Posted by Claire on June 11, 1997 at 03:24:57:
In reply to Re: Persuasion's proposal posted by Kathy F. on June 10, 1997 at 17:50:38
] ] ] The first time I read Persuasion, I was pretty ho-hum about the whole thing. For one thing, Anne's introduction was almost the last one of the principle characters that were there at the beginning, so at first I couldn't figure out who was the main character, and for whom I should be match-making.
] ] ] Then I saw the movie, and cried at the Captain's proposal letter. I still get a thrill over me every time I read, "...with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it eight and a half years ago." I declare I almost start to cry just thinking about it. I'm in a quandary as to decide which JA book I like best, but I'm almost willing to declare that I like Capt. Wentworth's proprosal more than even Mr. Knightley's to Emma. Mr. Darcy's to Lizzie (the second one, of course) ranks third; and the rest of the books, as near as I can recall, don't have specific proposals.
] ] ] I guess I'm just wanting to discuss the many perfections of Persuasion, and am not exactly sure where to begin, so I'll begin at a very illogical place--the end!
] ] _Me, too, that -- You pierce my soul! What depth. My goodness. I loved that book, and the Root/Hinds portrayals. I understand JA wrote several (3 or 4) endings and I'm happy she left the letter in tack. I liked the book's ending better than the movie, however, that was gorgeous photography, the ship's silhouette, and brilliant sunset. That added beauty to it all,
] Yeah, I didn't like the kiss on the public street, nor the Captain's asking Sir Walter's permission in the middle of everyone. I understand time constraints, but wish there were no such things!
Yes, those two actions were defects: The intrusive manner to ask for permission to marry Anne, and the kiss on the street. Particularly the first, it sort of scrapes sensibilities a bit. I love all the rest of the film though. Wish it has stuck closer to the book at the end.
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