Wentworth Wednesday

Chapter 14
“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.


4 thoughts on “Wentworth Wednesday

  1. Jackie

    I think the darkest moment for Anne occurs when Wentworth says she had altered in appearance. At this point she believes that she had lost the bloom of youth snd any hope of finding love. In the quoted passage above Anne has the small comfort of hearing Wentworth praise her good qualities.

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    1. Susan Kaye Post author

      Hey, Jackie, good call. Yes, the I-wouldn’t-have-known-her line is pretty grim and dim.

      And you’re right, she has his good words to think on, but now Anne presumes Frederick’s future is with Louisa is a done deal. They will never again meet as just themselves.

      Hope is in short supply no matter where you open the first book to.


  2. Robin Helm

    Jackie makes an excellent point, but I believe I have to agree that hearing Wentworth had returned to Lyme without any intention of leaving it again is the low point. Only Anne was hurt in the first instance. Both Anne and Frederick are hopeless in the second.

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    1. Susan Kaye Post author

      Yeah, I’m thinking after this part of Persuasion, Anne should take up sewing caps to announce her spinsterhood.

      Thanks for dropping by, Robin.



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