Not all Jane Austen heroines are created equal, some are fearlessly feisty and some hopeless romantics, but of all of them, I think Miss Anne Elliot may be my favorite. She's surely fearless in her own way (and romantic as well), but above all she's got the perseverance thing down pat. No matter that her totally crazy family thinks she hasn't got the looks or much else to make her worth their time, unless, of course, they need someone to play maidservant. Anne silently bears everything that is thrown upon her. And she waits, longingly, for years to set right what should never have gotten thrown off track to begin with: a chance to be with her soulmate, the dreamy Capt. Wentworth. (If there's one thing we can appreciate around here, it's "THE GRAND GESTURE.") In fact, I think Miss Elliot should start giving lessons on: "How to Persevere: The Victorian Swag Lady's Guide to Making Men Swoon." I don't know about y'all, but I'd be the first person to sign up.