perpetual estrangement

Posted: February 19, 2011 in books, love, Quotes
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Jane Austen in Persuasion:

there could have been no two hearts so open, no tastes so similar, no feelings so in unison, no countenances so beloved. Now they were as strangers; nay, worse than strangers, for they could never become acquainted. It was a perpetual estrangement.

When words can capture deep feelings, paint raw emotions, and give expression to the pain of lost love, this is how it reads like. Who says a picture is worth a thousand words? It certainly is not true when it is Jane Austen making the words express themselves so beautifully. “You have got to learn to paint with words.”  said Flannery O’Connor. I can see what she meant.

  1. EJ Lavoie says:

    It’s true that Jane Austen’s writing is not visual. However, the movies based on her books are highly visual, which makes them popular today. I wrote a mini-treatise on that subject not long ago using her novel “Northanger Abbey”.

  2. introspeak says:

    I agree; movies based on Jane Austen’s books have stunning visuals. However the appeal of those movies is in the magic of complex emotions that she captures: the sweet agony of being in love, the pain of separation, “the happiness of such misery, or the misery of such happiness” as she had put it.

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