Loving Longest When All Hope is Gone

Georg_Friedrich_Kersting_005_detail “Oh!” cried Anne eagerly, “I hope I do justice to all that is felt by you, and by those who resemble you. God forbid that I should undervalue the warm and faithful feelings of any of my fellow-creatures! I should deserve utter contempt if I dared to suppose that true attachment and constancy were known only by woman. No, I believe you capable of everything great and good in your married lives. I believe you equal to every important exertion, and to every domestic forbearance, so long as — if I may be allowed the expression, so long as you have an object. I mean while the woman you love lives, and lives for you. All the privilege I claim for my own sex (it is not a very enviable one: you need not covet it), is that of loving longest, when existence or when hope is gone!”

Anne Elliot, Persuasion, Chapter 23

3 thoughts on “Loving Longest When All Hope is Gone

  1. Susan Kaye Post author

    I’m not sure that this is true. I think a case can be made that Frederick loved Anne all the time they were apart. I thin a case can be made that women of the time had more opportunity to quietly be eaten alive by regret.

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  2. Robin Helm

    Wentworth’s perusal of Louisa in front of Anne, when he actually had no feelings beyond friendship for Louisa, was ungentlemanly of him. He deserved to suffer a bit for doing that.

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