Sense or Sensibility?
Only nineteen years old, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Dashwood is a sensible, restrained, loyal, and affectionate young woman. She holds her feelings inside as she supports her grieving mother and willful sister. Elinor's restraint serves as a barrier, preventing others from helping her at a time when she needs it most. Elinor is the glue that holds her family together, but at her own expense. Her reticense in sharing her feelings - which are deep - isolates her and forces her to deal with her own sorrows even as she shoulders other peoples' burdens. Elinor's quiet personality draws people to her, but with time, she will need to learn to open up to others, even to her husband, or she will be doomed to suffer her travails alone.
Very pretty and talented, seventeen-year-old Marianne lives life to the full. She wears her heart on her sleeve, with everyone knowing her thoughts on any topic at any time. Willful, impulsive, and spoiled, she possesses a loving nature and truly cares for her family. Had she known about Elinor's internal struggle over Lucy Steele and Edward Ferrars, she would have supported her sister as much as her sister supported her. Marianne's star quality brightens a room the moment she enters it. Indications are that with time she will learn to restrain her impulses and mature into an interesting and loving woman.