“The first three or four days passed most quietly, with no circumstance to mark them excepting the receipt of a note or two from Lyme, which found their way to Anne, she could not tell how, and brought a rather improving account of Louisa. … The sad accident at Lyme was soon the prevailing topic, and on comparing their latest accounts of the invalid, it appeared that each lady dated her intelligence from the same hour of yestermorn; that Captain Wentworth had been in Kellynch yesterday (the first time since the accident), had brought Anne the last note, which she had not been able to trace the exact steps of; had staid a few hours and then returned again to Lyme, and without any present intention of quitting it any more. He had enquired after her, she found, particularly; had expressed his hope of Miss Elliot’s not being the worse for her exertions, and had spoken of those exertions as great. This was handsome, and gave her more pleasure than almost anything else could have done.”
In my mind, this is really the darkest, most hopeless part of Persuasion. Frederick is reported to be in Lyme for good now, waiting for Louisa’s recovery. Anne is going to Bath after the first of the year to take up a life of … who knows. Whatever it holds for her, she isn’t looking forward to happiness. She treasures her time in Uppercross, and now, back to the same-old-same-old.
The ride back to Lyme was probably worse for Frederick than the ride to Uppercross to tell the Musgroves about Louisa’s fall. “I will not return to Kellynch for the foreseeable future, Sophia. Hold my mail until I can let you know where to send it.”
How sad. Everyone’s life on hold.
Everyone except James Benwick’s. His life is going to do an about face!
Do you think this is Persuasion’s darkest moment, or is there another than leaves you thinking all is lost? Tell us about it.