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Written by Laraine
(10/13/2008 12:11 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Autumnal Persuasion, Week 2, penned by Cheryl
""Altered beyond his knowledge!" Anne fully submitted, in silent, deep mortification. Doubtless it was so… the years which had destroyed her youth and bloom…" (ch. 7) ... "His cold politeness, his ceremonious grace, were worse than any thing." (ch. 8)
These are among the saddest lines in all of Austen, in my opinion. I find myself quite out of sympathy with the Captain when I read how deeply Anne is affected by his coldness.
I also think the winter imagery of his feelings is wonderfully balanced against Anne's still-smoldering feeings.
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