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Jane Austen describes the Dashwood sisters as handling life after their father's death by basically carrying on with their own lives. Elinor becomes engrossed in getting to know Edward. She continues her drawing and engages with Edward in conversations about his tastes in books and art (. Ch. 4). Elinor also copes with life by deciding that they should move away from Norland, so that they are not embarrassed in front of their friends by their new impoverished state; thus, she encourages her mother to accept the Barton Cottage in Devonshire.
One way that Marianne is described as coping with life after her father's death is by comforting their mother with affection (Ch. 4). Also, both daughters and the mother deal with life by crying as they prepare to leave Norland, Marianne proclaiming, "Dear, dear Norland!...when shall I cease to regret you!" (Ch. 5). Finally, they deal with life after their father's death by being determined to adjust to life in their new "poor and small" cottage and by being "resolved to appear happy" and be cheerful (Ch. 6).
Marianne expresses her grief through music and such. Whereas her elder sister Elinor expresses her grief by sheding tears in private. Never in public.
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