Jane Austen Title Drops

I read Persuasion recently (more on that in the March 2015 books round-up, presumably) and because of the title of the book, every instance of the word persuasion or variations thereof felt sort of jarring and like it should be imbued with a special significance, like “hey, see what I did there? That’s the title, bro.”1 And so, if you already conveniently happen to have lists of word frequencies for all of Austen’s works2, a sort of natural question arises: does Jane Austen actually use the word persuasion significantly more in Persuasion than she does in her other novels?

The short answer: nope.

The slightly longer answer:

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