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A Report on Sense and Sensibility Summary Sense and Sensibility is a story about the Dashwood family who loses everything when Mr Dashwood falls suddenly ill and dies unexpectedly Mr Dashwood is forced by law to leave his fortune and vast estate to his son Mr John Dashwood from his first marriage These circumstances leave Mr Dashwoods current wife and three daughters Elinor Marianne and Margaret without a home and with hardly enough money to live on Edward Fanny Dashwoods older brother falls in love with Elinor but Fanny makes up an excuse to send Edward to London away from Elinor The Dashwood family then moves to the Barton Cottage Elinor tries to hide her longing for Edward while Marianne is swept off her feet in a passionate love affair with Willoughby Even in their society obsessed with financial and social status in the end everything works out for Edward and Elinor and for Willoughby and Marianne Significance of Title The title of the book was originally Elinor and Marianne but was later revised to become Sense and Sensibility I believe that the title is significant to the book because it describes what the book is really about Sense and Sensibility is about how Elinor practical and conventional must learn to show her sensible side more often and how Marianne emotional and sentimental should use her sense more frequently Elinor conceals her feelings until she hardly knows how to or wants to reveal them But on the other hand Marianne wants to play out her romantic fantasies The book describes how Elinor and Marianne eventually mix their sense and sensibility together in their dealings with money and love Main Character Description Elinor the eldest daughter of Mr And Mrs Dashwood possesses great understanding and coolness of judgement which qualifies her to be her mothers counselor This enabled her to act on things for the best of all of her sisters and mother
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