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August 26, 2007

Sense And Sensibility

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Jane Austin Sense and Sensibility

やっとこさ、読み終えましたよ。
これでも、英米文学科卒業ですから!一応文学もやってたんだぞ、ということで。
在学中に遊びに行ったロスの本屋さんで購入したのですが、なかなか読み進まず、最近帰りの電車で読むようにしたら、なんとか終わった。

Finally I fiished reading the book I bought many years ago when I visited L.A. I was studying at the Faculty of Literature at college (although my major was language education) and I just wanna say that I have some literature experience(?).

Jane Austinは、イギリスの作家で、18世紀後半くらいかな?「嵐が丘」や「ジェーン・エア」のブロンテ姉妹よりちょこっと前。他にも有名な作品を残しておりまして、中でも「プライドと偏見」は映画を観て、レビューを書きました。

I also saw a film "Pride and Prejudice" and I wrote about the film on this blog before (the link above). Jane Austin died of an illness at the age of 40 or around and was unmarried all her life. Her descpription of each characters are detailed and it makes me sleepy sometimes (because the story doesn't proceed!).

彼女は40歳くらいで病没していて、生涯独身だったようです。作品としてはこれしか読んでないんだけど、人物の描画が詳細で、時々それで眠たくなることも。。。(ストーリー進まないんだもん)。

日本語のタイトルは「分別と多感」。Dashwood家の姉妹の長女Elinorと次女Marianneについての話なのですが、長女が「分別」次女が「多感」の人として描かれています。映画にもなったんだけど、私の大好きなKate Winsletやハリポのスネイプ先生Alan RickmanやEmma ThompsonそしてHugh Grantが出ているので、観たくて仕方ないのに、wowowでの放送を何度も見逃してます(;ー;)

The title "sense" stands for the eldest sisiter of Dashwoods and "sensibility" is the second Marianne. I also would love to see the film starring my favorite actress Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman(well-known as Professor Snape of Harry Potter), Emma Thompson(also appears in HP ) and Hugh Grant!!! But I always miss the on-air at WOWOW.

この姉妹はそれぞれ恋をするのですが、Elinorの好きな人は別の女性Lucyと何年も前から婚約していることが発覚、Marianneの恋した人はプレイボーイで、他の女性を妊娠させてるわ、それで勘当されてお金持ちの女性と結婚しちゃうわとダメ男(っていうか、この話に出てくる男は基本的にダメ!)

The sisters are respectively in love with young men, but Elinor's love turned out to be engaged to another young lady Lucy. On the other hand, Marrianne's guy is a jerk who had an affair with another girl and she got pregnant. He was cut off by his family and he decided to marry a rich lady (I must say the guys in this novel are all dupes).

Lucyってのもまた嫌な女で、知ってか知らないでか、Elinorにだけ「秘密ね」って婚約のことを打ち明けるのです。そうでもなくても彼女のことは好きになれないのに、「友達」を押し付けてくる。心はズタズタなのに、誰にも言えず、一人で苦しむ「分別」のあるElinor。

Lucy is really a mean and bad girl. On porpose or not, she confessed Elinor her secret engagement and she believes they're friends. Elinor who has the "sense" cannot tell her feeling to anyone although she's badly broken-hearted.

Marianneはハッキリものを言うし、感情的になりやすい。喜んだり、泣いたり。ダメ男のことではあまりのショックに病気になる(そりゃそうだ)「多感」なMarianne。でも、自分も傷ついているのにMarianneを励ましていたElinorのことを知って、Marianneは自分の浅はかなことに気づきます。

Marianne is very open and direct, and emotional. Her mood is obvious and she bursts into tears in front of other people. And she even became sick because she was too shocked by her loved-one's betrayal. But she realized how stupid she had been when she knew tha fact that Elinor, who took care of her, had been also broken-hearted.

最後は一応ハッピーエンド。Lucyは秘密の婚約の件で母親から勘当されたElinorの彼(Edward)に代わり、財産相続する弟にコロっと乗り換え。晴れてEdwardはElinorに求婚するのですが、てっきり二人が結婚したと思っていたElinorはあまりの嬉しさに、涙を抑えられず部屋を飛び出す、と感情的な彼女の一面もまた魅力的かも。

The story ends like "happy ever after". Lucy married Edward's brother who succeeded the fortune as Edward(Elinor's love) was kicked out by her angry mother. Then finally Edward proposed Elinor. She'd thought Lucy and Edward already got married so she was so happy that she couldn't help crying and ran into her own room, showing even she's sometimes become emotional. Marianne married a man who had loved her for long and he's also the man of the "sense".

Marianneはずっと見守っていてくれた、倍くらい年上の男性と結婚します。この男性もまたかなり「分別」の人。

働かずに土地と毎年入ってくるお金で生活する貴族の人たちにとって、結婚は死活問題。特に女性は結婚するしか生きる道がない。で、結婚したマダムたちはゴシップに目がなく、そんなうわさ話にも、姉妹は傷ついたりする訳です。

The noble people at that time, especially women had no way but to marry rich people to survive if they have little fortune.

読んでいると、自分の視点なのか、作者の視点なのか「分別」のElinorの視点で読んでる感じがした。でも結局誰しもこの「分別」と「多感」が同居してるんじゃないかな?バランス取るの難しいけど。

I unconsciously read the book from Elinor's point of view, which could be the auther's as well. But I think everyone has both "sense" and "sensibility". But I found it hard to keep the balance.

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