Category Archives: Heartbreak

Isolation and grief

"I have had all this hanging on my mind, without being at liberty to speak of it to a single creature . . ." Elinor Dashwood, Sense and Sensibility, v. 3, ch. 1

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Constant and painful exertion

"The composure of mind with which I have brought myself at present to consider the matter, the consolation that I have been willing to admit, have been the effect of constant and painful exertion; they did not spring up of … Continue reading

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Capable of feeling

"If you can think me capable of ever feeling, surely you may suppose that I have suffered now." Sense and Sensibility, volume 3, chapter 1 Elinor to Marianne

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Till that instant

. . . in the acuteness of the disappointment which followed such an ecstasy of more than hope, she felt as if, till that instant, she had never suffered. Sense and Sensibility, volume 2, chapter 9 Of Marianne, on finally … Continue reading

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The first smart of the heavy blow

Supported by the conviction of having done nothing to merit her present unhappiness, and consoled by the belief that Edward had done nothing to forfeit her esteem, she thought she could even now, under the first smart of the heavy … Continue reading

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Rapture of delightful expectation

Elinor, in spite of every occasional doubt of Willoughby's constancy, could not witness the rapture of delightful expectation which filled the whole soul and beamed in the eyes of Marianne, without feeling how blank was her own prospect, how cheerless … Continue reading

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Elinor weeps

. . . she wept for him, more than for herself. Sense and Sensibility, volume 2, chapter 1 Of Elinor, on learning of Edward's engagement

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Violent sorrow

. . . she thought with the tenderest compassion of that violent sorrow which Marianne was in all probability not merely giving way to as a relief, but feeding and encouraging as a duty. Sense and Sensibility, volume 1, chapter … Continue reading

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Constantia wine

This is for Karen, who was wondering if this scene was in the book: “I have just recollected that I have some of the finest old Constantia wine in the house that was ever tasted; so I have brought a … Continue reading

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Such sort of Disappointments

“Things are now in such a state, that you must resolve upon one or the other, either allow him to go on as he has done, or whenever you are together behave with a coldness which may convince him that … Continue reading

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