Persuasion by Jane Austen

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Persuasion by Jane Austen Silence and Signals Direct communication is impossible due to social rules and proprieties. The prose style becomes chaotic and troubled as it is reflects a tormented mind filled with repetitions ("Eight years, almost eight years had passed"), urgent rhetorical questions ("What might eight years not do?"), exclamations ("how natural, how certain too!"), and interjections ("Alas! With all her reasonings she found that to retentive feelings eight years may be little more than nothing"). So Anne's consciousness permeates the presentation of their meeting and pinpoints the difficulties of polite society, the veil behind all must act, he signals and performs enough to mark an "easy footing". We see then the importance of physiognomy, gesture, countenance and looks in the interpretation of character and thoughts. The mention of Captain Wentworth by Mrs Croft in Chapter VI produces a wish to control her countenance, which signifies her feelings in the physical manifestation of colouring: "Anne hoped she had outlived the age of blushing; but the age of e...
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