“Persuasion” by Jane Austen

Jane Austen’s final heroine of her literary career, Anne Elliot, is verging on the edge of both spinsterhood and financial ruin.  At 27, it seems all hope is lost to rekindle romance until the rich and handsome Captain Wentworth returns  from a voyage at sea.  Old passions are recalled when Anne comes face-to-face with her old beau. Nine years ago (when the Captain was much younger and poorer) Anne had been persuaded by her family to reject his offer of marriage. Now, it seems Anne has never regretted her decision more, and the Captain has never been more distracted by crowds of other women. Will Anne ever find the courage to follow her own heart? Will the Captain finally notice her if she does?

The following screencaps will hint at the answer to these questions.  This beautiful adaptation starring Sally Hawkins and Rupert Penry-Jones aired on PBS in 2007 and is available on DVD here.

“She had the consciousness of being nine-and-twenty to give her some regrets and some apprehensions…”
Chapter 1, Jane Austen

“A man does not recover from such a devotion of the heart to such a woman! He ought not; he does not.”
Chapter 20, Jane Austen

“…All were contented to pass quietly and carefully fown the steep flight, excepting Louisa; she must be jumped down [the stairs] by Captain Wentworth.”
Chapter 12, Jane Austen

“They ascended and passed him; and as they passed, Anne’s face caught his eye, and he looked at her with a degreee of earnest admiration…”
Chapter 12, Jane Austen

“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.”
Chapter 23, Wentworth to Anne

“Such a letter was not to be soon recovered from. . . . Every moment rather brought fresh agitation.  It was an overpowering happiness.”
Chapter 11, Jane Austen

“I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight and a half years ago. Dare not say that a man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant.”
Chapter 23, from Wentworth to Anne

“Anne was tenderness itself, and she had the full worth of it in Captain Wentworth’s affection.”
Chapter 24, Jane Austen

Watch the  trailer or visit the movie website.



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2 responses to “persuasion

  1. Elizabeth Bennett

    He is very dreamy but she is sooooo undignified — all that running up and down the streets of Bath (and lifting her skirts no less)!!!! Was that actually in the book?

  2. oooh i can’t wait to see this. congrats on your blog! xo

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