John Dashwood is a character in Sense and Sensibility. He is the only son and heir of Mr. Henry Dashwood and his first wife. 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.
His wife moved in immediately, without thinking about the wishes of the grieving family that lived there.
Personality and traits
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.
Notes and references
- Sense and Sensibility, Ch. 1