What is persuasion ? • Persuade: to induce to believe by appealing to reason or understanding.• A synonym of persuade is to convince.
Sir Walter Elliot• Baronet• Owner of Kellynch Hall• Extraordinarily vain• Treasures his looks• Prefers his eldest daughter• Prone to spending• Poor character and judgment
Mrs. Elliot• Deceased• Possessed sensibility, amiability and good judgment• Promoted husband’s respectability• Had three daughters• Married for seventeen years
Elizabeth Elliot• Eldest daughter• Described as beautiful• Vain, concerned with appearance• Her father’s consultant• Will only marry someone of adequate birth
Anne Elliot• Middle sister• Shunned by her father• Years diminished former beauty• Good judgment, intelligent• Strong relationship with Lady Russell• Delicate features; mild, dark eyes
Mary Elliot Musgrove• Youngest sister• Married Charles Musgrove• Lives close to the family
Charles Musgrove• Mary Elliot’s husband• Countryman• Heir of a large fortune• Intended to marry Anne Elliot
Lady Russell• Best friend of Mrs. Elliot• Cares for Kellynch Hall and the Elliot daughters• Consultant of the Elliot family• Considerable wealth• Prefers Anne Elliot
Mr. John Shepherd• Family advisor• Looks for the well-being of the family• Biased towards Sir Walter Elliot
Mrs. Clay• Mr. Shepherd’s daughter• Close friend of Elizabeth Elliot• Of a much lower birth• Unprosperous marriage and two children
William Elliot• Distant relative; part of the baronetage• Estranged from the family• Only person Elizabeth sees as a fair match
Admiral Croft• Grew up near Kellynch Hall• Hopes to rent the family home
Captain Frederick Wentworth• Admiral Croft Wife’s brother• Involved with Anne when younger
Setting• Time: 1814 – 1815 (Begins summer of 1814)• Place: Kellynch Hall; county of Somerset• Mood: Desperation
Kellynch Hall• Elliot’s property• Passes down the male line• Has ancient dignity• Located in the county of Somerset
PlotChapters 1 - 4
Chapter 1• Sir Walter Elliot is reading the book Baronetage.• Baronetage: book that records the history of the most important families in England.• The Elliot family is in the book.
Chapter 1• Sir Walter Elliot is shown as vain.• Lady Russell cares for the house and daughters.• The father only considers Elizabeth.• Lady Russell prefers Anne.• Elizabeth had been mistress of Kellynch Hall for thirteen years.• Elizabeth feels pressured to marry.
Chapter 1• Elizabeth meant to marry Sir William Walter Elliot.• William Elliot married a rich woman of inferior birth.• William Elliot gained the family’s disapproval.• Mr. Shepherd serves as family consultant.• The Elliot family is indebted.
Chapter 1• Elizabeth proposed two ways of saving: – Refrain from re-furnishing the drawing room – Cutting unnecessary charities• Neither Elizabeth nor her father wanted to quit their comforts.• Lady Russell and Mr. Shepherd are called to advise the family.
Chapter 2• Mr. Shepherd wanted Lady Russell to offer a solution.• Lady Russell didn’t want to hurt Sir Walter’s feelings.• Lady Russell consulted Anne.• Anne wanted a quick escape from debt.• She offered fast but extreme measures.
Chapter 2• Anne wished her suggestions accepted.• Mr. Shepherd suggested a cheaper house.• The father accepted and arranged to move to Bath.• Bath offered: – A closer distance to Kellynch Hall – The same consequence at little expense• Lady Russell believed Anne could be sociable in Bath.• Sir Walter Elliot would only rent to someone of consequence.
Chapter 2• Moving would divide Elizabeth and Mrs. Clay.• Lady Russell had warned Elizabeth against Mrs. Clay.• Elizabeth always opposed lady Russell’s opinion.
Chapter 3• Mr. Shepherd suggests any naval officer as a good client.• Sir Walter believes the house a good prize for them.• Mrs. Clay agrees on the sailors.• Sir Walter will impose restrictions on any tenant.• Mr. Shepherd reassures him saying that this will be done.• Anne vouches for the sailors’ rights.
Chapter 3• Sir Walter believes sailors don’t deserve it.• Sir Walter hates two things from sailors: – Their rise to fame from nothing – Their rough looks• Mrs. Clay says that every profession has it’s burdens.• She says only a handful have unlimited freedom.• Admiral Croft was the first applicant for the house.
Chapter 3• Sir Walter thinks Croft is rough-looking.• Mr. Shepherd vouches for Croft.• Mr. Shepherd praises Croft’s wife.• Mr. Shepherd forgets Mrs. Croft brother’s name.• The man is called Mr. Wentworth.• Sir Walter says he was of no consequence.
Chapter 3• A day was fixed for Croft’s visit.• Sir Walter though Croft had consequence enough.• Elizabeth was inclined towards the decision.• Anne dreamed that in a few months someone would be where she was now.
Chapter 4• Anne had been in love with Wentworth.• It was received as an unfortunate alliance.• Sir Walter denied the union.• Anne: too young and valuable to throw herself away.• Mr. Wentworth: had no sure future.• Mr. Wentworth believed he’d soon be rich.
Chapter 4• Others believed Mr. Wentworth too headstrong.• Lady Russell convinced Anne to break up.• Anne’s suffering had clouded her youth.• Seven years had passed since the rupture.• Anne had found no way of moving on.• Anne had rejected Charles Musgrove.
Chapter 4• Anne believed she’d be happier with him.• Mr. Wentworth had gained a good fortune.• Anne believed him to be married.• Anne was agitated over the rent.• Anne hoped the engagement was forgotten.
Chapters’ Importance• Introduce characters and setting• Insight on differing personalities• Overview of the Elliot’s economical situation• Explanation of Anne’s former relationship with Wentworth