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.

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.

 

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.

Typo: PERSUASION, p. 48

Self thinks this is a typo:

. . . Mary was quite ready to be affronted, when Louisa made all right by saying, that she only came on foot, to leave more room for the harp, which was bringing in the carriage.

Right?

Unless the harp, for some reason, is responsible for “bringing in the carriage.”

Stay tuned.

Comedy of Manners

Persuasion, p. 39:

  • The Musgroves, like their houses, were in a state of alteration, perhaps of improvement. The father and mother were in the old English style, and the young people in the new. Mr. and Mrs. Musgrove were a very good sort of people; friendly and hospitable, not much educated, and not at all elegant.

Mrs. Clay: PERSUASION, p. 20

“We are not all born to be handsome. The sea is no beautifier, certainly; sailors do grow old betimes; I have often observed it; they soon lose the look of youth. But then, is it not the same with many other professions, perhaps most other? Soldiers, in active service, are not at all better off: and even in the quieter professions, there is a toil and a labour of the mind, if not of the body, which seldom leave a man’s looks to the natural effect of time. The lawyer plods, quite care-worn; the physician is up at all hours, and traveling in all weather; and even the clergyman –” She stopt a moment to consider what might do for the clergyman; — “and even the clergyman, you know, is obliged to go into infected rooms, and expose his health and looks to all the injury of a poisonous atmosphere. In fact, as I have long been convinced, though every profession is necessary and honourable in its turn, it is only the lot of those who are not obliged to follow any, who can live in a regular way, in the country, choosing their own hours, following their own pursuits, and living on their own property, without the torment of trying for more; it is only their lot, I say, to hold the blessings of health and a good appearance to the utmost: I know no other set of men but what lose something of their personableness when they cease to be quite young.”

Self is so very, very, very glad to be reading a novel again.

Stay tuned.

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