Don’t read this if you plan on reading Jane Austen’s Persuasion. I mean you should read that instead of this because it is perfection.
My heart stopped when I got to that passage in the picture I posted. I stopped reading after that part and started frenetically cleaning my apartment. I was just feeling so much that I had to physically move to get it out of my system. I was so happy for the protagonist Anne at that moment. She’s a beautiful character, someone who’s caring, smart, and so deserving of true love.
Of course this book made me think about myself and the fact that I’m missing a great love like this. Is this kind of love realistic? I don’t know but it is a reminder that I can’t accept lackluster. It is so hard to find a real connection with someone, but I won’t accept anything less. I can’t just tell myself, “Well, he’s a nice guy and he has a good job.” That’s not enough. I want to pierce someone’s soul dammit! And they can pierce mine too.
That has to be out there, right?
I realize a love like this can grow and develop. This kind of passion might be just for the books or movies, but the idea of it can exist in real relationships. A mature love can be something that develops between two committed people who realize their life is better because their partner is in it.
They might not profess their love like Captain Wentworth, but this kind of love can be shown in everyday life. Long-distance relationships where people have to fly through the Earth to be able to share a cup of coffee with each other. The man or woman who on their way home from work, picks up their partner’s favorite meal. The meat eating guy who learns how to cook a delicious meat-free meal for his vegetarian girlfriend. Or the guy who will dress as Jon Snow to your Daenarys Targaryen costume and laugh together about their incestual love for each other. Should I have stopped before that last one?
Anyways, I think the Captain Wentworth passion does exist and I want it. Is that what you want too? Or do you have it already? Tell me what it’s like!
As I have read your post and Persuasion, I will say that I think we all have our Captain Wentworths at some point in our lives, but I don’t know that they are feasible and realistic. I think for Jane Austen being such a cynic, she was also a romantic. Her heroines always got their happy ending. I actually wrote a post recently about the problems with having “relationship goals.” I believe that our favorite love stories are fictional for a reason, and if we spend our entire lives looking for the “piercing soul” kind of love, we may miss out on something wonderful. 🙂
Thank you so much for your comment! I completely agree. I have to battle between the part of me that wants that movie moment (or book 😉 and the part of me that believes that’s probably not realistic. But I agree, even if it may not be movie worthy, having a real, loving relationship, would beat any contrived romantic ending! Thank you again for commenting. I appreciate it!