Young women who have no economic or political power must attend
to the serious business of contriving material security'. Jane
Austen's sardonic humour lays bare the stratagems, the hypocrisy
and the poignancy inherent in the struggle of two very different
sisters to achieve respectability.
Sense and Sensibility is a delightful comedy of manners in which
the sisters Elinor and Marianne represent these two qualities.
Elinor's character is one of Augustan detachment, while Marianne, a
fervent disciple of the Romantic Age, learns to curb her passionate
nature in the interests of survival.