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|Mr. William Elliot
Written by Cheryl
(9/23/2005 6:38 p.m.)
He was studying law in London and had no interest in meeting Sir Walter and Elizabeth; in fact, he had to be "...forced into the introduction." I'm sure, being a clever man, he could see that he was expected to court Elizabeth. But he avoided them, perhaps, by Sir Walter's own admission, meeting on only three occasions, "once at Tattersal's, and twice in the lobby of the House of Commons."
Evidently this was enough for him to know that he didn't want to further the acquaintance, nor marry Elizabeth. And though he was invited to Kellynch, "...talked of and expected all the rest of the year", does that mean that he told them he would visit? It could well be all projection on Sir Walter and Elizabeth's side - who wouldn't want to visit them and Kellynch?
In the end, "...he had purchased independence by uniting himself to a rich woman of inferior birth."
I say, good for him! We know nothing about the happiness of his wife or the marriage, but I can certainly sympathize with his wish to have nothing to do with the supercilious, vain, proud and self-important Elliots.
So, from what we know of Mr Elliot from the opening chapter, I'm inclined to have a favorable opinion of him. What do you think?
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