So as mentioned a few weeks ago, I will be going through the books Northanger Abbey and Persuasion this year as both are celebrating their 200th birthdays (they were published in one book).
I know I already did a post on the beginning of Persuasion, but that was a while back-so I’m starting from the beginning again.
Have you ever had someone you met right away and just know you won’t like them.
They may barely talk, or you just spend five mins with them-and that’s it. You are done. You know you will not like them no matter what.
Well that’s how I feel about Sir Walter Elliot, our main character Anne Elliot’s father.
Why you may ask? Simple:
SIR WALTER ELLIOT, OF KELLYNCH HALL, IN SOMERSETSHIRE, WAS A MAN who, for his own amusement, never took up any book but the Baronetage…”
He doesn’t like to read? Except about himself?
It’s like, what’s wrong with you? How can you not be interested in it? Like who are you?
And to make things worse-Sir Walter, a baron, only reads the Baronetage. That means the only book he likes to read is really about himself and the history of his family.
“…he could read his own history with an interest which never failed. This was the page at which the favourite volume always opened…”
So doesn’t read and the only thing that interests him is himself?
I don’t need to read any more-I know without a doubt that I will not like this self-centered character at all.
But hey that’s okay-it happens there are always those characters you love to dislike.
For more Persuasion, go to You’ve Persuaded My Heart
For more on Sir Walter, go to Waiter, There’s Some Disney in My Jane Austen
For more Jane Austen quotes, go to London Fog Smoothie