Anniversary Celebration: Revisiting Sense & Sensibilities’ Couples – Jane Odiwe — 45 Comments

  1. Willoughby is selfish as ever to show when he did! Good job to Marianne showing him the door. I hope it hit him in the backside as he departed. Thanks for the lovely glimpse, Jane!

  2. How beautiful, Jane. I love your description of the fall leaves, ” the copper leaves……..scattering like topaz jewels”. Soe bautiful! And as Monica said, what “an emotional roller coaster!” The beginning was so sweet, the middle was so angst producing, and the end was so… made me feel so fuzzy inside. The trust and connection Brandon and Marianne have,,,,,,wow! What a wonderful way to wake up this morning. And the consideration Brandon has by providing the nurse for Elinor’s little one. since he doted so on her, Iwsonder if he will smother his wife. 🙂 Thank you for such a wonderful story to wake up with. (sigh) 🙂

  3. Thank you, Debbie, for those very kind words! Yes, I thought Colonel Brandon would arrange a nurse for Elinor because he is such a thoughtful man, and knowing they probably would not have the extra money for one-though I can imagine Elinor would want to be very hands on! I am a little worried about Colonel Brandon-I think he’ll want to wrap Marianne up in cotton wool, and I don’t think she’ll take too kindly to that!

  4. This was like a lovely fairy tale; it was gentle, romantic, beautifully surreal, and then came the villain. I am sure Willoughby would rather refer to himself as a tragic hero, but villain he is. I do love the way Marianne told him that there was no hope for him, and that he had to leave. The sisters celebrating their anniversaries was so sweet and such fun to read. I love it that Elinor’s Edward gifted her with a topaz cross. It reminded me instantly of the ’95 miniseries and the crosses that Jane and Lizzy wore. I have always coveted Lizzy’s topaz cross, and if I ever see one, I shall buy it. When is your next book coming out? I can hardly wait to see it and read it. As always, the illustrations that you choose for your stories truly enhance an already wonderful experience, and make me want more more more Jane Odiwe to read. I was also pleased to see the picture from Barton Cottage. That brought back more happy memories of the numerous times my daughter and I watched that film. Thank you again for sharing your stories with us, and getting the day off to a very good start.

  5. Lovely. I really like the final comeuppance for Willoughby. . Marianne is in love with her husband and has no regrets, or time, for the selfish child he is. Great story!

  6. Thank you, Mari, for your very kind comments-I loved writing this story. Yes, Willoughby is a villain, and vain enough to think Marianne would still be interested in him.I hope to finish writing Miss Darcy’s Parisian Pin soon, and then I’m finishing a novel, which is Emma inspired-I’ve got a lot to keep me busy! Hopefully, Miss Darcy will be ready for April/May, and then I’m aiming to get Emma out by December if I can.

  7. I love the comment about the leaves as we do not have many in west Texas!! One day they are here, then gone, blown away by the wind. Marianne was marvelous in the way that she told off Willoughby as was Elinor. I hope he finds someone as mercenary as he was to marry and be miserable with.

  8. Thank you, Hollis-one of the most wonderful thing about the British Isles are the trees we have, and in autumn they look wonderful. Yes, I hope he finds someone who will ‘plague his heart out’ as Mrs Jennings would say!

  9. This little epilogue to S&S was absolutely delightful! I’m so glad that Willoughby was included…and although forgiven, that he was left with no smidge for confusion regarding Marianne’s love for her husband, and certainly not for him, even if she became a widow. His unkind words about Brandon to Elinor show that he was little affected by the deaths of his wife and son; Willoughby will always be Willoughby, a cad through and through.

    And while the scenes with Elinor and Edward were sweet beyond measure, this last scene in which Marianne tells Brandon that he will be a father are simply poignant and beautiful.

    Thank you so much for writing for us! 🙂

    Susanne 🙂

    • Thank you, Susanne, I really enjoyed writing this, and I’m thrilled you enjoyed it! Yes, Willoughby will always be a cad, I quite agree!!!

  10. What a long lovely chapter, Jane! Thank you for all your hard work on this. I was so relieve to see Marianne had no regrets and that wicked Willoughby could not tempt her in the least. She married the better man for sure, and I’m glad she knows it!

  11. So lovely, Jane! Bringing Willoughby in was a brilliant stroke, and I am so glad Marianne is not even tempted in his direction. Such a fine contrast between the two couples, so different in their style yet both happy and in love.

  12. Enjoyed it. I do believe it could be expanded to a book or short story. Maybe have the two oldest as the backdrop and have a love story for the youngest sister. Sorry cannot remember her name right now.

    Liked the romance of Elinor and Edward, it shows him as a romantic. Loved it.

    It was nice to have Marianne reassure Brandon.

    Both of these male leads can really be romantic, yet so insecure of themselves at the same time.

  13. Thank you, Patty, for your kind words-yes it would be fun to write a longer version. I’ve written Margaret’s love story in ‘Willoughby’s Return, but it would be a good challenge to write a different one combined with an expansion of the story.

  14. Bah! Willoughby got off easy. The creep hasn’t changed a lick. A slap across his face, or a sabre in his gut, would have set me up forever. Good thing I’m not bloodthirsty. LOL.

    Seriously, great job.

  15. Jack, I know you wanted blood and guts, : ) but in the end, as tempted as I was to have Colonel Brandon run him through with a sword I decided to follow Jane Austen’s lead. She had the Dashwood sisters forgive him, and I could do nothing less. However, I think you should do your bloodthirsty version, I would LOVE to read it!

  16. Ooo, yes please, Jane, more!

    I was definitely rooting for Marianne when she told Willoughby how things were. Good for her! To be honest, Jack’s idea of “a sabre in his guts” is probably too good for Willoughby. He needs to suffer as he’s made others suffer before him.

    The two tender scenes that start and finsh this piece are lovely. I have to say that I see Dan Stevens as Edward and David Morrissey as the Colonel in both of them, rather than Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman (much as I admire Mr. Rickman).

    • Yes, I think he should be made to suffer-death is too quick-LOL! I loved Dan Stevens and David Morrissey was so swoon-worthy- and as much as I like the other version of S&S, this one was really good for including the scene where Willoughby comes to see Elinor. Thank you for the lovely comments, Anji!

  17. I agree with your reply to Jack Caldwell – your story is lovely, but I’d also enjoy reading Jack’s version with a good hard slap upside Willoughby’s head. Or sabre to the gut. XD

    Now, what do you think Willoughby’s next action will be? Does he get to keep Sophia’s 50,000 pounds? Will he marry again? And what of Elinor and Marianne’s little sister? Hmm, this could be part of a longer story….

    Thank you for the anniversary story!

    • June, thank you! Yes, Willoughby would definitely inherit her £50,000-in fact, I’m sure that once he’d legally married her, it would have been his anyway. Sadly, this happened a lot in those days, and women had such little say over their own property! Margaret definitely needs to fall in love, I think!

  18. Jane, Thank you so much for the anniversary follow up with our S&S couples. Lovely! And wonderful to see Willoughby disappointed so thoroughly after his so selfish motives!

    It also reminded that I was given a set of videos, The Jane Collection, and I have never yet watched this older version of S&S, so now plan to start this evening! I also was a bit disappointed with Hugh Grant as Edward.

    Thanks again.

    • Thank you, Evelyn, for your kind comments. I think you’ll enjoy the BBC version, Evelyn-the girls are a much better age. I love both versions for different reasons-always look forward to another adaptation!

  19. I, too, enjoyed this epilogue. Just the perfect closure for Marianne and, then, for the Colonel to be reassured he was NOT a consolation prize from her viewpoint. I would be curious as to just what Willoughby did for “Miss Williams”. He is such a cad that I imagine just admitting her child is his would be beyond any sense of honor he might have. After all it is very nervy of him to think he can waltz into Marianne’s life and woe her away from the Colonel. Or did he plan an affair on the side? REALLY?

    No, Jack, he deserves to live while seeing what true happiness is with each partner giving to the other. Maybe a slow death with that French Pox disease of which we will not talk. After all we know he is not reluctant to dip his wick indiscriminately around.

    Lovely that the sisters share the same anniversary date and that they live close enough to visit. The Colonel continues his caring and generous ways in providing a nurse for Elinor.

    Thank you for this lovely chapter.

  20. Thank you, Sheila, I’m glad you enjoyed it! I think the only ‘help’ Willoughby is likely to offer is financial, and though unable to recognise his child, as such, I imagine he might be curious about him to a certain extent. I love the idea of Willoughby suffering with a disease of some kind-serve him right, and yes, he’s going to suffer seeing the colonel and Marianne together even if I think he’s so vain he’ll probably get over Marianne in time.

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