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Michael DirdaThe abundance of anecdote and episode in the book -- the sheer amount of things happening -- is a part of its vitality; it is a means of imparting the ethos of sparkling comedy." Elsewhere, Jenkyns points out that Persuasion is "that great rarity, a novel which is too short." He goes on to say that we really need to live through Anne Elliott's "lonely endurance" more extensively than the book allows us to and that the "reawakening of Wentworth's love for her" should have been a more gradual process.
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