Literary Soundtrack: Persuasion
I got this idea from Fourth Street Review’s awesome musical posts. I thought it would be fun to every once and awhile post my soundtracks that I have created for some of my all time favorite books. Today I thought it would do Persuasion by Jane Austen, if you have never read the book I suggest checking out A Novel Idea’s fantastic set of Persuasion recaps. I also included screen caps from the 1996 and 2007 film versions of this book.
This song reminds me of Anne’s regrets about having rejected Wentworth when she was younger.
“It hurt… it hurt… it hurt so bad/You were the best man I ever had/Why was I so blind to see?/Now the biggest fool is me”
“A few months had seen the beginning and the end of their acquaintance;
but not with a few months ended Anne’s share of suffering from it.
Her attachment and regrets had, for a long time, clouded every
enjoyment of youth, and an early loss of bloom and spirits
had been their lasting effect.”
This reminds of how at first Wentworth gives her the cold shoulder and flirts with Louisa in an attempt to make Anne feel his indifference.
“You grace me with your cold shoulder/Whenever you look at me I wish I was her/You shower me with words made of knives/Whenever you look at me I wish I was her”
“Frederick Wentworth had used such words, or something like them,
but without an idea that they would be carried round to her.
He had thought her wretchedly altered, and in the first moment of appeal,
had spoken as he felt. He had not forgiven Anne Elliot.
She had used him ill, deserted and disappointed him; and worse,
she had shewn a feebleness of character in doing so, which his own decided,
confident temper could not endure. She had given him up to oblige others.
It had been the effect of over-persuasion. It had been
weakness and timidity.”
This song reminds me of Anne’s despair when she feels she will never win back Wentworth’s affections.
“For you I was a flame/Love is a losing game/Five story fire as you came/Love is a losing game/One I wish I never played/Oh what a mess we made/And now the final frame/Love is a losing game”
“She understood him. He could not forgive her, but he could not
be unfeeling. Though condemning her for the past, and considering it
with high and unjust resentment, though perfectly careless of her,
and though becoming attached to another, still he could not see her suffer,
without the desire of giving her relief. It was a remainder
of former sentiment; it was an impulse of pure, though unacknowledged
friendship; it was a proof of his own warm and amiable heart,
which she could not contemplate without emotions so compounded
of pleasure and pain, that she knew not which prevailed.”
This song reminds me of the jealousy the Wentworth feels when Mr. Elliot starts to pay Anne attention.
“Oh how wrong can you be?/Oh to fall in love/Was my very first mistake/How was I to know/I was far too much in love to see?/Oh jealousy look at me now/Jealousy you got me somehow
/You gave me no warning/Took me by surprise/Jealousy you led me on/You couldn’t lose you couldn’t fail/You had suspicion on my trail/How how how all my jealousy/I wasn’t man enough to let you hurt my pride/Now I’m only left with my own jealousy”
“Jealousy of Mr Elliot! It was the only intelligible motive.
Captain Wentworth jealous of her affection! Could she have believed it
a week ago; three hours ago! For a moment the gratification was exquisite.
But, alas! there were very different thoughts to succeed.
How was such jealousy to be quieted? How was the truth to reach him?
How, in all the peculiar disadvantages of their respective situations,
would he ever learn of her real sentiments? It was misery to think
of Mr Elliot’s attentions. Their evil was incalculable.”
A silly choice but it totally reminds me of Mr. Elliot’s personality in this book.
“You walked into the party like you were walking onto a yacht/Your hat strategically dipped below one eye/Your scarf it was apricot/You had one eye on the mirror as you watched yourself gavotte/And all the girls dreamed that they’d be your partner/They’d be your partner”
“The news of his cousins Anne’s engagement burst on Mr Elliot
most unexpectedly. It deranged his best plan of domestic happiness,
his best hope of keeping Sir Walter single by the watchfulness
which a son-in-law’s rights would have given. But, though discomfited
and disappointed, he could still do something for his own interest
and his own enjoyment. He soon quitted Bath; and on Mrs Clay’s
quitting it soon afterwards, and being next heard of as established
under his protection in London, it was evident how double a game
he had been playing, and how determined he was to save himself
from being cut out by one artful woman, at least.”
This reminds me of Anne’s feelings when she is trying to let Wentworth know she still loves him.
“Funny thing is I’m trying hard and it’s unlike me to get so caught up in things/But I won’t quit, I won’t quit ’til you smile at me/Ohh/And I just cry if you don’t stop to say hello/It hurts the longer this goes/I’d cry for you, if you let me.”
“All the privilege I claim for my own sex (it is not a very enviable one;you need not covet it), is that of loving longest, when existence or when hope is gone.”
This song reminds me of Wentworth’s hope when he gives Anne the letter.
“Is there a chance/a fragment of light/at the end of the tunnel/a reason to fight
is there a chance/you may change your mind/or are we ashes and wine?”
“I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither,
or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look,
will be enough to decide whether I enter your father’s house
this evening or never.”
This song reminds me of their love for one another and their future together.
“Those three words/Are said too much/They’re not enough/If I lay here/If I just lay here/Would you lie with me and just forget the world?”
“This may be bad morality to conclude with, but I believe it to be truth;
and if such parties succeed, how should a Captain Wentworth and
an Anne Elliot, with the advantage of maturity of mind,
consciousness of right, and one independent fortune between them,
fail of bearing down every opposition?”