Sense and Sensibility

Author: Jane Austen
Published: 1896
Language: English
Wordcount: 123,323 / 355 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 67.9
LoC Category: PR
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Added to site: 2007.06.16
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This story revolves around the Dashwood sisters: where Elinor is a sensible, rational creature, her younger sister Marianne is wildly romantic--a characteristic that offers Austen plenty of scope for both satire and compassion. (With an introduction by Austin Dobson.}

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And what possible claim could the Miss Dashwoods, who were related to him only by half blood, which she considered as no relationship at all, have on his generosity to so large an amount. It was very well known that no affection was ever supposed to exist between the children of any man by different marriages; and why was he to ruin himself, and their poor little Harry, by giving away all his money to his half sisters?

"It was my father's last request to me," replied her husband, "that I should assist his widow and daughters."

"He did not know what he was talking of, I dare say; ten to one but he was light-headed at the time. Had he been in his right senses, he could not have thought of such a thing as begging you to give away half your fortune from your own child."

"He did not stipulate for any particular sum, my dear Fanny; he only requested me, in general terms, to assist them, and make their situation more comfortable than it was in his power to do. Perhaps it would have been as well if he had left it wholly to myself. He could hardly suppose I should neglect them. But as he required the promise, I could not do less than give it; at least I thought so at the time. The promise, therefore, was given, and must be performed. Something must be done for them whenever they leave Norland and settle in a new home."

"Well, then, let something be done for them; but that something need not be three thousand pounds. Consider," she added, "that when the money is once parted with, it never can return. Your sisters

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