Length: 249 pages
First Published: 1817
Twenty-seven-year old Anne Elliot is Austen’s most adult heroine. Eight years before the story proper begins, she is happily betrothed to a naval officer, Frederick Wentworth, but she precipitously breaks off the engagement when persuaded by her friend Lady Russell that such a match is unworthy. The breakup produces in Anne a deep and long-lasting regret. When later Wentworth returns from sea a rich and successful captain, he finds Anne’s family on the brink of financial ruin and his own sister a tenant in Kellynch Hall, the Elliot estate. All the tension of the novel revolves around one question: Will Anne and Wentworth be reunited in their love?
Jane Austen once compared her writing to painting on a little bit of ivory, 2 inches square. Readers of Persuasion will discover that neither her skill for delicate, ironic observations on social custom, love, and marriage nor her ability to apply a sharp focus lens to English manners and morals has deserted her in her final finished work.
Quotes from Persuasion
You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope…I have loved none but you.
There could have been no two hearts so open, no tastes so similar, no feelings so in unison.
How quick come the reasons for approving what we like.
None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.
About Jane Austen
Jane Austen was an English novelist known for her novels of British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Her most famous works are Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Persuasion, Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey.