Sense and Sensibility - Study Guide Chapter 8 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 8 Summary

Austen continues to develop the character of Mrs. Jennings as a well-meaning meddler in this chapter, as she proposes a match between Colonel Brandon and Marianne. Mrs. Jennings suggests the possibility to Brandon and Marianne. Brandon ignores her, while Marianne is shocked at the idea of marrying a man more than twice her age. Mrs. Dashwood also does not approve, but Elinor argues that he could make a good husband. After Elinor leaves the room, Marianne and her mother discuss why Edward has not yet visited them at their new home.

Chapter 8 Analysis

While Mrs. Jennings is partly joking in her suggestion of a match, it does cause the group to consider what makes a good husband. While Marianne argues in favor of passion and youth, Elinor presents the merits of security and argues that age 35 is not that old. Marianne wonders at her sister's apparent lack...

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