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Why did Mr. Elliot have to decide whose boots were thickest in "Persuasion"?

The phrase needs to be understood as “as X as Anne could be” where X is “anxious to be left to walk with Mr. Elliot”. That is, Mrs. Clay wanted, just as much as Anne did, to walk alone with Mr. Elliot....
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Meaning of a passage in "Persuasion" by Jane Austen

He had called in Camden Place; had called a second time, a third; had been pointedly attentive: "Called" here means "visited." Camden Place is the name of the building or location. The sentence means ...
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In Persuasion, why does Anne feel "ashamed" before being able to "safely suggest" Louisa?

The conversation with Admiral Croft follows soon (a couple of weeks) after Anne’s learning of the engagement in a letter from Mary. Since then, we imagine, she has hardly thought of anything else, ...
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What is Mr Elliot's "early prepossession" in Jane Austen's "Persuasion"?

extraordinary circumstances attending their acquaintance This means “the unusual way in which they met”, that is, their chance encounter at Lyme in chapter 12. the right which he seemed to have to ...
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Persuasion by Jane Austen: Why were Anne and Lady Russell talking about curtains when they saw Captain Wentworth passing by?

The context of this passage is that Anne is worried about Lady Russell’s reaction to seeing Captain Wentworth in Bath. You will recall from chapter 4 that when Captain Wentworth proposed to Anne in ...
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Doubts concerning Chapter 15 of "Persuasion" by Jane Austen

Mr. Elliot was not staying at Camden Place, but at another address in Bath. Mr. Elliot’s wife died in chapter 1: that’s why Elizabeth was wearing “black ribbons” for her, and why he was “in mourning” ...
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Anne Elliot's speech about constancy in love in "Persuasion"

That, while men and women can be equally constant and faithful when they have reciprocated love, or hope that their love will be reciprocated , if a man's beloved died, or is otherwise irrevocably ...
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A confusing conversation between Anne and Mrs. Smith

Mrs. Smith had been carried away from her first direction, Her “first direction” was a severe attack on the character of Mr. Elliot (“a man without heart or conscience; a designing, wary, cold-...
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