Awesome: Persuasion

  • Anne Elliot, one of the most overlooked and underestimated of the Jane Austen heroines, faces her controlling father and informs him that no, she is not going to visit their cousins the rich and ennobled Dalrymples, she is going to visit her poor friend Mrs. Smith.
  • Later in the book, Anne informs her love interest that she was in fact right to follow her friend's advice to break up with him eight years ago. He agrees. However, when he admits his fears that he thought her relatives were trying to persuade her into another marriage this time around, she makes it clear that, although a girl's duty to her family may require her not marrying someone, no sense of duty should ever compell a girl to marry someone against her will or better judgement.