Posted by: Author | February 14, 2014

Friday Fact- February 14, 2014- Shakespeare Sonnet and Jane Austen Hero

I’ve debated the question of who was the better Jane Austen hero between Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice and Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility many times and a lot of people think I only side with the colonel because he was played by my darling Alan Rickman in the movie but that’s not it at all. Having read the books before seeing the movies, I can tell you that the colonel would hold first place in my heart no matter who played the role. Here’s why: He loved Marianne Dashwood in a sincere, true way. He was never cruel to her nor did he ever insult either her intelligence, her beauty or her family. Even when she was set on being with another man- a man he knew wasn’t good enough for her- the colonel’s devotion didn’t waver and he wished her well in her choice.

In the movie, Marianne is focused on Shakespeare’s sonnet 116 and she and Willoughby read it to each other and later, she recites it on the hill in the rain while overlooking his estate. I think it’s also the sonnet she makes Edward read at the beginning of the film (I haven’t watched in a while so I’m not 100% sure on that but I think so).alan-rickman-colonel-brandon-red

Anyway, if you read the sonnet below, you see it was the colonel who all along met Marianne’s requirement for love, not Willoughby- The colonel’s love was an “ever fixed mark”; it looked on tempests and was never shaken; and bore it out to the edge of doom.

I mean really, what could be more divine than to have a man love you like that?


Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no; it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests, and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

Another fun thing to share today is something that would probably not be believed if written in a novel. One of my friends from high school has a birthday today- Valentine’s Day. Her maiden name was Flowers and her family owns a florist. You can’t make that up, can you?


  1. I adore Col Brandon. You and I have the same taste in men I think 🙂

    • Indeed we do, Michelle – even in Pirates!!

  2. It’s been a long time since I’ve read these stories. Maybe I need to pick them up again with this discussion in mind, eh? In the meantime, Happy Valentine’s Day!

    • Yeah, Laurie, In your spare time, girl!! LOL! They are good stories.

  3. A great post for Valentine’s Day. 🙂

    • thanks Lavada

  4. Reblogged this on Ramblings of a Writer and commented:

    reblogging from Jillian Chantal’s site. Happy Valentine’s Day

  5. Very Nice! In every Jane Austen movie there comes a time when I stare at the book and say out loud,”If you don’t take him,I will!” but when I saw S&S and it was Alan Rickman,I nearly truly lost it! Happy Valentine’s Day,Jillian.

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