the sort which must suffer heavily, uniting very strong feelings with quiet, serious, and retiring manners, and a decided taste for reading, and sedentary pursuits.

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

If Croft and Wentworth are hearty mariners, Benwick, a victim of melancholy or depression, stands out for being poetically sensitive and inactive to the point of sedentary. His loss and state of mind are a foil to Anne's.

return to text