PERSUASION tweets continue: When last we left Anne, she was
reading Capt. Wentworth's words in his letter: "I have loved none but
"Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alone have brought me to Bath."
Anne does run into Capt W—but Charles is with her. How can she manage "a word, a look" on the DL?
Thankfully Charles has to run & asks Capt W to take Anne home—she can barely refrain from doing a happy dance on the spot.
After the accident, he saw "the perfect excellence of the mind with which Louisa's could so ill bear a comparison…"
And he realized "the perfect unrivalled hold" which Anne's mind "possessed over his own."
He could now "distinguish between the steadiness of principle and the obstinacy of self-will…"
He now saw the difference "between the darings of heedlessness and the resolution of a collected mind."
He saw "everything to exalt in his estimation the woman he had lost."
And he "deplore[d] the pride,…the madness of resentment, which had kept him from trying to regain her." About time, dude!
Capt W's "penance had become severe." Even worse, says he, ""I found…that I was considered by Harville an engaged man!"
Realizing that Louisa's family & Louisa might feel the same, Capt W saw that he was "hers in honour if she wished it."
"I had been unguarded…I had been grossly wrong, and must abide the consequences." [Ah, if only we had consequences 2day]
And so Capt W did what any man would do: he fled. "meaning after a while to return...and act as circumstances might require."
Capt W visited his bro, who asked if Anne had changed, "little suspecting," says Capt W, "that to my eye you could never alter."
Anne smiles. "It was too pleasing a blunder" and she felt "it to be the result, not the cause of a revival of his…attachment."
Capt W had remained w/his bro,"lamenting…till at once released from Louisa by the astonishing…intelligence of her engagement."
And so Capt W did what any man would do: he went to the woman he loved. Got jealous. Made assumptions. & nearly quit the field.
But now all is well. Anne arrives home and enjoys "an interval of meditation, serious and grateful." Ah, yes. Regency Xanax.
Later Anne tells Capt W that tho' Lady Russell's advice to her @ age 19 turned out to be wrong, Anne was right to have listened.
Yet he cannot help but wonder: "whether there may not have been one person more my enemy even than that lady? My own self."
He asks if he had proposed again when he returned in 1808 w/a few grand and a posting on a ship, would she have then said yes?
"'Would I!' was…her answer…'Good God!' he cried, '…It is not that I did not think of it, or desire it…but I was…too proud...'"
"This…recollection…ought to make me forgive every one sooner than myself. Six years of…suffering might have been spared."
Persuasion, Capt. Wentworth, cont'd: "I have been used to the gratification of believing myself to earn every blessing that I enjoyed."