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|Book,book in hand,who's the fairest in the land?
Written by Tara O'Donnell
(9/19/2005 8:50 a.m.)
" Sir Walter Elliot, of Kellynch Hall, in Somersetshire, was a man who, for his own amusement, never took up any book but the Baronetage: there he found occupation for an idle hour, and consolation in a distressed one; there his faculties were roused into admiration and respect, by contemplating the limited remnant of the earliest patents; there any unwelcome sensations, arising from domestic affairs, changed naturally into pity and contempt. As he turned over the almost endless creations of the last century, and there, if every other leaf were powerless, he could read his own history with an interest which never failed: this was the page at which the favourite volume always opened --"
Sir Walter admires his phyiscal appearance but adores his social one in a narcissist manner. His pride in his position"the blessings of a baronetcy" consoles him in times of trouble(which,due to his spendthift ways,he's now in)and helps to blind him to any real common sense he might had have at some point in life.
It's also a mirror to Elizabeth who"closed it with averted eyes and pushed it away"-all it shows her is that she is not yet married,which is a reflection on her particularly with her younger sister Mary being married,even if Mary"gave all the honor" in her marriage. Anne is not even considered to be of any importance to her father in his favorite book-he had"never indulged much hope...now,none of ever reading her name in any other page of his favourite work". Interesting what power is given to this one title by the Elliots!
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