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Written by Delories
(10/18/2005 5:01 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Great first post, penned by Tracy W
Not to stray too far into Austenuations territory, I agree about both parallels people have drawn between Anne and CW and other couples: they have a real physical attraction/communication/what you will, and they have a history that goes way back.
Both of these factors explain why, although indeed they don't _talk_ that much, there's a WHOLE LOT going on between them, and that, for me, sums up the two most striking characteristics about _Persuasion_:
1) the ON's descriptions of the action (however subtle that action is, sometimes to point of seeming like non-action) get their shifting and sometimes contradictory feelings across so well;
2) the use of indirect free speech (i.e. seemingly third-person narration, but "spoken" from within a character's mind, usually Anne's) as a sort of running commentary on these actions/non-actions.
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