Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

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How does Jane Austen use ironical amusement in the treatment of her characters in the novel Sense and Sensibility?

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Among the many instances of ironic amusement that we can find in Jane Austen'sSense and Sensibility,a particularly funny and ironic situation occurs can be found in the dynamics of the Palmers.   

Mr. Palmer, judged as a "droll" in more than several occasions, is the exact opposite of his wife, the expectant Mrs. Palmer. She, who laughs aloud, speaks her mind, and is always talking, is quite a sociable and amiable character.

Mrs. Palmer also seems completely unaware of her husband's behavior. In fact, it seems as if she actually admires him and considers that he is open-minded, sociable, and nice. His mannerisms and the things that he does, however,  paint a completely different picture of him.

Mr. Palmer is perhaps the prequel of Mr. Bennet, fromPride and Prejudicein terms of the treatment he offers his wife (completely ignores her) and the people around him: aloof, and careless.

(He) was a grave looking young man of five or six and twenty, with an air...

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