Sense and Sensibility Chapter 5
Not having enjoyed being their guests, Mrs. Dashwood takes pleasure in announcing to John and Fanny her new and distant home. Only John has any strong reaction, for now his much-reduced promise to his father will be even harder to carry out, with his sisters living so far away.
The Dashwoods pack and send their things to Barton Cottage. They sell their carriage and keep only three of their servants. Mrs. Dashwood believes this to be the time for John to fulfill his promise, but he does nothing.
After a tearful goodbye to Norland, they depart.