Thursday 28 October 2021

Jane Austen, Persuasion (1817)

Some parts of this novel are so well observed and really capture the experience of being overwhelmed by conflicting and intense emotions and the tensions and energy that builds up between people when they are not forthcoming with how they feel. 

This passage on Captain Benwick 'who had an affectionate heart' and 'must love somebody' is so simple but beautiful captures those warm people who feel compelled to love. 

I loved the below (feminist) discussion on how the lack of a history of women documenting or representing their own realities results in a distorted public option and perception on differences between men and women. The references to education and 'proof' are particularly interesting. 

It is always nice to read a book that takes place where you are reading it. A photo from this past weekend in Lyme Regis:

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