Anne Elliot: The heroine of the novel, Anne displays for us a logical-minded woman who lost her chance at love with Captain Frederick Wentworth because she was persuaded to cut off the engagement. A quiet, reserved character, she has shining moments when she exerts her natural leadership and class as a woman in her society. Still in love with Frederick, her emotional journey and internal struggle is captivating.
“All the privilege I claim for my own sex (it is not a very enviable one, you need not covet it), is that of loving longest, when existence or when hope is gone.”
“Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. ...the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove anything.”
“When pain is over, the remembrance of it often becomes a pleasure.”
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