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"Who can be in doubt of what followed?"

Indeed. The marriage of Anne and Wentworth is green-lighted with something akin to pleasure by Sir Walter, Lady Russell comes around (since Anne's happiness is more important to her than anything else), and Mr. Elliot skives off with, as it turns out, Mrs. Clay, whom he's been seducing as a means of keeping her away from Sir Walter. And finally, Captain Wentworth helps Mrs. Smith get her money from the West Indies and she proves an excellent friend to the married couple as well.

Truly, I've got little to say about this chapter, which is more of a tucking-in of loose ends than anything else. Tomorrow, we'll talk about the rejected ending of Persuasion, which involved a different set-up for getting Captain Wentworth and Anne Elliot together - one which the producers of movies seem unable to keep away from, even though they ought not tread near it, since it was jettisoned by its author.



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jessica_shea
Jan. 30th, 2010 11:28 pm (UTC)
Very curious to learn about the rejected ending!

Thank you for spurring me on to this rereading. I enjoyed it so much.
kellyrfineman
Feb. 1st, 2010 03:28 am (UTC)
Just posted about the rejected ending - just in time for the end of the month!
writerjenn
Jan. 31st, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
And so they all lived happily ever after. The End.


:-)
kellyrfineman
Feb. 1st, 2010 03:29 am (UTC)
All except possibly Mr. Elliot, who may end up married to "that woman", and Sir Walter and Elizabeth, who really don't regain their former "glory" that we know of. The good prosper and the rest are left to scratch for themselves. A wonderfully "moral" ending, isn't it?
p_sunshine
Feb. 1st, 2010 02:40 pm (UTC)
I still hold that Elliot and Elizabeth would have been perfect together. Though Mrs. Clay now being a kept woman is pretty amusing too.
kellyrfineman
Feb. 1st, 2010 03:06 pm (UTC)
About Mr. Elliot and Elizabeth: He was too smart for her, and she was too in love with herself, I think, for that to really work.
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