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by Jane Austen
William Walter Elliot, Esq. Timeline and Summary
Mr. William Elliot is a distant relative to Sir Walter Elliot and heir to the title and estate of Kellynch. Despite his cousin Elizabeth’s having decided to marry him before she ever met him, Mr. Elliot instead weds "a rich woman of inferior birth" (1.16). Mr. Elliot’s choice of bride offends Sir Walter, who breaks off the acquaintance. Several years later, Mr. Elliot’s wife has died, but his badmouthing of his cousins means they still have a grudge against him. At Lyme, Mr. Elliot visibly admires Anne’s beauty, not knowing she is his cousin. Mr. Elliot runs into Anne again at the inn they are both staying at. In Bath, Mr. Elliot gets himself back into his cousins’ good graces. When Anne comes to stay with her family in Bath, Mr. Elliot is happy to discover that they are related. Mr. Elliot and Anne discuss the events that happened in Lyme. Devoting his considerable powers of charm to pleasing Anne, Mr. Elliot succeeds in becoming her friend, though she does not entirely trust him. Mr. Elliot tries to convince Anne that the Dalrymples are worth all the hoops her father is jumping through for them. One morning Mr. Elliot is accompanying Anne, Elizabeth, and Mrs. Clay on a shopping trip, when the rain sends them to seek shelter in a shop. Mr. Elliot decides that Anne’s boots are thicker than Mrs. Clay’s, and that therefore Mrs. Clay should take the last spot in Lady Dalrymple’s carriage while he walks Anne home. Attending a concert with the Elliots and the Dalrymples, Mr. Elliot pays his attentions to Anne. His flattery falls flat, as Anne is more interested in fellow concert-goer Captain Wentworth than she is in Mr. Elliot. Mr. Elliot continues to ply his charms on Anne, but, having heard the story of his true character from Mrs. Smith, he only convinces her of his hypocrisy. Mr. Elliot says that he is leaving Bath for a few days. Meeting with Mrs. Clay, Mr. Elliot is spotted from a window by Mary and Anne. Mr. Elliot is surprised to learn that Anne is to marry Captain Wentworth, and leaves Bath. Last seen in London with Mrs. Clay, Mr. Elliot may eventually marry her.