Persuasion

The cousin of Anne Elliot and Sir Walter’s heir, Mr. Elliot is a duplicitous and charming gentleman. After making his fortune from his first marriage, he seeks the baronetcy that he previously scorned by marrying Anne. Although he makes himself agreeable to everyone and is admired by Anne herself, she rightly suspects his past—one that involves considerable greed, callousness, and even cruelty.

Mr. William Elliot Quotes in Persuasion

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Chapter 12 Quotes

It was evident that the gentleman admired her exceedingly. Captain Wentworth looked round at her instantly in a way which shewed his noticing of it. He gave her a momentary glance,—a glance of brightness, which seemed to say, “That man is struck with you,—and even I, at this moment, see something like Anne Elliot again.”

Related Characters: Anne Elliot, Captain Frederick Wentworth, Mr. William Elliot
Page Number: 77
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Chapter 15 Quotes

[Mr. Elliot] was quite as good-looking as he had appeared at Lyme, his countenance improved by speaking, and his manners were so exactly what they ought to be, so polished, so easy, so particularly agreeable, that she could compare them in excellence to only one person’s manners. . . . There could be no doubt of his being a sensible man. Ten minutes were enough to certify that. His tone, his expressions, his choice of subject, his knowing where to stop—it was all the operation of a sensible, discerning mind.

Related Characters: Anne Elliot, Mr. William Elliot
Page Number: 104
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Chapter 16 Quotes

My idea of good company, Mr Elliot, is the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.

Related Characters: Anne Elliot (speaker), Mr. William Elliot
Page Number: 110
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Good company requires only birth, education and manners, and with regard to education is not very nice. Birth and good manners are essential; but a little learning is by no means a dangerous thing in good company, on the contrary, it will do very well. . . . Will it not be wiser to accept the society of these good ladies in Laura-place, and enjoy all the advantages of the connexion as far as possible? You may depend upon it, that they will move in the first set in Bath this winter, and as rank is rank, your being known to be related to them will have its use in fixing your family (our family let me say) in that degree of consideration which we must all wish for.

Related Characters: Mr. William Elliot (speaker)
Page Number: 110
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Chapter 17 Quotes

Mr. Elliot was rational, discreet, polished—but he was not open. There was never any burst of feeling, any warmth of indignation or delight, at the evil or good of others. This, to Anne, was a decided imperfection. Her early impressions were incurable . . . She felt that she could so much more depend upon the sincerity of those who sometimes looked or said a careless or a hasty thing, than of those whose presence of mind never varied, whose tongue never slipped. Mr. Elliot was too generally agreeable.

Related Characters: Anne Elliot, Mr. William Elliot
Page Number: 118-119
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Mr. William Elliot Character Timeline in Persuasion

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Chapter 1
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...and received none.” Several years ago, he and Elizabeth harbored hopes of her marriage to Mr. William Elliot , the heir presumptive; however, Mr. Elliot scorned the inheritance of the baronetcy and chose... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...inquires as to his identity, and it turns out that he is none other than Mr. Elliot —their rich cousin and Sir Walter’s heir, whose first wife has passed away. Mary laments... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...joining her sister and father in Bath, but learns from Elizabeth the intriguing news that Mr. Elliot is also at Bath. He has been seeking to renew relations between their families. Lady... (full context)
Chapter 15
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Sir Walter and Elizabeth are delighted with Mr. Elliot . Mr. Elliot has explained away all his prior behavior as misunderstanding, and taken considerable... (full context)
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...Elizabeth’s sake. Mrs. Clay and Elizabeth believe him to be interested, and Anne reflects that Mr. Elliot may not have been aware of her character flaws; he seemed a sensible man at... (full context)
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Just then, Mr. Elliot visits. Anne is shyly amused and pleased to find him as admiring of her as... (full context)
Chapter 16
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...Walter and Elizabeth’s favoritism towards Mrs. Clay over Anne provoking and improper. However, she finds Mr. Elliot utterly delightful, endowed with good understanding, propriety, and warmth. Anne realizes that she and her... (full context)
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Despite their regard for each other, Anne and Mr. Elliot do not always agree. When Lady Dalrymple and Miss Carteret, their estranged noble cousins, arrive... (full context)
Chapter 17
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Lady Russell later reports to Anne that Mr. Elliot displayed the highest regard for her during dinner. He finds her a most extraordinary young... (full context)
Chapter 19
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One day, Anne goes out with Elizabeth, Mrs. Clay, and Mr. Elliot . Because of rain, it is decided that Elizabeth and Mrs. Clay will take a... (full context)
Chapter 20
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Mr. Elliot seats himself beside her and flirts with her, informing her that his admiration for her... (full context)
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...one point, she manages to move towards Captain Wentworth and start up a conversation, but Mr. Elliot pursues her and entreats her to aid him with a translation of some Italian. She... (full context)
Chapter 21
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Anne visits Mrs. Smith, reflecting along the way on Mr. Elliot ’s attentions with gratitude and regret. She feels that Captain Wentworth will have her love... (full context)
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After some hesitation, Mrs. Smith shocks Anne by excoriating Mr. Elliot as a cold-blooded and selfish scoundrel. She recounts her history with him: he was once... (full context)
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After acquiring his wealth through marriage, Mr. Elliot encouraged Mr. Smith into a life of luxury that financially ruined him. Upon Mr. Smith’s... (full context)
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Time has taught Mr. Elliot to value his inheritance; now that he is rich, he seeks the baronetcy. Once he... (full context)
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Anne shudders to think that Lady Russell might have persuaded her into marrying Mr. Elliot . She now believes him to be heartless and cold, his behavior to her friend... (full context)
Chapter 22
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When Mr. Elliot visits in the evening and solicits Anne’s attention, she finds that her new information renders... (full context)
Chapter 23
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...immediately in the hopes of winning her back. He was held back by jealousy of Mr. Elliot , whom he believed all her friends and family wished her to marry; Anne gently... (full context)
Chapter 24
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...to the marriage. Lady Russell is forced to admit her error of judgment regarding both Mr. Elliot and Captain Wentworth, and as she earnestly desires Anne’s happiness as her own daughter, she... (full context)
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Mr. Elliot is dismayed and shocked; he departs Bath, mortifying Elizabeth once again, who has yet to... (full context)