Kitty’s Sickness, Herzog’s Letters, and Illnesses of the Heart

BY SHREYA VARDHAN “Well, my comfort is, I am sure Jane will die of a broken heart, and then he will be sorry for what he has done.” -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice Mrs. Bennet’s hopes in this regard were to remain unfulfilled — her daughter Jane did not die of a broken heart after Mr. Bingley’s inexplicable abandonment. Another of Austen’s characters, however, did come dangerously close to such a fate — Marianne Dashwood of Sense and Sensibility, whose hopes regarding one charming John Willoughby were cruelly dashed, spent the greatest part of the book in a state of …






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