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Sense and Sensibility
Author: Jane Austen

ISBN: 9781911060178
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 395
Published: 1 June 2015
Country of Publication: UK
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.7 x 2.6
Jane Austens first published novel was titled Elinor and Marianne in the early drafts. It was changed to reflect the dichotomy between rational thought and emotionalism, as embodied in her two female protagonists.

Elinor Dashwoods cool reason, and her sister Mariannes more demonstrative nature, are revealed when their father Henry dies and they find themselves uprooted from the family home. The property has passed to Henry Dashwoods son by his first marriage, and neither he nor his grasping wife is inclined to accommodate the sisters and their mother.

Austen faced a similarly uncertain future after her own fathers death in 1805. A beneficent brother rescued that situation; for Elinor and Marianne, salvation lies in making a suitable match. Elinor strikes up an attachment with Edward Ferrars, who harbours a secret that constrains his commitment, while Marianne falls for a penniless charmer who throws her over for a rich heiress.

Austens finely woven story is driven by a question that occupied many of the great thinkers of the 18th century: whether individuals are best served by having their actions ruled by heart or head.

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