Persuasion 200: Beginning with an Ending — 67 Comments

  1. So sad. It brings it home as to how much Anne suffered as her mother passed and afterwards, seeing her mother’s efforts going to waste under the stewardship of Elizabeth and her father.

    Thank you Shannon.

    • You’re very welcome, Anji! Though sad, it’s an important part of Anne’s story. I don’t think her mother’s efforts were completely wasted either – not on Anne anyway. Her character had been strongly influenced by her mother, and she kept her mother’s memory alive.

  2. so sad but I really like the idea that Anne’s mother told her to listen to Lady Russell. I never thought of it but it makes so much sense and explains why Anne and Lady Elliott are so close.
    Thank you!

  3. What a lovely beginning. Everything that was needed to kick off the novel was done, and done beautifully. Austen was a minimalist and didn’t often give us much, but this adaptation presents us with richer characterization, and really serves up the characters with a nice flourish. Persuasion was never a particular favorite as I found it to be dreary and depressing. That isn’t to say I didn’t read it, because every time I read my beloved P&P, I reread all of the other novels as well. While this begins on a sad note, it is hopeful at the same time. I will really enjoy this one. Thank you authors for your hard work and dedication, they are very much appreciated. I loved the Darcy Brothers, and I am already loving this one. Very nice job.

    • Thanks so much for your well-considered comments, Mari. I’m glad you’re on board for this project!
      As for the darker tone of Persuasion, I’m not one who likes to “dwell on guilt and misery” either. But I think the deeper the suffering the hero/heroine experiences, the more we celebrate with them over their happy ending when it finally arrives (which we know it will since this is Jane Austen!).

  4. Yes, I, too, am sitting here with tears in my eyes. What stood out most was her mother telling Anne “you MUST listen to Lady Russell”! Sets the stage for the events, of which we know already. Lovely start, Shannon.

  5. I deeply appreciated Mrs. Elliot’s reflection on being married at 19 to an ill-suited man. At 19, Anne was counseled by the very woman that her mother appointed as her mentor to avoid the same fate. Great anchor for the storyline. This is one of my favorite Austen books and I anxiously await the passage of time to read more. Thank you.

  6. That was beautifully sad. The emotions were so true and real. I am not a gushy type of person on a regular basis, but this one has me crying. It is even more poignant as this Saturday marks the passing of my own mother one year ago. I am glad that I had her through those difficult teenage years and into adulthood. Poor Anne!

    I loved how Anne asked “May I not weep for myself?” for it is truly for those who remain that we weep. Lovely, absolutely lovely.

    • I’m sorry about your mother, Eileen. I lost my dad a little over a year ago, and I’m losing my mom a little more each day due to dementia. But I was lucky to have them both well into my adulthood.

  7. what a beautiful and poignant beginning…put a lump in my throat..
    looking forward to reading more….Persuasion is one of my favorites

  8. Beautifully done, Shannon. Sad, but sets the stage. Anne will definitely listen to Lady Russell in the future. It was important to her mother. Not to mention the respect she tries to have for her father. Well done!

  9. Excellent job of depicting a mother’s final words to her favorite daughter, and it does explain why Anne listens to hr mother’s friend. I hope you are able to write later of how Anne reconciles her mother’s last instructions, when Anne finally goes against Lady Russell’s advice. Thank you for writing this!

    • Thanks for your comments, June.
      Someone else is writing the scene with Lady Russell advising Anne. But I could easily have done it since I wrote a comparable scene for my WIP, wherein JA’s life parallels the events of Persuasion. We haven’t even scripted the scenes for later in the book yet. Months of fun to come!

  10. Shannon, such a lovely chapter to be the cornerstone of this story. It is sad to read the loss of her mother but it definitely gives us that tie that binded Anne to lady Russell and her persuasion.

    I look forward to see how this progresses!

  11. This was so touching and well done. Thank you for starting us off with such an important scene. I think you really captured the regrets and concerns that a mother must feel when she knows she’s not going to be there for her children as they grow into adults. She was clearly distressed as she realized that her husband was not going to be much help or guidance, and that Anne was going to be particularly affected by losing her mother. Anne really did suffer the loss differently than her sisters.

    • Thanks, Kathy. I’m so pleased you think I captured the essence of the scene correctly. JA didn’t tell us a lot, so it left much to my imagination, which is kind of the point of this whole project!

  12. What prophetic words ‘you must listen to her’…beautifully written Shannon. Thank you for setting the stage for one of my favourite books by Jane.

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  20. It’s kind of sad that Lady Elliot left before Anne blossoms into a young woman. If she were alive when Anne met Wentworth, I’m sure the outcome could be different. Then again she might take Lady Russell’s side and caution Anne not to be quick to be engaged.

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