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Jane Austen books have all been favorites of mine. I love reading them, watching the movies, and listening to the audio books as I drive. Flo Gibson is my favorite Jane Austen audio book reader. The story of Pride & Prejudice is probably my favorite Jane Austen book, but it wasn’t the most influential in my life. Persuasion had the most affect on who I am today.
I bet most of you have read it, but just in case, Persuasion is the story of Anne Elliott, who found love at a young age but allowed herself to be persuaded not to marry the man because he was poor and didn’t have good prospects. The same man comes back into her life years later and believes she has a weak character because she was so easily persuaded against him, but he sees her true character throughout the book and falls in love with her all over again.
Persuasion was most influential to me during college. It helped me to grow up. I was a pretty obedient child, which is a good thing, but when I went off to college, I had to learn who I was as an independent adult. Often when I would be faced with a decision, Anne Elliott would come to mind. It still happens, too! I think Anne’s character became a warning to me to remember to judge advice from others on more than just the world’s standards. Riches and power aren’t important in God’s eyes.
I also admire Anne because she is a strong main character even though she is kind, thoughtful and quiet. She doesn’t have to be outgoing to be interesting, and I think she is quite Christ-like in how she treats others in the story. I like who she is and see her as a fictional role model.
I sure am glad she got a second chance with Captain Wentworth!
Which Jane Austen novel has been most influential in your life? Which is your favorite?