With Mr Dashwood's death his wife and two daughters, Elinor and Marianne, are left at the mercy of his son from an earlier maariage. Poorly provided for, the ladies accustom themselves for a life of genteel poverty. When Marianne meets the man of her dreams, everyone expects a marriage - especially her mother. After all, young Mr Willoughby has the charm and connections of ten romantic heores and eyes for none but Marianne. Then, unaccountably, he rejects her, with devastating effect. It falls to Elinor - the sensible elder sister - to pick up the pieces, while harbouring a secret longing of her own. In Sense and Sensibility Jane Austane sets social snobbery against summer picnics; social rejection against the passion of real love. Her warm portrait of the relationship between two very different sisters contrasts with her deliciously precise observation of the vanity, selfishness and snobbery of their society.