Persuasion Chapter 1 Volume 1

What is the status and current situation of the Elliott clan—that is, what anxieties beset Sir Walter and his two favorites Elizabeth and Mary? How does the narrator size up the position of Anne, the least favored daughter? What attitude does the narrator imply we should take regarding Sir Walter's evident concern for matters of beauty, rank, and wealth? Explain with reference to one or more passages.

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The Elliot family faces a financial quandary: despite Sir Walter’s income as a baronet, they have been living beyond their means. When Lady Elizabeth was still alive, Kellynch Hall was run with moderation and economy wherever possible. Since her death, however, Sir Walter has been unable to keep in check the spending that he feels is required of a baronet and thus far exceeds his income. Elizabeth has attempted to remedy the situation, but in vain.

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