Tonight we watched the BBC version of Jane Austen’s Persuasion.
I have never really warmed to Anne, the main character. She is niceness personified, almost to the point of being sickly sweet and colourless and bland; yet when Anne decides to throw caution to the wind, she is guilty of that heinous , to me, sin, of letting-the-man-know-what-you-think, know of your love, too readily.
And wth a PDA to boot!
What would you do, upon receiving a letter, such a letter as Anne received from Captain Wentworth, “Such a letter was not to be soon recovered from. . . . Every moment rather brought fresh agitation. It was an overpowering happiness.”
When meeting with the Captain by chance, unlike Anne, who proclains her love by word and deed, I would have covered my emotions with too many, wild and woolly words. Wow, fancy seeing you. Sooo glad to see you, can’t tell you how much that letter made me smile, hey nice hair, isn’t it a great day, let’s walk.
And then, without the expression of emotion( or the PDA!) we would proceed to the gravel walk, as did Anne and her Captain.
To what end, I do not know!
While we Austen fans know that Anne and the Captain walked to love and marriage .
“There they exchanged again those feelings and those promises which had once before seemed to secure everything, but which had been followed by so many, many years of division and estrangement. There they returned again into the past, more exquisitely happy, perhaps, in their re-union, than when it had been first projected; more tender, more tried, more fixed in a knowledge of each other’s character, truth, and attachment; more equal to act, more justified in acting.”
You just have to love Austen!
And this blog, Austen Quote of the day .