Haha, thank you for this sweet and sexy peek into the married life of a beloved couple. I think you wrote Marianne particularly well - she was not in love with Colonel Brandon when she married him, but her open and ardent nature would instinctively respond to a caring and experienced lover. Though Austen, of course, would never say so, I always imagined that in their marriage, physical passion and intimacy eventually bloomed into deep and abiding love, rather than the reverse.
Author's Response: Yes, I also thought the young and dashing (Willoughby) are probably not always the best lovers...*g* can't beat experience. Anyway, thanks for your review.
Austen meets Herrick - a perfect literary seduction! So pretty and yet so hot.
Author's Response: Thanks...I stumbled across the Herrick poem while I was writing this. I didn't know it before but it fir so perfectly. I loved it. Thanks for your kind reviews.
Oh man, I LOVE Sense and Sensibility - particularly the book - I have only seen the movie once, but I enjoyed it as well (especially the wise casting of Alan Rickman. Arruff). I'm very excited to see this, ahem, addition to the ending.
One small quibble with this chapter: it doesn't sound like Mrs. Dashwood to me. She is characterized (in the book, at least, I have trouble remembering her in the movie) as every bit as effusive and passionate as Marianne. I can't imagine her sitting her daughter down and calmly advising her to submit physically to her husband.
Other than that minor complaint, I find this chapter very well-written. I'm so glad you decied to write this! Onward I go.
Author's Response: Hi there! Thanks for the review. Yes, you are right, it's a bit out of character for Mrs Dashwood. I was thinking more along the lines of repressed sexuality in those days and that mothers would have told their daughters something like that.
NO! you can't be serious! this can't be the end!! Please write more!!!!
Author's Response: Thanks for the review but yes, it is the end. I was planning on a sequel, as I said but that will take a whíle as I'm busy writing several other things.
Okay, this seriously needs to not be the end. But that has to be one of the best, and sweetest, love scenes I've ever read. It doesn't hurt that the imagery involved Alan, but it would be excellent even without him! Thank you again for this story! And if you ever wanted to just spend your time chronicling this wedded pair, I would eagerly come along for the ride. I've never seen an Austin fic before, and I love this one intensely!
Author's Response: I'm currently writing a few other things but I was actually planning on a sequel for this one. Thanks again for taking your time and your kind reviews.
I'm falling for Christopher all over again... Leave it to him to be such a perfect gentleman and yet to have something like a Kama Sutra book around. Combining it with the poetry is a wonderful idea, too.
Author's Response: Actually I wanted him to have her read from the Kamasutra but when I did my research I found out that there hadn't been an English translation at that time. So I chose to use erotic poetry and pictures and when I stumbled across this Robert Herrick poem, I loved it so much that I thought this was a lot better than the Kamasutra. Thanks for your reviews.
Okay, now you're spoiling me. This movie always sort of pissed me off (although I do love it to bits) in the fact that they never even allowed Christopher and Marianne to kiss on screen. (If I were Kate, I'd have made it part of my contract!) I realize they wouldn't kiss until at least they were betrothed (and really, Christopher might wait for the wedding, LOL) but they don't even show them kissing after the wedding! We got a deleted scene of Emma and Hugh liplocking, even. *sigh* Okay, rant over, back to review... LOL. This is not just a story - it's a gift. Thank you for filling in a gaping gap in this movie by writing this story. And you have Marianne so perfectly pegged!
Author's Response: Yes, I could have hit Ang Lee and Emma, too for not including a kiss. :-) Actually Colonel Brandon turned me into a Rickmaniac. He's divine. Thanks for your kind reviews.
Oh very nice. I think I can sense Jane Austen blushing from here in the USA :) I very much enjoyed the way you used Col. Brandon's .. ahem.. experience... to add a tension to this tale. Please add a little more about him
Author's Response: I have been thinking about writing a sequel actually but I've got some other WIPs queueing to be written first. I'll do it some time.
No, that can't be the end of it!! More, more! He should at least smile back at her and offer to repeat....read another poem...something. Sigh....last chapter, eh? Thank you for the gorgeous story! Such a beautifl, perfect depiction of the Colonel and Marianne's first night together.
Author's Response: Thanks again. Well, they are married now, it won't be their last night together. :-) Actually I wanted to have her read from the Kamasutra, too but the first English translation did not appear before 1883, so that would not have been possible.
Ah, I sure hope that's the last time she ever thinks of Willoughby! Lovely poem, BTW. He's being just as sweet and gentle with her as I picture them from the S&S movie - or more!
Author's Response: Yeah, I liked the poem, too. The idea actually came to me, when I read a few poems from times before Regency and was stunned how openly sexual they were. :-) Thanks for the review.
I like this fic. Its the 1st sence and senceabilty fic Ive ever seen... I guess I should look for more of them. Cant wait for the next chapter.
Author's Response: There was one other S&S fic on aff.net but it carried a warning for "incest", so I never read it. As far as I know, nobody took up the Jane Austen challenge apart from me. A pity, I'd like to read other people's S&S fics. *sniff* Thanks for your kind review.
Ahh, the poetry-reading Colonel strikes again! What a lovely first night of marriage. I hope she doesn't find herself needing to "think of England"! Thanks for the chapter!
Author's Response: England? No...she thinks about anything but that. :-) Thanks for your review.