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Written by Chandra S
(2/19/2013 12:46 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Is Persuasion your favorite? Why?, penned by Stacey GC
to me, Persuasion shows off Jane's talent for depicting human nature clearly and accurately even more than all of her earlier works. Not that she doesn't skewer human frailties and show off its nobilities in all the others, all the way back to Love and Freindship, but here it is so refined and subtle, not caricatured but very real.
Persuasion's cast does not seem like a group of fictional characters that sprang from an author's imagination - they seem like JA wrote down the dialogue and actions of people she actually knew. Benwick, the affectionate young man who must love somebody and who nurtures his sorrow until he has a new prospect for romance ... Mary, desperate for attention ... Lady Russell, proper and wanting the best for her favorite but a little over protective and old-fashioned - these people seem completely realistic to me.
Even the details of Louisa's personality/temperment change (as described by Charles) makes me feel as though Jane must have known someone with a mild traumatic brain injury who had changed in this way - it does not seem "made up," merely observed and documented.
And yes, of course, the letter.
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