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Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen

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Published by: Abderrahman Najjar on Sep 03, 2010
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he amily o Dashwood had long been settled in Sussex. Teir estate was large, and their residence was at Nor-land Park, in the centre o their property, where, or many generations, they had lived in so respectable a manner as to engage the general good opinion o their surrounding ac-quaintance. Te late owner o this estate was a single man, who lived to a very advanced age, and who or many years o his lie, had a constant companion and housekeeper in his sister. But her death, which happened ten years beore his own, produced a great alteration in his home; or to supply her loss, he invited and received into his house the amily o his nephew Mr. Henry Dashwood, the legal inheritor o the Norland estate, and the person to whom he intended to be-queath it. In the society o his nephew and niece, and their children, the old Gentleman’s days were comortably spent. His attachment to them all increased. Te constant atten-tion o Mr. and Mrs. Henry Dashwood to his wishes, which proceeded not merely rom interest, but rom goodness o heart, gave him every degree o solid comort which his age could receive; and the cheerulness o the children added a relish to his existence.By a ormer marriage, Mr. Henry Dashwood had one son: by his present lady, three daughters. Te son, a steady respectable young man, was amply provided or by the or-
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tune o his mother, which had been large, and hal o which devolved on him on his coming o age. By his own marriage, likewise, which happened soon aferwards, he added to his wealth. o him thereore the succession to the Norland es-tate was not so really important as to his sisters; or their ortune, independent o what might arise to them rom their ather’s inheriting that property, could be but small. Teir mother had nothing, and their ather only seven thousand pounds in his own disposal; or the remaining moiety o his first wie’s ortune was also secured to her child, and he had only a lie-interest in it.Te old gentleman died: his will was read, and like al-most every other will, gave as much disappointment as pleasure. He was neither so unjust, nor so ungrateul, as to leave his estate rom his nephew;—but he lef it to him on such terms as destroyed hal the value o the bequest. Mr. Dashwood had wished or it more or the sake o his wie and daughters than or himsel or his son;—but to his son, and his son’s son, a child o our years old, it was secured, in such a way, as to leave to himsel no power o providing or those who were most dear to him, and who most needed a provision by any charge on the estate, or by any sale o its  valuable woods. Te whole was tied up or the benefit o this child, who, in occasional visits with his ather and mother at Norland, had so ar gained on the affections o his uncle, by such attractions as are by no means unusual in children o two or three years old; an imperect articulation, an earnest desire o having his own way, many cunning tricks, and a great deal o noise, as to outweigh all the value o all the at-

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