Captain Wentworth’s Love Letter

OMG, I just finished reading the book Persuasion by Jane Austen.  That Captain Frederick Wentworth puts Mr. Darcy to shame.  The love letter that Captain Wentworth wrote to Anne Eliot sent wonderful shivers through my whole body.  It is the most romantic and moving love letters I ever read.  Here it is word for word in Jane Austen’s Persuasion.
“I can listen no longer in silence.  I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach.  You pierce my soul.  I am half agony, half hope.  Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever.  I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight and a half years ago.  Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death.  I have loved none but you.  Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant.  You alone have brought me to Bath.  For you alone I think and plan.  Have you not seen this?  Can you fail to have understood my wishes?  I had not waited even these ten days, could I have read your feelings, as I think you must have penetrated mine.  I can hardly write.  I am every instant hearing something which over powers me.  You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice when they would be lost on others.  Too good, too excellent creature!  You do us justice, indeed.  You do believe that there is true attachment and constancy among men.  Believe it to be most fervent, most undeviating in”
“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.”
The Book
 Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds portraying Anne Eliot and Captain Wentworth in the 1995 film Persuasion.
 Actor, Ciaran Hinds
 Actress Amanda Root
1995 Film version
Rupert Penry-Jones and Sally Hawkins as Captain Wentworth and Anne Eliot in the 2008 film adaptation of Persuasion.
 Actor Rupert Penry-Jones
Rupert Penry-Jones and Sally Hawkins
 Actress Sally Hawkins
2008 film adaptation of Persuasion
I have seen the 1995 film version but not the 2008 one.  The 1995 version was good but not great.  Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds look fabulous as the hero and heroine, but I found Mr. Hinds to be a bit stiff.  He could have been much more passionate, like Matthew MacFadyen was as Mr. Darcy.  Ciaran Hinds also appears to be a tad older than Captain Wentworth is in the book, but he still was a close match.  Mr. Hinds had that tanned and windswept look that a man who has spent years at sea would have.    I would like to see Richard Armitage portraying Captain Wentworth.  OMG, I would LOVE IT!!!
I enjoyed reading Persuasion even though it went on and one a bit longer than I would really like.  Captain Wentworth doesn’t finally let go and reveal his true feelings until close to the end.  It was definitely worth it but the lead up to it tried my patience a bit.
 Captain Wentworth writing his love letter to Anne.
UPDATE:  I have since come to love the 1995 version of Persuasion.  It simply grew up me the more I watched it.  I have since also seen the 2008 version.


  1. Jill says:

    I like to see RA in darker roles. My swoon part for him would be Rochester. I loved Michael Jayston in the part, he woke me up to men when I was 11 in 1973! But Persuasion is my fave Jane Austen these days, I think it speaks to older women. Yes I too felt I was on the shelf at 26! Then I met my husband. That was 27 years ago!

  2. Juli Rahel says:

    I realise I am terribly late commenting on this post, but I was looking for the love letter and found your blog! Wentworth is absolutely perfect and his letter just makes me melt! And then you had to give me the idea of Richard Armitage and that voice as Captain Wentworth and now all I can do is sit her and sigh….
    Thanks 😀
    Juli @ Universe in Words

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