Elinor and Marianne Dashwood are sisters. Both are intelligent,
sensitive, charming, and beautiful, but there the similarities end.
Elinor values propriety and common sense; she is prudent and
cautious with a strong sense of duty. Marianne, by contrast, has
extravagant Romantic ideas; she is excessive and spontaneous. Both
sisters fall in love early in the story, but both love stories are
problematic. In this brilliant novel, Jane Austen explores two
different ways of thinking and acting – the 'sense' of Elinor and
the 'sensibility' of Marianne – as they try to find happiness in a
world full of hypocrisy, vulgarity, and self-interest.