Chapter 1 is all about introductions and Austen handles them deftly and thoroughly. One particularly striking point I noticed this time is how tied to an absolute year Persuasion is…definitely, of course, with reference to the end of the war and the sailors being turned ashore, but also in regards to everyone’s exact date of birth, etc. A very interesting detail.
(Also, a quick note I neglected to mention in my last post. With the following page numbers, I'll be referencing my own Barnes & Noble Classics edition, but obviously the quotes may all fall in different places in your editions!)
“Vanity was the beginning and the end of Sir Walter Elliot’s character; vanity of person and situation… Few women could think more of their personal appearance than he did; nor could the valet of any new made lord be more delighted with the place he held in society.” pg. 6
“…Anne, with an elegance of mind and sweetness of character…” pg. 7
“All equality of alliance must rest with Elizabeth; for Mary had merely connected herself with an old country family of respectability and large fortune, and had therefore given all the honour, and received none…” pg. 8
Possible discussion question/s:
Just reading this chapter, do you think it’s obvious that Anne is the heroine?