Sense and Sensibility by Jane AustenAlternate cover edition of ISBN 9780141439662
The more I know of the world, the more am I convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!
Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinors warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Meanwhile Elinor, always sensitive to social convention, is struggling to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Through their parallel experience of love—and its threatened loss—the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love.
This edition includes explanatory notes, textual variants between the first and second editions, and Tony Tanners introduction to the original Penguin Classic edition.
Synopsis: Sense and Sensibility
Sense and Sensibility is a novel by Jane Austen , published in It was published anonymously; By A Lady appears on the title page where the author's name might have been. They have an older half-brother, John, and a younger sister, Margaret, The novel follows the three Dashwood sisters as they must move with their widowed mother from the estate on which they grew up, Norland Park. Because Norland is passed down to John, the product of Mr. Dashwood's first marriage, and his young son, the four Dashwood women need to look for a new home.
The novel follows the young ladies to their new home, a meagre cottage on a distant relative's property, where they experience love, romance and heartbreak. The philosophical resolution of the novel is ambiguous: the reader must decide whether sense and sensibility have truly merged. When Henry Dashwood dies, his house, Norland Park , passes directly to his only son John , the child of his first wife. His second wife, Mrs. On his deathbed, Mr. Dashwood extracts a promise from his son, that he will take care of his half-sisters; however, John's selfish wife Fanny , soon persuades him to renege.
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This is the story of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, sisters who respectively represent the "sense" and "sensibility" of the title. With their mother, their sister Margaret, and their stepbrother John, they make up the Dashwood family. Henry Dashwood, their father, has just died. Norland Park, his estate, is inherited by John; to his chagrin, Henry has nothing but ten thousand pounds to leave to his wife and daughters. On his deathbed, he urges John to provide for them and John promises that he will do so. He is already wealthy because he has a fortune from his mother and is also married to the wealthy Fanny Ferrars. Immediately after Henry's burial, the insensitive Mrs.
Published in October , Sense and Sensibility was the first of Austen 's novels to be presented for public consumption. As it turned out, readers loved it, and the novel sold out its first edition of copies which was a lot back then by However, Austen herself didn't become an overnight sensation; rather, throughout her brief lifetime, she published under the pseudonym, "A Lady," and never attained much personal fame. Her books, on the other hand, were quite successful; she followed up Sense and Sensibility with Pride and Prejudice , Mansfield Park , and Emma , as well as two posthumously published novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. Though Sense and Sensibility is Austen's first full-length novel, it possesses a lot of the traits that we see in some of her later, somewhat more widely read, works — her books grant us an intimate glance into the everyday lives of women in early nineteenth century England. We learn about their trials and tribulations mostly having to do with romantic relationships — looks like not much has changed there over all these years , as well as about the importance of family life. On that note, it's thought that Sense and Sensibility was largely inspired by Austen's own relationship with her much-beloved sister, Cassandra; in the novel, we can see Cassandra in the older, wiser Elinor, while Jane is more like the impulsive, emotional Marianne.