In her final novel, as in her earlier ones, Jane Austen uses a love story to explore and gently satirize social pretensions and emotional confusion. Persuasion follows the romance of Anne Elliot and naval officer Frederick Wentworth. They were happily engaged until Annes friend, Lady Russell, persuaded her that Frederick was unworthy. Now, eight years later, Frederick returns, a wealthy captain in the navy, while Annes family teeters on the edge of bankruptcy. They still love each other, but their past mistakes threaten to keep them apart. 249 p.