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Persuasion 200: Anne Arrives at Uppercross Lodge — 24 Comments

  1. Loved the introduction.
    Poor Anne. It must have been heartbreaking being torn from her home like that. You really bring across how impossible her situation is. It’s a reminder of what it’s like to be an unmarried woman in Austen’s days — being sent off to whoever can make use of her. I wonder if JA experienced this herself?

  2. Yes, I agree with Monica! This reminded me so much of what Jane Austen must have suffered herself perhaps-her sister-in-laws all had plenty of children and at Chawton, in particular, they were often sent up to the cottage. I’m sure Jane loved her nieces and nephews but there must have been times when she’d have just liked to have been able to get on with her writing but couldn’t. A very thought-provoking episode-lovely!!!

  3. Anne’s thoughts had to be full of “what ifs” as she passed Kellynch. I could feel her regret about what her life could have been with Frederick and the reality of being needed as the maiden aunt. How sad that women of this time had no options, it was marriage or to always be at the mercy of someone else’s whims. I agree JA probably did have to deal with the feeling that her life was not her own. Excellant chapter!

  4. Thanks for your thoughts, Monica, Jane, and Maggie. I can’t imagine what it must have been like for these ladies who had no say in the matter. At least we know how things end up for Anne – probably much better than she could have imagined at this point.

  5. I think Mary should have pity too, she just human being, everyone had some fault of their own, maybe is her nature feel unloved by family, or society give her pressure about finding husband or money problem, I know some sister had conflict with each other, but they are still family, maybe if Mary had good health, she won’t be complaints all the time.

    • Linda, I agree that Mary was likely not appreciated by her family – only Anne would have been kind to her, and we know the Musgroves merely tolerated her. How much of that was brought on herself remains to be seen, but I think from the novel, we see she brought most of it on herself.

  6. So true, Shannon. I never left the home I grew up in until I moved out on my own, so I didn’t have that to draw from, but I can imagine how difficult it must have been for Jane, or is for others.

  7. Beautiful chapter. I agree with the above comments and can’t imagine what it would’ve been like living then, unmarried at everyone’s beck and call or whim. So sad for Anne. Keeping busy to keep memories and emotions at bay I can fully understand. To keep from dwelling on things you must keep yourself so busy you have no time to think and your so exhausted you’re asleep before your head hits the pillow. Kara you did a beautiful job. I can feel Anne’s anguish at leaving home with its memories and her favorite refuges behind.

  8. Sorry. Hit post before I finished my thought….How Anne feels about leaving her home behind makes me think of when I left my grandma’s home for the last time….my memories, favorite haunts……knowing there’s never be an opportunity to return…..

    • Thanks, Deborah! Your comment about your grandmother’s home made me think about mine. We cleaned it out after she died, and years later I drove past, only to see them bulldozing it and the house next door. I was so tempted to see if I could find anything that might have been dropped down a heater vent or something (my mother grew up in the one house, and then the other house was the one we knew as my grandmother’s home). We do get attached!

  9. Another lovely chapter….you captured Anne’s feelings beautifully…what she must have felt passing Kellynch..
    and Marys’ home was better than Bath, but still not an ideal situation…Hopefully the boys will keep her busy and her mind off everything until the Crofts and Fredrick’s arrival..yet then she still must endure Louisa for awhile before things improve…Poor Anne…

  10. Poor Musgrove kids! At least now they have Aunt Anne to play with them, and Anne is appreciated plus distracted. Still waiting for Wentworth to show up to save Anne. Thank you for writing!

  11. It’s so painful to see Anne still suffering the loss of her heart to Captain Wentworth. Now to be completely gone from her family home too is so difficult. What must be going through her mind to know that he might visit there but I’m sure that will be someone else’s chapter! I would have to agree that her being so ‘desperately needed’ is not necessarily a good thing for her all the time but it will keep her somewhat distracted.

  12. I love to read historical romance novels BUT would NOT want to live then….poor hygiene, terrible sanitation, poor medical care AND no options for women. How depressing! Even though we know what is in store for Anne it is painful to see how she is USED by Sir Walter, Elizabeth, Mary, etc. Dumped on! And totally unappreciated. Mary scolding her for not being there sooner, etc. is just too much. Perfectly captured. I have to go watch the movie for the ending now!

  13. Think of all the poor women who never had their happily ever after in situations like this. Anne deserved hers so much! Thanks for your thoughts, Sheila!

  14. This is quite a long chapter but I enjoy every moment of it. I agree that keeping Anne busy will definitely do her good as she will not have the time to think about her past memories with Wentworth. I wish she could stand up to her father and sisters who only used her when they don’t want to get their hands dirty.

  15. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Poor Anne is so ill-used and abused by so many people. Fortunately there will be some who come into her life who will appreciate her – one captain, in particular! 🙂

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