Mr. Shepherd’s daughter and Elizabeth’s good friend. She is a widow of low birth and rather unattractive. However, she knows how to flatter those of higher rank and wheedles her way into Elizabeth and Sir Walter’s intimate circle; Anne worries that she may even work her way into Sir Walter’s affections through skillful social manipulation.
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...for the family financially. She is also wary of the developing friendship between Elizabeth and Mrs. Clay , the widowed daughter of Mr. Shepherd. She feels Mrs. Clay is not Elizabeth’s equal... (full context)
Anne wonders at his efforts for reconciliation, guessing it may be for Elizabeth’s sake. Mrs. Clay and Elizabeth believe him to be interested, and Anne reflects that Mr. Elliot may not... (full context)
...son would disinherit him from Kellynch. He renewed their acquaintance with the intention of keeping Mrs. Clay from Sir Walter. While he was truly impressed with Anne, their marriage also figures in... (full context)
...departs Bath, mortifying Elizabeth once again, who has yet to find a potential suitor. When Mrs. Clay leaves soon after and takes up residence under Mr. Elliot’s protection in London, it becomes... (full context)