The pink cover of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility flat laid with a lemon tablle cover.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility is a well-loved classic that doesn’t get nearly enough hype. This book has some serious drama!

Podcast Episodes

I discuss Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility in-depth over on the Barely Bookish podcast. If you would like to hear this book with play-by-play plot points and discussions, please listen to the first episode using the podcast play below. 

Additionally, this podcast can be played on any one of your favorite podcast players.

Dashwood Family Tree

Full family tree of the Dashwood family from Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Alright, the Dashwood family tree can get incredibly complicated, so I made this to help you out. Without any spoilers, this is the family you need to know from the get-go.

So, we’ve got three sisters, Elinor Dashwood, Marianne Dashwood, and Margaret Dashwood. They have an older brother, John Dashwood, who’s from their father, Henry Dashwood’s, previous marriage. John Dashwood marries Fanny Dashwood (previous Fanny Ferrars) and has Henry Dashwood.

Fanny Ferrars also has two brothers, Robert Ferrars and Edward Ferrars who we get to see quite a bit of throughout the novel.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen Summary

Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor’s warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Meanwhile Elinor, always sensitive to social convention, is struggling to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Through their parallel experience of love – and its threatened loss – the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, Penguin Classic edition

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