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.
It is interesting that (as scripted) it is suggested to Anne that she is
perhaps unromantic in which is her spirit. (I believe it is Lady Russell
who supposes that Anne is perhaps not taken by the "romantics" of
poets in life). It is true that Anne in this tale had turned down a
proposal from a gentleman who professed to love her and expressed
the best intentions despite his poor worldly possessions and
connections perhaps, however the point is that even if some
people have a lot of money, it remains a sad truth that a good many
do not have the capacity or willingness to give of themselves in a
manner which allows for a spirit of love to form in a meaningful bond
of some kind perhaps.
On the other hand, who better to be romantically involved with than
someone who has the means to provide - as poverty brings ultimate
misery in the end to the human spirit I say.
I do think those who of us on the planet with ultimately truest merit
in this regard should therefore command all the resources necessary
to do justice upon the earth and keep the human spirit alive in each
one that can love well.
Enough said, perhaps! Enjoy the show, Jane Austen never fails to
impress in old fashioned wit of the greatest of languages which
English most certainly is, and will remain too!
Michael Rizzo Chessman