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Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility

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Elinor and Marianne Dashwood are two strikingly different sisters. Both are in love - Elinor with respectable Edward Ferrars and Marianne with John Willoughby, attractive but very unsuitable. But when they find out that both men are engaged to other women, the agonizing struggle between head and heart begins.
Elinor and Marianne Dashwood are two strikingly different sisters. Both are in love - Elinor with respectable Edward Ferrars and Marianne with John Willoughby, attractive but very unsuitable. But when they find out that both men are engaged to other women, the agonizing struggle between head and heart begins.

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Sense and Sensibility
 Jane Austen
 
 
 
Sense and Sensibility
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CHAPTER 1The family of Dashwood had long been settled in Sussex. Theirestate was large, and their residence was at Norland Park, in thecentre of their property, where, for many generations, they had livedin so respectable a manner as to engage the general good opinion oftheir surrounding acquaintance. The late owner of this estate was asingle man, who lived to a very advanced age, and who for manyyears of his life, had a constant companion and housekeeper in hissister. But her death, which happened ten years before his own,produced a great alteration in his home; for to supply her loss, heinvited and received 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 hisnephew and niece, and their children, the old Gentleman’s dayswere comfortably spent. His attachment to them all increased. Theconstant attention of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Dashwood to his wishes,which proceeded not merely from interest, but from goodness ofheart, gave him every degree of solid comfort which his age couldreceive; and the cheerfulness of the children added a relish to hisexistence.By a former marriage, Mr. Henry Dashwood had one son: by hispresent lady, three daughters. The son, a steady respectable youngman, was amply provided for by the fortune of his mother, whichhad been large, and half of which devolved on him on his coming ofage. By his own marriage, likewise, which happened soonafterwards, he added to his wealth. To him therefore the successionto the Norland estate was not so really important as to his sisters; fortheir fortune, independent of what might arise to them from theirfather’s inheriting that property, could be but small. Their motherhad nothing, and their father only seven thousand pounds in hisown disposal; for the remaining moiety of his first wife’s fortune wasalso secured to her child, and he had only a life-interest in it.The old gentleman died: his will was read, and like almost everyother will, gave as much disappointment as pleasure. He was neitherso unjust, nor so ungrateful, as to leave his estate from his nephew;—but he left it to him on such terms as destroyed half the value ofthe bequest. Mr. Dashwood had wished for it more for the sake ofhis wife and daughters than for himself or his son; —but to his son,and his son’s son, a child of four years old, it was secured, in such a

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