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Sense and Sensibility | Characters

Character Description
Elinor Dashwood The eldest of the Dashwood sisters, Elinor is a composed young woman who values propriety and clear thinking. Read More
Marianne Dashwood The middle Dashwood sister, Marianne, is a pretty young woman with romantic views of the world; she seeks a rich and handsome young lover whose passions match hers. Read More
Edward Ferrars The thoughtful, kind older son of Mrs. Ferrars, Edward is honorable to the point of haplessness; his marriage to Elinor provides the novel with its happy ending. Read More
Colonel Brandon A retired officer, Colonel Brandon is worldly-wise and dependable; his quick, able decisions save or assist several characters—including Marianne, who slowly comes to love him. Read More
John Willoughby The charming and fickle Willoughby easily wins Marianne's heart and seems to love her, but he loves wealth and comfort more. Read More
Mrs. Dashwood Mrs. Dashwood is the somewhat silly but loving mother to Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret.
John Dashwood John is the son of Mr. Dashwood's first marriage, stepbrother to Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret, and the heir to Norland Park.
Fanny Dashwood Robert and Edward Ferrars's sister, Fanny is John Dashwood's selfish, sharp wife.
Margaret Dashwood Margaret is Elinor and Marianne's sweet-natured 13-year-old sister; she takes after the romantic Marianne.
Henry Dashwood Father of John, Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret; Henry dies in the novel's first chapter, leaving his second wife and daughters with meager means.
Sir John Middleton Sir John, a distant relation of the Dashwoods, provides Barton Cottage to Mrs. Dashwood and her daughters and includes them in social events at his estate, Barton Park.
Mrs. Jennings Mrs. Jennings is Lady Middleton's mother (and Sir John's mother-in-law); plain-spoken and perceptive, she is kind to the Dashwood sisters.
Lady Middleton Mistress of Barton Park, Sir John's wife, Lady Middleton, is proud of her four spoiled children and critical of the Dashwood girls.
Lucy Steele The younger of the Steele sisters, Lucy angles to marry Edward but deserts him for his brother, Robert, when Edward loses his inheritance.
Mrs. Ferrars Mother to Edward, Fanny, and Robert Ferrars, Mrs. Ferrars is meddling and overly attentive to class distinctions.
Robert Ferrars Youngest of the Ferrars children, Robert is vain and selfish; after becoming heir when his brother Edward is disinherited, he marries Lucy Steele.
Mrs. Charlotte Palmer Mrs. Jennings's imprudent, loud daughter invites Elinor and Marianne to stay at her home in Cleveland.
Mr. Palmer Mrs. Palmer's husband, gruff and terse, mostly stays out of her way.
Anne Steele The older of the Steele sisters, Anne reveals Lucy and Edward's secret engagement to Fanny.
Miss Sophia Grey Miss Grey, an heiress, marries Willoughby after he deserts Marianne.
Thomas Thomas is a servant to Mrs. Dashwood and her daughters at Barton Cottage.
Mrs. Smith Mrs. Smith is Willoughby's elderly cousin, and Allenham is her estate, which she originally intends to leave to Willoughby.
Eliza Eliza is Colonel Brandon's cousin and young love who was forced to marry Brandon's brother; later, divorced and ruined, she died of tuberculosis, leaving behind a daughter, also named Eliza.
Eliza Williams Colonel Brandon's ward and the daughter of his beloved cousin, Eliza is duped by Willoughby and left pregnant and in disgrace.
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