Sense and Sensibility, the first of Jane Austen''s major
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sisters--one restrained and practical, the other wildly passionate
and romantic--forced to balance their emotional needs against the
harsh financial realities of the world. After their father''s death
leaves them impoverished, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood must
struggle to win both the happiness and security they deserve.
Austen trains her customary sharp eye on the hypocrisy of the age,
providing a striking critique of early nineteenth-century society.
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