Sense and Sensibility is a novel by Jane Austen published in 1811. The story follows the lives of the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne after their father dies and their stepbrother inherits the family estate, leaving them and their mother with very little to live on.
Elinor, the older sister, is reserved and practical, while Marianne is passionate and emotional. Elinor develops an attachment to Edward Ferrars, a quiet and unassuming man who is the brother of her sister-in-law. However, their relationship is complicated by the fact that Edward is secretly engaged to Lucy Steele, a scheming and manipulative woman.
Meanwhile, Marianne falls in love with John Willoughby, a charming but irresponsible man who seems to return her feelings. However, he abruptly leaves for London, leaving Marianne heartbroken and disillusioned. It is later revealed that he was forced to marry for money and status, and never truly loved Marianne.
The sisters and their mother move to a small cottage in Devonshire, where they become acquainted with their neighbors, including Colonel Brandon, a quiet and reserved man who develops feelings for Marianne.
Elinor learns the truth about Edward’s engagement with Lucy, but is sworn to secrecy. Lucy eventually reveals the engagement herself, freeing Edward to pursue his true love for Elinor.
Marianne, having learned the dangers of excessive sensibility, begins to see the value in Elinor’s practicality and develops a deeper appreciation for Colonel Brandon. In the end, Elinor and Edward become engaged, while Marianne realizes that she has come to love Colonel Brandon and accepts his proposal.
The novel is a commentary on the social conventions of the time, particularly with regard to marriage and the roles of women in society. It is a classic example of Austen’s wit and keen observation of human nature.