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  • Anne, however, discovers that he is not what they all thought of him, and his motives are rather dubious

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      Anne Elliot is a twenty eight year old lady from an aristocratic but impoverished family. Her father, Sir Walter Elliot of Kellynch Hall, has wasted his fortune by the life of luxury and uncontrollable spending, which he nevertheless intends to continue, somehow, relying on his name and connections. He hopes to match Elizabeth, Anne’s elder sister, with the heir at law, William Walter Elliot, and thus keep the estate. Anne is a quiet, thoughtful young lady whom everyone remembers only when they need her help with something; the rest of the time they only think about themselves.

      Her sister Elizabeth is proud and cold, she and Anne are not close. Anne’s other sister Mary is married and spends her time trying to convince everyone

      around her how ill she is. Anne bears her loneliness without complains and does not sink into self-pity, although she has more reasons than her family’s neglect to be unhappy.

      Eight years ago she had lost the love of her life; sadly, it was of her own doing. Anne was engaged to a handsome young sailor Frederick Wentworth whose only fault was that he had no fortune - yet. He was a promising young man, many predicted that he would succeed in life, but that wasn’t enough for Anne’s snobbish father.

      He and a family friend, Lady Russel, had talked Anne out of this marriage and persuaded her to break off the engagement. She has regretted it ever since. As the family’s financial troubles ...

      • grow worse, they are forced to lease their house, Kellynch Hall, to Admiral Croft, whose wife Sophie is the sister of Frederick Wentworth, Anne’s ex-fiance.

        Sir Walter takes his family to Bath as the Admiral is about to move in; Anne is left behind to watch over things. She is staying with the Musgroves, her sister Mary’s family. Soon Frederick returns, now rich and renown Captain Wentworth.

        His meeting with Anne is formal and cold. He is still single, and Anne’s young cousins, the two Musgrove girls, Henrietta and Louisa, are all over him. Frederick flirts with both, but seems to prefer Louisa.

        Everyone thinks that the two are going to get married. Anne, who still loves Frederick, hides her feelings and stays out

        of his way. Anne, Henrietta, Louisa, and Frederick travel to Lyme where they meet Frederick’s friends, Captain Benwick and Captain Harville.

        Benwick is grieving over the loss of his fiancée who had recently died. Him and Anne seem to understand each other, their conversations bring to him relief. Much to everyone’s surprise, Benwick and Louisa Musgrove get engaged.

        Meanwhile, William Walter Elliot, the heir to the estate whom Anne’s father wants to marry Elisabeth, turns his attention to Anne. Anne, however, discovers that he is not what they all thought of him, and his motives are rather dubious. Then an unexpected letter comes to her from Captain Wentworth, declaring that his feelings for her never changed.

        This time, Anne’s father agrees to the match, and Anne and Frederick get married.

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