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Persuasion 200: Servants Discuss Anne and Frederick’s Break-up by Mary Simonsen — 16 Comments

  1. So sad that the servants care more about Anne’s happiness than her own family! Also a little unsettling, but maybe not surprising, that they are so observant. Thank you!

  2. This was beautifully done, Mary. I love hearing the servants’ perspective, and I also love how you made it feel so ‘real’ – the maids aren’t all knowledgable about things they wouldn’t know – perfectly done.

    If only Anne knew there were at least two people at Kellynch who feel her pain!

  3. I’m glad to see that Anne has some allies. Not that it will do her much good, but at least she’s not completely alone. I love the way Molly reads the “clues” through the change in menu! Enjoyed this scene, Mary.

  4. Felt like I was a fly on the wall with the conversation. It’s a shame that Anne’s family isn’t as concerned about her as the servants are. Within the strictures of society, perhaps they can give her a little TLC that Anne would only notice.

  5. I’ve enjoyed your looks at events through the eyes of the servants. They’re in closer touch with what’s really happening with Anne than the rest of the family is. Poor girl! It makes it even more amazing that she turned out to be such a lovely, sensible young woman.

  6. I can just picture them getting ready for bed and talking about Anne and the Captain. I agree, I would be crying half the time too if Sir Walter and Elizabeth were my family!!!

  7. Upstairs/Downstairs: yes, those on the sidelines often are so much more in tune with reality. Their thoughts show more wisdom as to what the family dynamics really are and it is so nice, for us, to know that the servants value Anne’s happiness, even if her family does not and even if, Lady Russell has no idea what really constitutes making Anne happy. As others have said, Lady R. values her social status, much like, Sir Walter. Sad, sad, sad….but thank you for this chapter.

  8. Glad the servants are on Anne’s side, and that they see who’s really “quality” in that house. Well, eventually they will get a new master when Sir Walter has to rent the house. Thank you for the visit to Kellynch!

  9. Enjoyed this “chapter”…a little relief from the angst…glad someone appreciates Anne..as her family doesn’t…
    hopefully they can be there for her..in small little ways…a little kindness to soothe her soul…

  10. Young Tom’s obviously up to no good and trying to get in with the young maids! Otherwise, why would a young groom, who presumably works in the stables most of the time, be passing by Anne’s room?

    At least the servants have sympathy for Anne, even if their position means they can’t show it openly, though I’m sure they’d manage little acts of kindness towards her when they could. They’re obviously not fond of the rest of the family from the remark; “If I had such a family, I’d spend half my day crying. In this house, it’s all about Sir Walter, Miss Elliot, and sometimes Miss Mary.”

    Lovely little piece of writing, thank you.

    • Anji, My mistake. Tom is a footman not a groom. That’s what I get for writing a post on my way out the door. Thanks for your comment(s). Much appreciated.

  11. It’s good that the servants take the side of Anne when she has no one to stand up for her. Although staff couldn’t openly discuss about it, she deserved their support in these trying times when she is ignored by her own family and suffers alone.

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