Sense and Sensibility
Mr. Dashwood’s death
The Dashwood family, Mr. and Mrs. Dashwood and their two daughters, lived happily until Mr. Dashwood’s death. Afterwards, Mrs. Dashwood and the girls soon heard even more bad news. The house and most of the family fortune had been left to John Dashwood, Mr. Dashwoodd’s son by his first marriage. Soon after, John and his wife, Fanny, arrived at the house. John had promised his father that he would look after his half-sisters, but Funny persuaded him to give them virtually nothing. Mrs. Dashwood and her daughters suddenly found themselves with very little money and with nowhere to live.
Elinor meets Edward
For a few months, the Dashwoods stayed in their old house, while they looked for another, much smaller place to live. During this period, Fanny’s brother, Edward Ferrars, came to visit them regularly. He was very different from his sister. He was sensitive and very shy, but soon he and the eldest daughter, Elinor, were getting on very well. The second daughter, Marianne, asked her sister if she was planning to get married. Elinor said she liked Edward a lot but there were no plans for marriage. Marianne could not understand her sister’s patience. Marianne was very romantic and believed in true love. Soon, however, the Dashwoods moved into a cottage near a small village in Devon, in the west of
Marianne falls in love
One day, Marianne went for a walk but a storm broke out. When Marianne was running home, she fell and hurt her leg. Just then, a man arrived on the scene. He pickled up Marianne and took her home. The man’s name was
Elinor hears a secret
Soon afterwards, a girl called Lucy Steele came to stay in the village. Lucy Steele told Elinor that she was engaged to be married – the man was Edward Ferrars! They had met and got engaged when they were very young. They could not get married though, because Edward’s mother would not give them permission. This made Elinor very unhappy.
In the autumn, a friend of Mrs. Dashwood’s offered to take Elinor and Marianne to
While they were staying in
Mrs. Ferrars gave a lot of Edward’s share of the family money to Robert, his younger brother. After this Edward decided to become a vicar and Colonel Brandon was very generous, offering him a job in the village near his house.
The two sisters left
Edward soon explained everything to Elinor. He had got engaged to Lucy when he was very young. He did not love her any more, but he had not wanted to break his engagement. However, when Lucy realized that Edward was going to be so poor, she had turned her attention on his younger brother Robert. She had married Robert, not him! Edward was not free from his engagement to Lucy. He had loved Elinor since the first time he met her. Now he could ask Elinor to marry him! Elinor did not need time to think it over. She accepted Edward’s proposal.
Edward and Elinor married and moved to the village near Colonel Brandon’s house. Not long after, Colonel Brandon, who had always been so generous, faithful and loyal, finally persuaded Marianne to marry him. After all her experiences Marianne had changed her opinions about love. The colonel loved her deeply and soon she was devoted to him. In the end both sisters lived happily in the same village.