The act of reading ... begins on a flat surface, counter or page, and then gets stirred and chopped and blended until what we make, in the end, is a dish, or story, all our own. -- Adam Gopnik



September 26, 2011

'...He ought not -- he does not.'




...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?

7 comments:

Lilacs In May said...

Yes, yes, yes. He ought, he does.

I am rereading too and loving reading the comments on other Persuasion lovers blogs. So often others say things I have thought. It really is the most romantic book ever written.

bookssnob said...

Oh absolutely - the fact that Anne never stopped loving Wentworth, and never stopped hoping - is beautiful, romantic and speaks to the age old belief that true love never fades. I think Anne is a remarkable heroine and I am always surprised that Pride and Prejudice is so many people's favourite Austen - nothing beats the romance and heartfelt emotion of Persuasion for me.

Joan Hunter Dunn said...

Absolutely agree. Lovely to read the quotes you've chosen.

Lisa May said...

Oh, I do too - with The Letter, and all that follows from it.

Thomas at My Porch said...

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Thomas at My Porch said...

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lyn said...

Oh yes, Persuasion has always been my favourite Austen novel & it's definitely the most romantic. Wentworth's letter is just the culmination of all the feelings he's been too hurt to acknowledge ever since Anne broke their engagement. Anne's constancy is also very romantic & moving.