Mrs. John Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility is perhaps the greediest and most self-centered character in Jane Austen’s novels. When her father-in-law dies, leaving his fortune and estate to her husband, she manipulates her husband so thoroughly that instead of giving his stepsisters “a thousand pounds a-piece,” he decides to give them no financial help whatsoever. When the funeral is over, she arrives at Norland, “without sending any notice of her intention to her mother-in-law,” with her son and their servants. She “install[s] herself mistress,” while “her mother and sisters-in-law” are “degraded to the condition of visitors.” Her only regret: that her mother-in-law gets to keep the “china, plate, and linen.”
Another day is now gone, & added to those, for which we were before accountable. Teach us Almighty Father, to consider this solemn Truth, as we should do, that we may feel the importance of every day, & every hour as it passes, & earnestly strive to make a better use of what Thy Goodness may yet bestow on us, than we have done of the Time past.
Do you want to build your life on a foundation of “gold, silver, precious stones” and “lay up treasure in heaven”?