200 years ago, Jane Austen’s Persuasion was published and became a widely known book throughout the world. Though Jane is known most for her Pride and Prejudice and her Mansfield Park, Persuasion is just another of her many classics.
Just like her others, Jane Austen sticks to her unique heroines. In Persuasion, Anne Elliot is the oldest of all Jane’s heroines at 27. Eight years before the story starts, she’s betrothed to a naval officer, Frederick Wentworth, but she breaks off the engagement due to the persuasion by her friend, Lady Russell, that such a match is unworthy. The breakup leaves Anne with a deep and long-lasting regret. When Wentworth later 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 on the Elliot estate. The novel centers around one question: Will Ann and Wentworth be reunited in their love?
As always, Jane Austen fills our hearts with love for her characters.