Anne says at one point in a movie that she finds it hard to understand how life can be the same for so many years, predictable and steady, and then all at once everything changes and you can no longer remember how it was. This is a Si-dom bemoaning the loss of permanence, but also adapting to it. She knows that family is important even if she isn’t fond of hers and so tends them out of duty and kinship, while devoting a lot of time and energy to her beloved nephews. She also hangs onto sentiments from the past that remind her of the chance she had for happiness that she did not take, and allowed herself to be talked out of an uncertain marriage without ‘prospect or fortune’ (which has now altered, so she would have been happy regardless), and collects keepsakes and newspaper clippings about her beloved. Anne assumes it’s her responsibility to keep others happy, so she tries to keep the peace between her relatives, tolerates her sister’s ramblings even when bored, and is open with her feelings whenever things happen. She confides her frustrations in Louisa or Lady Russell, and often uses the audience as her sound board. Anne sometimes says foolish things that embarrass her in public in an attempt to break up an awkward silence, but she also tries hard to understand others. She doesn’t comprehend what cozying up to a rich, boring relation has to offer them, in her father’s terms (why would you want the society of boring stuffy people?) and also wonders what her cousin’s motivations are, for being nice to them all. Anne questions anything she doesn’t understand and spends a lot of time thinking about things. She has a few dreams about the future, but most of them involve a domestic life with the man she loved and thought she had lost; she says hope is the most important thing of all.

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Persuasion is the story of Anne Elliot learning to trust herself, and her instincts, over accepting the unsolicited and meddling advice of Lady Russell. She is always questioning things, making smart remarks to the audience, and using humor in an attempt to diffuse situations (even if it makes things awkward, when she starts talking about her weird dreams). When her father goes on and on about needing to attract attention from ‘the right sort of people,’ Anne questions him about that and doesn’t understand why anyone would care about attracting the approval of ‘rich, boring’ people who don’t care about them. She has a cynical view of her entire family (her sisters and father are all narcissists) and yet remains loyal and dutiful to them. When her father is talking about kindness and charity, she reminds him that goodness involves caring about other people and feeling a sense of duty and responsibility toward them (a super-ego response). Even though Mr. Elliot appears to be charming, Anne is suspicious of his actions and tells Lady Russell that she does not “trust” him. She has no real reason not to, and says that him telling her his true motivations (to keep her father from marrying and producing an heir that would prevent him from getting his title) is a good tactic, but it’s not going to work. She thinks about everything far more than she takes action on it, and even analyzes her own faults. She is funny and teasing, but also wants what is best for her own family and sacrifices herself for them many times; but it’s also in part to avoid seeing Frederick again, since she doesn’t know how he will respond to her. Her 5 wing has a pretty solid foot in the past. She’s competent at whatever she does and good in a crisis, since she calmly handles bad situations without becoming flustered, but she is also entrenched in regret about a previous decision and second-guessing it. She can’t move on from Wentworth, so she stays in the background and doesn’t aggressively move toward him or tell him about her feelings until after he confesses how much he loves her.

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