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Persuasion by Jane Austen Day 1

April 19, 2021 | Ch. 1-3

“…if every other leaf were powerless, he could read his own history with an interest which never failed…”
From the first sentence, Persuasion is about reading, about histories, and their power, about whose history is on the page, and beyond the page.

“…her word had no weight; her convenience was always to give way,—she was only Anne.”
Only, alone, lonely, Anne. Weightless words in grief; the one who heard you is gone. Root of only alone lonely *oi-no, also the root of unity, union, universal.

“He is rear admiral of the white. He was in the Trafalgar action and has been in the East Indies since...”
Anne, out loud. Throughout the Napoleonic Wars, Jane Austen wrote weekly letters with her two brothers who were Navy sailors, and abolitionists.

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