Written by Creator/JaneAusten and published in 1811, ''Sense and Sensibility'' is one of her best-known novels, not least because of the 1995 Creator/AngLee film. It tells the story of two sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, who, on the death of their father, are forced to move (along with their mother and younger sister) into rather more straitened circumstances. The novel follows Elinor's quiet, restrained love affair with Edward Ferrars (her sister-in-law's brother who is expected to marry a rich woman) and Marianne's more overtly-romantic love triangle with the dashing Willoughby and the older, reliable Colonel Brandon.

The main theme of the novel is the contrast between reasonable Elinor's patience and sense of responsibility and Marianne's headstrong love of romance ("sensibility" in the language of the time), which often leads her into trouble.

The 1995 film cast Creator/EmmaThompson as Elinor and Creator/KateWinslet as Marianne; a 2008 [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] MiniSeries, which drew heavy inspiration from the film and is comparable in quality, cast Creator/HattieMorahan as Elinor and Creator/CharityWakefield as Marianne. The BBC also previously adapted the book into television miniseries in 1971 and 1981. There is also a [[UsefulNotes/TheOtherwoods Tamil-language Indian film]] based on the book and 1995 film, starring Creator/AishwaryaRai and available in the US under the title ''I Have Found It''. In 2010, Creator/{{Marvel}} Illustrated produced a ComicBookAdaptation, script by Creator/NancyButler, art and covers by Creator/SonnyLiew.

In 2013 it was the first novel to be adapted by The Austen Project, in which various authors were contracted to write modern day SettingUpdate[=s=] of Austen's six books. The author was Creator/JoannaTrollope.

!!This novel provides examples of:

* AccompliceByInaction: John Dashwood does absolutely nothing when his wife hurts his sisters.
* AgeGapAlgebra: Discussed a lot when Colonel Brandon falls in love with Marianne Dashwood. He is 35 and she is 17, and she is a bit offended that he thinks of her that way and generally thinks he's too old for any love or marriage. Her sister Elinor thinks that it is a significant gap, but says a woman of 27 and a man of 35 might be quite happy together. Near the end of the novel, Colonel is still very much in love with her, and the narrator says he had "little to do but to calculate the disproportion between thirty-six and seventeen".
* AgeGapRomance: Colonel Brandon, 35, falls in love with young Marianne Dashwood, 17. She thinks that he is extremely old, and barely considers him a family friend. When her mother starts supporting the relationship, she acknowledges the age difference, but thinks it might be a good thing that he's older and that his principles are steady and fixed. After being disappointed with her FirstLove, Marianne eventually marries him.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling:
** Marianne is sometimes annoying to Elinor, especially as Marianne exaggerates everything, but Elinor has much more affection for Marianne than the trope implies.
** Their youngest sister, Margaret, is rarely annoying -- and indeed has so little presence in the story that her existence is often forgotten; she does, however, have one moment of fulfilling the trope. When Mrs. Jennings asks for information about Elinor's LoveInterest, Margaret innocently obliges.
* ArrangedMarriage:
** Edward is supposed to marry to Miss Morton -- leave it to Jane Austen to make ''men'' victims of this trope. Miss Morton is a very wealthy daughter of a lord, and Edward's domineering mother wants him to marry her. Miss Morton is TheGhost and never actually appears in the story, so we never know what she thought of the match.
** Colonel Brandon's "Eliza" was forced to marry his older brother. She was an orphan and a guardian of their father, and very wealthy. The family estate was in debts, so they needed her fortune for the eldest brother and to be used on the family estate. He didn't love her or deserve her.
* BenevolentBoss: It's implied that the Dashwood women are regarded as this by their servants, since three of them immediately volunteer to accompany them into Devonshire; the narrative further remarks that when the women arrive safely at Barton Cottage, they are considerably cheered by how happy their servants are to see them.
* BirdsOfAFeather: Marianne desires a relationship like this. She hopes to find a most superior man with whom she could share all her passions, like music, literature and poetry.
-->'''Marianne:''': Mama, the more I know of the world, the more am I convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much! He must have all Edward's virtues, and his person and manners must ornament his goodness with every possible charm.
%% * TheCasanova: [[spoiler:Willoughby]].
* ChildhoodMarriagePromise: [[spoiler:Edward and Lucy met when they were very young and got engaged. Edward tries to honour his promise, even though he fell out of love, but it ultimately falls apart. Lucy instead marries his younger brother (who has more money).]]
* CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds: Disjoining Edward and Lucy so Edward and Elinor can be together, then [[PairTheSpares pairing up]] Lucy with Edward's brother and Marianne with Brandon.
%% * ClingyJealousGirl: Lucy Steele.
%% * CloudCuckoolander: Mrs. Jennings seems to be one of these.
* ComfortFood: Mrs. Jennings tries to treat Marianne's heartbreak by feeding her, but Marianne refuses almost everything. (She has more success with the wine, although Elinor claims it.)
%% * ComingOfAgeStory: Marianne's side of it fits.
%% * DamselInDistress: Marianne.
* DancesAndBalls: Sir John is fond of throwing dancing parties at his country estate, but only one they attend in London is of great significance to the plot. There, the Dashwood ladies met Willoughby who was skillfully avoiding them since their arrival in London. Willoughby's fiancée also sees Marianne and it's strongly implied she's jealous of Marianne's great beauty and because of rumours about Willoughby's involvement with her.
%% * TheDandy: Robert Ferrars.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Colonel Brandon. He confides it to Elinor, including the part about his childhood sweetheart, his childhood sweetheart's illegitimate daughter, and his childhood sweetheart's illegitimate daughter's seducer (who happens to be [[spoiler: Willoughby]]). See? He had a point.
* DeadpanSnarker:
** Mr. Palmer often provides sarcastic comments, mostly aimed at his ditzy wife or his vulgar mother-in-law, but at others as well.
---> '''Mrs Jennings:''' You and I, Sir John, should not stand upon such ceremony.
---> '''Mr Palmer:''' Then you would be very ill-bred.
---> '''Mrs Palmer:''' [laughing] My love, you contradict every body. Do you know that you are quite rude?
---> '''Mr Palmer:''' I did not know I contradicted any body in calling your mother ill-bred.
** Elinor, although she mostly [[SurroundedByIdiots keeps her snarkiness to herself]]. And she is too polite and too well-mannered to openly sneer at people.
---> '''Mr Robert Ferrars:''' For my own part, I am excessively fond of a cottage; there is always so much comfort, so much elegance about them. And I protest, if I had any money to spare, I should buy a little land and build one myself, within a short distance of London, where I might drive myself down at any time, and collect a few friends about me, and be happy. I advise every body who is going to build, to build a cottage. (...) Some people imagine that there can be no accommodations, no space in a cottage; but this is all a mistake. (...) So that, in fact, you see, if people do but know how to set about it, every comfort may be as well enjoyed in a cottage as in the most spacious dwelling.
--->'''Naration:''' Elinor agreed to it all, for she did not think he deserved the compliment of rational opposition.
* DidYouThinkICantFeel: Elinor acts mostly reserved and she seems rather cold to her mother and sister who feel everything very deeply and feel they must show their emotions to everybody. Then Elinor reveals at the end what she had to go through (she loved a good man who loved her back, but promised to marry another one, who was not worthy of him) and that she had to suffer silently because of her promise.
-->'''Elinor:''' If you can think me capable of ever feeling -- surely you may suppose that I have suffered now.
%% * TheDitz: Mrs. Palmer and the Steele sisters, especially the elder sister Anne.
* DotingParent:
** Mrs. Dashwood is a very affectionate mother, to Marianne in particular. But she loves all her daughters.
** Lady Middleton is doting to all of her children, who are described as essentially her reason for existing. They are very spoiled.
* DoubleInLawMarriage: Half-siblings John and Elinor Dashwood to siblings Fanny and Edward Ferrars. They are not particularly close because one couple are selfish jerks (John and Elinor), the other are a pair of good, kind and reasonable people (Ellinor and Edward).
* TheDutifulSon: We are told that Elinor, despite her youth, often acts as a counselor to her mother. She also hides her disappointment about Edward's engagement from her family, to spare them any concern about her.
* ElegantClassicalMusician: Marianne is a talented pianist with very deep feelings for music, and her talent enchants both Colonel Brandon and Willoughby.
* EmoTeen: Marianne gives into gloom and despair, replacing activities such as eating and sleeping with sobbing, after Willoughby leaves -- not "leaves her," just ''leaves'', as in just going away on business for an indefinite period of time. Needless to say, when he ''does'' officially leave her...
* EmotionlessGirl: Elinor. She's only nineteen, yet mature enough to control her emotions and not to showcase them, unlike her less rational mother and sister Marianne. After her father Mr. Dashwood dies, she's the most reliable member of the family and a great support to all if a problem arises. She's the kind of Emotionless Girl with a (now rather common) twist -- she feels emotions, and rather deeply, too, but doesn't express them openly.
* EmotionsVsStoicism: Both themes are presented in the title and in the personalities of Marianne and Elinor. Elinor represents "sense," which then meant what it does now - having a good head on your shoulders and not letting your feelings carry you away. Marianne represents "sensibility", which meant more of a strength of feeling or something akin to {{Romanticism}}. Austen's sympathies are not clearly sung at either side; Marianne's strong sensibility is tested throughout the novel and her romantic, self-indulgent ways almost kill her, and she is eventually forced to learn to be more like her rational sister. Elinor however has to reconcile her private feelings and the way she acts, for example admitting her inner pain to her family.
* EpistolaryNovel: Early drafts were written in a letter form, under the title ''[[NameAndName Elinor and Marianne]]''.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: When Fanny Dashwood notices her mother, Mrs. Ferrars, sneering at Elinor's artwork, Fanny ventures to compliment it. Even the narrator states, "Perhaps Fanny thought for a moment that her mother had been quite rude enough."
* ExactWords: Fanny convinces John to weasel out of his promise to his father by emphasizing that his father never asked him to do anything ''specific'' for his sisters, just to "help them". He soon considers helping them move the furniture to be a reasonable fulfillment of the promise, and is chagrined to find that he's not actually able to do it because all their things have to be sent by water.
* ExcessiveMourning: Mrs. Dashwood and Marianne keep their grief going in an incessant feedback loop at the beginning of the novel, bringing up keepsakes and memories in what seems a deliberate effort to keep their mourning raw and unchecked. This leaves the task of actually ''running'' the household and dealing with their loss of property to Elinor.
%% * [[FirstGirlWins First Guy Wins]]: Colonel Brandon saw Marianne before Willoughby ever arrived in Devonshire.
* FirstNameBasis: A big deal in Georgian times.
** When Elinor overhears Willoughby calling Marianne by her Christian name, she takes it as a sign that they're either engaged or as good as.
** It's noted in the narration that when the Steele sisters stay with the Dashwood, Fanny calls Lucy by her Christian name as an indication of how attached she is to her.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling:
** Responsible Elinor and foolish Marianne, albeit one where the "foolish" daughter is portrayed fairly sympathetically. It's even reflected in the title (when you realize that "sensibility" meant to Austen something like what "sensitivity" means in modern-day English).
** Lucy Steele may be BookDumb, but she's a clever, focused social climber who knows how to keep a secret. Her older sister Anne is an airhead.
** Edward is sensible, well-mannered, and well-educated. His brother Robert is a self-absorbed fop.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Colonel Brandon displaying the "taste" in music (during Marianne's playing at a party) that Marianne considers essential in a lover.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Elinor pleads with Marianne to see she doesn't have to [[{{Wangst}} spend the rest of her life crying and moping]] just because Willoughby is a JerkAss.
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: The conflict between Marianne's advocacy of her behavior and indulgence in sensibility and Elinor's practical sense and insistence she try to control herself more mirrors the glorious war between Freud's Id and Superego.
* GoldDigger:
** Willoughby is a male example. He's very rich, as far as property is concerned. He owns an estate Combe Magna (and some land with it, we may assume), but he doesn't have lots of money, and later we find out why -- he has debts. He's also expected to inherit possessions of Mrs Smith to whom he is related, especially her estate Allenham Court. When he falls out of her favour, he decides to marry for money. He leaves penniless Marianne whom he loves and marries Miss Grey with fifty thousand pounds (the wealthiest bride in Jane Austen's 'verse). He later claims she knew he didn't love her when he proposed.
--->'''Elinor:''' The lady then — Miss Grey I think you called her — is very rich?"
--->'''Mrs Jennings:''' Fifty thousand pounds, my dear. Did you ever see her? A smart, stylish girl they say, but not handsome. I remember her aunt very well, Biddy Henshawe; she married a very wealthy man. But the family are all rich together. Fifty thousand pounds! And by all accounts, it won't come before it's wanted; for they say he is all to pieces. No wonder! Dashing about with his curricle and hunters! Well, it don't signify talking; but when a young man, be who he will, comes and makes love to a pretty girl, and promises marriage, he has no business to fly off from his word only because he grows poor, and a richer girl is ready to have him. Why don't he, in such a case, sell his horses, let his house, turn off his servants, and make a thorough reform at once? I warrant you, Miss Marianne would have been ready to wait till matters came round. But that won't do now-a-days; nothing in the way of pleasure can ever be given up by the young men of this age.
** Lucy Steele. As a very young man, Edward Ferrars became secretly engaged to her. Even though he doesn't love her any more, he can't honourably break off the engagement. She maintains the pretense of selfless devotion to him, even after he is disowned because of her, until she has secured a better prospect: [[spoiler: his younger brother]].
* {{Greed}}: Fanny Dashwood and, to a lesser extent, her husband John. Seriously, they have an income about twelve times that of the other branch of the family, and John had given an effing promise to his dying father to take care of them; they should have done ''something''. But Fanny is after money and hates splitting property. They have an only son, and it's implied they don't want more children so they don't have to split their family money among them.
-->'''Fanny:''' Well, then, LET something be done for them; but THAT something need not be three thousand pounds. Consider that when the money is once parted with, it never can return. Your sisters will marry, and it will be gone for ever. If, indeed, it could be restored to our poor little boy—
-->'''John:''' Why, to be sure, that would make great difference. The time may come when Harry will regret that so large a sum was parted with. If he should have a numerous family, for instance, it would be a very convenient addition.
%% * HiddenDepths: This novel could also very easily have been called ''First Impressions''...
%% ** Elinor
%% ** Edward
%% ** Willoughby
%% ** Mrs. Jennings.
* HiddenHeartOfGold: Mr. Palmer behaves rudely or indifferently to everyone he meets in the belief that this makes him appear distinguished. Later on it's shown that he does love his family, especially his baby son, and he goes out of his way to be kind and polite to Marianne and Elinor when events go against them. Once staying in his house for the Easter holidays, Elinor is pleased to find that she likes him a lot more than she ever expected.
%% * HigherSelf: Elinor acts something like this for Marianne.
* HopeIsScary: Having been told to prepare for the worst, Elinor tries to keep herself from being hopeful when Marianne's fever breaks, but she can't help it.
-->''"Hope had already entered; and feeling all its anxious flutter, she bent over her sister to watch—she hardly knew for what."''
* ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe: I Can't Believe A Girl Like You Would Notice Me. This is part of Edward's explanation for why he stayed in Norland for so long while he was falling in love with Elinor; he had convinced himself that she only saw him as a friend, so he was only hurting himself.
* IGaveMyWord:
** Edward promised that he would get married to an illiterate, mean, mercenary girl. Despite them being teenagers in love, he considered his word binding.
** Elinor promised she would keep Lucy's secret, which she did, despite her personal heartbreak, and despite the girl's [[BitchInSheepsClothing cat-playing-with-a-mouse behavior]]. Especially honourable of her because Elinor's [[ExactWords wording of the promise did not bind her to absolute silence]]. She said: "your secret is safe with me," which is rather vague, and a less scrupulous person would probably feel she could at least tell her sister, or her mother. But she [[StoicWoobie keeps her mouth shut and listens to all the snide comments]]. And all the while she could just drop a hint to her sister-in-law -- Edward's sister -- and the engagement would fall apart.
** Subverted with John Dashwood, who gave his word that he would take care of his dying father's widow and his half-sisters after he died -- only end up getting rather easily talked out of doing a single thing to help them by his greedy wife.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Mrs. Jennings finds a bottle of good wine and recommends it as a treatment for Marianne's heartbreak. As Marianne is already asleep, Elinor asks if she can drink it instead. After being horrified by Willoughby's actions and having to console Marianne the whole day, not to mention her own heartache over Edward's secret engagement, Elinor figures she'd do well to test its restorative powers on herself and downs "the greater part" as soon as the glass is in her hand.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy:
** Elinor. Though it's more I Want My Beloved to Behave in a Morally Upright Manner; after several conversations with Lucy, Elinor is perfectly certain that Edward will ''not'' be happy if he marries Lucy, due to Lucy's poor character and shallow, selfish personality. However, breaking an engagement was a very serious breach of trust in that time, so he still needs to go through with it. [[spoiler: She gets him in the end.]]
** Edward is shown to be feeling this way when Elinor tells him that Colonel Brandon wants to give him the position of rector in the Delaford parish. The narrative is phrased in such a way that it's clear he thinks she was given the task of telling him because she's going to marry Colonel Brandon; he's dejected, but as he's engaged to Lucy, he certainly can't protest and so he just hopes for her happiness.
** Colonel Brandon has to painfully resign himself to the probability that Marianne will marry Willoughby--which would be bad enough, given the man's character, even if Brandon wasn't in love with her himself. (He's quite relieved to learn that there's no engagement, despite the general knowledge of its existence.)
* IllGirl: Marianne, after some time moping about in a damp garden.
* ItsAllAboutMe:
** Marianne is deeply self-absorbed, considering ''her'' feelings (whether positive or negative) absolutely irrepressible and in the process disregarding common politeness and the feelings of others; when circumstances force Elinor to confess that she too has been unhappy, Marianne breaks down in tears of remorse, forcing Elinor to comfort her ''again'', and continues to wallow in her own unhappiness -- with added guilt, now -- rather than provide emotional support for Elinor. It takes near-death to smarten her up. Granted, she's a teenager, but it's a major contrast with Elinor, who's 19 at the start of the novel, and displays more responsibility and consideration for others than many people much older than her.
** All of the Ferrars family, with the exception of Edward, are deeply self-absorbed and will do just about anything to avoid being of use to anyone else. The narration notes that his mother seems to have a strange fear of being reproached for being too good-natured.
* JerkAss:
** John Dashwood and his wife Fanny. Fanny is ''far'' more of a JerkAss than John, though; it's shown that John does at least have genuine affection for his sisters and might be a better person without his wife's influence. He's still way too preoccupied with money to be very likable, however.
** Fanny's other brother, Robert, is self-absorbed. When Elinor meets him, he talks only about himself and his views on every matter. He ridicules his brother Edward because he wants to become a clergyman.
** Mrs Ferrars is an extremely unpleasant woman. One really has to wonder how [[WhiteSheep Edward]] turned out so nice, coming from such a family.
%% * JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Willoughby at one point attempts to portray himself as this. [[spoiler:It doesn't work.]]
* KissingCousins: Colonel Brandon confides his BackStory to Elinor, including the fact that his first love was his cousin Elizabeth. They also grew up together because she was his father's ward.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Colonel Brandon is an honourable man. He's taken under his wing his first love's illegitimate daughter and continues taking care of her even though people suspect she's ''his'' illegitimate daughter as well, which is not true. He also very generously offers a living to Edward whose family cut him off.
%% ** Subverted with Willoughby.
* LastMinuteHookup: The Dashwood sisters finally get their men in the last three pages.
* LastNameBasis: Colonel Brandon's first name is never revealed.
* LeaveTheTwoLovebirdsAlone: Marianne makes a point of leaving Elinor alone with Edward as often as she can and can't understand why one or both of them will always leave when she does.
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* LoveAtFirstSight: Marianne and Willoughby.
* LoveHurts: The Austen Novel. First there's Edward's mixed signals towards Elinor, then there's Willoughby and Marianne's passionate romance and his inexplicable abandonment of her, then there's Edward's secret engagement to a girl he doesn't love anymore, ''then'' there's the Colonel Brandon's first love....
* [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]]: Lucy Steele. Fanny, too, as witnessed in her conversation with John where she persuades him to go back on his promise to his father. She makes no argument worthy of serious refutation, but the way she plays him is brilliant.
* MasterOfTheMixedMessage: Elinor meets Edward at the beginning of the novel, and they seem to hit it off, or at least Elinor's mother and sister think so. Elinor admits she likes him, but she says it's nothing serious because Edward never said he loved her and he never proposed to her. The reason for his mixed signals gets revealed soon. [[spoiler:Edward is involved in a dead-end relationship with Lucy Steele. He doesn't love her anymore, but considers his engagement binding.]]
* TheMatchmaker: Mrs. Jennings, being a widow with two married daughters, now has nothing better to do than marry off the rest of the world.
* TheMcCoy: Marianne, the "sensibility."
* MeaningfulEcho: Near the beginning, Marianne describes the man of her dreams as a "connoisseur," with repeated emphasis on his good "taste" in music. Five chapters later, she realizes Colonel Brandon alone lacks the "shameless want of taste" displayed by everyone else as she plays the piano.
* MistakenForRomance: Brandon and Elinor tend to gravitate towards each other at social functions, so much that numerous characters believe them to be in love. Elinor would suspect that he fancied her if she didn't know that he was in love with Marianne, but there's no attraction on either side--it's just that they're usually the only two people with some sense.
* NeverMyFault: A truly despicable version from Willoughby, in a scene that is ''supposed'' to make him more sympathetic -- he excuses himself from seducing and then abandoning Eliza by saying it's unreasonable to believe that "because ''I'' was a libertine, ''she'' must be a saint" (essentially, "blame us both equally," despite the fact that the consequences for her were far worse).
* NobilityMarriesMoney: Willoughby marries Miss Grey. He's a gentleman (and a scoundrel) of a landed gentry with a mansion house called Combe Magna, and he will inherit another house from his elderly childless cousin, Mrs. Smith. However, he lives extravagantly and is deeply in debt. Miss Grey has a dowry of fifty thousand pounds, which makes her the wealthiest heiress in Creator/JaneAusten's 'verse. Her feelings for him are not entirely clear, but he is a fashionable, handsome man, and she wants to get married so she can part with her guardians with whom she didn't get along. Willoughby claims he loves Marianne Dashwood who is lovely, intelligent, passionate, but poor as a church mouse, and Miss Grey, being rather plain, is understandably jealous; however, it's unclear how true that is, since Willoughby's account is the only one the reader is given and he's not the most honest guy. They are not an ideal couple, but the narrator says at the end of the book that they were not always unhappy together.
* NoNameGiven: A very minor example, but the sharp-eyed reader may pick up on the fact that the narrative explicitly states that Sir John and Lady Middleton have "four noisy children." However, we are only ever introduced to John, William, and Annamaria. It's never even indicated whether the fourth child is a boy or a girl.
* NosyNeighbor: Sir John Middleton and his mother-in-law Mrs. Jennings take an overly eager interest in the love lives of their young friends. It's trying on the Dashwoods, but Elinor bears with it because they're both generous and well-intentioned.
* TheNotLoveInterest: Colonel Brandon and Elinor, who half the cast eventually start shipping as much as Brandon/Marianne. Even Elinor admits to herself that she can understand where they get the idea.
* NotSoStoic: Elinor.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Colonel Brandon approaches Elinor with a proposition -- since Edward, freshly disinherited for being engaged to Lucy, needs to make a living, the Colonel wants to offer him the position of rector in his home parish, and would like Elinor to act as intermediary since the men have never met. Mrs. Jennings misunderstands what little she overhears, and thinks that the Colonel has proposed marriage to Elinor. Several pages later, the discrepancy is clarified, and both women are considerably amused by it.
* TheNounAndTheNoun
* TheOathBreaker: Lucy's jilting her fiancé is treated with all the gravity with which the era would regard it, even though Edward wants out.
* ObliviousToLove: Marianne seems, through much of the story, like she's deliberately ignoring Colonel Brandon's undeclared love for her. On literally the second-to-last page, it's finally clarified that ''she honestly had no idea'', and is stunned when she realizes it.
* OneDialogueTwoConversations: Happens as a result of NotWhatItLooksLike above.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted with John Willoughby, Mr. John Dashwood and Sir John Middleton. However, Willoughby is normally called by his last name, and Sir John has the honorific to set him apart.
* OnlySaneMan: Elinor, like most Creator/JaneAusten heroines.
* ParentalFavoritism:
** It's clear that Marianne is her mother's favorite child; it's even explained in an early chapter that Mrs. Dashwood dotes on her because of her three daughters, Marianne is the most like herself.
** It's also implied that Mrs. Jennings favors Mrs. Palmer over Lady Middleton, for the same reason.
** Mrs. Ferrars clearly favors both Robert (her youngest) and Fanny (her only daughter) over Edward. Later, she even favors ''Lucy'', Robert's wife, over Elinor, who marries Edward -- despite the fact that Lucy was the reason she disinherited Edward in the first place!
* ParentalMarriageVeto: In the personal history he imparts to Elinor, Colonel Brandon and his childhood sweetheart Elizabeth were forcibly separated.
** Later, Edward's refusal to break off his engagement to Lucy causes his mother to disown him.
* ParentsAsPeople: Mrs. Dashwood is a kind and loving but [[CloudCuckooLander fallible]] character. By the end of the book, she's come to recognize that her own attitude toward things has contributed toward Marianne's disappointment. She also realizes that she let herself be blinded by Elinor's consideration and stoic nature, and fears that she's been unkind to her elder daughter by not taking notice of her pain.
* PassedOverInheritance: Mr. Dashwood effectively gets hit with this at the beginning of the book; his elderly uncle leaves the bulk of his estate not to Mr. Dashwood, but to his son John, because during his final illness the uncle became deeply attached to John's little boy Henry. John had already inherited everything of his mother's, so he was comfortably settled in the first place, and Mr. Dashwood intends to use his time as the master of Norland to set aside money for his wife and daughters. Unfortunately, he dies less than a year after his uncle, so all he can leave them is what he himself owned, which is very little compared to the Norland estate.
* PassiveAggressiveKombat: Elinor and Lucy Steele.
* PerpetualPoverty: The Dashwoods aren't exactly destitute (they have servants), but the situation in which they find themselves after Mr. Dashwood's death is certainly a massive step down for them socially.
* PlotTriggeringDeath: Mr. Dashwood's death is what forces his wife and daughters to seek a new home.
* PolitenessJudo: See PassiveAggressiveKombat.
* RedOniBlueOni: Marianne and Elinor, respectively.
* ReplacementLoveInterest: It's implied that [[spoiler:Marianne]] is this for Colonel Brandon, given her strong resemblance in both looks and temperament to his childhood sweetheart, Eliza.
* RichBitch:
** Fanny Ferrars comes from a very wealthy genteel family and marries John Dashwood who is also wealthy (his mother left him a large sum of money), and when his father Mr. Henry Dashwood dies, they come into possession of Norland, their family estate. Fanny is obsessed with money and she's a cold person.
** Lady Middleton is an icy woman of high rank in society. She's very beautiful, tall, striking, graceful, elegant, well-bred, but also cold and reserved, and has absolutely nothing interesting to say. She tolerates the Miss Steeles because they are willing to suck up to her, and she's rather delighted with Fanny Dashwood. It's their mutual coldness that attracts them to pursue a friendship with one another.
** Willoughby indicates that his wife Sophia is a haughty, unpleasant Ritch Bitch, although the reader gets no direct confirmation because [[TheGhost she's never seen]].
* RomanticFalseLead: Many, the biggest ones being [[spoiler:Willoughby]] for Marianne and [[spoiler:Lucy Steele]] for Edward.
* RomanticismVersusEnlightenment: Essentially the point of the novel -- Elinor and Austen alike both fall on the side of enlightenment, whereas Marianne is on the side of romanticism (the "cult of sensibility" of which she is a member was basically {{Romanticism}} in its early stages).
* SarcasmMode: Austen's description of the "kindness" John Dashwood intends to show his half-sisters.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Edward.
* SecondLove: Colonel Brandon for Marianne (and vice versa, in fact); Elinor for Edward; the trope could also apply to Mrs. Dashwood, who was her husband's second wife.
* SecretKeeper: Elinor for both Lucy and Brandon, with wildly different degrees of willingness.
* SecretRelationship: Edward and Lucy.
* SeparatedByACommonLanguage: Being "sensible" had a different meaning in Austen's time than it does now; sensibility in those days referred to an affection for things wild and untamed in nature. Nowadays, sense and sensibility mean pretty much the same thing. If the novel were written today it would probably be called ''Sense and Sensitivity.''
* SettleForSibling: Planned by Mrs. Ferrars and ultimately happens... just not at all in the way she expected.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Elinor, who usually ignores the various conjectures and hints everybody makes about her love life, at one point finds herself obliged to tell her brother that no, she is not going to marry Colonel Brandon. John completely ignores her. He knows better, obviously.
* ShipperOnDeck: At one point half the cast seems to ship Elinor and Colonel Brandon. Elinor and Brandon... [[PlatonicLifePartners don't share their opinion]], although Elinor at least can see where they get the idea. She even admits to herself that if she didn't already know he's in love with Marianne, she would be persuaded to think he really does have a thing for her because they have such a great friendship.
* SiblingYinYang: Repeatedly.
** Elinor and Marianne, of course, but in spite of their differences they are very close.
** Edward Ferrars is about as unlike his brother and sister as it's possible to be.
** The narrative states that Mrs. Palmer is several years younger than her sister, Lady Middleton, and "totally unlike her in every respect."
* SickeninglySweethearts: Anne Steele, Lucy's sister, acts this way about her LoveInterest, usually identified only as "the Doctor" ([[Series/DoctorWho probably not that one]]). WordOfGod did say that [[spoiler:she doesn't get him]].
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Elinor's first choice -- and Marianne's second.
* TheSpock: Elinor, the "sense."
* SpoiledBrat: Lady Middleton's children are described as this. They're overindulged nd uncontrollable, and the reasons are illustrated in one scene where Annamaria scratches herself on a needle and starts crying--her mother and the Miss Steeles immediately begin pampering her, coddling her, and giving her sweets, which she perceives as a reward for her bawling.
* SpotOfTea: Elinor's [[TheAllSolvingHammer solution to everything]]. It's surprising she didn't think to throw a scalding hot cup of tea on Lucy's head.
%% * StepfordSmiler: Everyone to some extent, except Marianne.
%% * StiffUpperLip:
%% ** Elinor.
%% ** Colonel Brandon.
%% * TheStoic: Elinor, who is actually a StoicWoobie, suffering in silence.
* StronglyWordedLetter: Elinor is unwilling to ask Marianne if she is engaged to Willoughby, fearing that her interference will be rejected. She decides that if things continue thus, she will write to her mother and "represent in the strongest manner [...] the necessity of some serious inquiry into the affair." (When she finally does make this plea, Mrs. Dashwood largely ignores it and only asks Marianne to be more open with them.)
* TakeCareOfTheKids:
** John Dashwood promises his dying father that he will... and doesn't.
** Also part of Colonel Brandon's backstory, when his cousin/first love Elizabeth dies and bequeaths her daughter to him.
* TalkAboutTheWeather: Everyone except Marianne, who complains about this. Elinor, on the other hand, is able to [[UpToEleven answer questions about the weather before they are asked]].
* TriangRelations: Elinor and Lucy both love Edward; Brandon and Willoughby both love Marianne.
* TwiceShy: Elinor and Edward.
* UnableToSupportAWife: Edward's position at the end; he reconciles with his mother and receives some money.
* TheVamp: Fanny Dashwood. The woman is a work of art. She talks her husband out of fulfilling his father's LastRequest to TakeCareOfTheKids. Then she treats them with all sorts of coldness and contempt because they're living in what is now her house. Then she resents them for taking their own staff with them when they move out. She even resents the fact that they take ''their own belongings'' with them!
* WideEyedIdealist: Marianne and her mother.
* WoundedGazelleGambit: Fanny pulls an excellent one. Miss Steele reveals Lucy's engagement. Fanny falls into violent hysterics and kicks them out of the house. Her husband's comment: "She has borne it all with the fortitude of an angel! She says she shall never think well of anybody again."
* WrongGuyFirst: Marianne with Willoughby; Edward goes through Wrong Girl First with Lucy.
!!Adaptations with their own trope pages include:

* [[Series/SenseAndSensibility The 1971, 1981 and 2008 TV miniseries]]
* [[Film/SenseAndSensibility The 1995 film]]
* ''Literature/SenseAndSensibilityAndSeaMonsters''
* ''VideoGame/MatchesAndMatrimony'', a PC game which is a composite adaptation of three Austen novels, including ''Sense and Sensibility''.