Persuasion Book Summary and Study Guide

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Anne Elliot is the daughter of Sir Walter Elliot, a baronet living in Somersetshire. When her father is overcome by debt and rents his home, Anne goes to live with her sister, Mary Musgrove, who is ill. Anne cares for her sister and when she is well Mary's mother-in-law, Mrs. Musgrove, invites them to dine at her cottage with a few other guests.
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Anne meets Mrs. Musgrove's daughters at the party, Henrietta and Louisa, two lively girls who love parties and dancing. While there, Anne bumps into her former love-interest, naval officer Fredrick Wentworth. Anne soon realizes that she still has feelings for Captain Wentworth, but she fears that he is still embittered regarding the circumstances of their breakup. Later Anne finds herself repeatedly in company with Captain Wentworth, and during a trip down to Lyme, Anne perceives that Captain Wentworth may have taken an interest in Louisa.
While in Lyme, the group(including Mary Musgrove and her husband Charles, and Henrietta and Louisa Musgrove) decides to take a walk down to the beach. As they descend the steps that lead to the beach, Louisa Musgrove jumps from the steps into the arms of Captain Wentworth, who is at the bottom of the stairs. He declines her invitation to repeat, but she insists on jumping again. She jumps once more, but the Captain was not ready; she hits the pavement and is taken unconscious. Through these circumstances Anne has the opportunity to draw nearer to Captain Wentworth, and the anonymity of his feelings towards her are revealed.
The review of this Book prepared by A for Anonymous

A young girl has been persuaded by family and friends, that the man she wants to marry isn't at her social level. She spends the book looking for love and weighing her options.
The review of this Book prepared by Miss Becky the Teacher

When Anne Elliot turns down the hand of suitor upon advice of a dear friend, it causes a sorrow to both individuals that has two different effects on each. Is it possible that, beneath feelings of hurt and sorrow, love might yet still linger when the pair chance to meet once more seven years later?
The review of this Book prepared by Amanda Wesley

A lost love re-kindled.
The most powerful love story ever written.
Leaves you breathless.
The review of this Book prepared by Pat Baines

Jane Austen's Persuasion focuses on the regret and loneliness of Anne Elliot, who had rejected a proposal of marriage from the one man she truly loved. The story takes place less than a decade after the proposal, following her simultaneous anticpiation and dread of the rejected lover's return to the community. She struggles between the validity of the reasons for the old rejection and the flittering hope that their love had persevered.
The review of this Book prepared by Janet Alejandro

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   rekindling lost love/marriage Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Lover is    -   of a different social class

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   homemaker    -   wealthy Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Weird Victorian/Shakespearean English?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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