John Dashwood is a character in Sense and Sensibility. He is the only son and heir of Mr. Henry Dashwood and his first wife[1]. He is the stepson of Mrs. Henry Dashwood and the elder half-brother of Elinor Dashwood, Marianne Dashwood, and Margaret Dashwood. He is the brother-in-law of Edward Ferrars, Robert Ferrars, and Colonel Brandon. He is married to Frances Dashwood and has one son, Harry Dashwood.



John was mostly apart from his half-sisters, so he wasn't close to them at all. His father inherited a large property, Norland Park, in Sussex. When his father lay dying, Henry Dashwood made John swear to take care of his stepmother and half-sisters. Upon his father's death, he was the owner of Norland[1].

His wife moved in immediately, without thinking about the wishes of the grieving family that lived there[1].

Personality and traitsEdit

John Dashwood is described as being rather cold-hearted and selfish. He acted with propriety, however, and was considered to be well-respected. If he had married a more amiable woman, he would have been even more respected; as such, Fanny Dashwood was even more narrow-minded and selfish than he was[1].

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Sense and Sensibility, Ch. 1