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on 22 December 2017
Published posthumously this was the last completed novel by Jane Austen. Anne is the middle daughter of the Elliot family; whose mother is now dead. The father is vain and pompous, and due to his lifestyle has brought the family into debt, and he only has his youngest daughter married off.
Often considered the most mature of all Austen’s novels this has always found many devoted readers since its first publication, with its power being fully appreciated since the late 19th Century, and has remained so. Fully developed and a joy to read, it is a shame that Ms Austen died before she could carry on writing, as it is evident from this book that she still had a lot to give us, and in a very powerful and subtle way.
When Anne was younger, so she forged a relationship was a certain Frederick Wentworth, but with pressure placed on her by her father, older sister and family friend, so it never came to anything. Arguing that Anne was too young, that her prospective lover had not enough money, and no satisfactory position, so relationships were broken off. Years later though, things have changed and with both of them single will they rekindle former feelings and marry?
We can clearly see where the title of this comes from, and in fact it was Jane’s brother who gave us this, as according to family tradition this would originally probably have been entitled The Elliots, if Jane had lived.
Taking in certain themes such as remaining true to yourself and your ideals, so this is very much a novel for those with some maturity. So we are led to believe, Anne is past her bloom, when she looked good, and so we can gather that she is plain, but she is intelligent. As for Wentworth we are reminded that at the time money and prestige can come out of war, where booty can be gotten from captured vessels of the enemy.
In all this is a very satisfactory read that has been enjoyed by those who love reading for generations.