Eight very short years

“Soon, however, she began to reason with herself, and try to be feeling less. . . . Alas!  with all her reasonings she found that to retentive feelings eight years may be little more than nothing.  Now, how were his sentiments to be read?  Was this like wishing to avoid her?  And the next moment she was hating herself for the folly which asked the question.”

Anne Elliot, on first encountering Captain Wentworth again over breakfast at Mary’s house, after not having seen him for years
Persuasion, volume 1, chapter 7

I love this quote.  Anne’s trying to hard to be reasonable, to not feel what she’s feeling, to not think about Captain Wentworth, and she can’t help herself.

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