This chapter examines the complex notion and theme of sensibility at several levels, bringing out its relation to various problematic forms of responsiveness, and of reader-response. The different readings that sensibility and its spectacles and signs have given rise to have been linked to their fundamental ambiguity. In Lettres d'une Péruvienne, it is the love plot which is subverted in various ways. Zilia's aesthetic reactions to various spectacles, and her existential joy, provide alternative deployments for sensibility that rival love, and potentially preclude the necessity of future development in the form of marriage. In Julie, the attempt to find satisfaction by diverting sensibility from erotic love to less damaging forms of emotional engagement is an explicitly stated goal in the novel's second half. Paratextual indications, and statements in the text itself, construe the images in this part of the novel as superseding those of the first half in a form of linear progression.