“She prized the frank, the open-hearted, the eager character beyond all others. Warmth and enthusiasm did captivate her still. She felt that she could so much more depend upon the sincerity of those who sometimes looked or said a careless or a hasty thing, than of those whose presence of mind never varied, whose tongue never slipped.” -Persuasion by Jane Austen.
While reading Persuasion I ran across this quote, and I was completely struck by how true it rang. It is not often that I find a book so worth reading as Persuasion. I truly felt as though Anne was a kindred spirit, and I was quite sorry to finish the book. Anne’s beauty, though subtle at first, grows and defines her. She does not have to be outspoken to be heard, nor does she seek attention, yet it is given to her. Throughout the book Anne shows that kindness is strength, beauty is never truly fleeting, and love, well, there is more to be won by love than by any other means.
To me, Anne is a symbol of woman I would like to become. Though she is kind and giving, she is by no means diminished by it. Anne has more stature, more elegance, and is held high in society because of these traits.
I really do recommend this book if you are looking for a good read mixed with deep thoughts.
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