Some days ago I had the silly idea to chart the story of Persuasion, which is my favorite Jane Austen novel, on Twitter. I must say that I'm finding the challenge of tweeting plot points, 140 characters at a time, and attempting to make them interesting, and even amusing at times, exhilarating.
Persuasion, Ch.1: Sir Walter Elliot, baronet, engages in 19th cent. Wikipedi-ing: Rereads and edits entry on the Elliots in The Baronetage.
Persuasion, Ch1: Sir Walter drowning in debt and vanity. 911s agent Mr. Shepard and friend Lady Russell for advice. On the down low.
Persuasion, Ch2: Lady R and Anne, Sir W's daughter, make repay plan. Sir W and eldest daughter Elizabeth prefer to dine and dash. To Bath.
Persuasion, Ch.2: Anne hates Bath. But must cohab with her peeps. Family crib, Kellynch Hall, will be rented out. Also on the DL.
Persuasion, Ch.3: Shepherd wants Sir W to rent Kellynch to Admiral Croft. Sir W offended at very idea of a mere sailor occupying his home.
Persuasion, Ch4: Anne discomposed for another reason entirely. Admiral Croft is the bro in law of one Capt. Wentworth. Fans self. Sighs.
Persuasion, Ch4: 7 years ago Anne and Capt. Wentworth were engaged. He had no $, so Sir W & Lady R (almost a mother to Anne) said no way.
Persuasion-Ch4: Anne yielded to her fam. And never got over it. Nor did Capt. Wentworth. Who took off, made a bundle, and never called.
Persuasion, Ch.5: Anne delays joining the fam in Bath because she's summoned to Uppercross by hypochondriac married sister Mary. What fun!
Persuasion, Ch6: Escaping to Uppercross does not = escaping a meet w/Anne's ex, as the Musgroves (Mary's in-laws) are determined to meet him
Persuasion, Ch7: Anne steels herself for the inevitable reunion w/Capt. Wentworth: a dinner party at the Musgroves. Fate intervenes.
Persuasion, Ch7: Mary's eldest boy dislocates collarbone day of the fateful dinner. Anne, not Mary, is happy to stay home--& dodge bullet.
Persuasion, Ch7: Anne figures if Capt W wanted to see her he would have reconnected long ago when he made his fortune. But he never had.
Persuasion, Ch7: Next morning Capt W stops by to pay respects. No one knows he and Anne were once engaged. Awkward beyond words.
Persuasion, Ch7: Capt W is as gorgeous as ever. But, says he, Anne is "so altered he should not have known [her] again.'" Ouch, dude.
Persuasion, Ch7: He has not forgiven Anne. And is ready to fall in love with either of the Miss Musgroves; it matters not which one.
More to come later. Follow me on Twitter and see for yourself! More important, if you haven't read Persuasion--and I mean the actual book--do treat yourself to a most wonderful story about second chances.