Mainly Jane

Celebrating Jane Austen, and sometimes other things too.

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Anne, coming quietly down from Louisa’s room, could not but hear what followed, for the parlour door was open.

“Then it is settled, Musgrove,” cried Captain Wentworth, “that you stay, and that I take care of your sister home. But as to the rest, as to the others, If one stays to assist Mrs. Harville, I think it need be only one. Mrs. Charles Musgrove will, of course, wish to get back to her children; but if Anne will stay, no one so proper, so capable as Anne.”

She paused a moment to recover from the emotion of hearing herself so spoken of. The other two warmly agreed to what he said, and she then appeared.

“You will stay, I am sure; you will stay and nurse her,” cried he, turning to her and speaking with a glow, and yet a gentleness, which seemed almost restoring the past. She coloured deeply, and he recollected himself and moved away.

- Persuasion, Chapter 12

Filed under Jane Austen Persuasion Persuasion 1995 Amanda Root Ciaran Hinds Captain Wentworth Anne Elliot

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There was so much attachment to Captain Wentworth in all this, and such a bewitching charm in a degree of hospitality so uncommon, so unlike the usual style of give-and-take invitations, and dinners of formality and display, that Anne felt her spirits not likely to be benefited by an increasing acquaintance among his brother-officers.

"These would have been all my friends," was her thought; and she had to struggle against a great tendency to lowness.

- Persuasion, Chapter 11

Filed under Jane Austen Persuasion Persuasion 1995 Anne Elliot Captain Wentworth Frederick Wentworth Amanda Root Ciaran Hinds Captain Benwick Captain Harville Mrs Harville robert glenister Richard McGabe Sally George

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To know you will be lonely is not the same as being lonely.
When Lucinda came down the Parramatta River in Sol Meyer’s boat, she imagined her life would be a lonely one, and she felt a strength through recognising it. And yet what she imagined was not loneliness, which is boggy and sour, but something else which was bright and hard. The difference between what she imagined and what she finally experienced is the difference between the blade of a knife - an object of chilly beauty - and the chronic pain of an open wound.
- Oscar and Lucinda, Chapter 63

To know you will be lonely is not the same as being lonely.

When Lucinda came down the Parramatta River in Sol Meyer’s boat, she imagined her life would be a lonely one, and she felt a strength through recognising it. And yet what she imagined was not loneliness, which is boggy and sour, but something else which was bright and hard. The difference between what she imagined and what she finally experienced is the difference between the blade of a knife - an object of chilly beauty - and the chronic pain of an open wound.

- Oscar and Lucinda, Chapter 63

Filed under Oscar and Lucinda Peter Carey Cate Blanchett Ralph Fiennes Ciaran Hinds Gillian Armstrong Lucinda Leplastrier Dennis Hasset Oscar Hopkins Loneliness

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…the remarkable situation of the town, the principal street almost hurrying into the water, the walk to the Cobb, skirting round the pleasant little bay, which in the season is animated with bathing-machines and company; the Cobb itself, its old wonders and new improvements, with the very beautiful line of cliffs stretching out to the east of the town, are what the stranger’s eye will seek; and a very strange stranger it must be, who does not see charms in the immediate environs of Lyme, to make him wish to know it better.

…these places must be visited, and visited again to make the worth of Lyme understood.

- Persuasion, Chapter 10

Filed under Jane Austen Persuasion Persuasion 1995 Lyme Regis the Cobb Anne Elliot Captain Wentworth Amanda Root Ciaran Hinds Simon Russell Beale Charles Musgrove