Easily Persuaded

08 Mar

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Sometimes you get that wonderfully satisfying feeling of a decision being the right one. The other night, after posting, I picked up our copy of the complete works of Jane Austen and started on Persuasion.

It’s delightful.

Her writing style feels relaxing and enjoyable; like pulling on your slippers and curling up on the couch after a long day. It doesn’t surprise me that a lot of people have the impression of her as “dear old Aunty Jane”.

Which is odd, really. She’s shrewdly, bitingly satirical – you’d expect people to read it and either be offended or cry “Ooooh, burn!*” – and yet she comes across so warmly and gently that you don’t feel it. It’s like being savaged by a large tiger but not really noticing because you’re distracted by cute pictures of its kids playing with leaves. It’s an art that we would all benefit from mastering; the ability to make a point without making an enemy.

For now, I’m just enjoying reading about the varieties of idiocy afflicting the Elliot family of Kellynch Hall, though the heroine, Anne (of the soft-spoken variety), has alluded to a “he” who will no doubt prove important in later chapters. And yes, Anne is just as flawed as the rest of her house, but in more positive ways – she is meek, self-deprecating, and somewhat over-idealistic. That’s the impression I have so far, at any rate.

* I have no idea if this is what the “hip” people cry, but then I’m so tragically un-hip I put the word in quotation marks. 😉

1 Comment

Posted by on March 8, 2011 in Persuasion


One response to “Easily Persuaded

  1. rainymondaymorning

    March 10, 2011 at 12:05 am

    You still exist! Hurrah. I was glad the earth didn’t swallow you – I was a bit concered for a few people for a few days there.

    I’m glad you’re enjoying Aunty Jane (*so* calling her that from now on) and Anne Elliot. She is sweet, isn’t she? Her nutty family kept me well amused.

    Have fun, I really enjoyed Persuasion.


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