Persuasion 200 – Anne Supervises Preparing Kellynch to Be Let — 21 Comments

  1. My heart goes out to poor Anne. Overlooked and bullied by both her father and sister who think she is not good enough for them, she has no one else to turn to besides the memory of her mother and occasionally Lady Russell.

    You did a great job in portraying Anne’s problems, Maria. I’m looking forward to the coming instalments.

    • Thanks, Luthien. Poor Anne is in a really difficult spot. It’s good to know as a reader things are going to get better!

  2. Beautiful writing, Maria. I could feel Anne’s pain. Such selfishness and obtuseness….”better manage your time” and “what else have you to do?”. Not to mention the insult of asking Anne to fold the interloper’s gowns! Poor Anne. She is so bullied by her father and her sister. I’m glad she found the unfinished painting and remembered her mother’s words. Did Anne’s mother foresee her treatment at her husband’s and eldest’s hands?

    I like her positive thought…”in Upper Cross she might find something worth smiling about.”. Anne is an optimist.

    What a wonderful piece of writing. Not only did I feel Anne’s pain but wanted to be her friend and defend her. Thank you for sharing your work with us. 🙂

    • I hadn’t planned on the painting, but it just kind of appeared there and felt right. I think Anne had to be something of an optimist to make it through all that she did. Thanks, Deborah!

  3. What a father! This is one of the best insights into Sir Walter’s personality. Self-center, egotistical and a bully to boot. Elizabeth is just as bad. Anne needs tender care not this stuff!. I am glad that she found the portarait of her mother. Really sad that she knows it will have no meaning for her father or Elizabeth, not like a mirror! Great job!

    • Sir Walter is a piece of work, isn’t he? I definitely do not like him. I hadn’t thought about it in reference to the mirrors as I was writing, but you’re right. Thanks for pointing it out!

  4. Wonderful scene with so many little touches to make it more interesting. I was offended for Anne at her father’s insistence she help Mrs. Clay. When Anne suggested Elizabeth do it as she was her friend, he said it was work for a servant! I wanted to smack some sense into him. What an insensitive, strutting peacock! The unfinished portrait of her mother was a fantastic idea to show how her values are so very different than the rest of her family. Great scene!

  5. Well done as usual!! Really liked the portrait idea! The frustration is so strong! In her father’s eyes Anne is such a total failure and disappointment. Can that ever change?

    • Thanks, Dave. I have a feeling nothing would really improve his opinion of Anne, unless she married someone of higher rank than he. That might get his attention.

  6. What a self-absorbed, self-centered egotistical bully of a narcissistic father!!!!! Well written chapter Maria and very moving. My heart broke for Anne when she saw her mother’s portrait.

    • Thanks, Carole. I have always disliked Sir Walter and Elizabeth and it isn’t getting any better as I write these scenes.

  7. Wonderful chapter…heart-broken for Anne…all the the things she does and her fathers doesn’t see her worth…the mirror-portrait was a nice touch…Sir Walter and Elizabeth only see themselves while Anne sees into a person…their worth whether upper-class or servant…she appreciates the person…all the grief she keeps bottled up inside…she needed a good cry…and maybe she will find something worth smiling about at UpperCross

    • I’m glad you liked the mirror/portrait thing. I wish I could say I had carefully plotted to put that in, but it was entirely unconscious! LOL Thanks Stephanie!

  8. I did wipe away tears…at the words Sir Walter spoke and then the scene when she sees her mother’s portrait. So touching as she wrapped it to take with her…to Upper Cross. And how Elizabeth was insulting in so many ways. Does she really think another woman is going to want her dresses? And to actually want Anne to act as a servant to Mrs.Clay? And, of course, Sir Walter repeated that same slap across the face to Anne. The comment about valuing the mirrors over his wife’s portrait was so perfect. How little father & daughter value much of anyone outside their tight circle….unless they have a title! Inspired chapter! Thank you.

  9. Sorry, Grace. Didn’t realise I’d missed commenting. To be honest, I was so moved by the time I reached the end of this piece of beautiful writing, I went straight off in search of a tissue and must have not realised I didn’t say anything!

    I love the connection with her mother and the unfinished portrait very much. So pleased Anne is to keep it, and I loved the “I wish to see you strong, sensible, and smiling …” So poignant and such a burden for her young shoulders at the time.

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