Persuasion 200: Is Mr. Elliot As Charming As He Thinks? — 19 Comments

  1. Thank you for such a wonderful missing scene to read before retiring, Shannon. What a snake! Do calculating to attempt to attach himself to Anne. He thinks himself so smart. Well, she proves herself the more intelligent and leaves him standing there, gaping like a fudh. Good for Anne!

  2. Oh I liked this one a lot! Mr. Elliot is a snake of the first order, and it was interesting to see how much he has mistaken Anne’s character. She was protected from him by her love for Captain Wentworth and her inate common sense. He is so superficial and calculating that he fails to see that the veneer of civility he shows to the world is exactly what Anne can see through. Her heart was never engaged by him and she would never have trusted him even if her friend hadn’t told her everything she knew. He was not honorable enough for her, and he fails to see that her good manners are just that, and not indicative of anything else. In this case, the con artist conned himself, and not his intended victim. Mrs. Clay is clearly much better than he is at dissembling for fun and profit. This was a lot of fun to read, and a very chilling look into what is behind the facade of Mister Elliot. He fails to understand that Anne grew up with people who are fakes, and she knew him for what he was early on. Even had she not fallen for the captain eight years before, she would have had more sense than to fall for Mister Elliot.

    • You’re right, Mari, that her good sense (to which Mr. Elliot alludes) and being in love with Cpt. W. already would have protected her from ever falling for him. She never trusted him, but I think she did find him entertaining. And, for the sake of the family’s future, she would have hoped he was sincere in his desire to live right and bring credit to the Elliot name. Not going to happen though.

  3. Another fun chapter! I did like to see Mr. Elliot actually only con himself… a fitting end! Love Persuasion and loving this Persuasion 200 so much!

    • Yay! Glad to hear you’re a fan of the book and of this project, Julie! It’s been a delight to spend so much time in the world of Persuasion, first writing my book (The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen) and then with P200.

  4. Nice touch. We get a a taste of his arrogance. Anne always distrusted him and he simply talked himslef into believing otherwise. What a fool!

  5. Brilliant chapter!! It was amusing (and also a little sad) to see Mr. Elliott’s thoughts of how easily he had hoodwinked everyone, even Anne…until now.

    And having an utter cad refer to Captain Wentworth as “an uncouth sailor”–what delicious irony!

    A wonderful and supremely ironic vignette–thank you!! 🙂

    Susanne 🙂

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