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The Bath inhabited by the Austen family was a magnet for fashionable society, and life there was a social whirl, which was one of the things that disagreed with Jane, who once wrote to her sister "Another stupid party last night". In Northanger Abbey, another work by Austen partly set in the city, the main character Catherine Morland is whisked off to Bath by family friends Mr. and Mrs. Allen, where she becomes embroiled in the city's heady social scene, as well as finding romance there. There was no shortage of elegant venues for the smart set to show themselves off, such as the sweeping Royal Crescent, the small but perfectly formed Circus and the Paragon and broad Pulteney Street, just beyond the beautiful Pulteney Bridge (top).

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Persuasion is connected with Northanger Abbey not only by the fact that the two books were originally bound up in one volume and published together two years later, but also because both stories are set partly in Bath, a fashionable health resort with which Jane Austen was well acquainted, having lived there from 1801 to 1805.

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Although William Elliot seems a perfect gentleman, Anne distrusts him; she finds his character disturbingly opaque. She is enlightened by an unexpected source when she discovers an old school friend, Mrs. Smith, living in Bath in straitened circumstances. Mrs. Smith and her now-deceased husband had once been Mr. Elliot’s closest friends. Having encouraged them into financial extravagance, he had quickly dropped them when they became impoverished. Anne learns, to her great distress, of his layers of deceit and calculated self-interest. In addition, her friend speculates that Mr. Elliot wants to reestablish his relationship with her family primarily to safeguard his inheritance of the title, fearing a marriage between Sir Walter and Mrs. Clay. This helps Anne to understand more fully the dangers of persuasion—in that Lady Russell pressed her to accept Mr. Elliot’s likely offer of marriage—and helps her to develop more confidence in her own judgment.

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Persuasion is Jane Austen’s last completed novel. She began it soon after she had finished Emma, completing it in August, 1816. She died, aged 41, in 1817, but Persuasion was not published until 1818.

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Persuasion is widely appreciated as a moving love story despite what has been labelled as a simple plot, and exemplifies Austen’s acclaimed wit and ironic narrative style. Austen wrote Persuasion in a hurry, during the onset of the illness from which she eventually died; as a result, the novel is both shorter and arguably less polished than Mansfield Park and Emma, and was not subject to the usual pattern of careful retrospective revision.

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If you can't get there, you can see photos of her house, exteriors and interiors, her writing table, a patchwork quilt made by her, and Austen family furnishings on the internet. Web site from Jane Austen's House Museum, Chawton, Hampshire, England.

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Although the impact of Austen’s failing health at the time of writing this novel cannot be overlooked, the novel is strikingly original in several ways. Persuasion is the first of Austen’s novels to feature as the central character a woman who, by the standards of the time, is well past the first bloom of youth; biographer Claire Tomalin characterizes the book as Austen’s “present to herself, to Miss Sharp, to Cassandra, to Martha Lloyd . . . to all women who had lost their chance in life and would never enjoy a second spring.”