It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of actor Alan Rickman a few days ago. Your shocked, heartfelt comments on our Facebook Page said it all. He was a wonderful actor and especially was taken to the hearts of Jane Austen fans around the world when he played Colonel Brandon in Ang Lee's adaptation of 'Sense and Sensibility'. We have loved him ever since. He faithfully embodied the skin of a character who is much older than his beloved Marianne, but in the tactful hands of Alan Rickman, the difference in years simply drifted away. Our thoughts are with his new bride (though they have been a couple these 50 years!) and his family and friends. I am sure they will feel his loss even more keenly than we do.