Las hermanas Elinor, Marianne y Margaret Dashwood se mudan con su madre a una casa de campo que les ha ofrecido un familiar. Entonces conocen a tres hombres: Edward Ferrars, Willoughby y el Coronel Brandon.
La experiencia del amor romántico de Elinor y Marianne les lleva a madurar en el diálogo, eternamente humano, entre el sentido y la sensibilidad.
What do you know of my heart? What do you know of anything but your own suffering. For weeks, Marianne, I've had this pressing on me without being at liberty to speak of it to a single creature. It was forced on me by the very person whose prior claims ruined all my hope. I have endured her exultations again and again whilst knowing myself to be divided from Edward forever. Believe me, Marianne, had I not been bound to silence I could have provided proof enough of a broken heart, even for you.
Jane Austen, Sense and sensibility, 1811