Introduction and Notes by Professor Stephen Arkin, San Francisco
University''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.