Persuasion

Hardcover | June 30, 1992

byJane Austen

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Of all Jane Austen’s great and delightful novels, Persuasion is widely regarded as the most moving. It is the story of a second chance.

Anne Elliot, daughter of the snobbish, spendthrift Sir Walter Elliot, is a woman of quiet charm and deep feelings. When she was nineteen, she fell in love with–and was engaged to–a naval officer, the fearless and headstrong Captain Wentworth. But the young man had no fortune, and Anne allowed herself to be persuaded, against her profoundest instinct, to give him up.Now, at twenty-seven, and believing that she has lost her bloom, Anne is startled to learn that Captain Wentworth has returned to the neighborhood, a rich man and still unwed. Her never-diminished love is muffled by her pride. He seems cold and unforgiving. Even worse, he appears to be infatuated by the flighty and pretty Louisa Musgrove.

What happens as Anne and Wentworth are thrown together in the social world of Bath–and as an eager new suitor appears for Anne–is touchingly and wittily told in a masterpiece that is also one of the most entrancing novels in the English language.

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Austen's last novel is the crowning achievement of her matchless career. Her heroine, Anne Elliot, a woman of integrity, breeding and great depth of emotion, stands in stark contrast to the brutality and hypocrisy of Regency England. Includes a new Introduction by Margaret Drabble, famed novelist and editor of The Oxford Companion to t...

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Of all Jane Austen’s great and delightful novels, Persuasion is widely regarded as the most moving. It is the story of a second chance.Anne Elliot, daughter of the snobbish, spendthrift Sir Walter Elliot, is a woman of quiet charm and deep feelings. When she was nineteen, she fell in love with–and was engaged to–a naval officer, the fe...

Though the domain of Jane Austen’s novels was as circumscribed as her life, her caustic wit and keen observation made her the equal of the greatest novelists in any language. Born the seventh child of the rector of Steventon, Hampshire, on December 16, 1775, she was educated mainly at home. At an early age she began writing sketches an...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.26 × 5.14 × 0.94 inPublished:June 30, 1992Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0679409866

ISBN - 13:9780679409861

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from As the last one written, you should also read it last. Last of the novels to be completed during her lifetime, Jane Austen’s Persuasion tells the story of Anne Elliot who almost ten years after breaking her engagement to then penniless Captain Wentworth, sees their acquaintance revive as his sister and her husband take hold of the ancestral Elliot manor now in need of tenants. Though Anne, who at first believed she had forgotten him, is still in love with him, it does not seem that his feelings remained the same for he is cold and unforgiving. That is up until a certain accident in Lyme and an encounter with a distant cousin of Anne, will change irrevocably the faith of many. I particularly enjoyed this novel as it is quite different from all of Austen’s other novel. Where originally unpardonable mistakes are usually punished through the showcasing of others good morality, here the novels puts forward the concept of mistakes and second chances as Anne Elliot, who suffers silently on the account of her proud father and elder sister who do not think highly of her, and Captain Wentworth, now rich and respectable in the eyes of many, rekindle their feelings for one another and persuade themselves to give love another try. Throughout the novel, you can't help but suffer with Anne and hope for the best and wish for Captain Wentworth to warm up to her again. This goes without saying that, in some cases, people need to believe that second chances in love may be worth it, if they are convinced of it. For more about this book and many more, visit my blog at : ladybugandotherbookworms.blogspot.com
Date published: 2013-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Persuasion is like an old friend ... Persuasion is one of my favorite Jane Austen novels, second only to Pride & Prejudice. Persuasion follows the life of Anne Elliot and her struggles to find love and happiness. Anne had turned down a proposal of marriage 8 years earlier to a Captain Wentworth; but Anne had never stopped loving Captain Wentworth. This novel shows the flaws of Miss Elliot's family and connections, as well as her own. Wonderful story of lost love found again.
Date published: 2009-05-24

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Bookclub Guide

1. Lady Russell persuades Anne to break off her engagement to avoid "youth-killing dependence." Does she ultimately succeed in sheltering Anne from this?2. Persuasion is the aim of rhetoric, yet in this book it often hinders lives and harms feelings. What is Austen commenting on? Consider what happens when Lady Russell or Mrs. Clay persuade others as opposed to what happens when Anne persuades others.3. Look at how Anne’s feelings and perceptions are shown-never through her direct words or thoughts but through an approximate report of these through a distant narrator. What does Austen accomplish by doing this?4. Consider how sailors such as Wentworth and Admiral Croft have made their fortunes-by capturing enemy ships and enjoying the spoils. With their newfound wealth, they re-join English society in higher social standings. What is Austen’s opinion of this? In what ways and situations does she relay this opinion?5. Many of Austen’s earlier works take place in the spring, but this story plays out in autumn. Very often, the characters and narrator notice the colorful leaves and cool air around them. How does the season promote this story?6. The narrator describes the Christmas scene at the Musgroves’ as a "fine-family piece." What is Austen implying with her sarcasm? Do you think she is antifamily?7. Admiral and Mrs. Croft have the most successful and loving relationship in the novel, even though they are unromantic, eccentric, and deeply rooted in realism. Yet many of the idyllic lovers look to their marriage as a model. What is Austen commenting upon with this ironic reversal?8. Mr. Elliot is the catalyst for the reunion of Anne and Captain Wentworth, provoking jealousy in Wentworth, which in turn prompts him to reconsider his love for Anne. However, Austen chooses not merely to make Mr. Elliot Anne’s unwanted lover but instead to reveal him as a rich and immoral scoundrel, to be cast out of the story. What does Austen accomplish by doing this? What is she saying about the world of property and rank?9. Compare the original ending chapters and the "real" ending chapters. Why did Austen make these changes? What did she accomplish with them?

From Our Editors

Austen's last novel is the crowning achievement of her matchless career. Her heroine, Anne Elliot, a woman of integrity, breeding and great depth of emotion, stands in stark contrast to the brutality and hypocrisy of Regency England. Includes a new Introduction by Margaret Drabble, famed novelist and editor of The Oxford Companion to the English Language.

Editorial Reviews

“Critics, especially [recently], value Persuasion highly, as the author’s ‘most deeply felt fiction,’ ‘the novel which in the end the experienced reader of Jane Austen puts at the head of the list.’ . . . Anne wins back Wentworth and wins over the reader; we may, like him, end up thinking Anne’s character ‘perfection itself.’” –from the Introduction by Judith Terry