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|But Sir Walters' fortune
Written by JulieW
(10/10/2008 6:40 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I never understood that. Why won't he hang out with them?, penned by JanELT
Look at this from Chapter One:
He was at that time a very young man, just engaged in the study of the law; and Elizabeth found him extremely agreeable, and every plan in his favour was confirmed. He was invited to Kellynch Hall; he was talked of and expected all the rest of the year; but he never came. The following spring he was seen again in town, found equally agreeable, again encouraged, invited and expected, and again he did not come; and the next tidings were that he was married. Instead of pushing his fortune in the line marked out for the heir of the house of Elliot, he had purchased independence by uniting himself to a rich woman of inferior birth.
He was reluctant to be with the Elliots from the start. Sir Walter's method of taking him up was probably not very subtle. Elizabeth, IMO, was obviously pointed out to him as a suitable wife...and Mr Elliot did not want to be a puppet, so obviously under Sir Walter and Elizabeth's control. So he married a rich though socially inferior woman and snubbed his family. He knew, I suppose-he was training to be a lawyer after all- that as long as Sir Walter remained a widow,he(Mr Elliot)was still the heir. He didn't have to marry Elizabeth to eventually get his hands on Kellynch.
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