And so, friends, we've reached the end of another chapter in the Twitter version of Austen's masterpiece, Persuasion. If you haven't read the book yet, do it now! Here are the tweets:
Persuasion, Ch12: At the seaside, Anne notices a gentleman admiring her. & Capt W noticing, too. Nothing like a little jealousy to get their attention.
Turns out the man checking out Anne is her cousin, the heir to the Elliot estate and very much on the outs with Sir Walter
Yes, cousins could flirt and even marry. Not that Anne gives any of that a thought. Especially after what happens next...
Anne and friends descend the steep steps of the Cobb, but Louisa insists on being jumped down them by Capt. W.
"In.. their walks, he had had to jump her from the stiles; the sensation was delightful to her." Sexual innuendo, anyone?
Capt W thinks the jump too steep, but Louisa is determined. She jumps; he misses—she falls lifeless to the ground. OMG.
Everyone freaks. Benwick running to get surgeon, Henrietta fainting, Mary hysterical. Anne is the only clear-headed one.
Louisa is carried to the Harvilles, where she must stay until—if—she awakens. Capt W wants Anne to stay and nurse her.
Mary jealous (surprise) at idea of Anne staying instead of her, so Anne returns to Uppercross with Capt W & Henrietta.
Soon as Capt W (gulp) breaks the news to Mr. & Mrs. Musgrove, he leaves Anne and Henrietta and rides back to Lyme. Buh-bye.
Next up: Chapter 13, in which Anne takes her bittersweet leave of Uppercross.