Category Archives: Persuasion

Who can be in doubt?

“Who can be in doubt of what followed?  When any two young people take it into their heads to marry, they are pretty sure by perseverance to carry their point, be they ever so poor, or ever so imprudent, or … Continue reading

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Prosperity and nothingness

“Such were Elizabeth Elliot’s sentiments and sensations; such the cares to alloy, the agitations to vary, the sameness and the elegance, the prosperity and the nothingness of her scene of life. . .” Persuasion, volume 1, chapter 1 I love … Continue reading

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“While Lady Elliot lived, there had been method, moderation, and economy, which had just kept him within his income; but with her had died all such right-mindedness, and from that period he had been constantly exceediing it.  It had not … Continue reading

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Years of danger

“She had the consciousness of being nine-and-twenty to give her some regrets and some apprehensions; she was fully satisfied of being still quite as handsome as ever, but she felt her approach to the years of danger, and would have … Continue reading

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Only Anne

“His two other children were of very inferior value. . . . Anne, with an elegance of mind and sweetness of character, which must have placed her high with any people of real understanding, was nobody with either father or … Continue reading

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Vanity, thy name is Sir Walter

“Vanity was the beginning and end of Sir Walter Elliot’s character: vanity of person and of situation. He had been remarkably handsome in his youth, and at fifty-four was still a very fine man. . . . He considered the … Continue reading


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Learning to brook being happier than I deserve

Can’t resist posting one more from Persuasion today: “‘It is a sort of pain, too, which is new to me.  I have been used to the gratification of believing myself to earn every blessing that I enjoyed.  I have valued … Continue reading


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The gravel walk

“There they exchanged again those feelings and those promises which had once before seemed to secure everything, but which had been followed by so many, many years of division and estrangement.  There they returned again into the past, more exquisitely … Continue reading

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An overpowering happiness

“Such a letter was not to be soon recovered from. . . . Every moment rather brought fresh agitation.  It was an overpowering happiness.” Persuasion, volume 2, chapter 11


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Too excellent creature!

“I can hardly write.  I am every instant hearing something which overpowers me.  You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice when they would be lost on others.  Too good, too excellent creature!  You do … Continue reading

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