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Persuasion 200: Admiral and Mrs Croft Meet the Estate Agent by Mary Simonsen — 24 Comments

  1. Thank you for a sweet chapter Mary. I like the Crofts. The comment Eileen mentioned, “walnuts with legs attached to the shell” made me chuckle. I like that Ms. Croft is amiable, fair minded, and shrewd. Reminds me of another person….Captain Wentworth perhaps. A familial trait? I also agree with Monica on the superficiality of Sir Walter. How narrow minded he is! UGGHH! Loved the chapter. 😉

  2. I thought I posted this morning. Maybe I forgot to hit the comment button. I too loved the part Eileen did where you said”walnuts with legs attached to the shell”. It gave me a chuckle. I agree with Monica that Sir Elliott is as shallow and superficial as ever. I also really like Mrs. Croft. She is amiable, sweet and fair, but also shrewd much the same as a certain captain of her relation. Could it be a family personality trait. She is someone worth knowing. Thank you for writing such a sweet and wonderful chapter. I enjoyed getting to know Mrs. Croft.

    • Hi Deborah. Because we know that Mrs. Croft sailed with her husband, I had to assume that she was a strong woman. A lot would have been required of her, and so dealing with Sir Walter’s agent would have been a piece of cake.

  3. Sir Walter is sooooooo shallow! I wonder if he has any “standards” for the tenant’s wife’s appearance, and if Sir Walter wants the Kellynch servants to report to him about the parties and guests. The Crofts are all honor and decency, better than Sir Walter deserves. Thank you for the visit with them, Mary!

    • Good point, June. I wonder if Sir Walter even cares about his tenant’s wife! I can’t imagine that he has earned enough loyalty from any of the servants to earn their trust and to get them to report on the doings of Kellynch, that is, unless he pays them.

  4. “choosing not to speak of the pleasure grounds, as Sir Walter had stated that he did not like the idea of his “shrubberies being always approachable” – I always wondered, “Who is going to report to Sir Walter that his tenants walked in his pleasure grounds?” Why would he exclude such? If he doesn’t want a brown complexion then he must not take walks outside. I could never understand that restriction. I find Mrs. Croft to be such an amiable character. Nicely done excerpt.

  5. The Admiral and Sophie Croft have always been two of my favorite characters. This was a lovely introduction, can’t wait to read more of their part in Anne and Fredrick s story.

  6. It makes sense to me that the Crofts would be sensible, astute people – you should be, if you were made an Admiral, right? And an Admiral’s wife, especially one who traveled with him, would have to be a practical person. I like how you’ve portrayed them as no-nonense. It appears that they’re not going to be taken advantage of, they know what they want, and they won’t be unduly offended by the likes of Sir Walter, who hasn’t done a whole lot with his life, compared to Admiral Croft!

    • I agree. You can’t have been made an admiral during wartime w/o having a good head and nerves of steel. As the wife of an admiral, Sophia Croft would have had to play the role of officer’s wife. Thanks for commenting.

  7. I always loved the Admiral and Mrs. Croft and I loved ‘seeing’ them again! Delightful chapter and Mrs. Croft would certainly not let anyone try to pull one over on her! She does it so politely too!

  8. I too have always loved the Crofts, and I really liked your portrayal. Such a contrast – the reasonable man and his wife versus conceited, idiotic Sir Walter!

    Great instalment – love these gaps being filled! Lots of delicious anticipation building!

  9. I laughed at this phrase: ‘What does that peacock of a man expect from those who have been exposed to all sorts of weather: skin as smooth as a baby’s bottom?’ 😛 You have a wry sense of humour, Mary. I would definitely love to see Sir Walter’s face when he accidentally overhears someone (maybe Captain Wentworth) mention that sentence.

    This is very well-written and I look forward to reading more from you, Mary.

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