It has been said about Jane Austen’s character, Anne Elliot, that she is witty, clever, and considerate, ‘like all of Austen’s heroines’. Austen herself said Anne Elliot ‘is a heroine that is almost too good for me’. She is described as ‘witty, clever, and considerate’. She was a woman who made mistakes in her youth and felt that the unhappiness in her life was a direct result of them. She found love and joy later in life after she had long given up hope of having them ever again. It was by growing into a strong individual that she got back what she most wanted and once lost.
In these respects, Anne Elliot is both who I am and who I would wish to be. I struggle to be a good person who is all of those good things, while struggling to break free of a youth filled with mistakes I am not proud of. I only hope that love and joy are in my future too.
“Let us all hope that we are preceded in this world by a love story.” – ‘Sweetland’