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The debut novel from author Jane Austen, started when she was only a teenager and originally published under a pseudonym, is a marvelous depiction of the life of women in the eighteenth century. It follows the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne, and their conflicting approaches to life. Elinor is reserved and dispassionate, and always being misread as cold. Young sister Marianne wears her heart on her sleeve, and quick to make rash decisions. When the girls’ father dies, and their greedy sister-in-law keeps the wealth for herself; Elinor, Marianne, and their widowed mother are left with next to nothing. The two girls then must shoulder the responsibility for taking care of the family the only way society allows: by finding a decent suitor to take care of them.