Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Autumnal Persuasion: November 18, 2015

There is a new element in Persuasion, the quality, perhaps, that made Dr. Whewell fire up and insist that it was "the most beautiful of her works".  She is beginning to discover that the world is larger, more mysterious, and more romantic than she had supposed.  We feel it to be true of herself when she says of Anne:  "She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older--the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning".  She dwells frequently upon the beauty and the melancholy of nature, upon the autumn where she had been wont to dwell upon the spring.  She talks of the "influence so sweet and so sad of autumnal months in the country".  She marks "the tawny leaves and withered hedges".  "One does not love a place the less because one has suffered in it", she observes. 

“Love and Friendship”  The Common Reader

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