|Full Name:||Elinor Dashwood|
|Primary Residence:||Norland Park
|Romantic Interest(s):||Edward Ferrars|
and Mrs. Dashwood
|Sibling(s):||John Dashwood (half-brother)
Elinor is a reserved, practical and thoughtful young woman who, compared with her more emotional and romantic younger sister Marianne, forms the 'sense' of the title. She possesses a coolness of judgment and strength of understanding qualifies her to be her mother's frequent counsellor, and sometimes indeed shows more common sense than her mother, whose judgment, though by no means weak, is very often sunk beneath her exaggerated notions of romantic delicacy. Her mother, though truly loving and kind hearted towards her, is usually preoccupied with Marianne. Following the death of their father the sisters (with their mother) are reduced to near-poverty by the selfishness and greed of their sister-in-law Fanny; Elinor's half-brother, Fanny's husband, who by law inherited their father's entire estate, has broken his promise to his dying father to take care of them. Elinor falls in love with Edward Ferrars, Fanny's brother, but her reduced circumstances and Edward's prior promises do not allow her to hope for any union between them. She had an excellent heart, and her disposition was affectionate, and her feelings strong--but she knew how to govern them, unlike Marianne. She has a delicate complexion, regular features, and a remarkably pretty figure - less striking than Marianne, but more "correct"--a good overall summary of their characters as well as their physical appearance. She is one of the only people who is compassionate and caring towards the grave Colonel Brandon at first, and pities the hopelessness of his love for Marianne. She is politer than Marianne, though her repugnance towards vulgarity and selfishness is quite equal; and thus she can find it in her heart to "really love" the rather vulgar, but good hearted Mrs. Jennings, and be civil to people Marianne would repulse without scruple - even people like Lucy, Edward's fiancee.