Mrs. Henry Dashwood's husband is dead - and although the elder Mr. Dashwood requested his son John to care for his stepmother and half-sisters, the selfish John dispossesses them of the estate. Consequently, Mrs. Henry Dashwood and her girls retire to a cottage in Devonshire, but not before Elinor and Edward Ferrers (Mrs. John Dashwood's brother) have formed a mutual attraction for each other. In Devonshire, Marianne falls in love with the attractive and unprincipled John Willoughby, who appears to return her love but departs suddenly - and informs her by means of an unfeeling and rude letter of his approaching nuptials to a wealthy heiress. Marianne makes not the slightest effort to conceal her grief and distress, while Elinor hides her own grief when she receives (in strictest confidence) the intelligence that Edward is secretly engaged to the niece of his former tutor. The 2 of them do find happiness ultimately, but the progress is full of obstacles and surprises in Jane Austen's first novel. Download and start listening now!