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PersuasionAnne Elliot is the sensible daughter of Sir Walter Elliot of Kellynch Hall who was persuaded by her family and her good friend Lady Russell to break off an engagement with Captain Wentworth in her youth. However, some years later Wentworth reappears in her life as he is a relative of the new tenants of Kellynch, who arrive when Sir Elliot is persuaded he needs to go and live a less expensive lifestyle in Bath. Meanwhile the two Musgrove girls appear to be both making a move on Wentworth, even though Henrietta is as good as engaged to a local curate. And while it seems that Wentworth retains his old feelings for Anne, following the terrible accident when Louisa Musgrove falls and bangs her head on the cobb at Lyme, and Anne finds she has to take charge and look after everyone, there is still the obstacle of the young cousin Elliot, set to inherit Kellynch, who also suddenly appears very interested in Anne!
by Jane Austen
Score: 8
Published: 1818
Read: September 17th 2011


John said

This is terrific! Really good story, and heaps of characters with little subplots all of their own - the vanity of Sir Elliot, the gold digging Mrs Clay, poor sad Benwick, the Musgrove sisters, Anne's whiny sister Mary, and her vain sister Elizabeth, the nasty cousin Elliot, revealed in all his nastiness by the stoic school friend Mrs Smith.

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