Persuasion Chapter 2 Volume 1

What motivates Lady Russell to help Sir Walter Elliott and his family? How does the narrator maintain Lady Russell as a respectable figure while at the same time making clear the limitations of her character? What advantage might it be to Jane Austen as a novelist to criticize without necessarily condemning or harshly satirizing some of her least admirable characters?

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Sir Walter's daughter Anne is Lady Russell's god-daughter. Thus, when she and Mr. Shepherd were called for advice, she was more than happy to help.

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