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Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility

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Sense and Sensibility
 by
 Jane Austen
A Penn State Electronic Classics Series Publication
 
 Sense and Sensibility 
by Jane Austen
 
is a publication of the Pennsylvania State University.This Portable Document file is furnished free and without any charge of any kind. Any per-son using this document file, for any purpose, and in any way does so at his or her ownrisk. Neither the Pennsylvania State University nor Jim Manis, Faculty Editor, nor anyoneassociated with the Pennsylvania State University assumes any responsibility for the materialcontained within the document or for the file as an electronic transmission, in any way.
 Sense and Sensibility 
by Jane Austen
 ,
the Pennsylvania State University,
 Electronic Classics Series
, Jim Manis, Faculty Editor, Hazleton, PA 18201-1291 is a Portable Document File pro-duced as part of an ongoing student publication project to bring classical works of literature,in English, to free and easy access of those wishing to make use of them.Cover Design: Jim ManisCopyright © 2001 The Pennsylvania State University
The Pennsylvania State University is an equal opportunity university.
 
3Jane Austen
Sense and Sensibility 
by 
 Jane Austen
(1811)CHAPTER 1
T
HE
 
FAMILY 
 
OF
D
 ASHWOOD
had long been settled in Sussex.Their estate was large, and their residence was at Norland Park,in the centre of their property, where, for many generations,they had lived in so respectable a manner as to engage thegeneral good opinion of their surrounding acquaintance. Thelate owner of this estate was a single man, who lived to a very advanced age, and who for many years of his life, had a con-stant companion and housekeeper in his sister. But her death, which happened ten years before his own, produced a greatalteration in his home; for to supply her loss, he invited andreceived into his house the family of his nephew Mr. Henry Dashwood, the legal inheritor of the Norland estate, and theperson to whom he intended to bequeath it. In the society of his nephew and niece, and their children, the old Gentleman’sdays were comfortably spent. His attachment to them all in-creased. The constant attention of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Dashwood to his wishes, which proceeded not merely frominterest, but from goodness of heart, gave him every degreeof solid comfort which his age could receive; and the cheer-fulness of the children added a relish to his existence.By a former marriage, Mr. Henry Dashwood had one son:by his present lady, three daughters. The son, a steady respect-able young man, was amply provided for by the fortune of hismother, which had been large, and half of which devolved onhim on his coming of age. By his own marriage, likewise, whichhappened soon afterwards, he added to his wealth. To him there-fore the succession to the Norland estate was not so really im-portant as to his sisters; for their fortune, independent of whatmight arise to them from their father’s inheriting that property,could be but small. Their mother had nothing, and their father

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