Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

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In Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, how do the Dashwood sisters deal with life after their father's death?

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Sense and Sensibility begins with a rather staid discussion of how fortunes were disposed of in the time of Austen. The two Dashwood sisters suffer considerable disappointment in their fortunes; after the death of their father, they and their mother have only ten thousand pounds in total to live on. Mr. Dashwood had asked their half brother, his child from a previous marriage, to look after them and see that they were "comfortable," but his wife persuades him out of his initial generous impulse, reminding him that to give more money to his sisters would be to take that money away from the couple's own child, ultimately the heir of Mr Dashwood.

The sisters, then, are left with little option other than to secure excellent matches—that is, they need to marry men who are wealthy enough to keep them in the style to which they have become...

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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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