History Characters / Persuasion

29th May '17 4:06:20 PM k410ren
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* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: She thinks [[SocialClimber William Elliot]] would be a good match for Anne.



* UnableToSupportWife: Must secure a position of a curate or get a parsonage before he can get married.

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* UnableToSupportWife: UnableToSupportAWife: Must secure a position of a curate or get a parsonage before he can get married.



* HeartbrokenBadass: According to Wentworth, Benwick's gloomy and poetic surface hides the fact that he's a fierce foe in battle. (If the story followed the point of view of the war, his poetic soul would probably be HiddenDepths.)



* HeartbrokenBadass: According to Wentworth, Benwick's gloomy and poetic surface hides the fact that he's a fierce foe in battle. (If the story followed the point of view of the war, his poetic soul would probably be HiddenDepths.)


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* {{Expy}}: To some extent, of [[Literature/PrideAndPrejudice Mr. William Collins]]. Both are a cousin of the heroine (Mr. Collins for Elizabeth Bennet, Mr. Elliot for Anne) and set to inherit the heroine's father's estate due to the HeirClubForMen; as such, they are presented as a viable option for matrimony for the heroine. Here, the resemblance ends, as Mr. Elliot is much more charismatic than Mr. Collins.


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%%* RomanticFalseLead: For Anne
15th May '17 8:19:36 AM XFllo
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* SelfServingMemory: Edits her recollection so that her being a ShipperOnDeck for Louisa and Wentworth becomes never thinking it was a serious attachment.
15th May '17 6:56:13 AM XFllo
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* EnglishRose:

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* EnglishRose: She used to be a very pretty girl who has lost her bloom and still has modest beauty with regular features and mild brown eyes. She regains her appeal later. She's a sweet lady with an elegant and cultured mind who is admired and respected by people from her neighbourhood.


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* ElegantClassicalMusician: Louisa Musgrove plays the piano, the harp and sings. She is pretty and amiable enough, and as an unmarried young lady, she obviously likes showing off her musical accomplishments. It's hinted that her parents tend to gush about it a lot.


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* HarpOfFemininity: Plays the harp. In one scene, the Musgrove sisters' harp is especially delived to a dinner party at her brotehr's so she could play the harp.


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!! Henrietta Musgrove
Louisa' elder sister.
* ElegantClassicalMusician: Like her sister Louisa, pretty Henrietta plays the piano and the harp.
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: She is said to be a bit prettier than Lousia, but Louisa is more confident and outspoken. They compete for Wentworth's attention, though Louisa soon takes the lead.

!! Charles Hayter
* GentlemanAndAScholar: The Hayters are less polished and less rich than the Musgroves (Mrs Musgrove and Mrs Hayter are sisters who made differently prosperous matches). Charles is the eldest son and an heir to the small family property. He was chosen to be a gentleman of the family. too. He wants to become a clergyman.
* NiceGuy: Likes Henrietta and is generally a pleasant fellow. He wisely turns down his attentions when he feels Henrietta starts to pay attention to Captain Wentworth. Absence makes the heart go fonder and with Lousia's push, he and Henrietta continue their relationship.
* UnableToSupportWife: Must secure a position of a curate or get a parsonage before he can get married.
15th May '17 6:39:14 AM XFllo
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* ElegantClassicalMusician: Anne Elliot is an elegant, slender woman with cultured mind. She plays the piano exceptionally well and has great taste in music. However, she could share it with only two people her late mother and her former fiancé Captain Wentworth.
* EnglishRose:


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* ProudBeauty: Rare male example. He is extremely proud of his good looks that (he thinks) do not fade.
-->''"Vanity was the beginning and the end of Sir Walter Elliot's character; vanity of person and of situation. He had been remarkably handsome in his youth; and, at fifty-four, was still a very fine man. Few women could think more of their personal appearance than he did, nor could the valet of any new made lord be more delighted with the place he held in society. He considered the blessing of beauty as inferior only to the blessing of a baronetcy; and the Sir Walter Elliot, who united these gifts, was the constant object of his warmest respect and devotion."''
15th May '17 6:16:37 AM XFllo
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* IAmNotPretty: She lost the beauty of youth when her relationship with Wentworth broke.

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* IAmNotPretty: She lost the beauty of youth when her relationship with Wentworth broke. She really is less beautiful than she used to be, but she almost fails to notice that when her spirits improve, her looks improve with them. And she always thinks people should not flatter her.
* HiddenDepths: Anne is highly regarded by all sensible people who know her, and she is very accomplished. Her taste and knowledge of literature and music is well known to all, but people in her company at a concert in Bath are extremely impressed by the fact that she has a command of Italian and is able to translate a song into elegant English for them. She is also very modest about it.



* ObliviouslyBeautiful: By the end of the novel, Anne is Obliviously Beautiful, perhaps with a bit of IndifferentBeauty added to the mix. She does not realize that her once faded looks got much better and that people now genuinely admire her delicate beauty. Moreover, her happiness makes her shine from the inside.
-->''Glowing and lovely in sensibility and happiness, and more generally admired than she thought about or cared for, she had cheerful or forbearing feelings for every creature around her.''






* ParentsAsPeople: He's a twit and neglects Anne abominably, but the reason he didn't remarry was for his daughters' sake.
* ParentalFavoritism: Favors Elizabeth and Mary over Anne.

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* ParentsAsPeople: He's a twit and neglects Anne abominably, but the reason he didn't remarry was for his daughters' sake.
sake, especially Elizabeth. (However, there is a hint that he has met with one or two private disappointments in very unreasonable proposals.)
* ParentalFavoritism: Favors Elizabeth and Mary over Anne. Elizabeth is his true favourite, and Mary is only slightly important because she married rather well to a sufficiently rich heir to a local land-owner.



* BookWorm: Lady Russel loves reading and is crazy about getting new publications.



* 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.
15th May '17 5:51:58 AM XFllo
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* OddFriendship: In spite of her snobbery, she forms a close friendship with Mrs. Clay, whose would be considered a "low connection" because she's the daughter of their solicitor and there's no indication her late husband was of a higher station.
* OldMaid: She's around thirty and unmarried, and women who weren't at that age were quite unlikely ever to do so.
* 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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* DudeMagnet: Some ladies in Bath gossiping about the Elliots mention that the men are all wild after the handsome Miss Elliot. She is gorgeous and popular, but her haughtiness and unpleasant personality keep her from attracting a serious match. She is also apparently quite picky -- she wants to marry at least a baronet.
* OddFriendship: In spite of her snobbery, she forms a close friendship with Mrs. Clay, whose would be considered a "low connection" because she's the daughter of their solicitor and there's no indication her late husband was of a higher station.
station. She enjoys being flattered and looked up to too much, and fails to notice that widowed Mrs Clay is after her father...
* OldMaid: She's around thirty and unmarried, and women who weren't at that age were quite unlikely ever to do so.
* RichBitch:
so. It's noted that in spite of her age, she is very beautiful and could still attract a husband if it wasn't for her insufferable personality.personality and pickiness.
* ProudBeauty: She is very proud of her good looks and extremely vain.
* RichBitch: She is very beautiful and popular in the society, comes from a very rich and noble family, and she has been a mistress of her father's house since she was 16. She is used to gorgeous houses, trips to London, servants, opulent meals, exquisite clothes, new furnishing, parties and so on. She is however very haughty and unkind, and her lack of common sense and inability to properly manage the household (that her mother could do so well) lead the family into debts.
12th Apr '17 10:30:33 PM sweetprettygeek6
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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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* FallingIntoHisArm: FallingIntoHisArms: 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.
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.
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