Meet The Elliots.
With perhaps the second most memorable opening of an Austen book, it’s not immediately clear who our heroine will be, nor our hero.
Are we looking at the redemption of Mr Elliot and his journey to being the husband of Elizabeth?
Shall we witness the sweet love story of the vain Sir Walter who, through a journey of self exploration realises his place in the world and earns the love as well as the esteem of his late wife’s best friend, Lady Russell?
Is it of Anne, and the clergyman she knew many summers earlier, the one who got away?
And here is the blurb, to immediately ruin all the drama I just created… I don’t want to do spoilers in blog post one, so feel free to skip the blurb if you’re new to the book and want to keep guessing. (Although fair warning that spoilers will follow in later posts, and on twitter and instagram. Keep an eye on those for discussion, liberal use of gifs, and artwork progress shots.)
The story concerns Anne Elliot, a young Englishwoman of 27 years, whose family is moving to lower their expenses and get out of debt. They rent their home to an Admiral and his wife. The wife’s brother, Navy Captain Frederick Wentworth, had been engaged to Anne in 1806, and now they meet again, both single and unattached, after no contact in more than seven years. This sets the scene for many humorous encounters as well as a second, well-considered chance at love and marriage for Anne in her second “bloom”.
Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persuasion_(novel)
Whether or not you’ve read Persuasion before, I’d love you to join me in reading. One of the great things about Austen’s work is that it’s all out of copyright, meaning it’s really easy to find free versions. I’ve compiled a list of links below which should sort you out, regardless of how you choose to read.
This is a lovely reading, which is also available as a LoyalBooks podcast, if that’s your jam.
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Just a note that the new Wordsworth edition covers really annoy me.
What doesn’t, Katherine?
Fair, but they’re completely unrelated to the books! It’s like someone went “Ah, we need something to stick on these women’s books, but I’m not prepared to read them and neither is the illustrator! They’re historical, right? Something about love? Stick a corset on it! Now, I’m going to clock off early and go to the pub.”
OK, perhaps not, but still. These covers are pretty but… completely irrelevant.
Here’s a schedule for what to look out for in terms of watch-alongs – all will be held at 7pm GMT.
- Thursday 17th January 2019 – Persuasion Watch-Along (2007 version)
- Friday 25th January 2019 – Wine Night Book Club Discussion
- Tuesday 29th January 2019 – Persuasion Watch-Along (1995 version)
I’d love to hear from you – have you read Persuasion before? What do you love about it? Is *SPOILER REDACTED* your favourite Austen hero?