Persuasion 200: Mr Musgrove Calls on Captain Wentworth by Cassandra Grafton — 26 Comments

  1. Beautifully written, Cassandra!
    I loved getting treated to Frederick’s point of view on the subject of Anne, and I really enjoyed the interplay between him and his sister. Sophia was quite perceptive in recognizing how Anne might feel displaced under her current circumstances, and I liked how Sophia brought that to her brother’s notice, even though he tried to spin it differently!
    Well done. 🙂

    • Thank you for your support, Marilyn, and for the Tweet!

      This was my first attempt at Captain Wentworth, I’ve only done Anne before now, and I really struggled with it so I appreciate your kind words.

  2. Beautifully written, Cassandra. So determined to prove Anne HSS no hold over him. Resentment, such a destructive emotion, yet it can hold such sway over people. Putting off seeing Anne, well, the anticipation will surely torture him more. Good! He deserves it. I loved how Anne was praised making Wentworth squirm in his seat, trying to deny what a jewel she is. I wonder what answers he will give his sister when she grills him. And as Marilyn said I thoroughly enjoyed Sophia’s and Wentworth’s “interplay.”. Thank you for a lovely beginning to my morning.

  3. I am really enjoying seeing this story from Captain Wentworth’s point of view–his feelings for Anne are obviously still strong, as Austen hints. It’s wonderful to see the original hints expanded into thought so beautifully. Thank you!!

    Susanne 🙂

  4. Yes, we can read between the lines: he is in denial and having everyone praise her to the skies is only making the repression of his feelings that much more difficult to maintain. Hopefully we are going to read of Sophia cornering him and just what is he going to say?

    The captain’s thoughts on “poor Dickie” – only reinforce Charles’ own opinions on his brother!

    I can understand how difficult it is for a man of his profession to sit still after being on board ships for so many years. Thank you for this chapter.

    • Jack Caldwell did such a superb job over the family’s feelings towards ‘poor Dickie’, I didn’t need to add much!

      Definitely a man in denial! Thanks for commenting, Sheila!

  5. I haven’t been reading this series as I’m assuming they’ll all be compiled into a nice book and I’ll read it then, but for some reason I couldn’t resist reading this, fantastic scene, and oh, I feel so bad for him!

    • That’s so kind, Ceri. It was my first attempt at writing Captain Wentworth’s POV, all my other ones have been from Anne’s pretty much. I found it really hard!

      So pleased you enjoyed it!

  6. You’ve posted a wonderful chapter. I love seeing parts of the story through Frederick’s eyes…you can feel his unease. The longer he is at Kellylynch the more his feelings for Anne are begining to bubble up. He has repressed them for so long. Can’t wait until Sophy gets him alone. Who is the lovely picture you posted as Anne.
    It is a good likeness of the Anne in my imagination.

    • I would love to see Sophia get him on his own too and dig deeper with him!

      I cannot take any credit for the likeness of Anne. One of the other Austen Variations’ authors found the image a few months ago so I thought I would use it too. It is a lovely image.

      Thank you so much for commenting, Stephanie.

  7. Cassandra this was wonderful and then at the end it reminded me of Jane Bennet commenting on Bingley’s return…’he was completely and utterly indifferent to her’…methinks not! Loved the painting you selected for Anne Elliott.

    • Thanks, Carole. So pleased you enjoyed it. I’m not used to writing Wentworth at all!

      As mentioned to Stephanie above, I borrowed the image of Anne from one of the other authors who found it and used it a few months back. I remembered it because I loved it so much!

  8. Really nicely done, I enjoyed this very much. Very astute of Frederick to realize that while he got away from his sad memories, Anne remained behind, and had to stick around her horrible family, to boot. At least he has moments of charitable thoughts of Anne, even while he’s trying to deny that he thinks about her at all. I also enjoyed the tie-in to the earlier chapter of the Musgrove’s overly sentimental remembrance of their son who was such a burden to his fellow ship-mates.

    • Thank you, Kathy.

      I loved Jack’s chapter regarding the family’s views on ‘poor Richard’! Jane Austen can be so funny at the expense of some of minor characters. I love how entertaining her scenes are about Dick Musgrove bearing in mind we never get to meet him at all!

  9. I’m glad his sister called him on his words – and hope someone will write a conversation in which she pesters her brother for info. Dickie Musgrove…. heh-heh! Wentworth may have to endure a dinner in which he may be called on to praise Dickie.

    You did a lovely job of showing Wentworth’s emotions, and his denial that he still loves Anne. Thank you for writing!

  10. Oh Cassandra, I thought you did an excellent job of portraying the conflicting and disturbing emotions of Captain Wentworth! And I am not a bit surprised as I recall the wonderful job you did with Mr. Darcy’s feelings and thoughts in “A Fair Prospect”… one of my favorite retellings of P&P. Thank you for this lovely chapter! I also loved the picture of Anne… I saw the picture before seeing the title and for a minute thought it might be of Elizabeth and thought the kind eyes did not look like an Elizabeth Elliot expression! 🙂

    • That’s so kind, Carol. I really wasn’t sure I had done a very good job at all! 🙁

      One of the authors working on P200 found the image being used for Anne, but sadly I can’t remember who it was to give them credit! I do like it – you are quite right, much too gentle an expression for Elizabeth!

    • 😀

      I think it’s because I am so used to being inside Darcy’s head, it was a challenge to be inside someone else’s (not that I’m complaining. Captain Wentworth is rather adorable, even when he’s being rather blinkered and resentful!)

  11. Cassandra-a beautifully written scene, as always-loved hearing Wentworth’s point of view, an I loved the pictures, especially Anne!

  12. Clearly Wentworth is not over Anne yet, I mean not of the loving kind. He’s still holding on to his anger and wish to punish the lady for breaking his heart. I truly understand his predicament but knowing how the story turned, I can’t help saying he is a bit foolish.

    Anyway, this instalment is excellent, Cassandra. I’m off to catch up on the continuation that I have missed.

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