sense and sensibility

Today, the world is mourning a great actor and an even greater man: Alan Rickman, who tragically passed away this morning at age 69 after a long battle with cancer. Although many of us remember him for his role in Harry Potter (and we’ve been sadly murmuring “Always” all morning long), Alan was so many things to so many people. From his flawed character in Love Actually (whose sarcastic humor we couldn’t help but adore) from his absolutely hysterical role as Metatron in Dogma, it’s impossible to say which of his many films was the absolute best. But one that we’re remembering particularly today is his role as Colonel Brandon in 1995’s Sense and Sensibility.

The movie, which is a film adaptation of Jane Austen’s tale about two sisters (played by Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet) and their plight after the death of their father, is beautifully done in its own right — but Alan subtle portrayal of Colonel Brandon is one that we’ll forever remember.

Fans have been taking to Twitter to express their grief not only for Alan, but for Col. Brandon as well.

Not only did he do the character of Col. Brandon justice, but he transformed it into something all his own, something that will forever cement him in our minds when we think about Jane Austen. And now, perhaps one of the most poignant clips from the film is when he’s talking to Marianne (Winslet).

“Shall we continue tomorrow?” she asks.

“No, for I must away,” he responds.

“Away? Where?”

“That, I cannot tell you. It is a secret.”

RIP, Alan. You may have gone away, but you’ll forever remain in our Jane Austen-loving hearts.

(Image via Twitter.)