Dashwoods set on a melancholy journey to Barton, where their new home was waiting They arrived early in September, fine weather gave them a good impression on the place Barton Cottage is small, comfortable and compact, among other things. The valley, hills and countryside around it is very pleasant, and helps them think well of their new home. They´ll try to do their best to manage, though Mrs. Dashwood wishes to make improvements to the place in the future, probably in the spring.
Dashwoods have their first visit, Sir John Middleton, landlord and Mrs.Dashwood´s cousin Sir John is very kind, happy to see them there and somewhat settled Sir John invites them to dine at his home, Barton Park, until there are more at home and insisted them to visit him often
His wife, Lady Middleton comes the next day to visit the Dashwoods, and with her came her eldest son Unlike her husband, she is far more cold and reserved After Lady Middleton´s visit, the Dashwoods are invited to Barton Park for the next day, an invitation they accepted.
Barton Park : Middleton´s home, very elegant and open and the Middleton´s are never without a good number of guests. Sir John´s primary amusement: hunting Lady Middleton´s concerns : her children and looking good to others Sir John was fond of the Dashwood girls since they were young,pretty, and unaffected Dashwoods arrive, meet Mrs.Jennings and Colonel Brandon
Mrs.Jennings, Lady Middleton´s mother. A merry , fat , a bit vulgar older woman, that loved jokes and general merriment. Colonel Brandon, Sir John´s friend, old bachelor of five and thrity, a gentleman, eventhough silent and serious, he is not unpleasant for them. Marianne is asked to play the piano. She is content with the Colonel´s silent attention compared to Lady Middleton´s pretenses and Sir John and Mrs. Jennigs talking.
Mrs.Jennings is a widow with two married daughters, no occupation, tries to marry everyone else, like match-making. Mrs.Jennings, believes that the Colonel is in love with Marianne, tries to get them together Marianne perceives what she´s trying to do, surprised that she would think the Colonel is good match for her Marianne thinks Edward might be ill since he hasn´t visited Marianne and her mother question their behavior when they left, believe they are just friends Both want to know what happened but Elinor refuses to talk about it
The Dashwoods settled at Barton Cottage, and are happier than at Norland after Mr.Dashwood´s death. Tend to keep busy, are mostly near the cottage Sir John visits often,offers them to use his carriage to make social calls. The Dashwood girls love to walk on the beautiful countryside Marianne and Margaret, eventough it was going to rain, went for a walk When the heavy rain started, they began to run back home
Marianne had the led but she stumbles and twisted her ankle, therefore she couldn´t walk Margaret was unable to stop herself, so she was involuntarily hurried along, and reached the bottom in safety A man carrying a gun sees the accident and comes to the rescue, he carries Marianne home since she couldn´t walk Elinor and Mrs. Dashwood are surprise by his sudden apperance and the fact that he was carrying Marianne. He immediately apologizes for his intrusion by explaining what happened.
The man was handsome and charming and quickly wins them over. Mrs.Dashwood thanks and invites him to sit down, yet he declines since he was wet and dirty The man´s name was Willoughby and was staying at Alleham, would come to inquire on Marianne on the next day Sir John is told what happened and asked about Willoughby Sir John feels sorry for Brandon
Willoughby calls again, the family again covinced by his charms, he comes to admire them, especially Marianne. Marianne proceeds to question him on various subjects, such as books , music , dancing. Elinor reminds Marianne not to be so forward with her affectations an views on the first visit ; she´ll run out of things or topics to ask him Willough by admires and is fond of Marianne, enjoys her family´s hospitality, began to visit her everyday , their attachment grew deeper.
Mrs. Dashwood liked Willoughby Elinor perceives a lack of discretion in his behavior and judgment, which that he should possess Elinor is upset when Willoughby makes fun of Colonel Brandon Marianne and Willoughby continue making fun of him Elinor says that Brandon is a sensible man, well-bred, well informed, of gentle address, and she believed he possessed an amiable heart Willoughby says three reasons for disliking Brandon
Distant cousin of John Middleton. Kind and loving mother of Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret. Widow and second wife to Henry Dashwood. Inherited no fortune of her own but wants the best for her daughters. Shares Mariannes romantic sensibilities. Wanted to improve or make alterations to the cottage.
Eldest daughter, told to be nineteen she paints and her drawings were placed to the walls of their sitting room Defends Colonel Brandon when Willoughby and Marianne make fun of him
Youngest daughter, told to be thirdteen Thinks Colonel Brandon is an old bachelor. Couldn´t help Marianne when she fell because she was unable to stop herself, so she was involuntarily hurried along, and reached the bottom in safety.
Middle child, told to be sixteen and a half Didn´t like Mrs. Jennigs nor her comments, she was vexed by them. Considered Colonel Brandon to be an old bachelor. Very musical, sings very well, plays the pianoforte Raced back home with Margaret, at first she had the advantage, but a false step brought her suddenly to the ground, therefore spraining her ankle.
Rescued by a man carrying a gun called Willoughby, who keeps visiting even after her perfect recovery Marianne was still handsomer than Elinor. Tallest with a lovely face, called a beautiful girl Brown skin, brilliant complexion, and with good features Sweet and attractive smile, dark eyes full of life spirit and eagerness Along with Willoughby, she made fun of Colonel Brandon.
Owner of Barton Park Husband of Lady Middleton, has four spoiled children Jovial but vulgar Distant relation of the Dashwoods who Invites Mrs. Dashwood and her three daughters to stay at Barton Cottage Good looking man about forty
Good.-humored, very kind and with friendly manners Pleasant and friendly, does everything he can to make the Dashwoods feel at home. Was a sportsman, he hunted and shot His independent employments were in existence only half the time. Enjoys getting dances and parties together so the young people can enjoy themselves.
Wife of John Middleton, has four spoiled children. Not more than six or seven twenty (26 or 27) Handsome face, figure was tall and striking, graceful adress Elegant manners She was reserved and cold. Had two concerns : looking good for others and caring for her children. Always wants her house and her parties to be the best
Lady Middleton´s mother Widow, with ample jointure Her husband was a craftsman Had only two daughters, whom she had lived to see them marry, and now therefore had nothing to do but to marry the rest of the girls in the world Good-humored,merry,fat, elderly woman, talked a great deal, seemed happy and rather vulgar
She was full of jokes and laughter, talked abot lovers and husbands Comments are often improper in polite society Anxious to see Colonel Brandon well married, ever since her connection with Sir John first brought him to her knowledge. At the park she laughed at the colonel, and in the cottage at Marianne
Silent and grave friend of Sir John Apperance not unpleasing, considered an old bachelor On the wrong side of five and thrity(35) His face was not handsome, countenance was sensible, and his address was particularly gentlemanlike Was very fond of Marianne Laughed at by Willoughby and Marianne
Young man of five and twenty (25) He´s first mentioned as a man carrying a gun when he carries Marianne home after she had sprained her ankle. Passionately fond of music and dancing Young man of good abilities, quick imagination, lively spirits, and open, affectionate manners. Pleasant, good-humored fellow
Had no property of his own in the county Resides there only while visiting the old lady at Alleham Court, to whom he was related, and possessions he was to inherit. His manly beauty and more than common gracefulness were instantly the theme of general admiration. Said to have a pretty little estate of his own in Somersetshire. Along with Marianne, he made fun of Colonel Brandon.
One of the Middleton´s sons : fine boy of six years old, their eldest child. Elderly woman: lived in Alleham Court, related to Willoughby. Edward: mentioned when Mrs. Dashwood hopes and expects she can secretly congratulate herself on having gained two such son-in-laws.
Small, it was comfortable and compact. As a cottage it was defective, regular building and, tiled roof A narrow passage led directly through the house into the garden behind Four bed-rooms and two garrets formed the rest of the house. It was in good repair. Compared to Norland, it was poor and small. Had high hills that rose immediately behind.
Barton Valley: as the Dashwoods entered it gave them cheerfulness. It was a pleasant fertile spot, well wooded and rich in pasture. Village of Barton: chiefly on one of the hills behind the cottage, formed a pleasant view from the cottage windows. Barton Park: Home of Sir John Middleton and his wife. Is large and handsome. A lot of entertaining takes place in Barton Park. Lady Middleton makes sure the house is run elegantly. A lot of social gatherings are held there.In fact, Marianne met Colonel Brandon here.
Alleham: home of an elderly woman related to Willoughby. Somersetshire: it is said that Willoughby has a pretty little estate of his own there.
The importance of these chapters for the storyline are mainly because of character development and introduction of other important characters who will somehow become part or affect ,in one way or another, the Dashwood girls. These chapters ,as mentioned before, show a lot of character development, romance and how they interact or perceive others. Not only does it introduces us to new characters, but also to new settings , that are a relevant part of our story. Also, it gives us an idea or perspective of what might happen next in the story.