April 25, 2021 | Volume II, Ch.1-3
“His head is full of some books he is reading upon your recommendation, and he wants to talk to you about them.”
Ours is not the first Persuasion book club. Anne’s recommendations change Captain Benwick’s life, and this has an effect on her own fate.
“[Lady Russell’s] heart revelled in angry pleasure, in pleased contempt, that the man who at twenty-three had seemed to understand somewhat of the value of an Anne Elliot, should eight years afterwards, be charmed by a Louisa Musgrove.”
Lady Russell is right to be angry about the brilliant, dangerous, and headstrong Captain Wentworth. But his warmth, his “dangerous impetuosity” is what Anne loves. —Jocelyn Harris, Austen scholar
“Such a number of looking-glasses! oh Lord! there was no getting away from oneself.”
What would Austen have said about pandemic life on Zoom? Microscope on domestic life, anxiety about illness, sudden vulnerability of bodies, inescapable self.
April 28, 2021 | Volume II, Ch. 8 and part of Ch. 9 up to “in whatever pleasure the concert of last night might afford:--not Mr. Elliot; it is not Mr. Elliot that—”
April 29, 2021 | Volume II, Ch. 9 beginning with “Do tell me how it first came into your head.”