In fact, it is Elinor's "sense," which Marianne mistakenly terms "cold-hearted" (18), that approximates the older meaning of eighteenth-century sensibility in an openness to others' troubles, not a focus on one's own emotions. While Marianne's displays of emotion blind her to Elinor's woes and make her family suffer much anxiety on her account, Elinor's ability to read Marianne's suffering helps her comfort her sister, and she plays down her own disappointments in order not to upset others. Lack of sensibility altogether is not, however, a virtue; Austen condemns her least likable characters as "reserved, cold" (26) and insensible to others as subjects.
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Sense and Sensibility is a novel of manners and societal expectations
Jane Austen was born in Hampshire in 1775, the seventh child and youngest daughter of George Austen, rector of Deane and Steventon, and his wife, Cassandra. She began writing poems, plays and stories for her family from a young age, and her first published novel, Sense and Sensibility, was released by Thomas Egerton to sell-out acclaim in 1811. (1813) and Mansfield Park (1814) swiftly followed, and in 1815 Austen moved to the London publisher John Murray for the publication of , the last of Austen’s works to come out in her lifetime. Her novels, including the posthumously published Northanger Abbey (1818) and Persuasion (1818), are today considered amongst the finest in the English language. She died at Winchester in 1817.
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Sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood suffer similar reverses in appearing to lose the affection of their chosen suitors. But whereas Marianne indulges her exorbitant sensibility in her relationship with, and loss of, her suitor Willoughby, Elinor's quiet good sense enables her to bear up when it seems her suitor, Edward Ferrars, will marry another woman. Austen rewards Elinor with Edward's hand, while Marianne must be content to learn to love a steadier husband, Colonel Brandon.