Capt. Wentworth is probably Jane Austen’s best hero. I’m willing to argue my case for this proclamation to anyone who is more of a Darcy or Tilney sort of person. But even if you do prefer one of those other gentlemen, I think we can all agree that when it comes to an Austen man’s ability to pen a swoon-worthy letter on the fly, no one can beat one Frederick Wentworth.
Captain Frederick Wentworth’s letter in Persuasion is the stuff of legends:
“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 years and a half 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 overpowers 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 F. W.
“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.”
See what I mean?
I highlighted my favorite part of the letter. In truth, it’s probably most people’s favorite part. At least that’s what all of the merchandise available for this book would suggest. But who can blame us? It’s good stuff! So good, I took most of that quote to make my latest cross-stitch project. It’s another two-tone design. I used a pale peach for the cursive and dark gray for the type-face. You can choose your own colors.
12-inch Aida Cloth
10-inch Embroidery Hoop
Embroidery Floss in Two Colors (I suggest using two or three strands to complete this project)
I hope you will enjoy making this. If you do, be sure to tag me in your photo on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @myreaderliving and with the hashtag #readerliving.