Persuasion

Mr. & Mrs. Musgrove Character Analysis

The parents of Charles, Henrietta, and Louisa, Mr. and Mrs. Musgroves are a happy and homey couple. A landed family second in their parish only to the Elliots, they live in the Great House at Uppercross. Unlike the Elliots, however, their household is cheerful, bustling, and unpretentious: they value the happiness of their children of their ascension through social climbing.

Mr. & Mrs. Musgrove Quotes in Persuasion

The Persuasion quotes below are all either spoken by Mr. & Mrs. Musgrove or refer to Mr. & Mrs. Musgrove. 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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Chapter 5 Quotes

Mr. and Mrs. Musgrove were a very good sort of people; friendly and hospitable, not much educated and not at all elegant. . . . Anne always contemplated them as some of the happiest creatures of her acquaintance; but still, saved as we all are by some comfortable feelings of superiority from wishing for the possibility of exchange, she would not have given up her own more elegant and cultivated mind for all their enjoyments; and envied them nothing but that seemingly perfect good understanding and agreement together, that good-humoured mutual affection, of which she had known so little herself with either of her sisters.

Related Characters: Anne Elliot, Mr. & Mrs. Musgrove
Page Number: 29
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Mr. & Mrs. Musgrove Character Timeline in Persuasion

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. & Mrs. Musgrove appears in Persuasion. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5
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The Musgroves are a pleasant family; Mr. and Mrs. Musgrove are friendly and hospitable, neither educated nor... (full context)
Chapter 6
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Anne is struck again by how dramatically the concerns of the Musgroves differ from the Elliots; the former have minimal interest in the affairs of aristocracy and... (full context)
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Anne is well-liked by the Musgroves. The children respect her more than their mother, and all parties confide and complain to... (full context)
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...first weeks of Anne’s visit pass pleasantly in neighborhood visits and dinner parties, as the Musgroves are very popular. But Anne soon feels sad at the prospect of strangers moving into... (full context)
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Mrs. Musgrove is unsettled by the mention of Captain Wentworth. Her son Dick, a troublesome and stupid... (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 him to dinner... (full context)
Chapter 8
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Henrietta and Louisa eagerly question Captain Wentworth about the Navy. Mrs. Musgrove grieves at this reminder of her son, and Captain Wentworth sits by her side to... (full context)
Chapter 9
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Captain Wentworth pays regular visits to the Musgroves at Uppercross. It is clear he is a favorite of the daughters, and the family... (full context)
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...Hayter is the eldest of the cousins, amiable and pleasing. Mrs. Hayter, his mother, is Mrs. Musgrove ’s sister. Marriage has elevated Mrs. Musgrove, while the Hayters are in an “inferior, retired... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...of her father and Elizabeth—which so differ from the events that have recently absorbed the Musgroves. Anne informs her about the attachment between Captain Wentworth and Louisa. (full context)
Chapter 14
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The Musgroves return to Uppercross, restoring the house to its familial cheer. Henrietta and Captain Wentworth remain... (full context)
Chapter 19
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...first time, he seems more flustered than Anne in their encounter. They awkwardly discuss the Musgroves. Elizabeth proudly refuses to acknowledge him, paining Anne. Mrs. Clay and Elizabeth depart. Captain Wentworth... (full context)
Chapter 22
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The next morning, Charles and Mary arrive in a surprise visit. Several of the Musgroves are in town to buy Henrietta wedding clothes. Anne talks with Charles about what a... (full context)
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Anne spends the afternoon with the Musgroves. Mary and Charles argue over their plans for the evening; Charles wants to see a... (full context)
Chapter 23
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Anne spends the day with the Musgroves. Mrs. Musgrove and Mrs. Croft discuss the evils of a long engagement, when there is... (full context)