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Persuasion 200: First Meeting Between Wentworth and Anne — 17 Comments

  1. Lovely!

    I really enjoyed the background at the beginning outlining the present position of both Wentworth brothers, and I loved how Wentworth didn’t really notice Anne immediately. The description of how he did finally notice her was just beautiful and romantic – sigh…

    Thank you for a lovely Sunday morning read!

    • Thank you! I’m glad you liked it! I thought that her delicate and quiet beauty would not cause the room to stop and stare, but wanted to give her a bit of flirtatious confidence that she later loses after their love is denied.

      • Just had to come back and repeat how much I loved it! I also loved what you commented below re feeding into how Anne changed after having to give her Captain up 🙁 🙁 🙁

  2. Well said, Cassandra. My only complaint is that it was too short!

    I did like the description of the matchmaking Mama, out to try to bribe any worthwhile young man with the prospect of sizeable dowries. The fact that Frederick didn’t notice Anne until she started to play shows that he appreciates the finer aspects of people’s personalities. Beautifully written, thank you.

  3. I second both Cassandra’d & Anji’s comments as they have said it all. Beautifully written. Poignant. I felt as if I was in the rooms watching it all unfold.

  4. Very nice! Like Anji, I enjoyed your description of the mothers’ ambitions for their daughters. Wentworth sounds much more interested in ‘local’ entertainments now that he’s met Anne…

  5. Smitten…I love how you wrote ‘As soon as she began to play Frederick’s head jerked up.’ He was in a haze until he heard her play and then when she smiled…game over! Thank you!

  6. Lovely, so interesting to read of both brothers’ background as far as their marriage market possibilities. And enjoyed how Frederick reacted to Anne’s playing and her gentle beauty. Thank you.

  7. This is lovely, and so perfect! I could see it all happening just like a movie. And then when she turned down his proposal and sent him away, she probably stopped smiling for many years….

    Thank you for writing this, Allyn!

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