'She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned
romance as she grew older - the natural sequel of an unnatural
beginning.' Anne Elliot seems to have given up on present happiness
and has resigned herself to living off her memories. More than
seven years earlier she complied with duty: persuaded to view the
match as imprudent and improper, she broke off her engagement to a
naval captain with neither fortune, ancestry, nor prospects.
However, when peacetime arrives and brings the Navy home, and Anne
encounters Captain Wentworth once more, she starts to believe in
second chances. Persuasion celebrates romantic constancy in an era
of turbulent change. Written as the Napoleonic Wars were ending,
the novel examines how a woman can at once remain faithful to her
past and still move forward into the future.