After watching the BBC movie Persuasion last weekend (thanks, April!), I'm reading Jane Austen's novel on which it is based. This is a novel that I've had around for years and picked up repeatedly, especially after a re-reading of Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility, when I craved more Austen. It no doubt reflects poorly on me that I could never stick with Persuasion. However, after watching the movie adaptation (the YouTube clip above was made by a fan and nicely summarizes the film) I took on the book once again.
I'm just starting (reading during recess time doesn't get you very far) but already have some fun quotes to share:
About Anne's upcoming visit to another town:
"...she believed she must now submit to feel that another lesson, in the art of knowing our own nothingness beyond our own circle, was become necessary for her;"
About Anne's brother-in-law, Charles Musgrove, a man married to Anne's younger sister Mary:
"Charles Musgrove was civil and agreeable; in sense and temper he was undoubtedly superior to his wife; but not of powers, or conversation, or grace, to make the past, as they were connected together, at all a dangerous contemplation; though, at the same time, Anne could believe, with Lady Russell, that a more equal match might have greatly improved him; and that a woman of real understanding might have given more consequence to his character, and more usefulness, rationality, and elegance to his habits and pursuits."This made me wonder: am I the sort of wife that is "a woman of real understanding," the sort of woman that brings more consequence to my husband's character? I pray so.
Anne tried to encourage Mary to stay home with her son, rather than go out, after his collar-bone injury, but Mary selfishly dismissed the idea:
[Anne said,] "Nursing does not belong to a man, it is not his province. A sick child is always the mother's property, her own feelings generally make it so."Mary seems pathetic, but how many times have I been glad for Mr. Edwards to stay home with a sick one? Too many to count, I'm afraid!
"I hope I am as fond of my child as any mother--but I do not know what I am of any more use in the sick-room than Charles..."
"But, could you be comfortable yourself, to be spending the whole evening away from the poor boy?"
"Yes; you see his papa can, and why should not I?"