Every time you mention Persuasion I smile. I first read it in my freshman English Lit class. I was so bitter that the Austen we were reading wasn't Sense and Sensibility or Emma or Pride and Prejudice, but this one that I'd never heard of. Of course, by the end of it I was gutted and enamored and Wentworth's letter to Anne remains the most romantic thing I think I've ever read. It's a lovely, mature love story, and I'm looking forward to Bellarke taking on a new level of maturity.
Ah, Persuasion. After Anne has been alone and disregarded for 8 years, a spinster, nothing but a helper to other people, and Captain Wentworth shows up again, but he, who had been spurned by her rejection, gives her little notice and instead turns his attention to the lively girls who are more a part of living than lonely Anne.
And Anne accepts this, though heartbroken that he seems to have not felt for her all that she’s felt for him during these long lonely years. They are thrown together and she proves brave and strong and true, but she also turns her attentions elsewhere. Not really, but so it seems to the other. (wait this actually sounds a little bit like season 4 already. will they do that again in season 5 or was it already happening in season 4?)
But then they meet again in Bath and the resentment seems to be passed and he is worried for Anne and her heart and her untrustworthy suitors. This could be coming. If they do this, then there will definitely be angst and they won’t be on the same page right away.
I like the part where Anne is consoling Captain Harville about how deeply women love. And she’s only ever loved Captain Wentworth, and he knows it. So when he hears her talking, he realizes she is talking about her unending devotion to HIM. (I recognize the romance of this in fiction, but i do not like it in real life. everyone needs to move ON irl.)
“All the privilege I claim for my own sex (it is not a very enviable
one; you need not covet it), is that of loving longest, when existence
or when hope is gone.”–Anne to Captain Harville
This we’ve seen with Clarke, and her daily messages to Bellamy over the course of 6 years, much like Anne’s devotion to Captain Wentworth although she never ever thought he would love her again. Although both Wentworth and Bellamy are off on distant ships facing danger and might never return. Anne had no prospects as an old maid, in much the way that Clarke has no prospects as the last woman on earth. lol. And that she doesn’t even know if Bellamy is alive. And yet. She still has hope. Canonical hope that Bellamy will return. To her.
So when he does come back, will they be separated? Will it seem as if Bellamy has moved on? I think it will. So all our fandom angst about ships in space will actually be a part of the story, but it won’t be THE STORY, because, in the words of Captain Wentworth–
“A man does not recover from such a devotion of the heart to such a woman! He ought not; he does not.“—Captain Wentworth, Persuasion
Because Bellamy and Clarke are as much endgame as Anne Eliot and Captain Wentworth. OTP, across time and space, FTW.