A few years ago, I read Persuasion for the first time. I had seen both film adaptations several times and knew the story rather well. I think I saw the humanity of Wentworth more in the films. I have Facebook posts chronicling my falling in love with him in the book. However, as we came … Continue reading Wentworth Wednesday– Resentful
I bet you know a few of Jane Austen's opening lines. Critics will tell you the first sentence of a novel is crucial, even in a world where readers are browsing in the book stores and picking up books at random less and less. Today's online buyer will typically select the genre and category before … Continue reading Theme Thursday– Opening lines
Our first introduction of Captain Frederick Wentworth in Persuasion tells us he is related to the curate at Monkford who was so recently the topic of conversation. We also know Captain Wentworth is the "he" who plagues Anne's mind. This is the first mention of anything personal about him. He was, at that time, … Continue reading Wentworth Wednesday–Stolen Happiness
My song for Music Monday this week was Mercy by Brett Young. For the first time, I considered how cruel a woman could be during a break-up. Naturally, it made me consider how kind Anne Elliot had been--or tried to be. What follows is about one thousand words of torturing Captain Wentworth. The Balm of … Continue reading Thursday Three Hundred- The Balm of Kellynch Hall
Last week, I discussed Jane Bennet finding independence and if she "deserved" better treatment than Bingley gave her. A friend, who is admittedly protective of Bingley, asked if I would ask the same thing of Captain Wentworth. And the truth is, I think he also deserves better than Anne Elliot's treatment. In several of my … Continue reading Justice in July- Captain Wentworth, created equal?
Oh they say when you marry in June You're a bride all your life, And the bridegroom who marries in June Has a sweetheart for a wife, Winter weddings can be gay Like a Christmas holiday, But the June bride hears a song Of a spring that lasts all summer long, By the light of … Continue reading Austen’s Brides- Overachievers
Despite my assertions that Jane Austen did not set out to write Romance, she nonetheless has had a profound impact on the genre. If focused on the romantic elements instead of themes of identity, her books can be summarized as follows: Sense and Sensibility: Heartbroken, can she love again? Can their attraction overcome his dark … Continue reading Austen Writes Romance- Legacy