Wentworth Wednesday

His hands did it …

Susan Kaye, Writer

Chapter 10, part 2

“Yes; he had done it.  She was in the carriage, and felt that he had placed her there, that his will and his hands had done it, that she owed it to his perception of her fatigue, and his resolution to give her rest.  She was very much affected by the view of his disposition towards her, which all these things made apparent.  This little circumstance seemed the completion of all that had gone before.  She understood him.  He could not forgive her, but he could not be unfeeling.  Though condemning her for the past, and considering it with high and unjust resentment, though perfectly careless of her, and though becoming attached to another, still he could not see her suffer, without the desire of giving her relief.  It was a remainder of former sentiment; it was an impulse of pure, though unacknowledged friendship; it was…

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7 thoughts on “Wentworth Wednesday

  1. howtimedoesfly

    I love the Persuasion movie (the ’95 version) almost as much as the book but there is a scene earlier on in this walk that I’ve always wondered why they added it in. Anne is walking behind Wentworth and Louisa… when they come to the wall Wentworth helps Louisa climb over it but leaves Anne there to fend for herself. If he was willing to help her later on why did they have him ignore Anne in that scene? That little part of the movie always bothers me each time I watch it!

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  2. Susan Kaye Post author

    Unfortunately, adaptations can cut both ways when it comes to showing emotions. If this is the scene I am thinking of, it might be when they foreshadow Lyme by showing how Louisa loved to be jumped down. Scenes from books always go more smoothly when I can do my own mental cinematography.😉

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    1. Susan Kaye Post author

      I think the scene did precisely what the writer wanted: show Wentworth’s coldness and anger towards Anne. Though, I don’t think Frederick would have been so ham-handed about it. Earlier in the text, it says that they had become inured to one another because they were often at Uppercross together. They even spoke polite nothings on those occasions.

      At this point in the story, I would have had him helping her over, but have him looking away, talking to Louisa without paying much attention to Anne.

      In the ’07 version they have her fall down. That was really awkward.

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      1. howtimedoesfly

        With the way they filmed the carriage scene too I kind of got the impression that at that point he was just trying to get rid of her.

        I saw the ’07 version once… I don’t think I’ll ever watch that one again.

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        1. Susan Kaye Post author

          The ’07 version, with its plop-Anne-on-the-back-of-the-gig scene was embarrassing.

          I chose the graphic I did from the ’95 version because, IMO, it shows a man wanting to get rid of the problem, but also wanting to make sure gets safely home and doesn’t miss a step getting down.

          Again, my own romantic fantasies at play.

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