Persuasion and its 'Sets of People'

J.F. Burrows


Sir Walter Elliot's last action in Persuasion, perhaps his most purposeful action in the whole course of the novel, is "to prepare his pen with a very good grace for the insertion of the marriage in the volume of honour". Captain Wentworth's handsome person and "his well-sounding name" (p. 248)-not everyone will know that his branch of the Wentworths is " 'quite unconnected; nothing to do with the Strafford family'" (p. 23 )-count for more, with Sir Walter, than his personal merits or his professional achievements. And so Sir WaIter ends as he began, absorbed in the Baronetage, an uncommonly well-preserved fly rejoicing in his amber.

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