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Kellynch Hall Symbol Analysis

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Kellynch Hall is the Elliot family estate and a symbol of the prestige of the baronetcy. As the family home, it is holds a special significance not only for the vain baronet, Sir Walter, and Elizabeth, but also considerable sentimental value for Anne, who is not insensible of the value of good family.

Nonetheless, Kellynch becomes the site of social change, as Sir Walter must rent it out in order to pay back the debts he has acquired from the extravagant expenses he felt entitled to as aristocracy. That Kellynch Hall then becomes the home of a wealthy naval couple, Admiral and Mrs. Croft, suggests that the social climate is changing for the aristocracy and opportunities for social mobility through meritorious work are opening up.

Kellynch Hall Quotes in Persuasion

The Persuasion quotes below all refer to the symbol of Kellynch Hall. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Dover Publications edition of Persuasion published in 1997.
Chapter 6 Quotes

Anne had not wanted this visit to Uppercross, to learn that a removal from one set of people to another, though at a distance of only three miles, will often include a total change of conversation, opinion, and idea. She had never been staying there before, without being struck by it, or without wishing that other Elliots could have her advantage in seeing how unknown, or unconsidered there, were the affairs which at Kellynch-hall were treated as of such general publicity and pervading interest.

Related Characters: Anne Elliot
Related Symbols: Kellynch Hall
Page Number: 29
Explanation and Analysis:

Anne describes some of the major differences between life in her own household and life among the Musgrove family. The big difference between the Elliots and the Musgroves is a social title: the Musgroves have less of a title, and therefore they seem to take life more easily: they don't put a lot of importance in whom their children marry. Anne visits the Musgroves and is immediately impressed and surprised by the total absence of talk about aristocracy and genealogy--the talk that dominates life in her own home.

Anne is surprised by the Musgroves' easy manner, and yet it's not clear if Anne truly envies them. As unhappy as her pursuit of a "proper" marriage has made her, she seems to consider it her duty to find a proper husband nonetheless. And perhaps her visit to the Musgroves reminds her of how much "easier" (only in some senses, obviously) her life could have been if she hadn't been born into an aristocratic family.

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Chapter 15 Quotes

[Anne] might not wonder, but she must sigh that her father should feel no degradation in his change; should see nothing to regret in the duties and dignity of the resident land-holder; should find so much to be vain of in the littleness of a town; and she must sigh, and smile, and wonder too, as Elizabeth threw open the folding-doors and walked with exultation from one drawing-room to the other, boasting of their space, at the possibility of that woman, who had been mistress of Kellynch Hall, finding extent to be proud of between two walls, perhaps thirty feet asunder.

Related Characters: Anne Elliot, Sir Walter Elliot, Elizabeth Elliot
Related Symbols: Kellynch Hall
Page Number: 100
Explanation and Analysis:

In this chapter, Anne joins her father and her sister, Elizabeth, in the town of Bath. Anne is secretly amused with her family members for being so impressed with such a tiny, ordinary town. Walter is proud of himself for being powerful enough to travel and reside in a town outside his own home at Kellynch Hall, and Elizabeth seems to feel a similar sense of pride: she praises their accommodations in Bath, even though they're pretty tiny (at least compared to their former home).

The passage is illuminating because it suggests that Anne's family members are more self-satisfied with the mere fact of owning real estate, being able to travel, and being aristocrats, than with the material conditions of their wealth and power. Walter's aristocracy is really title-only; he doesn't have a lot of money or political clout anymore, and yet the mere fact of being an aristocrat is enough to satisfy him. Anne, by contrast, can see (somewhat) through the theater of the aristocracy. The supposed power and glamor of the Baronetage doesn't really exist at all: Walter and Elizabeth are just getting off on their supposed prestige and superiority.

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Kellynch Hall Symbol Timeline in Persuasion

The timeline below shows where the symbol Kellynch Hall appears in Persuasion. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
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...“disgraceful” propositions to cut back on his spending, exclaiming that he would prefer to leave Kellynch Hall altogether before remaining in it without his necessary dignities. Mr. Shepherd seizes upon this... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...proudly exclaim over what an honor it would be for a tenant to live in Kellynch Hall. Sir Walter finds the Navy offensive because it “brings persons of obscure birth into... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...has learned romance with maturity. Now that Captain Wentworth’s sister, Mrs. Croft, will reside in Kellynch Hall, these memories resurface. (full context)
Chapter 5
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Admiral and Mrs. Croft visit Kellynch to the great satisfaction of all parties. Sir Walter approves of the Admiral’s good humor... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...differ from the Elliots; the former have minimal interest in the affairs of aristocracy and Kellynch, which so preoccupy her father and Elizabeth. It is with humbling recognition that Anne reflects... (full context)
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...are very popular. But Anne soon feels sad at the prospect of strangers moving into Kellynch Hall. The Crofts return Charles and Mary’s visit, giving Anne the opportunity to meet them.... (full context)
Chapter 7
Captain Wentworth arrives to stay with his sister, Mrs. Croft, at Kellynch Hall. Mr. Musgrove returns from calling on Captain Wentworth with warm praise; he has invited... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...visit Bath, thus ending all danger of future encounters between Anne and Captain Wentworth at Kellynch. (full context)
Chapter 14
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...his great admiration for Anne; he is convinced that Captain Benwick will soon be visiting Kellynch, intriguing Lady Russell, although Mary peevishly disagrees. Whether from shyness or lack of interest, however,... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...her with unexpected warmth, though they display little interest in the affairs of Uppercross or Kellynch. Anne wonders that their vanities are so satisfied by the cheap thrills of a small... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...a match and would love to see Anne succeed her mother as Lady Elliot of Kellynch Hall. However, while Anne finds Mr. Elliot agreeable and sensible, she distrusts his past; he... (full context)
Chapter 21
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...as proof, in which he disdains the attentions of the Elliots and threatens to auction Kellynch. (full context)
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...Walter might remarry, he grew concerned: the birth of a son would disinherit him from Kellynch. He renewed their acquaintance with the intention of keeping Mrs. Clay from Sir Walter. While... (full context)