“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope…I have loved none but you.”
One word to describe this book: TIME.
Awww this book pierced by my heart a thousand times! This was the second time I’ve read it, and my ratings went up from 4 to 5. I just had this sudden realization that this book can affect the hearts of many, and indeed it is realistic. Realistic in a way that even though this most likely happened in the 19th century, it is still possible to be attached to people nowadays.
What I dearly love about this book is that it teaches us about time.
What if you fell in love with someone so much you will do everything for them and fight the world just to be with that person? But when your family told you that you are thinking too much and you are making the right decisions to change your life and it might affect your reputation that you must leave the person you love? Anne Elliot’s love for Mr. Wentworth became like this. They were so in love until Anne’s relative persuaded her not to marry Mr. Wentworth because they think he is not worthy for her.
Then after 8 years they meet again.
Anne felt the deepest regret in her whole life, that is, leaving Captain Wentworth brokenhearted, now she has to see him again with all the ladies falling head over heels with him. Now Anne comes face-to-face with the deep regret of her old decision, and her abiding love for Wentworth, as she wonders if a long ago love can be rekindled.
It’s pretty sad. I felt how she tried to contain herself from all the feelings she felt ever since. Every time she sees him, all her feelings kept rushing back so fast, her heart thickens every time she meets him, even if they only said a few words and very little exchanges of glances.
I feel Anne in her suffering towards her love for Captain Wentworth. And indeed, we all can relate to her. Loving someone, but both of you separated because it is the wrong time, that quotation of "Falling in love with the right person at the wrong time" is profoundly a fact. I think it works well with everyone. But to do justice, it’s practically efficient to think realistically otherwise both will die of regret.
I cried. I always cry at period dramas. Especially at Jane Austen’s books.
In the lovers of this book, they show a compatible emotion that they shared eight years ago and thinking that those feelings might still be felt until now. I mean like imagine, 8 years? 8 years have freakin passed and almost every thing changes! Your looks, your likes and dislikes, your ways, well not always but come to think of it, it is a very long time! How can you still retain your feelings for that person?
Unless, you loved that person so much you think of them every time you wake up and they’re also the last person that comes into your mind before you sleep. You imagine them with you, all the wandering, all the bittersweet memories you try to forget but you just cannot because deep down, with all the denial you do it would not work. Simply because you still love that person, that love that never fades until the day grows old.
They realized that love can never change even though time passes. Indeed it is a very strong love, one that can defy everything against all odds. In the future, they will try to see if their feelings are still mutual, not to be trashed and not to be blamed. I feel that love is very beautiful and honest.
Love waits. And that I am very jealous.
Why did I chose time as my word of description? Time plays a very underrated role in the book and even though it doesn’t seem to show in pages, time plays a very important role for the situation.
It simply shows that time can change things, make people change but feelings, are hard to disguise. If the truth shows, the denial weakens. You may only see it through the person’s eyes, and the person’s eyes only.
Obviously this is a romance novel, but what differs to me about what Jane Austen did was to show how much she criticized the world before in ways where a women must be beautiful and youthful enough to marry and not end up like an old maid. But besides from that, she created a wonderful love story in between.
Below are photos from the BBC adaptation of Persuasion:
Of course I have watched this, but the book is 10x better.
But I have felt the feelings of Anne and Wentworth more all thanks to this adaptation. Lovely on-screen kiss!
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