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Persuasion 200: Captain Wentworth Hears News of Kellynch — 22 Comments

    • Thanks, Ruth. I was inspired by a scene in my Persuasion based novel: The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen. It’s turning out to be great source material for P200!

  1. Shannon, I loved reading Wentworth’s reactions to his sister’s letter and the way he slowly revises his opinion about the visit! Getting that peek into his mind as he comes to this new understanding is delightful, and his “plan” to keep his confidence high and show off his success to “the neighborhood” is equally so. You did a wonderful job with this scene — I really enjoyed it 😀 .

  2. I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Marilyn, and that it rang true for you. As you know, I’ve been spending a lot of time in the world of Persuasion. And along the way I’ve given a lot of thought as to how Captain Wentworth would feel about returning to “the scene of his former mortification.”

  3. I enjoyed this look into Wentworth’s reaction to his sister’s letter. It seems to parallel his reaction and progression of feelings for Anne later in the book. I loved the progression of his thoughts from anger to ‘ I’ll show them all I’m over Anne.” Uh. hu….sure. Little does he know, but we have the foresight he doesn’t have. Wonderfully done!

  4. One of the better expansions of a hidden scene in an Austen book. I quite like Wentworth– I prefer him to Darcy- and think you have stayed within the bounds of the character created by Jane Austen. A very enjoyable scene.

    • Thank you, Nancy! – a very fine compliment.
      I love Darcy as much as the next girl, but he’s not the only Austen hero worth exploring, is he?

  5. Yes to all of the above! I enjoyed the pictures. That is my favorite version of Persuasion. As always thanks for the insight and the discussion

  6. You’ve given us an excellent, and I might add enjoyable, look into Captain Wentworth’s thoughts about a possible revisit to Kellynch Hall. I had never thought him so deeply angered by Anne’s refusal of him, but rather sad and thoroughly disheartened. He may have convinced himself he no longer cares for her, but we so enjoy the renewal of his affections by the end of the book, don’t we!

    • Thanks for your comments, Linda.
      Wentworth’s distaste for what had passed between them had to be strong enough to account for keep him from coming back to try Anne again when his circumstances improved, and for why he treated her with disdain when he did see her again. “He had imagined himself indifferent, when he had only been angry” (chapter 23). He admits to being resentful in his famous letter and his “angry pride” is blamed for how he behaves. I see his anger/resentment as a sort of defense mechanism, a way of protecting himself against the possibility of being hurt by her again. That was a pretty big wall to break through, but fortunately they eventually did!

      • I agree that anger and resentment form a big wall and is a great defense mechanism. And, unfortunately, through experience, I know it can be held as a defense against being hurt again for a very long time; yes, even years. Glad he was able to finally let go of it later.

  7. This was great, I really enjoyed the glimpse into Frederick’s mind. What an awkward situation – the things we do for siblings! lol

    I really like the photos you chose, as well. Thanks, Shannon!

    • True, Monica. He must have felt a little like Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca – “Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.” Or more like, “Of all the manor houses, in all Somersetshire, in all of England, my sister settles on Kellynch.” Ah, but we know it was fate… or actually Jane Austen at work. This is what she writes about it in “The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen”:

      When Anne parted with Captain Wentworth upon breaking their engagement, she never had any idea of seeing him again. He had been so angry when he went away, so wounded in his soul and in his pride, that his intentionally soliciting a second encounter with her could not be expected. It is, therefore, incumbent upon me to design a situation wherein they might meet again by happenstance.

  8. What a terrific chapter..so glad to get into Wenworth’s head…how very angry and hurt he still is…shows how deeply he still feels for Anne..even though he doesn’t realize it yet..I feel you got his emotions spot on.

  9. Lovely. This brought tears to my eyes. I sat down and re-watched this version of Persuasion on DVD two nights ago so the feelings incurred are fresh in my mind. Two wounded individuals, adrift and struggling to overcome the rend in their souls.

    But, thanks for showing how he struggled with that decision – hard to do but thankfully he loves Sophy enough to decide to chance the memories…and pain.

  10. It’s true we never get to read Wentworth’s point of view concerning Sophie and her husband taking up residence at his ex-lover’s home but your imagination of his reaction could have been how it is. Good job, Shannon.

  11. I really liked this. After following many excerpts of Anne’s life, it was good to get into Captain Wentworth’s head, and find out where he was with his memory of Anne. I also was thinking of that line in Casablanca as well! I enjoyed his reflection on the inability of Sir Walter to recognize the irony of leasing his home to the Wentworth’s relations. Thank you!

  12. He doth protest too much! I did enjoy his thought process though! I am sure he would prefer another battle on water than one on land…lol. Thoroughly enjoyed his perspective!

    By the way, returned yesterday from vacation and had read your book ‘For Myself Alone’. Loved it!!!!

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