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by Jane Austen
Captain Frederick Wentworth Timeline and Summary
Captain Wentworth was once in love with Anne Elliot, but she turned him down, and he’s been bitter about it ever since. When his sister and her husband rent Kellynch Hall, Wentworth comes to stay with them. Wentworth visits the Musgroves at Uppercross, and they’re all very pleased with him. Wentworth stops by Uppercross Cottage, where Anne and Mary are eating breakfast. Later asked by Henrietta what he thinks of Anne, Wentworth says she is very changed. Wentworth plans to marry any decent girl he can, so long as it’s not Anne. Spending the evening with the Musgroves, Wentworth discusses his personal naval history. On a later morning, seeing Anne in distress from a pestering child, Wentworth helps her out. Wentworth’s general flirtation with the Musgrove girls becomes focused on Louisa during a walk to Winthrop. A visit to his friend Harville in Lyme proves so satisfactory that Wentworth takes the Musgroves, and Anne, along on a return visit. Wentworth notices a stranger admiring Anne, which causes him to realize that she still has beauty. Shocked by Louisa’s accident, Wentworth appreciates Anne’s calm response to the situation. Wentworth wants Anne to stay to take care of Louisa, but Mary won’t allow it, so instead he takes Anne and Henrietta home to Uppercross before returning to Lyme alone. Louisa relinquishes Wentworth in favor of Captain Benwick. Wentworth comes to Bath, and runs into Anne in a candy shop. Wentworth sees Anne again at a concert, but is jealous of the attentions paid her by Mr. Elliot. At the Musgroves, Wentworth meets with Anne yet again, and receives an invitation to a party from her sister Elizabeth. Wentworth pours out his pent-up emotions in a letter to Anne, which he leaves for her to find. Wentworth encounters Anne walking with Charles Musgrove, and escorts her home after Charles goes to run an errand. While they walk, Wentworth and Anne discuss their past and profess their undying love for each other. Wentworth gets Sir Walter’s unenthusiastic permission to marry Anne, and then does so.