However, their happiness was short-lived, for Anne's friend Lady Russell persuaded her to break off the engagement. The tender romance which showed signs of great promise was nipped in the bud. More than seven years later, purely by chance, they are both thrown together in the same neighbourhood.
The romantic relationship is revived, and "Anne [who] had #2 - David Shea - Prisoner forced into prudence in her youth. The lessons that Anne Elliot learns reveal to us the significant features of an ideal romance.
According to Jane Austen, the intrinsic qualities of the quintessential romance as revealed in Persuasion are youthfulness and beauty physical attractivenessluck, sudden infatuation falling rapidly and deeply in lovetemporarily doubting the other's affection, sharing a secret intimacy, and forming an incomparable union in which two hearts beat one, despite dangers and risks. Austen sums up all these features in the phrase "eternal constancy.
Romance is meant for the young and the beautiful. When Anne and Wentworth first meet in Ch. On his return after more than seven years, Wentworth is contrasted with Anne, who is no longer beautiful: "no; the years which had destroyed her youth and bloom had only given him Catherine Lara - Catherine Lara more glowing, manly, open look, in no respect lessening his personal advantages.
She had seen the same Frederick Wentworth" Ch. However, as Anne gradually "learns" romance, Wentworth notices an improvement in her physical attractiveness: "she was looking remarkably well; her very regular, very pretty features, having the bloom and freshness of youth restored by the fine wind which had been blowing on her complexion, and by the animation of eye which it had also produced.
The fact that Anne has regained her former beauty is underscored by Jane Austen, when Lady Russell, a neutral observer, fancies in Ch. In Ch. He had always been lucky; he knew he should be so still.
But, more than that, it is sheer chance that his sister Mrs. Croft is now the tenant of Kellynch Hall; consequently, " from this time Captain Wentworth and Anne Elliot were repeatedly in the same circle" Ch.
After this stroke of good luck for Anne, the first act of kindness which he does for her happens by chance in Ch. Similarly, the accident at Lyme in Ch. Further, it is indeed a coincidence that Mrs. Smith, who has been cheated by Mr. Elliot, is Anne's old schoolfellow" Ch. Elliot, thus enabling her to reject him completely: "pity for him was all over" Ch. Last but not the least, in Ch. The same speed characterizes Wentworth's approach when he returns Out Of Nothing A New Hope Was Born - Peter Kuhlmann & Jürgen Rehberg - Passion seven years: "actually looking round, ready to fall in love with all the speed which a clear head and quick taste could allow" Ch.
But his speed is checked and the subsequent incidents reveal how both of them learnt their lessons in romance slowly but surely: "there they returned again into the past, more exquisitely happy, perhaps, in their reunion, than when it had been first projected ; more tender, more tried, more fixed in a knowledge of each other's character, truth and attachment" Ch. However, even before this point, in chapter 20, even as Anne and Wentworth wait at the entrance of the Octagon Room, Anne "had learnt, in the last ten minutes, more of his feelings towards Louisa, more of all his feelings, than she dared to think of.
There, he had learnt to distinguish between the steadiness of principle [embodied by Anne] and the obstinacy of selfwill embodied by Louisabetween the darings of heedlessness [Louisa] and the resolution of a collected mind [Anne]" Ch. Uncertainty: He she loves me not — He she loves me The reason why Anne and Wentworth are cautious the second time is that both of them are not certain whether the other person's affection is genuine.
What might not eight years do? It was a perpetual estrangement" Ch. Only much later, when she hears of Louisa's engagement to Captain Benwick, she becomes hopeful: "She had some feelings which she was ashamed to investigate. They were too much like joy, senseless joy!
When she meets Wentworth for the first time after Louisa is engaged to Benwick, in Bath, her optimism is restrained because "she could not understand his present feelings, whether he were really suffering much from disappointment or not; and till that point were settled, she could not be quite herself" Ch.
After a few days, when they both meet again at the concert, Anne is now certain that Wentworth "must lover her" Ch. Wentworth also experiences the same pangs of uncertainty: "I am half agony, half hope" Ch.
Wentworth confesses to her that it was her refusal of Charles Musgrove which made him hopeful and encouraged him to follow her to Bath: "I could not help often saying, "was this for me?
On his arrival at Bath, he is distressed to find her always in the company of either Mr. Elliot or Lady Russell: "Jealousy of Mr. Elliot had been the retarding weight, the doubt the torment" Ch.
All his meetings with her are "marked by returning hope or increasing despondence" Ch. Finally, even in the letter that he writes to her he remarks: "I must go, uncertain of my fate" Ch. At long last, when both of them are alone together in the "retired gravel walk" they reaffirm their love for one another. According to Austen's Persuasionromantic love flourishes best in secrecy. When Anne and Wentworth were first romantically involved very few people knew about it.
When she hears, more than seven years later that Wentworth's sister Mrs. Croft is going to live at Kellynch Hall, she consoles herself in this manner: "She was assisted, however, by that perfect indifference and apparent unconsciousness, among the only three of her own friends in the secret of the past Ch. Most interestingly, when Anne accidentally runs into Mr. Elliot the second time in the inn where they are staying at Lyme, she decides not to reveal this encounter to her sister Mary: "at the same time, however, it was a secret gratification to herself to have seen her cousin.
She would not, upon any account mention her having met with him the second time. When the two lovers are reunited at the end, Jane Austen foregrounds their intimacy by remarking that they are completely oblivious of the people around them during their private walk: "there, as they slowly paced the gradual ascent, heedless of every group around them, seeing neither sauntering politicians, bustling housekeepers, flirting girls, nor nursery-maids and children" Ch.
An Incomparable Union When one is in love, implies Austen, it is but natural to consider the lover as incomparably better than anyone else. For Anne, "no one had ever come within the Kellynch circle, who could bear a comparison with Frederick Wentworth, as he stood in her memory" Ch. Similarly, Wentworth "had been most warmly attached to her, and had never seen a woman since whom he thought her equal" Ch. Anne decides to reject Mr. Elliot after comparing him to Wentworth: "Mr. Elliot was rational, discreet, polished, — but he was not open.
She prized the frank, the open-hearted, the eagar character, beyond all others" Ch. This rejection happens even before Mrs. Smith had revealed Mr. Elliot's past to Anne. Similarly, Wentworth confesses in his letter: "you alone have brought me to Bath.
For you alone I think and plan" Ch. He confesses to her how he learnt that she was incomparably better than Louisa: "he had learnt to distinguish between the steadiness of principle and the obstinacy of self-will" Ch. In thought, word, and deed in Austen's ideal of romance there is complete unity between the two young lovers: "it would be difficult to say which has seen highest perfection in the other, or which had been the happiest; she, in receiving his declarations and proposals, or he in having them accepted" Ch.
After Wentworth returns, Anne recollects the past nostalgically: "there could have been no two hearts so open, no tastes so similar, no feelings so Crocketts Theme - Electro Sound Band - Synthesizer unison, no countenances so beloved" Ch.
And when they are reunited in the end, both of them rediscover the same oneness of mind: "There they returned again into the past, more exquisitely happy, perhaps, in their reunion, than when it had been first projected; Snacks And Perspective - Graham Connahs Sour Note Seven / Jettison Slinky - Because Of Wayne / The tender, more tried, more fixed in a knowledge of each other's character, truth, and attachment" Ch.
This unity of mind is best expressed at the end of the novel when Jane Austen remarks that Anne, a member of the landed gentry, having married beneath her social status, "gloried in being a sailor's wife" Ch. Taking a risk adds more spice to romantic love. Lady Russell who persuades Anne out of marrying Wentworth cautions her: "[Wentworth] had nothing but himself to recommend him, and no hopes of attaining affluence, but in the chances of a most uncertain profession, and no connexions to secure even his farther rise in that profession" Ch.
This financial and social impediment is soon eliminated when Wentworth returns rich and prosperous and with future opportunities for promotion. After her marriage, however, the danger Anne faces is more serious: "the dread of a future war all that could dim her sunshine" Ch. The threat to her husband's life is the price Anne pays for being the wife of the heroic and affluent Captain Wentworth. The last but the most important feature of romantic love which Jane Austen foregrounds in Persuasion is what she terms "eternal constancy" Ch.
After their engagement has been broken and then, Snacks And Perspective - Graham Connahs Sour Note Seven / Jettison Slinky - Because Of Wayne / The she first hears of his return more than seven years later, Anne very confidently sets great store by Wentworth's constancy: "in favour of his constancy, she had no reason to believe him married" Ch.
Anne rejects both Charles Musgrove and Mr. Elliot for Wentworth. Mary Musgrove suggests twice Ch. Finally, even in Bath, when she is not certain about Wentworth's feelings, she consoles herself by reasoning "surely, if there be constant attachment on each side, our hearts must understand each other ere long" Ch.
Wentworth does not disappoint her faith in him. After he has overheard Anne tell Captain Harville that even men are capable of being as loyal and devoted as women, Wentworth passionately expresses his loyalty to her in his letter: "Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. Even as early as Ch. They were more in love with him; yet there it was not love.
It is this mutual loyalty and devotion to one another which finally unites them both as husband and wife. It is significant that Jane Austen emphasizes these nine qualities of an ideal romance both "before" and "after" the rupture in the engagement between Anne and Wentworth. It is thus evident that the romance of Anne and Wentworth is not merely an infatuation because, even after seven long years DJ Sir Swift & DJ Lil Les - Something 4 Tha Blunted separation, the same nine characteristics are intact.
And hence, more than anything else, these nine characteristics in Persuasion Michelle - The Beatles - Rubber Soul thematic unity within a perfectly symmentrical plot structure.
Barthes in his essay The Structural Analysis of Narratives outlines five different types of Snacks And Perspective - Graham Connahs Sour Note Seven / Jettison Slinky - Because Of Wayne / The . The type of code in which thematic elements are embedded in character is called the "Semic Code.
Sharing a Secret Intimacy According to Austen's Persuasionromantic love flourishes best in secrecy. Two Hearts Beating as One In thought, word, and deed in Austen's ideal of romance there is complete unity between the two young lovers: "it would be difficult to say which has seen highest perfection in the other, or which had been the happiest; Snacks And Perspective - Graham Connahs Sour Note Seven / Jettison Slinky - Because Of Wayne / Thein receiving his declarations and proposals, or he in having them accepted" Ch.
Danger, and Risk-Taking Taking a risk adds more spice to romantic love. Eternal Constancy The last but the most important feature of romantic love which Jane Austen foregrounds in Persuasion is what she terms "eternal constancy" Ch. Note Barthes in his essay The Structural Analysis of Narratives outlines five different types of narratologies. Last modified 12 August
Only Jah - Various - Serious Dropout - Step Three - Wake The Town And Dub The People!, The Dorsets - Pork Chops / Cool It, A.I. - Equinox vs. O.B.I. - Future Combat System, Song With No Meaning - Barclay James Harvest - Early Morning Onwards