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Persuasion is the last novel fully completed by Jane Austen. It was published at the end of , six months after her death.

Annotated Persuasion by Jane Austen

The story concerns Anne Elliot, a young Englishwoman of 27 years, whose family is moving to lower their expenses and get out of debt. They rent their home to an Admiral and his wife. The wife's brother, Navy Captain Frederick Wentworth, had been engaged to Anne in , and now they meet again, both single and unattached, after no contact in more than seven years.

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This sets the scene for many humorous encounters as well as a second, well-considered chance at love and marriage for Anne in her second "bloom". The novel was well-received in the early 19th century. Greater fame came later in the century, continued in the 20th century, and through to the 21st century. Much scholarly debate on Austen's work has since been published. Anne Elliot is noteworthy among Austen's heroines for her relative maturity.

As Persuasion is Austen's last completed novel, it is accepted as her most maturely written novel showing a refinement of literary conception indicative of a woman approaching forty years of age. Unlike Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion was not rewritten from earlier drafts of novels that Austen had originally started before Her use of free indirect discourse in narrative was by in full evidence. More information about this seller Contact this seller Besides the theme of persuasion, the novel evokes other topics, such as the Royal Navy, in which two of Jane Austen's brothers ultimately rose to the rank of admiral.

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Elliot is confirmed, Anne says, "A sick chamber may often furnish the worth of volumes. Smith replies "Yes," said Mrs.


Smith, more doubtingly, "sometimes it may, though I fear its lessons are not often in the elevated style you describe. Here and there, human nature may be great in times of trial, but generally speaking it is its weakness and not its strength that appears ina sick chamber; it is selfishness and impatience rather than generosity and fortitude, that one hears of it. Shapard writes This whole issue had a particular poignancy for Jane Austen, for it while finishing this novel that she came down with the illness--possibly Addison's disease, a failure of the adrenal glands--that killed her.

Based on the testimony of family members and some letters from that time she seems to have demonstrated uncomplaining fortitude, even as her pain worsened and the possibility of recovery became more remote. In several places Shapard speculates how she might have edited Persuasion had her body granted her the time to do so.

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Shapard extensively annotates Anne's conversation with Harville and Wentworth's letter to Anne [Wentworth] is obviously writing this while listening to her last statement during the exchange with Captain Harville. He naturally focuses on her avowed belief that men can also be constant, rather than her final claim of greater female constancy in certain unenviable circumstances.

I wonder. As seen in Tomalin's biography, Jane's brothers and cousins wear out their wives with 13, 14, 15 children, and after the wives understandably die, of among other things I imagine exhaustion, their husbands immediately remarry and have another 13, 14 or 15 children with the new wife. Doesn't exactly ring of constancy, does it. Jane did turn down Harris Bigg-Wither, when that marriage would have meant a life of ease and comfort for herself if she didn't die in childbirth , and a comfortable old age for her parents and her sister Cassandra.

Which could have had something to do with her previous broken relationship with Tom LeFroy. As could Wentworth's in the end, anyway constant love for Anne. I have long thought that Persuasion was the most realistic of all Jane's books. Anne maddens a lot of readers with her inability to act, but maybe Anne is an exemplar of her kind and class and time. If so, I'm glad I live now. February 10, - Published on Amazon. If as an adult, you are going to read Jane Austen, and I have only read Austen as an adult, you should do yourself a favor and read Austen with the aid of the Annotated versions edited by David Shapard.

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Here in Persuasion we have a great amount of detail to add to this rather short tale. The story, is perhaps one of my favorites, for here we have love placed on hold and when our protagonists meet, can they act like adults and remember that they have got on with their lives. Or is there still some fire left in them for each other. A true love story of course has the latter, but the journey is handled with a deft hand and with depth. We do not see the Hero's thoughts until the end, and that may have made the journey much more rounded. Still, with that we see through the annotated version, we get a full look at these thoughts and reflections.

We also see how Jane finally gets the war that was prevailing into the tales. She had her brothers away as Naval officers and she honors them with this tale. A worthy read and reread. December 27, - Published on Amazon. Probably my favorite Jane Austen novel. Anne Eliot is a women who realizes she has made a tragic mistake from which she will probably never recover.

She's lost the man she loves because she listened to terrible advice. Lost love and angst. They had me there. But Captain Wentworth is swoon-worthy and noble, and the glimpses of how he still feels for Anne tantalizes the reader, and we feel for Anne as she quietly grieves the man she lost.