Thursday, May 13, 2010

With Persuasion

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 .


Chris said...

You know that I would have expressed in words and affection how Captain Wentworth's letter thrilled me and brought me the greatest, enduring happiness, "Smooch smooch smooch" lol. I love E. M. Forster's romantic writing.

Anonymous said...

Yep. Gotta love JA!

Anne Elliot is not Jane's most endearing heroine. Lizzie and Emma are my faves.

Leonie said...

Chris, I know. I'm in the minority in not showing my emotions! lol! Louise, Emma is my fave!

Anonymous said...

I like them all but Fanny. Can't stand Fanny. So wet.

And perhaps the younger sister in Sense and Sensibility.


Leonie said...

Marianne is incredibly "romantic " and kind of fickle and self centred.

maybe said...

like ur writing's the real deal. just keep on writing...

Hopewell said...

Guess I know what to reserve at the library this week! I've never made it thru the book, but will give the dvd a shot!