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Written by Deborah Y
(10/31/2008 11:46 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Oh, I would willingly join..., penned by Rae
A lot of the anti-Wentworth feeling, I think, stems from how tightly focused Persuasion is on Anne's POV: we know her so well that it's easy to forget that Wentworth can't know she's spent eight years regretting her decision, following his career closely and wishing he'd try again. He gets his first inkling of all this when he learns that she refused Charles, and, as someone pointed out below, that's about when he starts to thaw.
What I find interesting, though, is that despite the tight focus on Anne's POV, JA still manages to give us lots and lots of information about Wentworth's thoughts and feelings. I noticed this recently when I read Amanda Grange's Captain Wentworth's Diary -- even when the story is told from inside his head, you don't learn anything JA hasn't told you already.
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