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Persuaded

After my Homeric experience with The Iliad, I wanted something close to my liking. What’s better than Jane Austen‘s Persuasion?

Cover of "Persuasion (Oxford World's Clas...

Cover of Persuasion (Oxford World’s Classics)

I wrote before about this being my favorite Austen and it still is. This time I realized the actual amount of persuasion that goes around. From Anne Elliot to each Miss Musgrove, everybody is persuaded at one point or another.

Still, Anne’s and Captain Wentworth’s love story is the best around. Lest face it, they’re not young and that’s what is so appealing about their romance.

Now I’m ready for some more reading.

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Mission accomplished

I actually managed to complete my mission: I’ve watched eight Jane Austen related movies and lived to tell about it. And I enjoyed every one of them, but, as usual, I liked one above the rest. Can you guess which one?

I am Anne Elliot!

Yep, I didn’t need to take a test to know I liked Persuasion more than any other of the movies. Nevertheless, I was thrilled to know I am Anne Elliot.

Now I’m back to my day-to-day life. The house feels empty without my parents, it feels less like a home. And I’m spending my mornings missing my little baby. But I’m getting used to it. Life goes on and her place is school now.

I also realized that I have a lot of unfinished projects around the house and a large stack of unfinished books that pretty much looks like this:

A picture of several book stacks on the floor.

Photo by xtrarant

I went back to reading Boccaccio’s Decameron, that I started before the movie marathon, but I’ve not been able to write anything else besides this blog post. Therefore my short story is still a possibility, not a reality.

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On Persuasion

When I wrote about Pride and Prejudice I said that it WAS my favorite Jane Austen and I meant it literally because later on, I read Persuasion and it became and still is my favorite Austen.

Persuasion is simply a masterpiece. It tells the story of the unassuming Anne Elliot, a middle sister that everybody takes for granted but nobody pays much attention. Sounds like a teenager, right? But Anne is no teenager, she’s a 27 years old spinster (nobody seems to remember that her older sister, Elizabeth, is in a worst situation).

Anne was persuaded to ditch Frederick Wentworth when he was a nobody, and now he’s back in her life as a captain. But he doesn’t want to have anything to do with her, now that she’s all matured and not so easily persuaded. This is the story of a second chance in love, nothing short of a romance, but…

Persuasion is so well written that there’s no need to include steamy sex scenes to keep you reading and to move the hardest heart.

Cover of "Persuasion"

Cover of Persuasion

I simply love the 1995 film adaptation. Actually I love them all. But this one is special due to Ciarán Hinds. This isn’t exactly the most pleasant to watch since is a collection of really ugly people, but Amanda Root as Anne Elliot and Ciarán Hinds as Captain Frederick Wentworth do a superb job. Besides Hinds is not ugly at all.

They play this two characters that suppress their true feelings for each other but their eyes and body languages tell us they’re about to explode. It’s a wonder nobody around them realizes that they’re madly in love.

What can I learn from Persuasion? That there’s no need to be a flashy writer. A simple well written plot is more than enough. Having characters doing fantastic deeds can’t compare with having readers relate to the characters feelings and that’s exactly why I think Persuasion is a masterpiece: it delivers a story everyone can relate to. Besides, if  literary guru Harold Bloom says that  Persuasion is Austen at her best, whom am I to argue?

Table surface with several items and a Jane Austen portrait in the back.

I kind of imagine Anne’s vanity just like this.

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