Persuasion 200: Everyone Loves to Talk to Anne — 25 Comments

  1. I have always noticed while watching the movie version how Anne’s ear is bent over and over again with directions on changing Mary’s behavior. It does show how they all respect her but also how little they know about Mary’s regard for Anne’s advice. But at least they did vent all those frustrations with Anne. And hopefully she felt of some value in the regard they held for her. I believe you captured it perfectly here. Thanks.

    I did notice just a few minor spellings to correct: (Hope I do not offend you.) Muskgrove = Musgrove, Neither her father nor Elizabeth carted (cared) one whit about her or her opinion. But it was quite familiar in that its inhabitance (inhabitants), willing as they were to speak, rarely if ever listened.

    • Thanks for catching those, Sheila. I ran late getting this posted and unfortunately my proofing is less perfect than I would like. I think I’ve got them sorted out now.

      I’m sure Anne liked being welcomed and appreciated, but it does become a challenge when people only want to talk and never listen.


  2. Poor Anne, she really does have the patience of a saint. Her opinion sought, and never thanked or acknowledged for it.

    On a slightly off-topic extension, have you written, or would you consider writing a full length Persuasion variation? I know you’re busy with your in-progress works, but is it something you might do?

    • Persuasion is my all time favorite Austen work and I have considered writing a variation on it. I’m keeping it in the background, letting the plot come together enough to start writing. I’ve got on the order of four other projects in the pot right now, so it might be a bit before it bubbles to the top though. Thanks, Helen!

      • That’s fine, understand completely. i just lament the lack of decent Persuasion fics out there. Darcy and Lizzy are great, don’t get me wrong, but there’s something about Wentworth. Thanks again. 🙂

        • I completely agree, Helen! After writing 2 P&P sequels, I was ready to move on to something different. I have loved spending time the last year+ in the world of Persuasion while writing my recent release: The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen. While waiting for Maria to get her Persuasion variation written 😉 , I’d be delighted if you would take a look at mine!

        • I agree, Helen. In many ways Wentworth is a much more active hero and I love him for it. I also can relate to Anne much more that Elizabeth.

  3. A wonderful scene, Grace. You portray her isolation perfectly. I love how you show that Anne is just as uncomfortable being sought out as she is uncomfortable being ignored, yet she craves recognition.

  4. Loved reading the post…late or not. Anne wants to be both sought after and ignored. All these people telling her their grievances, yet she knows Mary doesn’t respect her opinions the same as her father and older sister. I don’t blame her for seeking solitude, oh my aching head. I can feel her urge for quiet, but also her need to be needed. Beautiful writing as usual and love getting into Anne’s head.

    • Thanks, Deborah! It is funny how, though there are new elements to the experience, there are also some strong similarities to Kellynch.

  5. Dear Anne does have the patience of a saint…always asked to listen and to so many complaints..yet seldom do people pause and listen to her thoughts..just looking to vent their frustrations..your scene captured this so well, at Kellylynch the deafening silence as she is ignored by Sir Walter and Elizabeth to be replaced by the constant hum of the Musgrove family..
    Interesting that Anne can appreciate what her life may have been like married to Charles yet her heart knows best that only Frederick would make her feel happiness and love.
    Thanks for a great chapter.

  6. I thought Anne’s imaginings about what it might have been like to have been married to Charles were very interesting — probably unusual in her family, for anyone to be that introspective about marriage and happiness in marriage. It’s sad to think of the example Charles and Mary set for their own children. When I imagine Anne and Frederick later, I’m assuming that somehow they are able to make their marriage a wonderful one because she has been exposed to what *not* to do.

    • Anne is definitely in the minority with her introspective nature. It makes her difficult for the others to understand. I think Mary ad Charles were a pretty typical couple for the era though. Thanks, Kathy!

  7. Poor Anne – how can anyone so lovely have such an awful time? I loved the fact that you’ve extended the number of people that moan to her about life at Uppercross, and being able to see her thoughts gives us a perspective we don’t get to the same extent in the book. A lovely episode, beautifully written!

  8. Poor Anne! Having a gentle soul makes her perfect for people to confide in. Too bad Mary is too much an Elliot to pay attention. Very touching when she sees the flowers her mother loved. Certain plants always remind me of my mother and at this point Anne needed comfort. Although someone needs to write an Emma story. Very good Maria!

    • Thanks, Maggie. I’ve pondered Emma a lot to be honest. I just haven’t quite found an approach I like. I’ve even played with Harriet Smith in my head, but I haven’t been able to wrap my head around her quite yet.

  9. I’ve always wondered why Charles did not ask her to marry him when she was 18 – a year before Wentworth came on the scene. Had she never met Wentworth, would Charles have been good enough for her? He was amiable, of good character, had a good family that adored Anne, and was a decent chap all around. Do you think Charles regretted not proposing sooner to Anne?

    And what was it about young Wentworth that stirred her heart that Charles lacked? We all know Wentworth’s character grew after her rejection, but what was he like before that rejection?

    Your chapters always make me think, especially when you write of the Musgroves. I like your Uppercross crowd!

  10. I’m glad that you have expressed the thoughts and opinion that could be in Anne’s head, Maria. It’s good to ponder into her mind and hear what she actually think about staying in Uppercross, the place where there is a genuine sense of feeling wanted.

  11. There is such a goodness in Anne that draws people out. I think they really only want someone who will actually listen to them and empathize/understand. She doesn’t really need to say anything to make them feel better or say she will speak to Mary. She has made them feel that their feelings matter. You’ve conveyed this so well.

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