Compare Elinor and Marianne in Sense and Sensibility to Josephine and Constantia, in "The Daughters of the Late Colonel."

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The sisters Josephine and Constantia in Katherine Mansfield's "The Daughters of the Late Colonel" are as unlike Elinor and Marianne of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility as it is possible to be. Not only are Josephine and Constantia less full blown characters, partly due to the short story medium and partly due to the authors' various skill levels, they have no character traits in common with Elinor and Marianne.

While Elinor and Marianne are competent, plainly spoken young women who fear nothing in the elements that comprise their lives, Josephine and Constantia have no accomplishments in which to be competent, can't speak up for themselves--indeed, in the end of the story they forget what they intend to say--and they are fearful of every part of the elements that comprise their lives.

Elinor and Marianne are capable of romantic love and have men who are interested in them whereas Josephine and Constantia are spinsters. Elinor and Marianne are involved with life in a wide scope, going out for excursions to places near and far, whereas Josephine and Constantia experience life only if the sun breaks from behind the clouds momentarily and shines for a brief time into their rooms through the curtains.

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