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sense-and-sensibility-jane-austenJane Austen1811EnglishBeloved by generations of readers, Jane Austen was from a family that valued writing, reading, and acting—privately. She wrote her novels in a room with a squeaky door so that she could hide her manuscripts if company arrived unexpectedly. She published Sense and Sensibility under the mysterious name "A Lady."JANE AUSTEN1775–1817With home and livelihood at stake—not to mention love—EIinor Dashwood nurtures reasonable hopes for clever Edward. Meanwhile, she tries to curb her little sister's passion for a less-than-honorable man. Rivals for the men's affection and wealth try to derail a sensible but happy ending for Elinor and Marianne.Marriage for Love, Money, or Security?OVERVIEWNovelAuthorYear WrittenOriginal LanguageThemesHead & HeartThe novel explores how people should make important decisions. Does logic lead—or emotion?Trust & TruthMembers of the Dashwoods' social group have secret agendas and rarely reveal their motivations.Working the SystemWhen women have little social power or wealth, they learn ways to get what they want and need.Home & HearthThe novel opens with Elinor and her mother and sisters forced to leave their family home; it ends when the women find new homes.MotifsSense andSensibilityRomanceSense and Sensibilityby the NumbersNovels Austen wrote in her lifetime, Sense and Sensibility being her first6Age of the character Elinor Dashwood19Copies of Sense and Sensibility sold in its first print run750Years between the first draft of the novel and the first film adaptation200Main CharactersElinor & MarianneSisters looking for marriage and loveColonel BrandonRetired officer; in love with MarianneLucy SteeleYoung woman; secretly engaged to EdwardJohn WilloughbyMarianne's love interest; dashing beauJohn Willoughby+Sophia Grey John Dashwood +Fanny FerrarsElinor Dashwood+Edward FerrarsEdward FerrarsElinor's love interest; kind but timidSophia GreyWealthy heiress; marries WilloughbyLOVESECURITYMONEYMarianne Dashwood+Colonel BrandonMarianne Dashwood+John Willoughby Lucy Steele+Edward FerrarsMarriageRomanceMarianne, Volume 1, Chapter 3could not be happy with a man whose taste did not in every point coincide with my own. He must enter into all my feelings; the same books, the same music must charm us both.Feckless Men, Greedy WomenAuthorWeak husbands or fiancés are easy prey for calculating women who want to get more than their share.

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