Persuasion

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OUP Oxford, Apr 17, 2008 - Fiction - 249 pages
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Persuasion celebrates romantic constancy in an era of turbulent change. Written as the Napoleonic Wars were ending, the novel examines how a woman can at once remain faithful to her past and still move forward into the future. Anne Elliot seems to have given up on present happiness and has resigned herself to living off her memories. More than seven years earlier she complied with duty: persuaded to view the match as imprudent and improper, she broke off her engagement to a naval captain with neither fortune, ancestry, nor prospects. However, when peacetime arrives and brings the Navy home, and Anne encounters Captain Wentworth once more, she starts to believe in second chances. Jane Austen's last completed novel features a heroine much older and wiser than her predecessors in earlier books, and presents a more intimate and sober tale of a love found long after such happiness had been deemed hopeless. This edition includes an appendix giving the original ending of Persuasion.

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Finished Persuasion tonight on the drive home from work listening to the Audible version. My first encounter with Jane Austen, with the exception of getting about 4 pages in on Sense and Sensibilty a ... Read full review

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A nice quote showing Anne's astute observation of the relationship between Admiral Croft and his wife by describing what happens when the Admiral takes her for a drive: "But by coolly giving the reins ... Read full review

Contents

The Original Ending of Persuasion
204
Rank and Social Status
214
Dancing
219
Austen and the Navy
223
Textual Notes
227
Explanatory Notes
228
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Deidre Shauna Lynch is the author of The Economy of Character: Novels, Market Culture, and the Business of Inner Meaning (1998) and editor of Janeites: Austen's Disciples and Devotees (2000). an anthology of critical essays on the history of Austen's readerships.

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