Day 2….Jane Austen Week……Persuasion

austenPersuasion one of the Collected Works of Jane Austen by Jane Austen is my favorite of her  novels. It was one of her “later” novels and shows both a realistic view of romance and at the proper points features the lush romantic prose she wrote so well.  Plus it offers that which people so seldom get, a second chance at one’s own true love. With the usual twists and turns along the way

Anne Elliot is the middle daughter of Sir Walter Elliot, a Baronet, of great vanity and profligate spending habits. Her older sister, Elizabeth, inherited almost all of her father’s bad points as well as his good looks. Her younger sister, Mary, is more than a bit of a hypochondriac, and married a man who had asked Anne but had been turned down by her. Who also happens to be a cousin, but is of a rich family who’s large estate will be his someday.

When Anne was 18 , a Mr Wentworth, had proposed to her. And she was inclined to accept him. But her father, sisters, and Lady Russell, who was her deceased mother’s best friend, and a mentor/confidante to Anne, resolutely refused to permit it and worked successfully to change Anne’s mind.  Now nine years later, she is faced with him again. Due to her father’s spending his monies to the point where he has to let out of famiily estate, Kellynich Hall, to one Admiral Croft. Admiral Croft’s wife is the now Captain of the Navy Wentworth’s sister.

Captain Wentworth now being back in the area, is somewhat contemptuous of Anne, thinking that she was flighty, and too easily led out of her feelings and convictions. Anne is determined to avoid him, since she never got over him, but knows that he thinks so little of her.  Captain Wentworth is much taken by one of sister Mary’s in laws. And while Anne is there tending to her ill(in her own mind) sister, is forced to be in contact with him. After a trip to Lyme, and a horrible accident,among many other things, Captain Wentworth is forced to  re-examine his feeling when the sister in law marries one of his peers who’d been tending to her after her horrible accident. The good Captain, begins to see Anne iin a new light

There is also an interlude in Bath, England, where her father and older sisters moved to after letting the hall. That involves the heir apparent trying to make sure a woman who’s shown an interest in Sir Walter( Anne’s father), for fear he’ll marry her. And he’ll no longer be the heir to the estate. There are intrigues galore, as is usual for Miss Austen’s novels.

And a happy ending for Anne and Captain Wentworth at least.  Her sister and father pretty much are left to the life of unhappiness and social climbing they had been involved in before Anne ‘s marriage.

Persusion and The Collected Works of Jane Austen by Jane Austen is/are Highly Recommended.


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