“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. […] Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none buy you.” – Jane Austen
How could any woman not melt at hearing such a declaration of love? This quote is one of my favorite parts of the book.
Anne Elliot is a shy, quiet, 27 year-old who is suffering from a broken heart. Eight and half years ago, she was engaged to a handsome, dashing man named Fredrick Wentworth. They were in love and had planned to get married. However, a close friend and mentor to Anne convinced her that she should’t marry Fredrick because he’s poor and not good enough for her. Anne, being unsure of herself, was persuaded to break off the engagement. Both Anne and Fredrick were broken-hearted.
Years later, they run into each other again. Needless to say, they feel a little awkward around each other. The rest of the story is about their turbulent relationship and, as always with a Jane Austen classic, a happy ending.
My favorite character would have to be Anne She’s a reserved, modest, bashful girl who gave up the man she loved to please her friends and family, but, in the end, stood her ground when choosing the man she loved more than anything.
Captain Wentworth is the kind of man most woman dream about. He’s tall, handsome, reserved, and quite the romantic.
If you read the book and like it, I recommend watching the 2007 version of Persuasion. Sally Hawkins and Rupert Penny Jones are phenomenal in their roles as Anne and Captain Wentworth, respectively.
In my own personal opinion, I would read this story over Pride and Prejudice any day. I love a story about how shy, reserved young woman becomes a strong, vocalized person by the end of the story. Progression of a character is always a good change to see in a novel.