In its marvelously perceptive portrayal of two young women in love, "Sense and Sensibility " is the answer to those critics and readers who believe that Jane Austen's novels, despite their perfection of form and tone, lack strong feeling.
Its two heroines so utterly unlike each other both undergo the most violent passions when they are separated from the men they love. What differentiates them, and gives this extroardinary book its complexity and brilliance, is the "way "each expresses her suffering: Marianne young, impetuous, ardent falls into paroxysms of grief when she is rejected by the dashing John Willoughby; while her sister, Elinor wiser, more sensible, more self-controlled masks her despair when it appears that Edward Ferrars is to marry the mean-spirited and cunning Lucy Steele. All, of course, ends happily but not until Elinor's sense and Marianne's sensibility have equally worked to reveal the profound emotional life that runs beneath the surface of Austen's immaculate and irresistible art.
"As nearly flawless as any fiction could be."