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Written by Margaret C
(10/31/2011 5:14 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Timing, penned by Stephanie
The romance has a longer pedigree than the novel -and usually involves a woman whose passion for her true love involves forsaking her family, fortune, fiancé and even life itself for someone totally inappropriate (like Romeo, or the Raggle Taggle gypsy).
What makes Persuasion so modern and unusual is that Anne makes her choices, and stands by them, and (while she suffers for her choice) in the end her choices are acknowledged, and acknowledged as sound and rational.
Even in Emma, a woman who knows her own mind is wrong-headed and in need of the guidance of her husband (or in MP, is good because she is so easily guided by her man in every thing but association with vice).
Anne is allowed to make her choice to accept, refuse and then accept Captain Wentworth again, without being frail or weak, or having her sense overridden by passion. In spite of being the most romantic of Austen's heroines, she is as close to a feminist as Austen gets (and now I wish I had chosen Anne as feminist for my special topic - oh well, too late now!)
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