A woman of no importance, she manoeuvres in her restricted circumstances as her long-time love Captain Wentworth did in the wars. Even though she is nearly thirty, well past the sell-by bloom of youth, Austen makes her win out for herself and for others like herself, in a regenerated society.
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A probable read
If you wish to know what is the whole “I-am-a-crazy-Jane Austen-fan” buzz about, then this is not the book you must place your first 3 to-read list. I suggest you start with Pride n Prejudice, followed by Sense and Sensibility, then Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park, and then Persuasion would be an appropriate sequence to follow. This is a book where you already know her pattern even if it is just the second or third book you are reading. You don’t want this comparatively smaller book to spoil P&P or S&S for you. If it’s been a while and you wish to read some Austen again but not RE-read anything previous, then you may have a small delight in this short get-together with her writing. Thus, I do not rate it enough.