How does Jane Austen's use of two settings in Sense and Sensibility affect the story?

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In Sense and Sensibility, the women in the Dashwood family—Elinor, Marianne, Margaret, and their mother—are more at home in the countryside of Devonshire than in London. One setting in the book is Barton Park, the cottage in Devonshire that they must move to when their father dies and the house is passed to his eldest son from his previous marriage and his wife. While at first the Dashwoods feel that a cottage in Devonshire is not their rightful home, it is there that Marianne meets the dashing Mr. Willoughby and falls in love with him. Devonshire is a place of apparent innocence.

The second setting, London, is the place where they are stripped of their innocence. While the guests of Mrs. Jennings, Elinor, and Marianne realize that Willoughby is engaged to a wealthy woman. The sisters feel ill at ease in London, partly because of Willoughby's deceit and partly because they do not have the income to keep up with the people around them. In London, they must rely on others for...

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