The narrator of this text is of the third person omniscient variety. This means that the narrator is not a participant in the events that take place in the story (this is the "third person" part), but he or she can tell us the thoughts and feelings of all the characters (this is the "omniscient" part). In the first paragraph of chapter 1, for example, the narrator speaks of the "old Gentleman," Mr. Henry Dashwood's, feelings and wishes regarding his family, his comfort, and his old age. Shortly thereafter, Mr. John Dashwood's feelings and character are described, as are those of his wife. Likewise, the narrator soon comes to discuss Elinor Dashwood's personality and disposition, her emotions and her character, as well as her younger sister's Marianne's. This goes on, so on and so forth, and, in short, the narrator is not a participant in the story's plot, but he or she can tell us how all of the characters think and feel.