."I have no conception whom you can mean, Shepherd; I remember no gentleman resident at Monkford since the time of old Governor Trent."
"Bless me! how very odd! I shall forget my own name soon, I suppose. A name that I am so very well acquainted with; knew the gentleman so well by sight; seen him a hundred times; came to consult me once, I remember, about a trespass of one of his neighbours; farmer's man breaking into his orchard; wall torn down; apples stolen; caught in the fact; and afterwards, contrary to my judgement, submitted to an amicable compromise. Very odd indeed!"
After waiting another moment—
"You mean Mr Wentworth, I suppose?" said Anne.
Mr Shepherd was all gratitude.
"Wentworth was the very name! Mr Wentworth was the very man. He had the curacy of Monkford, you know, Sir Walter, some time back, for two or three years. Came there about the year ---5, I take it. You remember him, I am sure."
"Wentworth? Oh! ay,--Mr Wentworth, the curate of Monkford. You misled me by the term gentleman. I thought you were speaking of some man of property: Mr Wentworth was nobody, I remember; quite unconnected; nothing to do with the Strafford family. One wonders how the names of many of our nobility become so common."'
Friday, April 22, 2011
Persuasion - by Jane Austen
You can’t really talk about a neglected Jane Austen novel, but Persuasion (£0.86 UK Edition) (0,99 Deutsch Edition) is not her best known novel. It is still a wonderful book. The title refers to the problem of listening to friendly advice on an important matter where you should be the only authority. (Think of Carla consulting her sous chef on what to cook during the finale of Top Chef a few years ago!)
Of course Austen’s heroine was not in a cooking competition, but I love this story of mistakes, broken hearts and second chances.
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