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In times of trial, war, or boredom, I'm drawn to Jane Austen. I picked up Sense and Sensibility tired of feeling like the world is thisclose to falling apart, and tired of feeling like there is so little for me to do about it. I do find her writing refreshing. In a world where one's primary occupation before marriage is to snap up a good husband (or wife), and after marriage to secure and protect the wellbeing of one's family (and of course, to get all of one's nice acquaintances married well), I can temporarily forget the absolute mess we live in. And every time I read Jane Austen, though she writes primarily to entertain, I find myself astonished with the virtues of her sympathetic characters (especially when I compare them to my own lack). Yes, her world is silly, and it is intended to be so. But not all of the people living in that world are silly. In fact, I am sillier than most, if not all, of Jane's heroines, and I have benefitted as much or more from these sketches of prudence as I fancy I have from the consoling balm of a story that turns out right in the end.