Study Guide

Sense and Sensibility Characters

By Jane Austen

Elinor Dashwood

It's tough to be the practical one. Always having to shoot down the whimsical, maddening urges of...

Marianne Dashwood

This is going to be brief: the fact of the matter is, as far as "sense" is concerned, Marianne...

Edward Ferrars

Edward Ferrars isn't entirely in control of his life. Actually, hold up – that's not quite...

Colonel Brandon

Ever heard the expression, "Still waters run deep"? That's basically how we feel about Colonel...

Lucy Steele

That Lucy Steele is certainly a tricky one. She's clever, manipulative, and self-serving –...

John Willoughby

Willoughby is one serious player. He's a major pick-up artist, and he seems to leave a trail of...

Mrs. Dashwood

Mrs. Dashwood is a lucky woman. She's fortunate enough to have had a husband to take care of her,...

Fanny Dashwood (née Ferrars)

Fanny is totally a snob and a half. She basically only wants to associate with people richer or...

John Dashwood

We can't help but feel a little bad for John. On one hand, he's not exactly a good guy; after...

Mrs. Jennings

There's really not that much to Mrs. Jennings. She's a nice lady, but she can be on the annoying...

Sir John Middleton

Cyndi Lauper memorably noted that "Girls just wanna have fun." Well, that may be true, but Sense...

Lady Middleton

Lady Middleton is everything her mother, sisters, and husband are not: she's stately, calm,...

Margaret Dashwood

Poor Margaret really gets the short shrift here – her two older sisters always steal all of...

Mrs. Charlotte Palmer

Mrs. Palmer is really a sweetheart. She's a giggly, silly, rather inane woman, but at her core...

Mr. Palmer

Poor Mr. Palmer. He's a rather serious man married to a rather silly young woman, and he's never...

Robert Ferrars

Robert Ferrars is a real jerk. There's no two ways about it; he's just incredibly lame. As Lucy...

Miss Anne Steele

Miss Steele is a harmless creature who somehow manages to do a lot of harm, if that makes sense....

Mrs. Ferrars

Mrs. Ferrars is a real piece of work. She's a stern matriarch who keeps a tight rein on her...