It is often suggested that "Persuasion" is Jane Austen's novel that was in some respect autobiographical perhaps. There is some mention of her distaste of Bath as a place of her liking and there may be other aspects too that suggest she is somehow relating a story that mirrors her own lot in life in giving us the character of "Anne" in this final of her novels.
What is most interesting to me personally in this story is the theme that often is encountered from such writers in the contrasts between characters such as that of Anne versus that of Louisa Musgrove in what would be a suitable match for
Captain Wentworth's character in this tale.
For his own part, Captain Wentworth indicates he is seeking a woman who isn't fragile in her emotions. He wants a woman who "wont be swayed" he tells us.
Yet considering his own good nature and strength of great character, it would hardly do him justice to be saddled with such a disposition upon his own spirit. In this regard, I think we are scripting for Captain Wentworth, an unwise position on the matter - to his own honest interests, as he is in fact clearly best served in life by staying close to the knitting instead of the likes of
the lovely Miss Louisa Musgrove.
Enough said, perhaps! Enjoy the show, Jane Austen never fails to impress in old fashioned wit of the greatest of languages which English is!
Michael Rizzo Chessman