many a generation must have passed away

Category: Writing & Reading | Type: Discussion | Title: Persuasion (in Context) | Author: Jane Austen | Ch: Chapter 11

There is a persistently elegiac tone to Persuasion owing to the muted quality of the heroine and the ages and physical health of some of the characters (some to come), which here the time of year and the absence of tourists and activity reinforce. Austen is in fact describing her own responses to Lyme and its environs.

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