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Persuasion by Jane Austen
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Jul 11, 2008

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Perhaps I’m not of this persuasion, but I kept wondering when Jane Austen would let her heroine speak for herself. Were the passages that allowed only Anne’s meaning (and not her exact words) to speak for her supposed to be symbolic of how Anne’s family (and perhaps society) devalued her intelligence? Everyone else in the book was allowed to make the most inane comments about society, wealth, and family. Finally, at the end of the book, Anne is allowed to make one passionate speech about the constancy of women’s love versus male love (the most interesting part of the book), but even that is a coded message for her returned admirer.
Her last novel, this is supposed to be Jane Austen’s masterpiece. The plot is very romantic and has the perfect ending. I just happen to like more wordy, gutsy heroines.
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