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|But why is Elizabeth Elliot not married?
Written by Diba
(7/7/2013 4:54 a.m.)
We are told she is very handsome-- "It sometimes happens that a woman is handsomer at twenty-nine than she was ten years before... It was so with Elizabeth, still the same handsome Miss Elliot that she had begun to be thirteen years ago"
And she has been out in the world-- "Thirteen winters' revolving frosts had seen her opening every ball of credit which a scanty neighbourhood afforded, and thirteen springs shewn their blossoms, as she travelled up to London with her father, for a few weeks' annual enjoyment of the great world."
The people who meet her in public might not know her true nature. As Anne notes- " Elizabeth was certainly very handsome, with well-bred, elegant manners, and her character might never have been penetrated by Mr Elliot, knowing her but in public, and when very young himself. How her temper and understanding might bear the investigation of his present keener time of life was another concern and rather a fearful one." Mr. Elliot is a pretty smart judge of character, but not everyone would be.
She is admired by the men she meets. As the women of Captain Wentworth's group say, after Anne leaves with Mr. Elliot -- "But the men are all wild after Miss Elliot. Anne is too delicate for them."
So why is she not married? Did everyone see through her?
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