition was affectionate, and her feelings were strong: but she knew how to govern them: it was a knowledge which her mother had yet to learn, and which one of her sisters had resolved never to be taught” (Austen 3).
Elinor is very analytical! She definitely does not talk first and think later. She absolutely thinks her actions and words through very carefully, she doesn’t want to ruin her reputation or anyone else’s.
I think I am very similar to Elinor in the aspect that I don’t talk often unless I think my responses and words through very well. I often come off as shy or a prude because I am not very talkative (I am working on this), but I don’t just want to say any old thing that comes to my mind. I like to think my words will have an impact and I don’t want to waste anyone’s time, or my own.
“Marianne's abilities were, in many respects, quite equal to Elinor's. She was sensible and clever; but eager in everything; her sorrows, her joys, could have no moderation. She was generous, amiable, interesting: she was everything but prudent. The resemblance between her and her mother was strikingly great” (Austen 3-4).
The differences between Marianne and Elinor blow my mind. It’s like they didn’t even grow up with the same parents. Marianne is all emotion. She is very, VERY melodramatic!!
As Much as I think I am like Elinor, I am also very much like Marianne. I am controlled by my feelings; I often let my heart lead the way in how I make decisions. Will I be happy doing that, or is this the smartest way to go about something? Very much like why I chose to become a teacher. I knew I would be incredibly happy, even though I won’t make an amazing amount of money. I just want to be happy.
Austen, Jane. Sense and Sensibility. 1813. Mineola: Dover Publications, 1996. Print.

Common Place Journal: Entry #2
Friday, January 16, 2015
"He has only two thousand pounds of his own; it would be madness to marry upon that, though for my own part I could give up every prospect of more without a sigh. I have been always used to a very small income, and could struggle with any poverty for him; but I love him too well to be the selfish means of robbing him, perhaps, of all that his mother might give him if he married to please her. We must wait, it may be for many years. With almost every other man in the world, it would be an alarming prospect; but Edward's affection and constancy nothing can deprive me of, I know” (Austen 98).
Lucy is awful! I know this period of time was vastly different than today, but come on!! I know she “loves” Edward, but she seems a little too worried about money. I just couldn’t imagine living in a world in which love is ruled by money. And it’s like she is rubbing her relationship in Elinor’s face, since she and Edward are such close friends.
Austen, Jane. Sense and Sensibility. 1813. Mineola: Dover Publications, 1996. Print.

Common Place Journal: Entry #3
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
"She taxed me with the offence, at once, and my confusion may be guessed. The purity of her life, the formality of her notions, her ignorance of the world -- everything was against me… My affection for Marianne, my thorough conviction of her attachment to me -- it was all insufficient to outweigh that dread of poverty, or get the better of those false ideas of the necessity of riches, which I was naturally inclined to feel” (Austen 221).
Willoughby is a jerk! Edward and Willoughby both are! Both of these men are leading on the Dashwood sisters. Both of these men know that they had no intentions with