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Jane Austen Society of North America
Puget Sound Region








Persuasion. Are You Persuaded?

Sunday, August 8, 2,pm

Via Zoom!

At the AGM in Fort Worth, a poll was taken of the members asking which was their favorite Austen novel. By a close but decided margin, Persuasion won the poll.  


Why?  Is it the somewhat older heroine that appeals to the modern independent woman? Is it because this is Austen’s last book and reflects the skilled maturity of her powers?

Do the experienced JASNA members relate to the possibility of second chances as their own vicissitudes have taught them? 

Here’s your chance to spout out your opinion.  Let’s discuss, cajole, argue and otherwise engage in lively debate about this well prized novel.

Take the time before our August 8th meeting to reread this short novel.  Or watch one of the filmed adaptations to remind you of what you’ve read already.

Some other questions to ponder----
What are the results of eight years of waiting for Anne? For Wentworth? 

What values do Sir Walter Elliot and Elizabeth represent? Captain Wentworth, the Crofts, the Harvilles and Benwick?

Jane Austen described her heroine in a letter to her niece Fanny Knight (23-25 March 1817), “You may perhaps like the Heroine, as she is almost too good for me.” Do you agree?

The characters are subject to different types of persuasion. Who is persuaded by rank/class/family connections? Who is persuaded by self-interest? Who is persuaded by self-importance?

The Crofts are portrayed as one of the few happily married couples in the novel. What is it about their relationship that seems so different from the other relationships portrayed in the book?

Join me in this lively discussion on Zoom!  2 pm Sunday August 8th.

Find a printable list of questions for the discussion here.


Kimberly Milham

Local members have been sent a newsletter with instructions on how to access the Zoom session.  If you are one of our local members and didn't receive a newsletter, please contact me at regional98105@gmail.com and I'll email you the information.



The Jane Austen Society of North America is a non-profit organization staffed by volunteers and dedicated to the enjoyment and appreciation of Jane Austen and her writing.  The Puget Sound Region of JASNA serves Western Washington from the Canadian border to Southern Washington.  We sometimes partner with other regions near us - Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho Region and the Oregon and SW Washington Region

Vision:  Because literature has the power to change and enrich our lives, we want to see more people reading the great authors, with special emphasis on Jane Austen.

Mission:  Our mission is to foster among the widest number of readers the study, appreciation, and understanding of Jane Austen’s works, her life, and her genius.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement:  To fulfill JASNA’s mission of fostering among the widest number of readers the study, appreciation, and understanding of Jane Austen’s works, her life, and her genius, JASNA strives to ensure that all people are welcome and feel valued in its meetings, events, and community spaces. JASNA is committed to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Society. There is no place in JASNA for discrimination or exclusion, including on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, ability, appearance, or education.

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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, scheduled events have changed to virtual programs.  This will continue as we follow the restrictions being recommended.  Of course, the health and well-being of our members is of utmost importance to JASNA Puget Sound, and we will not hold in-person meetings until it is safe to do so.  If a public event is scheduled as a gathering, please double-check this site a day or two before the event to be sure.  Or email us at: regional98105@gmail.com


Note: Unless otherwise stated*, our meetings begin at 2 p.m. on the second Sunday of every other month: February, April, June, August, October and December.  That said, any programs not on our regular schedule will be fitted in wherever we can find an opportune time, so do, please, check regularly.  We are finding opportunities online that we can't pass up, and of course, that's wonderful!


Because Washington State and King County in particular, is doing a spectacular job of getting the vaccine to people, 60 % of the population has received at least one dose, and 53% are fully vaccinated (as of June 24, 2021).  Because the Governor has said that fully vaccinated people can gather together and mingle without masks,  Wand we are expecting him to remove the restriction for social distancing, soon, we are evaluating whether we can have an in person meeting in August.  Please be patient a little longer as we sort out what is best to do.


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