Persuasion - Study Guide Chapter 1 Summary & Analysis

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Persuasion, by Jane Austen, begins by introducing Sir Walter Elliot. He is a handsome, vain 54-year-old man. His favorite story and book, literally, is that of his own life. It begins with dates of the births, deaths and marriages of his family members and it chronicles their accomplishments. Sir Elliot's wife of 17 years passed away 13 years ago. She left him three daughters, although he only cared for the eldest, Elizabeth. In her, he sees himself and all of the good qualities of his wife. Elizabeth is a very handsome young woman. His youngest daughter, Mary, is of some interest to him since she made a good match for herself in marriage. Anne, the middle daughter, is of no consequence to either Elizabeth or Sir Elliot. Anne lives with the two yet is never consulted. Her family does not place any confidence in her. Sir Elliot does not...

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