While supposed to be writing only to Captain Benwick, he had been also addressing her!

Category: Writing & Reading | Type: Discussion | Title: Persuasion (in Context) | Author: Jane Austen | Ch: Chapter 23

One of Austen's most affecting scenes. Now he disproves Anne's own argument regarding male constancy.

In part the scene's power derives from his lively passion, despite the eight and a half years. His ingenious gesture is in fact youthful. Whatever the outer person, and this applies as well to Anne, the self remains as vibrant as it had been, yet wiser. It is as if the long hiatus has shrunk enough to allow the ends almost to touch, so that Anne and he rejoin one another with an intensity that is likely even deeper than what they felt before. 

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