When I was seventeen, my parents gave me a set of four Jane Austen paperbacks in a little slipcover case for my birthday or Christmas, I forget which. Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and Persuasion. I’d seen movie versions of the first three by then, but not of Persuasion. I read the other three first I think—it’s a hard to remember, twenty years later. Persuasion was the only one of Austen’s books my mom hadn’t read before, so she couldn’t tell me much about it either. I had to go into it not knowing anything but the blurb on the back cover.Continue reading
MAY / JUNE 2012: BY CARISSA HORTON
WHAT IS THE scripture? The meek shall inherit the earth? While it is true that Jane Austen’s heroines such as Elizabeth Bennett and Emma Woodhouse make society more interesting, it can be claimed of neither of them that they are meek.
The majority of Austen’s meeker heroines go under-appreciated because they are just that: too meek. Then there is Anne, sweet, kind, quiet, and yes, definitely meek Anne Elliot of Austen’s Persuasion. Continue reading
SEPT / OCT 2011: BY LIANNE M. BERNARDO
He was at the time a remarkably fine young man… full of life and ardour… headstrong.” This is how Jane Austen first describes Frederick Wentworth in Persuasion. Young, confident and smart, Wentworth is one of Jane Austen’s most charming and energetic heroes… and perhaps her most emotional one. All her leading men are deeply emotional beneath the social conventions that prevailed during the 19th century but Wentworth’s feelings throughout are particularly fascinating because they affect and motivate his actions in a more apparent manner. In fact, his emotions are often far easier to read than many of the other characters in the novel save for Anne Elliot’s since the story is told from her point of view. This allows a unique perspective and understanding to his ultimate character. Continue reading