February 13, 2016

ALL COMEDY IS CONSERVATIVE:

WHAT WE'VE BEEN READING (First Things, 2.12.16)

Francesca Murphy

On the night after the actor Alan Rickman died, I watched the version of Sense and Sensibility in which he plays Colonel Brandon. What a beautiful movie, and what a wonderful performance he gives. Since then I have been reading Sense and Senibility on my kindle. Jane Austen was simply a moral genius. The book contrasts a elder sister (Elinor, 'Sense') who faces up to the fact that reality cannot be modelled on her wishes with a younger sister (Marianne, 'Sensibility') who still needs to learn this basic moral truth. The novel uses a deep ironic humour to convey these essential building blocks of the virtuous life.


It is this message--that reality will not necessarily conform to even the best intentions--that makes Austen a great conservative novelist.



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