Fun Facts Regarding the Publication:
-Persuasion was originally titled The Elliots and it is uncertain who changed it, although we can surmise that it was her brother, Henry.
-Miss Austen wrote Persuasion in 1815 then revised the last two chapters before it was published in 1817 (in many television adaptations we see Captain Wentworth, acting for Admiral Croft, asking Anne if she is engaged to Mr Elliot, and whether the Crofts should leave Kellynch. Many readers of Persuasion may believe this to be a creative liberty taken by the filmmakers; however, it was indeed the original ending, which Austen changed)
-There are no surviving manuscripts or drafts of any of Jane Austen’s novels save for the original ending of Persuasion.
-The combined edition of Northanger Abbey & Persuasion sold 1, 409 copies within a year.
Although no violent revolution (such as the French & American revolutions, both occurring whilst Jane lived) occurred in England during Jane’s lifetime, there was a rather noticeable shift in social classes, as those with newly acquired wealth began to surpass the landed gentry in both power and influence.
This change had the landed gentry growing nervous as these “new men”, who made their money by either being business men or naval officers with large fortunes made from prize money, began to be recognized and treated as gentlemen.
Jane Austen was conscience of the shift in social classes; it shows in the following description of the Musgrove’s. Although she did not acknowledge if she thought these changes were for the better.
“The Musgroves, like their houses, were in a state of alteration, perhaps of improvement. Their father and mother were in the old English style and the young people in the new. Mr & Mrs. Musgrove were a very good sort of people; friendly and hospitable, not much educated, and not at all elegant. Their children had more modern minds and manners.”
In Persuasion Jane Austen portrays these classes brilliantly with the following characters:
The rising family: The Musgroves
The Naval Officers: Captain Wentworth
Admiral Croft & his wife, Mrs. Sophia Wentworth Croft
The faded gentry: The Elliots—who are forced to give up their inherited property due to debt but the family who takes the property, Kellynch Hall, from them have none of the qualities that Sir Walter Elliot considers essential parts of a gentleman.
Locations of Persuasion
Kellynch Hall: The home of the Elliots, which they are forced to let out to Admiral Croft.
Uppercross: Home of the Musgrove family.
Lyme Regis: Seaside town where Louisa Musgrove is injured.
Bath: The city where the Elliots move to.
A Look Inside of Kellynch Hall
Location: Somerset, 50 Miles from Bath
Size: Unknown, although Mary scoffs at Winthrop being 250 acres so one is lead to believe Kellynch is much larger.
Fun Fact: Kellynch is full of mirrors, which the Admiral confesses to having covered up.
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