...he went no further; and Anne, who, in spite of the agitated voice in which the latter part had been uttered, and in spite of all the various noises of the room, the almost ceaseless slam of the door, and ceaseless buzz of persons walking through, had distinguished every word, was struck, gratified,confused and beginning to breathe very quick, and feel an hundred things in a moment.I'm noticing a lot of things -- character points, words, phrases, plot points -- in Persuasion, this second time around, that I hadn't noticed before. But more than anything else, you always hear that it is so autumnal and serious, but I am coming away with the idea that Jane Austen's oldest heroine is her most unabashedly romantic one. As it should be. The whole book is, really. Does anyone else think so?
...the first glance to see how many pages there are, the second to see how it ends, the breathless first reading, the slow lingering over each phrase and each word, the taking possession, the absorbing of them one by one, and finally the choosing of the one that will be carried in one's thoughts all day... -- Edith Wharton