otp: you pierce my soul

It makes this chapter’s healing of the lover’s rift feel that much more miraculous, and that much more fragile, to learn that it took Austen two attempts to craft it.
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Deidre Shauna Lynch (English literature professor) on Cpt. Wentworth’s “You pierce my soul”-letter to Anne Elliot which was only written in the second draft of the ending of ‘Persuasion’ and not included in the original version.


(in: James Kinsley (ed.) 2004. ‘Jane Austen. Persuasion.’ Introduction. Oxford: University Press.)

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 a 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.
—  Captain Wentworth in a letter to Anne Elliott. Ch. 23 of Persuasion, by Jane Austen.
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Get To Know Me Meme - Top 3 OTPs (in no particular order)

“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 a 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.”

Anne Elliot and Frederick Wentworth from Persuasion (Jane Austen)