Since Mr. Elliot is most interested in securing the title of Lord Elliot, couldn't he do this most easily by marrying Elizabeth Elliot.
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Anne is the daughter through whom he can guarantee himself sole heir of the estate without question. Elizabeth is lively and fun. In fact she's her father's favorite, but marriage to Elizabeth would gain him nothing. Marriages were all about money..... Anne would have been his only choice, even if she'd been a troll.