May 15, 2018

Location, Location, Location


Why is Persuasion set in so many different locations? What do these places represent: Kellynch, Uppercross, Lyme, Bath? How does Bath reveal Sir Walter’s true nature?

May 16, 2018

Really looking forward to seeing what people have to say about this - especially about Bath... an area of special interest for me.

May 16, 2018

So much of Persuasion is about class, and I think the use of all the different locations play into this. Kellynch and the Elliot's home in Bath both represent the upper class, but somewhat on the fringes, as Sir Walter can no longer afford the very best. Uppercross is middle class, in a gentrified manner. Charles and Mary's cottage, though, is decidedly middle class. The Harvilles house in Lyme is on the lower end of middle class, tottering on the edge of lower class. And poor Mrs. Smith's rooms in Bath are lower class.


Anne moves comfortably between all these class-specific locations, while her father, her sister, and Lady Russell do not stray beyond the bounds of their station. They do not visit Mary in Uppercross, for example. Captain Wentworth also seems comfortable in all the locations. This leads the reader to understand that both Anne and Captain Wentworth are persons of character, without prejudice or intolerance.

May 16, 2018

I agree, Candice. Class and one's position in society are of utmost importance to Sir Walter and Elizabeth, and that colors so much of the novel. In actuality, there was little better to be had in Bath - he's saving money by not having so much land, and a smaller residence, but the higher up the hillside you went in Bath, the "better" your home was considered, and Sir Walter could almost literally "look down" on everyone... Because of this, and because he's refused to economize in any other ways, he's unlikely to ever be able to live at Kellynch again... something he neither seems to know nor understand...

May 17, 2018

Great points Candice & "abucksworth", thanks for sharing.


I've always enjoyed the use of locations to mess with the reader's perception that rich is better. Look at the warm hospitality and comfort (in the sense of acceptance and friendliness) consistently displayed within the lower and middle class homes of Mrs. Smith, the Harvilles, and the Musgroves. I'd much rather visit friends at a place like Uppercross or Lyme, than feel unwanted or inferior at Kellynch (when Sir Elliot was in residence).

New Posts
  • jasnamnmarketing
    Nov 1

    Meet Mother & Daughter Duo. Kathy Rogers & Anne Rogers Kathy Rogers JASNA-MN: How did you hear about JASNAMN? Kathy Rogers: A girlfriend told me about some “strange” people at her work who belonged to a Jane Austen club. I was intrigued. After learning about the details and attending my first meeting, I was hooked. JASNA-MN: How long have you been a JASNA-MN board member and how did you get there? Kathy Rogers: I joined the Board as Treasurer in January 2019. As a recently retired accountant it seemed a natural fit. I have an easy job compared to the rest of the board. I am amazed by the skill and creativity that I see in the other board members. JASNA-MN: What is your favorite thing/moment about being a JASNA-MN board? Kathy Rogers: I just finished the year end financial reporting for the chapter, and it was fun to put my “green eyeshade” on again. I like presenting financial data in a way that helps people make decisions wisely. JASNA-MN: What is your favorite Jane Austen’s book or movies? Kathy Rogers: Well, of course, I love the book and the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice. I also really like Mansfield Park. I know it is not as well regarded as some of the others, but the dialogue is so rich, and the characters are so dense. Mary Crawford is my favorite character in all the books. I have the audio book versions of all the main novels. I have three versions of Pride and Prejudice alone. I listen at night to lull myself to sleep. Over the years, I have probably listened to each book 20 times. Except for key parts (like the first proposal scene in Pride and Prejudice) I find them soothing. JASNA-MN: Tell me a little bit about yourself: hobbies, hidden talent, etc. Kathy Rogers: I am a news junkie (not always a good thing…) I also enjoy history and listen to a lot of books on European, World and Economic History. This is one of the reasons why I like Jane Austen so much. It is comforting sometimes, to take the long view. Anne Rogers – (Kathy Rogers’ daughter) JASNA-MN: How did you hear about JASNAMN? Anne Rogers: My mom was involved in JASNAMN prior to me. She told me about the group and brought me to the holiday meeting last year - a ton of fun! JASNA-MN: What is your favorite Jane Austen’s book or movies? Anne Rogers: A bit cliché, but I'm a sucker for Pride and Prejudice, book and series. A strong memory from my childhood is watching and rewatching the 1995 BBC miniseries on VHS (I blame my mom for starting this). I really connected with Jane and love how it portrays the different relationships between the sisters. JASNA-MN: What was your favorite meeting/event so far? Any idea what fun stuff we should do? Anne Rogers: I really enjoyed the dance meeting - even though I have no rhythm! I would be in favor of any event/lecture around how life was back then (embroidery, etiquette, other topics around the culture). JASNA-MN: How long have you been a member? Anne Rogers: I'm new! I just attended my first meeting as a member this month. JASNA-MN: Tell me a little bit about yourself: hobbies? hidden talent? Anne Rogers: I love to craft and sew. My mom and I both created dresses for these meetings. JASNA-MN: Thank you Alicia & Anna for your times! See you at next meeting... *If you are interested to be our next featured member or would like to nominate someone Please email us at jasnamnmarketing@gmail.com
  • jasnamnmarketing
    Oct 19

    Share your photos & stories here
  • jasnamnmarketing
    Oct 18
JASNA - Minnesota

We are the Minnesota Region of The Jane Austen Society of North America, a non-profit (501(c)(3)), organization dedicated to the enjoyment and appreciation of Jane Austen and her writing.  

Be in good company  

JASNA membership is open to everyone interested in the life and works of Jane Austen. Membership in the national organization automatically grants you the benefits of our local, regional chapter based in Minnesota. Our chapter hosts a number of events throughout the year. Together, we explore and revel in topics related to Jane’s books, as well as Regency Period culture and society.

  • Facebook - jasnamnorg
  • Instagram - jasnamnorg
  • Twitter - jasnamnorg
We are not only amiable, we’re Social:

©2017 The Jane Austen Society of North America Minnesota Region (JASNA-MN)   Legal