All posts tagged: Anne Elliot

Persuasion

Persuasion.  We’ve all felt it.  In fact, there’s an entire Jane Austen novel on the subject, entitled (not surprisingly) “Persuasion.”  It wasn’t one of her best, as evidenced by the fact that it’s not been turned into a Hollywood blockbuster starring Keira Knightly or Kate Winslett (in fact, it took me four tries to make it past the first chapter) but I’m starting to feel a bit like Anne Elliot these days. Who’s Anne Elliot?  I’m so glad you asked.  According to Wikipedia, Anne Elliot falls in love with a handsome young naval officer named Frederick Wentworth, who is intelligent and ambitious, but poor.  Sir Walter, Anne’s father and lord of the family estate of Kellynch, and her older sister Elizabeth are dissatisfied with her choice, maintaining that he is not distinguished enough for their family.  Her older friend and mentor, Lady Russell, acting in place of Anne’s deceased mother, persuades her to break off the match. Now, aged 27 and still unmarried, Anne re-encounters her former fiancé when his sister and brother-in-law, the Crofts, …