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Written by Tom P2
(10/28/2008 5:05 p.m.)
Persuasion is one of the JA novels I first read 'fresh', without ever having seen an adaptation beforehand. Here are the most vivid of my first impressions - the reactions I still remember all these years later.
Anne ought to stop dwelling on that jerk Wentworth, and encourage that nice Captain Benwick. Oh, here's a plot twist that prevents that, and she and Wentworth are gravitating toward each other after all. This is going to look bad from a mercenary point of view, regardless of her actual reasons. She wouldn't marry him when he was starting out, but will now that he's well-off. Surely she'll regret that she wasn't there as his helpmeet while he was making his fortune? No, that's not mentioned in the ending. How odd.
Has anyone else had that reaction to Persuasion? Or am I out on a limb?
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