Character Connection is a weekly meme hosted by Jen at The Introverted Reader every Thursday. It’s where we get to discuss our favorite book characters and what we love about them!
This month she is having a special contest involving Jane Austen for Misty at the Book Rat’s Jane in June feature. Make sure and check it out!
This week I decided to join the Austen fun, since it means getting to discuss one of my favorite characters of all time: Frederick Wentworth from Persuasion. (Warning: Proceed with caution, I’ll probably have some big Persuasion spoilers throughout!)
Is there a positive adjective you can’t use when describing this man? He is gallant, handsome, considerate, brave, sensitive and constant. He is especially handsome if you watch him in the 2007 movie version of Persuasion.
The first time Captain Wentworth proposes to Anne, her family convinces her that he is not worthy of her. He is not of high birth and at that time had no land or fortune, so her family (especially her idiot of a father) considered him far too low for her. When they meet many years later he is eventually able to overcome his feelings of pride and shame to see that Anne is still the only woman for him. It is such a beautiful love story to see the way they are constantly thrown together: at first it’s painful and awkward, but eventually it becomes clear what their true feelings for each other are. The trust and love he has for Anne despite the fact that he was once rejected by her just proves what a deep and constant man he is.
And, the most important part of the story is of course the letter. No…I’m sorry. The Letter. Nobody can read it and not melt. He pours his heart out to Anne, telling her that he has always (and will always) love her. Seriously. Persuasion should be handed out to boys as the guide book on how to get a girl. You can’t beat Wentworth and his letter.
So, sorry Mr. Darcy but you ain’t got nothin’ on Captain Wentworth. He could kick your butt in a romantic smackdown any day of the week.