Persuasion 200: A Call to the Musgroves at Christmastide — 11 Comments

  1. What a wonderful additional scene. What little hellions Mary’s boys are, although I winced along with Anne when Charles was bounced. And Charles wanting to play snapdragon! What is he going to be like as a preteen and teenager? I shudder to think.
    Poor Anne when Mrs. Musgrove pulled her aside figuring it was the usual type of request. Such shock to be praised for her care of Louisa. Something she may never have heard since her mother died…praise. And then to hear it came from Wentworth….Double. shock! I love her thoughts and that she is so focused on them she is clueless to her surroundings.

    Lastly, I loved this section….”Quiet cheerfulness? That was not be the way Anne would choose to describe the scene before her. A domestic hurricane might be more accurate. But that was not to say this was not a warm and pleasing scene. Such busyness was preferable to the cold propriety to be found at Kellynch.” The contrast of “quiet cheerfulness” to a “domestic hurricane” had me chuckling. And the contrast of “warm and pleasing” to the “cold propriety” makes me glad she remained at upper cross versus going o bath with her sister and father.

    thank you so much for this beautifully written scene.

    • I’m glad you liked it. Little Charles is quite the handful, isn’t he? First falling out of a tree, then playing with fire… Maybe a naval career would do him good? LOL

      It was fun getting to write Anne being praised for a change. I could just see the look on her face and the turmoil in her mind. She’s good at anticipating most things, but praise really throws her.

      I’m glad you liked the contrast. I was thinking about my friends with lots of children (as opposed to my 3) and how we had very different notions of what was quiet at home. This was definitely a fun scene to write. Thanks!

  2. Ah, Lady Russell. I bet the good lady was more than a little “discomposed”. From the very minute they walked in I could just see her spine getting straighter. I am sure Louisa is fine at the Harvilles she needs some real quite not the kind at Uppercross. What a great chapter. The contrast between Lady Russell’s restraint and Mrs. Musgroves open and friendly self was so evident. I wonder how Lady Russell did while Anne and Mrs. Musgrove were in the drawing room. Thank you for the great Christmas present.

    • Poor Lady Russell was definitely out of her element, very proper, but definitely out of her element. I have a feeling she was nodding a lot while Mr. Musgrove tried to talk to her above the din. I’m glad you enjoyed the scene! Thanks, Maggie!

  3. I agree completely with the above two comments. Thank you Maria for this delightful extension of this Christmas visit of Anne and Lady Russell to the Musgroves! It was a perfect holiday interlude for this morning!

  4. What a delightful scene your words have painted for us. I can easily visualize (and hear) the roar and ruckus all the children are causing. How discomposed Lady Russell must be, although the children, even little Charles, don’t seem to be bothering anyone else. Praise is a stranger to Anne and how surprised she must be to receive it and then hear that it comes from Captain Wentworth! No wonder she didn’t hear a further word Mrs. Musgrove spoke during their little tete-a-tete. How confused, but hopeful, Anne must be at this moment.

  5. A lovely scene in our ongoing tale….can imagine that Lady Russell was uncomfortable in the lively atmosphere at the Musgroves…and can’t imagine Anne’s feelings ,a glimmer of hope and happiness, Frederick thinks well of her…after months of despair…

  6. I’m finding myself liking Lady Russell less and less, and this chapter was another glimpse into how unbending she can be. While she is just not one of those people fond of children, it was too bad she also couldn’t seem to get in the spirit of the well-meaning merriment of the children playing. (Even if they were the somewhat reckless kids of Mary and Charles!)

  7. Hm, Lady Russell is not fond of children but she loves Anne dearly. Is it because she likes children to be quiet and easily persuaded like Anne? But this scene definitely open Anne’s eyes on how Wentworth thinks of her worth which I like very much.

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