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About Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility was Austen's first published novel; its first edition came out in three
volumes in 1811, and the novel was reasonably well-liked and successful. This was much to
the relief of Austen, who financed the printing of the book herself, and managed to make
over 150 pounds on the first run alone. Her brother Henry and sister Cassandra were
instrumental in convincing Austen to publish the novel, especially after her other books
Northanger Abbey and Pride and Prejudice were rejected by a publisher. Austen was
discouraged, but her brother convinced a London publisher to put out the book, and the
result was the beginning of Austen's career as a novelist. The novel was initially attributed
to "A Lady"; her later novels also neglected to mention Austen's name as author, and
instead are credited to "the author of Sense and Sensibility," or another one of Austen's
several successful books.

Austen wrote the first version of the novel, and also early versions of Pride and Prejudice
and Northanger Abbey, in the 1790's, between the ages of twenty-one and twenty-three.
The original version of Sense and Sensibility was titled Elinor and Marianne, written in
1797, and was likely the first novel that Austen worked on, in addition to becoming her first
published text. It was originally a series of letters between the two sisters, but evolved to
become the novel we know and read today. Sense and Sensibility was actually revised by
Austen between the novel's first and second printings; most modern texts adhere to the
changes made in the second edition, some placing the later revisions in brackets to set
them off from the original text.

Modern readers and critics, on the whole, do not consider Sense and Sensibility to be
Austen's best work. Her characterization is flat in parts, her two heroines, Elinor and
Marianne, are both too extreme and two-dimensional to be truly sympathetic, and many
have found Edward Ferrars and Colonel Brandon very dull indeed. The story is somewhat
unsatisfying because Marianne's change of heart and her regard for Colonel Brandon are
hastily discussed in a paragraph at the end of the novel, and the relationships between
Edward and Elinor and the Colonel and Marianne are not well fleshed-out. The ending is
also regarded as Austen's weakest, as elements, such as Lucy's elopement with Robert,
and Marianne and the Colonel's marriage, seem to come from left-field and are badly
justified by the text. Although Austen's trademark wit is in evidence, her sense of social
satire is hardly as sharp as in later novels, such as Pride and Prejudice and Emma, and her
plotting, in places, leaves much to be desired. However, this novel was an auspicious
beginning for Austen, and is a valuable look at the start of her writing career and the
beginning of her development as a novelist.

Short Summary

The Dashwood family is introduced; Mr. and Mrs. Dashwood and their three daughters live
at Norland Park, an estate in Sussex. Unfortunately, Mr. Dashwood's wife and daughters
are left with very little when he dies and the estate goes to his son, John Dashwood. John
and his wife Fanny (nee Ferrars) have a great deal of money, yet refuse to help his half-
sisters and their mother.

Elinor, one of the Dashwood girls, is entirely sensible and prudent; her sister, Marianne, is
very emotional and never moderate. Margaret, the youngest sister, is young and good-
natured. Mrs. Dashwood and her daughters stay at Norland for a few months, mostly
because of the promising friendship developing between Elinor and Edward Ferrars, Fanny's
shy, but very kind, brother. Elinor likes Edward, but is not convinced her feelings are
mutual; Fanny is especially displeased by their apparent regard, as Edward's mother wants
him to marry very well.

A relative of Mrs. Dashwood's, Sir John Middleton, offers them a cottage at Barton Park in
Devonshire; the family must accept, and are sad at leaving their home and having to
separate Edward and Elinor. They find Barton Cottage and the countryside around it
charming, and Sir John Middleton a very kind and obliging host. His wife, Lady Middleton, is
cold and passionless; still, they accept frequent invitations to dinners and parties at Barton
Park.

The Dashwoods meet Mrs. Jennings, Sir John's mother-in-law, a merry, somewhat vulgar
older woman, and Colonel Brandon, a gentleman and a bachelor. The Colonel is soon taken
with Marianne, but Marianne objects to Mrs. Jennings attempts to get them together, and
to the "advanced" age (35) and serious demeanor of the Colonel.

Marianne falls and twists her ankle while walking; she is lucky enough to be found and
carried home by a dashing man named Willoughby. Marianne and Willoughby have a
similar romantic temperament, and Marianne is much pleased to find that Willoughby has a
passion for art, poetry, and music. Willoughby and Marianne's attachment develops
steadily, though Elinor believes that they should be more restrained in showing their regard
publicly.

One pleasant day, the Middletons, the Dashwoods, and Willoughby are supposed to go on a
picnic with the Colonel, but their plans are ditched when Colonel Brandon is forced to leave
because of distressing news. Willoughby becomes an even more attentive guest at the
cottage, spending a great deal more time there than Allenham with his aunt. Willoughby
openly confesses his affections for Marianne and for all of them, and hopes they will always
think of him as fondly as he does of them; this leaves Mrs. Dashwood and Elinor convinced
that if Marianne and Willoughby are not engaged, they soon will be.

One morning, Mrs. Dashwood, Elinor, and Margaret leave the couple, hoping for a
proposal; when they return, they find Marianne crying, and Willoughby saying that he must
immediately go to London. Mrs. Dashwood and Elinor are completely unsettled by this
hasty departure, and Elinor fears that they might have had a falling-out. Marianne is torn
up by Willoughby's departure, and Elinor begins to question whether Willoughby's
intentions were honorable. But, whether Willoughby and Marianne are engaged remains a
mystery, as Marianne will not speak of it.

Edward comes to visit them at Barton, and is welcomed very warmly as their guest. It is
soon apparent that Edward is unhappy, and doesn't show as much affection for Elinor;
when they spot a ring he is wearing, with a lock of hair suspiciously similar to Elinor's, even
Elinor is baffled. Edward finally forces himself to leave, still seeming distressed.

Sir John and Mrs. Jennings soon introduce Mrs. Jennings' other daughter, Mrs. Palmer, and
her husband to the family. Mrs. Palmer says that people in town believe that Willoughby
and Marianne will soon be married, which puzzles Elinor, as she knows of no such
arrangements herself. Elinor and Marianne meet the Middletons' new guests, the Miss
Steeles, apparently cousins; they find Miss Steele to be nothing remarkable, while Lucy is
very pretty but not much better company. However, the Miss Steeles instantly gain Lady
Middleton's admiration by paying endless attention to her obnoxious children.

Elinor, unfortunately, becomes the preferred companion of Lucy. Lucy inquires of Mrs.
Ferrars, which prompts Elinor to ask about her acquaintance with the Ferrars family; Lucy
then reveals that she is secretly engaged to Edward. It turns out that Edward and Lucy
knew each other while Edward studied with Lucy's uncle, Mr. Pratt, and have been engaged
for some years. Although Elinor is first angry about Edward's secrecy, she soon sees that
marrying Lucy will be punishment enough, as she is unpolished, manipulative, and jealous
of Edward's high regard for Elinor.

The Miss Steeles end up staying at Barton Park for two months. Mrs. Jennings invites
Marianne and Elinor to spend the winter with her in London. Marianne is determined to go
to see Willoughby, and Elinor decides she must go too, because Marianne needs Elinor's
polite guidance. They accept the invitation, and leave in January. Once in town, they find
Mrs. Jennings' house comfortable, and their company less than ideal; still, they try their
best to enjoy it all.

Marianne anxiously awaits Willoughby's arrival, while Elinor finds her greatest enjoyment in
Colonel Brandon's daily visits. Elinor is much disturbed when Colonel Brandon tells her that
the engagement between Marianne and Willoughby is widely known throughout town. At a
party, Elinor and Marianne see Willoughby; Marianne approaches him, although he avoids
Marianne, and his behavior is insulting.

Marianne angrily writes Willoughby, and receives a reply in which he denies having loved
Marianne, and says he hopes he didn't lead her on. Marianne is deeply grieved at being
deceived and dumped so coldly; Elinor feels only anger at Willoughby's unpardonable
behavior. Marianne then reveals that she and Willoughby were never engaged, and Elinor
observes that Marianne should have been more prudent in her affections. Apparently,
Willoughby is to marry the wealthy Lady Grey due to his constant need for money.

Colonel Brandon calls after hearing the news, and offers up his knowledge of Willoughby's
character to Elinor. Colonel Brandon was once in love with a ward to his family, Eliza, who
became a fallen woman and had an illegitimate daughter. Colonel Brandon placed the
daughter, Miss Williams, in care after her mother's death. The Colonel learned on the day
of the Delaford picnic that she had become pregnant, and was abandoned by Willoughby.
Elinor is shocked, though the Colonel sincerely hopes that this will help Marianne feel better
about losing Willoughby, since he was not of solid character.

The story convinces Marianne of Willoughby's guilt, though it does not ease her mind. Out
of sympathy, Marianne also stops avoiding the Colonel's company and becomes more civil
to him. Willoughby is soon married, which Marianne is grieved to hear; then, again
unfortunately, the Miss Steeles come to stay with the Middletons.

John and Fanny Dashwood arrive, and are introduced to Mrs. Jennings, and to Sir John and
Lady Middleton, deeming them worthy company. John reveals to Elinor that Edward is soon
to be married to Miss Morton, an orphan with a great deal of money left to her, as per the
plans of his mother. At a dinner party given by John and Fanny for their new acquaintance,
Mrs. Ferrars is present, along with the entire Barton party. Mrs. Ferrars turns out to be
sallow, unpleasant, and uncivil; she slights Elinor, which hurts Marianne deeply, as she is
Edward's mother.

The Miss Steeles are invited to stay with John and Fanny. But, Mrs. Jennings soon informs
them that Miss Steele told Fanny of Lucy and Edward's engagement, and that the Ferrars
family threw the Steele girls out in a rage. Marianne is much grieved to hear of the
engagement, and cannot believe that Elinor has also kept her knowledge of it a secret for
so long. Edward is to be disinherited if he chooses to marry Lucy; unfortunately, Edward is
too honorable to reject Lucy, even if he no longer loves her. Financial obstacles to their
marriage remain; he must find a position in the church that pays enough to allow them to
marry. Much to Elinor's chagrin, the Colonel, although he barely knows Edward, generously
offers the small parish at Delaford to him. Elinor is to convey the offer to Edward, though
she regrets that it might help the marriage.

Edward is surprised at the generous offer, since he hardly knows the Colonel. Edward
decides to accept the position; they say goodbye, as Elinor is to leave town soon. Much to
Elinor's surprise, Robert Ferrars, Edward's selfish, vain, and rather dim brother, is now to
marry Miss Morton; he has also received Edward's inheritance and money, and doesn't care
about Edward's grim situation.

It is April, and the Dashwood girls, the Palmers, and Mrs. Jennings, and Colonel Brandon
set out for Cleveland, the Palmer's estate. Marianne is still feeling grief over Willoughby;
she soon becomes ill after her walks in the rain, and gets a serious fever. The Palmers
leave with her child; Mrs. Jennings, though, helps Elinor nurse Marianne, and insists that
Colonel Brandon stay, since he is anxious about Marianne's health. Colonel Brandon soon
sets off to get Mrs. Dashwood from Barton when Marianne's illness worsens. At last,
Marianne's state improves, right in time for her mother and the Colonel's arrival; but
Willoughby makes an unexpected visit.

Elinor is horrified at seeing him; he has come to inquire after Marianne's health and to
explain his past actions. Willoughby says he led Marianne on at first out of vanity; he finally
began to love her as well, and would have proposed to her, if not for the money.

By saying that he also has no regard for his wife, and still loves Marianne, he attempts to
gain Elinor's compassion; Elinor's opinion of him is somewhat improved in being assured of
his regard for Marianne. Elinor cannot think him a total blackguard since he has been
punished for his mistakes, and tells him so; Willoughby leaves with this assurance,
lamenting that Marianne is lost to him forever.

Mrs. Dashwood finally arrives, and Elinor assures her that Marianne is out of danger; both
Mrs. Dashwood and the Colonel are relieved. Mrs. Dashwood tells Elinor that the Colonel
had confessed his love for Marianne during the journey from Barton; Mrs. Dashwood
wishes the Colonel and Marianne to be married. Elinor wishes the Colonel well in securing
Marianne's affections, but is more pessimistic regarding Marianne's ability to accept the
Colonel after disliking him for so long.

Marianne makes a quick recovery, thanking Colonel Brandon for his help and acting friendly
toward him. Marianne finally seems calm and happy as they leave for Barton, which Elinor
believes to signal Marianne's recovery from Willoughby. She is also far more mature,
keeping herself busy and refusing to let herself languish in her grief.

When Marianne decides to talk about Willoughby, Elinor takes the opportunity to tell her
what Willoughby had said at Cleveland, and Marianne takes this very well. Marianne also
laments her selfishness toward Elinor, and her lack of civility toward most of their
acquaintance. Marianne finally says that she could not have been happy with Willoughby,
after hearing of his cruelty toward Miss Williams, and no longer regrets him.

The family is stunned when one of their servants returns with news that Edward is married
to Lucy, as he just saw them in the village. Elinor knows now that Edward is lost to her
forever. Mrs. Dashwood sees how upset Elinor is, and realizes that Elinor felt more for
Edward than she ever revealed. One afternoon, Elinor is convinced that the Colonel has
arrived at the cottage, but is surprised to find that it is Edward instead. Their meeting is
awkward at best; he soon informs them that it is his brother who has been married to
Lucy, and not him. Elinor immediately runs from the room, crying out of joy; Edward then
senses Elinor's regard for him, and proposes to her that afternoon. Elinor accepts and he
gains Mrs. Dashwood's consent to the match.

Edward admits that any regard he had for Lucy was formed out of idleness and lack of
knowledge; he came to regret the engagement soon after it was formed. After leaving
London, Edward received a letter from Lucy saying that she had married his brother
Robert, and has not seen her since; thus, he was honorably relieved of the engagement.
After receiving the letter, he set out for Barton immediately to see Elinor. Edward will still
accept the position at Delaford, although he and Elinor again will not have enough money
to live on comfortably. The Colonel visits Barton, and he and Edward become good friends.

Edward then becomes reconciled with his family, although he does not regain his
inheritance from Robert. His mother even gives her consent for his marriage to Elinor,
however much she is displeased by it; she gives them ten thousand pounds, the interest of
which will allow them to live comfortably. Edward and Elinor are married at Barton that fall.

Mrs. Dashwood and her two remaining daughters spend most of their time at Delaford,
both to be near Elinor, and out of the hope that Marianne might accept the Colonel. In the
two years that have passed, Marianne has become more mature and more grounded; and
she does finally change her mind about the Colonel, and accepts his offer of marriage. The
Colonel becomes far more cheerful, and soon Marianne grows to love him as much as she
ever loved Willoughby. Mrs. Dashwood remains at Barton with Margaret, now fifteen, much
to the delight of Sir John, who retains their company. And Elinor and Marianne both live
together at Delaford, and remain good friends with each other and each other's husbands.




Major Themes

Money/Inheritance

Laws surrounding inheritance are what put the Dashwood women in limbo at the beginning
of the novel; and their lack of money, compounded with their inability to work, means that
they cannot ease their situation, except through marrying well. Money also dictates the
eligibility of Elinor and Marianne, as women with larger dowries are of course seen as
better prospects for marriage.
Gender

There are very definite gender limitations involved in the society Austen describes; women
cannot own property, are expected to stay in the home, marry, and be polite and good
company. Men can decide whether or not to pursue a career if they have enough money,
and have more latitude within society in regards to their behavior and life choices. Gender
dictates acceptable roles and behavior, and even in the world of the novel, there is little
room to deviate.
Expectations vs. reality

This is an especially important theme with regard to Marianne and her mother, whose
romantic characters lead them to expect greater drama or trauma than actually appears.
But reality always tends to subvert expectations, whether in life or in art, as accidents and
unexpected twists and turns happen to everyone.
Marriage

For Marianne and Elinor, marriage is not a choice, but a necessity; and their need to marry
expediently and well is a pressing concern in the novel, as they look for suitors. Young men
may choose more freely when and whom they marry, and Colonel Brandon is even 35 and
still unmarried; but even for women who have money, marriage is necessary to secure
their social positions and ensure financial stability for the future.
Discretion

Of the utmost importance in polite society, where it is not to one's advantage to let people
know all that you think and feel. Marianne's lack of discretion leads to a great deal of
gossip and a very public snubbing by Willoughby; lack of discretion in many others
indicates poor manners and a lack of refinement.
Appearance vs. reality

Pertains to character especially, as many characters in the novel present themselves as
one thing, and end up being another. Willoughby is the prime example of this, as he seems
romantic, open, and genuine, but ends up exposing himself as vain, idle, and cruel. Also
pertains to Lucy Steele, who ends up conniving, despite her innocent appearance.
Expectation and disappointment

Throughout the novel, many characters develop expectations based on sparse evidence or
faulty perceptions; this, of course, leads to disappointment as reality proves very different.
Joyful expectations are often dashed by harsher turns of events, as Marianne is extremely
disappointed by her expectation of being married to Willoughby, and is pushed away.
Secrecy

Usually an indication of wrongdoing on someone's part, as is especially evident in
Willoughby; his sudden unwillingness to share information with Marianne and the
Dashwoods indicates mistakes made on his part. On the other hand, as with Edward,
secrecy can be a sign of discretion, though when his secret is revealed it is damaging as
Willoughby's is.
Judgment

In interactions with other people, judgment is always at work; a person must determine
who a person really is and what they want, in order to avoid those who could potentially be
hurtful. These judgments can be flighty and unjust, as Marianne's appraisals of most of her
acquaintance are, or blinded by kindness, as Mrs. Jennings' judgment of Lucy Steele is.
Jealousy

Relates mostly to Lucy Steele, and is the prime determinant of her behavior toward Elinor.
Willoughby also becomes jealous of Colonel Brandon marrying Marianne, and other, petty
jealousies become evident in characters. Indicates insecurity, or poor character.
Self-sacrifice and selfishness

Elinor especially is a model of self-sacrifice, deciding to go to London for her sister's
happiness, and trying her best to be civil to everyone to make up for Marianne's uncivil
behavior. Marianne is the opposite, caring only for herself and her feelings; she needs
Elinor's help and goodwill to get by, but needs to learn how to be giving toward others in
order to become her own, independent person.
Hypocrisy

A vast number of characters in the novel embody this trait to varying degrees; John and
Fanny, Lady Middleton, the Steele girls, Mrs. Ferrars, and Robert, among others, tend
toward hypocritical displays of self-serving flattery, vanity, and professing opinions they do
not believe in for self-gain or to get ahead with others. Unfortunately, none of these
characters is taught any better in the course of the novel, as hypocrisy is an unavoidable
part of human nature, and almost a part of polite society as well.
Moderation

Marianne must learn moderation of her emotions if she is to become independent of Elinor
and become an adult; her trials serve to teach her about her excesses, and luckily, she
does come to improve herself and become a much better, more caring person toward
others.


Character List

Henry Dashwood

Husband of Mrs. Dashwood, and father of Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret; also has a son,
John, from a previous marriage. He dies at the beginning of the novel, leaving his wife and
daughters little money and his son his estate.
John Dashwood

Mr. Dashwood's only son, he is selfish and miserly and mostly unpleasant to his half-
sisters. Married to Fanny Dashwood, who is even more selfish and mean-spirited than he.
Mrs. Dashwood

Mother of Elinor, Marianne and Margaret, she has a romantic temperament and is very
close to her daughters. She hopes to see them all married off well, yet is not the voice of
reason that perhaps she should be.
Elinor Dashwood

At 19, she is the oldest of the Dashwood girls, she has a great deal of common sense and
is bet out of her family at dealing with people. She is a dramatic foil to her sister,
Marianne, in that she tempers her emotions and judgments with good sense and discretion.
Prefers to keep her troubles secret, as she is always trying to make sure that her mother
and sisters are untroubled by her private woes.
Marianne Dashwood

Two years younger than Elinor, she is thoroughly youthful, impetuous, and thoroughly
immersed in romantic ideals. She lacks the sense and discretion of Elinor, preferring to
express exactly what she feels and hold nothing back. Elinor often has to apologize on her
sister's behalf, as Marianne makes few attempts to be polite or mask her feelings of
contempt for those people she dislikes.
Margaret Dashwood

The youngest Dashwood girl, she is thirteen; she tries to imitate Marianne's romantic
sentiments, but is not nearly as extreme. She is included in most social invitations that the
Dashwoods are invited to, though she is neither a child nor an adult, which is perhaps an
awkward position for her.
Edward Ferrars

Fanny Dashwood's brother, he is shy, kind, and retiring, preferring a quiet life to the
distinction that his mother and sister wish for him. He and Elinor become attached early in
the novel, since both are sensible and good-hearted. However, he also gives Elinor mixed
signals and his thoughts and feelings are very hard to read.
Sir John Middleton

The owner of Barton Park, the Dashwoods landlord and neighbor. He is very kind and loves
company, almost to the point of being intrusive; although the Dashwood girls don't care for
his good-natured jibes and his insistence that they always come to Barton Cottage, he
looks after them and makes sure that they are comfortable at Barton.
Lady Middleton

Sir John's wife; she is very vain and proper, meaning that she is elegant, but also
uninteresting and cold. She takes joy in her children, who are badly behaved and
obnoxious even; she does not share Sir John's love for company, and finds that most
people are not to her liking.
Mrs. Jennings

Lady Middleton's mother and Sir John's mother-in-law; she makes endless jokes about
potential suitors for Marianne and Elinor, and her manners, though jolly, are also vulgar
and sometimes irritating. She has far more in common with her son-in-law than with her
daughter, as they both love company and shows of humor.
Colonel Brandon

One of Sir John's oldest friends, he is 35 and a former military officer who was stationed in
India. His countenance is rather stern and grim, hiding his good heart; Elinor finds him
good company, though Marianne considers him too dour and not nearly romantic enough to
be suitable company.
John Willoughby

A dashing, roguish young man, he embodies all the dashing, romantic qualities that
Marianne prizes. He also loves art and literature just as she does, and has a manner that is
almost too open and bold for his own good. He proves to be reckless and more deceptive
than anyone could have imagined.
Miss Williams

Colonel Brandon's adopted daughter, child of a woman he was once in love with. She does
not appear in the novel, but her seduction and abandonment by Willoughby figures heavily
in the plot.
Mrs. Smith

Also does not appear; she is Willoughby's aunt, on whom he is financially dependent, and
orders him away to London without her support when she finds out about Miss Williams.
Mrs. Palmer

Mrs. Jennings' other daughter, she is foolishly good-spirited and empty-headed as well.
She ignores the rudeness and insults that her husband so frequently offers up, deceiving
herself that he is good-natured and means well.
Mr. Palmer

Very bitter man, who usually makes cutting, sarcastic remarks at the expense of his wife
and of others. He is very unpleasant to be around, and drives away most people, despite
his wife's frequent apologies.
Miss Steele

A distant cousin of Mrs. Jennings, she and her sister become guests at Barton Cottage for a
number of months. Miss Steele is foolish, flippant, and very ignorant, and gains the
approval of Lady Middleton through shameless flattery and pandering to her children.
Lucy Steele
Somewhat smarter than her sister, Lucy is still silly, unpolished, and judged by the
Dashwood girls to be unremarkably average company. She also proves to be opportunistic,
wrangling her way into the Ferrars family despite being poor and not well connected.
Robert Ferrars

Edward's brother, a vain, conceited man who is much beloved of his mother. He manages
to profit from Edward's integrity and his refusal to dump Lucy, and then rewards his
brother by deceiving him, and keeping Edward's inheritance. He does Edward a good turn,
however, by taking the dreadful Lucy off his hands.
Miss Grey

Willoughby's chosen wife; he does not love her, but she has a great deal of money, which
is why he chooses her over Marianne.
Miss Morton

The unfortunate girl who is supposed to marry Edward, then Robert, and ends up with
neither; she is also wealthy and of good family, although she must find a husband after the
Ferrars shuffle.
Mrs. Ferrars

Edward, Fanny, and Robert's mother, she is a bad tempered, vain woman who embodies all
the foibles demonstrated in Fanny and Robert's characters. Determined that her sons
should marry well, she ends up disowning Edward, then embracing Robert for marrying or
threatening to marry Lucy Steele.
Dr. Harris

Helps during Marianne's illness at Cleveland, prescribing medicines and treatments that
eventually make her better.


Sense and Sensibility Quiz

1. The name of the Dashwoods' Sussex estate is:


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            Pemberley

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            Combe Magna

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            Barton Park

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            Norland Park

2. What is Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret Dashwood's relation to John
Dashwood?


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            they are cousins

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            they are siblings

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            they are his nieces

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            they are half-siblings
3. What does John promise his father before his father dies?


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          to help Mrs. Dashwood and her daughters, probably financially

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          to keep Norland in the family, and pass it to his son

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          to make sure Margaret gets an education

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          to let Mrs. Dashwood and her daughters keep Norland

4. How are sisters Elinor and Marianne, respectively, best characterized?


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          passionate and spontaneous; cold and charmless

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          calm and prudent; romantic and passionate

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          scheming and intelligent; naïve and hopeful

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          shrewd and selfish; selfless and sensitive

5. Mrs. Dashwood hesitates to leave Norland because:


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          Marianne and Margaret strongly object to leaving their home

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          she hopes John will perform his duties and help them

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          she enjoys John's company

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          an attachment is developing between Elinor and Edward Ferrars

6. The Dashwood women leave Norland for their new home in:


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          Surrey

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          Sussex

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          Kent

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          Devonshire

7. The Dashwood's landlord and neighbor at Barton Park is:


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          Sir John Middleton

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          Mrs. Allen

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          Colonel Brandon

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          Mrs. Jennings
8. Which character devotes themselves to matching Marianne and the Colonel?


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          Mrs. Palmer

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          Sir John

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          Lady Middleton

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          Mrs. Jennings

9. How does Marianne meet Willoughby?


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          by falling on a walk and injuring herself

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          through an introduction from Sir John

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          by trespassing on his property

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          at one of the Middleton's neighborhood parties

10. Why does Marianne grow to love Willoughby?


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          he is very kind to her family

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          he compliments her and pays attention to her

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          he loves art and poetry and is romantic like she is

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          because he has a good sense of humor and is handsome

11. As a result of Willoughby's behavior to Marianne:


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          the Colonel challenges Willoughby to a duel

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          The Middletons and Palmers break their acquaintance with him

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          Willoughby's aunt disinherits him

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          Willoughby's reputation in town is blackened

12. Why are the Miss Steeles thrown out of John and Fanny's home?


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          Fanny takes a disliking to them

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          Miss Steele reveals Lucy and Edward's engagement

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          one of them makes a pass at Robert

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          they are gossipy and bad company

				
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