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Hi oakborn,
Thanks for clearing up the Elizabeth confusion. Now that I have the right Elizabeth in mind it makes perfect sense. Yes, they are similar. Have you read some more of Persuasion? Jane Austen does take to heart, " Actions speak louder than words". Hope you enjoy it to the end.


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Hey EachMoment,

I meant that Anne Elliot reminds me of Elizabeth Bennet, not the sister Elizabeth in Persuasion. She is sort of the more "mature" Elizabeth Bennet. The sister Elizabeth is pridefully insufferable.

I do love Jane Austen's sense of humour about Sir Walter and his mirrors. She manages to illustrate the ridiculous with such understatement as always, letting the behavior of the character serve to illustrate and highlight their faults. It is a much more clever and subtle device than direct description. I really enjoy that.

Sorry for the confusion.

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Hi Oakborn,

I hope you continue to read Persuasion to the end. Your persistence is admirable. I especially like that you are reading while exercising. You go! Several of the characters are highly annoying. Your thoughts are not shallow. I am curious as to how you see Anne almost like Elizabeth? I could guess, but my thoughts are not your thoughts. Why is it then, that we can like Anne, but not Elizabeth?

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I am so sorry to be jumping in late, I have had a lot of life and stuff going on. I have so far gotten Anne to getting reacquainted with Mrs. Smith. I have found that I like listening to the novel and reading along on my Kindle while walking on Treadmill.

My thoughts so far... I really detest Sir William Elliot and Elizabeth. Mary annoys the snot out of me and I can't see anything in her. Lady Russell also makes me grumpy.

Anne is almost like Elizabeth, but even more perfected, almost too perfect, but I like her.

Those are the shallow thoughts off my shallow little head.



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I finished Persuasion. I enjoyed the reading group while it lasted. I enjoyed reading the book again. I have ordered a movie based on the book from the library for a last hurrah. I hope you all continue to enjoy all the wonderful literature there is to read. The best to you all.

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A reply to BigFish: Good point that an accident or illness was fraught with much more danger then compared to today. The drama makes more sense in that context. Also, thanks for the clarification on why there was a reference to names I had no knowledge of and couldn't figure out what they mean. I still don't know what JA was communicating with the reference but now I know why I had no clue.

Hello all, Hope you are enjoying Persuasion. I know I am. I am glad to be rereading it because I have forgotten quite a bit of it. Are we all in the same place? I just finished reading Part II Chapter 4.

Class over Seniority! So many circles within circles, or is it more like a pyramid scheme. But Boy, pecking order seems to just be part of being alive.
Anne's family has it so much they are cruel. Mary is so selfish as to put down any possiblility that Captain Benwick would pay Anne attention. Anne's first evening in Bath only went well because Mr. Elliot pays her regard as Mrs. Russell does. Brought to mind that being treated with apathy is as bad as being treated meanly. Then all that social cloying to be "connected" with their cousins. All the social tit for tat (ie. condolences). You are judged/accepted according to the company you keep based on its current social rank within the social circle that you reside in ( a welcome that depends on place and current residents).

Is a connection for good company, obligation, or status within the pecking order?

A few personal observations that caught my attention:
Loved the paragraph describing the anticipation and disappointment when Capt. Benwick didn't come to Kellynch. Haven't we all experienced something similar at some time in our life.

Fun with the individuality of what " a little quiet cheerfulness" means.

JA brought me into the story as a reader, easily feeling what the characters appear to be feeling. Especially our heroine, Anne. Her family is so trite, annoying, rude, self absorbed, and boring. I don't know how Anne keeps her good graces about her whenever she is with them.

I am in anticipation to see who ends up with whom. I know Anne, but I forget who the others pair up with all the possibilities. No spoilers!

Lastly, I remember visiting my grandmother in Germany. She would be 111 years now. Her brother had died and she was expected to only wear black for a year. It had been six months and we were going on a sight seeing outing. Pulling a white blouse out of her closet to go with her black skirt, stockings, and shoes, she said, " I'll just be half mourning today".

On that quip. Looking forward to hearing from ya'll about what you are thinking of the story thus far.



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I agree with you eachmoment
This has to be my favorite part of the book and contains my favorite line - "Ay, a very bad business indeed. A new sort of way this, for a young fellow to be making love, by breaking his mistress's head, is not it, Miss Elliot? This is breaking a head and giving a plaster,
truly!"
Also the image of the Admiral looking around at the dressing mirrors for the first time and thus the image of what transpired to have him put them out (I hate mirrors), makes me chuckle heartily.
Also true, it makes me wistful to visit Lyme. I wonder if it would restore my youthful bloom? Haha!
I think that Anne feels obligated and is raised to obligation by the confidences of the others. The obligation to help them.... in everything from smoothing over each gossipy griefs to soothing imaginary ails. She seems to be pressed into service.
Louisa's fall while it does in this day and age seems over dramatic makes me think of how far medical treatment and sturdiness of health has developed over the years. I try to think if you stripped everything we know medically and place ourselves in that situation how would I react. It's hard to imagine but I think i can somewhat understand by thinking of a child I knew who seen his daddy after surgery. His reaction is what i would call over dramatic in someone our age but that is the equivalient of knowledge in most people then.

I think, and don't quote me on this, but the reference to Emma and Henry is a reference to the poet Matthew Prior. I know in Jane's other work is full of quipy and witty references to the other well known works and classic readings of her time period.

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Hello Persuasion reading group,

I have no idea where we all hark from but here's hoping you all are well and warm and can share you insights, observations and questions this week. I have read up to Part II, Chapter 2.
An odd stopping point numbers wise but ok story wise with the Crofts off on a long visit and Anne and Lady Russell off to Bath soon.

Surprised that Anne went to Lyme. Couldn't figure out if it was because she wanted to see the sights or because she felt obligated to accompany the group?

Kind of fell in love with Lyme as described in the story. Love the ocean (how it can give back your health and bloom) and quaint towns, going off season when all is quiet is a bonus, and the Harville's house was a home, unlike the manors.

Anne seems to find her identity as someone who is giving and helpful, unlike her sister Mary who finds it in being served and taking what she can get from others.

Found Louisa's fall over dramatic. It did make more sense when Wentworth is experiencing the fallout of not staying firm to one's resolution, as Anne has experienced in regard to being persuadable.

It is funny how the ebb and flow of the ocean is seen in the ebb of Anne "getting over" Wentworth and the flow he is beginning to have towards Anne. There were several moments in these chapters where you see the shackels falling from Anne and she is blossoming again.
And yet, Lady Russell is annoying to me again with her being jealous for Anne in regards to Capt. Wentworth's attention.

??? Where does " the feelings of an Emma and her Henry" come from? Who are these people?

After all the drama of Louisa's head accident because she won't use her head wisely, I loved the part where Admiral Croft removes the excess looking glasses from Sir Elliot's room.LOL


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Ah! Yes, I know of what you speak. No personal belief system, so they flip and flop to fit in with whatever the belief system is of the group or person they are with at the moment. Do you think any of the characters in Persuasion have this trait? No one sticks out for me as a positive yes, but I may be missing something.

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People without true depth or lack maturity. I was thinking of a cousin of mine who mimics the traits of others he is around. In with the bad crowd he acts bad, around our church going family acting pious (he's actually been baptized 6 times in three different demonitations of churches!), around his wife and daughter he's loving, around other women extremely flirtatious and etc...

You really can't tell his true traits.

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Thanks for the positive feedback Bigfish. I am enjoying the insights that the others share too. Could you clarify for me what the "wavering trait" is you speak of?

Yes, the world is full of Lady Russells. Hope I don't find myself guilty of being one too often.

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I love your insights EACHMOMENT! I completely agree being from a small community myself.
Another thing I love about Jane is the strength of her characters, I find while the humans display eternal themes, There is a wavering trait that neither Jane or the Bard saw fit to capture.

Sorry I'm late with this post I had my own Lady Russel to contend with (Mother -in-Law, lol) I will be more prompt this week with the next three chapters

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i read 10 chapters to this point.

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Got a bit behind, where has everyone got to?

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Hope you all found ja as helpful in unwinding from another busy week as I did. Noticing the flashes of recognition between Wentworth and Anne that the person they once knew may still be the person of the present. These flashes relieve me as the reader because "perpetual estrangements" are emotionally taxing.

Wondering why the captain feels that women on a ship are worse than rats,but his sister has successfully traveled with the Admiral for years? Also, what is this "turn around the room" behavior? Military and commerce of this time is before the industrial revolution, is it not? Th
ey are willing warriors, going to war to get rich.

Still snobby that Mary doesn't want Henrietta marrying down, but she did just that. Then she was a snob again when she was to fatigued to go to the cousins home, but she walked all
over the hill looking for a better place to sit.

I live in a very small town where other families have been here for generations. I am
familiar with a social structure that excludes because the family is their whole social life.

Shakepear and Austen remaine timeless, I think, because they write so well about human
behavior. In modern times this has become a kind of science because it remains frequent
ly predictable. For example, today I could relate to anne's mood of wishing not to be reminded of romance because that only brought remembrance of one's own lost romance.

Lastly, I felt right in my first impression of Lady Russell. She is too much in tthe Elliot business and not always for the good. She talked her out of accepting Charles' proposal too.

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I forgot to ask how those of you who are listening to JA how you are enjoying listening to a reading?

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3 chapters is AOK with me,.. but I got so caught up in reading I already went 2 over! LOL Ooopsie!

There is the one moment when she observes Wentworth as almost covering a smile while listening to Mrs, Musgrove go on and on about Poor dead Richard and how he really probably new the real story but steeled himself into being sympathetic to the poor woman's grieving for the moment to console her as best as he could. It was a small flash that Anne saw from her past, because it truly seems this person she once knew is so very distant now... of IS he?!?!
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I liked the three chapter read it really give you a chance to digest and ponder.

Yes! Awkward life moment indeed. I really love how themes and character are just as applicable today as they were then. (Maybe I think that because I grew up in a small town)
Also enjoy seeing the facets of a character broaden. Lady Russell isn't just a busy nosy body, but she really has a fondness for Anne and is vexed for her when her "usefulness" is questioned.

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What a busy week! Didn't get to read until the weekend,but it was a great way to unwind. I am azmazed she writes whole paragraphs that consist of one sentence. So now we add sub-plots with Mrs. Clay, the Musgroves, the new tenants of Kellynch. Keeps the story interesting. Being Lady of the house is rife with rank and position like being the Lord. Historically, the culture at this time still seems tohave a lot of feudal remnants.

Jane poinst out again with new people entering the story that character in a marriage match is just as important as rank.

Anne is ignored in much the same way at the Musgroves as she was at home. It seems not to bother her as much because feeling useful is important to her and they are more fun to be with for company.

The entitlement and poor character of so many of the offspring reminds me of the tendency of trust fund babies to be the same way today.

Loved the suspense JA creates as you finally get to the meeting after 8 years of Frederick and Anne. One of those classic "awkward!" life situations. Anne has been musing about how she was persuaded in the past to give up her love. She is almost as hard on herself as the others are in their treatment of her. She was kind in her thoughts to him that he was not altered for the worse, but assumed that his comment that she was altered was meant to be negative in regards to how he probably thought of her changes over the 8 years.

How are you all doing with your time? It was a tight fit for me this last week. Should we adjust our pace or go for the next 3 chapters?

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I agree too, I have slowed down for this read because of the group. I am thinking more about what I am reading and definitely getting more for it. I am noticing little things that I missed in the past. JA is like stopping to smell the roses.

Your comments have been great food for thought too. Been thinking about the names. I think the development of the character influences the name and not the other way around. I have liked names in the past until I have had an unsavory experience with a character bearing the name. The result is that I have a hard time liking that name as much as I used to.

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I agree with the whole slowing down to read - -it is almost forced upon you in order to get each nuance she intended to write especially when describing each character. Like each word was chosen for a very specific reason.

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Doreen--Loved your comment about "show don't tell." It's so neat how JA does that. That's why I love reading, and reading different things...it helps me to be a better writer!

This time around I read slowly and really took it all in and really enjoyed it. Before, I always seemed to be rushing through (why, I don't know). But I feel, in a sense, that Austen's writing almost forces you to slow down to her speed and space in time. It's kinda like her writing is poetry and must be read slowly and savored and pondered upon. Just so much different from a super-quick modern romance or mystery!

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3 chapters is good for me too. Very busy this week. Interesting comments regarding one's name. Will give me something to think about while I drive an hour to the dentist today.

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Nothing wrong with being plain and down to earth - in fact, the contrast with her father and sisters shows Anne in a really positive light. Her suggestions on how to retrench and save money are eminently sensible, unlike the rest of the family's.

Three chapters are fine - we're not on any timetable.

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I'm good with 3 chapters this week. I'm loving all the posts. It gives me new things to think about.

Doesn't JA give simple plain names to her more solid characters? Is that a reflection she had about flashy people not being the most grounded? Or perhaps she gives the sturdy, sensible, and stead fast characters plainer names because her name was always perceived as plain?

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I think a lot of people who start and do not understand the language of the day do have a hard time with it when they start reading. I remember reading P&P the first time and it took forever (in my early 20's then)..but now, I fly through the book and all of JA's other works AND understand the nuances that are in the undertone of the writings. I will not lie...having films to refer them to DO help in this day and age! LOL But it also makes the characters more real to have that picture already in one's head.


I am AOK with doing 3 chapter too (if you guys want) - this week is kinda hairy for me to actually sit and read without falling asleep! LOL

I agree that Anne's name does reflect the simple plain description that JA gives her...but then it does grow to mean more as the book goes on...but then again, maybe I am biased! emoticon


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Reading the first chapter again, and in the light of what I've been told as a fledgling writer, this is a perfect example of "show don't tell". JA doesn't come out and say Sir Walter is a shallow, vain and self-indulgent man, but it shows in every sentence. And Anne - could she have a plainer and more ordinary name?

I was talking to a friend about JA yesterday, and she said that she had never liked the books when she was at school. I think they are too subtle for many teenagers, and should probably be kept off the curriculum till later. My friend has never tried JA again since then, and I think she has missed out because of this early experience.

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Enjoyed sharing and commenting with you on the first 4 chapters. Are we on for Chapters 5-8 this week? Is this too much? Should we try for 3 chapters instead? I understand busy. Wouldn't have a problem with a shorter read each week.

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I enjoyed that part with Anne also. It lends not only in the introduction of her character but also in the premise for building her.
I enjoy Lady Russell. She constantly makes me giggle and roll my eyes. I do agree she is a busy body, nosy, and thrusts her opinion around like a queen. But like some other Austin characters she is not the malicious busy body but the matronly sort.
Does it seem Mr. Elliot strikes the very heart of vanity and pride to keep things he has no hope of grasping - Name and good standing?


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Really enjoyed reading JA again. Her characters illicit the feeling you have when you actually meet someone and get to know them enough to have an opinion about them. Mr. Elliot makes all the other characters seem like better people. He is like a very spoiled child. I hate how he is constantly being shielded from life and his total lack of ability to live life realistically and responsibly.

All the importance of aristocracy for Elliot and yet his nephew shuns it by gaining independence marrying a rich woman and the admiral and captain gain wealth by putting in their service to country. Why was having an ancestry such an assumed guarantee of having your needs met in England? Everyone else had to "work" in some way to earn their comforts.

It seems as though the class of lawyers has risen in more modern times.

Mrs. Clay surprised me for standing up for work in a brilliant stroke of veiled sarcasm, sees that only the independently wealthy cannot look work worn.

Loved the surprise twist that Mrs. Croft's brother talked about by Mr. Sheperd was the curate and there was Anne thinking he was talking about the Captain and now she is all in a thither.

I did question in hind site if the Captain would have succeeded as well as he did if he hadnt' been single but married at a young age and likely a father soon after?

I don't mind Elizabeth that much. All the sister's past and present choices have been affected by Mr. Elliot, the loss of their mother, and Lady Russell( who impresses me as a busy body sort).




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I love the description she gives the father and Elizabeth, the older sister,...always made me think they were pompous asses, right from the get-go! LOL

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Hey Checking in with reading progress. Wow! I have to say every time I start reading JA again I'm struck by the rich, warm language. Also with how she strikes out with her characters. I really enjoy them because they FEEL real. With each character someone I know pops in my head.

Just starting thoughts :)

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I actually made it through Chapter 1 last night, reading. But if anyone finds it better/more convenient to listen, you can download it for free at www.librivox.org . These are books in the public domain read by volunteers.

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I wonder if you get more out of the book by listening instead of reading. With reading you can go back and re-read a sentence of course, but listening uses a different part of your brain. Let us know, it would be interesting to hear what you think.

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Mind you, I may have to "read" my first 4 chapters by listening to it while driving to and from work!

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Yay sounds great! Welcome back! :)

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I came back to the Team, thanks to my pal ANNIEONLI! Up for a read along! Sure! Why not!

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Hi there! I'm a... ugh, do I even say it... long lost JA team member checking in after... ok, goodgod...years! LoL I've stayed in the team just because I am a JA junkie at heart!

Anyway, back in 2008 we happened to walk all around England and check in each day with our miles..and that is how me and OAKBORN met and lost a bunch of weight together.. and now we are on Maintenance together! So really, if this same thing happens for a few of you here I'd be so happy!!

I'm in for a book read... to add my 2 cents and to give you all support... I'll see if Oakborn wants in too!

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I'm going with your lead Bigfish, 4 chapters a week. I read chapter one last night and was pleased with how I could enjoy a story as much the third time around as the first. It was a different enjoy but good all the same. I will meet you all here on Sunday. Looking forward to hearing your comments and questions.

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Four chapters would be great. Should we plan our questions and comments post for the first four chapters on Sunday Jan. 6 the end of the first week?

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That's the spirit. Let's start Persuasion this week. I will start today. I would like to suggest that we have a pause at a certain chapter so that we are all at the same place in the story. If we ask questions about things in the story that others have not gotten to yet it will be difficult to respond. Maybe a weekly goal so that people have more flexibility in their week for when and how they can read the selection.

My book is divided into 2 volumes. The Volume I has twelve chapters. How about 4 chapters a week so that in three weeks the first volume will be completed. Volume II could be planned the same way. This way we would have 6 weeks for the book. If this is too fast we could do 3 chapters a week instead and finish the book in 8 weeks.

Posting questions, comments, and insights to this thread would be fine with me. I don't know if there is another way to communicate on this site. Looking forward to hearing from you all.

Hope you all had a good holiday and wishing you a great New Year.

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I'm going to start the book on the first. I think posting questions and such to this thread would be ideal since it would be harder to get everyone online at the same time.

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I've never done a group read before; shorter sections seem better to me too. Is everyone starting to read Persuasion now? When do we all want to meet and discuss? I've only recently started using SparkPeople, is there a chat window option? Sorry--don't know much about this site yet. Or would we just post our questions/answers to this thread?

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I shorter section would be ideal since we are in the midst of holiday activities. I would love to start reading. It will be somewhat slow going for me too. I must admit I'm excited.

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I sent a private msg. to Renovationmom yesterday that we would like to proceed with her spark of an idea for a group read. Haven't heard back yet. Let her know to meet us here and that we would love to have her join us. Sometime the beginning of January for our first reading section sounds good to me. How long should we make that first section? Should we start reading now? I am a slow enough reader that maybe I should start now.

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I like the chapter-by-chapter method better too. Gives you a chance to discuss the development of the plot, before I forget what I thought.

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I've done both. Discussion after a whole book is completed and discussions after chapters/multiple chapters. I enjoy the latter. We could set the first section (however we want to split the book) a bit on the lighter side and the date for somewhere in the Jan 7 - 10 area. That way we would not be rushed through the holidays. Just suggestions.

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Love your enthusiasm. I read a little each night. Would appreciate a pace that allows for an early night and time to take care of family. As far as the schedule goes, do you want to discuss by chapter or after we finish the whole book? I've never read a book with a group before so I will follow the lead of those who have experienced this before. Let me know.

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yay, sounds good to me!

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I believe we have enough people to give it a go. Shall we discuss a starting date, reading schedule, and discussion schedule?

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Are we going to do this then?

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Just found your team. I love Jane Austen and have read and watched movies of her work for years. Have never been in a book group. It would be fun and maybe bring freshness to share a read with others. Persuasion would be good. Let me know when the group is big enough and ready to start reading.

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I think that would be an excellent place to start

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I like Persuasion too.

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I too talk like persuasion. That would proly be my choice to read first


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It's hard to pick a favorite. I believe it changes with my mood. However currently it is Persuasion. (maybe because it was an election year?)

No particular thoughts on a first book though.

How about yourself Sally, do you have a favorite?

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BigFish, what book were you thinking of reading first? Any favorites?

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I'm still in. I hope we can get a large enough group.

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Aw, I just found this thread. I'm in if you're still up for doing it!

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I think we need to be at least 7 or 8 for this to be fun, so let's hang in there a while longer and see if anyone else shows up! :)

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I'll have a go. I have so many books to read, what's another one?

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Great! Now, let's see if we can get some more JA fans to do it with us! :)

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Sounds great I'm in

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I was thinking we pick one of JA's books and then decide on a schedule so that each week we can discuss a few chapters here on SP. :)

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Sounds Fun, What did you have in mind?

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Hi,

I was so happy to find this team, and then saddened when I saw that it was considered an inactive one! Would anyone be interested in a group read of a JA-book to get things moving here?

Oh, and as for introductions, my name is Anna and I'm from Sweden. Most of the time I read my JA books in English, but sometimes I'm lazy and go for the version translated into my mother tongue. :)

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