“It sometimes happens that a woman is handsomer at twenty-nine than she was ten years before; and, generally speaking, if there has been neither ill-health nor anxiety, it is a time of life at which scarcely any charm is lost.”
in the description of Elizabeth Elliot
Persuasion, volume 1, chapter 1
Hear, hear! (Or is that, here, here! I never know…) Of course, Marianne would disagree.
Julia Davis as Elizabeth Elliot; Sally Hawkins as Anne Elliot; and Amanda Hale as Mary Musgrove.. ©Nick Briggs/Clerkenwell Films for Masterpiece™