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Introduction and Notes by Elaine Jordan, Reader in Literature, University of Essex. What does persuasion mean - a firm belief, or the action of persuading someone to think something else? Anne Elliot is one of Austen's quietest heroines, but also one of the strongest and the most open to change. She lives at the time of the Napoleonic wars, a time of accident, adventure, the making of new fortunes and alliances. A woman of no importance, she manoeuvres in her restricted circumstances as her long-time love Captain Wentworth did in the wars. Even though she is nearly thirty, well past the sell-by bloom of youth, Austen makes her win out for herself and for others like herself, in a regenerated society.

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 126 x 194 x 16mm | 40g
  • Wordsworth Editions Ltd
  • HertsUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 1853260568
  • 9781853260568
  • 4,983

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This story follows the romance between Anne Elliot and Frederick Wentworth. Happily engaged to be married but she was then later on influenced by a friend saying that Frederick was not a worthy candidate due to his social status. Now, eight years later, he returns as a naval captain. Although still in love with each other, the past mistakes threaten to keep them apart. Both characters were vividly described having compassion, humour, intelligence and understanding. I cannot believe this book actually made me cry, a romance story with undying more
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