“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope”. How could I not melt with Wentworth’s letter? It is beautiful, simple but full of feeling. He goes to the point where he begs for her to love him still: “tell me not that I am too late”, he just loves her: “none but you”.
I could actually carry on and reflect in every single part of the letter. Everything has a deep meaning and it is just beautiful!!
As you have read on the title of this post, today I am honoured to present Persuasion: behind the scenes. This is the last stop of this lovely tour. Please, make sure you check on the other post as you will find a lot of information and great excerpts too.
What is this book about? Well, about Persuasion 😉 Better said, about what Persuasion does not show us. The authors have written some of the scenes that Miss Austen did not write.
So many good authors in this book, that I do not know where to start! Let me mention who they are: L.L Diamond, C Allyn Pierson, Diana Birchall, Jack Caldwell, Kara Louise, Maria Grace, Marilyn Brant, Shannon Winslow and Susan Mason-Milks. If you have follow My Vices and Weaknesses, you should remember many of them. They have the group “Jane Austen Variations” and they did already wrote Pride and Prejudice: behind the scenes, which I highly recommend.
One of these authors is visiting today. Welcome, Marilyn Brant!
It’s a thrill to get to celebrate the release of Persuasion Behind the Scenes this month! Many thanks to the lovely Ana for hosting me here today and for being part of our traveling Austen Variations blog tour for the book. Hello to all of you reading this!!
I enjoy history in general and, specifically, I love reading and learning about Jane Austen’s Regency life. But, at heart, I’m a contemporary girl. And one of the many things I adore about Austen’s writing is just how applicable her books’ themes and characterizations are to the modern world.
I’ve always felt there were numerous parallels throughout her novels to the goings-on in contemporary society. As a novelist, I’ve personally compared “prom” in my debut novel, According to Jane, to one of Austen’s classic balls, like the big event at Netherfield in Pride and Prejudice. And at a deeper, thematic level, the idea of mistaken first impressions (a la P&P) translates well to a range of eras and cultures, and it remains an appealing literary mechanism by many writers. However, not to be undone is my favorite Persuasion-inspired motif, the second chance at love.
As an individual writer, I’ve played around with that particular plot device, too, most recently in the story duet of Rocket Man and Someone Like You, two related novellas which make up the contemporary romance Coming Home (standalone stories in my Mirabelle Harbor series). Anytime I read about a romantic pair that is somehow pulled apart by others—when both members of the couple want to stay together—the lessons of Persuasion resonate in my mind. While a comedy-of-manners story like P&P is ever amusing, rife as it is with misunderstandings due to not knowing the other person… the reunion of a seemingly long-lost love is pure romance melded with pain. The phrase “half agony, half hope” says it best. It’s no wonder that it took Austen until her later years to pen this masterpiece. It’s written with such maturity, depth, and understanding of loss.
P&P will forever be my first love. I read it when I was 14 and fell hard for our beloved Jane. But as I age beyond my teen years (decades beyond them!), both my appreciation of Persuasion and my awe toward its author grow exponentially. That novel has easily become a close second favorite of mine, eclipsing all but Darcy and Lizzy’s legendary love story.
However, I believe Anne and Wentworth succeed with something uniquely their own, and it’s something no less important: They give us hope that true love will—eventually—prevail, and that if we persevere in our life’s journey, despite whatever obstacles create challenges on our personal path, we too might earn at least one important second chance when we most need it.
Thank you very much for telling us about your love of Pride and Prejudice as well as lovely Persuasion. I agree that the message that Anne and Wentworth give us is very valuable: love conquers everything.
Readers, here on the left you can find both novellas that Marilyn mention. I have not read them yet but they have really nice reviews.
What could be better than reading those scenes that Jane Austen did not write? I will tell you what. Donate the proceeds of this work to charity!
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Random, last idea: don’t you think that the cover is very beautiful? Simple and clear but lovely!