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by Jane Austen

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Explain the setting of Sense and Sensibility.

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Sense and Sensibility is set in gentry (what we might roughly call upper middle class/lower aristocratic) locales in early nineteenth century England, settings Jane Austen would have been intimately familiar with, as this was her social milieu. Locations move from Norland, the grand estate that was home to the Dashwood sisters growing up, to Barton Cottage and to London.

The Dashwoods move to Barton Cottage because of their reduced finances after their father dies. This is a four-bedroom home that would not seem small by today's middle class standards, but it represents a decline to the sisters and their mother from their formerly wealthy lifestyle.

Elinor and Marianne also travel as guests to London, where they participate in the London "season" and endure the sometimes rude behavior offered to poor relations.

Nature also plays a role. Especially in the Sussex countryside, the young women often go walking outside. Marianne, who adores nature, meets Willoughby when she falls and sprains an...

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