Written by Creator/JaneAusten and published in 1811, ''Sense and Sensibility'' is one of her best-known novels, not least because of the 1995 Ang Lee 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 KateWinslet as Marianne; a 2008 {{BBC}} MiniSeries, which drew heavy inspiration from the film and is comparable in quality, cast Hattie Morahan as Elinor and Charity Wakefield as Marianne. The BBC also previously adapted the book into television miniseries in 1971 and 1981. There is also a [[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, Marvel Illustrated produced a ComicBookAdaptation, script by Nancy Butler, art and covers by Sonny Liew.

In 2013 it was the first novel to be adapted by The Austen Project, in which various authors were contracted to write modern day {{Setting Update}}s of Austen's six books. The author was Joanna Trollope.
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!!This novel provides examples of:
* AccompliceByInaction: John Dashwood is this to his wife and Lucy Steele, doing absolutely nothing when they hurt his sisters.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Marianne to Elinor, although 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's to Miss Morton -- leave it to Jane Austen to make ''men'' victims of this trope.
** Colonel Brandon's "Eliza" to his older brother.
* 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.
* TheCasanova: [[spoiler: Willoughby]]
* ChildhoodMarriagePromise: [[spoiler: Edward]] and Lucy [[spoiler:try to keep it, but it ultimately falls apart.]]
* 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; to a lesser extent, Mrs. Dashwood.
* ComingOfAgeStory: Marianne's side of it fits.
* CoolOldLady: Mrs. Jennings proves herself one of these when Marianne gets sick.
* DancesAndBalls: Sir John is fond of throwing these at his country estate, but only one they attend in London is of great significance to the plot.
* 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's sweetheart's illegitimate daughter's seducer (who happens to be [[spoiler: Willoughby]].) See? He had a point.
* DeadpanSnarker: Mr. Palmer. Elinor too, although she mostly [[SurroundedByIdiots keeps her snarkiness to herself.]]
* DidYouThinkICantFeel
-->'''Elinor:''' If you can think me capable of ever feeling surely you may suppose that I have suffered now.
* DisposableFiance: Lucy Steele.
* DamselInDistress: Marianne
* TheDitz: Mrs. Palmer and the Steele sisters, especially the elder sister Anne.
* DotingParent: Mrs. Dashwood to Marianne in particular; Lady Middleton to all of her children, who are described as essentially her reason for existing.
* DoubleInLawMarriage: Half-siblings John and Elinor Dashwood to siblings Fanny and Edward Ferrars.
* 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
* EmotionsVsStoicism: Marianne and Elinor, respectively.
* EpistolaryNovel: Early drafts were written in this 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."
* [[FirstGirlWins First Guy Wins]]: Colonel Brandon
* 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).
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Colonel Brandon displaying the "taste" in music (during Marianne's playing at a party) that Marianne considers essential in a lover.
* GenreSavvy: Elinor is quick at correctly identifying everyone's role in the {{Love Triangle}}s around her. She deduces that Lucy is a ClingyJealousGirl probably faster than the reader could at that point.
* 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.
* {{Greed}}: Fanny Dashwood and, to a lesser extent, John. Seriously, they had an income about twelve times that of the other branch of the family, and John had given an effing promise to his dying father; they should have done ''something''.
* GrumpyBear: Elinor's mother and sister see her this way.
* HiddenDepths: Elinor, Edward, Willoughby, and Mrs. Jennings, for starters. In fact, this novel could also very easily have been called ''First Impressions''...
* HigherSelf: Elinor acts something like this for Marianne.
* [[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.
* IceQueen: Lady Middleton and Fanny Ferrars Dashwood - it's their mutual coldness that attracts them to pursue a friendship with one another. Later, Willoughby indicates that his wife Sophia is one of these as well, although the reader gets no direct confirmation because she's never seen.
* IGaveMyWord: Edward that he would get married to an illiterate, mean, mercenary girl; Elinor that she would keep said girl's secret, despite the addition to her personal heartbreak, and despite the girl's [[BitchInSheepsClothing cat-playing-with-a-mouse behavior]]. Bonus points for Elinor because, actually, [[ExactWords her 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 no, she [[StoicWoobie keeps her mouth shut and listens to all the snide comments]]. And all the while she could just [[spoiler: 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 sisters after he died - only end up getting rather easily talked out of doing a single thing to help them by his greedy wife.
* IllGirl: Marianne, after some time moping about in a damp garden.
* InformedAttribute: There are only a very few instances of Elinor and Edward's relationship being shown to the reader before it's explained that Elinor has fallen in love with him. We really aren't given any reason ''why'' she fell. In truth, the novel does a better job of showing the reader her relationship with Colonel Brandon, which makes it somewhat more understandable why a lot of the other characters ship the two of them. Both major film versions [[AdaptationExpansion go to great lengths to set up a more believable romance]] between Edward and Elinor.
* 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 and displays more responsibility and consideration for others than many people much older than her.
* 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 still gets him.]]
* 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 also one of these, as is their mother. 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.]]
** Mr. Palmer is one. He's either rude or indifferent to everyone he meets, but later on it's shown that he does love his family, especially his child, and he goes out of his way to be kind and polite to Marianne and Elinor when events go against them.
* KissingCousins: Colonel Brandon confides his BackStory to Elinor, including the fact that his first love was his cousin Elizabeth.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Colonel Brandon; intentionally subverted with Willoughby.
* {{Kuudere}}: Oh, Elinor.
* LastMinuteHookup: The Dashwood sisters finally get their men in the last three pages.
* LastNameBasis: Colonel Brandon's first name is never revealed.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Marianne and Willoughby
* LoveHurts
* [[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.]]
* 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.
* 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 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: Mrs. Jennings, though generally in a good-natured fashion.
* 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 the logic of their belief.
* 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 fiance is treated with all the gravity that 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, as are most Creator/JaneAusten heroines.
* PassedOverInheritance: Mr. Dashwood effectively gets hit with this at the beginning of the book; his elderly uncle leaves everything 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. Because Mr. Dashwood dies so soon after his uncle, all he has to leave his wife and daughters is what he himself owned, which is very little compared to the Norland estate.
* PassiveAggressiveKombat: Elinor and Lucy Steele.
* 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: 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. (If Marianne was a modern day student, she would ask her mother if she could go to the prom in Willoughby's car, arguing that he's "OMG hot." Mrs. Dashwood would agree with "OMG so hot," and Elinor would be the one to ask if he actually has a driver's license.)
* 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.
* 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.
* 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 admits she can see where they get the idea.
* 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.
* 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 also qualifies.
* 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 enquiry 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, 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.
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!!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 composite adaptation of three Austen novels, including ''Sense and Sensibility''.

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