Written by Mandy N
(10/6/2008 12:29 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, A small house, penned by Cheryl
True, but I think one theme of Persuasion are the benefits to be derived from moderation and economising. Anne's wish for a modest house nearby contrasts with her father and Elizabeth's preference for consequence and extravagent living.
Anne's priority is to be clear of debt, 'She considered it a as an act of indispensable duty to clear away the claims of creditors' (ch.2).
But I agree Anne's hope for a small house nearby while econimically prudent is socially unrealistic for the Elliots.
Perhaps one reason Mr Shepard knows better than to encourage the idea with Sir Walter.