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Oh, Captain Wentworth.

February 14, 2011

Men, take note. A good letter can be the most powerful thing in the world. It is the way to woo, the golden ticket. Be brave. Be eloquent. I give to you as your guide Captain Wentworth’s letter to Anne Elliot from Persuasion by Jane Austen. That is all.  xo

I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own, than when you almost broke it eight and a half years ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone I think and plan.–Have you not seen this? Can you have failed to have understood my wishes?–I had not waited even these ten days, could I have read your feelings, as I think you must have penetrated mine. I can hardly write. I am every instant hearing something that overpowers me. You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice, when they would be lost on others.–Too good, too excellent creature! You do us justice indeed. You do believe that there is true attachment and constancy among men. Believe it to be most fervent, most undeviating in

F. W.

I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither, or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look will be enough to decide whether I enter your father’s house this evening or never.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Weez permalink
    February 14, 2011 8:31 pm

    Indeed. I do love that letter and the conversation that preceeds it.
    P.S. Isn’t it time I got my own letter?

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