Study Guide

Sense and Sensibility Writing Style

By Jane Austen

Writing Style

Precise, No-nonsense

Austen's style is famously… well, together. Simply put, she just really knows what she's up to. She doesn't believe in mincing words, nor does she indulge in long, flowery flights of fancy like many of the other novels of her time. Instead, Austen writes with a delightful economy, and her precise, clear narration cuts through the occasionally convoluted speeches of her more hilarious characters, such as Miss Steele and Mrs. Jennings. No matter how complicated her plots become, or how her characters mystify themselves and each other, Austen's readers are always guided by her strength, consistency, and clarity of style.