Persuasions #10, 1988                                                                                                                                            Page 98


No Persuasion



Portola Valley, CA


Sweet Anne Elliot full of grace,

Could not accept her rightful place,

She went to see an old school mate,

And so she risked her social fate.

Captain Wentworth, looking for love,

Was more an eagle than a dove.

Cousin Elliot, not too sincere,

Always aware Mrs. Clay still here;

Lady Russell so full of charm,

Far too ready to call alarm!

But Anne herself would solve it all,

Too smart to fall for Bath fol-de-rol;

When the Captain handed her a letter,

She chose not worse, but for better!

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