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In Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen comments on the financial situation of women. Elinor and Marianne are virtually penniless in a world where the 'marriage market' is largely governed by money. They lose their home on their father's death ? as did the author herself ? and receive more kindness from strangers than they do from their own brother. This means they are forced to accept the hospitality and company of those they would rather avoid, but despite such 'hardships', they maintain their dignity throughout.