Friday, 26 August 2016

A Change in the Second Edition of Jane Austen's 'Sense and Sensibilty'

There is possibly a curious concession to public taste in the second edition of Sense and Sensibility: the first edition (in Chapter 13) had Lady Middleton, on overhearing that Brandon was believed to have an illegitimate daughter, banishing 'so improper a subject' by taking 'the trouble of saying something herself about the weather'.

This is omitted from the second edition.

Was this because Jane thought it was in poor taste? It seems more likely that the wiser Jane merely decided it was not in character for Lady Middleton.