Persuasion 200: Whither Should we Go? by Cassandra Grafton — 30 Comments

  1. Oh my! Such lush, tragic, and beautiful prose. I felt as though I were really there with Anne, seeing so much beauty, and feeling so much desolation at leaving. The real tragedy is that she is the only one that loves her home and the only one that feels the pain and horror of the situation she is in. Her father and sister, two of the most selfish, egotistical people on the planet, haven’t even left yet, and are already imagining themselves farther afield and doing the same things that are causing them to quit Kellynch Hall in the first place. The tragedy of conceit and stupidity collide yet again! This was some of the most extraordinary writing I have seen. It was so evocative, so beautiful, and so tragic at the same time: and yet it was wistfully hopeful too. How did you do that?! The one person who was not complicit in the behavior that forces her to leave home, feels all the heartbreak and tragedy, and has nothing to look forward to, while the two architects of the family’s destruction, remain as foolish, unrepentant and arrogant as ever. Magnificent chapter my friend. The photographs were beautiful and added so much to the story. They made Anne’s sorrow and despair logical, poignant, and understandable. What a magnificent property that is. We have all left homes that we loved for happy and sad reasons, but leaving that one would be nothing short of horrific. You captured Anne’s thoughts and emotions so perfectly. I know I keep saying it, but your writing was so beautiful. Anne views her home from the heart, while her father and sister view it from the crumbling precipice of their own self-indulgent sense of false importance. Bravo and three cheers my friend. You have earned it.

    • Mari, you really are TOO kind! Thank you for such lovely, detailed comments. You made my day when I read them. 😀

    • You are so kind, Monica; thank you so much for commenting. I am so pleased you felt it ‘worked’ at representing Anne’s sadness. 😀

  2. Beautifully written Cassandra. My heart ached for Anne as I read this. The memories within her home are painful but the gardens and grounds held such happy ones…” It was something no one could take from her, this memory, and she would go there to retrieve it in times of need, close her eyes and savour the moment of a time when she had felt safe, secure and most of all, beloved, a moment so sweet, so cherished, and she knew – no matter whose feet trod that path in the centuries to come – the grove would remain forever hers and Frederick’s.” How poignant this was. Thank you.

    Loved the photos especially the garden wall with the roses. Always wanted a wall garden myself!

    • Isn’t the garden pretty? I spent a lovely morning there a couple of weeks ago snapping shots (and trying to keep anything 21st century – including people – out of them!

      Thank you so much for commenting! I really appreciate it!

  3. I wholeheartedly agree with all the above statements. For Anne, this is as nearly a tragic heartbreak as turning down Wentworth. Not only is she leaving her home with its bittersweet memories behind, but also her solace. I felt so for Anne. She loves the peace and quiey of nature. All her father and sister care about is preserverence of station and position.

    Beautifully portrayed Cassandra. Thank you so much for writing this heartfelt piece.

    • Thank you, Deborah, for your continued support and taking the time to comment! I really appreciate it!

      We felt so sad when we had to leave Somerset in 1998 (though we weren’t leaving a home as beautiful as Kellynch!) We still feel as though we left part of our hearts there, and I tried to put some of that feeling into the scene.

  4. The pictures you shared us breathtaking, Cassandra. You have brilliantly captured how Anne must have felt like and the memories that filled her mind at the thought of leaving a place she called home for over twenty years. I feel sad when reading this piece. Good job!

  5. Beautifully written, Cassandra! Evocative descriptions, heart-rending emotions and brilliantly scripted conversation-fabulous-I loved every word!!!

    • You are too kind, Jane, but thank you for commenting and for such lovely words!

      Thank you also for Tweeting! 😀

    • Thank you, Dave! So pleased you enjoyed it (though perhaps ‘enjoy’ is the wrong word). Poor Anne!

  6. Beautiful photos to go along with such an emotional description of leaving one’s cherished home. Where are these lovely grounds? Thank you for sharing! I am still wondering at how much more difficult it was in those days (before photographs and the internet) to try and have keepsakes of one’s favorite memories. So Anne leaving her home really meant that she’d not have very good reminders with her, of what she left behind – and sadly, all her memories are of melancholy events she hasn’t gotten over!

    • This is Montacute House, Kathy. We used to live in a nearby village and visited it often. I popped over there on my recent trip to the UK to get some up to date photos and it was as beautiful as I remembered. (It was used in S&S 95 as the Palmers house).

      I agree re having no keepsake – I wonder if she ever had a miniature of Captain Wentworth, but then their acquaintance was so short-lived I doubt there was time! 🙁

      Thank you for commenting!

  7. Eloquently written, Took my breath away..I felt Anne’s sorrow. She doesn’t like Bath,( how could Lady Russell say she just “thinks” she doesn’t like the city) and yet is expected to settle there so far from her home and her memories with her horrid family.

    • I know! Everyone imposes their own opinion on Anne, and even when she does have one to express, they tell her it’s wrong!

      Thank you for commenting, Stephanie! 😀

  8. The photographs made this doubly enjoyable. For Anne to leave the places there where she had felt love, respect and companionship would be so heart-rending. Her thoughts (in your writing) tear at our souls…even tho’ we know that Bath will come to be such a treasured memory in the future. As Dave said – so many have expressed my own feeling very well here. Thank you for this poignant chapter.

  9. Beautiful as always, Cassandra. I’m glad I read this today (though I am so sad for Anne). I really loved this line: Here was the hardship, where every corner turned revealed yet another dearly-loved place once walked with such joy, her arm tucked securely within another, her heart and mind full of the excitement of love, of romance, of the future.

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