Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 17 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 17 Summary

At the beginning of the chapter Edward's reserve fades quickly when Mrs. Dashwood greets him. He is comfortable visiting with the family, but Austen lets the reader know that he is "not in spirits" (i.e. not happy). The girls draw him into a discussion about money and Elinor and Marianne differ on how much money is necessary to lead a "normal" life, with Elinor arguing that Edward's income of 1,800-2,000 pounds a year is more than adequate. Edward notes that Marianne is more serious than before, but becomes upset when she calls him "reserved."

Chapter 17 Analysis

Edward's arrival at Barton Cottage cheers up both Marianne and him self. The discussion the group embarks on, although it is presented in a witty manner, reveals something about the character of each participant. Marianne shows her slavish adherence to what society expects by...

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