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|I wonder if Mary was a disappointment to Sir Walter.
Written by Graciela
(10/22/2008 9:54 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Kinda like Mrs. Norris, penned by LeeAnne
Mary is not only the last child. She was born after a still-born son. I suppose that Sir Walter (and Lady Elliot) would have wished to have a son. The first girl was beautiful, and the favourite of Sir Walter; the second, also pretty, and her mother's favorite. At last Lady Elliot conceives a son, but he doesn't survive. Two years later, she's having another child, and they might have hoped that this would be the desired heir, but it's another girl, and not so beautiful as her elder sisters. I'm sure that Lady Elliot would have loved her, but Sir Walter wouldn't have hidden his disappointment.
In chapter 15 Sir Water introduces Anne to Mr. Elliot as his "youngest daughter", completely forgetting Mary:
Sir Walter talked of his youngest daughter: "Mr. Elliot must give him leave to present him to his youngest daughter" (there was no occasion for remembering Mary)
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