Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility

'The more I know of the world, the more am I convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!'

Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor's warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Meanwhile Elinor, always sensitive to social convention, is struggling to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Through their parallel experience of love—and its threatened loss—the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love.

This edition includes explanatory notes, textual variants between the first and second editions, and Tony Tanner's introduction to the original Penguin Classic edition.

Title:Sense and Sensibility
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780141439662
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About Jane Austen

Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature, her realism and biting social commentary cementing her historical importance among scholars and critics.


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  • Stephen

    I love Jane Austen. I LOVE Jane Austen. I LOVE JANE AUSTEN!!I…LOVE…JANE…AUSTEN!!I……LOVE…..JANE..…AUSTEN!!I still twitch a bit, but I'm getting more and more man-comfortable saying that b...

  • A.

    Here is this book in a nutshell:Marianne and Elinor: 'O, why are we not married yet?'Hot Guy #1: 'Let's get married.'Elinor: 'Yes, let's.'Hot Guy #1: 'Nah, forget it.'Elinor: (pines)Old Guy: 'Let's ge...

  • Bookdragon Sean

    Money. It's all about the money. I mean, why else would you marry someone?In Sense and Sensibility there are three major factors beyond the usual considerations of appearance, personality and characte...

  • Tadiana ?Night Owl?

    Jane Austen’s first published work, Sense and Sensibility, published in 1811, is more straightforward than most of her later works. The story focuses on two sisters, ages 17 and 19, and how their ro...

  • Carmen

    RE-READ September 6, 2015This is one of my all-time favorite books. I like it even more than I do Pride and Prejudice.Everyone goes crazy over Lizzie Bennett and idolizes her, but my role model will a...

  • Barry Pierce

    Sense and Sensibility is dense with inactivity. ...

  • Ana

    “The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!” Yes. So much yes. ...

  • Henry Avila

    The story of two teenage girls with romantic troubles, caused by unreliable men (they have dark secrets, but who doesn't ? ), in 1790's England, calm Elinor Dashwood 19, and her younger sibling , by a...

  • Maureen

    This is the third Jane Austen book I've read and it's by far my favorite. I love the story, love the heroines, love the MEN I just love everything about this. There was so much happening that it never...

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    Sense and Sensibility, Jane AustenSense and Sensibility is a novel by Jane Austen, published in 1811. Henry Dashwood, his second wife, and their three daughters live for many years with Henry's wealth...