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|Elizabeth: Chapter one
Written by Cheryl
(10/6/2008 12:01 a.m.)
If one knew nothing about Persuasion, one might be forgiven for thinking Elizabeth the heroine of the book while reading chapter one. She is the daughter most focused on; there is her unmarried state as she approaches "the years of danger," her disappointment with Mr. Elliot for she "had liked the man for himself," and "the sameness and the elegance, the prosperity and the nothingness of her scene of life" (ch. 1) Don't you love how Austen juxtaposes the bitter with the sweet in those phrases?
I do have a bit of sympathy for her here, though she ruins it right at the end of the chapter by her solutions to the need to retrench: cut off charities, don't redecorate and don't buy a gift for Anne. The harbinger of bad behavior and decisions to come.
What was your initial impression of Elizabeth? Could she have been made into a heroine?
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