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Written by Nikki N
(5/30/2013 6:50 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I think..., penned by Diba
True, from a worldly point of view, marriage to Mr Elliot would be very advantageous to Anne. In the book, Mr Elliot is certainly NOT bankrupt, he was a rich man who had inherited money from his first wife. It was Sir Walter who was debt-ridden!
When Mr Elliot was young, he did not care for title and connexions, and only wanted money, so he married a rich woman of inferior birth. He was now rich, and Mrs S said -- "time had worked a very material change in Mr. Elliot's opinions as to the value of a baronetcy. Upon all points of blood and connexion he is a completely altered man. Having long had as much money as he could spend, nothing to wish for on the side of avarice or indulgence, he has been gradually learning to pin his happiness upon the consequence he is heir to."
eight years ago, Anne's marriage to Frederick would have been a poor match for Anne. But with Sir w now in debt, and Fred having acquired a fortune of 25,000 in naval prize money, Fred was now a good match for Anne from a worldly point of view also -- concluding chapter --
"Captain Wentworth, with five-and-twenty thousand pounds, and as high in his profession as merit and activity could place him, was no longer nobody. He was now esteemed quite worthy to address the daughter of a foolish, spendthrift baronet,".
Of course, it was a love match, but it was also a good match for Anne, and Mr Elliot, a rich man and future baronet would from the worldly point of view, be an even better match.
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