Friday, February 22, 2008

Persuasion Letter

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That letter in the book was spoken
in the film. The great line is here :
"You pierce my soul."

Capt. Wentworth to Anne :

"I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such
means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half
agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious
feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart
even more your own, than when you almost broke it eight years
and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman,
that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you.
Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but
never inconstant. You alone have brought me to Bath. For you
alone I think and plan. -- Have you not seen this? Can you fail
to have understood my wishes? -- I had not waited even these
ten days, could I have read your feelings, as I think you must
have penetrated mine. I can hardly write. I am every instant
hearing something which overpowers me. You sink your voice,
but I can distinguish the tones of that voice, when they would
be lost on others. -- Too good, too excellent creature! You do us
justice indeed. You do believe that there is true attachment and
constancy among men. Believe it to be most fervent, most undeviating in

F. W.

I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither,
or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look will
be enough to decide whether
I enter your father's house this
evening, or never."


podso said...

"I can listen no longer in silence." Wonderful picture too!

walking said...

WOW, BONNIE! That is my absolute favorite moment in my absolute favorite Jane Austen novel! You sure know how to pick them!