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Sense and Sensibility

by Jane Austen
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In Sense and Sensibility, in what ways is life at Barton Cottage better or worse than that at Norland?

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While the Dashwood women are preparing to leave their home at Norland to take up their new residence at Barton Cottage, they can think of nothing that will be better at Barton than at Norland, particularly in Marianne's eyes who weeps odes of farewell to the picturesque trees and leaves and dewdrops. However, once Mrs. John Dashwood begins to let her greedy characteristics dig deeper and ever deeper into the benefits that Mr. Dashwood, Sr. had intended to be gifted to Elinor and Marianne and into Elinor's friendship with Edward, the three Dashwood women, Elinor, Marianne and their doting mother, begin to see a decided advantage to being out of range of their half-brother and his charming wife.

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