Anyway, *long suffering sigh* without further ado, here are the questions for Persuasion. But before that, I just HAVE to mention Captain Wentworth’s letter to Anne: “You pierce my soul.” *sigh* Seriously, the kind of love letter any woman would cherish:
“I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own, than when you almost broke it eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you...”
- What values do the men of the navy bring to the society of the book? What value is placed on titles and the aristocracy?
- In a particularly famous passage Anne Elliot says that men have had the pen in their hands when assigning strengths and weaknesses to the sexes. Now that the pen is in Austen’s hands, what does she use it to say about men and women?
- In Bath Anne begins to believe that Wentworth still cares for her. Why can’t she simply tell him she is uninterested in Mr. Elliot? Does this drive you nuts? Would you say something to him if you were Anne?
- Is it still the man’s job to pursue, the woman’s to be pursued?
- Explain the title.
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