Study Guide

Persuasion Characters

By Jane Austen

Anne Elliot

We first meet Anne as part of the Elliot family, and not a very important part. While her elder...

Captain Frederick Wentworth

In Captain Wentworth’s world, what you do is who you are. For example, we can look at how...

William Walter Elliot, Esq.

If Mr. Elliot were an animal, he would be a chameleon – he’s very good at changing...

Louisa Musgrove

When we first meet Louisa, she’s Miss Normal – both she and her sister have "all the...

Sir Walter Elliot

In the Seven Deadly Sins Olympics, Sir Walter would take a gold medal in vanity. (Distant...

Mary Musgrove

Mary is just as snobby as her sister Elizabeth and her father Sir Walter, but she has fewer...

Elizabeth Elliot

Elizabeth is often paired with her father, and they do have a lot in common: both are...

Lady Russell

Lady Russell is the queen of advice. Love troubles? Money troubles? She’s on it. Her...

Penelope Clay

Mrs. Clay has an eye for a good thing. Her association with the Elliots allows her to live in a...

Captain James Benwick

Captain Benwick, like Anne, has been struck with a bad case of lost love (symptoms: listlessness,...

Mrs. Smith

Mrs. Smith’s common name belies her uncommon character. Faced with a truly astounding run...

Sophia Croft

Mrs. Croft is smart (Mr. Shepherd calls her a better businesswoman than her husband), confident,...

Admiral Croft

Admiral Croft is an example of a good man made better by a great wife (imagine what Homer Simpson...

Charles Musgrove Jr.

Charles is the book’s Average Joe (or at least Average-Minor-Landed-Gentry Joe). He’s...

Henrietta Musgrove

Henrietta lives mostly in the shadow of her more forceful older sister. Her waffling over whether...

Mrs. Musgrove

Mrs. Musgrove is the main person we see in mom-mode in the book. She even sheds tears for her...

Charles Musgrove Sr.

The patriarch of the Musgrove clan and current occupant of the mansion at Uppercross, Mr....

Captain Harville

Harville is one of Captain Wentworth’s closest friends, and the one who brings Wentworth...

Charles Hayter

The Hayters are the Musgroves’ poor cousins, and Charles, the eldest Hayter son, is the one...

Dowager Viscountess Dalrymple

First up, what’s with the mouthful of titles? Let’s take them one by one: "dowager"...