The Book Rat: In Defense of: Lady Russell ~ guest post from Maria Grace

Misty at the Book Rat hosted me this week as part of her Austen in August event.   Hop on over and check it out.

In Defense of: Lady Russell ~ guest post from Maria Grace

Earlier this week, you got to read an excerpt and enter to win a copy of Maria Grace’s Darcy’s Decision; today Maria is back, and she’s asking one specific question:Was Lady Russell Really at Fault?

Of all the characters in Persuasion, I have a feeling that Lady Russell is one of the least loved. I think many readers believe Lady Russell is at fault for persuading Anne to refuse Wentworth’s first proposal. It seems so clear, she is class conscious, snobby and should not have interfered in Anne’s life so freely. However, a closer look at the text suggests that perhaps there might have been more to Lady Russell’s advice than class-consciousness and indifference to Anne’s wishes. What possible motives might Lady Russell have had that would justify her near disastrous advice to Anne?

via The Book Rat: In Defense of: Lady Russell ~ guest post from Maria Grace.

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