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Persuasion 200: Elizabeth Writes to Anne About Mr. Elliot — 15 Comments

  1. I too enjoyed this chapter Diana. We have a glimpse of Mrs. clay and her self serving interests, and we see Sir Walter and Elizabeth in their natural habitat, and as silly and clueless as ever! I very much enjoyed the contrast with Anne. She sees there is something amiss here, when everyone else, including Lady Russell does not. I seriously wanted to slap Sir Walter for his rude condescending remarks about Anne not embarrassing them that evening. The chances of him and Elizabeth being the true embarrasment are much higher! Wonderful chapter. Congratulations to you and the other Austen authors for bringing new life to old stories and giving us new insights and appreciation of them.

    • Thank you very much, Mari! I have another Slappable Sir Walter story coming up next week, too. 🙂 I believe you have stated exactly what the authors here are trying to do – bring life to old stories and give new insights and appreciation of them. Of course, Jane Austen’s stories remain as vivid as the day the ink was still wet on their pages, but that’s probably exactly why we so love to play with them.

  2. Yes, it is a great chapter. I never truly realized before how sure Elizabeth was of Mr. Elliott. No wonder she becomes so hateful to Anne later. All these characters have new life to them with all these intertwined chapters. Love it. Can’t wait for next week!

    • I’m so glad you’re enjoying it too, Maggie. It is so much fun getting all absorbed in writing these “variations,” and imagining how the characters (so real to us) would act and what they’d say. But it’s ten times as much fun to be able to share the experience with you!

  3. Really enjoyable to read, as always! Thank you! Poor Anne, returning to the other 2/3 of her tiresome family. Am I imagining it, or are Lady Russell’s perceptions of people and their motivations becoming worse and worse? She is becoming terrible for Anne in a different way from Anne’s awful family – at least Lady Russell is not trying to exploit Anne. But she (Lady R) seems to excuse Sir Walter and Elizabeth’s rudeness by saying Anne has suffered at their behavior, but actually EVERYONE suffers from the Elliots’ inherently rude and arrogant demeanor. I bristled at Lady Russell’s compliments of Elizabeth when Elizabeth is so awfully selfish!

    • Thank you for your comment, Kathy. Well, Jane Austen does make Lady Russell a rather stupid woman, though a good woman (“of sound rather than quick abilities”). She has to admit in the end that she was wrong about pretty much everything, but shows her goodness by admitting this and becoming like a mother to Captain Wentworth as well as Anne. So I followed Austen’s lead, in giving Lady Russell poor perceptions. Also, Jane Austen tells us that Lady Russell cared a lot more for rank than she should, and that’s why we see her in the novel always bending over backward to excuse Sir Walter and Elizabeth. Lady Russell may not seem like a very good friend by our standards – but she was pretty much the only friend Anne had, and it’s true that Lady Russell DID value and love Anne, however mistaken she was about everybody else. I have to say I have never been able to like Lady Russell at all!

  4. Great chapter! What vain glorious creatures Jane Austen created and you have expanded on! Anne is certainly perceptive and Lady Russell not so much! Yes, Sir Walter is very slappable here and can’t wait to read next week’s chapter from you!

  5. I really enjoyed this missing scene Diana. Anne is suspicious of Mr. Elliott, and rightly so. Mrs. Russell is too trusting. She pulls Anne away from an honorable man 8 1/2 years before to throw her into the arms of a rake. Mrs. Clay knows how to manipulate the situation to make it look like she’s on the Elliott’s side, but is really self-serving. And Elizabeth writing to Anne. Wait until young Mr. Elliott decamps and turns his attention to Anne. Thank you, for an enjoyable missing scene. Looking forward to next week’s scene.

  6. Glad you liked it, Deborah! Yes, I do think Mrs. Clay is one of the most double dealing characters in all Austen, I don’t know how she does it. And talking about wanting to slap Sir Walter, I’d also like to be there when Elizabeth gets her comeuppance!

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