Manuscript of chapters 10 and 11 from Jane Austen's Persuasion


These two chapters are unique in being the only surviving manuscript pages of a novel Jane Austen planned and completed for publication. They offer an alternative ending to Persuasion and were finished, according to a note at the end of Chapter 11, on 18 July 1816. Austen subsequently became dissatisfied with this ending and rewrote the chapters, some time between 18 July and 6 August. The rewritten ending is the one that was published in the first edition of the novel in 1818.


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July 6th
Chap[ter] 10.
With all this knowledge of Mr E[lliot]
& with this power of ^ authority to imparting it,
Anne quitted ^ left Westgate Build[ings] - her
mind deeply busy in revolving what she
had heard, feeling, thinking, recalling
& forseeing everything, shocked ^ at about
Mr Elliot she had asxxxx at Mr Elliot, sighing over future Kellynch
^ and pained for Lady Russell, & glancing with ^ & gxxxing unxxtting
complacency, or xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
composed complacency & xxxxxxxxxxxx
that suggest she xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
upon the fact of her passing xxxxxxxxxx

xight & Ladyxxingxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxthese most dis:
xxxxxting of the xxxxxxShe xxxxxxxxxxx
xxxxxxxxLady Russell
^ whose confidence
^ in him had been entire. - But The Embarrass=
ment which must be felt from this
moment ^ hour in his presence! - How to be=
have to him? - how to get rid of him? -
What to do by any of the Party at
home? - where to be blind? where
to be active? - It was altogether a
confusion of Images & Doubts - a
perplexity, an Embarrassment ^ Agitation which
she could not see the end of it -
And she was in Gay St[reet] - & still so
far ^ much engrossed, as to start at ^ that she started on being
addressed by Adm[ira]l Croft, as if ^ he were a
Person unlikely to be met there.
It was within a few steps of his
own door. - “You are going to call
upon my wife, said he, she will
be very glad to see you.” - Anne
had ^ denied it. “No - she really had not time
she was in her way home” - but
while she spoke, the Adm[iral] had stepped
back & knocked at the door, saying ^ calling out
“Yes, yes, do go in; ^ She is all alone go & in & rest
yourself.” Anne felt so little dis:
:posed for any company but that
of her own thoughts, that she was
really very
^ at this time to be in
company of any sort that it
vexed her
to be thus constrained -
but she was now obliged to stop.
Since you are ^ so very xx kind, said ^ agreed
^ said she, I will just ask Mrs Croft
how she does, but I really cannot
stay 5 minutes. - You are sure
she is quite alone.” Her xxxx ^ The possibility of Capt[ain]
W[entworth] in her thoughts at this moment; ^ had occurred - and most
& was fearfully anxious ^ was she to be
assured - either that he was within
or that he was not; - she could not
have told which herself
^ but which
might have been a question.
- “Oh! yes,
quite alone - Nobody by ^ but her
Mantuamaker with her, & they
have been shut up together this
half hour, so it must be over
“Her Mantuamaker! - then I am
sure my calling now, w[ould] be most
inconvenient. - Indeed you must
allow me merely to leave my Card,
& ^ be so good as to explain it afterward to Mrs C[roft]”
“No, no, not at all, not at all.
She will be glad ^ very happy to see you. ^ Mind, I
will not swear that she has not
something particular to say to you,
but that will all come out in the
right place. I give no hints. -
Why, Miss Elliot, we begin to hear
strange things of you. (smiling in
her face) - But I do not see ^ you have not much
the Look of it in your Countenance
^ as grave as a little Judge.” - Anne blushed. - Aye, aye, that
will do. Now, it is all right. I
thought we were not mistaken.”
Anne ^ She was left to guess at the
direction of his suspicions; - the
first ^ wild idea had been of some con:
fession of the past
^ disclosure from his B[rother]
in law - but she was ashamed
the next moment & felt that it
xx must in all probability
^ how far more probable obvious that he should be
meaning Mr E[lliot] - The door was
opened - & the Man was evidently
beginning to deny his Mistress,
when the sight of his Master
stopped him. The Adm[iral] enjoyed
the joke exceedingly. Anne thought his
triumph over Stephen rather too long.
At last however, he was able to in:
:vite her upstairs, & stepping before her
said - “I shall will just go up with
you myself & shew you in - I cannot
stay, because I must go to the P[ost] Office,
but if you will only sit down for
5 minutes I am sure Sophy will
come. - and you will find nobody
to disturb you - there is nobody but
Frederick here - ” opening the door as
he spoke. - Such a person to be passed
over as a Nobody to her! - After being
allowed to feel quite secure - indifferent
- at her ease, to have it burst on her
that she was to be the next moment
in the same room with him! -
No time for recollection! - for plan:
:ning behaviour, or regulating man:
:ners! There was time only to turn
pale, before she had passed through the
door, & met the astonished eyes of
Capt[ain] W[entworth] who was sitting in ^ by the
pretence of Reading & preparing to
be suspended only by
^ fire pretending to read & prepared for
no greater surprise than
the Admiral’s
hasty return. - Equally unexpected
was the meeting, on each side. There
was nothing to be done however but
to stifle feelings & be quietly polite :-
and the Admiral was too much on the
Alert, to leave them any troublesome
pauses - He repeated again what he had
said before ^ about his wife & everybody & he would go upstairs &
give his wife notice
insisted on Anne,
sitting down & being perfectly comfortable
was sorry he must leave her himself,
but was sure Mrs Croft w[ould] be down
very soon, & w[ould] go upstairs & give
her notice directly. Anne was sitting
down, but now she rose again -
to entreat him not to interrupt Mrs C[roft]
& re-urge the wish of going away &
calling another time. But the Adm[iral]
would not hear of it; and if she did
not return to the chaise with uncon:
:querable Perseverence, or with determined
spirit &
^ or did not with a more
passive Determination
walk quietly out of the room
- (as certainly she might have done)
may she not be pardoned? - If she
had no horror of a few minutes
Tète a Tète with Capt[ain] W[entworth] - may
she not be pardoned for not
wishing to give him the idea that
she had? - - She reseated herself, &
The Adm[iral] took leave; ^ but on reaching the door said Frederick, a
word with you, if you please.” when
he ^ had reached the door
Capt[ain] W[entworth] went to
him; & xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
^ and instantly, before they
were well out of the room, the
Adm[iral] continued “Ah I am going to

leave you together, it is for
but fair
I should give you something to
talk of - & so, if you please - ”
Here the door was very firmly closed;
she could guess by which of the two;
and she lost entirely what immedi:
:ately followed, but it was impossible
for her not to hear ^ distinguish parts of the rest,
as ^ for the Adm[ira]l on the strength of the
door’s being shut, was speaking without
^ any management of voice, tho’ she c[oul]d hear
his companion trying in an undertone
to check him. - She could not doubt
their being speaking of her. She heard
her own name & Kellynch repeatedly -
wh[ich] agitated her very much ^ She was very much disturbed. - She knew
not what to do, or what to expect -
and among other agonies felt the danger ^ possibility
of Capt[ain] W[entworth]’s not returning into the
room ^ at all, which after her consenting to
stay would have been - - too bad
for Language. - They seemed to be
talking of the Adm[iral]s depar ^ Lease of Kellynch
she heard him say ^ something of the Lease being
signed ^ or not signed - that was not likely to be
a very agitating subject ^ but then followed - “I hate to
be at an uncertainty - I must know
at once - Sophy thinks the same” -
Then, in a lower tone, Capt[ain] W[entworth]
seemed remonstrating ^ wanting to be excused - wanting to put something off - was against
^ “Phoo, Phoo - answered the Admiral now is the Time. If you will not
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speak, I will stop & start ^ speak myself.”
was the Adm[ira]l’s reply ^ answer. “Very well -
Sir, very well Sir,” ^ followed with some impa-
tience followed, from his companion
opening ^ who opening the door as he spoke. “You
will then - you promise you will?
notxxxxxxx ^ xxx replied the Admiral, in all the strength ^ power
of the xxxxxxx ^ his natural voice, unbroken even
by one thin door. “Yes - Sir - Yes.”
And the Adm[iral] was ^ hastily left, & the door
was closed, and the moment arrived
in which Anne was alone with
Capt[ain] W[entworth] -. She could not attempt to
see how he looked, but he walked
immediately to a window, as if irreso:
:lute & embarrassed; ^ and for about the
space of 5 seconds, she repented what
she had done - censured it as unwise,
blushed over it as indelicate. - She
longed to be able to speak of the
weather or the Concert. - but she ^ or any sub
could only sxxx ^ but could only compass the relief of taking a
Newspaper in her hand. - The anxious
xxx distressing pause was soon over,
however; he turned round in half
a minute, & coming towards the
Table where she sat said in the ^a
voice of xxxxx who would speak
whether he would or no
^ effort & constraint “You
must have heard too much ^ already
Madam, already, to be in any
doubt of my having promised tha
Adm[iral] Croft to speak to you on som[e]
particular subject - & this conviction
determines me to do so ^ it - however
repugnant to my feelings - to all
my sense of propriety, to be taking
so great a liberty. - You will ac:
:quit me of Impertinence I trust;
by considering me as speaking ^ only for
another, & speaking by Necessity; -
and the Adm[iral] is a Man who can
never be thought Impertinent by
one who Knows him as you do -
His Intentions are always the Kind[:]
[:]est & the Best; - ^ and you will perceive
that he is actuated by none other;
in the application which I am
now with - with very peculiar
feelings - obliged to make.” -
He stopped - but merely to recover
breath; - not seeming to expect any
answer. - Anne listened, as if her
Life depended on the issue of his
speech. - He proceeded, with a very
forced alacrity. “The Adm[iral], Madam,
was this morning confidently informed
that you were - - upon my word,
I am quite at a loss, really ashamed
- (breathing & speaking quick) - the
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awkwardness of giving Information
of this sort to one of the Parties -
You can be at no loss to understand
me - It was very confidently said that
Mr. Elliot - that everything was settled
in the family for an Union between
Mr. Elliot - & yourself. It was added
that you were to live at Kellynch -
that Kellynch was to be given up.
This, the Admiral ^ knew could not be cor:
:rect - But it occurred to him that
it might be the wish of the Parties.
And my commission from him
Madam, is to say, that if the
Family wish is such, the ^ his Lease of
^ Kellynch shall be cancel’d, & he & my sister
will provide themselves with
another home, without imagining
themselves to be doing anything
which in ^ under similar circumstances
w[oul]d not be done for them.
This is all Madam. - A very few
words in reply from you will be
sufficient. - That I should be the
person required to commissioned on
this subject is extraordinary! - and
believe me, Madam, it is no less
painful. A very few words however
will put an end to the awkwardness
& distress we may both be feeling.”
Anne spoke a word or two, but
they were un-intelligible - And be:
:fore she could command herself, he
added - “If you only tell me that
the Adm[ira]l may address a line to Sir
Walter, it will be enough. ^ xxx Perhaps only the words, he may - I shall
immediately follow him with your
message” - This was spoken, as with
a fortitude which seemed to meet the
message. - “No Sir - said Anne - There
is no message. - You are misin- the
Adm[ira]l is misinformed. - I do justice to
the kindness of his Intentions, but he is
quite mistaken. There is no Truth in
any such report.” - He was a moment
silent. - She turned her eyes towards him
for the first time since his re-entering
the room. His colour was varying -
& he was looking at her with all the
brilliancy ^ Power & Keenness, which she be:
:leived no other eyes than his would
command ^ possessed. “No Truth in any such
report! - he repeated. - No Truth in
any part of it?” - “None.” - He had
been standing by a chair - feeling ^ enjoying the
comfort ^ relief of leaning on it - ^ or of playing
with it; - he now sat down - drew up
a little nearer to her - ^ & looked, with an
expression which had something more
than penetration in it, something
softer; - Her Countenance did not
discourage. - It was a silent, but a very
powerful Dialogue; - on his side, Suppli:
:cation, on her’s acceptance. - Still, a
little nearer - And a hand taken and
pressed - And “Anne, my own dear
Anne!” - bursting forth in the fullness
of exquisite feeling - and all was
suspense & Indecision were over - .
They were re-united. They were restored
to all that had been lost. They were
carried back to the past, with only an
increase of attachment & confidence &
only such a flutter of present Delight
as made them little fit for the
interruption of Mrs Croft, when she
joined them not long afterwards. -
She probably, in the observations of the
next ten minutes, saw something to
suspect - & tho’ it was ^ hardly possible for a
woman of her description to wish
the Mantuamaker had imprisoned
her longer, she might ^ be very likely
wishing for some excuse to run a:
:bout the house, some storm to
break the windows above, or some ^ a
summons to the Admiral’s Shoemaker
below. - Fortune favoured them all
however in another way - in a
gentle steady rain - just happily
established ^ set in as the Admiral returned
& Anne rose to go. - She was ear:
:nestly invited to stay dinner; - &
^ a note was dispatched to Camden Place - and,
she staid; - she staid till 10 at night.
And during that time, more than one
interval was secured to them by Mrs
the Husband & wife, either by
the wife’s contrivance, or by simply going
on in the usual way, were frequently
out of the room together - gone up
stairs to hear a noise, or gone down
stairs to settle their accounts, or
gone upon the Landing place to trim
the Lamp. - And these precious moments
were turned to so good an account that
many of ^ all the most anxious feelings of the
past were gone through. Before they
parted at night Anne had the felicity
of being assured ^ in the first place that - (so far from
being altered for the worse!) - she
had gained ^ inexpressibly in personal Loveliness, &
that as to Character - her’s was now
fixed on his Mind as Perfection it:
:self - bearing ^ Maintaining the just Medium of
Fortitude & Gentleness; - that he had
never ceased to love ^ & prefer her, though it
had been only at Uppercross that
he had learnt to do her any Jus:
tice - & only at Lyme that he
had begun to understand his own
sensations; - that at Lyme he had
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received Lessons of more than one
Kind; - the passing admiration of
Mr Elliot had at least roused him,
and the scenes on the Cobb & at Capt[ain]
Harville’s had fixed her superiority.
In his preceding attempts to attach
himself to Louisa Musgrave, (the
attempts of Anger & Pique) - he
protested that he had ever ^ continually felt no ^ the
impossibility of really caring for her ^ Louisa
though till that day, till the
leisure for reflection which followed
it, he had not understood the per:
:fect excellence of that the Mind, with
which Louisa’s could so ill bear a
comparison, or the perfect, the unri:
:valled hold it possessed over xxxx ^ sssss
his own. - There he had learnt to
distinguish between the steadiness of
Principle & the Obstinacy of Self-will;
between the Darings of Heedlessness,
& the Resolution of a collected Mind
there he had seen everything to
exalt in his estimation the Woman
he had lost, & there begun to de:
:plore the pride, the folly, the mad:
:ness of resentment which had
kept him from trying to regain
her, when thrown in his way.
From that period to the present
had his penance been the most
severe. - He had no sooner been
free from the horror & remorse
attending the first few days of
Louisa’s accident, no sooner begun
to feel himself alive again, than
he had had begun to feel himself
though alive, not at liberty. - He
found that he was considered by his
friend Harville, as an engaged Man.
The Harvilles entertained not a doubt
of a mutual attachment between
him & Louisa - and though this
to a degree, was contradicted to them ^ instantly
- it ^ yet made him feel that perhaps by
her family, by everybody, by her:
:self ^ even, the same idea might be
held - and that he was not free
in honour - though, if such were
to be the conclusion, too free alas!
in Heart. He had never thought
before of what his actions ought,
His leaving Lyme had been the con:
:sequence of never
^ justly on this subject before -
he had not
sufficiently consi:
:dered that his excessive Intimacy
at Uppercross must have its dangers
of ill consequence in many ways,
and that while trying whether
he c[oul]d attach himself to either
of the Girls, he might be exciting unpleasant reports, if not, raising unrequited
regard! - He found, too late, that he had entangled himself - and that precisely, as he became thoroughly satisfied: of his not caring for Louisa at all, he must regard himself as bound to her, if her feelings for him, were what the Harvilles supposed. - It determined him to leave Lyme - & await her perfect recovery elsewhere. He would gladly weaken, by any fair means, whatever Sentiments or Speculations
and he went therefore into Shropshire
concerning them might exist; meaning after a while, to return to the Crofts at Kellynch & then act as he found requisite. - He had remained in Shropshire, lamenting the [blindness?] Blindneſs of his own Pride, & the Blun :
ders of his own Calculations, till at once released from [illegible] Louisa by the astonishing felicity of her engagement to with Benwicke. - To Bath, to Bath - had instantly followed, in Thought; & not long after, in fact. To Bath, to arrive with Hope, to be torn by Jealousy [at?] at the first [re-?]appearance sight of Mr . E - , to experience
all the changes of each at the
Concert, to be miserable by this
morning’s circumstantial report, to
be now, more happy then Language
could express, or any heart but his
own be capable of x There was time
was ^for all this to be said ^ pass - W with
such Interruptions only as en:
:hance the charm of conversation ^ the communication
- and Bath c[oul]d scarcely contain any
more ^ other two Beings more ^ at once so rationally & so
rapturously happy as during that
even[in]g occupied the Sopha of of
Mrs Croft’s Drawing room in Gay St[reet].

Capt[ain] W[entworth] had taken care to
meet the Adm[ira]l - as he returned into
the house, to satisfy & to en:
deavour to silence him on the
subject of his enquiry
^ as to Mr E[lliott] - &
Kellynch; - and the innate delicacy
of the Admiral’s good humour ^ nature
kept him from saying another
word on the subject to Anne -
He was quite concerned lest he
might have been giving her
pain by touching on tender part.
Who could say? - She might be
liking her Cousin, better than
he liked her. - And indeed,
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upon recollection, if they had
been to marry at all it w[oul]d ^ must
have been done before now. ^ why should they have long ago waited so
long? -

When the Even[in]g was bef once ^ closed
it is probable that the Adm[ira]l
received some new Ideas from his
wife; ^ and whose the very particularly friendly
manner in which Mrs C[roft] parted ^ parting
with her, made ^ gave Anne believe
at least that the gratifying Be:
leif of her xxxxxly ^ persuasion of her seeing & approving.
what she saw or conjectured.

It had been such a day to
Anne! - the hours which had
passed since her leaving Camden
Place, had done so much! -
She was almost bewildered, al:
:most too happy in reflecting
^ looking back. - It was necessary to sit up
half the night & lie awake the
rest ^ remainder to comprehend with compo:
:sure her present state, & pay
for the overplus of Bliss, by
Headake & Fatigue.
Chapter 11.
Who can want ^ to hear anything fur=
Who can be in doubt of
what followed? - When any two
Young People take it into their
heads to marry, they are pretty sure
by perseverance to bear down all ^ carry their point -
opposition - be they ever so poor,
or ever so imprudent, or ever so
little likely to be necessary to each
other’s ultimate Comfort. This may
be bad Morality to conclude with
but I believe it to be Truth -
And if such parties succeed, how
should ^ a Capt[ain] W[entworth] & an Anne E[lliot]
fail, with the advantages of maturity
of Mind, consciousness of Right, &
their ^ one Independant Fortune between
them ^ fail of bearing down every oppo:
[:]sition? They might in fact, have
born down a great deal more
than they met with, for there
was little to distress them beyond
the want of Graciousness & Warmth.
Sir W[alter] made no objection, & Eliz[abeth]
did nothing worse than look cold
& unconcerned. - Capt[ain] W[entworth] with
£25,000 - & as high in his
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Profession as Merit & Activity c[oul]d
place him, was no longer nobody.
He was now esteemed quite worthy
to address the Daughter of a foolish
spend thrift Baronet, who had not
had Principle or sense enough to
maintain himself in the situation
in which Providence had placed him
& who c[ould] give his Daughter but
a small part of the share of ten
Thousand Pounds which must be
her’s hereafter. - Sir Walter indeed
tho’ he had no affection for Anne ^ his Daughter
& no vanity flattered to make him
really happy on the occasion,
was very far from thinking her
to be making a
^ it a bad match for ^ her

a bad match for her. On the contrary
when he saw more of Capt[ain] W[entworth] - saw
him by Daylight
& eyed him well
he was very much struck by his perso:
:nal claims & felt that his Superiority
of appearance might be not unfairly
balanced against her superiority of
Rank; - And all this, ^ together with his
well-sounding name; together, ena:
:bled Sir W[alter] at last to prepare his
pen with a very good grace for
the insertion of ^ the Marriage F. W. Esq[uire] Post Capt[ain]
of the K[ing]’s Navy in his Bxxxx volume

in the volume of Honour. -
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Profession as Merit & Activity c[oul]d
place him, was no longer nobody
He was not esteemed quite worthy
to address the Daughter of a foolish
spend thrift Baronet, who had not
had Principle or sense enough to
maintain himself in the Situation
in which Providence had placed him,
& who c[oul]d give his Daughter but
a small part of the share of ten
Thousand Pounds which must be
her’s hereafter. - Sir Walter indeed
tho’ he had no affection for Anne ^ his Daughter
& no vanity flattered to make him
really happy on the occasion,
was very far from thinking her
to be making a
^ it a bad match for ^ her
As he saw more of ^ & conversed with Capt[ain] W[entworth] more,
saw him ^ his complexion by daylight - & conversed
with him
, & perceived ^ in by such
[original damaged] [conversa]tion that his Teeth [we]re
[original damaged]..lely from ^ as even. - he co[uld not][original damaged]
but feel that in every [original damaged] ^ pre...... [compa]ri:
:son with Anne, Capt[ain] W[entworth] must
have the advantage, that he had
lost much less of youth & bloom
since former days that she had,
and that consequently he might now
prxxxed to a much ^ the best better match
than xxxxxxxx ^ of the two
- The only person
among them whose opposition of
feelings c[ould] be ^ excite any serious anxiety
to them, was Lady Russel. - Anne
knew that Lady R[ussel] must be suffering
some pain in understanding & re:
:linquishing Mr E[lliott] - & be making
some struggles to become truly ac:
:quainted with & do justice to Capt[ain]
W[entworth] - This however, was what Lady
R[ussel] had now to do. She must
learn to feel that she had been mis:
:taken with regard to both - that
she had been unfairly influenced
by the manners of ^ appearance in each - that,
because Capt[ain] W[entworth]’s manners had not
suited her own smart ideas, she had
been too quick in suspecting them -
to indicate a Character of dangerous
Impetuousity, & that because
Mr Elliot’s manners had previously
pleased her in their propriety & cor:
:rectness, their suavity general
politeness & suavity, She had been
too quick in receiving them as
the certain result of the most
correct opinions & well regulated
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Mind. - There was nothing for less
for Lady R[ussel] to do than to admit
that she had been pretty completely
wrong, & to take up a new set of
opinions & hopes. Bad Morality
again, but every Woman p__d to
have more discrimination of
Character than Men__ to have
seen in an Instance more clearly
what a Man was. But on the
point of Morality, I confess my:
:self almost in despair after un:
:derstanding to have given_____
offence & having already opposed
weak_ __tly in this period when
I thought myself to ___ strange)

and shall ^ therefore ____ the present __leave it to the mercy
of a_____ & Chaperones & Middle:
:aged Ladies in general
: There is a
quickness of perception ^ in some a nicety
in the discernment of character
a natural Penetration in short
which no _____ in others can
equal - and Lady R[ussel] had been - less
gifted in this part of Understanding
than her Young friend: - but she
Lady R[ussel] was a ^ very good woman; &
if her second object was to be sensible
& well-judging, her first was to see
Anne happy. She loved Anne
better than she loved her own
Abilities - And when the first
awkwardness of Novelty ^ the Beginning was
over, found little hardship in
attaching herself as a sort of
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of the ^ a family, and if they could
but keep Capt[ain] W[entworth] from being
Knighted made a Baronet She
would be all very well ^ not change situations with Anne -
It would be well for the Eldest
Sister if she were equally satisfied
with her situation, as a ^ for change
of it is not very probable ^ there. She
^ had soon the mortification of seeing
Mr E[lliot] withdraw & no one of
proper condition has since pre:
:sented himself to raise even
the unfounded hopes which
sunk with him. The news of
his Cousin Anne’s engagement
burst on Mr Elliot most un:
xxxxxxx :expectedly & was very ^ unpleasantly
xxxxxxxxxxxx. It deranged his best
plan of domestic Happiness, his
best hopes of keeping Sir Walter
single by the watchfulness which
a Son in law’s rights w[ould] have
put in his power ^ given him - But tho’
disomfited & disappointed, he c[ould]
still do something for his own
Interests & his own enjoyment.
He ^ soon quitted Bath soon after and
on Mrs Clay’s following ^ quitting it xxxxx likewise soon after ^ wards
& being next heard of as “established”
under his Protection in London
it was ^ evident how double a Game that he had been playing
pretty evident on what terms
they had previously been
, & how
determined he was to save him:
:self from being cut out by one
artful woman at least. -
Mrs Clay’s affections had over:
:powered his Interests, & she had
sacrificed for the Young Man’s
sake, the power ^ possibility of scheming
longer for Sir Walter; - She has
Abilities however - as well as
Affections, and it is now a
doubtful point whether his xxxxx ^ cunning
or hers may ultimately ^ finally carry
the day, There are Bets of her
being still Lady Elliot at last

whether, after preventing her from
being the wife of Sir Walter he
may not be teased ^ wheedled to caressed ^ at last into
making her the wife of Sir
William. -
Mother to the Man whom she ^ who
was continually suing securing
that ^ the happiness of her other Child.
Of all the family, Mary was probably
the one most immediately gratified
when ^ by the circumstance. - It was cre:
:ditable to have a Sister married,
^ and she might flatter herself that it had
been not ________ that of ^ she had
been greatly instrumental to A[nne] ^ the connection by
having Anne to stay ^ staying with her in
the Autumn; & as her own Sister
must be better then her Husband[‘s]
Sisters, it was very agreeable to have
that Capt[ain] W[entworth] should be a
Richer Man than either Capt[ain] B.
or Charles Hayter. - She had some:
:thing to suffer perhaps when
they came to be together ^ into contact again,
in seeing Anne restored to the
rights of Seniority & the Mistress
of a very pretty Landaulet - but
she had a future to look forward
to, of powerful consolation - Anne
had no Uppercross Hall before her,
no Landed Estate, no Headship
[page] 13
It cannot be doubted that Sir
Walter & Eliz[abeth] were shocked, &
mortified by the loss of their com:
:panion & the discovery of their
own deception as to ^ in her Character.
They had their great Cousins in ^ to be
sure Laura Place. to turn ^ resort to for com:
:fort - but they must long feel
that to flatter & follow others, without
being flattered & followed themselves
was ^ is but a state of half enjoyment.

Anne, satisfied at a very early
period, of Lady Russel’s meaning to
love Capt[ain] W[entworth] - as she ought, had
no other alloy to the happiness of
her prospects, than what arose from
the consciousness of having no
relations to bestow on him which
a Man of sense could value.
There she felt her own Inferiority
Keenness ^ Keenly. The disproportion in
their fortunes was nothing; - it
did not give her a ^ moment’s regret; but
to have no Family to receive
& estimate him properly, nothing
of Respectability, of Harmony, of
Goodwill -
to offer in return for all the
Worth & all the prompt wel:
:come which met her in his Bro:
:thers & Sisters, was a source of
as lively pain, to her fxxx Mind of
Upright Delicacy
as it ^ her Mind could well
be sensible of, under circumstances
of otherwise strong felicity. - She
had but two friends in the World,
independant of himself, whom
to add to this List, Lady R[ussell]
& Mrs Smith. - Lady R[ussell]. To these
however, he was very well-disposed
to attach himself. Lady R[ussell] - in=
:spite of all her former transgressions
he could now value from his
heart; - while he was not obliged
to say that he believed her to have
^ been right in ^ originally dividing them, he was
ready to say ^ almost anything else in her
favour; - & as for Mrs Smith,
she had agreeableness claims of
various Kinds to recommend her
quickly & permanently. - Her recent
good offices by Anne had been
[page] 14
enough in themselves - and in ^ their
^ marriage, in: :stead of being depriving ^ her of one
friend by Annes ^ the marriage, it
gained her another secured her two
When they had any home, she
was frequently so
She was one of
their first visitors in their Settled
Life, and Capt[ain] Wentworth, by
putting her in the way of reco:
:vering the ^ her husband’s property in the W[est] Indies,
by giving her the writing for her &
acting for her, & seeing her through
all the petty Difficulties of the case,
with the activity & exertion of a
fearless friend Man, & a determined
friend, convinced her of his
being much nearer Perfection
than her intercourse with the
world had
fully requited the
services she had rendered or had ^ ever
meant to render her friend, to his
wife - and could not fail of
establishing him in xxxxaxing xxxxxxxx
Mxxxxxxxx his wife could
so xxth xxxx him Scarcely would
Mrs Smiths estimate of his Perfection could
his wife even thought him xxxx
perfect passed only by that Wife’s
Finis July 16 1816.

Mrs Smith’s enjoyments were not spoiled
by this improvement of Income ^ with some
improvement of health, & the acquisition of
such friends to be often with, for her
cheerfulness & mental activity did not
fail her, & while those prime supplies of
Good remained, she might have bid de:
:fiance even to greater accessions of
worldly Prosperity. She might have been
absolutely rich, & perfectly healthy, & yet
be happy. Her spring of Felicity was in
the glow of her spirits - as her friend
Anne’s was in the warmth of her
Heart. - Anne x was Tenderness itself; and
she had all the ^ full worth of it in Capt[ain]
Wentworth’s affections. His Profession
was all that could ever make her friend
wish that Tenderness less; the dread of a
future War, all that could overspread ^ dim
her Sunshine. She gloried in being a
Sailor’s wife, but she must pay the
tax of quick alarm, for belonging to
that Profession which is not more
- if possible - more
distinguished ^ in its for Domestic Virtues,
than for ^ in it’s National Reverence ^ Importance !
July 18. 1816.
[page] 15
He was very eager & very de:
:lightful in the description of
what he had felt the Even[in]g before ^ at the Concert
The Even[in]g seemed to have been made
up of exquisite moments; - the
moment of her stepping forward in
the Octagon Room to speak to him, &
the moment of Mr E[lliot]’s ^ appearing appearance
& of ^ dividing her from him her being instantly lost to him ^ taking her
^ away, & one or two other ^ subsequent moments af:
:terwards , marked by returning
hope, or increasing alarm Despondency were all
dwelt on with the energy of Love.
“To see you, said ^ cried he, in the midst
of those who could not be my
well-wishers, to see your Cousin
close by you ^ conversing & smiling - & feel all the horrible
Eligibilities & Proprieties of the
Match! - to consider it as the
possible ^ certain wish of every being
who could hope to influence you
- even, if your own feelings were
reluctant, or indifferent - to
consider that what powerful
supports would be his! - Was
not it enough to make the fool
of ^ me, which my behaviour expressed?
- “How could I look on without
feeling my extreme danger ^ agony? - Was
not the very sight of the Friend
who sat behind you? - was not
the recollection of what had been -
the Knowledge of her Influence -
of your ^ the indelible, immovable Impression of what Persuasion had once
done, was not it all against me?” -
“You should have distinguished -
replied Anne - You should not have
suspected me now; - The case ^ was so
different & my age so different!
If I was wrong, in Yeilding to
Persuasion once, Remember that
it was to Persuasion exerted on
the side of Safety, not of Risk.
When I yeilded, I thought it was
to Duty - But no Duty could
be called in aid here. In marrying
a Man indifferent to me, all
Risk would have been incurred
& all Duty violated.” - “You
are right he cried, This ought to
have wxxed with me, but it did
^ Perhaps I ought to have reasoned thus,
he replied, but I could not.

I could not derive benefit
[page] 16
from the later Knowledge of
your Character which I had ac:
:quired, I could not bring it into
play, it was overwhelmed, buried,
lost in those earlier feelings, which
I had been smarting under Year
after Year. - I could think of you
only as one who had Yeilded; so
- who had given me up,
then, xxx you too much at xxx
for my Endurance & seeing ^ I saw your
you as I did, with the very
Person who had guided you

who had been influenced by any one rather than by me
I saw you with the very Person
who had guided you in that year
of Misery - I had no reason to think
her of less authority ^ now; - The force of
Habit was to be added.” - “I should
have thought, said Anne, that my
Manner to you ^ yourself might have spared
you much, or all of this.” “No -
No - Your manner might be only
the ease, which your engagement
to another Man might produce ^ would give. -
I left you with this beleif. - And
^ yet I was determined to see you again.
however -. My spirits rallied
with the morning, & I felt that
I had still a motive for re:
:maining here. - The Admiral’s
news indeed, was a Revulsion.
Since that moment, I have waited
only for its confirmation determined
^ been
^ deciding what to do - and had it been con:
:firmed I should have left Bath
. This day would have been our
last day in Bath
.” There was Time for
all this to pass &c -

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Full title:
Manuscript of chapters 10 and 11 from Persuasion
8-18 July 1816, written at Chawton, Hampshire
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