“Vanity was the beginning and end of Sir Walter Elliot’s character: vanity of person and of situation. He had been remarkably handsome in his youth, and at fifty-four was still a very fine man. . . . He considered the blessing of beauty as inferior only to the blessing of a baronetcy; and the Sir Walter Elliot, who united these gifts, was the constant object of his warmest respect and devotion.”
Persuasion, volume 1, chapter 1
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3 Responses to Vanity, thy name is Sir Walter
Sir Walter! I loved Anthony Head’s protrayal in the new Persuasion 07. He had the best scenes and lines!
Thanks Laurie for reminding me!
Cheers, Laurel Ann
This makes me remember of a Mary’s quote in P&P: “Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.”