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  1. Aug 2022
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    1. to flatter and follow others

      Them being such suck ups sits wrong with me. Like Anne I wish they had a bit more pride

    2. She had soon the mortification of seeing Mr Elliot withdraw, and no one of proper condition has since presented himself to raise even the unfounded hopes which sunk with him

      This confirms Elizabeth did think Mr Elliot was interested in her despite at least Lady Russell being clear he was there for Anne.

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    1. I should have suffered more in continuing the engagement than I did even in giving it up

      Compare her thoughts in chapter 4 "she should yet have been a happier woman in maintaining the engagement". Is Anne rewriting the past (like Wentworth saying she's never altered above vs so altered he wouldn't know her again)?

    2. they exchanged again those feelings and those promises

      Austen shies away from revealing what characters say at pivotal moments, perhaps to avoid misinterpretations?

    3. chair

      Are chairs "a thing" in Bath? They're mentioned in Northanger Abbey too but no where else

    4. Would they only have gone away

      As an introvert I feel this. Over peopled, over stimulated, just need space and everyone in your face "are you ok?"

    5. look

      Looks seem to be very important in their reunion. He mentions a look in his letter, there is this repetition here and in the cancelled chapter it's a look that passes between them rather than any words

    6. our bodies are the strongest

      Women have a higher pain tolerance than men and tend to out live them yet there continues this idea that men are the stronger sex! Side note: watching videos of men trying menstrual pain stimulators are eye opening Anne does make this point further down

    7. We live at home, quiet, confined, and our feelings prey upon us

      This is certainly the case for Anne, she's been to Bath once and Uppercross (only 3 miles away!) several times but otherwise she hasn't moved and her circle hasn't changed.

    8. clever young German artist at the Cape

      Jocelyn Harris mentioned in her talk "Who is Captain Wentworth" that this a reference to a specific historical person who painted Austen's brother Frank's (a sailor) portrait. The Thing about Austen podcast does a full episode (29) on this miniature.

    9. older acquaintance

      This makes me wonder if he did know of her from Captain Wentworth. He's only seen her less than 12 hours over 3 or 4 separate days. He does talk to her about deeply personal issues, some might argue he's dissing his friend

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    1. every man to have the same objects and pleasures as myself

      Hmm except he's dissing Charles Hayter for being "too cool about sporting"

    2. She knew him; she saw disdain in his eye

      Is it this knowledge of him that made her notice his contempt of Mary's snobbery (re the Hayters) and dislike of Dick Musgrove? Or is it because she's more of an observer than an active participant? For a third time we see through his social façade

    3. I only smirked and bowed, and said the word ‘happy.

      This reminds me of "Mr. Hurst also made her a slight bow, and said he was 'very glad'" (P&P chapter 11)

    4. honour

      The formality of Elizabeth vs Anne walking with Charles and Mary to visit the Musgrove party.

    5. special recommendation

      Charles is talking about shooting and getting approval from one of the three landed gentry to shoot on their land, because shooting is all important to Charles

    6. by way of doing something, as shooting was over, Charles had proposed coming with him

      poor Charles really needs entertainment - he and Mary are similar in that way

    7. I am scarcely sensible of his attentions being beyond those of other men

      Do Mrs Clay and Elizabeth still think Mr Elliot is after Elizabeth rather than Anne? Is Elizabeth very dense or just seeing what she wants to?

    8. her greatest want of composure would be in that quarter of the mind which could not be opened to Lady Russell

      She still can't be open with Lady Russell about her feelings for Captain Wentworth and what she thinks his feelings are for her

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    1. woman he loved

      Is Mr Elliot capable of love? could his pursuit of Anne really be explained by anything else (as it doesn't assist with his goals)?

    2. learning to pin his happiness upon the consequence he is heir to

      Perhaps the money didn't give him the happiness he sought? Perhaps he now wants the added power of rank and importance to add to his money

    3. highly disrespectful

      It's difficult for a modern reader to find anything really offensive in this letter. Anne knows how her father and sister are - there's no surprises there - and family pride or pride of rank isn't quite the same now days. Perhaps a modern equivalent would have a lot of swearing and wanting to burn the house down with them in it?

    4. To do the best for himself

      This sounds very much like Miss Crawford in Mansfield Park (far too many instances to quote)

    5. hesitated a little here

      Perhaps only now realising that this mercenary way of going on was not, is not ok.

    6. She checked herself just in time

      Mrs Smith stops herself from speaking badly of Elizabeth. This is so different from now; a friend would bitch about a friends sister. Mrs Smith is polite but is this really open and honest?

    7. Hear the truth, therefore, now, while you are unprejudiced. Mr Elliot is a man without heart or conscience

      She goes from neutral to vicious really quick!

    8. He has no feeling for others

      Is Mr Elliot a sociopath?

    9. I observed no one in particular

      People are so used to servants that they don't even notice them. Austen doesn't always mention the servants, assuming readers will "see" them in the background anyway

    10. we women never mean to have anybody. It is a thing of course among us, that every man is refused, till he offers

      See also Emma "A woman may not marry a man merely because she is asked, or because he is attached to her" (chapter 7) and Mansfield Park "I think it ought not to be set down as certain that a man must be acceptable to every woman he may happen to like himself" (Chapter 35)

    11. assuming her usual air of cheerfulness

      This implies that her cheerfulness is false in this instance but it also raises the questions whether it's always genuine

    12. I do know how to value your kindness in coming to me this morning. It is really very good of you to come and sit with me, when you must have so many pleasanter demands upon your time

      Does she know Anne at all? Has her experience at the hands of Mr Elliot made her question whether there is any real friendship?

    13. Everybody of any consequence or notoriety in Bath was well know by name to Mrs Smith

      Mrs Smith would have been a fan of gossip sheets like Lady Whistledown in the Bridgerton series

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    1. I have had a longer acquaintance with your character than you are aware of

      He's referring to Mrs Smith here, completely unaware that Anne is in contact with her. The audacity to use her memory to his advantage when he doesn't care for her now

    2. Colonel Wallis’s gallantry

      Colonel Wallis is very useful - telling the Elliot's about the first wife earlier and here ensuring Mr Elliot gets the seat by Anne, then distracting Elizabeth to keep her happy. He's been, I think, entirely removed from the adaptations. This the only time we see him in the book

    3. who had happened to arrive nearly at the same instant

      This reminds me of Tom Musgrave in The Watsons waiting in his own room to conveniently arrive at the same time as, and become part of, the Osborne party

    4. I have travelled so little, that every fresh place would be interesting to me

      What delights she will experience as the wife of a Navy captain!

    5. One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it, unless it has been all suffering, nothing but suffering

      Like her feelings for Bath?

    6. struck, gratified, confused

      She's coming to the realisation that he still loves her but it's so at odds with his previous behaviour

    7. He is a clever man, a reading man

      He believes Louisa to be intellectually inferior to Captain Benwick, not a choice he would make for himself - like his sister and her husband he wants a marriage where they can meet as equals. Having said that...on this reading I've been questioning how smart the Admiral is

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    1. Mary, often a little unwell, and always thinking a great deal of her own complaints

      In Jane Austen the Secret Radical Helena Kelly suggests that Mary is pregnant during the course of the novel. Is Mary a hypochondriac? She is the youngest child and like Anne probably didn't get much attention (even less from her mother as she was younger when she died). Have we been unjustly maligning Mary this whole time - could she have a chronic illness? Or is it about being an extrovert and really needing to feed off other people to feel "up"?

    2. I assure you, I have not seen a soul this whole long morning

      This despite just stating in the same speech that she saw her husband. Austen often pokes fun at characters inconsistencies

    3. but being alone, her being unwell and out of spirits was almost a matter of course

      Is it that Mary craves attention or could it be that she's an extrovert?

    4. French windows

      What we would call French doors. It makes characters coming to the window to talk slightly less ridiculous (sadly).

    5. I think it rather unnecessary in you to be advising me

      This reminds me of Tom Bertram, the elder brother, responding to concern from his younger brother about the proposed amateur theatricals at Mansfield Park. "Manage your own concerns, Edmund, and I’ll take care of the rest of the family" (MP chapter 13). It feels very much like "I'm the older sibling, I know what I'm doing"

    6. an agreeable manner may set off handsome features, but can never alter plain ones

      Like Sir Walter, Elizabeth cares more for appearances than substance

    7. glad to be thought of some use

      Sign of a people pleaser! Another thing Anne and Fanny Price have in common, they want to be useful

    8. autumnal months in the country

      Another link to Fanny Price who also enjoys seeing the seasons pass in the country

    9. flattered into his very best and most polished behaviour

      Mr Shepherd is so good at what he does and plays Sir Walter who is basically a child

    10. most natural

      You can almost hear Anne "everything's fine, everything's normal"

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    1. I wish you would make use of it, if you are determined to walk; though I think it would be more prudent to let me get you a chair

      He's attempting to "rescue" her again (this would make it 3 if he succeeded) how terrible for him that she is instead "rescued" but her cousin, the very man who's attention awakened him to his own feelings

    2. I may not have many more visits from you

      Not sure if she's implying that Anne will move away when she marries or Mr Elliot will convince her to drop the friendship

    3. elegant stupidity of private parties

      Tell us what you really think!

    4. As soon as they were out of sight

      Once the story focused on Anne we mostly followed her (occasionally we see into others thoughts such as Lady Russell) this may be the first scene that breaks that pattern

    5. There was consciousness of some sort or other

      He's conscious of being in love with her and trying to figure out if they can get back together. He's so awkward!

    6. to be left to walk with Mr Elliot

      Another hint perhaps of their secret flirting

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    1. of no use

      The Admiral is pretty keen to get Wentworth married off!

    2. she is to marry him

      In the 1995 adaptation this interaction is how Anne learns of the engagement

    3. Mrs Croft looking as intelligent and keen as any of the officers around her

      Mrs Croft is such a great character, Austen seems to praise her every time she's mentioned. You can imagine she'd slide right into modern life easily.

    4. no rumour of the news had yet reached them

      I don't understand why she doesn't tell them. Is it because she's aware they think Captain Wentworth will marry Louisa? Is the engagement not sufficiently public? It's such a great piece of gossip! Though Anne is not one to gossip, perhaps she might have behaved differently were it not a "visit of ceremony" and her family not present

    5. if the woman who had been sensible of Captain Wentworth’s merits could be allowed to prefer another man

      Interesting echo to Lady Russell's thoughts about "the man who at twenty-three had seemed to understand somewhat of the value of an Anne Elliot, should, eight years afterwards, be charmed by a Louisa Musgrove" (Persuasion Chapter 13). She thinks it speaks badly of him to find someone superior to Anne, just as Anne almost can't believe that Louise prefers anyone to Captain Wentworth.

    6. Admiral Croft will be best known in Bath as the renter of Kellynch Hall

      Sir Walter is so self centred he can't image that the Admiral (a very high rank - perhaps the highest? - in his profession) ever had a life or an acquaintance before renting Kellynch

    7. Our neighbourhood cannot spare such a pleasant family

      Austen does enjoy having characters contradict themselves - see Mary's comment in the earlier part of the letter about them not improving as neighbours

    8. convenient to me

      Because her convenience is more important than an invalids. Ah Mary

    9. Mrs Harville must be an odd mother to part with them so long

      Hinting at Mary being a hypocrite. She was away from her children in Lyme and later in the letter suggests leaving them while she visits Bath

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    1. Mrs Clay found him as agreeable as any body

      Is this the first hint that he is slowly seducing her behind the scenes?

    2. There was never any burst of feeling, any warmth of indignation or delight, at the evil or good of others

      I think this is why we glimpse Captain Wentworth sneering at Mary when she's being a snob and rolling his eyes at Mrs Musgrove when she's grieving her useless son. We see his humanity. His is a "frank...open-hearted..eager character" who's sincerity she can depend on because he "sometimes looked or said a careless or hasty thing"

    3. calling it her home again, her home for ever

      The 2007 adaptation makes this a reality - Captain Wentworth buys Kellynch as a "wedding present". It's a shame because it seems to be closing her prospects rather than opening them as they would be with the possibility of travelling the world with her husband.

    4. delighted Mr Elliot

      Oh the irony! He's the reason Mrs Smith is in financial straits. Mrs Smith returns the favour by bad mouthing him (quite rightly) to Anne. Having "no surname of dignity" means Mrs Smith could be anyone so Mr Elliot doesn't make the connection

    5. Mrs Smith was not the only widow in Bath between thirty and forty, with little to live on, and no surname of dignity

      In the 1995 adaptation Anne does say this. In reality it would have only made things uncomfortable for her, she is right not to speak. Her father would not understand her meaning and Elizabeth would take offense. Does anyone recall if she expresses this in the other adaptations?

    6. There is so little real friendship in the world

      It's possible Mr Elliot is in her thoughts here

    7. it is its weakness and not its strength that appears in a sick chamber: it is selfishness and impatience rather than generosity and fortitude, that one hears of

      I feel like Mrs Smith would enjoy reality TV

    8. here was that elasticity of mind, that disposition to be comforted, that power of turning readily from evil to good, and of finding employment which carried her out of herself, which was from nature alone

      Mrs Smith is naturally a positive person but, like Anne, employment and feeling useful helps her. Anne's reaction seems to indicate that she would not deal as well as Mrs Smith in the same circumstances and perhaps that Mrs Smith would have dealt better with a broken engagement

    9. It would excite no proper interest there

      Could this be considered a visit of charity? Anne surely views it as a visit of friendship. But charitable visits were acceptable, in theory it should have been acceptable to her family (if they were themselves "acceptable").

    10. useful and good to her

      She sounds just like Anne! Anne was grieving her mother and Miss Hamilton/Mrs Smith stepped into a mothering role a little.

    11. want of near relations and a settled home, remaining another year at school

      Note that Miss Hamilton's situation is like that of Harriet Smith in Emma, no relations and no where to go so they stay at school

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    1. defeating her

      I'd like to think that Anne would support Mrs Clay and Sir Walter if she thought they were genuinely in love but she can see Mrs Clays mechanisms - this may be her motivation rather than that Mrs Clay is "beneath him" (though it would be a match that shocked)

    2. perfect indifference to them

      The "scrawl" indicates that she may be right but they do spend a lot of time with these cousins, at the concert it is just their party

    3. still less to say

      Brings to mind Anne de Bourgh

    4. three lines of scrawl

      Such a careless response after all their drama and many, many letter drafts no doubt

    5. if Elizabeth were also to marry

      Imagine Elizabeth having to make way for the former Mrs Clay! As we learn later she and Sir Walter don't enjoy sucking up when no one is sucking up to them in turn

    6. Gowland

      The Thing About Austen podcast did an episode on Gowland (ep 44)

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    1. good-looking

      She refers to him as not handsome! Henry Golding as Mr Elliot is one of the few gifts of Persuasion 2022 (tried to attach a picture but it didn't work)

    2. talk must be all their own

      This is the third time Anne has had to change her concerns/thoughts for the society she's in 1. when she went to Uppercross, 2. when she went to Kellynch Lodge and now 3. in Bath

    3. sinking

      Note the lofty in the previous paragraph in comparison

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    1. a dutiful branch, he must be forgiven for having dismembered himself from the paternal tree

      This is a hilarious image - all based on the family tree. Mr Elliot is part of the family but Sir Walter is not his father, he is the head of the family estate

    2. not to call at Uppercross in the Christmas holidays

      This reminds me of Elinor Dashwood's "I never think of tame and quiet children with any abhorrence." (S&S chapter 21)

    3. a little quiet cheerfulness at home

      The scene is chaos but it's what the Musgroves enjoy, it's not to Anne's temperament and considering what we hear of Louisa after her accident it's unlikely to suit her either

    4. charity

      We can assume that all Austen's heroines performed charitable duties but the only one we ever witness directly is Emma.

    5. when one drops one’s scissors

      This sounds very much like Mary purposely dropped her scissors to get his attention and it's failed

    6. without saying a word

      Did she give him space to talk? Did she want him to engage her in conversation or pander to her?

    7. He is just Lady Russell’s sort. Give him a book, and he will read all day long

      Perhaps Charles is one of the family members who believes Lady Russell persuaded Anne to refuse him because he wasn't bookish enough

    8. only died last June

      Yet when it comes to Mr Elliot, who is still in mourning and was actually married, everyone is fine with him pursuing Anne

    9. a struggle on each side as to which should be most disinterested and hospitable

      This shows how lovely the Harvilles and The Musgroves are, I can see them being friends for the rest of their lives. Good kind people

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    1. Lady Russell and Mrs Croft were very well pleased with each other

      They are both kind and practical women, it makes sense that they'd like each other

    2. sending away some of the large looking-glasses

      All the changes indicate that the Crofts are practical, thinking of the servants convenience - they can get their own umbrellas rather than sending for them, the door was a nuisance - and not as obsessed with appearance as Sir Walter. They even move the looking glasses themselves.

    3. One man’s ways may be as good as another’s, but we all like our own best

      Another quote that deserves more popularity

    4. Lodge

      This visit to Lady Russell is, I think, universally left out of adaptations - she goes from home to Uppercross, from Uppercross to Bath

    5. excepting the little boys at the cottage

      The children seem even an afterthought to Austen

    6. all the children, and seen the very last

      It's never clear how many children the Musgroves have. Charles, Louisa and Henrietta are the only "grown up"

    7. useful

      She does love to be useful but what about Mary's children at the cottage? It was standard during this time period to leave their children with the nurse, nanny or governess but it still feels wrong

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    1. End of volume one

      This is a great cliff hanger to end the first volume. Will Louisa live? It seems like Captain Wentworth intends to marry her but what about Anne? and what of the mysterious cousin and heir?

    2. nothing

      Mary's selfishness knows no bounds. Anne is a much more capable person and does care for Louisa, it sounds rude to refer to their connection as "nothing" it echoes how Anne's family seem to regard her. It also leaves the two unmarried women to travel unaccompanied with an unrelated male - perhaps had they appealed to Mary with her importance as a married woman they may have had success

    3. Anne

      He calls her by her first name!

    4. a look between him and his wife

      Here is a couple that communicates well! and they are very practical, they know what needs to be done and they do it

    5. Elizabeth’s particular share in it she suspected

      The reader knows things Anne doesn't!

    6. a degree of earnest admiration

      Note she is with two young and pretty ladies but he notices her!

    7. I have always heard of Lady Russell as a woman of the greatest influence

      It was obviously the Musgrove family story that Lady Russell persuaded Anne to not marry Charles. But it hints that they may have somehow or other heard of her influence over Anne previously otherwise it's a very big coincidence

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    1. Captain

      In the 2007 and 2022 adaptations Captain Harville gives the impression that he knows who Anne is ie at some point Captain Wentworth told him of their history, likely they were at sea together directly after

    2. a melancholy air, just as he ought to have

      How Marianne Dashwood would appreciate Captain Benwick!

    3. armed with the idea of merit in maintaining her own way

      The result of the conversation with Captain Wentworth while in the hedgerow

    4. They did not like each other

      The reversal of this the in the last chapter (almost an epilogue) is hard to swallow

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    1. I hardly know one from the other

      Captain Wentworth barely knows them either. With the Admirals views of "anyone will do" it's surprising that he has such a happy and well matched marriage.

    2. his resolution to give her rest

      He's recused her for a second time

    3. I suppose you know he wanted to marry Anne

      How could he possibly know this? He's known the family for less than a month. Is it normal during this time period to talk about refused proposals? This seems insensitive. At what point would it be appropriate for him to reveal to Louisa that he was once engaged to Anne? How would she feel about that?

    4. it was her great friend Lady Russell’s doing

      Weird that Louisa says this, which is exactly what happened to Wentworth, but he doesn't believe that's the case

    5. idle interference

      He almost certainly has Anne and their broken engagement in mind during this interaction. He has no idea what the consequences of this speech will be - Louisa's accident is a direct result of his words

    6. I have no idea of being so easily persuaded

      Even if things don't work out between Henrietta and Mr Hayter, Louisa is shit talking her enough to ruin her chances with Captain Wentworth, all the while ensuing he knows that Louisa herself isn't like that

    7. contemptuous glance

      Again, showing his true feelings but he's too polite to respond to Mary's snobbery

    8. Louisa seemed the principal arranger

      It seems like Louisa is determined to patch things up between Mr Hayter and Henrietta...potentially so she can have Captain Wentworth to herself

    9. I would always be with him

      Louisa may be reflecting back to Mrs Croft's words about preferring to be on board ship with her husband than alone on shore

    10. poetical descriptions extant of autumn

      In the 1970s miniseries (which huge hair) one of the Musgrove sisters asks Anne for an appropriate poem on this walk. In the 2022 adaptation Mary snipes at Anne when she tries to recite telling her she doesn't like poetry or it makes her sick (can anyone find the quote?)

    11. Anne’s object was, not to be in the way of anybody

      This might be Anne's life philosophy

    12. on purpose to ask us

      Mary is not good at "reading the room" and chooses to see only what is most flattering to her

    13. window

      Probably the "French window" ie French doors

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    1. Captain Wentworth had done it

      He "rescues" her!

    2. forgotten

      shiny object syndrome?

    3. considering the alliances which the Musgroves have made

      ie. marrying her, the daughter of a baronet

    4. new creations

      All Baronets were "created", either bought or gifted by the crown. Mary wants Sir Walter to remain superior because he's more "established"

    5. marry

      To a modern reader this seems very quick - they've only seen him 4 or 5 times and everyone is already speculating on who he'll marry!

    6. Charles

      Charles is obviously a family name (Charles Musgrove, Mary's husband; Charles Musgrove, Mary's son; Charles Hayter and one can presume Charles Musgrove senior, Mary's father in law). Names were often reused - Austen makes fun of it in the first chapter "all the Marys and Elizabeths".

    7. sisters

      We could assume that their family is local as they married close to each other - but their remaining family is never mentioned as ranking so they may be from further afield or be all gone.

    8. everything most bewitching in his reception there; the old were so hospitable, the young so agreeable,

      It's not mentioned but you have to wonder if in the back of his mind he likes Anne seeing the Miss Musgroves flirting him and that is an unspoken reason he wants to stay, to get a petty revenge

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    1. I do assure you

      Is she telling Mrs Musgrove this because she thinks Wentworth will marry one of the Miss Musgroves?

    2. But I hate to hear you talking so like a fine gentleman, and as if women were all fine ladies, instead of rational creatures. We none of us expect to be in smooth water all our days

      It's unclear if Captain Wentworth honestly thinks women require more care and better accommodations or whether he is avoiding women in general because of Anne. This line of Mrs Croft's is beautiful. There is a modern web series adaptation called Rational Creatures. I think this is an echo of Mary Wollstonecraft, Austen uses the term again when Elizabeth Bennet is rejecting Mr Collins proposal (P&P chapter 19)

    3. her large fat sighings

      Is Austen fatphobic? Earlier in this paragraph she mentions that fat people are more fit for "good cheer and good humour", the stereotype of the happy fat person still exists today. But in the following paragraph Austen seems to apologise saying everyone, whatever their size, has a right to be emotional and it's a distasteful to ridicule emotional people for their size

    4. momentary expression in Captain Wentworth’s face at this speech, a certain glance of his bright eye, and curl of his handsome mouth

      Captain Wentworth is too polite to say what he really thought of Dick Musgrove but, unlike Mr Elliot, he does show his emotions and thoughts aren't always pleasant

    5. I knew that we should either go to the bottom together, or that she would be the making of me

      This seems to be his philosophy after losing Anne - either gonna make it or die trying

    6. If a man had not a wife

      This must be painful for both Anne and Wentworth, the period referring to was just after their broken engagement and here the Admiral is speaking of wives. Austen doesn't point this out - it's up to the reader to "read the room"

    7. Now they were as strangers; nay, worse than strangers, for they could never become acquainted

      This line was treated poorly in the new adaptation (Persuasion 2022 Netflix) veering between calling them exes and friends. The point of this line is that they cannot be friends, they are keeping a distance from each other

    8. Admiral and Mrs Croft, who seemed particularly attached and happy

      There are few happy couples in Austen, another example is the Gardiners in Pride and Prejudice.

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    1. A strong mind, with sweetness of manner

      This does perfectly describe Anne but he thinks in stating this he is excluding her

    2. Her power with him was gone for ever

      This is his delusional self talk. Later in the book he confesses he's always felt for her

    3. She had given him up to oblige others

      They each have their own version of events; he thinks she did it to make others happy, she thinks she did it to free him. "it was not a merely selfish caution, under which she acted, in putting an end to it. Had she not imagined herself consulting his good, even more than her own, she could hardly have given him up" (Persuasion Chapter 4)

    4. in the first moment of appeal, had spoken as he felt

      This implies that he wouldn't have said anything like this if he knew it would be repeated to Anne and that he spoke without thinking - he's still hurt over their breakup and perhaps wanted to say something hurtful

    5. Events of every description, changes, alienations, removals

      But as Anne observes later in the book, her own life has not changed much, she lives in the same house with the same companions, she does not seem to travel. The only change is Uppercross becoming more part of her social life than previously now her sister lives there. If she were a modern woman she would be going to work each day, seeing different people but her society is probably very small.

    6. a bow, a curtsey passed; she heard his voice

      You get the feeling from the way this is written that Anne is observing from some place else

    7. Captain Wentworth would not be satisfied without his running on to give notice

      I think he wants to give Anne prior warning

    8. Had he wished ever to see her again, he need not have waited till this time; he would have done what she could not but believe that in his place she should have done long ago, when events had been early giving him the independence which alone had been wanting

      He could have come to her or written to her, now he had sufficient money for their marriage but he chose not to - later we learn he did think about it

    9. I know you do not mind being left alone

      True because everyone wants something from her but also "How quick come the reasons for approving what we like" (Persuasion chapter 2)

    10. I was dreadfully alarmed yesterday, but the case is very different to-day

      This echoes her sentiments when Anne arrives "I was very well yesterday; nothing at all the matter with me till this morning" (Persuasion chapter 5). Her illnesses and scares fluctuate from day to day depending on what good things she may miss out on

    11. Husbands and wives generally understand when opposition will be vain

      Why is this not quoted more? Austen is a genius!

    12. brother’s

      Brother-in-law, this usage is normal for the time period. I think she really does view Charles as a brother though

    13. frightened, enquiring companions, than of very useful assistants

      Foreshadowing perhaps Louisa's fall, Henrietta and Mary going into hysterics and, Anne being the only useful person

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    1. under the influence of his captain

      This shows part of Captain Wentworth's character, his midshipmen are young and need guidance which he is providing

    2. Dick

      I'm not sure if this word had any of the same connotations during Austen's time as it does now. But Dick Musgrove does sound like a dick. It's a weird piece for such a loving close family, to have a son they didn't much care for or mourn when he died.

    3. clinging to him like an old friend

      The 1995 movie shows how good the Admiral is with the children - pretending his lap is a rolling sea

    4. the first three weeks. Michaelmas came

      Sir Walter and Elizabeth left much earlier than they needed to

    5. the sight of Mr and Mrs Musgrove’s respectable forms in the usual places

      There is a steadiness in the Musgrove parents, a constancy, real parental figures which Anne craves

    6. too much confidence by all parties, and being too much in the secret of the complaints of each house

      The 1995 adaptation does a wonderful scene of this - each character complaining to Anne in turn with their opposite sides of the argument

    7. influence

      Is Mary being treated/acting like a child as she's seen Sir Walter do?

    8. knowing our own nothingness beyond our own circle

      This feels sad - Anne is considered nothing in her own circle, although there are different concerns at Uppercross I do believe the Musgroves really accept her. They are lovely people and I think had Anne married Charles she would have been happy in their family life

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    1. three miles

      The same distance of Netherfield from Longbourn in Pride and Prejudice but for some reason Uppercross feels much further from Kellynch Hall.

    2. delays

      She would have waited till he had sufficient money to marry - a long engagement like Mrs Musgrove abominates in Chapter 23

    3. domestic habits

      This brings to mind the "domestic virtues" of the Navy (Persuasion Chapter 24) mentioned in the last line of the novel.

    4. perhaps nearly all of peculiar attachment

      In Jane Austen The Secret Radical Helena Kelly posits that Anne and Captain Wentworth are not in love at the beginning of the book, but fall back in love during the course of the novel.

    5. almost a mother’s love

      Consider Miss Taylor (later Mrs Weston) "who had fallen little short of a mother in affection" towards Emma (Emma Chapter 1) but unlike Lady Russell the "mildness of her temper had hardly allowed her to impose any restraint; ... and Emma [continued] doing just what she liked; highly esteeming Miss Taylor's judgment, but directed chiefly by her own." (Emma Chapter 1)

    6. youth-killing dependence

      You could compare Anne's predicted fate with that of Mrs Price in Mansfield Park. She married "to disoblige her family ... a lieutenant of marines, without education, fortune, or connexions" (Chapter 1 MP) and became "worn and faded, so comfortless, so slatternly, so shabby" (Chapter 42 MP). Perhaps Lady Russell was right to be concerned.

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    1. contrary to my judgement, submitted to an amicable compromise

      I think this says something about the Mr Wentworth's character. He is aware that people don't steal apples for fun but out of necessity. Mr Shepherd obviously thinks the person should be punished

    2. obscure birth into undue distinction

      Sir Walter bases peoples worth on their lineage, not their actions or character - he mocks Lord St Ives for his father being a poor curate like this somehow makes him less of a person. Titles aren't worth anything to him if they are earned. Which is funny because Baronet is a title that could be bought or "earned" (gifted for performing some duty for royalty), it is the lowest ranked title that can be inherited. For all his airs Sir Walter isn't even part of the nobility.

    3. established usages

      Sir Walter is asking for the ridiculous - that people can stay in his home but not be allowed in the grounds. Mr Shepherd is very diplomatically stating that there is a standard set of usage for tenants (kinda like tenants rights).

    4. nothing being of so much use to Mrs Clay’s health as a drive to Kellynch

      Sounds like father and daughter are working together on her plot to seduce Sir Walter

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    1. How quick come the reasons for approving what we like!

      This quote should be more popular. It's very true

    2. perfectly good spirits

      Lady Russell is minimising Anne's heartbreak - she whisked Anne away to Bath to get her mind off Wentworth unsuccessfully. Anne's aversion to Bath is probably why she doesn't visit with Lady Russell each winter (it seems odd for Lady R to leave her behind)

    3. lose neither consequence nor enjoyment

      It's very hard to not eye roll at their entitlement

    4. But the usual fate of Anne attended her, in having something very opposite from her inclination fixed on

      A similar sentiment is expressed by Fanny Price in Mansfield Park: "her wishes were overthrown ... she was so totally unused to have her pleasure consulted, or to have anything take place at all in the way she could desire" (chapter 28 MP)

    5. interest

      I take this to mean that he wants to get paid too and he's probably being chased by Sir Walters creditors

    6. the person who has contracted debts must pay them

      In this time period "debts of honour" ie. gambling debts were considered more important/more shameful to wriggle out of than debts to tradespeople. This probably has some classism attached to it - you were in debt to someone of your rank rather than someone beneath you.

    7. she had a value for rank and consequence

      This is really hard for a modern reader to understand. Austen has just said how sensible Lady Russell is but she too panders to Sir Walter. This may be part of the reason she rejects Wentworth for Anne; true, he didn't have money but he also wasn't important enough - were he a penniless titled person I bet she would have supported the match. Austen excels at writing well rounded complex characters, she often pokes fun at their inconsistencies.

    8. he meant

      He's a master manipulator, you can see where his daughter Mrs Clay learnt it - good for them, they have no power in this situation. Sir Walter requires expert handling and he is handled by everyone around him almost like a child

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    1. happy thought

      This shows that Elizabeth is cruel. It makes her happy to be denying her sister, who has already been denied by not being included in these trips to London

    2. 1814

      This is the only Austen novel (I think! please correct me) set in a definite stated time. It's because there's a lull in the war which readers know will impact the Navy after the events of the novel conclude. (Do check out Synchronous *Emma* a project tracking the events of the novel in real time)

    3. Tattersall’s

      A popular horse auction (and place to be seen) - which still exists today!

    4. the heir of the house of Elliot

      This sounds so important! There is a family rumour/myth/tradition that Austen had intended to title this book The Elliot's, an interesting choice as this is almost chronicling the downfall of a once great family.

    5. she was only Anne.

      We are hearing the echo of Sir Walter and Elizabeth's opinions/words. This is a strange introduction for the main character, she is ignored and secondary. Chapter 1 focuses on Sir Walter and then the family context, Chapters 2 and 3 are a group setting (and people finally speak). A first time reader may not identify Anne as the main character till chapter 4 when the text pivots to focus on her. In chapter 1 we hear of Elizabeth's disappointment with Mr Elliot but the history with Wentworth is hidden till Anne is alone. Modern texts tend to have more active, vibrant main characters (like Lizzy Bennet) who have agency and push the story forward through their choices and actions. Fanny Price in Mansfield Park is another good example of the sort of main character modern readers struggle with.

    6. her mother’s rights and consequence

      This was common at the time - someone had to step up to play mother / become the lady of the house. Fanny Knight (Austen's niece) did it. This would be considered parentification now. (Definition "the assumption of a parentlike (or adult) role by a child.")

    7. youthful infatuation

      Potential parallels to Mr Bennet's feelings for Mrs Bennett in Pride and Prejudice. Mr Bennet had been "captivated by youth and beauty, and that appearance of good-humour which youth and beauty generally give, [and] had married a woman whose weak understanding and illiberal mind had very early in their marriage put an end to all real affection for her." (P&P Chapter 42) Perhaps this also parallels Sir Thomas Bertram's feelings for Lady Bertram in Mansfield Park. It's never stated that Sir Thomas regrets his match but she "captivated" him (chapter 1 MP) and became a "woman who spent her days in sitting, nicely dressed, on a sofa, doing some long piece of needlework, of little use and no beauty, thinking more of her pug than her children" (chapter 2 MP). It seems more fitting somehow that it was the men making choices led my their hormones more than the women (though you must consider Lydia Bennet). Austen points out constantly how women had few choices in life and marriage, they had to make good ones as they would be trapped, they did not have the same freedoms as men.