Sense and Sensibility follows the story of the elder Dashwood sisters Elinor and Marianne after their father dies. The girls, along with their mother, must adjust to a modest lifestyle after they are left penniless by their half brother, but nonetheless manage to make a new life for themselves as they are introduced to neighbors like Colonel Brandon and John Willoughby. Both eventually find love and happiness in this novel also serves as a commentary about the social expectations during Jane Austenís time and the value of common sense.

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