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Re: Another perspective on Persuasion

June 14, 2019 04:03AM
I certainly think these are reasonable interpretations. And, since the Austens were, at least partially, a Naval family, Jane Austen was probably thinking along those lines.

And I think Lady Russell gets a lot of criticism she doesn't really deserve. We only have to look as far as Mansfield Park to see an almost identical situation, a lovely, refined young woman falling in love with a dashing military officer, and marrying in at least some haste.

In the case of Anne and Frederick, we know that it would've worked out (at least, so it seems, but, who knows? Had Frederick been, as you say, distracted, maybe he wouldn't've been as successful or as fortunate in avoiding death or injury). At least, had all events worked as they did, saving only Frederick and Anne marrying, it would've worked out.

But look at what happened to Miss Frances Ward after she married Lt. William Price of the Royal Marines. Exactly what Lady Russell was afraid would happen to Anne.

JIM
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