YMMV / Persuasion

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Anne's statements on the subject of persuasion are endlessly debated.
  • Anvilicious: Louisa's near-fatal fall from the Cobb breakwall is very obviously in service of the author's point re: strength of character needing to be tempered by prudence.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Anne learns near the end of the book that Mr Elliot is rather an unpleasant person, and is trying to ensure his inheritance of Sir Walter's title by any means necessary. By the end of the story, he... is closer to his goal, since Sir Walter and Mrs Clay are no longer a couple and thus won't produce an heir. Anne and her friends get their happy endings, but the inheritance is still destined for someone rather awful.
  • Rule-Abiding Rebel: Inverted, Anne believes she would have been happier marrying Captain Wentworth from the beginning even if he had never made a penny, and the narrator points out that two unsuitable young people in love are usually able to get married, never mind two mature people with one independent fortune between them.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: In-universe - Charles Musgrove is a Louisa Musgrove/Captain Wentworth shipper; his wife Mary is a Henrietta Musgrove/Captain Wentworth shipper. Things almost get ugly between them over this. There were deeper implications. Mary really didn't want Henrietta to "throw herself away" on country curate Charles Hayter. It is, after all, very inconvenient to be "giving bad connections to those who have not been used to them."
  • Stoic Woobie: Anne.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • She was correct to yield to (what she sees as parental) persuasion, regardless of the value of the counsel, decides Anne towards the end.
    "I must believe that I was right, much as I suffered from it, that I was perfectly right in being guided by the friend whom you will love better than you do now. To me, she was in the place of a parent. Do not mistake me, however. I am not saying that she did not err in her advice. ... But I mean, that I was right in submitting to her, ... and if I mistake not, a strong sense of duty is no bad part of a woman's portion."