“Safe in all worldly matters”

The above words from Mrs. Smith, Anne Elliot’s former governess, who has fallen on hard times. The fact that Mrs. Smith has been the person Anne has sought out in Bath, as a way to escape the pressure of society, the fact that she then reveals her wish to have Anne settled, comes as a disappointment.

The next part of the conversation, with Anne being so gracious and so cheerful (so — pardon me — dense) results in this:

Mrs. Smith: “He was not married when I knew him first.”

Anne: “And were you much acquainted?”

Mrs. Smith: “Intimately.”

Next: Mr. Elliott is the devil incarnate! It appears he married, purely for money, a woman whose “father was a grazier” and whose “grandfather had been a butcher.”

Stay tuned.

Sir Walter Elliott: PERSUASION, p. 139

“How is Mary looking?” said Sir Walter, in the height of his good humor. “The last time I saw her, she had a red nose, but I hope that may not happen every day.”

Reading Jane in Fowey

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Up one flight of stairs in Fowey Hall there is a telescope. Self tried looking through the it but couldn’t see anything. Ah well.

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What synchronicity, though, with the cover of Persuasion (She bought her copy from the London Review Bookshop, a few weeks ago)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Walking the Cobb! Still Lyme Regis, Obvs

Persuasion, pp. 106 – 107:

There was too much wind to make the high part of the new Cobb pleasant for the ladies, and they agreed to get down the steps to the lower, and all were contented to pass quietly and carefully down the steep flight, excepting Louisa; she must be jumped down them by Captain Wentworth. In all their walks, he had had to jump her from the stiles; the sensation was delightful to her. The hardness of the pavement for her feet, made him less willing upon the present occasion; he did it, however; she was safely down, and instantly, to shew her enjoyment, ran up the steps to be jumped down again.

Oh the impetuousness! Self really really wishes she hadn’t seen the movie of Persuasion first, because Ciaran Hinds is all she can see in the scenes with Captain Wentworth. Hinds (to her mind) is simply too stiff. She can never imagine him as young Captain Wentworth, she just can’t see it.

She is, however, greatly enjoying the setting: the town of Lyme Regis in Dorset.

Stay tuned.

Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature, Day 3

Self took a walk to Bookends of Fowey, 4 South Street. And such a dear little bookshop it is. So many books, of so much variety, all found in one little corner of Fowey!

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4 South Street, Fowey: Bookends

Self never forgets, not for one moment, that she is here because of Daphne du Maurier:

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She’s made up her mind to buy one of the below. Not more than one because she is still traveling and it is a bear to tote books on/off buses and trains!

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In keeping with the spirit of du Maurier, she thinks her one precious book purchase should be a novel. A novel by a woman.

On her Festival Survey Form, she only made one comment: Points for including such a variety of women authors. Keep it that way!

Stay tuned.

Jane Austen Sentence of the Day!

Persuasion, p. 105:

  • Their conversation, the preceding evening, did not disincline him to seek her again.

Wowoweeee, things certainly looking up for Anne Elliott! Her every word and every gesture being registered by not only disingenuous Captain Frederick Wentworth, but every member of the walking party in Lyme Regis!

Stay tuned.

 

Captain Wentworth II

Is sooo passive-aggressive.

It is delicious, though, to have him notice when Anne attracts the attention of someone of the opposite gender.

Until this moment, he had completely consumed Anne’s thoughts (and, he being no dummy, was certainly aware of it, and certainly enjoyed making Anne suffer).

What can she say? Captain Wentworth is not her favorite Jane Austen invention. As IF self doesn’t know WHY he returned to Anne’s orbit.

Stay tuned.

PERSUASION: p. 103

A servant answers a question posed to him by Captain Wentworth: “Mr. Elliott, a gentleman of large fortune . . . ”

Which probably gives Captain Wentworth pause.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

PERSUASION, pp. 94 – 95: Lyme Regis

After securing accommodations, and ordering a dinner at one of the inns, the next thing to be done was unquestionably to walk directly down to the sea. They were come too late in the year for any amusement or variety which Lyme, as a public place, might offer, the rooms were shut up, the lodgers almost all gone, scarcely any family but of the residents left — and, as there is nothing to admire but the buildings themselves, the remarkable situation of the town, the principal street almost hurrying into the water, the walk up to the Cobb, skirting round the pleasant little bay, which in the season is animated with bathing machines and company, the Cobb itself, its old wonders and new improvements, with the very beautiful line of cliffs stretching out to east of the town, are what the stranger’s eye will seek; and a very strange stranger it must be, who does not see charms in the immediate environs of Lyme, to make him wish to know it better.

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Fowey Quay (standing in for Lyme here, sorry!)

Captain Wentworth I

He swans into town, proud and unyielding, and makes mincemeat of Anne Elliott’s heart. While he is surrounded by eligible young ladies, Anne is called upon to play the music for the dancing, “though her eyes would sometimes fill with tears as she sat at the instrument . . .” Poor Anne!

Persuasion, pp. 69 – 70:

It was a merry, joyous party, and no one seemed in higher spirits than Captain Wentworth. She felt that he had every thing to elevate him, which general attention and deference, and especially the attention of all the young women could do.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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