by Jane Austen
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Persuasion Gender Quotes Page 4

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[Anne speaks] "I believe you [men] equal to every important exertion, and to every domestic forbearance, so long as--if I may be allowed the expression--so long as you have an object. I mean while the woman you love lives, and lives for you. All the privilege I claim for my own sex (it is not a very enviable one; you need not covet it), is that of loving longest, when existence or when hope is gone." (23.32)

While Anne is making a statement about gender difference here, she's also very conscious that Wentworth is eavesdropping on her conversation – how much influence does that have on the positions she takes?

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