Sense and Sensibility is an 1811 novel by Jane Austen. The plot follows the fortunes of the two young sisters, Elinor and Marianne. Their contrasting attitudes mirror illustrate the qualities of the novel's title, with Elinor standing for good sense, and the more impulsive, romantic Marianne standing for sensibility.
Early critics tended to see the novel as a morally improving work with Elinor's conduct taken as a guide, and Marianne's as a warning. More recently, a similar interpretation by the Scottish moral philosopher Alasdair Macintyre sees Elinor as an example of the Aristotelian virtue of constancy.
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Internet Archive: Sense and Sensibility. Oxford World's Classics edition. EPUB, MOBI, PDF and TXT formats.
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Wikisource: Sense and Sensibility. HTML and other formats.
BBC In Our Time: Sensibility. Radio discussion hosted by Melvyn Bragg with Claire Tomalin, John Mullan and Hermione Lee.
Librivox: Sense and Sensibility. Free public domain audiobook. Multiple readings.
Wikipedia: Sense and Sensibility.
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