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by Jane Austen
Anne Elliot Timeline and Summary
Anne Elliot was once in love with Captain Wentworth, but Lady Russell convinced her to give him up, and she’s lived with her regret ever since. Anne’s father Sir Walter rents the Elliot home to the Crofts, and Anne finds out that Mrs. Croft is Captain Wentworth’s sister. The Elliots leave for Bath, while Anne goes to stay with her married sister, Mary Musgrove. Anne frequently encounters Captain Wentworth, who has become popular with the Musgroves. While Wentworth flirts with the Musgrove girls, especially Louisa, Anne tries to calm her strong emotions concerning him. Captain Wentworth takes the Musgroves and Anne to visit his friends Captain Harville and Captain Benwick in Lyme. When Louisa has an accident, Anne directs everyone as to how best to take action. Anne returns to the Musgroves’ home in Uppercross to help them out while Louisa is recovering. Lady Russell takes Anne to her family in Bath. There Anne meets her cousin Mr. Elliot, who flirts with her. Anne visits an old school friend, Mrs. Smith, who is cheerful despite her misfortunes. By refusing an invitation to the home of their high-born relations the Dalrymples in order to visit Mrs. Smith, Anne incurs her father’s wrath. Anne tries to convince Lady Russell that Mr. Elliot’s not for her. In a letter from her sister Mary, Anne learns that Louisa is engaged to Captain Benwick. Anne talks to the Admiral about Louisa’s shift in affections and its effect on Wentworth. Anne runs into Wentworth in a candy shop, but has to leave him to walk home with Mr. Elliot. Worry about how Lady Russell will react to re-meeting Wentworth occupies Anne’s mind. Anne meets Wentworth at a concert, and talks about the events in Lyme. Anne realizes that Wentworth still loves her. At a break in the concert, Anne tries to get Wentworth’s attention, but jealousy of Mr. Elliot keeps him away. The next day Anne visits Mrs. Smith, who tells her all about Mr. Elliot’s villainous history. When Anne next encounters Mr. Elliot, she politely snubs him. Anne visits the Musgroves, who are now staying in Bath, and there sees Captain Harville and Captain Wentworth. Anne speaks briefly with Captain Wentworth, but is interrupted. The next day Anne visits the Musgroves again, and again encounters Harville and Wentworth. Anne and Harville discuss gender and constancy in love. Anne finds a letter left for her by Wentworth. Reading the letter, Anne discovers it to be a declaration of Wentworth’s love for her. Anne walks home with Charles, but they run into Captain Wentworth, and Charles leaves the two of them alone. Anne and Wentworth discuss their past and profess their undying love as they slowly walk back to Anne’s house. Anne gets her family’s unenthusiastic permission to marry Wentworth, and then does so.