History Characters / Persuasion

25th Mar '17 7:40:45 PM eowynjedi
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* PassiveAggressiveKombat: In the first part of the book he never addresses Anne directly, but his pleasant conversations to the Musgroves are full of barbs that are meant for her. For example, his remark that he was so eager to go to sea because he had no wife to keep him ashore... ''Anne.''



!!Captain Harville

* BigBrotherInstinct: Over his deceased sister Fanny. He seems to genuinely resent that Benwick decided to marry someone else so soon, and insists that she would not have forgotten him so soon if their positions had been reversed.
* GameBreakingInjury: His leg injury still pains him and keeps him from active service.
* HappilyMarried: He loves his wife deeply and adores his family. He speaks very passionately about what it feels like to have to part from your family for a year or more and the agony of waiting for them to arrive when you finally return to port.
* NiceGuy: He easily accepts Anne as part of his social circle and values her friendship, and he's so eager to be hospitable to Wenworth's friends that he and Mrs. Harville are actually ''upset'' to learn that they decided to stay at an inn rather than assume they were welcome to bring their party of six people to stay at their house (already full of their children and Benwick).
* NumberTwo: He was Wentworth's first lieutenant on the ''Laconia'' before peace was declared. (It's possible, given what's said of that ship's adventures, that Harville was promoted to commend Wentworth--a common practice, since the captains themselves couldn't be promoted to admiral except by moving up the chain of seniority.)
* OfficerAndAGentleman: To a somewhat lesser degree than Wentworth. His manners aren't quite as refined, but he's an honest and warmhearted person and that's rather more valuable.



* TheMourningAfter: He's still deeply in mourning for his intended, Phoebe Harville, and is ready to stay that way for the rest of his life. Until he meets Anne and Louisa.

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* TheMourningAfter: He's still deeply in mourning for his intended, Phoebe Fanny Harville, and is ready to stay that way for the rest of his life. Until he meets Anne and Louisa.
22nd Mar '17 5:21:02 PM eowynjedi
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* UpperClassTwit: She's just as senseless as Sir Walter when it comes to matters of money.

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* UpperClassTwit: She's just as senseless as Sir Walter when it comes to matters of money.
money, and she's so pleased with Mrs. Clay's flattery that she doesn't realize their "friendship" is mainly a way for Mrs. Clay to get close to Sir Walter.



* DrivesLikeCrazy: In the film, Wentworth jokes that his brother-in-law frequently oversets whenever he tries to manage something designed for land and hopes Sophie won't have to climb out of a ditch again.

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* DrivesLikeCrazy: In the film, DrivesLikeCrazy: Wentworth jokes that his brother-in-law frequently oversets whenever he tries to manage something designed for land and hopes Sophie won't have to climb out of a ditch again.


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* FallingIntoHisArm: Invoking this becomes one of her favorite things to do: jumping off of steps so that Wentworth will catch her. When she tries it from the Cobb at Lyme, she runs up to a ''very'' high spot, ignoring his protests. He's unable to catch her and she sustains a severe head injury that leaves her unconscious for at least a day.


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* RomanticFalseLead: In Lyme, he and Anne spend most of their time together since they're the odd ones out from their respective groups and others suspect that they might be forming an intimacy.


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* WidowsWeeds: The male version. He has black crepe around his hat, and everyone who discusses his prospects with Anne notes that their marriage would have take place after "a decent interval."
8th Mar '17 6:52:35 PM eowynjedi
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* AllTakeAndNoGive: It's noted that his first wife did love him, but once they were married he made it clear that his only interest in her had been her money. He treats his friends the Smiths with an equal lack of care--once they can't give him anything more, he's done with them.



* EveryoneHasStandards: Even though Elizabeth would marry him in a heartbeat, Mr. Elliot ignores her as he did before and spends a great deal of time and effort trying to make Anne fall in love with him. Not that he has any real depth of feeling towards her, but evidently his desire to cement his claim to Kellynch falls ''just'' short of having to spend the rest of his life with Elizabeth.



* ManipulativeBastard: His calculated pleasingness of manners. He played his old friend Mr. Smith entirely, as close as a brother, with no intentions of ever returning the favor, and flatters and flirts with Anne without real depth of feeling. His flattery of Anne also counts, although the fact that he pays his addresses to ''her'' rather than Elizabeth (who transparently wants him) shows that he at least has some taste.

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* ManipulativeBastard: His calculated pleasingness of manners. He played his old friend Mr. Smith entirely, as close as a brother, with no intentions of ever returning the favor, and flatters and flirts with Anne without real depth of feeling. His flattery of Anne also counts, although the fact that he pays his addresses to ''her'' rather than Elizabeth (who transparently wants him) shows that he at least has some taste.
28th Feb '17 8:41:20 AM eowynjedi
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* ItsAllMyFault: Blames himself for encouraging Louisa's antics and her subsequent fall. He also feels very guilty for flirting with her and is pulled up short when someone comments on the expectation of their engagement, realizing that he's behaved towards her in such a way that marriage would be the only honorable outcome if she asked for it.

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* ItsAllMyFault: Blames himself for encouraging Louisa's antics and her subsequent fall. He also feels very guilty for flirting with her and is pulled up short when someone comments on the expectation of their engagement, realizing that he's behaved towards her in such a way that marriage would be the only honorable outcome if she asked for wanted it.



!!Admiral and Mrs. Croft

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!!Admiral and Mrs. Sophie Croft



* DrivesLikeCrazy: In the film, Wentworth jokes that his brother-in-law frequently oversets whenever he tries to manage something designed for land and hopes Sophie won't have to climb out of a ditch again.



* InnocentlyInsensitive: The Crofts like Anne and are quick to befriend and include her, but Mrs. Croft has no idea of the pain she and her husband are causing when they ask Anne which one of the Musgroves Fredrick will choose for a wife--she only knows that Anne once met her brother the ''curate''.



* ShipperOnDeck: For Captain Wentworth and whichever of the Musgrove sisters he would decide to marry.

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* ShipperOnDeck: For Captain Wentworth and whichever of the Musgrove sisters he would decide to marry. He gripes about having his prospects continually picked over by married friends.
25th Feb '17 6:06:56 PM eowynjedi
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* ImStandingRightHere: Rails about Anne visiting Mrs. Smith, because why should she care about a poor widow with no connections, while Mrs. Clay is sitting right there.



!!Mrs. Clay
Mrs. Clay is the daughter of Sir Walter's solicitor and often accompanies him on his business visits to Kellynch. She's widowed and befriends Elizabeth, but it's clear to others what her true objective is.

* GoldDigger: She's hoping to flatter Sir Walter into marrying her. However, the narrative doesn't cast her as a villain as she might be in Austen's other books--it's not admirable, but it's also a logical move for a widow with no connections.
* ImStandingRightHere: When Sir Walter goes off about Anne visiting some old widow of no connection called Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Clay has to leave the room because his rant applies just as much to her.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Mr. Elliot wants her gone because if she marries Sir Walter, they might produce a child who would displace him as the heir.



* ItsAllAboutMe: She whines and complains any time she isn't paid attention to. When Louisa is injured, Mary's reaction to Anne being designated nurse is to be offended and insist that ''she'' do it, even though she's in no way suitable.

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* ItsAllAboutMe: She whines and complains any time she isn't paid attention to. When Louisa is injured, Mary's reaction to Anne being designated nurse is to be offended and insist that ''she'' do it, even though she's in no way suitable.suitable, because it's her right as a closer relative.



* TheFirstCutIsTheDeepest: Oddly this doesn't complicate a relationship with a ''new'' love interest, but with Anne, the first cut herself. He pays a lot of attention to the Musgrove sisters and makes a big deal about how he's only interested in a woman who knows her own mind (i.e. Not Like Anne), but he still loves her beneath the resentment.

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* TheFirstCutIsTheDeepest: Oddly this doesn't complicate a relationship with a ''new'' love interest, but with Anne, the first cut herself. He pays a lot of attention to the Musgrove sisters and makes a big deal about how he's only interested in a woman who knows her own mind (i.e. Not Like Anne), but in spite of his resentment he still loves her beneath the resentment.can't love anyone else.



* ItsAllMyFault: Blames himself for encouraging Louisa's antics and her subsequent fall. He also feels very guilty for acting like he loved her when he was still resentful.

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* ItsAllMyFault: Blames himself for encouraging Louisa's antics and her subsequent fall. He also feels very guilty for acting like he loved flirting with her and is pulled up short when he was still resentful.someone comments on the expectation of their engagement, realizing that he's behaved towards her in such a way that marriage would be the only honorable outcome if she asked for it.




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* TrueCompanions: With his brother captains Harville and Benwick. Wentworth says that he would make a journey of any length if any weather to any request of Harville's and feels a deep sympathy for Benwick's heartbreak.



* FishOutOfWater: The Crofts visit Bath for the Admiral's health. Apparently life in the country doesn't agree with him so well after decades living at sea.



* HappilyMarried: In stark contrast to the other married couples of the book, they get on very well all the time.

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* HappilyMarried: In stark contrast to the other married couples of the book, their love is deep, genuine rather than a marriage of convenience, and they get on along with each other very well all the time.well.



* NiceGuy: Admiral Croft is happy to befriend anyone who's worthy of it. Unlike some Austen characters, who treat their friends interchangeably, the Admiral shows genuine care and interest for everyone in his social circle. Anne soon takes to him.

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* NiceGuy: Admiral Croft is happy to befriend anyone who's worthy of it. Unlike some Austen characters, who treat their friends interchangeably, the Admiral shows genuine care and interest for everyone in his social circle. He becomes very fond of Anne soon takes to him.and she's delighted when they turn up in Bath.



* SilkHidingSteel: Mrs. Croft has spent most of her married life at her husband's side, even while he's at sea fighting the French Navy, and she's never even been seasick. She's an excellent, well-mannered lady, but she slaps her brother down when he starts in on women not being suited for the hardships of life at sea. (A pretty silly remark in all consequence since he knows perfectly well she's lived on one.)



* LastMinuteHookup: He winds up marrying Louisa Musgrove, as her personality became rather closer to his own in consequence of her accident.

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* LastMinuteHookup: He winds up marrying Louisa Musgrove, as her personality became rather closer to his own in consequence of her accident. This is treated with deep skepticism by Harville, who thinks his beloved sister's memory has been slighted, and Wentworth, who spent years in agony over a woman who was still alive.



* ManipulativeBastard: His calculated pleasingness of manners. He played his old friend Mr. Smith entirely, as close as a brother, with no intentions of ever returning the favor, and flatters and flirts with Anne without real depth of feeling.

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* ManipulativeBastard: His calculated pleasingness of manners. He played his old friend Mr. Smith entirely, as close as a brother, with no intentions of ever returning the favor, and flatters and flirts with Anne without real depth of feeling. His flattery of Anne also counts, although the fact that he pays his addresses to ''her'' rather than Elizabeth (who transparently wants him) shows that he at least has some taste.
17th Feb '17 7:55:39 PM eowynjedi
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* LoveDodecahedron: She's involved in one. Charles Musgrove loved her, but married her sister. She loves Captain Wentworth who used to love her as well but now thinks he might love Louisa or Henrietta. Captain Benwick is obviously infatuated with her and she doesn't find him too shabby either. Her cousin William loves her as well and she's tempted to return the affection.

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* LoveDodecahedron: She's involved in one. Charles Musgrove loved her, but married her sister. She loves Captain Wentworth who used to love her as well but now thinks he might love Louisa or Henrietta. Captain Benwick is obviously infatuated with her and she doesn't find him too shabby either. Her cousin William loves wants her as well and she's tempted to return the affection.



* OddFriendship: In spite of her snobbery, she forms a close friendship with Mrs. Clay, whose connection to the family is being the daughter of their solicitor.

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* OddFriendship: In spite of her snobbery, she forms a close friendship with Mrs. Clay, whose connection to the family is being would be considered a "low connection" because she's the daughter of their solicitor. solicitor and there's no indication her late husband was of a higher station.



* ParentalMarriageVeto: Though Sir Walter and Elizabeth also disapproved, Lady Russell's opinion was the one that got Anne to break the engagement. Her logic was that for all his optimism, Lieutenant Wentworth was just a poor lieutenant whose ''survival'' through the war was not at all guaranteed, never mind his belief that he'd soon get rich through prize money, and she didn't want Anne to suffer either lifelong bereavement or poverty.



* FriendToAllChildren: The Admiral takes to the Musgroves' undisciplined boys, especially in the 1995 film.



* NiceGuy: Admiral Croft is happy to befriend anyone who's worthy of it and very cordial to anyone he meets, with genuine concern for all his friends.

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* LawOfInverseFertility: It's implied that they would have liked children, but were unable to have any. Sir Walter's solicitor thinks this is a point in their favor, however, saying that there's no better preserver of furniture than a childless married woman.
* NiceGuy: Admiral Croft is happy to befriend anyone who's worthy of it and very cordial to anyone he meets, with it. Unlike some Austen characters, who treat their friends interchangeably, the Admiral shows genuine concern care and interest for all everyone in his friends.social circle. Anne soon takes to him.



* HeroicBSOD: After her near death from a fall, she's reported to have become very skittish.

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* HeroicBSOD: After her near death from a fall, she's reported to have become very skittish.skittish and severe.



* HeartbrokenBadass: According to Wentworth, Benwick's gloomy and poetic surface hides the fact that he's a fierce foe in battle.

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* HeartbrokenBadass: According to Wentworth, Benwick's gloomy and poetic surface hides the fact that he's a fierce foe in battle.
battle. (If the story followed the point of view of the war, his poetic soul would probably be HiddenDepths.)
* SecondLove: He finds one in Louisa, but somewhat unusually his social circle is rather critical about it amongst themselves. Harville is especially displeased that his beloved sister has been so soon forgotten.



* BitchInSheepsClothing: Everything about his manner is as nice and personable as anyone could want. Anne is the only one to think that he's a little ''too'' amiable.

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* BitchInSheepsClothing: Everything about his manner is as nice and personable as anyone could want. Anne is the only one to think that ask why he's so suddenly willing to be on good terms with the family again after such a little ''too'' amiable.long period of disagreement.


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* NobilityMarriesMoney: Rather than marry Elizabeth, Mr. Elliot chose to marry the daughter of a wealthy butcher who passed away after an AwfulWeddedLife. He only takes an interest in his cousins again because he wants the land and title.
8th Nov '16 9:21:09 AM 06tele
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* NervesOfSteel: When Louisa falls off the Cobb and is knocked unconscious, Wentworth, Benwick, Charles, Henrietta and Mary all freak out, but Anne immediately takes charge, brings out the smelling salts, calls for a surgeon and tells Benwick to go and fetch one, because he'll know where they are. [[spoiler: Wentworth is seriously impressed with Anne's coolness in a crisis and when she overhears him saying how "capable" she is, it's one of the first glimmers of hope that she gets.]]
20th Jan '16 9:43:49 AM eowynjedi
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* BlackSheep: Her family considers her the odd one -- who is not handsome, not pursuing the right relations, not caring about wealth and aristocracy.



* TheUnfavorite: She definitely TheUnfavourite to her father, Sir Walter. To him, she is only Anne, unimportant second daughter who is not beautiful enough or vain enough, who will never marry, or never marry a suitable man.

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* TheUnfavorite: She definitely TheUnfavourite to To her father, Sir Walter. To him, she is only Anne, unimportant second daughter who is not beautiful enough or vain enough, who will never marry, or never marry a suitable man.


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* ConspicuousConsumption: He thinks that his rank confers an obligation to live as stylishly as he can.


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* OddFriendship: In spite of her snobbery, she forms a close friendship with Mrs. Clay, whose connection to the family is being the daughter of their solicitor.


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* RichBitch: It's noted that in spite of her age, she could still attract a husband if it wasn't for her insufferable personality.
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* MsRedInk: His wife kept the finances in check; after her death, Sir Walter rapidly outstripped his income.



* UpperClassTwit: Always makes a fuss over being given right of place over her mother-in-law, because after all, she is an ''Elliot''.

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* UpperClassTwit: Always makes a fuss over being given right of place over her mother-in-law, because after all, she is an ''Elliot''.
''Elliot''. She also derides her husband's family connections and doesn't realize that the people around her are not impressed by her snubs.



* NiceGuy: In spite of his ill-feeling towards Anne, he's still far more conscientious of her than her family, pulling her misbehaving nephew off her back and making sure she has a ride home from an overlong walk.

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* NiceGuy: OfficerAndAGentleman: In spite of his ill-feeling towards Anne, he's still far more conscientious of her than her family, pulling her misbehaving nephew off her back and making sure she has a ride home from an overlong walk.



* TheResenter: Almost every conversation he has in the first part of the novel that isn't about his career is about how he thinks firmness of decision is such an important trait in a woman.



* GoldDigger: He married his first wife entirely for money, and they were rather unhappy together. His interest in Anne has the same motive--he wants to secure his claim to Kellynch through her.

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* GoldDigger: He married his first late wife entirely for money, and they were rather unhappy together. His interest in Anne has the same motive--he wants to secure his claim to Kellynch through her.
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