Persuasion 200: Captain Wentworth Brings News — 16 Comments

  1. Wonderful chapter, Shannon. “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.”. And what a web Wentworth has woven himself into when he FINALLY lets go of his blinding resentment and wakes from his self-imposed stupor to realize Anne is still his true match. The statement that love is blind is somehow fitting. It was blinded by his implacable resentment. Torture is what he deserves now, after all he was trying to punish Anne. He is finally getting his just desserts. It was truly “folly” on his part. Stupid male pride! Anyway, without all this our emotions wouldn’t be so engaged and there would be no story. Jane was a spectacular author to get us so emotionally involved with these characters. Thank you for getting us even more into their heads and hearts, Shanon.

    • Yes, he does deserve to do a little penance, doesn’t he, Deborah? But fortunately (for Anne as well) his suffering will not last forever. Then, as he says at the end of chapter 23, he must “learn to brook being happier than I deserve.” 😉

  2. Thank you, Shannon for a delightful rendering of a most interesting behind the scenes chapter! Sister Sophie is one of my favorite characters and seems she would be just the person Captain Wentworth could speak to and find understanding, but of course that sort of complete freedom of revelation was not what folks did in proper etiquette back then… Better for the Captain to keep his deepest feelings to himself and act honorably! But she knows him well enough to guess at least part of the truth! It must have been somewhat apparent to her in his praise of Anne’s capable actions at the time of the accident, and obvious concern for her welfare… I can’t wait for the scene someone gets to write when he learns that Louisa and Benwick have formed an attachment! Thank you and all the contributors for these wonderful extra chapters to this favorite story!

    • Thanks for your comments, Carol. I really enjoy the Crofts too, and I had a great fun writing for them (in the guise of their counterparts, the Crowes) in my recent novel – The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen – expanding on their courtship and relationship. Of the supporting characters in JA’s stories, they (along with the Gardiners) seem to have one of the healthiest marriages!

  3. This is too much! I just cannot bear it any longer. Please let the Captain skip through the chapters and deliver the real letter containing his heartfelt message to Anne.

    • Coming soon, I promise! We’re doing this project in “real time,” fitting our scenes to the calendar of events in the original novel, which is set exactly 200 years ago (thus “Persuasion200”), so you have to blame JA if the conflict isn’t resolved soon enough. Haha!

  4. I agree with Deborah and will join with the folks with the pitchforks and torches to torture Capt. Wentworth! At last he’s seeing what he’s gotten himself into, behaving as he has and I’m so relieved that he’s admitted as much to his sister. At least he can feel that he can confide in someone. Sophie has definitely become an even more interesting and likable character in Persuasion 200. Thanks for the great chapter!

  5. Men! Pride and resentment get them in trouble. I think it has to do with the instability of the “Y” chromosome. Anyway, it is good for Frederick to have some time to feel the effects of his resentment. The only reason I wish things would hurry up would be to relieve Anne of her sadness. I have always liked Sophie and enjoy her interaction with Frederick. As my son says…everyone needs an older sister!. Thanks for the great chapter.

  6. I totally agree with everyone! I do feel anxious for him but his resentment blinded him and revenge is never sweet. This is a perfect example of `the path to true love is never straight`. Thank you!

  7. I enjoyed another insight with Cpt Wentworth’s mind. He must feel horrid for encouraging Louisa to behave like this out of revenge for his hurt feelings. Now look at the mess he has created. Thanks for writing this beautiful scene, Shannon. 😉

    • So glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for letting me know. Yes, since he’s really a decent guy, I’m sure he is heartily ashamed for how his own actions have affected others besides himself.

  8. Somehow I found this in my deleted file when I checked there. Much too busy the last 2 months and my “Christmas Company” just left 2 days ago. I have many unopened e-mails and am also behind on posting reviews.

    I agree with you, Shannon, that the Crofts and the Gardiners have the healthiest marriages in JA’s novels.

    I don’t forget in reading this that Anne, too, is to blame for her part in turning down Frederick’s initial proposal in this tale. So both have suffered/been punished. I do look forward to the rest of the story, especially “the letter”.

    Thank you for this lovely scene between the Captain and his sister. We see that he continues to have Anne in his heart despite events. And a marriage to Louisa would have been so unequal a pairing. But then most of us think that her pairing with Benwick is also one of inequality.

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